Fantasy Island (1977–1984)
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Call Me Lucky/Torch Singer 

Career gambler Harry Beamus' dream of winning every game he plays has a monkey wrench thrown into it by the arrival of his son; and Edith Garvey wants to be a successful 1920's torch singer, like her grandmother.

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Mr. Roarke
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Tattoo
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Harry Beamus
Kathryn Holcomb ...
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Joey Beamus
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Moose Maloney
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Bugsy McGowan
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Big Al Carlucci
Milton Selzer ...
Willie
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Joe
John Furlong ...
Ames
Sandy J. Christopher ...
Brunette
Delana Michaels ...
Redhead
Lee Travis ...
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Career gambler Harry Beamus' dream of winning every game he plays has a monkey wrench thrown into it by the arrival of his son; and Edith Garvey wants to be a successful 1920's torch singer, like her grandmother.

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The survey says...Richard Dawson!
26 June 2013 | by See all my reviews

This episode was highlighted by the performance of Richard Dawson(Harry Beamus), who plays it both quirky and straight, as I didn't know he could actually act in a serious role, but he does a plausible job here. Without going into either story in depth, Beamus' fantasy is to be a very lucky betting man, as he's a sad gambler whose lost his house and family because of his addiction. The other story, while still pretty good, didn't have the same effect on me as Dawson's story. A woman named Edith Garvey(Kathryn Holcomb, who didn't do much else after this)has a fantasy of being a torch singer from the 1920's like her mother. Look for a cameo by NFL Hall of Famer Dick Butkus playing a tough guy as usual, and a fairly solid performance by Edd Byrnes as the love interest. Back to the other story, look for a familiar face for fans of the epic Salem's Lot(1979)in Brad Savage, who played Danny Glick in the vampire film, and plays Beamus' son Joey, and gives a fine performance also. What Fantasy Island episode would be complete without disco dancing too? There's also a scene which has Tattoo dressed as a martian in another quick story which only includes 1 scene, and I don't think I'll ever get over seeing him in that outfit. To sum this up nicely, I recommend this episode for the performance of Dawson, although I never knew he could actually act.


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