Saturday, July 22, 2017


It must be accepted that everybody in Earth Prime has a counterpart in Earth Prime-Time.  With the proliferation of home videos shown on series like 'America's Funniest Home Videos' and uploaded to Facebook and YouTube, eventually you probably will be a citizen of Toobworld.

And that has to be especially true for actors even if they already exist in that TV Landscape as other characters.  Many of the more celebrated actors might show up in sitcoms and even dramas as members of the League of Themselves.  Peter Falk played Daniel J. O'Brien and Lt. Columbo but he also appeared as himself in an episode of 'The Larry Sanders Show'.  It's a hazard that must be accepted by televisiologists.

Check out this short clip from 'Get Smart':

So Martin Landau was one of the many famous actors who did quick cameos on that spy sitcom but he wasn't playing himself; in fact, he was Maxwell Smart.  

However, the Chief mentioned Martin Landau by name which verifies his existence in Toobworld even if he wasn't technically "seen".

The best part is that this wasn't a Zonk!  There was no mention of 'Mission: Impossible'.  Alls we know is that Mr. Landau was playing a spy on television at the time.  Actually it might not have even been a TV role; his fictional televersion could have been starring a spy movie franchise.

I'm beginning to think I could run with "Landau Gentry" blog posts until I get tired of it.  Not really concerned how you feel about it.  LOL

Would that be something that you would be interested in?

Friday, July 21, 2017


For the greater good of Toobworld, only part of the events of 'Space: 1999' actually took place.

You basically know this.  Think of all the times you've seen the moon in the sky like a big pizza pie on your favorite TV shows since 1999.

I wrote about this on Martin Landau's 84th birthday a few years ago:

Also, for those who didn't already know, there's a splainin why the events of 'Space: 1999' (another Landau series) never happened in the main Toobworld.

Up to a point, they did. There was a Moonbase Alpha, kept secret from the general public. In fact, there are still several moon bases in operation on the Moon. Commander John Koenig was in charge of the facility when the nuclear waste dumps on the dark side of the Moon exploded. But that did not trigger the cataclysm of the Moon leaving the Earth's orbit.

Everything we saw from that point on in the series all took place in the coma dream of Koenig, who had been seriously injured in the blast. That way we can keep the series' basics in the main TV Universe.

I brought it up again after the death of Sir Christopher Lee:

A sleeper ship of alien pacifists crash-landed near Moonbase Alpha and one of the lunar colony's commissioners plotted to take one of their suspended animation chambers for himself when they relaunched for Earth.

The captain of that space-faring vessel was Zandor, played by Christopher Lee.

I have established in the past that everything that occurred in 'Space: 1999' after the explosions at the nuclear fuel dumps on the far side of the Moon never actually happened.  If the Moon had been thrust out of its orbit by those explosions in 1999, it never would have been seen again in other TV shows.  And Toobworld itself would have been devestated by seismic disruptions.

So, my splainin?  Commander Koenig was thrown into a coma in which he dreamed the events and characters who would appear in the episodes to follow.  So the Psychon metamorph Maya, Raan of Zenno, and the huge spacecraft Delmer Plebus Powells Gwent and its Companion Gwent, all were products of Koenig's sub-conscious.  And that included Captain Zandor.

That's fine as far as it goes, but where did Koenig's imagination come up with the image of Zandor?  I think the alien was based on Christopher Lee himself.

The televersion of the British thespian, known for his horror roles, would have been the same in both worlds.  We saw evidence of this in several TV series.

It's a theory which I just can't seem to let go.......

I was hoping that we could go over the plans for the new moonbase.
What moonbase?

Even though the timeline was disrupted by Ba'al until it was set right by the SG-1 team, it was basically happening in 2008, the year in which the video came out.  Nine years earlier, Moonbase Alpha suffered severe damage when the nuclear waste dump on the far side of the Moon exploded.  (As you probably know, this happened in the first episode of 'Space: 1999'.)

So when Sam mentioned "the new moonbase", that determiner suggests that there was at least one previous moonbase.  And a moratorium on building a new moonbase which lasted about nine years seems about right.

Now some of you might think that there shouldn't be any moonbase without a moon.  But that's because you must think everything that happened after that explosion as seen in 'Space: 1999' actually took place.  But in the grand scheme of things in the Toobworld Dynamic, Commander Koenig of Moonbase Alpha had been seriously injured in the explosion and everything we saw in the show was part of his coma dream.

So the Moon has always been up there and this relieves the Dynamic of such an astral Zonk.  Except for the beginning, 'Space: 1999' was a dream series like 'Newhart' which only had its reality in the ending.

That explosion of the waste-fuel dumps near Moonbase Alpha was nearly eighteen years ago. Commander John Koenig was 42 years old by Toobworld reckoning at the time of the explosion (born March 17,1957).  This makes him five years younger than Landau at the time of filming.  

I don't think Koenig was in that coma for too long, perhaps only six months.  But it was more than enough time for him to experience all of those bizarre dream adventures which we saw as the future episodes of 'Space:1999'.

Despite having almost lost his life in the explosions, Koenig was quietly denied the opportunity to resume his command of the moonbase.  Instead, he accepted his discharge from the World Space Commission and returned to civilian life.

But what would he have done with himself to fill his life at such a relatively young age to retire?  We never saw him again in Toobworld after the turn of the new Millennium, and I don't think he changed his name to engage in other adventures.  (Logistically this would have been difficult from a production perspective.  The difference in ages between Landau and Koenig was such that any appearance by the actor in TV shows after 2000 was radically older than Koenig.  And we can't really ascribe that to physical impairment caused by the explosions even if we wanted to conflate such roles into Koenig.)

I think he may have been approached by an agent or agents unknown from "UNReal" to write books about his experiences as the head of Moonbase Alpha.  But not the actual truth - what they were interested in was transcribing his vivid coma dreams and presenting them as sci-fi stories.  (UNReal had access to those transcripts of Koenig's sessions with his psychiatrist - there was nothing which could be safeguarded against their intrusion.)

More bemused by the notion than offended by their prying into his life, Koenig took an active role in the writing and publishing of these novels and short stories by Whitestone Press, where his book editor was Martin Tupper.  Eventually UNReal arranged for the book series to be made into a few low-budget movies and even into a TV series.  The pervasive effect got the same result as with all of the other UNReal projects - when faced with the possible evidence that the moon colonies really did exist, the general public dismissed it as the rantings of fanatics swept up in the fiction of the books, movies and TV show.  

By the way, the first actual mention of 'Space: 1999' by another TV show which actually shared the same Toobworld did not occur until 'Malcolm In The Middle' in 2001.  (As far as I can tell.)  So that jives with the timeline.

John Koenig turned 60 years old on St. Patrick's Day in Toobworld this year.  Even though we haven't seen him on our screens lately, I feel confident he should be still alive.  Then again, people of that age haven't done so well this past year so far - Furst, Paxton, Ferrer, Headley....

But as I would do with any other character, I think Koenig should enjoy the same lifespan as his portrayer, Martin Landau.  Therefore, at some point in the summer of 2046, John Koenig will go on the Big Hiatus.

John Koenig circa 2045

No.  Scratch that.  I'd like for John Koenig to live into his nineties, long enough to be able to see the Moon hatch in 2049.

(Yeah.....  That's a 'Doctor Who' plot problem I will have to address one day for Toobworld's sake.  What happened to the moon colonies by then for starters.  And really?  The Moon is an egg???)

In the meantime, good night and may God bless Martin Landau.....

We'll have two more short posts about Landau's characters over the weekend and then return to the topic during our TV Western celebration in August.

Does that sound like something you would be interested in?

Thursday, July 20, 2017


In the greater Toobworld Universe, Martin Landau's contributions are multi-dimensional; not all of them can be found in Earth Prime-Time.  And that includes almost a dozen historical figures he played on the small screen over the years.  Many of them can remain in the main Toobworld, but there are others who have been recast several times in the past and so somebody has to be relegated to other Toobworlds.  And with those characters who may have only appeared once on TV, but in TV movies, sometimes it's just easier to leave them in the MOTW Toobworld.  (But they could be in both dimensions.)

So by my count, Martin Landau played ten historical figures on television.  But as this is a Super Six List, we'll discard four of them to focus on the others.  A few of them I'll visit in future blog posts as Mr. Landau was one of those performers who made all of his roles fascinating to watch and study.  But there is one role I discarded simply because I couldn't find a picture to accompany it.  (As Jokanaan - John the Baptist - in "Salome" on 'Omnibus')  In this list I included only one of his TV Western characters, but that's because I'm going to save those profiles for the annual Western showcase in August.

So let's get started on our Super Six List.


The plot summaries of the TV series and movies come from the IMDb.  The historical data is from Wikipedia.  Both are sources of high reputation. (cough cough)

The life of Anna Nicole Smith, from small town dancer to Playboy centerfold, to her marriage to a billionaire, and her eventual self destruction.

J. Howard Marshall
James Howard Marshall II (January 24, 1905 – August 4, 1995) was an American businessman, academic, attorney, and government official. His life spanned nine decades and almost the entire history of the oil industry, from the early years when uncontrolled production depleted valuable fields and natural gas was burned at the well head, to the decades of energy shortages and the Arab Oil Embargo. Marshall was married to model and celebrity Anna Nicole Smith during the last 14 months of his life. His estate became the subject of protracted litigation which was reviewed by the Supreme Court in Marshall v. Marshall and Stern v. Marshall.

The Biblical story of Joseph, who was sold to slavery by his brothers who were jealous of his prophetic abilities to analyze dreams and of his being their fathers' favorite.

Jacob ("heel"; Arabic: يَعْقُوب‎‎ Yaʿqūb), later given the name Israel, is regarded as a Patriarch of the Israelites. According to the Book of Genesis, Jacob was the third Hebrew progenitor with whom God made a covenant. He is the son of Isaac and Rebecca, the grandson of Abraham, Sarah and Bethuel, the nephew of Ishmael, and the younger twin brother of Esau. Jacob had twelve sons and at least one daughter, by his two wives, Leah and Rachel, and by their handmaidens Bilhah and Zilpah.

Jacob's twelve sons, named in Genesis, were Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Issachar, Zebulun, Joseph, and Benjamin. His only daughter mentioned in Genesis is Dinah. The twelve sons became the progenitors of the "Tribes of Israel".

As a result of a severe drought in Canaan, Jacob and his sons moved to Egypt at the time when his son Joseph was viceroy. After 17 years in Egypt, Jacob died, and the length of Jacob's life was 147 years. Joseph carried Jacob's remains to the land of Canaan, and gave him a stately burial in the same Cave of Machpelah as were buried Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Rebecca, and Jacob's first wife, Leah.

Jacob is mentioned in a number of sacred scriptures, including the Hebrew Bible, the Talmud, the New Testament, the Quran, hadith, Bahá'í scripture, and the Book of Mormon.

The true life story of mafia boss Joesph Bonanno. The story spans from Bonanno's early beginings in Italy, to his conquests in America.

Joseph Bonanno
Joseph Charles Bonanno, Sr. (January 18, 1905 – May 11, 2002) was an Italian-born American mafioso who became the boss of the Bonanno crime family.

O'Bservation: There are two portrayals of Joseph Bonanno in the greater TV Universe.  The other was by Ben Gazzara in "Love, Honor, & Obey: The Last Mafia Marriage".  Rather than take a stand and decide which one belongs in the main Toobworld, I'll be craven and place them both in "foster homes".  But Bonanno does exist in Toobworld - in the "Members Only" episode of 'The Sopranos', he was name-checked 


An AIDS-stricken woman becomes a leader in the struggle to educate people about the disease and its prevention.

Jerry Gertz
[Molly] Ringwald spoke about meeting the real Alison Gertz.  "I spent a weekend with Ali two weeks before we started the movie. Did I feel nervous? Yes. Guilty? Oh, sure. I remember having dinner with Carol and Jerry - Ali's mother and father. They sat there looking at her and looking at me and we're close to the same age and I'm healthy... I guess it was hard for everyone."

Based on the fact-based novel by Nazi-hunter Simon Wiesenthal based on his 1962 prosecution of the head of a German factory whom he learns was a murderous labor camp commandant. To be able to take him to justice, he must find witnesses who can help him. This leads him to Max Rosenberg, a still tormented individual who lost his wife, Helen, in the camps. Initially Max refuses to cooperate, but gradually his story unfolds beginning before the Holocaust.

Simon Wiesenthal
Simon Wiesenthal (31 December 1908 – 20 September 2005) was a Jewish Austrian Holocaust survivor, Nazi hunter, and writer.

He studied architecture and was living in Lwów at the outbreak of World War II. He survived the Janowska concentration camp (late 1941 to September 1944), the Kraków-Płaszów concentration camp (September to October 1944), the Gross-Rosen concentration camp, a death march to Chemnitz, Buchenwald, and the Mauthausen-Gusen concentration camp (February to 5 May 1945).

After the war, Wiesenthal dedicated most of his life to tracking down and gathering information on fugitive Nazi war criminals so that they could be brought to trial. In 1947 he co-founded the Jewish Historical Documentation Centre in Linz, Austria, where he and others gathered information for future war crime trials and aided refugees in their search for lost relatives. He opened the Documentation Centre of the Association of Jewish Victims of the Nazi Regime in Vienna in 1961 and continued to try to locate missing Nazi war criminals. He played a small role in locating Adolf Eichmann, who was captured in Buenos Aires in 1960, and worked closely with the Austrian justice ministry to prepare a dossier on Franz Stangl, who was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1971.

Jim Hardie at a stop finds a stagecoach holdup netted $50,000 in crisp new bills and Doc Holliday and his wife Amy are there. When Amy receives some of the bills from Doc she accuses him of staging the robbery but Jim is doubtful.

Doc Holliday
John Henry "Doc" Holliday (August 14, 1851 – November 8, 1887) was an American gambler, gunfighter, and dentist, and a good friend of Wyatt Earp. He is best known for his role as a temporary deputy marshal in the events leading up to and following the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral.

At age 21 Holliday earned a degree in dentistry from the Pennsylvania College of Dental Surgery. He set up practice in Atlanta, Georgia, but he was soon diagnosed with tuberculosis, the same disease that had claimed his mother when he was 15, having acquired it while tending to her needs while she was still in the contagious phase of the illness. Hoping the climate in the American Southwest would ease his symptoms, he moved to that region and became a gambler, a reputable profession in Arizona in that day.  Over the next few years, he reportedly had several confrontations. While in Texas, he saved Wyatt Earp's life and they became friends. In 1880, he joined Earp in Las Vegas, New Mexico and then rode with him to Prescott, Arizona, and then Tombstone. In Tombstone, local outlaw cowboys repeatedly threatened him and spread rumors that he had robbed a stage. On October 26, 1881, Holliday was deputized by Tombstone city marshal Virgil Earp. The lawmen attempted to disarm five cowboys, which resulted in the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral.

Wyatt Earp learned of an extradition request for Holliday and arranged for Colorado Governor Frederick Walker Pitkin to deny Holliday's extradition. Holliday spent the few remaining years of his life in Colorado, and died of tuberculosis in his bed at the Glenwood Springs Hotel at age 36.

Doc Holliday is one of those True West characters who had many impersonators in the wild wild West.  (Two examples - as played by Peter Breck in 'Maverick' and by Jack Kelly in 'High Chapparal'.)  Douglas Fowley/Myron Healey is the official face of Holliday as they played the role in 'The Life And Legend Of Wyatt Earp'. (Recastaway splainin - Wyatt's perspective, and his impressions of Doc as being sick... and sicker.)  

I might have been inclined to claim that this version of Doc Holliday was seen from Jim Hardie's point of view because of the presence of Holliday's wife.  However, her name is Amy and in the Trueniverse her name was Big Nose Kate.  I believe they must have been a con artist team who pulled a fast one over the Wells Fargo agent.

Hopefully I can track down that episode so I can make an informed decision on that point.

So we covered six of Martin Landau's characters in this post and we're far from finishing!  I'll have another post tomorrow, addressing the major Zonk of the presence of the Moon in modern day Toobworld and Landau's place in that discrepancy discussion.

Does that sound like something you would be interested in?

Probably the creepiest picture of Martin Landau
which I'll be posting during this tribute.
And we still have 'The Outer Limits' to get through!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017


This entry for “The Landau Gentry” could just as easily have played out yesterday for the “Two For Tuesday” as it fits in “Wayback Wednesday”.  In fact, the time it took to write yesterday’s post could have been spared for a later entry since most of this is a repeat.

'The Twilight Zone'
("The Jeopardy Room")

Trying to defect, former KGB Major Ivan Kuchenko is trapped inside a hotel room. Commissar Vassiloff, a hitman, and Boris, his assistant, are watching him from a room across the street. Vassiloff is a sadistic killer who has tricked Kuchenko into drinking a sleeping potion in the hotel room after pretending to surrender to Kuchenko. 

Kuchenko wakens to learn that Vassiloff has planted a bomb in the room: Ivan must find it within three hours, or he will be shot by Vassiloff and Boris, who have a gun trained on him at all times. Vassiloff has hidden the bomb in the room's telephone, where it will be triggered by picking up an incoming call. Ivan manages to escape and avoid being shot. Later, Vassiloff and Boris enter the room and try to figure out what went wrong. The phone rings, and Boris—without thinking—picks it up; Vassiloff, realizing what is happening, yells at Boris, but the telephone bomb quickly goes off, killing both Vassiloff and Boris. On the other end of the phone line is Ivan Kuchenko, escaping to freedom. When the operator notifies him of the bad connection, he reassures her that the message was indeed delivered. The scene cuts to Vassiloff and Boris's charred corpses.

'Mission Impossible'

Rollin Hand’s role as an IMF agent was that of an actor and disguise expert. In a theatrical brochure that headed his dossier, he was described as a quick-change artist and billed as "The Man Of A Million Faces." As such, he had formidable skills in mimicry and voice imitation (introduced in the second season) as well as a mastery of make-up that rivaled that of Lon Chaney, Sr. He was also an expert at sleight of hand and pickpocketing, which came into play in several missions where he would pick pockets or hide things on someone else's person without their knowledge. His language and cultural skills were formidable. He regularly passed himself off as a citizen of various Latin American and Eastern European countries and no one ever questioned his authenticity. 

He also successfully impersonated well-known public figures, such as the dictator of a fictitious Latin American country, rumored Nazi fugitive Martin Bormann, and indeed even Adolf Hitler himself. On at least two missions he even successfully impersonated a left-handed person, doing all gestures and reflexive actions left-handed when Rollin himself was right-handed. He successfully falsified a wide variety of maladies in the course of missions to dupe targets, including seizures and drug addiction.

What if I told you that Kuchenko and Hand were the same person.... Is that something you might be interested in? (Channeling another Landau TV character, producer Bob Evans of 'Entourage'.)

After he defected from Russia, Kuchenko changed his name and joined the IMF agency, bringing all the skills he had at his disposal to be used in the cause for Truth, Justice, and the American Way. Everything mentioned in that Wikipedia entry for Rollin Hand is what Major Kuchenko used to do for the KGB.

Born to rerun!

Most of this article appeared in the Inner Toob celebration of Martin Landau’s 84th birthday.

Tomorrow there will be another “Landau Gentry” entry.  Echoing my question earlier, would that be something you would be interested in?

Tuesday, July 18, 2017




“Flamboyant television chef Dexter Paris and his twin brother, Norman, a conservative banker, are supposedly not talking to one another. But both disapprove of their wealthy uncle Clifford's impending marriage to a young woman. One of them enters Clifford's bathroom and drops an electric mixer with a frayed power cable into Clifford's bath water. Clifford is electrocuted, and the murderer takes Clifford's body to an exercise room to make it appear that Clifford died of a coronary. But Lieutenant Columbo, the infallible, cunning detective in a rumpled raincoat, suspects foul play and believes that the Paris twins, both heirs to their uncle's estate provided he didn't marry, had a motive for murder. But which one did the deed? Columbo pursues both with incessant questions as he tries to determine which of the two brothers killed their uncle Clifford.” 

Written by Kevin McCorry 
(for the IMDb)

There has always been a story that Martin Landau had been under consideration for the role of Mr. Spock in ‘Star Trek’.  Mr. Landau would often be the source of that story.  And there have been stories reputing that claim, basing that mostly on the book “The Real Story” by Bob Justman and Herb Solow.  As with many Hollywood legends, we’ll probably never know the truth; there’s no profit in it.

And in such cases, it’s always more interesting to run with the legend.

Instead of ‘Star Trek’, Landau went on to appear in another Paramount TV series, filmed practically next door to the sci-fi series: ‘Mission: Impossible’

From “Therin of Andor” in a 2004 entry in a Trek forum:

I've heard many TOS actors talking at conventions about how Martin Landau and Barbara Bain used to spend a lot of time "next door" at the "Star Trek" soundstages, playing with the prop phasers, when they were working on "Mission: Impossible" at Desilu, and how Landau realised he'd missed out on a fun gig. Barbara Bain is even in the ST bloopers. The couple was pressing everywhere to get their own SF series and finally got it with "Space: 1999".

So maybe Landau was in the running for the Spock role; maybe not.  In the second part of that legend, he was being promoted to replace Nimoy as Spock during the second season when contract renegotiations were getting difficult.  But by that point Landau was ankled to ‘Mission: Impossible’ as Rollin Hand.  (More on him in a future post.)

So Landau never replaced Nimoy in ‘Star Trek’, but Nimoy did replace him in ‘Mission: Impossible’ after Landau and his wife Barbara Bain (Cinnamon Carter) left the spy series in search of their own series.  (And more on that show in a later post as well.)

Nimoy joined the IMF team as Paris, a magician in training and like Rollin, a master of disguise.  I’ve speculated on a theory of relateeveety for Paris in the past, claiming that he was the identical cousin of Dr. William Bell.  “Bellie” was the former partner of Dr. Walter Bishop in the exploration of the “Fringe” sciences.

And while not identical, I do believe that Dexter and Norman Paris were the cousins to that practitioner of legerdemain and espionage.  As to being related to Bell?  I think it better to say Bell was related to the spy on Paris’ maternal side of the family tree.

I don't know how long either of them served time in prison.  After all, between them they committed two murders and all for monetary gain.  According to "The Ultimate Columbo Site", they would both have been sentenced to twenty years.  So they would have been out by the mid-1990s had they served their full terms.  

But did Norman get out early for good behavior?  Maybe Dexter died in prison; the scourge of AIDS took a heavy toll in the penal system and willing or not, he could have engaged in activities which put him at risk.

Perhaps one of them was "shanked" by an inmate with a grudge....

But I am sure of this: their cousin the Great Paris wouldn't lift a finger or wave his magic wand to help them get out of prison, even though he was more than capable in the execution of escape tricks.  And he would never try to play upon his government contacts to seek leniency for them.

I’ll have another entry for the Landau Gentry tomorrow.

I will always ask this as we conclude each “Landau Gentry” post:

Would that be something that you would be interested in?

Two for Tuesday!


In ‘Entourage’, Martin Landau played Bob Ryan, a fading movie producer whose star burned brightest in the 1970s.  Always trying to get back in the game, he kept pestering Ari Gold with ideas which he wanted to produce.

“Does that sound like something you might be interested in?” was his catchphrase.

Here’s something I’m not interested in: Martin Landau passed away the other day at the age of 89.  It’s a respectable age, but as he proved with Bob Ryan, Mr. Landau had so much more in his talents with which he could have graced us.

One of my Facebook friends pointed out that people like himself (and I include myself in that group) have not lived in a world where Martin Landau did not play a role in our collective pop culture memories, from the movies (“North By Northwest”, “Crimes and Misdemeanors”, “Cleopatra” and his Oscar-winning turn as Bela Lugosi in “Ed Wood”), animation (‘The Simpsons’, ‘Spider-Man’, and the movie “9”). 

He had starring roles in TV shows (‘Mission: Impossible’ &  ‘Space: 1999’), and guest roles in many iconic series (among them: ‘The Twilight Zone’, ‘Columbo’, ‘I Spy’, ‘The Man From UNCLE’, ‘Murder, She Wrote’, ‘The Wild, Wild West’ ‘Alfred Hitchcock Presents’, and ‘The X-Files’.) 

Some of his TV characters appeared in movie continuations of TV shows, appearing with Kwai Chang Caine, as well as the Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman, and in a theatrical released film about Vinnie Chase and his “Entourage”.

As time marches on, I will have articles which will put a spotlight on a particular TV character played by Mr. Landau.  It may take a while because there are so many I want to showcase.  This being Tuesday, when we sometimes launch a “Two For Tuesday” feature, I’m going to start with the twin brothers Norman and Dexter Paris.

Does that sound like something you might be interested in?

Stay tuned…..

Monday, July 17, 2017


"The Barefoot Girls of Bleeker Street"

Chief Clifford is one of those TV characters whose name was always spoken in full, complete with his middle initial of "B."  Yet in the Second Season 'McCloud' episode of "A Little Plot In Tranquil Valley", we saw this in his office:

This is so easy to splain away.  Apparently when he requisitioned a new nameplate for his office, there was a mistake made at some point in the orders.

I'll have to see how long it took before it was corrected in succeeding episodes.....

That was easy enough to de-Zonk, but it's not going to help me find the splainin for why McCloud is seen driving a squad car from the 27th Precinct and then one from the 26th Precinct DURING THE SAME TRIP!!!


Sunday, July 16, 2017


Earlier this year, my friends Mark and Michael toured Asia, going to China, Hong Kong, and Japan.  So as I'm always thinking of old TV shows which I can find on YouTube to share for Video Sunday, I figured why not 'Hong Kong' which starred Rod Taylor and Lloyd Bochner?  

From Wikipedia:
'Hong Kong' is a 26-episode adventure/drama series (plus an initial pilot episode) which aired on ABC television during the 1960–1961 season and helped to catapult Australian actor Rod Taylor into a major film star, primarily in the 1960s, beginning with his role in Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds". The series was a production of 20th Century Fox Television, and the final credit of each episode stated: "Filmed by Twentieth Century Fox Television Inc. at its Hollywood studios and in the Crown Colony of Hong Kong".

So here are 8 episodes of the series with over 7 hours to while away your Sunday if the weather isn't cooperating.

First off, here's the theme and the opening credits:

There was a half-hour pilot episode which - SURPRISE! - actually had a title other than "Pilot":

And now on with the show, this is it!