I recently had the opportunity to see Tyger, Tyger parts 1 and 2, and it was everything I remembered from 1964 and more. Yvette Mimieux(*) was just about the most beautiful vision I had ever seen at the time, and is still stunning watching the same episodes after 45 years. She was also a fine actress, a blazing star in this one particular performance. Clu Gulager also had a solid performance. Richard Chamberlain as Doctor Kildare and Raymond Massey as Doctor Gillespie were of course their usual solid selves.
This was a thoughtful and ambitious project, and tried to do a little too much to jam into two one hour episodes. Nonetheless, it makes a deep impression. It is an inspection of the extraordinary life and spirit of a surfer girl, with thoughtful commentary by Raymond Massey on the subject of what compulsion and daring and zest mean to the human soul, and how these are not to be thought less of than analytical skill and judgment and business acumen.
This is all about why some of us love film and TV so passionately. It is a tragedy that this fine TV series is being withheld from fans and probably very few will ever have a chance to again see any of the episodes, of which these are two of the best.
(*) See Yvette on the cover of Life magazine, October 25, 1963 (yes, I saved it all this time). There is a brief article about this TV episode inside. She learned to surf for this part, and was a true natural.
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