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"I Spy" Happy Birthday Everybody (1968)

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Morton S. Fine (written by)
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26 February 1968 (Season 3, Episode 20)
While sightseeing in a Mexican town Scott and Robinson think they see someone familiar. When they approach him he gets the drop on them and gets away... See more » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Robert Culp ... Kelly Robinson

Bill Cosby ... Alexander Scott

Jim Backus ... Tom Mathews

Jeanne Bal ... Shirl Mathews

Gene Hackman ... Frank Hunter
Perla Walter ... Rosy
Tony Fraser ... Paul
Mina Martinez ... Marla

Episode Crew
Directed by
Earl Bellamy 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Morton S. Fine  written by (as Morton Fine)
David Friedkin  written by

Produced by
Leon Chooluck .... associate producer
Mike Fenton .... associate producer (as Michael Fenton)
Morton S. Fine .... producer (as Morton Fine)
David Friedkin .... producer
Sheldon Leonard .... executive producer
Original Music by
Hugo Friedhofer 
Cinematography by
Fleet Southcott (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Richard Cahoon  (as Richard H. Cahoon)
Art Direction by
Kenneth A. Reid 
Set Decoration by
Ned Parsons 
Costume Design by
Harald Johnson 
Makeup Department
Donna McDonough .... hair stylist
William Woods .... makeup artist (as Bill Wood)
Production Management
Clark L. Paylow .... production manager (as Clark Paylow)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Harold Schneider .... assistant director
Art Department
Gordon Kirschbaum .... construction coordinator
Jerry McFarland .... property master
Sound Department
John D. Hall .... sound editor (as John Hall)
Duane Hensel .... sound editor
Jack F. Lilly .... sound engineer
John Speak .... boom operator (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Joe Lombardi .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Fouad Said .... location director of photography
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Della Fox .... costumes
Editorial Department
Jerry Jameson .... editorial supervisor
Art Seid .... supervising editor
Music Department
Earle Hagen .... composer: theme music
Ken Johnson .... music editor
Walter Popp .... music coordinator
Other crew
Ronald Jacobs .... production executive
Michael Preece .... script continuity
Richard Wechsler .... assistant to producers

Series Crew
These people are regular crew members. Were they in this episode?
Bob Bralver .... stunts (uncredited)
Jophery C. Brown .... stunts (uncredited)
Ron Burke .... stunts (uncredited)
Steven Burnett .... stunts (uncredited)
Fred Carson .... stunts (uncredited)
Larry Duran .... stunts (uncredited)
Louie Elias .... stunts (uncredited)
Tony Epper .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Herron .... stunts (uncredited)
Charles Horvath .... stunts (uncredited)
Roy Jenson .... stunts (uncredited)
Gene LeBell .... stunts (uncredited)
Denver Mattson .... stunts (uncredited)
Ed Parker .... stunts (uncredited)
Allen Pinson .... stunts (uncredited)
George Sawaya .... stunts (uncredited)
Jerry Summers .... stunts (uncredited)
Other crew
Herbert Klynn .... title designer
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Additional Details

USA:60 min
Aspect Ratio:
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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Briefly recalled - But not too many details., 26 August 2006
Author: theowinthrop from United States

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

I am giving this particular episode of I SPY a "7" but it is for two reasons which may seem a trifle frivolous, but which I feel rather serious enough about to mention.

Jim Backus and Gene Hackman both had roles in this particular episode. It was not a comic episode either. Hackman played the villain, a man with a grudge against Bill Cosby and Robert Culp and another, and he was killed off in the course of the episode (but I recall it was not quite at the end). I believe (someone may correct me on this) he has left a bomb which may still kill several people after his death. But in his case, it was one of his last television acting performances in a supporting part. He made BONNIE AND CLYDE that year, and withing ten years would have won the Oscar for his performance in THE FRENCH CONNECTION as "Popeye" Doyle.

As for Backus, he was the agent that Hackman's fury was really directed at. The bomb danger was directed toward Backus' family in the episode. It was not the type of role we tend to identify with him (especially as he had just finished his period playing Mr. McGoo and Thurston Howard III on GILLIGAN'S ISLAND) but more in line with his serious work as a dramatic actor in films like REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE and THE MAN WITH A THOUSAND FACES. As such he handled the role well. It sometimes makes me pause about performers like Backus, who really were capable of more than what they are recalled for. It makes me treasure the moments when they did get a chance to show their other abilities. This was one of them.

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