Man in the Square Suit (1966)

This was a pilot for a TV series that didn't make it to the series level. The man in the square suit is a 37-year-old writer who ends up being forced into the position of becoming the main ... See full synopsis »

Director:

Jean Yarbrough
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Cast

Credited cast:
Paul Dooley ... Frank Johnson
Jan Shutan ... Marilyn Johnson
Michael Blodgett ... Gary Young
Diane Sherry Case ... Nancy Johnson (as Diane Sherry)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Bond ... Head waiter
Herbert Ellis Herbert Ellis ... Larry
Alan Reed ... Harlow
Jon Silo Jon Silo ... Waiter
Astrid Warner ... Maxine

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This was a pilot for a TV series that didn't make it to the series level.

The man in the square suit is a 37-year-old writer who ends up being forced into the position of becoming the main writer for the TEEN BEAT tv show, where everyone else is (comparatively) a child, even the executive producer, all 22 or under.

As the show begins, we see that our hero is someone who hates change. In a gimmick straight out of the old Dick van Dyke, we see him falling over furniture that his wife moved, and plunging his hand into a fish tank that used to be a bowl of peanuts before his wife rearranged his desk.

At the beginning, he doesn't want anything to do with the idea of this new show. He is asked to write up a presentation for the network, but agrees only if he will not be involved with anything else. He does not want to be involved with the week-to-week running of the show.

He suffers Writer's Block, unable to write anything worthwhile, even playing a tape recording of typewriter sounds so he can...

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Comedy

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Available as an extra on the third season of "My Favorite Martian" DVD's. See more »

Quotes

Gary Young: I don't believe it. You're Frank Johnson?
Frank Johnson: Uh, well if you believe that, I'll believe you're a television producer.
Gary Young: It's like you're old daddy. You're like waltz time.
Frank Johnson: You better believe it!
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Square suit in a round hole!
3 October 2019 | by girvsjointSee all my reviews

This pilot was in the extras on my My Favourite Martian DVD set, an odd little show, obviously produced by the same team but never got picked up as a series. Had never heard of Paul Dooley before but I see he has been in a ton of stuff over the years, and still going in his 90's! In this he looked as if he was trying to channel either Robert Cummings or Dick Van Dyke, and was quite likeable I thought. The plot was a bit hackneyed, he, from an older generation who liked good music, up against the kids of the day who preferred the more raucous sounds of Rock & Roll It could have had potential, why it wasn't picked up who knows? The girl who played his wife was good, a bit like a young Patty Duke I thought!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 April 1966 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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