Friday, August 26, 2016


Henry McCord: 
I'm having a tough time with this.  I haven't been sleeping well.

Allison McCord: 

Henry McCord: 
Yeah.... I've been watching a lot of 'Gunsmoke' in the middle of the night.

Allison McCord: 
What's 'Gunsmoke'?

Henry McCord: 
It's an old TV show, a Western.  I liked it as a kid...

Henry McCord: 
Today I just wanted to go back in Time to our trip to England 
when touring churches was our thing.

Allison McCord: 
You should wake me up the next time you watch 'Gunsmoke'.  
Maybe that could be our thing.


Whenever pozz'ble, if it's not a specific mention for the TV show, then I'm going to treat any reference to 'Gunsmoke' as being about the 1953 movie which starred Audie Murphy:

A young gun slinger tries to help a rancher and his daughter save their land and cattle from an evil, wealthy land owner. (From the IMDb)

In this case, it has to be about the TV show since Professor McCord was watching "lots of" it - as in lots of episodes - every night.  Not that it matters, however - 'Madam Secretary' takes place in an alternate TV dimension.

But the classic Western has been mentioned in plenty of other TV shows which did take place in the same TV dimension, Earth Prime-Time.

The Phil Silvers Show: Bilko's TV Pilot
While watching another show, Rizik recognizes a bad guy from "Gunsmoke".

Hancock's Half Hour: The Set That Failed
Hancock acts out a scene from this show.

Make Room for Daddy: Everything Happens to Me
One of four western series from which Rusty wants autographs from everyone.

Make Room for Daddy: The P.T.A. Bash
Danny mentions the show, while performing a comedy routine for the P.T.A.

Car 54, Where Are You?: No More Pickpockets
Wearing a cowboy hat, while working undercover, Muldoon is mistaken for Marshal Dillon.

Mister Ed: Ed the Beachcomber (1962) (TV Episode)
Mister Ed mentions Matt Dillon.

Stoney Burke: Child of Luxury
Stoney is told he'll ride in "like Marshal Dillon."

Dennis the Menace: Wilson's Second Childhood
While the neighborhood kids are playing cowboys and Indians, Mrs. Wilson calls her husband "Matt", and Mr. Wilson calls his wife "Miss Kitty".

The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis: Will the Real Santa Claus Please Come Down the Chimney? (1962) (TV Episode)
Maynard says that even though he's never actually seen him, he believes in Marshal Dillon (but he's not so sure about Chester).

The Andy Griffith Show: Aunt Bee's Medicine Man
Aunt Bea calls Andy "Sheriff Matt Dillon" and asks "Where's Chester?"

The Dick Van Dyke Show: Racy Tracy Rattigan
Sally limps out of the office calling for Mr. Dillon

Dennis the Menace: A Man Among Men
Dennis mentions Sheriff Matt Dillon, and then he starts to limp.

The Andy Griffith Show: Fun Girls
Gomer says Goober can walk just like Chester on "Marshall Dillon", which was the title for the half-hour episodes of "Gunsmoke" when the series was expanded to a full hour.

My Favorite Martian: The Time Machine Is Waking Up That Old Gang of Mine
Mistakenly believing that Tim and Martin are claiming to be Frank and Jesse James, the railroad detective sarcastically introduces himself as Marshal Dillon.
(This takes place back in the days of the wild, wild West, so Dillon is treated as a real contemporary.  It is part of Dillon's qualifications to be in the TVXOHOF.)

Green Acres: The Deputy
When Oliver becomes deputy sheriff, Eb calls him 'Mr. Dillon'

The Monkees: Monkees in a Ghost Town
Marchall Dillon is mentioned when Davy calls for help

Gilligan's Island: Gilligan Goes Gung-Ho
Newly appointed Deputy Gilligan limps and calls the Skipper, "Mr. Dillon"

The Monkees: Monkees in Texas
referenced in musical cues

Petticoat Junction: One of Our Chickens Is Missing
Buck refers to to Orrin as Marshal Dillon.

All in the Family: Flashback - Mike and Gloria's Wedding: Part 2
Mentioned by Archie

Q & Q: Ding dong!!!
Title mentioned by Yvonne

Sanford and Son: The TV Addict
Fred says he's in love with Miss Kitty.

CHiPs: High Explosive
Grossman compares Jon to Matt Dillon

The A-Team: The Say U.N.C.L.E. Affair
Mentioned by Tour Guide

Night Court: The New Judge
Characters referenced

Night Court: Contempt of Courting
"Let's go, Ms. Kitty."

The Golden Girls: Long Day's Journey Into Marinara
Sophia says that Angela still tries to watch Gunsmoke on Sunday nights.

The Golden Girls: A Piece of Cake
Sophia mentions by name.

Cheers: The Crane Mutiny
Carla calls Woody "Festus".

Miami Vice: The Cows of October
Izzy says "Get out of Casablanca", which he was bumbling the quote "Get out of Dodge", heard in one manner or another on the old series set in Dodge City.

Quantum Leap: How the Tess Was Won - August 5, 1956
At 43:51, when Sam is talking to Al, he sarcastically quips, "Aw, shucks, Mr. Dillon."

Quantum Leap: Rebel Without a Clue - September 1, 1958
Sam jokingly refers to Marshal Dillon.

The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw
action takes place in the Longbranch Saloon

The Larry Sanders Show: Hey Now
Larry tells Hank that he looks like Kitty from Gunsmoke

Baywatch: A Matter of Life and Death
Mentioned by Mitch's father

Law & Order: Castoff
Congressman Maxwell refers to the series.

Nash Bridges: Skin Deep
A tattoo artist looks at Evan's old-time sheriff badge he bought and says he must be Miss Kitty. Though Kitty was not an officer of the law or deputized.

3rd Rock from the Sun: Dr. Solomon's Traveling Alien Show
Mary tells Don that she and Dick have a game based on the show.

Nash Bridges: Shoot the Moon
Joe tells Nash, "Come on, Chester" while helping him walk after being shot in the butt and having trouble. This refers to a deputy named chester who walked with a limp.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: This Year's Girl
Buffy: "I tell you, if I were her, I'd get out of Dodge post hasty." This phrase originated on Gunsmoke

Monk: Mr. Monk and Little Monk
"Gunsmoke" lunchbox in Young Sherry's locker.

Veronica Mars: Debasement Tapes
Marshal Dillon mentioned.

Chuck: Chuck Versus the Predator
Emmett, comparing the situation to a Western, says, "It was a lawless town: Shane, Marshal Dillon, Clint Eastwood."

Justified: Riverbrook
Mentioned in dialogue

iCarly: iSam's Mom
Name of the overly macho bodyguard protecting Freddie

Shameless: Nana Gallagher Had an Affair
Eddie mentions a "Gunsmoke" marathon on TBS.
(Takes place in the Land O' Remakes)

Masters of Sex: Kyrie Eleison
Dr. Greathouse says that Dr. Masters has a bigger following than "Gunsmoke".

Masters of Sex: Story of My Life
mentioned by Lester

Sam & Cat: #BlooperEpisode
Two fans mention some of Maree Cheatham's past work


Thursday, August 25, 2016



In Earth Prime-Time, for better or worse, Clu Gulager is William H. Bonney, alias Billy the Kid.  He played the role for 75 episodes in the series 'The Tall Man', which ran from 1960 to 1962.

Unfortunately for a Toobworld caretaker like myself, there were plenty of other TV Westerns, firmly established in the main Toobworld, which broadcast episodes in which the Kid made an appearance.  Most of these I have designated as imposters, such as the one played by Joel Grey in an episode of 'Maverick' (actually an escapee from a sanitarium) and Dennis Hopper (a sharpshooter seen in the pilots for 'The Rifleman' and 'Sugarfoot', who used the name for business.)  Others had to be relegated to alternate TV dimensions like the two different actors who played Billy in separate episodes of 'Voyagers!' and Chuck Courtney's portrayal, better known for the infamous movie "Billy The Kid vs. Dracula" but also seen in an episode of 'Buffalo Bill, Jr.'.  I've relegated this show, with that movie, to one of the Borderlands, a TV dimension which connects to one of the alternate dimensions of the Cineverse.  (And a good thing too - the idea that the title character of Buffalo Bill, Jr. was any relation to the real William F. Cody was too much of a Zonk to deal with in the main Toobworld.)

At any rate, here is my Super Six List of actors who have played Billy the Kid in those docu-series that are prevalent on niche networks like the History Channel, National Geographic TV, and the like.  They are not part of Earth Prime-Time, but "building blocks" for six of the thousands of alternate Toobworlds that make up the Multiverse........

    - The Phantom of Lincoln County (2014) 

"Drunk History" 
    - Wild West (2013) 

Billy the Kid: New Evidence (2015) 

"Legends & Lies"
    - Billy the Kid: Escape Artist (2015)
    - Jesse James: Bloody Politics (2015)

    - Billy the Kid (2011) 

"Cowboys & Outlaws" 
    - Billy the Kid (2009) 

6] John Robert Keena
"Hotel Secrets & Legends"
Deceptive Doctor, Portland Underground, Civil War Smackdown (13 April 2014)  

Wednesday, August 24, 2016


I don't think I have any of my top six favorite comedy movies in a particular order, but in there pretty near at the top would have to be "Blazing Saddles".  When the camera cut away from the street fight at the end to to show it was all a movie set and we ended up on a soundstage for the new Buddy Bizarre musical, I think the sensation that washed over me was akin to religious rapture.

Hopes were high for a TV version of the movie, but as you'll see in the pilot embedded here, there was no way the off-color, raunchy humor of the movie could never be translated for television at that time.  Hellfire!  More than forty years on, and the movie still needs to be edited for language when it's broadcast today.

I'm an optimist, so I'm holding out hope that one day somebody will mount a TV series based on "Blazing Saddles".  Perhaps one of the premium networks, or Netfiix or Amazon.  I'd really rather not have this represent that world in Earth Prime-Time, but I could see it being part of Doofus Toobworld perhaps....

So just enjoy this for the oddity that it is.  And remember, you always have the original movie for a truly enjoyable experience.  

Oh, and disregard the comment made by the guy who posted it.  He O'Bviously meant that the pilot was inspired by the movie, not the other way around......

Happy trails to you!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016


Happy trails to you!

Monday, August 22, 2016



Allenville must have been Allenville, Texas.  I don't know its status in Toobworld now, but in the real world it no longer exists.  At least according to Texas Almanac dot com.  But it had been located in Milam County.

Over in the Cineverse, though, Allenville is not only still around, it's the location for the Allenville Penitentiary as seen in "The Longest Yard".


Friday, August 19, 2016



"In Toledo I got a job in a dry goods store selling notions...
Until the owner decided to try to sell me some of his notions

Stella Legendre


Stella Legendre was born in 1848, the daughter of a "hellfire and brimstone shouter" who believed that being born was the greatest sin of all, brought upon Mankind by women.  She bore the brunt of his maniacal fervor for as long as she could, but she finally ran away from home when she turned 18.

Stella Legrandre wasn't her real name.  That was the "stage name" she took when she started a new life later as a saloon girl.  I'm going to claim that her name was Cora.  The reason will soon become apparent.....

The Civil War was just beginning and she headed to Ohio, with the intent of going to Canada to elude her father.  But she got only as far as Toledo before her money ran out and so she took that job with the dry goods store.

Although he was not mentioned by name, the owner of that dry goods store was Isidore Levinson.  It was the second of the two stores he owned which would become the hub of his growing franchise.  (The flagship of the line was the store in Cincinnati.)  

Isidore Levinson was married to Martha and for several years they had been struggling to have a child.  It was putting a strain on their relationship and Martha was beginning to distance herself from her husband.  Isidore probably fled to the store in Toledo in order escape the disharmony at home.  While overseeing his fledgling empire, Stella caught his eye as she worked as the counter girl.  One might think from her statement above that she rebuffed his advances, but I think she gave herself to him.  She was young and probably under the delusion that he would leave his wife for her.  

It was never going to happen though.  Unfortunately Cora didn't realize it until she was pregnant with his child.

Martha Levinson wasn't a stupid woman.  She was aware that her husband was having an affair, but was hoping that he would come to his senses.  But she knew she had to take control of the situation once he confessed not only to the affair, but also about Cora's condition.  Martha knew that it would cause a scandal and damage their already precarious standing in society (what with him being Jewish.)  

She confronted both her husband and his mistress and laid down the conditions on how they would proceed.  Martha would travel to Saratoga Springs, NY, with Cora posing as her maid.  Although they were registered at an isolated spa resort, they actually stayed hidden away at the home of Martha's friends, the Douglas family.  There Cora gave birth to a baby girl on July 18, 1868.  The Levinsons would claim the baby as their own and Cora would be paid off with the stipulation that she leave Ohio behind forever and never contact them again.

Cora was not the sweet innocent corrupted by a man; she held no interest in raising the baby as her own.  So she took the stipend given her by the Levinsons and headed to St. Louis where she was swindled out of that money by a man who claimed he could make her the next Jenny Lind.  The only thing he probably left her was the new name of "Stella Legrandre".  So she took the job as a saloon girl where she met Rance, known as The Arapaho Kid.  And that led to her reunion with Bart Maverick whom she met once at the saloon where she worked and he was playing poker.

"How'd we meet?"
Bart Maverick: 
"The way anybody meets a dance hall girl.  
I said hello to you and you said hello to me."

But before she left Ohio and the baby she bore, Cora made only one demand of the Levinsons: she demanded that the baby girl be given her name.  Realizing that she could still make their life difficult, Isidore and Martha agreed to her terms.  Cora left Toledo only after the little girl was officially certified as Cora Levinson.

Cora Levinson became a "Dollar Princess", marrying into the Crawley family who held the Grantham title and the Downton Abbey estate in Yorkshire.  So this theory of relateeveety would connect 'Maverick' to 'Downton Abbey'.  

I can't prove it of course, but then again....  Can you disprove it?

As for Stella, she learned her lesson after being with The Arapaho Kid.  Once she had given her testimony to the government agents, she planned to move to the Dakota territory where her cousin was rasiing a passel of kids.  

It might be fun to theorize who that cousin might have been or who her children's children turned out to be.....

So what do you think of this pozz'ble, just pozz'ble, theory of relateeveety connecting 'Maverick' and 'Downton Abbey'?

I wasn't asking you, Stella.....

Happy trails to you!