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In television's first prime time series starring a female private eye, Honey West would take on any tough case. She could handle herself mingling with millionaires just as well as scaling a thirty foot wall. Along with colleague Sam Bolt, Honey West was sure to solve the case. Written by
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The character of Honey West was created by Skip Fickling and Gloria Fickling (as G. G. Fickling) and appeared in a series of novels, most of which were published in the late 1950s and early 1960s. The final novel was published in 1971. See more »
The style of the detective agency's name changes from episode to episode. Sometimes it is "H. West & Company, Private Investigators" and other times it is "Honey West & Co., Private Investigators." In the novels on which the series is based, it was sometimes "H. West, Private Investigators" and other times "H. West, Private Investigations." The reason it was "H. West" in the novels and not "Honey West" was twofold: Honey did not want potential clients to know she was a woman before they met her, and the business, which she had inherited from her father, Hank West, had always been called "H. West." See more »
The same building housed "H. West & Company, Private Investigators" and
"Charles Townsend Associates, Private Investigations." Whenever I see
the camera shots of the exterior of that building I always wonder, did
Hank West (Honey's father) and Charlie know each other? Did Honey West
and Charlie's Angels ever run into each other from 1976 on? Surely
Honey's macho partner Sam Bolt must have been aware of the Angels,
hehe, but then again, he was secretly stuck on Honey.
Over a decade earlier it was September of 1965 and I was eight years
old when Honey West sizzled the airwaves. Producer Aaron Spelling had
been inspired to bring the pulp fiction heroine to television after
viewing Honor Blackman play Dr. Catherine Gale, the blond
anthropologist partner of secret agent John Steed in the original
episodes of the British television series "The Avengers." All I
remember about "Honey West" from that time is seeing her face in the
honeycomb cells during the title sequence. Then it was off to another
channel to watch good ol' Gomer Pyle.
Most people don't know that the enormously popular "Make Room For
Daddy/Danny Thomas Show" spun off the enormously popular "Andy Griffith
Show", which in turn spun off the enormously popular "Gomer Pyle,
U.S.M.C.". With Honey West in the same Friday night time slot as Gomer
Pyle, how could she buck a tradition like that? On Friday nights the
people who would be more devoted to watching "Honey West" would
probably be out on the town anyway. What's more, Anne Francis said in
an interview that the second season was going to be in color but there
was a dispute between ABC and Four Star Productions, so ABC decided
they could just air "The Avengers" cheaper than they could make "Honey
West." They also thought they didn't need two catsuit-clad,
karate-chopping women on the air at the same time. I disagree. Cathy
Gale's successor Emma Peel was British -- played by Diana Rigg, she was
the first Avenger woman to be seen in the States -- and Honey West was
American. I would have watched both because I loved "The Avengers," and
now I know I would have loved "Honey West" too.
When the TV Land channel aired a "Honey West" marathon during the late
1990's ("brought to you in VertiVision, the vertical stacking modern
marathon miracle where you know what show is coming up next by the show
you're watching now!"), a friend of mine videotaped several of the
episodes for me. Yowsa! I soon realized that Honey West knew the secret
of being a great entertainer: she left me wanting more! And not just
because of her sex appeal; she was strong, she was smart, and the
stories brought back that wonderful world of thirty-minute dramas and
mysteries which we just don't see anymore. I also dug that crazy jazz
score, which I can listen to over and over again without getting tired
of it. With a little bit of suspension of disbelief, "Honey West" is
credible to me; and contrary to the sleazy pulp fiction novels on which
it was based, the TV series can be safely watched by the whole family.
I'm so glad those DVDs are finally available!
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