The Ballad of Andy Crocker (1969)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama  |  18 November 1969 (USA)
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A returning Vietnam veteran finds out that while he was gone his girlfriend has been forced into marrying someone else, his small business is in ruins and that those he once thought were his friends are in short supply.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Andy Crocker
Jimmy Dean ...
Bobby Hatfield ...
Joe Bob
Marvin Gaye ...
David Owens
Lisa's mother
Earl Crocker
Mimi Dillard
Claudia Bryar ...
Emily Crocker
Charlie Briggs ...
Mr. Paisley
Mr. Bedecker
David Kent


A returning Vietnam veteran finds out that his girlfriend has been forced into marrying someone else, his small business is in ruins and friends are in short supply. Written by

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18 November 1969 (USA)  »

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A Balada de Andy Croker  »

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Generally credited with being the first made-for-television movie with the Vietnam War as its central theme. See more »

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Ballad of Andy Crocker
Music by Murray MacLeod
Lyrics by Stuart Margolin
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Coming Home from Vietnam
30 August 2010 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

"When a Vietnam veteran returns from serving his country in the war, his homecoming is hardly a hero's welcome. In fact, things couldn't get much worse: his girlfriend is now married to another man and his cycle repair shop is on the verge of bankruptcy. He is now left with putting the scattered pieces of his life back together," according to the DVD sleeve description, "He was supposed to return as a hero!" This ABC-TV Tuesday "Movie of the Week" stars handsome Lee Majors (late of "The Big Valley").

To his credit, Mr. Majors and his "Andy Crocker" character seem way to smart for the story. We are led to believe Majors would come home from Vietnam after over ten years and immediately take up with Peter Haskell's sitar-strained hippies, then expect sexy Jill Haworth to accompany him on a motorcycle trip home to Texas, where curvy girlfriend Joey Heatherton (as Lisa) would have been waiting for them with open arms. Meanwhile, back in Los Angeles, Farrah Fawcett was dating Tommy Smothers.

And, Majors left his "Used Bikes" shop, acquired when he was a teenager, in the hands of ditzy Jimmy Dean (as Mack), a singer without a song. Righteous Brother Bobby Hatfield (as Joe Bob) and Motown's Marvin Gaye (as David Owens) are other singers appearing without a note, and Agnes Moorehead (from the popular "Bewitched" series) has a cameo. After Majors beats up Mr. Dean, his father asks, "Son, when are you going to grow up?" Good question. Stay tuned for "Marcus Welby, M.D."

*** The Ballad of Andy Crocker (11/18/69) George McCowan ~ Lee Majors, Joey Heatherton, Jimmy Dean, Bobby Hatfield

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