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What did you watch this week in classic TV on DVD(or Blu)?

Discussion in 'TV on DVD and Blu-ray' started by Bryan^H, Aug 28, 2015.

  1. Jeff Flugel

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    Really agree with this, especially with late 50s / early 60s shows. The half-hour format lends itself to tight, lean stories.
     
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    RAWHIDE SEASON 6

    Episode #23

    “Incident at Hourglass”
    written by John Hawkins
    directed by Christian Nyby
    guests: Jay C. Flippen, Elizabeth MacRae, John Anderson, Kent Smith, Russell Arms

    Rowdy Yates and Jim Quince stop at a military camp in order to have permission to cross through Hourglass Pass but the old Sergeant (actor Jay C. Flippen) informs them they can’t because they’re about to build a dam. Favor tries to negotiate with the CO Captain James Rankin (actor John Anderson) but fails and later on meets an old female acquaintance named Sally-Ann (actress Elizabeth MacRae) who begs him to stay for dinner with her husband (the Captain) who insists. After the supper, the Captain leaves in a hurry because of a mysterious message. Bored to death by her military life, Sally-Ann begs Favor to bring her with him and offers him some money from a chest. The aide eavesdrops, bursts into the room and to arrest and knock out from the rear Favor when Sally-Ann guns Lieutenant Cooke down (off-camera). The day after, Favor must stand a military trial for his so-called crime. The drovers of Favor’s cattle drive decide to investigate at the military camp.

    It’s a blue soldier intrigue and a court-martial episode featuring a manipulative mythomaniac housewife. After the previous “Incident at Zebulon”, Favor is again involved in a trial supervised by righteous men in uniform and avoids to be executed. Actor John Anderson will return next season as an officer again in “Retreat”. Contains stock music from The Twilight Zone: Bernard Herrmann’s “Walking Distance”.

    Highly recommended!
     
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    I Spy, second-season episode "Lori," OAD Wednesday, September 21, 1966 on NBC
     
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    RAWHIDE SEASON 6

    Episode #24

    “Incident of the Odyssey”
    written by Samuel Roeca
    story by Samuel Roeca and Sheldon Stark
    directed by Thomas Carr
    music by Nathan Scott
    guests: Mickey Rooney, Carole Mathews, Raymond Guth, John Pickard, Roy Jenson

    It starts out as with the grim and solemn funeral of a drover named Charlie Morgan who used to die during a very hard drive: superb dignified scene. Rowdy Yates resigns from his job of ramrod and goes to town with Wishbone. Later on, the majority of drovers quits the cattle drive. Returning to the drive, Yates and Wishbone save from jail and bring back a Greek drifter named Pan (actor Mickey Rooney) with a circus background, a gift for flute and piano and looking for a job—he first steals the boots of Yates in town. The remaining drovers are sore and bitter and on the brink of leaving. Favor is perceived as tyrannical and the drovers refuse to obey. Pan acts as a middleman between Favor and his drovers. During rest, Yates plays the guitar at the camp. The episode title refers to Homer’s Odyssey and Pan’s search for the ideal woman: a saloon girl in a cheap town.

    The character of Pan will influence one maverick midget character named Mordecai in High Plains Drifter (1973).
    The next season will follow that dark and existential direction under producer Bruce Geller, creator of Mission: Impossible.
     
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    RAWHIDE SEASON 6

    Episode #25

    “Incident of the Banker”
    written by Chris Miller
    directed by Christian Nyby
    guests: Lola Albright, Allyn Joslyn, Virginia Gregg, Addison Richards, Adrienne Marden, Don Diamond

    It’s a fun and ‘light’ exchange of job story. After a chaotic night stampede during a nasty thunderstorm, Gil Favor resumes to the camp and gets a full damage report from Wishbone and Hey Soos which make him mad and, on top of that, Yates suggests he should quit his job. The next day, Favor stops at Ashton Corners to get some money at the bank and meets his old friend Albert Ashton Warner daydreaming about being a drover instead of running a bank. Favor first refuses to take him with him and later gets clubbed in a back alley by Warner who steals his money in order to force him to shift social positions. Favor rides to warn his men about the new trail boss: a banker. Yates is ordered by Favor to train clumsy and unfitted Warner but the men make their best to discourage him but in vain. The wife of Warner worries and makes a deal with Favor to get her husband back and to avoid bankruptcy.
     
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    Star Trek - Season 3 bluray
    Wink Of An Eye (3.11) Kathie Browne, Jason Evers. A planet with no living beings only insect life until Captain Kirk is speeded up to become a boy toy. I have always enjoyed this one for cementing Kirk's reputation as a ladies man.
    Elaan of Troyius (3.13) France Nuyen, Jay Robinson. Helen of Troy in space with tears that make men crazy. Another third season episode that I have a fondness for.

    Mission:Impossible - Season 2
    The Phoenix (2.23) Alf Kjellin. Standard caper, create a non-existent threat to steal an alloy back and frame the "victim".
    Trial By Fury (2.24) Michael Tolan, Victor French, Sid Haig, Paul Winfield, Joseph Bernard. Stalag 17 IMF style trying to suss out an informer. Guest appearance from Stalag 13. Just needed to see Sgt. Schulz :D.
    Recovery (2.25) Bradford Dillman. The IMF must recover a guidance system and the defector.

    Perry Mason - Season 5
    The Case of the Angry Astronaut (5.25) James Coburn, Robert Bray, Jeanne Bal. Mitch Heller is having emotional problems doing his job as a test astronaut at a private company. The problems become worse when a new man taking over is the general who fired Heller from the Mercury program. Heller is charged with murder.
    The Case of the Borrowed Baby (5.26) Hugh MArlowe, Corey Allen, Maria Palmer. Perry and Della find a baby in his office leading Della to be a mom and Perry trying to find the mother. He finds another man is also trying to sell information about the baby. When he is found dead, the mother looks to be guilty.
    The Case of the Counterfeit Crank (5.27) Otto Kruger, Jeannette Nolan, Don Dubbins, Connie Hines, Burt Reynolds. Gus Dalgran has been acting strangely and his business is suffering from someone embezzling. As things spiral out of his control, his nephew decides to have him declared incompetent. When the nephew is murdered, Gus is charged.
    The Case of the Ancient Romeo (2.28) Jeff Morrow, Rex Reason, Patricia Huston, Antionette Bower, Robert Cornthwaite. A new actress takes over the part of Juliet in a theater company's L.A. show, upsetting the members. Steve Brock is especially upset when his girlfriend loses the part. He is charged when the theater company owner is killed after a fight scene with him.
    The Case of the Promoter's Pillbox (2.29) Geraldine Brooks, Linden Chiles, Dianne Foster, Ben Cooper. Herbert Simms wants to be a screenwriter instead of a pharmacist. When his script is stolen by an unscrupulous producer, he steals his script back. When he tries to put it back, he stumbles into the producer's dead body and is charged.
    The Case of the Lonely Eloper (2.30) Jack Ging, John Dall, Jana Taylor, Joan Staley. Merle Telford is nearly 21 but has the personality of a youngster due to her overbearing guardian's wife. Merle plans to elope after her birthday but the plans go askew when the wife is murdered and diamonds are stolen. Merle is charged.



     
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    Finished my SEARCH-1972 marathon. I liked it. The pilot, PROBE, was released in 2011 and the series in 2014. Not sure when I bought both, but it was years ago. There was a science series, also, called PROBE, at that time, so they changed the series name to SEARCH, to avoid confusion. TVGuide.
    Above cover art by Bob Peak

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    Angel Tompkins was only in the pilot and two other episodes. Cheryl Ladd was in a few more as one of the techs at mission control.

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    I mentioned in post #945 that SEARCH has all the original bumpers, I forgot to mention that all episodes have the pre-credit teasers, too. Teaser/bumper wise SEARCH might be the most complete WAC TV series release in my collection.
     
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    RAWHIDE SEASON 6

    Episode #26

    “Incident at Deadhorse, Part 1”
    written by ‘associate producer’ Paul King
    directed by Thomas Carr
    music composed and conducted by Leon Klatzkin for Part 1
    guests: Burgess Meredith, Broderick Crawford, Chill Wills, Robert Middleton, Paul Carr, Hampton Fancher, Hugh Sanders

    “Between the cradle and the grave lies but a haircut and a shave.”
    —Hangman Hannibal H. Plew


    It’s a spooky and grim tale about the death penalty question. In the town of Deadhorse and at the saloon, judge John Hogan (actor Robert Middleton) sentences to death by hanging Jud Hammerklein (actor Broderick Crawford) on the 13th at 3 PM. His crime: the murder of a card player/gambler Nate Neilson who killed his son. Sheriff Asa Tanner (actor Chill Wills) refuses to apply the sentence and therefore the judge summons a professional hangman. Meanwhile and while fishing in a very laid-back way, Rowdy Yates and Jim Quince exhume the body of a mysterious little man named Hannibal H. Plew (actor Burgess Meredith) from a stone grave that appears alive but with a ‘broken neck’ and accompanied by a faithful white mule Henrietta—Hey Soos believes he is Death itself. Later on, Plew informs Favor he must go to Deadhorse for a professional appointment on the 13th. During the travel, Hey Soos gets bitten by a snake and Plew takes care of his recovery during a whole night and successfully remove the poison. Wishbone and Mushy escort him in order to buy supplies. Entering Deadhorse, Plew discovers the ineffective scaffold on the street and his victim at the saloon accompanied by his two young sons who used to kill him!
    Recommended!

    Continued Next Week…
     
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    Episode #27
    “Incident at Deadhorse, Part 2”
    written by ‘associate producer’ Paul King
    directed by Thomas Carr
    music composed and conducted by Richard Shores for Part 2
    guests: Burgess Meredith, Broderick Crawford, Chill Wills, Robert Middleton, Paul Carr, Hampton Fancher, Hugh Sanders

    “And I looked behold a pale horse, and his name that sat on his back was Death.”
    —Hey Soos


    Plew double-check the mechanism of the scaffold and the biological profil of the guilty one. Wishbone warns the sheriff about the security of hangman Plew after the achievement of his duty. Later at night while Yates is doing the cooking, the gang of Hammerklein bring back the chuck wagon with tied up Wishbone and Mushy and punished Plew with tar and feathers. The outfit learns the job of Plew and his haunting past (his first job, the origin of his broken neck). The next day, Plew returns to town to perform his duty and starts to rebuild the scaffold. A few minutes later, the outfit of Gil Favor arrives to help Plew.

    It starts as a courtroom and a legal-oriented pro-death penalty drama during Part 1. It unfolds as a semi-mystical two-parter because of the hangman character that superstitious Hey Soos defines as the grim reaper by quoting the Bible! The outcome of the second part is bigger-than-life and in the line of the 1957 Gunfight at the O.K. Corral: two sides (the Hammerkleins posse versus the Gil Favor’s outfit) face each other in a grand finalé. It’s the companion piece to the season 6 “Incident of the Wanderer” with a religious figure wandering in the wilderness on his way to a town to prevent an execution. As in the season 5 “Incident of the Four Horsemen” and in the tradition of the macabre “The Premature Burial” from Thriller, a man resurrect from the dead so to speak. Notice the score of a brand new composer for that final part which is extremely rare on a series—the percussions’ use by Richard Shores is typical of his music writing style.

    One of the rare two-parter episodes from the series that is highly recommended!
     
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    This two-parter sounds very intriguing, John. And Burgess Meredith, Chill Wills and Broderick Crawford are some heavyweight guest stars.
     
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    This is the masterpiece that closes the season. The remaining three episodes look standard by contrast but I will deal with them.
     
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    Hogan's Heroes - 1.4 "The Late Inspector General"
    Hogan mistakenly overpraises Col. Klink in front of the Inspector General (John Dehner, in typically fine form), which results in Klink's imminent promotion to Berlin. Hogan and company then have to work overtime to ruin Klink's reputation. Good solid outing. Always nice to see Dehner, who was adept at both comedy and drama, do his thing. He fits right in with the broad spirit of the show.

    The Wild Wild West - 1.8 "The Night of the Dancing Death"
    Jim and Artie contend with a criminal organization headed by an arrogant, menacing prince (Peter Mark Richman). Lots of action and intrigue, per usual, but the "gung fu" used by West and the villain looks a tad silly now. I'm glad they dropped that aspect from the second season on, as the action scenes work a lot better when Conrad and the stuntmen focus on good old-fashioned fisticuffs. Peter Mark Richman is ferocious as the main bad guy; he's an actor I haven't really paid enough attention to in the past, but this year of focusing on watching a lot of archive TV has really made me appreciate his screen presence and intensity a heck of a lot.

    The Rifleman - 2.23 "The Grasshopper"
    Excellent episode here, written by Pat Fielder, who wrote scripts for many TV westerns as well as the terrific 50s sci-fi classic, The Monster That Challenged the World. Lucas and son hop on a train that is also carrying a nasty prisoner (Richard Devon, who has one of those classic western bad guy faces) with an axe to grind with McCain. Things come to a head when a swarm of locusts stop the train and the thug and his brother take the other passengers, including Mark, hostage. Features a nice guest turn by Arthur Hunnicutt. Nobody gives the cold, squinty side eye like big Chuck Connors.

    Columbo - 4.2 "Negative Reaction"
    Last Sunday we finally got internet installed in our new place, and since a cable TV package came with it for basically free, we now have a few channels with something decent to watch on them for a change. One of the channels, AXN Mystery, was airing a classic Columbo marathon, in HD and uncut. This was the only one I was able to catch in full. This is one of the 90-plus minute Columbos; I generally prefer the shorter, tighter 75-minute episodes, but the extra time here did allow for a really fun scene with Larry Storch as an uptight driving instructor who is beside himself at the Lieutenant's sloppy and inattentive driving technique. It's also fun to see perennial good guy Dick Van Dyke play a real cold-hearted killer...though you could almost feel sympathy for him bumping off his shrewish wife (Antoinette Bower) with superhot secretary JoAnna Cameron waiting in the wings. Also with Don Gordon, Joyce Van Patten and David Sheiner.

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    Jeff, this classic TV experience of ours is truly a small world! I just finished watching tonight an episode of McMillan, the final season of McMillan & Wife sans Susan St. James, where JoAnna Cameron was the eye candy along with Joan Van Ark...she does some staged "modeling shoot" type scenes where she really makes an impression! What a coincidence!

    All those other guest stars you mentioned are like familiar friends...(Peter) Mark Richman, John Dehner, Don Gordon, David Sheiner, Antoinette Bower, Joyce Van Patten, Richard Devon etc., all great! Have you ever seen Yancy Derringer? Richard Devon is memorable in a comedic recurring role as Jock Mahoney's con man sidekick and regular cellmate on that very entertaining one season show that I absolutely love!

    And Dick Van Dyke is still going strong...podcaster Stu Shostak posted photos on FB taken on Halloween night of the great man and his wife...and their home decorated in spectacular fashion for the kids...he looks great and (I think) is in the soon to open Mary Poppins remake...
     
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    Pursuant to my above post, here are some quick screen caps I took of JoAnna Cameron from McMillan S6, Have You Heard About Vanessa? (April 24, 1977)...another wow factor from the '70s...
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    Thanks for the comments, Randall! Both JoAnna Cameron and Joan Van Ark (at the epitome of her hotness in the 70s) in the same McMillan episode? That's some nice eye candy indeed.

    Wholeheartedly agree about all those great stars of yesteryear...and of course good old Dick Van Dyke, still hale and hearty (the much younger wife must help).

    Oh, yeah, I have Yancy Derringer and love that series, one of the best blind buys to come out of the late, great Timeless Media Group! Jock Mahoney is excellent in that series. I forgot that Richard Devon plays Mahoney's sometimes sidekick, though...no wonder he looked so familiar in that Rifleman episode.
     
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    Yowza!!! (Where's the drool bucket emoji when you need it?)
     
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    Jeff, I shouldn't have neglected Joan Van Ark either...here she is in the same episode...screen caps from Have You Heard About Vanessa? (Apr. 24, 1977) McMillan S6...
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    This episode is clearly inspired by the great 1944 film noir Laura...and I do think that the lovely JoAnna Cameron has, at least, a slight resemblance to Gene Tierney from the original classic film...a gallery of fashion photos as seen in her apartment...
    A joanna 4.JPG

    The bewitching lady herself...
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    I watched the Saturday morning kids program Isis in the 75/76 season for no other reason than JoAnna Cameron.
     
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    RAWHIDE SEASON 6

    Episode #28

    “Incident of the Gilded Goddess”
    written by Don Brinkley
    directed by Christian Nyby
    guests: Dina Merrill, Herbert Rudley, Robert Stevenson

    It’s a runaway manipulative gambling house queen with a heavy past including a murder charge at Langtry City. Lisa Temple alias Louis Vestal (actress Dina Merrill) appears out of the blue and faints on her way down the hill when Wishbone and Mushy take care of her. She tells Favor she must go to Fort Bradley to join her husband: Major Temple. Lisa Temple recognize Rowdy Yates who knows her as a dubious person. Favor orders Yates to escort her at Palo Pinto’s sheriff office but he fails and on his return to the drive, a posse of Langtry officials stop at the camp to get and hang her. Favor is forced to bring her to the sheriff in the middle of the night but the morning after she guns him down in the back! Yates goes catching her! Both actors Clint Eastwood and Dina Merrill do a fine performance.
     
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    RAWHIDE SEASON 6

    Episode #29
    “Incident at Seven Fingers”
    written by John Hawkins
    story by John Hawkins and John Dunkel
    directed by Christian Nyby
    music by Leon Klatzkin
    guests: William Marshall, Harry Townes, Don Marshall, Keg Johnson, Hari Rhodes

    It’s a fugitive blue coat sergeant adventure. First, Yates meets sergeant Sam Turner (actor William Marshall) during an ambush and gets robbed of his gear and then hires him as a handy man and later on the sergeant get arrested by the Captain (actor Harry Townes) of his company. Favor is skeptical about the charges against the sergeant and, worst of all, doesn’t trust the men of the company and asks permission to escort the prisoner to the Fort to avoid any lynching. The reason behind Turner’s charges lies in Captain Coulter who suffers from dizzy spells owing to a bullet wound which make him loose his memory. It’s the companion piece to the season 3 “Incident of the Buffalo Soldier” because of the thematic of a black blue coat on the run.
     
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