Change Your Image
Upload An Image
Crop And Save
Or Reset Your Avatar
Route 66 (1960)
I just finished watching all four seasons in chronological order
I just finished watching the entire series in chronological order. It took me almost two years to the day to watch them.
I bought the first three seasons on DVD one season at a time.
Season 4 was not available on DVD unless you bought Route 66 The Complete Series but they did not make the entire series available until after I bought the first three seasons on DVD.
BUT, MeTV was showing the entire series in chronological order so I just waited until the fourth season started.
Within the last hour I watched the final episode. Is was part 2 of 2.
Route 66 ran from fall 1960 to spring 1964. The premise of the series was Tod Stiles father passed away who owned a large business but was in tremendous debt. So his business had to be liquidated and sold. By the time all his debt and creditors were paid off, all his recent Yale graduate son (Tod Stiles) inherited was a brand new Corvette.
One of the guys that worked for his father was an orphan raised in the tough streets of Hell's Kitchen named Buzz Murdoch, who had to learn to fight in one of the worst crime-ridden areas in the country just to survive.
The two of them decided to take to the road and see the country in the new 1961 Corvette.
The first two seasons were very good.
At the end of the second season and at the end of the third season, George Maharis (Buzz Murdoch) missed several episodes. He was replaced at the end of the 3rd season with Lincoln Case (Glenn Corbett), a Green Beret/Vietnam Vet.
As a whole, by the third season, the stories some times had little to do with the main characters; they were some times incidental characters in the stories.
And the Lincoln Case character was not that well defined. They started off defining him well--a Green Beret that when attacked by four hoodlums, sends them all to hospital. Tod Stiles takes umbrage at this, thinking these hoodlums semi-innocent teenagers and challenges Case to a fight. Case agrees not to use his karate so they fight to a stand still. In fact, Case never uses his karate skills throughout the rest of the series taking away what could have been a character-defining gritty toughness.
By contrast, Buzz Murdoch had his tough street-fighter side that defined him and made him interesting with a razor-sharp temper.
Some of these episodes in the fourth season and even the third--I had to suffer through. The music was sometimes contrived and corny, tried to make me feel differently than what the screen conveyed and oft times there were unrealistic characters that I could also care less about. And unrealistic dialog where one character goes on a poetic monologue.
In the final episode reality was transcended: A character played by Patrick O'Neal dies and it's a joke with no investigation, no sorrow.
A lot of these old shows did not have a definitive ending, perhaps because they did not know they were going to be canceled, one of the exceptions being "The Fugitive." But the final episode of Route 66 DID have an end to the series: Tod Stiles gets married (to Barbara Eden), Linc Case ships his stuff back home to Texas and when Stiles says, "Well we're going that way, straight to Houston"
Case replies, "That's a two-seater you've got there old buddy."
Case walks out to the Corvette, puts Stiles and Eden's luggage in the car, looks the Corvette over one last time, rubs his hands on it, smiles in reminiscing fashion then walks away into the sunset with the Corvette in the foreground and one final musical phrase of the Nelson Riddle/Gil Grau Route 66 theme song. Lincoln Case is saying goodbye to the road.
The character most prevalent in this final scene of the series before it fades is the character most prevalent in the seriesthe Corvette. Fade Out.
For the end credits, whilst the Nelson Riddle theme song played, Route 66 always showed a still from a scene from the episode. In this case it was the final shot of the episode/seriesthe Corvette but this time without Lincoln Case in the scene.
The four year road trip had come to an end.
Too bad they couldn't get a cameo by Maharis in the final episode.
PS MeTV started Route 66 over with the first episode. Just for the heck of it I watched it again. The contrast in tension, character development and writing in watching the final episode immediately followed by the first was like night and day. Those early episodes were so much better.
Executive Summary: First two seasons very good (inspired me to look up Maharis' work after Route 66). Third and fourth season hit and miss with the fourth season mostly miss even though I liked GLenn Corbett as an actor. He just did not get that many good scripts.
Wish They'd Replay This Series
I was researching director Leslie Martinson because I really liked his directing in an episode of Run For Your Life, came across Hank in a list of his directing credits and immediately remembered it.
I enjoyed this show a lot as a kid (3rd grade).
I distinctly remember one episode of this show where there was a Tom Boy like female character that was caught playing with dolls. She recovered from what to her was an embarrassing revelation by saying she used the dolls to practice "hand to hand combat."
Don't know if this was a guest star character of it was the Doris Royal character played by Linda Foster but I still remember that episode even though I probably only saw it once 48 years ago.
Too bad they never show this show in reruns but most shows that only lasted one season from that era do not get replayed.
Clarence Ross Shines In This Short
Clancy Ross costars in this short. He was the first truly massive body builder and beat Steve Reeves (who went on the play Hercules in several Italian movies) in the 1948 Mr. USA contest.
I first met Clancy Ross in the summer of 1978 in-between semesters at California State University, Chico.
I had gone to Chico State to box (as well as get a bachelor's degree) and realized after one year there that I did not want to continue boxing but needed something to take up the slack in the physical fitness department. I then ran into an old high school friend who was a body building instructor at Clancy Ross' Mr. America Club in Walnut Creek, CA. Arnold Schwarzenegger had come by for the grand opening a few months before. I've lifted weights to stay in shape ever since, achieving some impressive results at times, though not to the level of Clancy Ross.
I remember Clancy saying that he had acted, mentioning "So You Want To Be A Muscle Man" and a commercial where he was shoveling coal into a furnace. He said he also had an offer to play Tarzan but turned it down and for good reasons that out of respect for Clancy I do not think are appropriate to repeat suffice it to say as an on-line biography of him states "He did not like the prospects of the Hollywood lifestyle and returned to his roots in Oakland."
Last Sunday, 32 years after I first met him I finally got to see Clancy in "So You Want To Be A Muscleman" after recently purchasing The (Complete) Joe McDoakes Collection on DVD. I watched it with one of his former employees, my old high school buddy mentioned above. We were both surprised at not only how good the Joe McDoakes short was but also what a laid back sense of humor Clancy had in this short and his surprisingly good acting. He was the highlight of the short.
Clancy could have gone a lot further in Hollywood had he wanted to but as it was he opened several successful gyms bearing his name leading many to a lifetime of physical fitness, this author included.
La furia del Hombre Lobo (1972)
Don't Judge The Whole Daninsky Wolf Man Series By "Fury Of The Wolf Man"
I recently discovered the Daninksy werewolf series when ThiS TV in the LA area showed "Frankenstein Vs Dracula" the second of the Daninsky werewolf movies (not taking into account his lost first movie). Afterwards, I went to IMDb.com and discovered the Daninsky Wolf Man character was recreated in many other movies until as late as 2004. I bought all the Daninsky werewolf movies on DVD that were available, one even on Blu-ray and thus far have seen four, "Fury OF The Wolf Man" being the fourth.
The first three were much better and there was continuity between them unlike between they and the fourth, this one.
I agree with most of the reviews--this is confusing and they even used a scene from the first Daninsky Wolf Man movie in this episode--were the werewolf bursts into an older couple's country home and murders both throwing the old man into the fire place--even though in the previous scene, the Wolf Man was in the city.
If this is your first venture into the Daninsky werewolf series, don't give up. This is the worst (so far). The third, "Werewolf Vs The Vampire Woman" is the best (but I have not seen the final six).
It was "Frankenstein Vs The Wolf Man (1943) that gave Paul Naschy the werewolf bug and the desire to make a series of movies on the subject. That movie had a profound effect on me as well when I was finally able to see it age 13; it was by far my favorite movie at the time. I'd since seen all the Lon Chaney Wolf Man movies so it is great to discover 10 more werewolf movies for another continuing character. It's like being 13 again.
I had never really seen "Marne" all the way through. What few times I saw parts of it I thought that Connery looked like he stepped out of the studio from Goldfinger and went directly to the sound stage for Marnie, that Connery was type-cast as Bond during that era. However, upon seeing the movie nothing could be further form the truth; I thought it a very interesting movie. I think the Bond type cast actually helped Sean's role here as the movie was showing that even James Bond can't suddenly cure a woman as mentally ill as the character Tippi Hedron played with just pure good looks and male charisma. I takes intelligence, depth of character and perseverance.
Also in the movie were small roles by Meg Wylie (AKA "The Keeper" from the 1964/6 Star Trek episode "The Cage"/"The Menagerie"), Alan Napier (Alfred the Butler from the 1966 Batman TV Series) and a cameo by a very young Bruce Dern.
The music by Hermann sounded familiar, as if he had done the score for other movies I have seen; it reminded me of "Portrait Of Jenny." I wonder if he did the musical score for that too?
Twilight Theater (1982)
I Watched This On TV in 1982
I watched this on TV in 1982 and still remember it. It was funny. One skit is like a public safety film on the dangers of drunk driving, with a voice over saying something like, "How many times have you seen this happen? A friend comes to your party, has too much to drink, and insists on during his steam roller home!" Steve Martin is the drunk, says, in a drunk slur, "I can drive. C'mon guys! Give me a break..." He then proceeds to run over a child who ran out in the street after his beach ball. Steve accidentally runs over him, runs back to see if the kid is okay only to find him literally flat as a pan cake with a Mr. Bill like, "No............" look on his face.
I seem to remember another skit about a cowboy rodeo rider that rides tortoises. "That's the way I want it...," says Martin the cowboy at the end of the skit.
A FUNNY show that I only saw once 23 years ago. Every one at work was talking about it the next day. They should release it on DVD or VHS.
Get Smart (1995)
Should Have Had Adams And Feldon As Main Characters
I was a big fan of the original series. I was in third grade when it first came on and 7th when it ended. Our family watched it every Sunday night.
The problem with the remake, which was a new show trying to get the startup Fox TV Network going, was the main characters were not that exciting, one being the child of Maxell Smart. Frankly, Andy Dick who played smart's son, just did not have the charisma to carry the show. He's more like this annoying, contrived little twit you feel like smacking upside the head rather than laughing at.
What would have been the problem with Maxwell Smart and Agent 99 (Susan) as the main characters instead of just cameos at the beginning and end of each show, in 99's case just the first show? Better to watch funny older people than annoying young people. Maybe they would have made more than six episodes.
True To Book Would Be Great
If they made a movie true to the book, it would have been great. This is the first science fiction series of books I ever read starting in 1973. Instead of the Priest Kings being immense, highly-intelligent sophisticated insects that communicate via smell, we get Jack Palace as a man. Instead of traveling via tarns (immense hawk-like birds) and tharlions (mini T Rex like lizards) we get horses. I think a limited budget might have played a large roll in all this.
I'm hoping they will remake these books into movies with modern special effects. The original story from the book is very well done too. In fact, the first 8 books are pretty good.
Not of This Earth (1957)
When Will This Be Available on DVD/VHS?
I remember seeing this in the early 1970's on Bob Wilkins' Creature Feature on Channel Two from Oakland.
A good movie with a dark, scary atmosphere.
The part I found most unnerving was where the alien takes his sun glasses off, looks at a passing passenger aircraft with his "Man With The X-Ray Eyes" type eyes, causing the aircraft to explode in mid-air, killing all aboard.
I notice that it is not available on DVD or VHS. Too bad. Hope it is released soon.
If anyone knows where I can get a copy of this on DVD/Laser Disc/ or VHS, please let me know.
The Fantastic Four (1978)
HERBIE Is Star Wars Influence
It seems almost certain that the addition of Herbie and the subtraction of Johnny Storm/The Human Torch from the 1978 version of the FF was the result of trying to cash in on the Star Wars craze that began the year before with the release of the first movie (Chapter IV). Herbie seems to be a flying, talking R2D2.
The same thing happened with Moonraker in 1979, first James Bond movie released after Star Wars, and in my opinion, the worst of the series. I even seem to remember the end of "The Spy Who Loved Me' in 1977 saying "But James Bond Will Return In." some other movie, perhaps "For Your Eyes Only" (the best of the Moore Bond movies in my opinion) then the producers and/or UA changing their mind.
There are probably other examples of the Star Wars influence but these are the first two that come to mind.
In conclusion, the FF was much better with The Human Torch as in the 1967 and 1996 series, and James Bond was better without Moonraker.
Having said that I seem to remember decent stories in the 1978 version, but substitute Herbie with Johnny Storm and the stories would have been even better.