Sometimes I find the greatest nuggets of televisiological trivia when I'm looking for something else. Okay, so this isn't the lost treasures of the Library at Jasonalexandria, but 'twill serve.....
I was searching to see if Frank Sutton, as Sgt. Vince Carter, would be eligible for membership in the Television Crossover Hall of Fame as the bane of his existence Gomer Pyle was, when I stumbled across these two roles in his resume at the IMDb. Death Valley Days Jack Davis - Diamond Field Jack (1963)
Frank Sutton in three 'Gunsmoke' episodes
Route 66 Jack Davis - To Walk with the Serpent (1962)
Frank Sutton in 'Route 66'
I don't even have to strain with this splainin! With 'Death Valley Days' being an anthology series, not all of the episodes take place in Earth Prime-Time, just as is the case with 'The Twilight Zone'. This is especially the case if an episode of the series involves an historical figure, like young Mark Twain. But "Diamond Field Jack" does take place in the main Toobworld, even though Davis was an historical figure. (Click here for the Wikpedia entry.) "Diamondfield Jack" Davis would have been the forefather of the family lineage which would lead to the Jack Davis of Boston in the early 1960s - the televersion of Diamondfield Jack was probably that neo-Nazi's grand-pappy since he died in the 1940s. That a real world character could be related to a fictional character has precedence in Toobworld. In this case, Diamondfield Jack probably had fathered a son with a fictional saloon girl. (The fecund sluttiness of saloon girls is going to be a theme in the TV Western showcase for next year.) It doesn't even have to matter what Fate befell either character or what the premise for each plotline entailed; the telegenetics are just that strong in this case. But in case you wanted to know, I haven't been able to see the "Diamond Field Jack" episode of 'Death Valley Days'. Here's the TV Guide plot summary for it, however:
Arrested for murder, Jack Davis (Frank Sutton) seems more concerned about preserving his reputation as a gunman than saving his skin. As for Jack Davis of Boston, he was a follower of the "Awake America" leader John Westerbrooke. He had been dishonorably discharged in 1950 for torturing a prisoner of war. At Westerbrooke's rally in the Boston Common, Davis was shot dead by the FBI when he acted as a sniper to blow up a bomb concealed in one of the statues of the Revolutionary heroes.
O'BSERVATIONS: The pictures of Frank Sutton in Western gear come from his three episodes of 'Gunsmoke':
"Old Comrade" (My personal favorite of the trio)
I couldn't find the 'Death Valley Days' episode except maybe through OVGuide, but I wasn't sure about the site..... But here is the 'Route 66' episode if you want to see Sutton as the neo-Nazi Jack Davis:
Here's this year's Thanksgiving story. I don't know how Elon Musk will be spending Thanksgiving in the real world, but in Toobworld....?
'THE BIG BANG THEORY' "THE PLATONIC PERMUTATION"
While working in a soup kitchen on Thanksgiving this year - today! - Howard Wolowitz got to meet the Tesla Motors businessman and inventor. Both of them were assigned to washing dishes (Howard started out there, but Musk was banished there after being too free and easy with the gravy ladle.) Musk and Howard shared a tossed-off, half-eaten piece of pumpkin pie and exchanged email addresses.
From Wikipedia: Elon Reeve Musk (born June 28, 1971) is a South African-born Canadian-American business magnate, engineer, inventor and investor. He is the CEO and CTO of SpaceX, CEO and product architect of Tesla Motors, and chairman of SolarCity.
He is the founder of SpaceX and a co-founder of Zip2, PayPal, and Tesla Motors. He has also envisioned a conceptual high-speed transportation system known as the Hyperloop and has proposed a VTOL supersonic jet aircraft with electric fan propulsion. His most important goal is to make human civilization multiplanetary.
Elon Musk also has a counterpart in the Tooniverse, thanks to an episode of 'The Simpsons.'
Yesterday's Five-O, visiting San Francisco inspector mentions working with Insps. Stone and Keller, who don't always follow the rules. Given Stone's age in the '70s and Keller's resignation from the force, my guess is the current Stone and Keller followed on their pops' footprint.
Take care, Martin Ross
I don't place the new version of 'Hawaii Five-O' in the main Toobworld in which 'The Streets Of San Francisco' took place, and for a very good reason - the original 'Five-O' series with Jack Lord, James MacArthur, and on occasion Kigh Diegh has the honor of being part of Earth Prime-Time. The 2010 series, still on the air, is a total remake... despite bringing in Ed Asner as a character he played in the original show.
For me this reference to the Quinn Martin show which starred Karl Malden and Michael Douglas still was not a Zonk. Instead, the Frisco detective was referring to the counterparts of Stone and Keller in that Land o' Remakes, who were probably younger and recast - as was the case with the Five-O squad.
So it still works but on an interdimensional level. Thanks, Martin!
FX has gained the rights to bring Kurt Vonnegut's "Cat's Cradle", his fourth novel, into a limited run TV series. The man overseeing the project is Noah Hawley, who has found the right formula in bringing the Coen Brothers' "Fargo" to fruition as a TV series.
The A.V. Club gave a good summation of the work:
Vonnegut’s original work was published in 1963 and takes on science, technology, and religion with equal satirical fire. After the novel’s narrator, John, becomes involved in the lives of the adult children of Felix Hoenikker, a fictional co-creator of the atomic bomb, he travels to the fake Caribbean island of San Lorenzo and encounters a strange outlawed religion called Bokononism that many of the area’s inhabitants practice anyway. Through Hoenikker’s children he also learns about ice-nine, a way to freeze water at room temperature that could be devastating if used improperly. Needless to say, destruction and dark humor ensue.
I've got a good feeling that FX won't change its mind about the project and that it will make it to air on the network.....
(This won't be the first time Dr. Hoenikker and Bokonon have appeared on TV. Back in the early 1970s, PBS made a movie combining several of Vonnegut's works in a story about Stony Stephenson traveling through the chrono-synclastic infundibulum. Other characters included were Harrison Bergeron, Wanda June, and Diana Moon Glampers. All of these characters take precedence for Toobworld and the new version will go to the Land o' Remakes.
As the Trickster once said, "Reality is boring, that's why I change it whenever I can."
I'm just "The Man Who Viewed Too Much", and "Inner Toob" is a blog exploring and celebrating the 'reality' of an alternate universe in which everything that ever happened on TV actually takes place.
Most of my theories about the TV Universe come from thinking inside the box and thus can't be proven. But I've never been one to shy away from a tall tale.....
Remember: "The more you watch, the more you've seen!"