Honey and Sam are hired to ensure that ransom money is delivered and the kidnap victim, a rock-'n'-roll singing son of a millionaire businessman, is returned safely. Honey soon suspects ... See full summary »
Honey and Sam are hired to ensure that ransom money is delivered and the kidnap victim, a rock-'n'-roll singing son of a millionaire businessman, is returned safely. Honey soon suspects that the kidnapping was faked, either as a publicity stunt or so the young man could lay his hands on some easy cash. Written by
I'm not at all sure you'll recognize him from his picture. The last time I saw Nicky, he had taken on... the color of his surroundings.
Hey look, man, you go to your barber and I'll stay away from mine.
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"Hey look, man, you go to your barber and I'll stay away from mine."
One of the cool things about watching Honey West is all of the familiar faces that pop-up in almost every episode. Whether it's Ray Danton or Leon Askin or Herb Edelman (you might not know the name, but trust me, you'd recognize the face), I have fun with each episode playing "Name the Character Actor". In The Princess and the Paupers, there's not one, but two faces that jumped out at me. Michael J. Pollard, who would go on to appear in a number of "bigger" things including Bonnie and Clyde, and Bobby Sherman, who would go on to be a teen heart throb, make appearances in this Honey West Episode. Pretty cool casting if you ask me. They play two thirds of a rock trio. Sherman, as Nicky Van, is kidnapped and his wealthy father is sent a ransom note. Honey and Company are hired to make the drop. But the kidnappers get greedy and ask for a second, larger amount of money. In addition to the two recognizable "faces" in the cast, The Princess and the Paupers features a fairly interesting plot with a couple of twists along the way. It's amazing how much you can pack into 25 minutes if you don't' worry about things like character development. Unfortunately, though, the final twist is too predictable and the end doesn't come as much of a surprise as I'm sure it was probably intended. Still, it's a fun episode with some circa 1965 pop music, the mod fashions, and that groovy hair. It's a real hoot. And the final scene with Honey gently dancing in her chair as Nicky Van plays some loopy pop song is a scream.
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