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An american remake of the classic british tv show, "Fawlty Towers"
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Series cast summary:
John Larroquette ...  Royal Payne 9 episodes, 1999
JoBeth Williams ...  Connie Payne 9 episodes, 1999
Julie Benz ...  Breeze O'Rourke 9 episodes, 1999
Rick Batalla ...  Mo the Bellhop 9 episodes, 1999
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An american remake of the classic british tv show, "Fawlty Towers"

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USA

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English

Release Date:

15 March 1999 (USA) See more »

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Royal Payne See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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(9 episodes)

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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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John Cleese was asked to play a role in the second series as the manager of a rival hotel called the Sand Dune. Larroquette wanted "John Cleese to be the owner and be the nicest man in the world." Due to the lack of success of "Payne", it never happened. See more »

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Remake of Fawlty Towers (1975) See more »

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Stateside snobbery to a Fawlt!
18 March 1999 | by BellybubSee all my reviews

John Larroquette is delightfully rude and self-serving as hotel owner Royal Payne in this Yank version of "Fawlty Towers"! Certainly, his version of crass attitude is different from John Cleese's, as it should be. Some viewers might say that the relationship between Payne and his wife Constance (JoBeth Williams) seems too flexibly forgiving, but there IS a definite viper-like chemistry between the two, like a more sarcastic Nick & Nora Charles. I also like (even though it is a comic-relief ethnic stereotype) Rick Batalla's portrayal of Mohammad, the bumbling bellhop. Just like Manuel in "F.T.", he is cringingly subservient to his boorish boss ... I'm waiting for a dressing-down scene of "This Royal's wife. This Royal. This smack on head." And Larroquette will give Batalla a smack on the head ... let's wait and see!


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