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- Nov 23, 2007
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Great stuff all around, Jeff! The literary quality of your reviews reminds us yet again that you are a professional English teacher, of the kind that any student would be grateful for! As are we here! I just hope my own disjointed, run-together sentence construction, and the awful deadend totality found in my incomprehensible meanderings don't assault your sensibilities too much, ha, ha!Of course, it wouldn't be a Gunsmoke episode without yet another dirty, weaselly family of crumbums (this time including Michael Strong and an unrecognizable William Devane), who make the mistake of trying to ambush the two marshals on the return trip.
Ain't that the truth! John Russell had a scary intensity about him. I finally completed my series' sets of Lawman on DVD with my purchase of season four last summer. 39 action-packed episodes every season! Glad to finally have it all, and the totality of every black and white WB and MGM Western TV series that Warner Archive has released. $$$$, yikes!You know, the more of this show I watch, the more I’m convinced that John Russell’s implacable death stare might just surpass that of his closest rivals in lean, mean badassery: Richard Boone as Paladin and Chuck Connors as Lucas McCain.
That's a fine episode isn't it? Very impressed with Gary Lockwood's performance. I love that foreboding prelude, where Lockwood's Major Denver drives recklessly through the night in a torrential rainstorm, frightening the sergeant beside him and telling him that he's "...immortal"...I love your description of a "beetle browed" Lansing, ha, ha!12 O’Clock High – 1.9 “Appointment at Liege”
General Savage (brooding, beetle-browed Robert Lansing), prepping for a risky bombing raid, has misgivings about one of his squadron leaders, Major Gus Denver (Gary Lockwood), who seems rarin’ to go on the surface, but is in reality harboring a death wish, wracked with guilt and anguish after his previous squad was wiped out by German artillery while he was on temporary duty Stateside. The stunning Nancy Kovack co-stars as a WAC lieutenant who falls for the troubled young pilot. Unfortunately, most of Ms. Kovack’s scenes seem to have been hacked out of the 46 minute syndicated cut print that’s on YouTube, leaving their characters' burgeoning relationship feeling rather truncated.
Otherwise, this is a powerful slice of WWII military drama, as well as an early and welcome televisual focus on the PTSD suffered by many of the men and women who served. Hazel Court, no slouch in the looks department herself, shows up briefly, in her second of four appearances, as Gen. Savage’s English widow girlfriend. After watching this one, I sampled a few scenes from the second and third color seasons, in which Paul Burke replaced an unjustly fired Lansing as series’ lead. I like Burke well enough in other things, but he sadly hasn’t a 10th of the charisma of the compellingly intense Lansing. I’ll happily watch more of the black-and-white, Lansing-led S1 one, though…just wish we had access to an official – and uncut – DVD release.
I enjoy this series too much, and am fond of this episode...I took these screen caps a few years ago...Nancy Kovack is stunning, as is Anne Francis too...and like yourself, I particularly enjoy Kevin McCarthy's many, many slick and evil bad guys...Honey West – 1.13 “The Gray Lady”
A snappy script (courtesy of Columbo creators Richard Levinson and William Link) and clever editing make this one a heck of a lot of fun. When a debonair jewel thief (Cesare Danova) pulls one over on glamorous private eye Honey West (Anne Francis) and her right-hand man, Sam (John Ericson), she’s determined to nab him during his next caper, to steal a priceless necklace called "the Gray Lady," belonging to a spoiled socialite (Pat Collins). Nancy Kovack has a brief bit at the beginning, doing her best Zsa Zsa Gabor impression as Honey and Sam’s European film star client. Again, the lack of Kovack is no biggie, as voluptuous Anne Francis (and her adorable beauty mark) brings the va-va-voom, holding center stage in the story with elegant poise, scaling down the outside of a high-rise hotel in a catsuit and judo flipping baddies all over the place. Also with smug, smirking Kevin McCarthy (up to no good, per usual) and a cameo appearance by Bert Parks (as himself).
I really love this typical 'Bastard' role by Kevin McCarthy in an episode of Rod Taylor's Bearcats! (1971)...
My God, I can tell you just what an effect her appearance in Star Trek had on me as an 11 year old boy...inducing a hormonal delirium in my pre-pubescent and witless self...Star Trek: TOS – 2.19 “A Private Little War”
This second season episode is easily one of most famous roles in Ms. Kovack’s career. She plays Nona, ambitious witch-woman wife of peaceful tribal leader
Thanks Jeff, I didn't know that any of Bronk was available on YT! That's yet another 1970s TV cop show that still waits on my WAC want list...along with an '80s selection, all of Spenser: For Hire, that you speak highly of...Bronk – 1.18 “Long Time Dying”
Jack Palance is surprisingly effective as cerebral, pipe-smoking Lt. Alex Bronkov, a police detective solving crimes in Ocean City, California, in this one-season wonder,
Yes, good ol' William Conrad seemed to have really let himself go by this point...he didn't give a damn that one of his near-future long running series was titled Jake and the Fatman, just cash the cheque and hire a personal chef...he really was the 'Gourmand' in real life, living well but looking like hell...just my style these days, ha, ha!Cannon – 5.23 “Blood Lines”
Ms. Kovack ended her acting career early in 1976 with this middling episode of the reliably entertaining Quinn-Martin crime drama, starring the great William Conrad (looking increasingly – and worringly - rotund here, near the end of the series’ run)
I can never forget his work in John Wayne's 1956 Genghis Khan epic, The Conqueror...