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Drama
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The story takes place in a large hospital and revolves around two nurses, Liz Thorpe (Shirl Conway), the older head nurse, and Gail Lucas, the naive student nurse. The two nurses were ... See full summary »

Stars: Shirl Conway, Zina Bethune, Michael Tolan
The Star Wagon (TV Movie 1966)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

In middle age, inventor Stephen Minch is happy enough with his life, despite the fact that he has never risen to prominence even though his innovations have made others rich. His wife ... See full summary »

Director: Karl Genus
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Trilogy (1969)
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"Miriam": Miss Miller has spent her life as a governess for children in some of the most fashionable homes in New York. She is shocked one day to learn that one of her "babies" is expecting... See full summary »

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Last Summer (1969)
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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

During summer vacation on Fire Island, three young people--a girl and two guys--become so close that they form a sort-of threesome. When an uncool girl tries to infiltrate the trio's newly ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Perry
Stars: Barbara Hershey, Richard Thomas, Bruce Davison
Drama
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Directors: Larry Arrick, Earl Dawson
Stars: Jack Aaron, Susan Anspach, William Bassett
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...  Laura / ... 2 episodes, 1966
The Doodletown Pipers ...  Themselves 2 episodes, 1966-1967
...  Lieutenant Hammond / ... 2 episodes, 1966
...  Herself 2 episodes, 1967
...  Barney Kempinski 1 episode, 1966
...  Otto Hoffman 1 episode, 1966
...  Woman 1 episode, 1966
...  Charles Snell 1 episode, 1966
...  Sir Simon Canterville / ... 1 episode, 1966
...  Royal Earle Thompson 1 episode, 1966
...  Steve 1 episode, 1966
...  Himself - Host 1 episode, 1967
Joseph Julian ...  Narrator 1 episode, 1967
...  Ben Weldon 1 episode, 1967
...  Ellie Thompson 1 episode, 1966
...  Mr. Otis 1 episode, 1966
...  Rich Man 1 episode, 1966
...  Herr Hoffman 1 episode, 1966
Donnie Melvin ...  Buddy 1 episode, 1966
...  Adele 1 episode, 1966
...  Angie 1 episode, 1966
...  Mrs. Monday 1 episode, 1966
...  Ginny Weldon 1 episode, 1967
Jill Bennett ...  Frida Holmeier 1 episode, 1966
...  Homer T. Hatch 1 episode, 1966
Lavinia Cassels ...  Aunts 1 episode, 1966
...  Member of The Celestials 1 episode, 1966
...  Roscoe Potts 1 episode, 1966
...  Leo 1 episode, 1966
...  David, the Duke of Cheshire 1 episode, 1966
...  Flame 1 episode, 1966
...  Himself 1 episode, 1967
...  Mr. Mallory 1 episode, 1967
...  Ella Harkins 1 episode, 1966
Christine Marler ...  Aunts 1 episode, 1966
...  Olaf Helton 1 episode, 1966
...  Member of The Celestials 1 episode, 1966
...  Mrs. Otis 1 episode, 1966
...  Greta 1 episode, 1966
...  Hal Crady 1 episode, 1967
...  Himself 2 episodes, 1966-1967
Margaret Bannerman ...  Store Person 1 episode, 1966
Josip Elic ...  HaHa 1 episode, 1966
...  Burleigh 1 episode, 1966
...  Mary 1 episode, 1966
...  Constable 1 episode, 1966
Morgan Mason ...  Billy Stewart 1 episode, 1966
Maureen Pryor ...  Rebecca 1 episode, 1966
...  Member of The Celestials 1 episode, 1966
...  Ed Bartlett 1 episode, 1967
Margaret Barker ...  Store Person 1 episode, 1966
Hamilton Dyce ...  Koorp 1 episode, 1966
Lynn Forman ...  Woman in Car 1 episode, 1966
Peter Howard ...  Aide 1 episode, 1966
...  Jerome 1 episode, 1966
...  Woman in Window 1 episode, 1966
Steve Sanders ...  Arthur 1 episode, 1966
...  Virginia Otis 1 episode, 1966
...  Himself 1 episode, 1967
...  J.J. Semmons 1 episode, 1967
...  Matthew Otis 1 episode, 1966
...  Mechanic 1 episode, 1966
Leonard Elliott ...  The Judge 1 episode, 1966
Win Forman ...  Storekeeper 1 episode, 1966
Derek Francis ...  Dr Leander 1 episode, 1966
Jerome Guardino ...  Man in Window 1 episode, 1966
...  Sheriff Barbee 1 episode, 1966
...  Juanita 1 episode, 1966
...  Peg 1 episode, 1967
Danny La Rue ...  Himself 1 episode, 1967
David Charkham ...  Mark Otis 1 episode, 1966
...  Dino 1 episode, 1966
...  Charlie 1 episode, 1966
...  The Guard 1 episode, 1966
Peter Robbins ...  Herbert 1 episode, 1966
...  Hairy Eddie Popkin 1 episode, 1966
Jerry Verno ...  Hansen 1 episode, 1966
Denys Palmer ...  Himself 1 episode, 1967
...  Geraldine 1 episode, 1967
...  Mr. Zuckerman 1 episode, 1966
...  Injured man 1 episode, 1966
George Curzon ...  The Butler 1 episode, 1966
...  Deputy 1 episode, 1966
José Pérez ...  Ice Cream Boy 1 episode, 1966
...  Miss McLeish 1 episode, 1966
Hagen Smith ...  Joe 1 episode, 1966
...  Lathrop Hyde 1 episode, 1967
...  Herself 1 episode, 1967
...  Pearl 1 episode, 1966
Ivan Bonar ...  Physician 1 episode, 1966
...  The Housekeeper 1 episode, 1966
James Dukas ...  Man 1 episode, 1966
...  Irene D'Oeuvre 1 episode, 1966
...  Mrs. Bilbee 1 episode, 1966
...  George Blessing 1 episode, 1967
Libby Morris ...  Herself 1 episode, 1967
...  The Bellman 1 episode, 1966
Mark Kearney ...  Boy 1 episode, 1966
Milburn Shelton ...  Race Start Announcer 1 episode, 1966
Joan Tompkins ...  Meg 1 episode, 1966
Richard Kendrick ...  Stan Gearling 1 episode, 1967
Seth Connors ...  Orpheus 1 episode, 1966
Burke Rhind ...  Race Finish Announcer 1 episode, 1966
Jane Rose ...  Woman 1 episode, 1966
...  Kay Bartlett 1 episode, 1967
William Estes ...  Guard 1 episode, 1966
...  Woman 1 episode, 1966
Martin Murphy ...  News Announcer 1 episode, 1966
Jason Gero ...  Chris Weldon 1 episode, 1967
Sally Goldwater ...  Pregnancy Policewoman 1 episode, 1966
...  Don Prospect, Head of Vertigo Records 1 episode, 1966
Stanley Simmonds ...  Man 1 episode, 1966
Heidi Rook ...  Vee Weldon 1 episode, 1967
...  Arthur 1 episode, 1966
Dorothea MacFarland ...  Woman 1 episode, 1966
...  Don Prospect's Mother 1 episode, 1966
1 episode, 1966
...  Klein 1 episode, 1966
Pierre Epstein ...  Clerk 1 episode, 1966
1 episode, 1966
Helen Curtis ...  Large Woman 1 episode, 1966
1 episode, 1966
...  Large Man 1 episode, 1966
1 episode, 1966
John C. Becher ...  Tourist #1 1 episode, 1966
1 episode, 1966
Valerie Morrell ...  Woman Tourist 1 episode, 1966
1 episode, 1966
William Hansen ...  Tourist #2 1 episode, 1966
1 episode, 1966
...  Bus Driver 1 episode, 1966
1 episode, 1966
...  Sarah 1 episode, 1966
Joanna Wood ...  Girl at Boat 1 episode, 1966
...  Farley 1 episode, 1966
Edith King ...  Matron 1 episode, 1966
...  Emily 1 episode, 1966
...  Ruth 1 episode, 1966
...  Receptionist 1 episode, 1966
Janak Khendry ...  Khendry 1 episode, 1966
Willis Pinkett ...  Mechanic 1 episode, 1966
...  Crying Man 1 episode, 1966
Frank Campanella ...  Detective #1 1 episode, 1966
Maxwell Glanville ...  Detective #2 1 episode, 1966
Tom Carlin ...  Detective #3 1 episode, 1966
Wally Engelhardt ...  Chauffeur 1 episode, 1966
Roberta Carr ...  Francine 1 episode, 1966
Gladys Baker ...  Herself 1 episode, 1966
...  Todd Bronson 1 episode, 1966
Ida Bolender ...  Herself 1 episode, 1966
Wayne Bolender ...  Himself 1 episode, 1966
Mabel Ella Campbell ...  Herself 1 episode, 1966
...  Narrated by 1 episode, 1966
...  Himself - Host 1 episode, 1966
...  Dean Severance 1 episode, 1966
...  Carl Boyer 1 episode, 1966
...  Himself 1 episode, 1966
...  Chuck Roast 1 episode, 1966
...  Lou Coolidge 1 episode, 1966
...  Herself 1 episode, 1966
...  Casey 1 episode, 1966
Hugh Franklin ...  Howard Boyer 1 episode, 1966
Thurston Frazier ...  Himself 1 episode, 1966
...  Bonnie 1 episode, 1966
...  Himself 1 episode, 1966
...  Narrator 1 episode, 1966
...  Comedian 1 episode, 1966
Delos Jewkes ...  Himself 1 episode, 1966
Tom Kelley ...  Himself 1 episode, 1966
Bob Lind ...  Himself 1 episode, 1966
Harry Lipton ...  Himself 1 episode, 1966
...  Himself 1 episode, 1966
Inez Melson ...  Herself 1 episode, 1966
...  Himself 1 episode, 1966
...  Himself 1 episode, 1966
...  Herself 1 episode, 1966
...  Quarterback 1 episode, 1966
...  Carlos O'Connor 1 episode, 1966
Phyllis Newman ...  Mary Severance 1 episode, 1966
...  Hermes 1 episode, 1966
...  Himself - Host 1 episode, 1966
The Pair Extraordinaire ...  Themselves 1 episode, 1966
David F. Powers ...  Himself 1 episode, 1966
Byron Sanders ...  Cable 1 episode, 1966
...  Himself 1 episode, 1966
Emilyn Snively ...  Herself 1 episode, 1966
...  Himself 1 episode, 1966
Paula Strasberg ...  Herself 1 episode, 1966
...  Herself 1 episode, 1966
...  Gray 1 episode, 1967
Ricky Anderson 1 episode, 1967
...  Herself 2 episodes, 1966-1967
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A weekly anthology of one-hour plays, both original and adapted from literary sources.

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Thursday: One of seven nights to remember on all-color ABC. See more »

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The Bob Dylan documentary Eat the Document (1972) was commissioned for this series and promoted on-air, but ABC pulled it at the last minute, reportedly because it was deemed too avant-garde for the network's taste. See more »

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Joe Namath, don't quit your day job

The number in the title 'ABC Stage 67' referred to the one and only year in which this series aired: the 1966/67 TV season. If it had run longer, would they have upped the number every year? (This was done for the children's TV series "Discovery '62", which became "Discovery '63" in its second season.) UPDATE: My thanks to correspondent J. Posner, who points out to me that ABC's Manhattan studio is located in West 67th Street; this is likely the real explanation for the title 'Stage 67'.

At all events, 'ABC Stage 67' was an ambitious attempt to repeat the success of the 'Omnibus' TV series a decade previously ... offering a mixed fare of music, comedy, drama, and documentary. Regrettably, 'ABC Stage 67' transmitted only 26 episodes from September '66 through May of the next year. One other episode was produced but never aired: 'Eat the Document', a hodgepodge of rock-concert footage featuring Bob Dylan, John Lennon and Johnny Cash.

This posting is a review of the 12 October 1966 episode of 'ABC Stage 67', an original musical comedy (in colour) called 'Olympus 7-000', with music and lyrics by Richard Adler ... chiefly of interest for a brief appearance by Joe Namath and the New York Jets.

The songwriting team Richard Adler and Jerry Ross wrote the excellent score for "John Murray Anderson's Almanac", a 1953 Broadway revue that really ought to be revived. More famously, they wrote the songs for two Broadway musicals that have been classics ever since: 'The Pyjama Game' and 'Damn Yankees'. Most songwriting teams consist of a composer and a lyricist, but Adler and Ross co-wrote their tunes and their lyrics. They were proteges of the great songwriter Frank Loesser, who likewise wrote music and lyrics. Jerry Ross died of leukaemia before his 30th birthday, leaving us to wonder what great shows this talented team might have written. Richard Adler has continued to write new material, but he has never recaptured the early success of his teamwork with Ross.

The script of 'Olympus 7-000' was by Broadway veteran Jerome Chodorov, who had earned success with 'My Sister Eileen' and other projects ... but his story for 'Olympus 7-000' was terrible, and derivative with it.

You can almost smell the desperation of this project, and I suspect that most of the blame should go to Richard Adler. His most successful project had been 'Damn Yankees', a musical comedy in which the Devil comes to Earth to help the world's worst baseball team win the pennant. 'Olympus 7-000' is a blatant reworking of the same premise: this time, God comes to Earth to help the world's worst football team win the championship. But some viewers might get perturbed if the Lord God Jehovah got involved in such mundane activities. So, instead of the Judaeo-Christian deity, we have the Greek god Hermes showing up in New England to help a college football squad in the present day (1966).

Straight from the kick-off, this raises some unpleasant questions: if the Greek gods are real, where have they been hiding all these centuries? And if Hermes (or any other god) is willing to give supernatural assistance to a football team, then why doesn't he lend a hand to all the people dying in earthquakes, famines, and so forth? Maybe I shouldn't inject these big metaphysical questions into a frothy little musical comedy, but 'Olympus 7-000' is such a plodding lump of work that I had plenty of time to ponder such issues while I watched this old kinescope.

The god Hermes is played by Donald O'Connor, looking not so much godlike as elfin. As Hermes, O'Connor wears a metallic silver-coloured outfit and a shiny bowler hat with wings on the brim. In this glittering ensemble, O'Connor looks like the mutant offspring of a one-night stand between the Tin Woodman of Oz and Og the Leprechaun from "Finian's Rainbow". O'Connor brandishes a little silvery stick which is apparently meant to be the caduceus of Hermes, but it looks more like Glinda's fairy wand. And, yes, 'Olympus 7-000' is Hermes's phone number.

Veteran comedian Eddie Foy, Jnr struggles gamely in his role as Casey, the coach of the hapless football team. Character actor Fred Clark (whom I always enjoy watching) is deliciously dyspeptic in a badly-written role as the dean of the college. Phyllis Newman is quite attractive as the dean's daughter, although I can do without her singing. The underrated Larry Blyden provides the love interest for Ms Newman, and vulgar comedian Lou Jacobi leers and smirks on the sidelines.

The most interesting bit of casting in 'Olympus 7-000' is also the only reason why this poor musical (only an hour long, with commercials) is ever likely to be made available on video. The quarterback of the incompetent football team is played by none other than Joe Namath, who was probably at the peak of his popularity at this time. Namath demonstrated some minor talent elsewhere (not here) as an actor. Namath eventually starred as Joe Hardy in a dinner-theatre production of 'Damn Yankees' ... a role similar to the one he plays here, but in a much better show.

The best songs in 'Olympus 7-000' are 'Better Things to Do' (a duet for O'Connor and Newman) and Eddie Foy's number 'The Three of Us' ... but 'best' is hardly the proper word here. This terrible show was directed by Stanley Prager (who?), and the musical numbers were staged by Gordon Rigsby (huh?). If you're a fan of any of the performers in this show (including Joe Namath), be assured that all of them did much better work elsewhere. 'Olympus 7-000' is hardly the stuff of the gods, although I might consider it a Greek tragedy.


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