- Oct 14, 2016
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My understanding is NBC is going to launch a reboot of Quantum Leap for the 2022-23 season. Hopefully it will maintain the quality of the original.Enjoyed that review and caps, Steve! Quantum Leap is a show I only saw rarely, in the company of friends who loved the series, which of course has a legion of dedicated fandom to this day. This one sounds like a particularly fun episode. I hope you continue to relay your favorite 'finds' on a regular basis. Thanks!
Alan, thanks for more obscure gems here! I love Destry, a comedic western series hour much in the same vein as Maverick and Alias Smith and Jones. A mid-season replacement show on ABC in 1963-64, it replaced the faltering 77 Sunset Strip (moved to another night to finish it's 6 year run), and was the lead-in for Burke's Law and Farmer's Daughter on Friday evenings. I wish Destry had lasted more than 13 episodes. The great action director Don Siegel, as you said, proved to be adept at light-hearted fare like this as well. Loaded with great guest stars and a fine array of beautiful women, I'm glad to have the great TMG DVD complete series set of this Universal production.
I checked out that episode of G.E. True on Youtube, a now obscure series from 1962-63, the kind of quality anthology series that was once common in those days. This episode (excellent as you said) seems to be inspired by the true WW2 story of Eddie Chapman, a British criminal and safecracker found in the jails of Jersey by the Germans when they invaded the British territory of the Channel islands in 1940. The Nazis tried to use him as a spy and saboteur using his unique skills, but once the Germans parachuted him back into England, he promptly turned himself in to the police. Eddie than became trapped in a dangerous 'double cross' double-agent gambit by MI 6, the British foreign intelligence service fictionally publicized in the Ian Fleming 'James Bond' novels. He was asked to take disinformation back to his Nazi handlers in occupied France! He had to endanger his life to earn his pardon. His story inspired a number of film treatments, including being played by Ray Milland in the 1958 movie The Safecracker. Eddie Chapman's incredible and hair-raising true story is best told in the best selling non-fiction book Agent ZigZag, by author Ben McIntyre.
Great photo essay for this powerful episode, Neal! Michael Parks must have savored the opportunity of playing this challenging role in a prestige series like Route 66, the best thing he'd ever done as an actor up to that point. Innovative direction by journeyman Allen Miner in a rare script by William Kelly and series' producer Howard Rodman. One of the best in the final season.
Doug, great array of quality shows that you're watching! And you're in the midst of Combat!'s truly great third season. You just knew this was a special series creatively, producing an extraordinary number of fantastic episodes in later seasons as this show went from strength to strength. The Little Carousel is fondly remembered as one of the top episodes in the entire series, with a gut-wrenching performance by the great Vic Morrow in this unforgettably powerful episode. I'm not afraid to say this one makes me cry. For me, one for the ages in how good this drama series could be!
I well remember watching Combat! first run. I remember my Dear Mom escaping to her bedroom to spin her records or listen to the radio when Combat! came on. In retrospect, I felt sorry for my Mom in trying to find serenity whenever Combat! filled our household with the sound of ten thousand gunshots (or more) every week! There's an episode coming up soon for you, episode 19, More Than a Soldier, that starts off with blistering action with at least what sounds like ten thousand rounds being fired off in the first 5 minutes, when actor Ron Soble (who I always thought could have been Lee Van Cleef's little brother), playing a German soldier, rips through magazine after magazine from his Schmeisser sub-machine gun...it's really incredible, even for this action-packed show, and you can really tell Soble is enjoying himself! This is a Vic Morrow episode with guest star Tommy Sands the pop singer. Still a lot of great stuff coming your way in seasons four and five too! Great and interesting reviews as always Doug!
Great tribute to the lovely Andra Martin, Jeff! So glad you can watch these entertaining WB detective shows on Archive.org or Uncle Earl's Classic TV channel! I have all of the big 4 WB detective series complete on DVD-R in varying states of watchability. But these shows, along with the WB westerns, are real meat and potatoes in my youthful classic TV world! Love 'em!
I have to check this one out! From what I've seen, Bachelor Father was a truly delightful and long lasting series. Time to take a deeper dive into this show, well represented on YT and Dailymotion.