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"ABC Weekend Specials" Zack and the Magic Factory (1981)

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Ann Elder (teleplay)
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Original Air Date:
10 January 1981 (Season 4, Episode 3)
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Jane Withers ... Aunt Daisy Dabble
Jim Gatherum ... Zachary Dabble (as Jimmy Gatherum)

Janet MacLachlan ... Miss. Harrington

Olivia Barash ... Jenny
Tom Williams ... Mario
Robert Lussier ... Mr. Stuple
William Flatley ... Mr. Thomas
George Memmoli ... Cab Driver
James Jarnigan ... Al
Matt Freeman ... Toby

Episode Crew
Directed by
Ernest Pintoff 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Cynthia Chenault  teleplay (as Cindy Leonetti)
Ann Elder  teleplay
Elaine L. Schulte  novel

Produced by
Robert Chenault .... producer
Original Music by
John Cacavas 
Cinematography by
Otto Nemenz (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Bill Moore  (as William Moore)
Casting by
David Graham 
Art Direction by
Ray Markham 
Set Decoration by
Scott Thaler 
Makeup Department
Wes Dawn .... makeup artist
Production Management
David McCann .... post-production supervisor
Sharon Sawyer .... unit production manager
Special Effects by
Richard Albain .... special effects (as Dick Albain)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
John S. Perry .... costume supervisor (as John Perry)
Series Cast
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Michael Young ... Himself

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The Magician's Nephew, 9 January 2012
Author: cultfilmfreak from Wang, Utah

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Those long gone and sorely missed ABC Weekend Specials, the introduction with the animated wizard conjuring butterflies flying from an open book, snared the attention of many youngsters who, at a certain point on Saturday Morning, wanted something beyond cartoons i.e. real humans and real stories but not without a touch of whim and fantasy: Like in this creative two-part episode about a spectacle-wearing kid, Zack, visiting his Aunt's (played by Jane Withers) dilapidated magic factory that, while shabby on the outside, harbors a score of neat tricks by two talented magicians within.

REPO MAN ingénue Olivia Barash, then a child actress who appeared in TV shows ranging from THE INCREDIBLE HULK to LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE, is a magician's daughter that joins Zack in trying to rescue the building from a geeky yet sinister tax attorney, who, with the aid of a bitter custodian, tries closing it down for good.

Zack, despite being bullied at school, plans a big magic show in the school auditorium, and with Olivia as his assistant they have but one shot at saving the beloved old factory.

A pretty good storyline and likable characters will keep you interested in the turnout, and best of all, there's a lotta cool magic tricks.

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