Fantasy Island (1977–1984)
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The Over the Hill Caper/Poof! You're a Movie Star 

Blackmail victim Spencer Randolph and his aging buddies reunite their gang to defeat their blackmailer; and young Shirley Russell revels in her fantasy of being a movie star -- till the director requests that she appear nude.

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Shirley Russell
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Spencer Randolph
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Frank 'Spider' Randall
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Arthur Gantman
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Curtis Jackson
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Winnie McLaine
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Tommy Prentiss
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Vince Gregory
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Blackmail victim Spencer Randolph and his aging buddies reunite their gang to defeat their blackmailer; and young Shirley Russell revels in her fantasy of being a movie star -- till the director requests that she appear nude.

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15 April 1978 (USA)  »

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The first tale's title is from the movie The Over-the-Hill Gang (1969). See more »

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The old geezers return
14 August 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is another of the fluffier variety of Fantasy Island, and it stars many veteran actors including Ray Bolger, Foster Brooks(not drunk here), Phil Foster(Laverne & Shirley), Tom Ewell, Barbi Benton(1st of 8 episodes), and Herb Edelman, who was a hoot as a studio head. Without going into much detail about either segment(would take too long), I would have to say I preferred the one with the old gang getting back together again to foil a blackmailing scheme around Spencer's(Bolger)wealthy wife Winnie, played by Harriet Nelson. The old guys had decent chemistry and offered a few funny moments, and I especially enjoyed the performance of a sober Brooks. This segment also had a decent atmosphere around a very large house for which the gang has to break in to steal a file in order to thwart the blackmail. The other segment stars Fantasy Island veteran Barbi Benton, and her fantasy is the usual one to gain popularity as a movie star, although she soon discovers that it's not all it's cracked up to be. Joanna Barnes(Liz)is solid as Shirley's(Benton)agent, and warns her that it's tough to be in show business, and as I said above, Edelman is delightful as Arthur Gantman, as he basically insists Shirley perform a nude scene. At first she seems receptive to the idea, but after thinking about it, she refuses and thus ends her acting career, even though in real life, Benton has posed nude several times. Neither story is very strong, but it's always good to see old faces that once graced our screens many years ago.


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