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 Posted:   Jul 8, 2008 - 3:54 PM   
 By:   Jon A. Bell   (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?"

I'm not familiar with the book, but I'm guessing Ellison wrote the foreward as a reflection on the 1960s and that era, and not from any personal experience with drugs.

Ellison's never been a Carrie Nation in regard to other peoples' use of drugs -- he personally thinks drugs are a waste, but if others want to alter their consciousness, that's their business -- but he, personally, has never had an interest in indulging. So, perhaps "anti-drug" is a misleading label; he's staunchly anti-drug for himself, because he's claimed to have never wanted to screw up his imagination/consciousness with artificial substances.

-- Jon

 Posted:   Jul 8, 2008 - 3:58 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

Well, to steer things back to "Burke's Law" I still think his mind *had* to be cluttered by something to come up with the whole idea of Nancy Kovack's character. smile She was too bizarre even by "Burke's Law" standards!

 Posted:   Jul 18, 2008 - 12:45 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

Episode #14, "Who Killed Beau Sparrow?" has an interesting assortment of names.

Seen briefly in the pre-credits sequence is Celeste Yarnall, who would go on to larger roles that have been spotlighted like her "Man From UNCLE" appearance, and of course she's always remembered for her Trek appearance in "The Apple."

Yvonne DeCarlo, one year before "The Munsters" as the victim's widow, who didn't really like him anyway (another remarkable case of how this show managed to spotlight the star of a classic 60s sitcom just one or two years before its debut).

Rosemarie Bowe, attendant to suspect Agnes Moorhead.

The main romance for Burke though in this episode is June Allyson. And since her late husband, Dick Powell, had founded Four Star Productions and played Burke in what was essentially the pilot for the show prior to his tragic death, one might say she was entitled to the substantive female role of the week! smile

 Posted:   Aug 9, 2008 - 3:45 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

Lot of names to profile in Episode #15, "Who Killed Jason Shaw?" Starting with Joyce Jameson, who specialized in a number of a "dumb blonde" roles on TV in the 50s and 60s (she's among those waiting her turn in the UNCLE thread for the "Dippy Blonde Affair" episode), as the discoverer of the victim's body.

Burke's jilted girlfriend for the episode is Francine York, best known for her exotically-garbed "Lost In Space" guest turn. (And like Burke's Sergeant Gloria Ames, she also did her time as a villain's moll on "Batman", as the Bookworm's Lydia Limpet).

Quinn O'Hara, as girl-toy to suspect Keenan Wynn, a slick used car salesman.

 Posted:   Aug 9, 2008 - 3:48 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

The much profiled in the past Marlyn Mason gradautes from her pre-credits bit part of episode #7 to a much bigger role as the deceased's secretary (and who catches the fancy of Detective Tilson).

 Posted:   Aug 9, 2008 - 3:53 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

Top female guest billing for the episode (which also features Burgess Meredith as a man with a fetish for raising meat-eating plants!), goes to Tammy Grimes, known as the original Unsinkable Molly Brown on Broadway, but who was passed over for the movie in favor of Debbie Reynolds.

 Posted:   Aug 25, 2008 - 7:45 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

To episode #16, "Who Killed Snookie Martinelli?" This one is notable for the fact that Gene Barry has a dual role as the lookalike murder victim in the pre-credits sequence.

 Posted:   Aug 25, 2008 - 7:47 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

Given what a carouser "Snookie" was, that makes the widow Arlene Dahl one of the suspects!

 Posted:   Aug 25, 2008 - 7:50 PM   
 By:   PhiladelphiaSon   (Member)

This is my favorite thread, ever!

 Posted:   Aug 25, 2008 - 7:54 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

The big spotlight for this episode though (requiring two posts), goes to Janice Rule as the overly flirtatious Seraphim Parks.

 Posted:   Aug 25, 2008 - 7:59 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

Pt. 2 of the Janice Rule spotlight!

 Posted:   Aug 25, 2008 - 8:04 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

And the episode spotlight concludes by acknowledging another appearance in the series by Eileen O'Neil as Sergeant Gloria Ames.

And unfortunately, that for now brings down the curtain on spotlights from this entertaining series as we've gone through all 16 episodes that have been released on DVD thus far. Hopefully VCI will be giving us the remaining 16 episodes of Season 1 not too far off.

But, so that this thread will not grow idle, next week brings us the release on DVD of this series spin-off "Honey West" and since there's plenty of Yum worth profiling from there, especially with series star Anne Francis, this thread will become devoted to both series (in the same way that "Girl From UNCLE" is also profiled in the same thread as "Man From UNCLE").

 Posted:   Aug 26, 2008 - 5:08 AM   
 By:   ZapBrannigan   (Member)

Eric, here's a big, big thank you for the Janice Rule pics. I've been her secret admirer since seeing TZ "Nightmare as a Child." Not a great episode, but I love her face. These new grabs are keepers.

 Posted:   Aug 26, 2008 - 8:32 AM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

Your welcome, Zap! I would also recommend, if you haven't gotten it already, S1 of "Route 66" which also features Janice looking great in one episode.

 Posted:   Aug 26, 2008 - 9:33 AM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

Welcome Bak, HooRaq and You've Rily Hit the Jackpot This Tyme Department:

Along with shining Stefanie, one of our favorites of the illustrious 60s was marvelous Miss Rule. She had an almost subtle sexiness about her and innate intelligence (augmented by the doctorate she obtained when she more or less left superficial show biz).

Married for quite awhile to Ben Gazzara, she never quite got THE role that would've insured her acclaim but she's far from unmemorable. To wit, among others,

plus another stint with your Burke man in "The Devil and Miss Sarah"

And, a'course, ya just knew we wouldn't be afflicted with acute memory loss by being remiss via not including her fun frolic appearance in THE woefully worst Matt Helm-er (and included among all cinematic miscreation, also):

Still, Janice most assuredly still Rules ... wink

 Posted:   Aug 26, 2008 - 10:28 AM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

Much appreciated Neo, and just for you (and Zap and other admirers of her), a bonus spotlight on the lovely Janice from her aforementioned "Route 66" episode "Lance Of Straw"! (unfortunately they didn't use a good quality print for the DVD release).

 Posted:   Aug 26, 2008 - 7:42 PM   
 By:   ZapBrannigan   (Member)

This is great. Thanks, guys.

 Posted:   Aug 27, 2008 - 11:55 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

Since we're in a generous mood, Neo and Zap, one more bonus Janice Rule spotlight from the 1972 "Streets Of San Francisco" episode, "The First Day Of Forever."

 Posted:   Aug 28, 2008 - 12:26 AM   
 By:   ZapBrannigan   (Member)

Nice one!

 Posted:   Aug 28, 2008 - 10:14 AM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

Maybe at some point I can complete the extended Janice spotlight with some caps from the aforementioned Matt Helm movie. wink

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