Fantasy Island (1977–1984)
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Jungle Man/Mary Ann and Miss Sophisticate 

Unemployed actor David Farley gets to reprise his signature role of Jungle Man. Acclaimed ventriloquist Mary Ann Carlin is afraid that her marionette Valerie has taken over some of her personality traits.


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Episode complete credited cast:
Mr. Roarke (as Ricardo Montalbán)
Derrick Haskell
David Farley
Mary Ann Carlin
George Reardon
Rima (as Barbara Luna)
Prester John


An actor from a long-running TV show that ended two years ago and finds it hard to find work comes to the island to step into the character's shoes. Roarke tells him that it will be real; in the sense that he won't have a script and all the persons in the show will be real and it will be like two years have actually gone by. And he discovers that the world is in shambles. And a ventriloquist thinks her dummy is becoming too dominant and she wants to deal with it. But when the dummy comes to life things get complicated. Written by

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8 March 1980 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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She's no dummy!
11 August 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The segment titled, "Mary Ann and Miss Sophisticate", was the star of the show for this episode, and it revolved around a marionette(dummy)coming to life, and reversing roles with the ventriloquist. It starred Annette Funicello, Maren Jensen, who was very convincing, and Don Galloway; regarding Jensen, I see she didn't have many more acting roles after this episode, but she was very good as the creepy Valerie. This story may remind you of another evil dummy from the film "Magic", from 1978, although the story's slightly different. As good as this was, there's an awkward moment when George(Galloway), who's the manager/lover of Mary Ann(Funicello), makes love to Valerie, as he was possessed(I think). Supposedly, Valerie "becomes" Mary Ann, but that doesn't let George off the hook in my opinion, and it's an odd scene to watch and probably should've been cut from the final print. The other story has a man, played by Dennis Cole(1 of 9 total appearances!), wishing to reprise his role as "Jungle Man", a television character from years before. Other notable faces include France Nuyen, Barbara Luna, and Dick Butkus, who seemed a bit out of place. Nothing that exciting happens here, but this segment contains the rare request of a person wishing to live on Fantasy Island permanently, which is approved by Mr. Roarke, and I feel this adds a nice touch to end the show.

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