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 Posted:   Jun 6, 2008 - 1:20 AM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

Suspect #3, elegant horse breeder, Rhonda Fleming.









 
 Posted:   Jun 6, 2008 - 1:24 AM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

And last but not least, suspect #4, alcoholic nightclub singer, Martha Hyer. In just one episode we get the female leads of three sci-fi classics! ("Invasion Of The Body Snatchers", "Forbidden Planet", "First Men In The Moon").







 
 Posted:   Jun 13, 2008 - 11:19 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

Episode #10, "Who Killed The Good Doctor?" gives us the murder of a psychiatrist just as he's on the phone telling Captain Burke someone's going to kill him but he gets shot as he's about to reveal the name! (the silliest of cliches, but part of the charm of "Burke's Law" is how it indulges in cliches with a knowing wink at the audience, telling them to just enjoy the ride)

The guest cast includes James MacArthur, Celeste Holm, Joan Caulfield and Dewey Martin. And for consideration here, there's the on-edge secretary (and veteran of three other Yum threads!), Susan Oliver.







 
 Posted:   Jun 13, 2008 - 11:22 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

And among the murdered doctor's patients, is movie star Annette Funnicello (whose boyfriend for the episode is another patient, the future Danno, a romantic pairing of two Disney veterans!).





 
 Posted:   Jun 13, 2008 - 11:26 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

And only in the world of "Burke's Law" would they make sure the murdered doctor also had a stripper for a patient, in the form of Sheree North!







 
 Posted:   Jun 17, 2008 - 11:10 AM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

In the "Legends" category (because, in her day, she was, IMO, a knockout...) Gloria Swanson's cameo in the "Who Killed Purity Mather?" episode is a hoot. She must have had an admirable sense of humor about herself to let them doll her up the way they did in this one!

You got that right, Castile! Episode #11, "Who Killed Purity Mather?" is so outlandish that upon seeing Harlan Ellison's name as the writer, I'm convinced this is the kind of tale he wrote while under the influence of illicit substances.

Gloria's one scene cameo as a self-proclaimed Venus reincarnation almost seems like a would-be audition for a "Batman" villainess!



This is all I can oblige of her, because sorry Mr. DeMille I don't think she's ready for a close-up in this thread! smile

 
 Posted:   Jun 17, 2008 - 11:12 AM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

And now on to the bigger spotlights of episode #11!

Mary Ann Mobley, the former Miss America and the would-be April Dancer and Batgirl, gets a special "introducing" credit as Burke's girlfriend of the week.







 
 Posted:   Jun 17, 2008 - 11:19 AM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

Janet Blair, best known as a musical theater star in the 50s in touring productions of "South Pacific."







 
 Posted:   Jun 17, 2008 - 11:21 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)



My, that's a BIG shotglass!

 
 Posted:   Jun 17, 2008 - 11:26 AM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

(Also, in the same episode, Nancy Kovak's turn as "Girl-Girl" has to be seen to be believed.)

Agreed, this is yet another role that's enough to make me think Ellison was stoned at the time. smile That said, seeing Nancy in any kind of role is always a delight, hence the reason why she's been saved as the best for last in this episode spotlight.











The face to die for!

 
 Posted:   Jun 17, 2008 - 11:27 AM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)


My, that's a BIG shotglass!


Well, Captain Burke is that rich. smile

 
 Posted:   Jun 17, 2008 - 3:00 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

An update on the show's future status on DVD. It seems that VCI has licensed this title (presumably from Fox) one season at a time and is committed only to finishing S1 right now. Whether they license S2 or not and then the "Amos Burke" season depends on sales figures for S1.

This explains why the upcoming release of "Honey West" on DVD will not feature as a bonus the S2 "Burke's Law" episode where the character was introduced. VCI has yet to license it or anything else from S2.

Keep buying those copies of S1 and guarantee the whole run gets out!

 
 Posted:   Jun 28, 2008 - 8:30 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

I have a new computer that was needed for a lot of reasons, but unfortunately my more reliable DVD screen capturing was a casualty of the change and so as a consequence these updates to various Yum threads will be a bit more tricky than before and more infrequent. Nonetheless, we soldier on to episode #12 "Who Killed Cynthia Royal?" where the key for Captain Burke is finding the wherabouts of a cat that knows too much!

Appearing as Beatnik girlfriend to Beatnik Frankie Avalon, who finds the cat in question, is Kathy Nolan, a regular on the sitcom "The Real McCoys" a few years before.



 
 Posted:   Jun 28, 2008 - 8:32 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

The older glamour for the episode comes from Marilyn Maxwell.





 
 Posted:   Jul 6, 2008 - 11:16 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

To episode #13, "Who Killed Eleanora Davis?" Captain Burke must find who killed an ex-model, and a trip to the printing company/photo studio run by Edward Everett Horton, reveals three models, one of whom is "Let's Make A Deal's" Carol Merrill.



Debra Paget is Burke's jilted girlfriend for this week.








 
 Posted:   Jul 6, 2008 - 11:20 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

Could Terry Moore and her boyfriend, Dean Jones, the victim's husband have done it?






It certainly wasn't ever reliable Sergeant Ames!



 
 Posted:   Jul 7, 2008 - 3:10 PM   
 By:   Jon A. Bell   (Member)

(Also, in the same episode, Nancy Kovak's turn as "Girl-Girl" has to be seen to be believed.)

Agreed, this is yet another role that's enough to make me think Ellison was stoned at the time. smile That said, seeing Nancy in any kind of role is always a delight, hence the reason why she's been saved as the best for last in this episode spotlight.


Just a teeny FYI: Ellison has stated unequivocally that he has never taken drugs in his entire life, nor is he a drinker (he says the one time he tried alcohol it made him sick.) He's always been pretty strongly anti-drug, actually; the fact that he lost several friends to drugs in the 1960s might've contributed to this.

-- Jon

 
 Posted:   Jul 7, 2008 - 5:18 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

I'm familiar with Ellison's aversion to alcohol but I could have sworn reading that he'd used his share of marijuana way back when, which is what I was thinking of. If he never touched any of that, including pot, then I'll certainly be glad to admit error.

 
 Posted:   Jul 7, 2008 - 6:54 PM   
 By:   Jon A. Bell   (Member)

I'm familiar with Ellison's aversion to alcohol but I could have sworn reading that he'd used his share of marijuana way back when, which is what I was thinking of. If he never touched any of that, including pot, then I'll certainly be glad to admit error.

Nope, not Ellison -- he's pretty much anti-drug across the board.

Now, Philip K. Dick, on the other hand, was an afficionado of psychedelics, and issues of what constitutes "reality" and "sense of self" figure prominently in his many of his works.

-- Jon

 
 Posted:   Jul 8, 2008 - 12:06 AM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

Just for my further edification, how does an anti-drug stance square with writing the forward for a book called "Pot Stories For The Soul?"

 
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