Saturday, April 30, 2016

I AM AN IDDIOT VIDDIOT LYDDIOT - IN MEMORY OF LYDIA DOYLE


Since 1995, I have belonged to an internet group known as The Idiot's Delight Digest, which started out as a celebration of all music, befitting the deejay Vin Scelsa who was a free-form radio dinosaur heard on stations like WNEW, WXRK, WFMU, and an "Idiot's Delight" show on Sirius satellite radio.  If not one of the first online discussion groups, the IDD must certainly rank as one of the longest-lasting - although it has branched out to appear mostly through splinter groups on Facebook and the like.

The IDD may have started as being about Scelsa, his radio show, and music in general, but it quickly grew beyond that (fueled in those early days by Bosnia and the OJ trial) to cover any topic imaginable.  And then we decided to take the plunge and finally meet each other face to face, which led to the annual tradition of IDD BBQs as well as going to concerts, plays, movies, and even baseball games.  Several marriages have resulted from this group of Iddiots, and I - who can proudly claim to have invented the term "Iddiot" to define us - am even prouder to be the godfather to a lovely young Iddiette of the next generation.

The reason I bring this up is that on Friday, the Iddiot clan lost one of its own - Lydia Doyle, an emergency room nurse in Long Island who finally lost her brave battle against "The C Word".  

In her memory, I want to share this rarity - the pilot for long-running soap opera 'General Hospital'.  You'll have to forgive the sound quality - nobody back then could have guessed there would be anyone interested in seeing old TV shows, let alone studying them!  O'Bviously it doesn't accurately reflect the world of the ER, let alone Lydia's experiences, but I saw it as a novel way to salute the memory of someone just as novel.  

Good night and may God bless, Lydia Doyle.  BCnU......





Sunday, April 24, 2016

VIDEO SUNDAY - WHO WHAT NOW?


Usually I save all of my 'Doctor Who' posts for the big celebration held every January 1st - the annual "Who's On First" blogAthon!  What better day than January 1st?  Hopefully we had a Christmas special only the week before, so we're still pumped up for anything Whovian.  And January 1st is perfect when discussing a Time Lord - what could be better than an artificial demarcation of Time and the one marking the first day of a new yarron?

But this post needed to go out now as it's a time-sensitive news story.

Yesterday, the BBC announced the actor who will be playing the Doctor's new companion.  It will be Pearl Mackie, playing Bill:


So here are my O'Bservations:

First off, check out this article from the Radio Times.

Like the article, I also think Bill is from the 1980s.  Before I read the piece, I had no clue that was a Prince T-shirt, but I could feel how the 1980s were emanating from her wardrobe as a whole.  And I like that a new companion is from the past; it means that there would be more of a reason to use her relationship with the Doctor to ease new viewers into the series as he'll have to "splain" everything to her (as he does with Bill re: the Daleks here.)  


She's going to be quite upset when she gets to 2017 and finds out that Prince died back in 2016!  So she'll be someone most of us can relate to right away.....

It's a shame she couldn't be the first Companion to be playing herself.  Because "Pearl Mackie" is a cool name.  But even just "Pearl" would have been fine. 

Someone online noted that her name as "Bill" could be a tip of the hat to Billie Piper, the first Companion once the series returned in 2005, and to William Hartnell, the first Doctor over fifty years ago.  I think it's a great tribute.

But the fact that she's not going by "Billie".....  That got me thinking....

What if she had a sexual reassignment?  

What if she was once .... a may-un!  ("Roger Rabbit" reference....)

I think Pearl Mackie looks hot.  I'm not basing this theory on her looks at all. (It would be a different story if we were talking about  Ann Coulter!)  But I think she could do a convincing acting job as a transgender, post reassignment.

In that case, Bill would have once been "William" instead of "Wilhelmina" which is the way most people must be thinking right about now.

And to have such a character would show that this science fiction show would be on the cutting edge of  television.

But it looks as though we'll have to wait until 2017 before we can see her truly in action to find out if that theory has legs...

Here's one last point to consider - is this teaser trailer to be considered canon?  Will this clip be blended into the flow of action in the actual show just after they first met?  Or is it going to end up some alternate timeline?

Time will tell.....

BCnU!
 

Saturday, April 23, 2016

SATURDAY MORNING SUPER-HEROES - THE X-MEN OF TOOBWORLD


Thanks to the bracketing videos, the X-Men of the Cineverse also exist in Toobworld.......





Friday, April 22, 2016

THE HAT SQUAD - PRINCE


From the New York Times:
Prince, the songwriter, singer, producer, one-man studio band and consummate showman, died on Thursday at his home, Paisley Park, in Chanhassen, Minn. He was 57.

His publicist, Yvette Noel-Schure, confirmed his death but did not report a cause. In a statement, the Carver County sheriff, Jim Olson, said that deputies responded to an emergency call at 9:43 a.m. “When deputies and medical personnel arrived,” he said, “they found an unresponsive adult male in the elevator. Emergency medical workers attempted to provide lifesaving CPR, but were unable to revive the victim. He was pronounced deceased at 10:07 a.m.”

The sheriff’s office said it would continue to investigate his death.

Last week, responding to news reports that Prince’s plane had made an emergency landing because of a health scare, Ms. Noel-Schure said Prince was “fighting the flu.”


Prince had a presence in Toobword, which included appearances in the Super Bowl half-time show and on 'Saturday Night Live'.  But these are the two main reasons why his televersion could claim to be a part of Earth Prime-Time:





Good night and may God bless Prince.  Flights of angels and all that.....


Monday, April 18, 2016

FANFICCER'S FRIEND: McCLOUD, FISH, & COLUMBO



I haven't done a "Fanficcer's Friend" post in some time, so there's no time like the present!

Here we see three great TV actors in their iconic detective roles:

(From left to right)

  • Dennis Weaver as Marshal Sam McCloud
McCloud was a deputy marshal on loan to the NYPD as an observer who ended up solving quite a few murders and robberies over his time there.  Eventually he returned to Taos, New Mexico and became a United States Senator from the state.

  • Abe Vigoda as Detective Phil Fish
Working out of the 12th Precinct in the Village, Fish eventually retired and became a foster father to a bevy of kids.

  • Peter Falk as Lieutenant Frank Columbo
Columbo worked the Homicide division of the LAPD and was still on the job into his seventies.  He may have never retired before he passed away.

Columbo was originally from New York City himself, so there would be the genesis of this crossover fanfic:

This takes place in the late 1970s.  I would peg it to after the final NBC episode of 'Columbo', "The Conspirators".

Columbo returns home and decided to drop into the 12th precinct where he used to work when he was a patrolman.  He picks a day when another former cop at the 12th has dropped in - Phil Fish.  His reasons: to hear a speech by Marshal Sam McCloud who is returning to New Mexico, and hopefully give the kids he has in tow a new appreciation for law enforement.

From there, with the three detectives brought together, a fanficcer can come up with any number of crimes they could investigate.  But I think it would have to be a murder, perhaps committed right in front of the three of them as they are gathered in the same area.  (Columbo is pestering McCloud about his own experiences as a "fish out of water" being a New York cop working in Los Angeles.)

For the Fish angle, it should be something off-beat and humorous, perhaps starting with him only being in the vicinity of the crime scene because he was on line for the small bathroom available to visitors.  Maybe the cause of death should be something darkly humorous and unique.

And as for McCloud, plenty of action scenes - one last hurrah as he rides a horse through the City (perhaps with Columbo on board as well?)  And maybe grabbing onto a helicopter one last time.

If this picture does inspire you to write up a fanfic crossover of the three, with your own ideas, whatever, let me know.  I'd love to read it!  And if you like, I could even give it a showcase here at Inner Toob!

BCnU!



Friday, April 15, 2016

NUMBERS RUNNING - FROM "THE WHISPERS"



Here we have two of "the Numbers" from 'Lost', combined to be the hospital room number for "John Doe" in the pilot episode of 'The Whispers'......

Coincidentally, if you didn't already know, today is 4/15/16 - which is three of "the Numbers".

BCnU!


Friday, April 8, 2016

TVXOHOF, APRIL 2016 - JACK CARTER


Better late than never.....

JACK CARTER

From Wikipedia:
Jack Chakrin (June 24, 1922 – June 28, 2015), known by his stage name Jack Carter, was an American comedian, actor and television presenter. Brooklyn-born Carter had a long-running comedy act similar to fellow rapid-paced contemporaries Milton Berle and Morey Amsterdam.

He hosted an early television variety program called 'Cavalcade of Stars' on the DuMont Network. He was lured to NBC to host his own program titled 'The Jack Carter Show'. Carter recommended Jackie Gleason take his place as host of 'Cavalcade of Stars'. 'The Jack Carter Show' appeared under the banner of the 'Saturday Night Revue', NBC's two-and-a-half-hour Saturday night programming slot. Carter hosted his show for one hour each week followed by the 90-minute 'Your Show of Shows' starring Sid Caesar, Imogene Coca, Carl Reiner, and Howard Morris. Carter remained friends with Sid Caesar his entire life and delivered the eulogy at his funeral.

His only major Broadway appearance was opposite Sammy Davis, Jr. in the 1956 musical "Mr. Wonderful". He had previously replaced Phil Silvers in the Broadway show "Top Banana". He was a frequent guest on 'The Ed Sullivan Show' during the 1960s and early 1970s, and was known for his impression of Ed Sullivan. He appeared as himself (along with his then-wife Paula Stewart) in the comedy series 'The Joey Bishop Show'. In the late 1960s, he was the host of a game-show pilot called 'Second Guessers'. The pilot did not sell. 




He was also a frequent panelist on the television game show 'Match Game' during the 1973–1974 season and again during the early 1980s. In 1975, he appeared as a guest star on the quiz show '$10,000 Pyramid' with contestant Liz Hogan Schultz.

He made appearances on many television series, including 'Diagnosis: Unknown', 'The Dick Van Dyke Show', 'Mr. Smith Goes to Washington', 'The Rockford Files', 'The Wild Wild West', 'Tales of Tomorrow', 'The Kallikaks', '7th Heaven', 'The Road West', 'Sanford and Son', 'Tattletales', 'Monk', 'Desperate Housewives', and 'Shameless'. His last round of work included a cameo on 'New Girl' and a voice on 'Family Guy'.

Carter died on June 28, 2015, at his home in Beverly Hills, California, of respiratory failure. He was 93.


I really dropped the boat and missed the ball on this one.  When Jack Carter died last June, I celebrated the many characters he contributed to the populace of Earth Prime-Time.  But I never considered his appearances on a host of TV shows as a member of the League of Themselves.  Jack Carter should have been one of the [too] many memorial inductions last year.  But failing that, I decided the televersion of the motormouth comic would be the perfect representative for the month of April.  

Just look at the list of his appearances as himself......


 'Make Room for Daddy' 
- Danny's Replacement (1962)
The club books Jack Carter, as Danny's replacement, while he's on a European tour. 

'The Joey Bishop Show' 
- Jack Carter Helps Joey Propose (1964) 


'The Name of the Game'
- I Love You, Billy Baker: Part 1 (1970) 
Las Vegas entertainer Billy Baker doesn't like interviews - especially when they concern that girl who died so mysteriously, Jeff Dillon investigates.

- I Love You, Billy Baker: Part 2 (1970)
In the second half of this two-part episode, the world of entertainer Billy Baker begins to unravel completely.

'Empty Nest'
- Final Analysis (1992)

'Blossom'
- Only When I Laugh (1992) 
Blossom and Six get fake IDs so that they can attend a friend's nightclub performance. Feeling bad for a comedian that dies in his ambulance, Anthony decides to use the family home to host his funeral.

'Cybill'
- See Jeff Jump, Jump, Jeff, Jump! (1995) 
Jeff decides to give up his career as a stuntman, so Cybill tracks down his mentor to change his mind. Meanwhile, Maryann becomes engrossed in the O.J. Simpson murder trial.

'Caroline in the City'

- Caroline and the Comic (1996) 
An old friend of Richard's father, Ben, appears. Ben was a struggling stand-up comedian and they now want him for a benefit. Richard has issues with his father so Caroline intervenes to get them together.

'Touched by an Angel'
- Cry and You Cry Alone (1998) 
Maury and his comedy partner split their act years ago in anger, but now are being inducted into the Hall of Fame. They try to get along to perform an act for the induction ceremony, but argue about who is the real star.

'Stark Raving Mad'

- The Hypnotist (2000)
After Ian hypnotizes them into believing they're Romeo and Juliette, Jake and Tess vanish.

I'm sorry you're no longer around to evoke the brash vaudeville style, Mr. Carter, but I hope this small tribute helps keep your memory alive, at least among the members of Team Toobworld......

BCnU!


Sunday, April 3, 2016

THE HAT SQUAD - DOUGLAS WILMER AS SHERLOCK HOLMES


From BBC News:


Sherlock Holmes actor Douglas Wilmer has died at the age of 96.

He donned the famous deerstalker in the mid-1960s to play Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's character in a BBC series.

Wilmer died in hospital in Ipswich on Thursday after suffering from pneumonia, Roger Johnson, spokesman for the Sherlock Holmes Society Of London, confirmed.

"He was a great actor, he was a gentleman, he had a long and distinguished career," Mr Johnson said.

Wilmer first appeared as Sherlock Holmes in 1964, with Nigel Stock as his Watson.

After he left the show he was replaced by Peter Cushing - but he retained his affection for the character throughout his career.


Wilmer played the role of Sherlock Holmes two more times in the greater fictional multiverse.  Most obituaries will only mention his appearance in 1975's film comedy "The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother".


But there is another......

In Roman Catholic theology, Limbo is a realm on the borders between Heaven and Hell.  There the souls of unbaptized infants and those who led good lives but who died before the coming of The Christ reside for eternity.  I'm sure it's supposed to be a very nice place... so long as you don't know about Heaven and what that place offers.....

For the Toobworld Dynamic, Limbo exists.  But there are more residents there than suggested by that description above.  For Toobworld, Limbo is the realm where souls go to be prepared for their eventual transition... elsewhere.  Could be Heaven, could be Hell, or it could lead to reincarnation.


We have seen Limbo portrayed on the small screen in several TV series.  The finale of 'Lost' could be the most recent example.  The series 'Life On Mars' (the original UK version, that is) and its sequel 'Ashes To Ashes' took place in Limbo. 
There was a TV adaptation of the movie "Madigan" with Richard Widmark reprising his role as the police detective.  Most people would consider the show to be a prequel as SPOILER ALERT!!!!!!!!!! Madigan died at the end of the movie.  But for me, it's a sequel.  The series is about the soul of Detective Daniel Madigan after he died in the movie.  (This of course means that the 1968 film has to be absorbed into the Toobworld Dynamic.)

There is another TV show which I consider to be taking place in Limbo as well, and that is where we will find Douglas Wilmer's other portrayal of Sherlock Holmes.....

Currently, there are two versions of the Sherlock Holmes mythos being played out on our television screens in which the Great Detective and his companion Dr. Watson - along with many of the supporting players from the Conan Doyle version to be found in BookWorld - are to be found in the modern world: 'Sherlock' and 'Elementary'.  'Elementary' takes place in the same TV dimension as 'Sleepy Hollow'.  I have dubbed this world "Lit-Less Toobworld" - it is the TV dimension in which the original source material for their main subject matter never existed and yet the characters came to life there anyway... eventually.

But with 'Sherlock', we have something else entirely in mind for that show.  And the premise and events of 'Ashes To Ashes' play into my theory.  In that sequel to 'Life On Mars', we learned that Gene Hunt was the soul of a young constable from the 1950s who died on the job.  His soul seems to be a permanent tenant of Limbo, where he serves as a "training officer" for other British cops who died on the job; he prepares them through recreations of historical events as well as realistic simulations of crime scenarios for their eventual transition to What Lies Beyond.

And we also learned during the course of 'Ashes To Ashes' that the original Gene Hunt looked nothing like the representation of his soul in Limbo:


So....  The game's afoot!

It's my theory that the Sherlock Holmes we see in 'Sherlock' is in fact the soul of the official Sherlock Holmes of Earth Prime-Time, the one played by Jeremy Brett in several series and TV movies through the 1980s and into the 1990s.  His performance hewed the closest to the original source material and came so very close to completing the entire canon.  (If my memory serves, which it doesn't usually, I think Brett was four stories shy of completion.  But I'm too tired now to check.)

Yes, Douglas Wilmer, Peter Cushing, and Ronald Howard played Holmes on TV long before Brett came along.  But many of their cases were not based on the original stories.  Therefore I feel compelled to place them in alternate TV dimensions.  (This holds true for the many one-shot portrayals from TV movies and foreign productions - their placement in other dimensions are probably the easiest of all.)

For Toobworld purposes, Benedict Cumberbatch is playing the soul of Jeremy Brett's Holmes.  Cumberbatch looks nothing like Brett, but as I pointed out with the two Gene Hunts, there is obviously some kind of transfiguration of the body to the soul.  They may not look the same, but they are the same nevertheless.

But as for Holmes' "Boswell", Martin Freeman is NOT playing the soul of the Earth Prime-Time Watson who was portrayed in the Jeremy Brett series first by David Burke and then by Edward Hardwicke.  (No Zonk here.  The Toobworld splainin: Victorian plastic surgery.)



The Dr. John Watson of 'Sherlock' is the soul of a man by that same name who died in combat during the first Persian Gulf war.  Only he doesn't know that he's dead; he thought he was wounded in battle while serving as a medic in Afghanistan.  And so he found himself in Limbo where the soul of the actual Sherlock Holmes takes him under his wing and mentors him in a modern world setting before sending him on his way, "One Step Beyond".  

(As for other characters they meet, I think only his brother Mycroft and his parents are the souls from the originals of Earth Prime-Time.  The rest are other guardian angel souls recruited to act out these scenarios for the benefit of Dr. Watson.  For instance, the soul whom we are led to believe is that of Inspector Greg Lestrade was also the soul we knew as Danny Moore in the second episode of 'Ashes To Ashes'.  


 

As to whom he could have been in "real life"?  One likely candidate could be big game hunter John Riddell, the Lord John Roxton wannabe who knew the Time Lord known as the Doctor... as seen in the 'Doctor Who' episode "Dinosaurs On A Spaceship".  Then again, maybe Riddell is an alias - Riddell/Riddle? - and he really was Lord John Roxton.  Or rather the soul of Lord John Roxton, since the official televersion of Roxton is played by William Snow in the TV series 'The Lost World'.  And since the TARDIS can travel between dimensions, maybe it took the Doctor to Limbo in order to fetch the soul of Roxton/Riddell.  Story for another day, I suspect.)



Freeman's Dr. Watson is not the first soul of a Dr. John Watson who had been shepherded in this way through Limbo by Sherlock Holmes.  I think I might even consider Ronald Howard's Holmes to be yet another modification in the appearance of Holmes' soul, perhaps the first one after his death.  This would mean that the Watson played by Howard Marion Crawford was the embodiment of the soul of a Victorian era doctor by the same name who had passed away around the turn of the century.  



(I don't always hold to the theory that a TV character who dies "off-screen" probably died in the same manner as did the actor who played him.  However, it is tempting in this case, as Crawford passed away from an overdose of sleeping pills.  Perhaps this Dr. Watson was involved in the treatment of the Queen Victoria of Earth Prime-Time?  And when she died on January 22, 1901, he felt responsible, no matter that she was an old woman.  And so he took his own life out of a misplaced sense of guilt, which led him to be taken under the mentorship of Sherlock Holmes' soul in its first incarnation.  But that's just a theory.  I'm not sure either that Dr. Watson or Mr. Crawford would like it.....)



There are many incarnations of Toobworld.  Among those TV dimensions are the heavy-hitters like Skitlandia, Evil Toobworld, ToobStage, the Tooniverse, and the Land O' Remakes.  And then there are the others, like Zombie Toobworld, Fem Toobworld, Black Toobworld, Doofus Toobworld, and the many Toobworlds in which one country or another held sway over the planet to the point where everybody spoke their language, even if they were known to be originally English speakers in the main Toobworld.  (With Sherlock Holmes, he exists in French Toobworld, Spanish Toobworld, and most notably in Russian Toobworld.  Still English, but in a world where the United Kingdom has been under the domination of those other countries.)


But there is only the one Limbo for all of those dimensions.  That would mean various recastaways of certain characters could meet up with each other.  (And characters from vastly different Toobworlds - say Earth Prime-Time and the Tooniverse? - who meet up are probably doing so in Limbo.  If that is the case, when Drew Carey met Daffy Duck in the opening of 'The Drew Carey Show' for only one episode, what we were seeing could have been a vision of Drew Carey's after-life, hopefully far into the Future.  The Drew Carey of Earth Prime-Time would be the comedian, the game-show host, the improvisational impresario.  But after he dies?  You have to admit, working in a soul-crushing job like that office at Winfred-Louder - with a demon like Mimi sitting behind you - would be the perfect embodiment of what awaits him when he exits Limbo.)

And so, after all of that tele-babble, we come to the other appearance by Douglas Wilmer as Sherlock Holmes.  In the 'Sherlock' episode "The Reichenbach Fall", the soul of Dr. Watson goes to the Limbo version of the Diogenes Club to meet with the soul of Mycroft Holmes.  And there he encounters a rather irritable old club member who shushes him for daring to speak in the common room of the Club.


Douglas Wilmer played that old duffer.  Looking at it from the perspective of a Trueniverse outsider, it was a very nice in-joke, a gesture of affection for the history of Sherlock Holmes as seen on TV.  A tip of the hat to what came before and an acknowledgement of the character's heritage.

But within the reality of the greater Toobworld Dynamic?  Once again, Wilmer was playing Sherlock Holmes.

His portrayal of the Great Detective was to be found in the alternate dimension of Prequel Toobworld.  Although not the first to play the role on the small screen, he did come before Jeremy Brett.   But for the reasons mentioned above, Brett holds sway in Earth Prime-Time, and so Wilmer had to be relegated to Prequel Toobworld. 

As stated above, Ronald Howard's Holmes also can be found in Limbo as a variation of the soul of Jeremy Brett's Holmes.  That left Prequel Toobworld open for Wilmer's televersion.  But he only played the role for thirteen episodes of 'Sherlock Holmes' over two years (1964-65).  With the same actors playing Dr. Watson (Nigel Stock) and Inspector Lestrade (Peter Madden), Peter Cushing assumed the role in 1968.  Now I suppose I could posit the theory that these are two different TV dimensions, perhaps the one housing Cushing's Holmes would be the same in which Roger Davis is Hannibal Heyes/Joshua Smith instead of Pete Duel in 'Alias Smith & Jones'.  But I think I can keep both incarnatisons in the same TV dimension.

SHERLOCK HOLMES
AT HOME IN SUSSEX DOWNS
In Prequel Toobworld, Sherlock Holmes retired early from his consulting detective business and retired to Sussex Downs.  There he kept bees and performed experiments in human longevity using the queen bee's royal jelly.  But England was in dire need of a Sherlock Holmes to at least preserve the illusion that the Empire was safe so long as Holmes was around to solve even the most baffling problem.  So an early incarnation of "UNReality" came up with the idea of substituting another man for Holmes, having him take over the persona of the consulting detective.  The actual Sherlock Holmes probably came up with this plot himself and approved of its undertaking.  He probably even conducted the exams in which a suitable replacement could be found - ideally a man with similar features but more importantly, a man of high intellect.  Holmes participation would probably be the only reason why Watson and Lestrade went along with the scheme.



(As to who that other Sherlock Holmes might have been?  I'm sure there must be a Victorian era TV character played by Peter Cushing who could fit the bill.  But that investigation must wait for another day.  Today we are tipping our deerstalker to Douglas Wilmer.)

Eventually, despite his successful work in extending his own life through royal jelly, the real Sherlock Holmes of Prequel Toobworld eventually died.  (I'd like to think he made it well past the age of 100, perhaps twenty years more - making it sometime in the 1970s when he died.  And it's pozz'ble, just pozz'ble, that he made appearances in other TV shows - but ones which should be found in Prequel Tooboworld - until his death.  One such appearance would be as "The Old Man" in "The Public Duck", an episode of the British anthology series 'Love Story'.)

After death, this Sherlock Holmes found himself in the √¶thereal dimension of Limbo which, as I mentioned earlier, would be common to all dimensions of greater Toobworld.  And I don't think he was happy about it, as seen by his reaction to this new Dr. Watson.


By the way, I would not be surprised to find that the souls of the many other incarnations of Sherlock Holmes were all members of the Diogenes Club in Limbo.  Some might have passed on to their final rewards; others might have reincarnated in their home dimension or elsewhere as new geniuses.  But Wilmer's televersion of Holmes didn't seem inclined to go anywhere else.

Well then.  That post certainly grabbed hold and wouldn't let go until it ran its course.  I hope you enjoyed my tribute to the role for which Douglas Wilmer was best known in the TV Universe... and elsewhere.  In fact, I think his Sherlock Holmes just might be a good candidate for a Birthday Honors list induction next year in the Television Crossover Hall of Fame!

Good night and may God bless, Douglas Wilmer.......




Friday, April 1, 2016

LITTLE BIG SCREEN - "BRUNCH IN ACAPULCO"


'GET SMART'
"THE AMAZING HARRY HOO"


Hoping to catch the same plane to San Francisco as the KAOS agent they were trailing, Maxwell Smart and Agent 99 nearly missed the flight because Max objected to the in-flight movie.  Trans-State Airlines was showing "Brunch In Acapulco" - starring George Brent and Joan Bennett, co-starring Edward G. Robinson and Lynn Bari, with cameo appearances by Joan Blondell and Cab Calloway.  As far as Max was concerned, the movie was a bomb and not even Joan Blondell could save it.

(Using the word "bomb" at the ticket counter would have TAS down on Max in no time today.  And when they found all the spy contraband he would have been carrying.....?)

Back in February, TCM showed "Brunch In Acapulco" as part of their half-day celebration of Joan Bennett's birthday.  Being the trivia-seeking televisiologist that I am, I watched the movie and I gotta say... Max was right.  The movie stinks to high heaven.  It's no wonder that TCM skedded it deep in the overnight.

But the odd thing is, it is kind of hypnotic, this romantic lark about two naval officers on weekend leave in Acapulco and the women they meet that Sunday morning just as their leave is about to end.  Hijinks ensued as they tried to maneuver a way to spend at least one full night with the young ladies.

Ralph Bakshi must have thought it was fascinating as well, since he made an animated film short with the same title, rotoscoped from the big nightclub dance scene that was the frenetic high point of the movie.

Here are some of the actors from "Brunch In Acapulco" as they looked in the cartoon version:

JOAN BLONDELL
CAB CALLOWAY
EDWARD G. ROBINSON
BCnU!