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7/10
The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band marked the debut of Goldie Jeanne Hawn
22 July 2019
The main plot of this movie musical seems to mainly be about the conflicts in views among family members of the 1888 presidential election when incumbent Democrat Grover Cleveland ran against Republican candidate Benjamin Harrison. The results are similar with what happened in 2000 and 2016. Now with that out of the way, I'll just say I rather enjoyed this Disney movie made after Uncle Walt died especially concerning the songs of brothers Robert B. and Richard M. Sherman. The main reason I just watched this now was since I just got through with seeing the first season of "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In", I felt a need to finally watch the first movie that featured one of that show's stars, Goldie Hawn. She might have been picked for that show after her impressive dance work for choreographer Hugh Lambert here as he was also that TV series' dance instructor. She's credited as "giggly girl" in the credits as her one line has her doing just that with one or two other words. She must have been 22 at the time. Also in the cast was Kurt Russell, just 14 at the time, who doesn't have any scenes with Goldie but is in the same sequence near the end of this movie. It wouldn't be until a couple of decades later that they'd become an item which they still are now. Also liked Walter Brennan, Buddy Ebsen, Janet Blair, Lesley Ann Warren, and John Davidson. So on that note, I recommend The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band. P.S. There's also a commentary track on the DVD featuring Ms. Warren, Davidson, and Richard M. Sherman though they all seemed to have been recorded separately. Interesting comments from all, though.
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7/10
Compared to their only other movie-The Maltese Bippy-Rowan & Martin are plenty funny in Once Upon a Horse...
22 July 2019
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Two years after watching their only other movie-the lame The Maltese Bippy which I only gave 3 stars to-I finally got to see Dan Rowan & Dick Martin's first one from 11 years earlier-this one called Once Upon a Horse... They play a couple of cattle rustlers in Empty Cup, Colorado, of which those animals happen to belong to a woman they're trying to sell them to. Martha Hyer plays that woman and she's a good female foil for them whether for romance (Dan) or some broad comedy (Dick). Rowan & Martin are better served here than in that other one they made so it's a bit of a puzzlement why they didn't make any other movies in between those two they made unless this one just didn't make enough money at the box office...
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Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In: Episode #1.14 (1968)
Season 1, Episode 14
8/10
This ep of "Laugh-In" was the final ep of the show's first season
20 July 2019
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In this, the last ep of the first season of "Laugh-In", there are some switches: Dick Martin is now the one saying "It's Sock-It-To-Me-Time" while getting water thrown on him or falling through a trap door while Judy Carne stands by. Also, instead of Goldie Hawn or Judy on film dancing in a bikini, it's Ruth Buzzi doing so in an old-fashioned-bathing suit which she strips with each subsequent film revealing tattoos like on Goldie or Judy! Also, Judy and Henry Gibson sing in front of the joke wall what "Laugh-In" is basically about complete with all the now-familiar catch-phrases in the lyrics. Many of the skits from previous eps are shown with new endings. Also, Paul Winchell appears with his head upside down but only his chin showing with eyes and nose drawn on it with his upside down mouth doing the talking. And then, once again, Tiny Tim makes Dick Martin react once more when performing his "Tip Toe through the Tulips". This was as fine a way as any to end a first season of that unique show called "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In". Don't know when I'm gonna get the second season, but meanwhile, I may review some movies featuring one or many of the cast members from this show as well as other films related to the timeline of this series...
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Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In: Episode #1.13 (1968)
Season 1, Episode 13
6/10
In this ep of "Laugh-In", Tyrone and Gladys meet for the first time!
20 July 2019
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Returning guest stars are Barbara Feldon, Tim Conway, and Paul Winchell, once again playing Lucky Pierre and his unlucky dummies of which his latest doesn't really talk, just murmurs...at least until he breaks his nose and his chin! This ep marked the first time Ruth Buzzi's Gladys and Arte Johnson's Tyrone meet with his first inappropriate propositions to her being greeted by her constant purse hitting! Other than those bits, most of the show was a bit too silly for my tastes but this was still a pretty enjoyable ep of "Laugh-In".
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Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In: Episode #1.12 (1968)
Season 1, Episode 12
7/10
Kaye Ballard and John Byner return for this ep of "Laugh-In"
18 July 2019
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Returning guests for this ep of "Laugh-In" include John Byner from the previous week and Kaye Ballard from a few weeks before. Among cameos are of James Garner, John Wayne, Harry Belefonte, and Shelley Berman during his first appearance on the show. Arte Johnson's Tyrone character had previously made brief appearances but here, he's frequently in one of the running skits but has yet to be paired with Ruth Buzzi's Gladys. One of the skits had a woman in a courtroom who can't say what the man who had designs on her wanted her to do to him so she wrote it down for the jury to see. I automatically recognized that as something that also appeared on the first ep of "Saturday Night Live"! In summary, I found this to be a funny enough "Laugh-In" ep.
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Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In: Episode #1.11 (1968)
Season 1, Episode 11
6/10
John Byner is the guest star of this edition of "Laugh-In"
18 July 2019
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This ep marked the return of Paul Winchell's Lucky Pierre who previously showcased a dummy who literally fell apart. This time he has one who seems to be dying though seems to come back to life when Goldie Hawn and Pamela Austin touch him! It seems those familiar catchphrases are being overused this ep, especially Artie Johnson's "Very interesting!" The main guest star is impressionist John Byner who does Ed Sullivan, George Jessel, and John Wayne who incidentally makes many cut-ins along with James Garner and Hugh Downs. In summary, this was an okay ep of "Laugh-In".
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9/10
This particular ep of "Laugh-In" aired on an April Fool's Day
17 July 2019
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Because this particular ep of "Laugh-In" was broadcast on April Fool's Day, announcer Gary Owens falls through a trap door and gets doused with water, forcing him to wear a bathrobe for the rest of the show! Welcome returns from guest stars Barbara Feldon and Flip Wilson with frequent cut-ins from Johnny Carson and Ed McMahon. Oh, and there was another music video, this time showcasing The Bee Gees as they paint on a huge white cloth and each other! So this was another hilarious ep of "Laugh-In".
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9/10
Joey Bishop and Sammy Davis Jr. provide much laughs in this ep of "Laugh-In"
16 July 2019
This show has two Rat Pack members as guests: Joey Bishop and Sammy Davis Jr. Davis intros the "Here come the judge!" catch-phrase. The Mod, Mod, Mod, Mod, World segment is a salute to the Summer Olympics that was going to be held in Mexico City that year. There's also a nice tribute to the late Ernie Kovacs which Dan Rowan acknowledges near the end of the show. I'll just say this was another funny ep of "Laugh-In".
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10/10
Pat Morita, Sonny Bono, and the returning Barbara Feldon are the guests of this "Laugh-In" ep
15 July 2019
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The special guests on this ep of "Laugh-In" are: Sonny Bono (with separate cut-ins from wife Cher), Pat Morita, and a very welcome return of Barbara Feldon. Among the running skits-Dick Martin trying to get people to get to hit the thing that brings that little ball to that high bell, Bono playing Paul Revere saying "The British are coming!", and Arte Johnson's German soldier and Morita's Japanese one trading quips. During the "cocktail party" sequence, Morita even steals Johnson's "Very interesting!" catchphrase. John Wayne also returns as well as the line, "We've got to stop meeting like this, Harold's getting suspicious!" Oh, and when the cast does their salute to former Alabama gov. George Wallace, everyone is silent! In summary, this was the funniest ep of "Laugh-In" yet!
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7/10
This ep of "Laugh-In" was most interesting for seeing Sally Field dance between two other women who had/will have an association with Burt Reynolds-Judy Carne and Goldie Hawn
15 July 2019
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Well, after plugging him the last few shows, Dick Martin finally meets John Wayne! Ruth Buzzi makes a welcome return especially when playing a streetwalker whose arm is stuck above her even as she's moving! Main guests are Terry-Thomas and Sally Field who was on the TV series "The Flying Nun" at the time. One of her skits has her accepting an Oscar but during this period, she only made a few movies and certainly not one that would get her that award! During the production number with the other "Laugh-In" girls that intro and outro the news of the present, past, and future, she appears with two who, like her, would have an association with Burt Reynolds: Judy Carne who was previously married to him and Goldie Hawn who would co-star with him in Best Friends long after Burt and Sally broke up after about four movies. Mr. Wayne appears periodically in short asides throughout the ep. To quote Arte Johnson's Wolfgang character, this "Laugh-In" ep was "very interesting" and nothing more.
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9/10
Larry Storch and Connie Stevens are the main guest stars of this ep of "Laugh-In"
15 July 2019
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This is one "Laugh-In" ep that I really enjoyed! Once again, Dick Martin plugs John Wayne thinking he's on the show while partner Dan Rowan has to remind him he's not. The phrase "beautiful downtown Burbank" gets a real workout here as first we see film of Judy Carne and guest star Connie Stevens visiting the worst parts of that town while they sing a song about the place. Then Dan & Dick intro the real mayor of the place as they acknowledge how well he's taking the kidding in fun. Larry Storch of "F Troop" is the other guest and he's quite funny what he does here. Another music video showcases The Temptations as they play foreign legion soldiers having to deal with Arte Johnson's soldier Wolfgang. Other cameos come from Dinah Shore who was in the previous ep as well, Leonard Nimoy, Ed Platt who's the third from "Get Smart" to appear after Barbara Feldon and Don Adams, Buddy Hackett, and Jerry Lewis. Overall, this was one of the funniest "Laugh-In" eps I've seen yet! P.S. This is the second ep to not feature Ruth Buzzi.
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7/10
Two stars of "Hogan's Heroes"-Richard Dawson and Larry Hovis-are in this ep of "Laugh-In" but don't really appear together much
14 July 2019
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After missing the previous ep, Ruth Buzzi makes a welcome return but Jo Anne Worley is now missing (except for some outtakes of her as a pregnant woman)! Kaye Ballard is the guest star. She was in NBC's other series of "The Mothers-in-Law" at the time. As in a few other previous eps, Dick Martin keeps mentioning John Wayne as a guest star but Dan Rowan keeps saying he's not on. Another guest star is Richard Dawson who was on CBS's "Hogan's Heroes" at the time. His co-star on that show, Larry Hovis, is also a cast member during the first season of this show. Neither of them appear together except for one scene. And then there's Dinah Shore but she's not a musical guest as she doesn't sing at all here! All in all, this was a pretty amusing enough ep of "Laugh-In".
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9/10
Don Adams is the guest on this "Laugh-In" ep. Ruth Buzzi missed this one...
14 July 2019
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This is notable as one of the few "Laugh-In" shows Ruth Buzzi missed. Having missed a few previous eps, Pamela Austin makes a welcome return appearance. This being Goldie Hawn's second appearance, she makes more of an impression from the opening credits as announcer Gary Owens mistakes her for Dan Rowan before he himself shows and Owens says his name again. Another music video is shown when The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band dress up in, I think, Civil War uniforms as they shoot in a forest while a young couple are having a lunch while their song plays. "Get Smart" star Don Adams is the guest but he just missed being in a same "Laugh-In" ep as his co-star from that show Barbara Feldon. In summary, this was a more than usually funny ep of "Laugh-In" with the whole cast firing on most of the cylinders!
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8/10
This ep of "Laugh-In" marked the debut of Goldie Hawn
13 July 2019
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This was Goldie Hawn's first appearance on "Laugh-In". She mostly appears by herself except for a number about censorship which she does with the rest of the cast that's not Rowan & Martin. Among those other cast members is Eileen Brennan who would later team with Ms. Hawn in Private Benjamin. Guests are Tim Conway and Cher without hubby Sonny. Cher has some amusing lines while Conway gets plenty of earned laughs including a bit with Dan & Dick about predicting things that already happened! Oh, and Tiny Tim returns performing perhaps his best-known song "Tiptoe Through the Tulips". Dick's reactions to him are priceless! Oh, and after three shows, the elevator skits seem retired, for now...
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7/10
The Ritz Brothers are allowed to mostly dominate Behind the Eight Ball
12 July 2019
Previously when they were at 20th Century-Fox, the Ritz Brothers were in support of such stars as Alice Faye, Don Ameche, and Sonja Henie. When they switched to Universal, they were usually the only stars in their pictures as they are here. So they get to perform many of their funny songs and dances as well as some funny one-liners. Despite them being the stars, however, there are other singers and dancers as well as a big band combo here. There's also a murder mystery here but that gets solved pretty quickly considering this is only an hour in length. So on that note, I say give Behind the Eight Ball a look.
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6/10
This third ep of "Laugh-In" wasn't as funny as the first two
12 July 2019
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I didn't find myself laughing as much on this "Laugh-In" ep as the first two. Robert Culp is the main guest star and he's often in an embrace with Judy Carne who takes a while before recognizing him. Musical guest is The First Edition in another filmed video of them wandering in a room with some animal heads on walls. Yes, Kenny Rogers is among them and the song that plays is "Just Dropped In". Oh, and Arte's Wolfgang character is also in that video. There's some skits about smoking that probably wouldn't pass muster today. Oh, also Tom Smothers makes some witty jokes here and there. One more thing, Culp's producer boss-Sheldon Leonard-from "I Spy" makes his second guest appearance on the show but he doesn't share any scenes with him. Like I said, not as funny as the first two eps, but this was still a pretty amusing "Laugh-In" one.
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8/10
This marked the first series ep of "Laugh-In" after the previous special with that name
11 July 2019
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The previous special of "Laugh-In" did so well, NBC ordered it to series of which this was the premiere. Some additions include announcer Gary Owens, one-liners printed on the bottom of the screen as it passes from right to left, the eventual catch-phrase "Sock it to me", and the joke wall during the end credits. Besides the returning Barbara Feldon, other guests include Lorne Greene, Sheldon Leonard, and Flip Wilson before he got his own variety show. Also, this was the first appearance of the weird falsetto-voiced singer Tiny Tim and rock group Strawberry Alarm Clock do a music video of them vandalizing a car on the highway. A "News of the Future" segment has an item on Pres. Robert Kennedy months before his assassination. Overall, I found this another pretty amusing ep of "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In".
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2/10
Rowan & Martin at the Movies is quite lame but you may get enjoyment from the various star cameos in it...
11 July 2019
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Having just went from watching the very first episode of "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In" to this-a short in which they plug the U.S. Savings Bonds-I found them a little amusing in the former but quite lame in the latter. This theatrical PSA short is filled with cameos from various stars of the day as well as musical performances by The Young Americans and Barbara McNair. Oh, and trumpet player Herb Albert also does a literal walk-on in front of Dan & Dick, seeming the only one to appear with them in the same scene. Well, Dick also has a scene with Doris Day but, according to the other reviews on this site, that might have been a scene from The Glass Bottom Boat, which I've yet to watch. That movie, along with this short, was produced by M-G-M which just made The Maltese Bippy starring the two stars of this short, Rowan & Martin at the Movies...
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Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In: Pilot (1967)
Season 1, Episode 0
7/10
This "Pilot" of "Laugh-In" is quite amusing as the first of its kind
10 July 2019
I've been aware for a while that a DVD set of the entire series of "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In" is at my local library, but it wasn't until the recent passing of cast member Arte Johnson that I had decided to check them out. So here I start with the special that eventually led to the eventual first season of the show. Among the familiar characters introduced here are Ruth Buzzi's Gladys Omphby and Johnson's Wolfgang the German Soldier both in the first "Cocktail Party" sketch though Wolfgang appears throughout the show always saying that eventual catch-phrase "Verrrry interesting!" The hosts are the comedy team of Dan Rowan & Dick Martin. We also get the first two of Henry Gibson's poems and the first time Judy Carne gets doused with water (but she's yet to say "Sock it to me!"). Among the guests are Ken Berry and Barbara Feldon who appears in more skits than any of the other guests maybe because she was also on another NBC show called "Get Smart" at the time. Quite amusing this first ep of the show though I'm sure it gets better as it gets going in subsequent ones. By the way, on the DVD version, there was also a Timex commercial with John Cameron Swayze and a skater who is doing what he does with that watch on his skate... P.S. During the "singing weather" segment, both Chicago and Baton Rouge-cities I was born in and live in now, respectively-are mentioned one after the other in that order.
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Shaft (2019)
9/10
Shaft (2019)-"Ignore him, he thinks he's a black James Bond" "That mutha------ was real, he'd think he was me."
6 July 2019
That above quote contradicts what the original Shaft said in Shaft in Africa-"Now I'm not James Bond. Simply Sam Spade." It's been 19 years since the 2000 Shaft came out when Samuel L. Jackson played the title character with that original Shaft-Richard Roundtree-playing him as his "uncle". In that one, Roundtree didn't get into the action though in one of his scenes, he did walk off with two ladies. In this one, he does with Jackson and the one playing Jackson's son, Jessie T. Usher. Usher's Shaft character is the opposite of both of them as he doesn't really like guns and has yet to make love to his girlfriend as they're more friend-friends at this point. Previous Shaft movies-not to mention the brief TV series that also starred Roundtree-were often serious with only some scenes of humor. This one has action and humor in equal doses which I found a little refreshing especially when it concerned Regina Hall who plays Jackson's ex-wife and the mother of their son. So, having just watched all those previous Shaft movies and TV eps (only seven were made) and reading many of the mixed reviews-both from professional critics and IMDb comments-of this particular one, I'll just say that I really enjoyed this new Shaft!
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Shaft (1973–1974)
8/10
This "Shaft" TV series may have lacked the previous film series' raunchy energy but was exciting enough for what could be shown on network TV at the time
4 July 2019
Having now seen all 7 eps of this "Shaft" TV series, I'll just say that while all were pretty exciting for what they were, they're missing the raunchy fun of the previous three theatrical films, all of which starred the cool Richard Roundtree. His friendly banter with Ed Barth as Lt. Al Rossi provide some of the best light-hearted highlights of this short-lived show. There was also a fine score during the entire series run by Johnny Pate, who also did the honors for the third theatrical film in the series, Shaft in Africa. He also nicely performs Issac Hayes' "Theme From Shaft" instrumentally every time an ep begins as well as during exciting points in the series. Having just watched all previous films involving John Shaft including the 2000 reboot with Samuel L. Jackson and Roundtree in a reduced role, I'm next gonna review the recent release of the new Shaft-also with them both-that premiered just a few weeks ago...
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Shaft: Cop Killer (1974)
Season 1, Episode 5
7/10
"Cop Killler" was another pretty exciting ep of "Shaft"
4 July 2019
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A young African-American cop gets framed so he tells fellow high school classmate John Shaft about his troubles since then. Shaft manages to convince Lt. Rossi to try to clear his friend but Rossi gets wounded when he seems to get close. So it's now Shaft's turn to investigate...This was another quite exciting ep of the "Shaft" TV series with guest star Darren McGavin as the police captain having to deal with John an especially juicy subplot as he keeps us on edge as to which side he's on. I have to admit though that the chase scene involving a forklift seemed pretty ridiculous but still a little fun. So on that note, "Cop Killer" was another good ep of "Shaft".
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Yesterday (III) (2019)
10/10
Yesterday poses a "What if?" concerning the nonexistance of a certain musical group
4 July 2019
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The following sums up this movie's premise-"What if there was a worldwide blackout and only a struggling musician becomes the only one to have known of The Beatles' existence and successfully passed off their songs as his for a while?" Such is what's depicted and what he eventually does with that knowledge. Other culturally relevant things are also non-existant in the world depicted but anyway, I found this quite funny and a little touching and very entertaining concerning the classic Beatles songs performed during the whole thing. So that's a high recommendation for Yesterday.
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Toy Story 4 (2019)
10/10
Toy Story 4 is as great as the first three in the series
2 July 2019
For anyone who ever wondered whatever happened to the Bo Peep doll in Toy Story 3, this next installment believably answered that. And with that, Annie Potts makes a return voice appearance doing that character as for once, she becomes a really important part of the story with the theme of being independent and learning to let go when one becomes separated from one's closest friends for whatever reason. As she was something of a love interest for Tom Hanks' Woody voice, they wonderfully share the lion's share of scenes. But there's hilarity plenty still especially with the arrival of a new toy made by new owner Bonnie herself named Forky who for quite some time keeps going to a trash can... This was as worthy an entry for the series as the first three as I laughed and cried quite a bit during this one. So on that note, Toy Story 4 is very highly recommended. Oh, and I also definitely recommend you watch this to the very end when the Disney and Pixar logos come up again...
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Shaft: The Kidnapping (1973)
Season 1, Episode 4
9/10
"The Kidnapping" ep of "Shaft" is one of the better episodes of the short-lived series
1 July 2019
Written by William Read Woodfield and Allan Balter-the developers of this TV version of "Shaft", this is one of the more exciting of the eps I've reviewed so far. Starting with the end scene of Shaft's Big Score, news of that account attracts the attention of some would-be kidnappers of a wife of a banker. I'll stop there and just say this was quite thrilling from beginning to end. Also appearing is Jayne Kennedy, quite a beauty of her race who gets some time with John Shaft before getting that call that sets the plot going. Presumably, she and Shaft got to finish what they started after this ep was over! So on that note, "The Kidnapping" ep of "Shaft" is well worth seeing.
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