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 Posted:   Sep 2, 2008 - 9:24 AM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

Confirmation from VCI that the rest of S1 of "Burke's Law" will be released on November 18!

 Posted:   Sep 3, 2008 - 11:22 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

The thread title gets renamed in honor of the fact that as promised, it will also be spotlighting some special showcases of Anne Francis in the spinoff series "Honey West" which just came out on DVD this week!

We start with a two-post spotlight from episode #1 "The Swingin' Mrs. Jones" where Honey poses as a swinging Beverly Hills wife to try and attract the attention of some murdering blackmailers.

 Posted:   Sep 3, 2008 - 11:24 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

A little sleuthing while poolside! (as only Honey could do it)

 Posted:   Sep 4, 2008 - 7:41 AM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

Okay, Awright HooRaq,

You've RILY Gone and Done It Dis Tyme

Although her grievously-curtailed exposure didn't quite equal how upset we were when (beat-still-our-hearts-tho-Miss Peel-is-always-first) April Dancer

was canceled, Miss Francis' memorable character comes a close second.

And, for those not around during those illustrious mid-60s, she was all over the place (even in the pre-Lucas blitzkrieg merchandising era).

Yeah, thanks HEAPS, pal. 'Cause'a you and your intrepid artistic archeology, we're gonna have a heckuva time - via James West not to mention his distaff namesake - playing definitive DVD catch-up over the next coupla years.

Hope yer real proud of yerself ...

big grin

 Posted:   Sep 4, 2008 - 8:42 AM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

I am definitely proud of helping to boost sales of classic TV on DVD to those like you, Neo. wink

 Posted:   Sep 13, 2008 - 3:19 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

Episode #4, "A Matter Of Wife And Death" finds Honey trying to protect a woman seemingly targeted for death.

Bonus Yum for this episode from Dianne Foster as the client. A year later, Dianne's last acting role before retirement would be the S2 WWW episode "Night Of The Lord Of Limbo" (which is yet to be spotlighted).

 Posted:   Oct 1, 2008 - 6:07 AM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

Thanks for Reminding Us Ne'er Forget to Remember Department:

Your recent percolatin' pix of

was visual solace for our long-time admiring soul where she's concerned (mayhap we can catch a gander at that ep in question someday, too). As to that, your incidental timing is utterly impeccable, also, as she's about to be royally feted for her glorious appearance on

Looks like we're mirror manifestations of one another in this respect, HooRaq; if you're the cardinal cause of all our brilliantly-belated catching up on the terrific tag-team West match (Jim and Honey, a'course), we kinda figger you can non-bashfully blame us for your eventual Robert McCall fix ... big grin

 Posted:   Oct 1, 2008 - 9:49 AM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

LOL, well I do have to get to transferring my old twenty year (from USA) recording of "Blood And Wine" to DVD as part of my general housecleaning of old tapes, so that will be the first re-exposure of mine to Equalizer in a number of years, soon. Still need to pick up S1 though! (but will likely do so once the glut of November releases that's looming on the horizon including for purposes of this thread, the remainder of S1 of "Burke's Law" is past).

 Posted:   Nov 20, 2008 - 10:23 AM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

The remainder of S1 of "Burke's Law" is now out, and with that the resumption of our sequential look at the episodes of the series and the lovely women who graced them.

"Who Killed What's His Name?" centers on the shooting of a financier during a bank robbery in which the robbery may in fact have been the cover for a more serious, planned case of murder.

Burke finds that the bank president's secretary is quite overly flirtatious. This role was the second appearance in the series for Elizabeth Allen, who in the first episode played Burke's elegant jilted girlfriend for the evening.

Here, she gets to cut loose more, especially in a go-go party sequence.

 Posted:   Nov 20, 2008 - 10:28 AM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

And in the wonderful world of quirky guest characters and murder suspects, there's Gena Rowlands as a Hollywood starlet who when Burke interviews her is on the set of her latest movie, playing an elegant female Dr. Frankenstein!

Turns out Gena was having an affair with the dead man and is now shacking up with his son, Dick Clark! And where do other suspects, Spike Jones, Andy Devine and Edgar Bergen fit into all this? Pick up a copy and find out! smile

 Posted:   Jan 7, 2009 - 7:40 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

Back to another Anne Francis "Honey West" spotlight with Episode #7 "The Princess and The Paupers" which has Honey looking into the kidnapping of a rock group singer.

 Posted:   Jan 8, 2009 - 11:47 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

Episode #18 of "Burke's Law", "Who Killed Madison Cooper?" concerns the murder of a lawyer (played by Bewitched's David White) who let a number of clients down in the past who are now suspects!

Among them, Dorothy Lamour, guilty in the past of killing her sixth husband.

Jeanne Crain, who years earlier found herself involved in a scandal that really wasn't with a silent film star (played by Kevin McCarthy in age makeup, who is also on the suspect list).

And other suspects include research scientist Terry-Thomas and newspaper delivery man Marty Ingles!

But not on the suspect list and instead getting to be Captain Burke's main squeeze for the week is the dead lawyer's clerk, Carolyn Jones making her second appearance of the season (being the producer's wife at the time could always pay off!).

 Posted:   Jan 9, 2009 - 6:15 AM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

They Sure Had Memorable Faces Then Department:

and no nitwit nymphets among 'em! ... wink

Keep the amorous Amos flame forever burnin', Eric-O ... wink

 Posted:   Jan 25, 2009 - 7:27 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

Earlier in this thread, Charlene Holt got a spotlight for being one of Captain Burke's many jilted lovers. In episode #11 of "Honey West" she graduates to a bigger part as a crooked fashion model.

But Anne demonstrates once again why she's the star!

 Posted:   Jan 26, 2009 - 12:28 AM   
 By:   CindyLover   (Member)

But not on the suspect list and instead getting to be Captain Burke's main squeeze for the week is the dead lawyer's clerk, Carolyn Jones making her second appearance of the season (being the producer's wife at the time could always pay off!).

She was also the focus of the pilot episode, "Who Killed Julie Greer?" And the answer, as Dick Powell (who played Burke in the pilot) found out, was Dean "Herbie's driver" Jones, his own partner! (With thanks to Lee Goldberg's book about TV pilots.)

 Posted:   Jan 27, 2009 - 5:25 PM   
 By:   ZapBrannigan   (Member)

Back to another Anne Francis "Honey West" spotlight with Episode #7 "The Princess and The Paupers" which has Honey looking into the kidnapping of a rock group singer.

Eric, I like this big one so much I've made it my wallpaper at work.

 Posted:   Jan 27, 2009 - 6:00 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

Glad to have provided you with some new wallpaper, Zap! smile (The screencap function is such a wonderful thing).

 Posted:   Feb 20, 2009 - 3:37 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

And on to episode #19 of "Burke's Law", "Who Killed April?" which concerns the murder of a drive-in waitress.

The jilted girlfriend of the week is a familiar face to 60s TV fans, Francine York, here making her second appearance of the season.

IMDB says that this uncredited waitress at the drive-in where the murder victim worked is future Golden Girl, Rue McClanahan, and it looks like they're right.

Eileen O'Neil's Sergeant Ames gets a couple good scenes that underscore the Bond-Moneypenny quality of her relationship to Captain Burke. Notice her reaction when she answers the phone and finds out it's him!

Captain Burke instructs her to go undercover at the drive-in to get more info. And then in dialogue worthy of a Bond movie, she asks with the faintest edge of suggestion, "Do you promise to come by and pick me up?" Without skipping a beat, Captain Burke answers, "When you're old and ugly." The good captain knows his limits!

Sergeant Ames, though perhaps disappointed, does her duty and reports in later:

Among the main female guests in this episode is Gloria Grahame, but because her part is that of a drug addict, who it turns out was being supplied by the victim, screencaps of her appearance would not do her justice.

 Posted:   Feb 20, 2009 - 3:43 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

The main female guest/love interest/suspect for this episode is Martha Hyer, making her second appearance in the season (a bigger role than her previous one, which was a one scene cameo basically).

Martha is the victim's cousin, and a fellow worker at the drive-in, but it turns out she did that just to be close to her and is in fact, quite comfortably well-off with her own mansion.

This would have been at about the same time Martha would have just started or finished filming "First Men In The Moon". The wig she wore in that film really made her look a lot younger, though she looks great here.

The episode also features an amusing appearance by Irene Hervey as Detective Tilson's mother, and it's clear that this was what won her the part of Aunt Meg on "Honey West" since it's practically the same kind of role.

 Posted:   Feb 28, 2009 - 9:47 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

Another Anne Francis spotlight in "Honey West" episode #12.

Handling an important phone call from a client in style!

Her undercover requires working at a drive-in.

And the waitresses at this drive-in get their uniforms from the Four Star Productions costume department, as this costume was previously worn by Suzy Parker (sans the fur trim) on "Burke's Law" two years earlier! smile

Honey slips away from work to place a phone bug in the baddie's office. The baddie is none other than Steve Ihnat (heading a counterfeiting racket) and he's playing a character named Garth in this one!

In the final confrontation, the mind of Stefan Miklos proves to be no match for the great Honey West!!! big grin

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