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 Posted:   Feb 28, 2009 - 11:12 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

As a general rule, "Honey West" was not the place for glamorous female guest stars that could upstage Anne Francis, but it happened once in episode #13 with the lady with the face to die for.

Even Anne seems to sense she's got serious competition this time out! smile

This episode "The Grey Lady" written by the team of Levinson and Link, who several years later created a rumpled cop named Columbo, probably has the highest production values of the entire series, not just from Nancy's presence but from strong male villain guest appearances in Cesare Danova (as a suave European jewel thief who first purloins movie star Nancy's jewels and then sets his sights on a rare item that gives us the episode title) and Kevin McCarthy ("Invasion Of The Body Snatchers"). It's also probably the best episode of the series where Anne gets to show off her fighting skills.

 Posted:   Mar 1, 2009 - 10:46 AM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

the lady with the face to die for.

Gawd, She Was Stunning Then, Wasn't She? Department:

Careful, hombre, you're gonna make somebody

seriously jealous ... big grin

 Posted:   Mar 1, 2009 - 11:09 AM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

LOL, don't worry, Raquel knows she's still #1. big grin

Facially though, I can't think of many others (Raquel is one of them) who surpass Nancy at her peak. Which is why it's unfortunate that she wasn't able to get a major break to bigger stardom in the 60s. I suspect that if a sequel had been made to "Jason And The Argonauts" and allowed her to play the evil Medea, that would have been a bigger career boost, at least to the level where she would have gotten the bigger role in the Matt Helm film. Heck, she could easily have done just as well as some of the girls chosen in the Bond films in the 60s!

 Posted:   Mar 1, 2009 - 11:20 AM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)


... wink

 Posted:   Mar 1, 2009 - 12:59 PM   
 By:   TheSaint   (Member)

Just saw her in a second season episode of Mannix. God, what a beauty!

 Posted:   Mar 1, 2009 - 1:09 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

That is a great episode of hers, one she even received an Emmy nomination for. Someday, there will be a spotlight from there if a "Women of Mannix" thread ever gets started!

 Posted:   Mar 1, 2009 - 4:14 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

I'm still making my way through the "Honey West" DVD set, and like the "Burke's Law" ones, they offer the original commercials as a supplement. There's one incredibly hilarious one for Sucrets throat lozenges that show a guy standing in the rain suffering from a sore throat, then he takes the Sucrets to relieve his throat irritation, as its filled with all this wonderful medicine the announer tells us it has....and after he takes it, he then proceeds to light a cigarette! And if that isn't surreal enough, the announcer then says after taking a Sucrets "you can even SMOKE with no further throat irritation!"

 Posted:   Mar 2, 2009 - 7:59 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

Episode #28 involves Honey working at a movie studio as a stuntwoman. During the course of an overall weak episode, there's an extended dream sequence in which Honey gets to envision herself as a star of the silent screen, first seeing herself as Theda Bara playing Cleopatra.

And then as a flapper of the era.

Fun as the dream sequence is, it nonetheless shows off how some of the later episodes were less well-written, though the last episode #30, co-written by Levinson and Link again, was one of the strongest so at least the show ended on a high note.

Ironically, Anne's successful creation of an American counterpart to Cathy Gale/Emma Peel was done in by ABC's decision to import "The Avengers" for US viewing in 1966 at the expense of a second season of "Honey West". While I'm sure we should be grateful for those US audiences who got their first exposure to this classic, it's too bad we were deprived of the chance to see Anne as Honey in beautiful color as the 1966-67 season was the first to mandate all color programming for prime-time shows.

 Posted:   Apr 24, 2009 - 9:08 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

With "Honey West" now finished in terms of episodes worthy of spotlight, it's back now to "Burke's Law" for episode #20, "Who Killed Carrie Cornell."

Fashion model Carrie Cornell is found washed up on a beach by a group of military school students. Captain Burke must investigate!

Suspects include lonely alcoholic Diana Lynn, whose husband was shacking up with the deceased.

Diana had been a child star at Paramount, but had less success after reaching adulthood. She was Ronald Reagan's leading lady in "Bedtime For Bonzo" (1951).

In this episode, Diana is carrying on with one of the other suspects, sculptor William Shatner, who shares rooming space with another suspect, health nut Michael Ansara (the first pairing of Kirk and Kang!)

Also on the suspect list, Fernando Lamas, Jim Backus and singer Joanie Sommers.

 Posted:   May 26, 2009 - 10:21 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

Episode #21, "Who Killed His Royal Highness?" involves the murder of a famous wealthy imposter to royalty, with suspects including Mickey Rooney, Telly Savalas and Bert Parks among others.

And then there's Elizabeth Montgomery in her second "Burke's Law" appearance as the lady who kept all of the deceased's finances in order.

 Posted:   May 26, 2009 - 10:23 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

Also on the suspect list is a former secret wife of the deceased, Linda Darnell, in one of her final roles (she would die in a fire the following year).

And Sergeant Ames gets to express her displeasure over the good Captain's continued lack of interest!

 Posted:   May 26, 2009 - 10:38 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

Episode #22, "Who Killed Marty Kelso?" concerns the murder of a sleazy agent with three ex-wives and a current wife as suspects.

Mary Ann Mobley is not one of the wives, she's just making her second appearance as the jilted girlfriend of the week.

She must make pottery to keep herself occupied when the good Captain must answer the call!

 Posted:   May 26, 2009 - 10:40 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

Diane McBain, an Esther Williams type actress, is one of the wives on the suspect list.

 Posted:   May 26, 2009 - 10:45 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

The big spotlight for this episode though goes to the agent's current wife of only a few days, Luciana Paluzzi.

She hadn't had enough time to know her husband well to mourn for him, so no surprise she takes a fancy to "A-Moose" as she calls him. smile

Sergeant Les Hart (Regis Toomey), never got to have this much fun before, listening to Luciana describe her most recent movie!

 Posted:   May 26, 2009 - 10:47 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

And as long as we're giving Luciana this big a spotlight, we might as well take note of the release of "Captain Nemo And The Underwater City" on CD and DVD (both of which I got today on the same day I also watched this "Burke's Law" appearance of hers!) big grin

 Posted:   May 29, 2009 - 6:27 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

Felicia Farr (Mrs. Jack Lemmon) in episode #23 "Who Killed Avery Lord?"

 Posted:   May 29, 2009 - 6:33 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

Episode #24 "Who Killed Andy Zygmunt?" is a Harlan Ellison penned tale concerning the murder of a pop artist.

Suspects include Deborah Walley (Gidget #2 in the movies) who is quite mechanically minded.

And Ann Blyth in an off-beat role as a female Jackson Pollock style artist who spray paints female models to act as human brushes.

She locks herself in the ladies room when Detective Tilson tries to question her, necessitating a call to Sergeant Ames to force the issue.

 Posted:   May 30, 2009 - 8:10 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

A professor of Oriental studies is found dead in Chinatown in episode #25 "Who Killed The Paper Dragon?"

Could it be the happy to see him dead widow, Barbara Eden (her second appearance of the season)?

This scene could practically be a costume test for Barbara's most famous role, which came one year later! (and no skittishness about baring her navel this time out)

 Posted:   May 30, 2009 - 8:13 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

The unlucky girlfriend of the week is former Miss Rheingold, Kathy Kersh (previously spotlighted in the MFU thread).

At the time, Kathy was Mrs. Vince Edwards, and a few years later would be wife #2 of Burt Ward, (Batman) and would even play the Joker's henchmoll in one episode of that show.

 Posted:   May 30, 2009 - 8:21 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

Episode #26 "Who Killed Molly?" concerns the murder of a seemingly ordinary housewife who as it turned out led four separate lives.

In the "you can't make this up" department, in one scene of this episode, the deceased's husband Hoagy Carmichael upon seeing the good Captain for a second time asks, "Captain Kirk isn't it?" What makes his error funny is that at the time, another suspect "Mrs. TRIBBLE" is being interviewed. Who knew????

The other suspects include exotic dancer (seemingly ideal casting) Jayne Mansfield, in a rare foray into episodic TV.

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