Sycamore Lodge was a rare episode of Calvin and the Colonel I managed to see
Having just discovered a site called From the Archives, I checked the section called Net Nights and found an animated program called "Calvin and the Colonel" on it. It would be the last time "Amos 'n' Andy" creators and players Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll would collaborate together. Gosden would play the Colonel as a fox with the personality of George "Kingfish" Stevens with Correll as a dim-witted bear named Calvin with that of Andy. In this episode, the Colonel, having purchased a cabin that turns out to have been flooded, tries to sublet it to Calvin while his wife and sister-in-law do the same thing to someone else. This is basically an animated radio show with music scoring limited to transition scenes. The low-budget shows on how limited the animation really is and the laugh track really points out how lame the whole package truly is. In fact, I only laughed two times. Once when the Colonel says, "I've soured on the whole sex!", sotto voce, after telling his wife and sister-in-law how he's never looked at another woman in the last 20 years he's lived with them and again when, after he and Calvin see water coming out of the stove, the Colonel says, "The last tenant must have baked a spongecake in there!" Former "Amos 'n' Andy" writers Joe Connelly and Bob Mosher, the creators of "Leave It to Beaver" and "The Munsters", wrote the script. Paul Frees is one of the voices here. All in all, this was a curio that I was at least glad to finally be able to view.
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