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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.

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    Starsky & Hutch: Season 1
    Episode 3 - Death Ride
    A solid but not great episode for a show that still seems to be finding it's groove. The guys have to protect a gangsters daughter, and seem to get a lot more than they bargain for with all kinds of people on both sides of the law more interested than seems logical.

    Mannix: Season 2
    Episode 4 - To the Swiftest, Death
    Mannix decides to pick up a new hobby: auto racing. As luck would have it a death takes place during his first race. It appears to be an accident but the drivers wife (Jill Ireland) thinks it was murder and hires Mannix to check it out. Much like the Starsky and Hutch episode above, a variety of good guys and bad guys don't want Joe to dig in. For a change Joe does not get beat up in this episode. (Instead he gets shot in the arm.) Maybe my favorite part of the episode was seeing Hugh Beaumont in a small roll as a fed. I don't think I had ever seen him in anything except Leave It To Beaver.

    Gunsmoke: Season 1
    Episode 1 - Matt Gets It
    Doug Wallen's great write ups of this series inspired me to get it off the shelf. Because it had been so long since I watched it I started back at the very beginning. I love the John Wayne intro and enjoyed the episode. It was interesting to me to see a very young Amanda Blake playing Kitty as a much less assertive character than I remember from later years.

    Beverly Hillbillies: Season 3
    Episode 5: Doctor Jed Clampett
    I enjoyed this episode which had Jed getting an honorary doctorate degree which of course caused the entire clan to assume he could hang out a shingle as a medical doctor. Granny is jealous, Jethro is stupid and great fun follows.
     
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    Over the course of three days I did a June Lockhart guest star marathon (in which no episodes of "Lassie", "Lost In Space" or "Petticoat Junction" were watched) covering the 50s and 60s (and in effect all three windows where she was not a series regular)

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    In the 1957-58 season, just before she joined "Lassie", June logged a number of guest shots in westerns.

    Have Gun Will Travel, S1-"No Visitors."
    Have Gun Will Travel, S1-"The Return of Dr. Thackeray"

    June made two appearances as the aspiring female frontier doctor, Phyllis Thackeray. In the second appearance she gets more on-screen romance with Paladin than she did in all of her regular series episodes combined!

    Cimarron City-"Medicine Man"

    In this one, June is not the doctor but the loyal wife of Dr. Gary Merrill whose shady past is the reason why he's been forced to ply his trade as a patent medicine salesman.

    Gunsmoke, S3-"Dirt"

    The one western appearance where June is cast against type and not a mother/loyal wife or maternal authority figure. Here she plays a slightly disturbed loose woman (50s translation-hooker) whose obsession with a local rancher leads her to shoot him on his wedding day.

    Wagon Train, S1-"The Sarah Drummond Story"

    This appearance proves how the arguments of TV being "too afraid to tackle controversial subjects in the 50s" is a lie. In this one, June is married to Gene Evans, who leaves her alone when racist Indian hater William Talman (slipping away from "Perry Mason" for this guest shot) gets him to come along with a group to track down Sioux. But while left alone, June is in the discrete TV euphemisms of the day raped by an intruding Indian and made pregnant. We jump ahead months where Evans is concealing her condition and wants June to give the baby up to an Indian tribe upon its birth so that way no one will know what happened to her. This is when Flint McCullough arrives to offer help.

    Wagon Train, S3-"The Ricky And Laurie Bell Story".

    This as far as I can tell was June's only episodic TV guest shot during her stint on "Lassie." She and James Gregory are formerly high society easterners gone broke whose plans for settling west are delayed and complicated when she becomes pregnant and has a son, and how Gregory is too immature to adapt to the demands of fatherhood.

    Zane Grey Theater, S2-"Handful Of Ashes"

    June is reunited with Gene Evans again, but this time in a tale that involves Evans as a wanted gunman stumbling in on her cabin she lives in with her doddering father Thomas Mitchell who is known for telling tall tales about famous exploits of his that never happened.


    After June left "Lassie" she logged more guest shots during the 1964-65 season before "Lost In Space" debuted.

    Perry Mason, S8-"The Case Of the Scandalous Sculptor."

    June is a wealthy woman married to irresponsible sculptor Sean McClorry (the lone casualty of John Wayne's crew in "Island In The Sky"). June ends up on trial for the murder of her husband's sculptor model (Sue Ann Langdon)

    Bewitched, S1-"Little Pitchers Have Big Fears."

    This is not your typical "Bewitched" episode as it's more situation than gimmick driven and even has at times pseudo dramedy overtones. June is the over-protective mother of a neighborhood boy Samantha befriends because his mother is keeping him all sheltered. Samantha wants to help him out but the danger of improperly interfering weighs heavily.

    Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea, S1-"The Ghost Of Moby Dick."

    The guest shot that won her the part on "Lost In Space" is also one of her best guest shots and one of Voyage's best episodes. This modern version of the Moby Dick tale (complete with a nod to the movie by having Richard Basehart, who played Ishmael in it, reading a passage from the book at one point) has June and Edward Binns as married scientists whose teenaged son was killed when they were studying a giant whale in the South Atlantic that came up and rammed their boat. Binns has become insanely obsessed with wanting to kill the whale that killed their son. June's dramatic scenes are incredibly compelling and this kind of human drama we never saw in Voyage after its first season (not to mention such a solid role for a woman)

    The Man From UNCLE, S1-"The Dove Affair."

    June takes second billing in this episode to Ricardo Montalban, playing the "innocent", a schoolteacher who gets caught up in Solo's attempt to get out of a Balkan country safely and vying with the mysterious Montalban for control of a dove brooch that contains valuable information. The at times nuanced and complex script is by Robert Towne, his last ever TV script before hitting it big in the movies.

    Family Affair, S3-"The Substitute Teacher"

    In between LIS and "Petticoat Junction", June did this episode as a substitute teacher that Jody develops a crush on.
     
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    Well, that pic of June certainly makes me rethink a little differently about Timmy's mom.
     
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    I always thought the silver spacesuit flattered her well. :)

    And her daughter Anne from "Battlestar Galactica" was one of my early crushes.
     
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    Knight Rider season 1. Knight of the Phoenix, Trust Doesn’t Rust

    Season 2 Goliath, Goliath Returns, Mouth of the Snake

    Season 3. Knight of the Drones, KITT vs. KARR, Lost Knight, Knight in Disgrace

    Season 4. Knight of the Juggernaut. Killer KITT
     
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    Up to second season's worth on The A-Team (1983-84, green discs); finished first one (orange discs)

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    Ah, the immortal Goliath episodes with Hasselhoff's over the top dual role (and Ann Turkel in the second one which was her second appearance overall)
     
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    Yeah. Too bad Hasselhoff asked to retire Garthe. But the show did have a few recycled plots. Garthe, KARR, destroying/rebuilding/hacking KITT
     
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    The Outer Limits - Season 2 Bluray
    The Inheritors: Part 2 (2.11) Excellent conclusion.

    Keeper Of The Purple Twilight (2.12) Robert Webber, Warren Stevens. Great alien look, examination of the nature of "love".

    The Duplicate Man (2.13) Could have been episode examining the benefits/morals of cloning co-opted into a monster story again delving into aspects of romantic love.

    Counterweight (2.14) Michael Constantine, Jacqueline Scott. 6 people in an experimental "spaceflight". Beyond dull.

    The Brain Of Colonel Barham (2.15) Antony Eisley, Grant Williams. Frankenstein in a bottle or the proto "Spock's Brain".

    Have Gun - Will Travel - Complete Series

    The Prize Fight Story (1.30) Don Megowan, George E. Stone, Gage Clark, King Calder, Hal Baylor, Ben Wright. Paladin gets involved with guaranteeing a fair fight that sees him enter the ring.

    Hey Boy's Revenge (1.31) Kam Tong, Pernell Roberts, Philip Ahn, Lisa Lu, Olan Soule. Hey Boy is missing and Paladin searches for him. Nice episode accenting the relationship these two very different men have.

    The Five Books Of Owen Deaver (1.32) James Olson, Lurene Tuttle, Walter Barnes, Alan Carney. The son of an old friend has replaced his father as the law and declared the town to be modeled after Philadelphia (no guns, limited drinks, etc). This naturally upsets the cowboys who want to blow off some steam. Paladin visits in order to balance things out.

    Doctor Who - Tom Baker Seaon 7 - Bluray Season 18
    State Of Decay (18.13, 18.14, 18.15, 18.16) Emrys James, Rachel Davies, William Lindsey, Clinton Greyn, John Leeson. Doctor Who does vampires. First story with Adric as a stow away. Rather intriguing story that makes vampires ancient enemies of the TimeLords. Still have the same dodgy effects work that does not completely ruin the story. I have always enjoyed vampire stories and that helps this one go down rather well.

    The High Chaparral - Season 2

    A Fella Named Killroy (2.23) Ron Hays, Bert Freed. A wandering "troublemaker" arrives at the Chaparral. He knows Buck who is aware of Killroy's strengths and foibles. Even still, he is hired on and trouble just seems to tag along. Fun episode with a nice turn by Bert Freed.

    No Bugles, No Drums (2.24) Bethel Leslie, William Sylvester, Pamelyn Ferdin, Art Metrano. We get Buck's tragic love story past episode. I am a sucker for solo Buck stories and this is a very good one. Cameron Mitchell was born to play this character.

    The Lion Sleeps (2.25) Frank Silvera, Brenda Benet. Gotta love Brenda Benet, so gorgeous in this episode. Don Montoya is convinced heis injury will put him in the grave so he plans to provide for his family and arranges land deals and a wedding. Upon finding out he will live, he continues the charade in hopes he can gain ultimate power for the Montoya name.

    For The Love Of Carlos ( 2.26) Michael Ansara, Armando Islas, Pamelyn Ferdin (again). An outlaw's son is found near death on the desert and is brought to the Chaparral. Carlos is sent to school and lives with a local family in Tucson as Victoria subs for the regular teacher. Carlos begins to like the comfort and routine of family life and decides to stay with his adopted family. His father is not pleased. No cliffhanger, but the episode is an excellent one to end the season on.




     
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    "The Actress" (S4E22)

    Julia Grant (Pat Crowley) and young son Tommy (Joey Scott) roll up to the Ponderosa and are met by Little Joe. Julia immediately whacks him with a horse whip. Joe is about to fall in love.

    Julia has come to Virginia City to answer a want ad for a school teacher, as subscribed by school board chairman Ben Cartwright. Ben forgot to note that the position is for a male only. As a result, she's pissed at anyone named Cartwright and takes it out on Joe. Ben may be all things to all people in the territory, but he surely needs a better Ad Editor. As a means of retribution, the Cartwrights invite Julia and son to hang with them until she finds a new situation. We soon learn that Julia is about as interested in teaching as she is in toad spit. Her real calling is as an actress. The ol' buck 'n wing, greasepaint and footlights.

    Smitten, Joe takes Julia on a tour of the Ponderosa. Watching this series as a kid, it wasn't until years later before I realized that the Ponderosa was actually a stage set. Fake trees, fake house, you can hear the actors' voices echo off the studio walls and their boots clomp on floorboards barely covered with fake dirt. Oh well--with age comes wisdom, but sometimes disappointment too.

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    Julia has her heart set on San Francisco, because she hears the town is practically screaming for more actresses. In order to keep her around, Joe gets her a job at the local saloon for $50 a week, where she knocks 'em dead with her act. Joe falls head over heels for the gal. She's 27, he's 22 (and yet he's still "Little" Joe). Julia quickly learns that Joe is secretly paying her salary and is nearly prostrate with embarrassment, threatening to leave in a huff. Short of tying her to the gas pipes at night, he'll do anything to keep her from leaving.
    Fortunately, Adam is BFF with famous actor Edwin Booth--they happened to have been frat brothers in college (or something like that)--and sets up an audition. Starstruck Julia has a choice to join Booth's troop in San Francisco or remain in Virginia City with Joe. You can take the theater out of the girl, but you can't take the girl out of the theater. She's outta there faster than an Andretti at a green light.

    Joe displays lover's angst at losing her, but dammit--the cows need milking, horses need shodding, the back 40 needs to be plowed. No time to feel sorry for oneself. Besides, Hop Sing is making almond duck for dinner. Nobody wants to miss that.

    Randoms:
    Joey Scott, who has about 30 seconds of screen time in this episode, may be recognized as little Bengie Bellamy from Leave It To Beaver.
    His career didn't exactly blossom past his tenth year.
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    Wow! Little Joe was *really* in love!

    in 1864 (Bonanza took place in the mid 1860s) average wages for a *male* schoolteacher in California was ~$74/month with female teachers averaging ~$62. Considering Nevada is "next door" but likely a bit less expensive place to live I'd guess $50 would be the average *monthly* salary for a female teacher there. A Utah farm hand in those years made ~$23/month while their counterpart in California made ~$33. Nevada is smack dab in the middle so, yeah, Joe was really wanting to keep her around.
     
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    This has got to be one of those rare cases when a female character that one of the Cartwright boys falls in love with manages to stay alive till the end of the episode!

    On the other hand, one can understand why Little Joe might be smitten with someone who looks like Pat Crowley...

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    I figure it was kind of a sneaky way for the Cartwrights to pay for sex without incurring the damnation from their more puritan-like neighbors.
    A shame that teachers' pay has only increased about 2% since the 1860's.
     
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    My latest DVD just came... The Flintstones: The Prime-Time Specials, Volume 2!

    This compilation contains all four of the NBC half-hour prime-time specials that aired in the years 1980 and 1981.

    Synopsis of each (per back cover of the DVD case):

    The Flintstones' New Neighbors (9/26/1980): When the gruesome Frankenstone family moves in next door to Fred and Wilma, Fred is furious, but Wilma insists they welcome their new neighbors. Can Frank Frankenstone turn Fred's views around?

    Fred's Final Fling (11/7/1980): A mix-up in medical records causes Fred to think that he has only 24 hours to live. Dazed by the news, Fred ponders his end and embarks on a 24-hour "do-good" blitz.

    Wind-Up Wilma (10/4/1981): After Wilma angrily pitches a melon at two thieves stealing her grocery money, the manager of the Bedrock Dodgers signs her up to pitch in the majors.

    Jogging Fever (10/11/1981): After his wife, his boss and the entire town of Bedrock notice Fred's weight gain, he decides to get in shape by running in the big Rockstone Marathon... and finds out how badly out of shape he really is.

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    Wow! It's been a long time since I thought about the Flintstones. I remember this being touted as a primetime cartoon for not only kids, but adults as well. It was a big deal in the 60's, alongside the likes of Top Cat, Huckleberry Hound, Jetsons, Rocky & Bullwinkle, etc. The animation truly sucked, but the writing was often clever and topical. Lest you think that era has passed, the Simpsons and South Park beg to differ. Still crappy animation, but certainly putting the "adult" in primetime cartoons.

    Given my druthers, I'll still take Looney Tunes over all of them.
     
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    I actually started Night Court, which even at 9 seasons I can get through very easily , but on a slower pace I'm halfway through season 1 of The Untouchables at one episode every morning when I get off work. The funny thing about that is when I grew up in the 80s and saw this on TV, it was shown late at night and that actually added to the whole "vibe".
     
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    I wonder if it has to do with living through that era, but the idea of sitting down and forcing myself to watch dramas from the ‘60s to today is foreign to me. Most of the ones mentioned in this thread are either things my parents blared downstairs while I was upstairs trying to write papers for school, while I blared classical music to drown them out, or I have seen them already. :)

    I was a sitcom fanatic, and watched the Saturday night line up with “All In The Family”, “The Jefferson’s” and “Carol Burnett”. Later it was “Friends”, “Seinfeld” “Frazier” etc.
    With the possible exception of “Carol Burnett”, I never want to see any of these again. I can’t flip fast enough past them when I see them on cable.

    My passion seems to be for things filmed before I was born like “I Love Lucy”, “The Honeymooners” and “Your Show of Shows”. (My movie interests are all for movies of the classic era). All of these were new to me.

    I remember my fathers attitude to these black and white shows and movies, which was “turn that crap off!” if he was in a bad mood. He explained once that he had lived through these eras and seen them all before. He was too busy watching “Bonanza” etc. anyway!:)
     
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    If he saw them all before and didn't want to see them again, he didn't have to-- I would have thought he'd have a little more respect for your choice to see those shows, though.
     
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    Knight Rider season 2. Knightmares

    I had a crush on Rebecca Holden (April) when I was a kid
     
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    I guess you didn’t live through the 1 TV in the tiny house years!
     
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