Traditionally in the Television Crossover Hall of Fame, December is the month in which Toobworld Central celebrates the Multiversal. It stems from the fact that many of the Christmas entrants had representation in a variety of TV programs, especially Santa Claus. (Thanks to the Hallmark channel alone, there will probably be plenty of Santas to fill dozens of dimensions!)
In the beginning of the TVXOHOF's history, the entire month of December served as the showcase for a holiday entry. But now our Christmas Crossover is inducted on Christmas Day, and we can spotlight the major multiversals in the monthly showcase. And now that we’ve introduced the Friday Hall of Famers this year, we can have a few of the minor multiversals as well. (This December will be two such minor multiversals, but two of the Friday Hall Of Famers will be identical cousins who deserve this honorific as their portrayer left us this year.)
At the beginning of this year, actress Dorothy Malone passed away, just ten days shy of her 94th birthday. She had been one of the most glamorous actresses of the late 40s and throughout the 50s. With “The Big Sleep”, she played one of the sexiest roles in the movies, simply playing a bookstore clerk, deceptively staid in appearance, who offered Humphrey Bogart’s Philip Marlowe the chance to “keep her company” back in the storeroom. After that it’s left to the imagination and I have a very good imagination.
Mary Dorothy Maloney (January 29, 1924 – January 19, 2018) was an American actress.
Her film career began in 1943, and in her early years she played small roles, mainly in B-movies. After a decade, she began to acquire a more glamorous image, particularly after her performance in "Written on the Wind" (1956), for which she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
Her film career reached its peak by the beginning of the 1960s, and she achieved later success with her television role as Constance MacKenzie on 'Peyton Place' from (1964–68).
In 1968, she was written out of the show after complaining that she was given little to do. Malone sued 20th Century Fox for $1.6 million for breach of contract; it was settled out of court. She would later return to the role in the TV movies "Murder in Peyton Place" (1977) and "Peyton Place: The Next Generation" (1985).
Constance MacKenzie is a multiversal, immortalized in BookWorld, the Cineverse, and Toobworld. Within the greater TV Universe, she is a multidimensional. As played by Ms. Malone, she is a member of the main Toobworld, Earth Prime-Time, and as such is being inducted today into the Television Crossover Hall of Fame as our December showcase. But Constance also appeared in a daytime soap opera later on and that show is to be found in Toobworld2, the Land O’ Remakes.
Constance MacKenzie (née Standish) is a fictional character in the 1956 novel “Peyton Place” by Grace Metalious. In the subsequent film adaptation, she was played by Lana Turner; in the sequel “Return to Peyton Place”, by Eleanor Parker; in the prime-time television series, by Dorothy Malone (and briefly by Lola Albright); and in the daytime soap opera “Return to Peyton Place”, by Bettye Ackerman and later by Susan Brown.
Here are the tally listings for Contance MacKenzie’s membership into the TVXOHOF:
Constance Mackenzie Carson / Constance Mackenzie
Murder in Peyton Place
Peyton Place: The Next Generation
Those summaries are courtesy of the IMDb.
There are a couple of pozz’ble, just pozz’ble, theories of relateeveety to be found in just those summaries, let alone the entire list of characters. “Carson” could have some connection to Joe Carson of ‘Petticoat Junction’ and there are several Cords in TV Westerns who could be the ancestors for Steven. But that would be something to investigate at a later prime-time because the focus should remain on Constance.
There is one aspect of Constance MacKenzie’s life in the main Toobworld that must be addressed – for fourteen episodes of ‘Peyton Place’, Constance MacKenzie was played by Lola Albright while Ms. Malone was recovering from surgery.
There have been times when I have switched the home dimension of a TV show out of the main Toobworld for just one episode. A case in point would be the crossover between ‘NCIS: LA’ and the remake of ‘Hawaii Five-0’. Every other episode of ‘NCIS: LA’ is situated in Earth Prime-Time where it belongs with ‘JAG’ and the other ‘NCIS’ shows. But this ‘Hawaii Five-0’ is from Toobworld2 because the show that starred Jack Lord, James MacArthur, and occasionally the incredible Khigh Dhiegh is the only ‘Hawaii Five-0’ for the main Toobworld. So in just this one instance, we were watching the ‘NCIS: LA’ team from Toobworld2. They just didn’t get recast as was the case with the other McGarrett and Danno.
I suppose such a situation could be applied to these fourteen episodes of ‘Peyton Place’, that in another dimension (but not Toobworld2 since the daytime soap opera ‘Return To Peyton Place’ occupies that world) Constance MacKenzie had a different combination of her DNA. And the Powers That Be forced the attention of the Trueniverse audience to watch that other dimension for two weeks.
But…. That’s a boring splainin.
If you think it too crazy an idea, remember – Toobworld is NOT the Real World.
So in memory of the late and lovely Dorothy Malone, we here at Toobworld Central would like to welcome her character of Constance MacKenzie to the Television Crossover Hall of Fame!
Until next prime-time…..
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