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Discussion in 'TV on DVD and Blu-ray' started by Bryan^H, Aug 28, 2015.
1/3 of the way through Season 2 on The A-Team
I'm still praying for mini skirts, white go-go boots, flip hairdos and pale lipstick to return.
Just got started on Kino Lorber's blu ray of The Master with Lee Van Cleef and Timothy Van Patten. Oy!
I Dream of Jeannie
"The Yacht Murder Case" (S1E6)
I must admit my only rationale for watching this series is the voyeuristic opportunity aimed at Barbara Eden. Beyond that, the senseless avoidance of her physical charms and wish-granting capability by her master Tony Nelson (Larry Hagman) is enough to impel any sentient human to chewing carpet tacks in frustration. I put forth to the jury that Captain Nelson is a moron.
Tony is tapped with the responsibility of escorting aeronautics bigwig P.J. Ferguson (David Brian) around the base, a chore made more pleasant by the inclusion of his lovely daughter Nina (Sharon Ferrell). Tony is invited to join both on P.J.'s yacht for cocktails that evening, causing him to renege on his promise to take Jeannie to the beach. Think about this for a second---Jeannie...at the beach...in a bikini...all wet...and he opts for something else...
I repeat, Major Nelson is a moron.
Sharon Ferrill, David Brian, Hayden Rorke
Of course Jeannie does not take kindly to this rebuff and poofs onto the yacht in time to see Tony and barely-clad Nina being chummy on deck. The yacht--an obvious studio set--appears to have been constructed by a high school shop class, coupled with a backdrop projection of the ocean that showcases seemingly stationary waves--a fairly unique phenomenon in marine nature. PJ and Nina secretly catch Tony reprimanding Jeannie just before she pulls her disappearing act. Dumbfounded, they can only assume Tony murdered her by pushing the lady overboard. Major Nelson lands in jail. If you're looking for a logical conclusion to this dilemma, then it's time to put the Jim Beam back into the cupboard. As per usual, Dr. Bellows (Hayden Rorke) gets embroiled in all the nonsense and once again exhibits the aptitude of a stewed turnip.
Sharon Ferrell was one of many actresses from the 60's that I lusted after as a teen. Apparently she had that effect on a few others as she was married no less than five times--perhaps bringing a different meaning to the concept of rinse and repeat...
Apart from Ann Landers and Jerry Mathers, Sharon is the most famous notable hailing from Sioux City, Iowa.
Truly, I do hate to cheapen this thread with a bunch of exploitative and discriminatory photos.
Nah, not really.
I love I Dream of Jeannie, but it took a little while for it to hit its stride. The very early episodes are less energetic than later. Once Roger was let in on the secret, the comedic timing of Hagman and Daily - along with the deadpan brilliance of Hayden Rorke - made the series truly magical. As a kid, I tuned in for Ms. Eden. As an adult, I watch for the antics of Tony, Roger and Dr. Bellows.
Don't you have that backwards?
Or maybe you were ahead of the game...
I grant you that upon recently viewing this series after several decades, that I am much more impressed with Larry Hagman's comic ability. I do agree with Russ that Major Nelson is a major moron for his continued avoidance of Jeannie's charms - though I suppose network censors and the mores of the times are more to blame...
Great photos of Ms. Ferrell, Russ! Especially the one above.
I Dream of Jeannie seemed good at casting extremely attractive female guest stars for Jeannie to get jealous of.
Maybe backwards, but that's how it went. A hormonal young pup was all over that, but as I got older and watched the show repeatedly, the comedic talents of the fellas made me laugh a lot more than Jeannie. And yeah, the standards of the time had to keep it chaste. Actually, if you watch the earlier episodes, the sexual chemistry is pushed a little harder. Jeannie actually was toned down a bit to emphasize the romantic aspects of her affections.
I'm OK with that
Sabrina the Teenage (23 year old and producing her own show and who is now 43) Princess. watching daily during my lunch hour while washing the dishes and having lunch and entertaining the dogs, all together..it's wild. plus, pretending not to notice Sabrina's curves since I'm in my 50s and she's still too young.
Watched Happy Days Fonzie jumps the shark 3 parter. and just wow. It could not have been more COOL...40+ years ago. Now... weird. I do wish I still had my white t with fonz going aayyyayayyayyyyyyyy... with his thumbs.
Two-thirds of the way through the second season's worth on The A-Team; Stephen J. Cannell's credit has been modified, in that we now face him straight-on (albeit he is seated at a diagonal)...
Unlike before, the shot does not move; however, the logo is the same for which Cannell was famous (him typing on that piece of paper, pulling it out, tossing it, and having it turn into the equally-famous "C").
The logo was modified as of the second-season episode "The Maltese Cow" (OAD Tuesday, December 13, 1983 on NBC).
Here is the Universal/Cannell sequence from The A-Team that involves this logo change...
I always loved the Cannell logo, but the music made me think of a super-upbeat and calm Lost in Space cliffhanger. Like if they finally got home or something. It's those last three notes.
Maybe it's just me.
Make Room For Daddy
"Uncle Tonoose Goes Looking For Work" (S11E22)
Although I did not go back to research through all the pages in this thread, I'm betting this is the only time this sitcom has been featured here. A successful show in it's time, it's probably unfamiliar to many reading this.
I know that to you young-'uns the likes of Charlie's Angels, Mannix, Lost In Space, etc. are considered as "classic" TV--and as well they should to you--but to us older farts, the black and white, 3 camera sitcom technique from the 1950's spells childhood to us.
Make Room For Daddy appeared on ABC from 1953 to 1957, shifting to CBS afterwards. In was a thinly disguised TV vehicle for popular nightclub performer Danny Thomas, who essentially plays himself in the series. It was the show-within-a-show format successfully used by the likes of George Burns, Joey Bishop, Desi Arnaz, Dick Van Dyke, et al. Playing Danny's wife Kathy is gorgeous Marjorie Lord--the ubiquitous sitcom housewife with movie star looks flitting around the house in a cocktail dress and battling over the dinner menu with the housemaid. His kids are the precocious Rusty (Rusty Hamer) and Linda (Angela Cartwright--that's right--her first gig wasn't Lost In Space).
The story lines in this series were fairly simple and one-dimensional. Here, Danny's Uncle Tonoose (Hans Conried) comes to New York to get work as a means to prove his "head-of-the-family" status.
Marjorie Lord, the kids, the always hilarious Hans Conried as Uncle Tonoose
Although vehemently opposed, Danny gets Uncle Tonoose a job as a stock boy in a ladies' shoe store. The overconfident Tonoose re-titles his position as Executive in charge of Inventory Distribution, then fails miserably at the job. All the laughs come from his inadvertent insults to a matronly customer. Hans Conried's comedy is always timeless.
Before Angela Cartwright appeared in the series, Sherry Jackson played Danny's original daughter. I think we've expended all the cheesecake pics possible of Miss Jackson already in this thread, so I won't even try.
When Danny Thomas decided to shut down the show in 1963, Rusty Hamer became one of many tragic child actors that never made the leap to adulthood success in the industry. After a long series of menial jobs, he ended it all with a .357 Magnum to his head in 1990.
Danny frequently calls his wife Kathy "Irish" or "Lover". Danny Thomas himself is Lebanese.
Besides Angela Cartwright and Sherry Jackson, another degree of separation to later "classic" TV was Danny Thomas' real life daughter Marlo, the feisty star of :
Just watched episode 4 of The Master on the Kino Lorber blu ray. Wow, what a guest cast! David McCallum, George Lazenby, Monte Markham, Bob Dowdell! And it's a really good episode to boot (well, relatively speaking). What a fun series.
And mother of the even more gorgeous Anne Archer!
There was actually one or two years of overlap on the show with both Sherry Jackson and Angela Cartwright as regulars.