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A blast from the past for Trampas
This episode has Doug McClure getting a visit from an old jailhouse buddy. We
learn that Trampas did some time in the joint and escaped to Canada with Victor
Jory. Both were accused of two separate murders. But while Trampas was cleared, Jory remained a fugitive in Canada.
Now he's come back and he has bounty hunter Troy Donahue on his tail. Jory works for widow Jean Inness, a hardbitten woman who has had a lot of tragedy in her life.
As for Trampas, Donahue is not above a bit of bribery and Trampas starts raising the money against the advice of The Virginian.
Donahue is far from the All American heartthrob of the early 60s. He was graduating into character roles and those bobby sox days were behind him and he knew it. Jory is a delight as charming old rascal.
One angry kid
David Cassidy guest stars in this Bonanza story about an abused kid who refuses
to go to school and is one disciplinary problem for schoolmaster Les Tremayne.
When Cassidy wishes him dead, Tremayne is found dead and Cassidy is looked on with suspicion. No separate laws for juveniles then, Cassidy faces an adult hanging if convicted.
Lorne Greene takes an interest in both the school and Cassidy. Hoss is dispatched to 'learn' those kids some grammar. In real life Dan Blocker did teach school at some point. Mercedes McCambridge is in this episode as a crusader for the rights of juvenile defendants and does well.
The truth is revealed at the end.
Not what he was expecting
Dick Powell stars in this half hour drama from his Four Star Playhouse anthology
series. He plays a most cynical cab driver almost like if Philip Marlowe stopped
being a detective and was driving a cab to pay the bills.
Bills are a part of what comes up in conversation with William Johnstone who is a passenger most despondent over his wife leaving him.
Johnstone asks Powell to take him to the middle of the bridge so he can end it all. Powell takes him up on it, but he wants his fare first and foremost.
What happens afterward is for you to see, the dialog between Powell and Johnstone is really a treat for the ear.
Blue Bloods: Something Blue (2019)
Wedding bells ringing for a Reagan
The big day for the Reagan family has arrived with Will Estes and Vanessa Ray
getting hitched and the hitching being done by the archbishop Stacy Keach.
But Ray gets into a professional dust up with Bridget Moynahan over one of her cases which threatens to derail the wedding. And she has no one to give her away at the ceremony.
A note of comedy comes into play as Tom Selleck's immediate official family gets into a turf war. So Selleck shuffles jobs for Abigail Hawk, Robert Clohessy, and Gregory Jbara and the results are funny and educational for the parties involved.
And Donnie Wahlberg and Marissa Ramirez investigate a murder of a man who had a date with a woman and they were caught on tape at a bar and she might have been the last one to see him alive. But her tearful pleas of innocence get to Danny Reagan.
All in all a landmark Blue Bloods story.
From These Roots (1958)
The Frasers of Strathfield
I remember From These Roots because it was usually on television at 3:30 when I
would get home from school and I kind of got drawn into the story line.
It was the story of the Fraser family in the mythical New England town Strathfield. Patriarch Ben Fraser played during the run by three different actors had two sons and two daughters. Both sons were killed off as I recall and the husband of one daughter.
From These Roots knowing cancellation was coming actually did something unusual. The last year or so was devoted to some crime syndicate moving to Strathfield and Ben Fraser running for mayor to stop them. All the personal situations for the children got resolved.
Kind of a storybook ending.
During a space storm the occupants and most of the staff of the space station are
evacuated and only are cast regulars are on board. Quark stayed behind because
he's got some unfinished smuggling business and let's a ship in that has a pair
of renegade Klingons and a Kherbaclk woman and Verad an unassigned Trill who
is the boss.
It is this time that Verad picked. The real mission is to steal Terry Farrell's symbiont Dax. Verad feels he was passed over and Dax should be part of him.
John Glover playing Verad does some subtle personality changes in his performance to show just why he was passed over for selection. Quite Good.
And Armin Shimmerman who knows he's in deep do do for being made a fool of redeems himself as well. Of course all according to Ferengi code.
The Virginian: Eileen (1969)
Shiloh has a guest
An old friend of John McIntire's has sent his errant daughter Debbie Watson out to Shiloh to possibly break up with her fiance Richard Van Vleet whom the dad
isn't crazy about. McIntire keeps the reason a secret to one and all.
Van Vleet has gotten himself mixed up with some nasty criminal types whom he's into some big bucks. Van Vleet has come west and so has Don Barry whom he owes and henchman. Van Vleet says soon enough when he's married he'll have the Watson money. He even gets hired on as a hand at Shiloh to keep tabs on his 'beloved'.
Enough said other soon enough Van Vleet's character shows through. Barry who was a cowboy hero and when B westerns declined, Barry started varying roles and now was an out and out villain. Watson who was television's Tammy brings the innocence, but not the common sense of Tammy to her role.
This was a good dramatic story.
The Long Goodbye (1973)
Three cases, one solution
With The Long Goodbye Elliot Gould joins the ranks of distinguished players who
have been Raymond Chandler's famous private detective. He might not be the
tough guy as Bogart, Mitchum, and Powell were, but he's deadly. Never more
so than in the very end of this film.
As in many classic Marlowe stories separate cases that Marlowe is hired for are really connected. In The Long Goodbye, Gould does a favor for friend Jim Bouton by driving him to the airport. Later on Bouton's wife is found murdered and it is reported that Bouton committed suicide in Mexico.
Gould is also hired by Nina Van Pallandt to find her dissolute writer husband Sterling Hayden. And gangster Mark Rydell wants Gould to locate some missing money of his. All that and Gould's cat goes missing.
Contemporary Los Angeles is photographed nicely in The Long Goodbye. Of the cast my favorite is Sterling Hayden who drinks a lot and has lost his muse for writing. He's also lost a bit else as well.
Raymond Chandler fans should be pleased.
All creatures great and small
Attachments are the theme of this TNG story. A giant space creature the size of a
couple of starships is giving birth out in space and with a laser Dr. Crusher does a
Caesarean on it. Out pops a baby which attaches itself to the Enterprise because
it now thinks of it as mother.
Geordi LaForge has finally met Dr. Leah Brahms on the Enterprise and Susan Gibney is a business like woman full of critique, but eventually they reach a working arrangements. Then she sees the program in the holodeck with her in it and she does feel violated. It was not LeVar Burton's intent, but we know it gets straightened out so they can deal with the baby creature sucking the energy from the Enterprise to eat.
Later on this episode is referenced when LeVar Burton meets James Doohan from the previous Star Trek series. As Scotty says these are moments to reminisce and treasure.
Where is Riker?
The Enterprise is on a first contact mission with the Arkonians and as standard
procedure they have had observers on the planet for some time now. Jonathan
Frakes has been sent to gather up last minute intelligence and he's been surgically
altered to pass for an Arkonian. But he was injured and at their hospital he's
discovered not to be one of them.
When Captain Picard and Deanna Troi go down and contact the chancellor about first contact they mention Riker is missing and what he was doing.
The reactions of the various people to the news of the aliens among us runs the gamut. All the way from the minister to security who sees a threat to the Arkonian way of life and he's played by Michael Ensign. Then there's Bebe Neuwirth who wants to experience sex with an alien. Riker is on an intelligence gathering mission you know.
One of their best stories.
This TNG story finds the Enterprise on its usual exploration mission when the entire crew but Data faints. They are soon revived and they go about their
But gradually certain unexplained things happen and Data offers rationales that the others have come not to expect from him.
I can't say more but that the Enterprise is dealing with a situation that is a dangerous one for them and Data is sacrificing part of his programming.
This episode belongs to Brent Spiner.
California Split (1974)
Two for the road
California Split to me is essentially a buddy film with a twist. The two men are
Elliott Gould and George Segal. Gould is a professional gambler lives by nothing
else. Segal is an occasional gambler who happens to get into a poker game at
a club with Gould.
A couple of good ole country boys who are losing bad to Gould get the mistaken notion that the guys are working together and give them a good ole beating in a parking lot. But that only cements the relationship.
This is a two person character study as Segal with a 9 to 5 job gets sucked into Gould's world. Can he rescue himself before it's too late because he's the only one who can.
California Split had two persons named Barbara who suffered tragedy. Barbara Colby was shot to death in a still unsolved homicide and Barbara Ruick died on set of a cerebral hemorrhage.
California Split is a great character study of the affects of gambling addiction. It's not a pretty sight with both Gould and Segal.
Merrily We Live (1938)
Shades of Godfrey
This was a film I never thought I would see. Not out on DVD it apparently wasn't
shown for years. That's a pity because any film with 5 Oscar nods including Best
Supporting Actress for Billie Burke should not be lost.
If it looks familiar that's because producer Hal Roach took a lot of themes from My Man Godfrey. The Kilbournes here look a lot like the Bullocks there. Irascible father Clarence Kolb who likes a toot every now and then, scatterbrained mother Billie Burke and three spoiled children. Constance Bennett, Tom Brown, and Bonita Granville.
Brian Aherne is driving along one day and stops to get some water for an overheating engine and the brake slips and his vehicle plunges down a canyon. He walks and looks somewhat disheveled when he arrives at the Kilbourne country home looking for help.
Billie Burke who takes care of tramps as a hobby sizes up Aherne as one and hires him as a chauffeur. If you saw My Man Godfrey I think you have a fair idea where this is going.
Hal Roach impeccably cast this film and some additional ones here are Ann Dvorak as a predatory society girl, Alan Mowbray as a stuffy butler and Patsy Kelly as a down to earth maid. I'm in complete agreement with another reviewer when he says he was impressed by Clarence Kolb's gift for physical comedy.
Sadly the reason that this film was not shown on TV for years was Willie Best at his shufflebutt worst. It was really offensive.
Merrily We Live is an undiscovered gem.
Brewster McCloud (1970)
The Dream of DaVinci
The title role in Brewster McCloud is played by young Bud Cort who has the dream
of the great Leonardo DaVinci of achieving flight. He also has a nasty habit of
taking care of those who don't share his vision. Some tell tale droppings of birds
in flight are his calling card.
Cort has made himself to home in a bomb shelter neath the Astrodome and this serial killer has everyone in Houston concerned. They even have a guest homicide consultant Michael Murphy in from San Francisco.
Oddly enough except for Cort everyone else in the cast gets a chance to chew the scenery. My favorites are Stacy Keach as his Trump like employer and Margaret Hamilton who give a rendition of the Star Spangled Banner that makes Roseanne Barr sound like Celine Dion.
In the end Cort gives us a demonstration of the wings and he looks like Mothra flying around the Astrodome. You also have to love the end credits, one of the most original ideas ever.
Rawhide: The Deserters' Patrol (1962)
Exit Pete Nolan
This episode marks a temporary exit of Sheb Woolley from Rawhide. He would
return later on in the series run.
But in this story both Gil Favor and Pete Nolan are asked by the cavalry to help negotiate a peace with the Pawnee. The tribe is holding some cavalry hostages but the cavalry don't know they're deserters.
The climax is taken from El Cid. More I won't say.
A Fugitive from Justice (1940)
What were they in a hurry for?
This B picture from Warner Brothers reminded me of the remark that one of Napoleon's mistresses made about Bonaparte in bed. He made love like a fireman rushing to a fire. This film has that kind of frantic pace but it really goes
The film stars Roger Pryor who is an insurance investigator trying to track down wanted fugitive Donald Douglas. And does everyone want Douglas, cops and crooks. Douglas also has some big insurance policies he took out although what kind of fool would insure a public enemy?
But it's done and Pryor has to find him and keep him alive.
Was there a fire on the set that they were in such a hurry to get this done? It wasn't worth the effort.
What heroes are made of
In this conclusion of a three part opener it looks very much like the Federation is
scuttling their Deep Space 9 project. Avery Brooks is delaying implementation
and he and the staff are fighting a rear guard action while Nana Visitor and Terry
Farrell try to get to the provisional government of Bajor to give evidence of
Cardassian complicity in the rebellion.
This was a fine ending and also it reaffirmed that Richard Beymer whose rescue by Major Kira and Chief O'Brien started this story. Indeed in the end Beymer shows he has the right stuff.
The Perfect Tribute (1935)
Some remarks for the occasion
Frank McGlyn who usually played Abraham Lincoln in so many films must have been busy so MGM took the highly unusual step of hiring burlesque comedian
Chic Sale who was playing many grandfatherly types in his declining years as
Lincoln. Sale does a restrained and dignified portrayal of Lincoln.
The short subject is in two parts first with Lincoln riding on the train to Gettysburg trying to compose a few short remarks for the occasion. He's with Edward Everett the main speaker and his Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton.
The scene then cuts to Lincoln visiting a hospital where he reads those remarks to a blind and dying southern soldier.
The Perfect Tribute was a well acted short subject from MGM.
What a web of intrigue
In this second part of the 2nd season opener we find Nana Visitor at Vedek Philip
Anglim's retreat and Prime Minister Frank Langella tightening his grip on Bajor.
Louise Fletcher as head of the fundamentalist sect is busy working herself into Langella's confidence. There is enough intrigue in here for about six episodes.
An encounter with a Bajoran orb gives Visitor some interesting insights into who is behind what. It gets her taken prisoner by the nativists.
And Avery Brooks gets an order from StarFleet that this Bajoran internal matter might necessitate abandoning Deep Space 9. Not an order he likes.
This is a stay tuned episode for the 3rd installment.
A hero returns
The problems of Bajor intrude big time on the operations of the space station in
this season 2 opener. There's a nativist group causing trouble on the planet and
they keep putting up threatening graffiti on the station to let the Federation know, not too subtly they want all foreigners out. The provisional government
looks like it might fall.
That is when Nana Visitor gets word that a long supposed dead Bajoran hero of the resistance is really still being held by the Cardassians at a labor camp. With Avery Brooks's unofficial blessing she and Colm Meaney rescue him and several other prisoners.
Her work rescuing Richard Beymer didn't quite get the results she wanted. The Bajoran prime minister Michael Bell who is a real piece of work gets her recalled to Bajor and Beymer in her job at DS9. He fears Beymer's popularity might also be a threat to his position,
This episode and for the rest of the series run we got more and more involved in Bajoran and Cardassian politics and culture. As for Beymer he levels with Avery Brooks in that his heroism was not quite as heroic as legend has made it out. But when the legend becomes fact.................................
Magnum P.I. (2018)
No one could replace John Hillerman
A lot of this new Magnum PI series is about the same with Jay Hernandez a new
Magnum for the 21st century. There's a Rick and a TC who are played by Zachary
Knighton and Stephen Hill.
But thank God no one attempted to replace John Hillerman as Higgins. There is a Higgins, but she is Perdita Weeks who partners with Hernandez in weekly cases.
The original Magnum introduced a lot of interesting characters and this one looks to be doing the same. And there's the lush Hawaiian scenery and you can't make a bad movie or TV series in Hawaii.
I wish this one good luck.
Blue Bloods: Higher Standards (2019)
What Tom Selleck expects of his kids
Usually it's Donnie Wahlberg who is doing something not politically correct that
gets him in trouble. In this Blue Bloods episode it's Will Estes the play by the rules sergeant that's the bad boy here.
Two of his officers get abused when a pail of water is dumped on them. They retreat rather than get involved in an incident that could cost them job and pension. Estes finds the perpetrator and does unto him likewise only it's taped. He gets the admiration of the rank and file, but a reprimand from Dad.
Wahlberg and Marisa Ramirez catch a string of assaults and one turns to murder of senior citizens. A real lowlife punk played by Thom Niemann who likes beating up on the elderly is the perpetrator. The Creator/Deity gave him a vicious streak, fortunately not a set of brains though. The kind of perpetrator you love seeing getting taken down.
Bridget Moynahan gets an old case of her's taken up by the Innocence Project specifically her ex-husband. Brandon Mendez Homer is a real hard case gangbanger, but is he really innocent?
One way or another all the Reagan children deal with the standard that being a Reagan is expected from them in this story.
Candy in a jackpot
Pat Hingle plays a sheriff who is not much on due process in this Bonanza story.
He's got David Canary locked in his jail accused of murder, robbery, and arson
and working him over pretty good to get a confession.
Worse still the Cartwrights arrive in town and he's not giving any information that Canary is in his jail.
The only hope that Canary has is Strother Martin the town drunk who when he sobers up will find the Cartwrights and tell him.
In many ways this script was incoherent in an effort to be murky. But Hingle and Martin are quite good in their parts.
The Virginian: Big Tiny (1968)
In this Virginian story Trampas and Dave Sutton are sent to Durango to buy a prize bull at an auction. Sutton is sent along as a steadying influence on Trampas
who is well known for getting into scrapes.
But it's David Hartman who gets in trouble here as he agrees to pretend to be engaged to flirtatious Julie Sommars. Sommars is a very persuasive woman, the kind it's hard to say no to. She's trying to get rid of Roger Torrey who is trying to get to first base.
Trouble is that Torrey all 6'8" of him is also someone few say no to. So Hartman and Doug McClure find out.
Lots of laughs as Trampas for once is not the one entangled.
The Virginian: Nora (1968)
They have history
Guest stars Hugh Beaumont and Anne Baxter, an army colonel and his wife are
visiting the Grangers at Shiloh. Anne Baxter and John McIntire have some history
from back in New Orleans.
But it's Jeanette Nolan and Baxter that make some history when they are kidnapped by some Comanches who have jumped the reservation. The chief's son was taken by the army for killing a soldier and they want to swap the women for him.
I have to say Nolan keeps a cool head in the situation, but Baxter sees it as a way to get her husband out of a backwater post and behaves badly.
I wasn't truly happy with the ending, but big kudos go to Jeannette Nolan for her work in this Virginian story.