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Disneyland Dream (1956)
The Best Home Movie Ever
Disneyland Dream is a surprisingly engaging home movie about a visit to Disneyland, Anaheim, in 1956, by the wonderfully American Barstow family. Robbins Barstow's narration (from 1995) is better than competent and he handles the camera much more skillfully than your average amateur. The best thing about the home movie is the view we have of mid-1950s America: the clothing and customs, pre-jet airline travel, side trips to Universal Studios, Santa Catalina Island, Hollywood Boulevard, and Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park. Living in Orange County, I have been to Disneyland countless times in the last 55 years and it is a thrill to see what it looked like a couple of years before my first visit.
Adam-12: The Princess and the Pig (1972)
Bobby Hill rides along with Pete Malloy!
Fans of both Hill Street Blues and Adam-12 will get a kick out of seeing Mike Warren (Hill Street's Bobby Hill) as an enthusiastic rookie riding shotgun with Pete Malloy while Jim Reed is on an undercover caper. Ten years later, Warren, by then a seasoned cop, would ride shotgun with Charles Haid (as Andy Renko) for several seasons on Hill Street Blues.
This episode features Leslie Charleson, the "Pearl Drops" girl, as a strung-out pop singer being troubled by drug dealers. There is some real sexual tension between Charleson and McCord, though it's no spoiler to tell you that Reed keeps his hands to himself.
"The Princess and the Pig" is an exciting and suspenseful episode. Look for Bobby Troup in a sinister role.