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 Posted:   Jun 26, 2007 - 3:18 AM   
 By:   Jon A. Bell   (Member)

I just received my season 2 DVD set and I watched the season opener directed again by the great Sutton Roley:
THE TRUCE AT ABURAH RAID.
Watch out for season 2's brand new main title.


I don't have the 2nd season DVD set yet -- what's different about the main title?

-- Jon

 
 Posted:   Jun 26, 2007 - 3:58 AM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

I was surprised by the Season 2 main title because I never remember it from the syndicated repeats which where I saw them (WNEW-Channel 5 at 3 AM in the early 80s during summer) always used the Season 1 titles of the still pictures of the cast members.

The Season 2 uses different shots of the cast and Hans Gudegast (not yet Eric Braden) has been moved up to #3 in the cast ranking.

 
 Posted:   Jun 26, 2007 - 7:13 AM   
 By:   Stefan Miklos   (Member)



I don't have the 2nd season DVD set yet -- what's different about the main title?

-- Jon



Jon,

The season 2 main title is slightly different:
it opens with an animation of an explosion then the usual running jeeps and the characters are introduced alive inside medallions (no more fixed pictures) in front of moving pictures. It's more dynamic.

 
 Posted:   Jul 22, 2007 - 9:24 PM   
 By:   Stefan Miklos   (Member)

I finished watching my season 2 set and I noticed something odd about the cast. Actor Justin Tarr --playing Tully-- is replaced in four episodes:
"The Fatal Reunion Raid" with replacement actor Mac McLaughlin as Andy
"The Field of Death Raid" with replacement actor Darwin Joston as Peterson
"The Double Jeopardy Raid" with replacement actor Mac McLaughlin as Andy (again)
"The Tug of War Raid" with replacement actor Bo Hopkins as Bo Randall--Peckinpah fans will like it because he clumsily shaves Hitchcock and cuts him four times with his razor (sic!).

 
 Posted:   Jul 26, 2007 - 3:18 AM   
 By:   Jon A. Bell   (Member)




Jon,

The season 2 main title is slightly different:
it opens with an animation of an explosion then the usual running jeeps and the characters are introduced alive inside medallions (no more fixed pictures) in front of moving pictures. It's more dynamic.


Ah, I got the set, and I *do* remember this opening from when the show was syndicated on TBS over 20 years ago. Thanks!

-- Jon

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 26, 2007 - 7:18 PM   
 By:   argonaut 63   (Member)

I think Justin Tarr was replaced owing to arguments with the producers towards the end of filming season 2.By then the show was facing cancellation.

 
 Posted:   Jul 26, 2007 - 7:33 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

After "Rat Patrol" he had a small part in "Bullitt" and then pretty much disappeared.

 
 Posted:   Jul 26, 2007 - 7:36 PM   
 By:   Stefan Miklos   (Member)

A word to the wise, don't miss Sutton Roley's episodes:

(season 2)
"The Truce at Aburah Raid"
"The Trial by Fire Raid"
"The Hide and Go Seek Raid"
"The Life for a Life Raid"
"The Pipeline to Disaster Raid"
"The Decoy Raid"

 
 Posted:   Jul 26, 2007 - 7:42 PM   
 By:   Stefan Miklos   (Member)

A word to the wise, don't miss Sutton Roley's episodes:



For "Combat!" fans, you will like "The Life for a Life Raid" which remind the film-making style and the setting (devastated cellar, doomed town) of the season 2 "Combat!" episode:
"Glow Against the Sky".

Alright, move out!

 
 Posted:   Mar 2, 2008 - 3:04 PM   
 By:   Stefan Miklos   (Member)

The Rat Patrol - Collectible 'Clothing-Style' Package Revealed for Complete Series DVDs
Marches into stores on May 13th
Posted by David Lambert (3/02/2008)

 
A couple of weeks ago, MGM Studios and distributor Fox Home Entertainment announced the May 13th release of The Rat Patrol - The Complete Series on DVD. Now we've got your first look at the special packaging for this release, which has some seams which reminds one of the troops' trousers, eh? Or maybe a jacket sleeve, considering the show logo is designed like a shoulder patch. Backback? Hmmm...can't wait to see the studio's press release on this one!



 
Link to this page:
http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Rat-Patrol-Complete-Series-Box-Art/9100
 
All news for this show:
http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/shownews/Rat-Patrol/3480




 
 Posted:   Mar 2, 2008 - 3:29 PM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

Might wait for season 2 and have Rat Patrol weekend.What a pity our UK "betters" took it of air,the show could have done for Gary Raymond what UNCLE did for David Mc callum.

I remember watching a few episodes of this when I was a kid in the 1960's ...

... and being disappointed when it disappeared from the TV schedules.

I believe it had something to do with my father's generation not liking the fact that the programme showed "The Yanks" winning the war in North Africa.

I can't see why the none-UK transmission should have had any detrimental effect on the prospects of Gary Raymond (whoever he may be ...)

 
 Posted:   Mar 3, 2008 - 5:47 PM   
 By:   Jon A. Bell   (Member)

Here's a funny story from "The Outer Limits Companion":

Gary Raymond was the first choice to play the lead role in the Outer Limits episode "The Sixth Finger." (The producers were looking for a young Brit.) However, he turned it down, because "he was a 'serious' actor," and didn't want to act in 'monster' makeup.

Consequently, the producers turned to David McCallum -- like Raymond, a relative newcomer to Hollywood, who accepted the role. McCallum did a great job (and was seen in the later episode "The Forms of Things Unknown"); the role largely launched his U.S. TV career (and served as the springboard for "The Man from UNCLE," which gave him superstar status.) And of course, McCallum was (and is) pleased to have acted in a TV show that has cult status; his dome-headed persona from The Outer Limits is one of the most iconic images in TV science fiction.

Years later, McCallum ran into Gary Raymond, who said (laughing, but still ruefully), "You know -- I was a FOOL to have turned down that part!"

Anyway, FYI...

-- Jon

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 19, 2011 - 3:06 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Now that we have a CD out of Dominic Frontiere's "Rat Patrol" music, I thought I'd resurrect this thread. Here's an interesting "Rat Patrol" fact: During the first season, a three-part episode was broadcast called "The Last Harbor Raid." Claudine Longet was the primary guest star in the show. Later, those episodes were re-edited into a 1968 theatrical feature called "Massacre Harbor." It was released only outside the U.S. (similar to the later "Man From U.N.C.L.E." features). According to the IMDB, the feature ran 81 minutes. So, either they used every second of footage that was broadcast for the three episodes, or they threw in some additional footage or outtakes to flesh out the broadcast footage. It would be interesting to compare the feature to the TV episodes to see what the differences are.

 
 Posted:   Jan 19, 2011 - 9:24 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Anybody remember this?



 
 Posted:   Jan 19, 2011 - 12:54 PM   
 By:   Scott McOldsmith   (Member)

Now that we have a CD out of Dominic Frontiere's "Rat Patrol" music, I thought I'd resurrect this thread. Here's an interesting "Rat Patrol" fact: During the first season, a three-part episode was broadcast called "The Last Harbor Raid."

This episode has a very odd feel to it, with its narration and strange (for the series) locale. It's got a somewhat epic scope, but for my money, the show works best on format.

It's a shame the show didn't last longer, I really enjoyed it. But it's also a pretty limited format. I have some 16mm film prints on VHS around somewhere. One with original commercials. The sponsor bits were, as usual, cut from the opening credits, hence the edited opening theme music. The pilot episode on the DVDs has the regular credits, I think (been a while since I ran these). The show title was in a different font for the first episode.

Check out all sorts of posters for Masscre Harbor:

http://www.moviepostershop.com/massacre-harbor-movie-poster/AE8486

 
 Posted:   Jan 19, 2011 - 12:55 PM   
 By:   Scott McOldsmith   (Member)

Anybody remember this?




But that looks like Troy on the wrong card. smile

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 19, 2011 - 2:00 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)


This episode has a very odd feel to it, with its narration and strange (for the series) locale. It's got a somewhat epic scope, but for my money, the show works best on format.


It's likely that the 3-parter was shot with the idea already in mind of converting it to a feature, hence the unique location, larger cast, female romantic interest, etc. that were not part of the usual format.

 
 Posted:   Jan 19, 2011 - 2:08 PM   
 By:   Scott McOldsmith   (Member)

That's what I figured, but I think it's the narration that makes the biggest difference. You'd think with the extra money, they'd have filmed a couple of establishing scenes rather than a voice over explaining why the guys were at the meeting in the beginning. I'll go back in time 45 years and ask.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 29, 2011 - 1:12 AM   
 By:   riotengine   (Member)

Please watch all episodes directed by Lee H. Katzin--another gifted director (see THE LIFE AGAINST DEATH RAID).
Plot-wise, I advise you to watch THE CHAIN OF DEATH RAID (Troy and Dietrich find themselves chained, escaped from a Bedouins camp and must survive in the hot sun while crossing the dessert to reach their respective sides) and THE BLIND MAN'S BLUFF RAID (in which Troy is blind)!


In anticipation of receiving my Rat patrol CD, I dug into my Rat Patrol DVD set and watched a bunch of them. I thought The Blind Man's Bluff Raid (written by Larry Cohen) was pretty solid.

Trying to work up to The Last Harbor Raid.

Greg Espinoza

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 29, 2011 - 11:16 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

That's what I figured, but I think it's the narration that makes the biggest difference. You'd think with the extra money, they'd have filmed a couple of establishing scenes rather than a voice over explaining why the guys were at the meeting in the beginning. I'll go back in time 45 years and ask.

It's possible that those establishing scenes were filmed, but are included only in the movie. In order to squeeeze the movie footage into three TV episodes, they may have had to exclude those shots and go with the narration.

 
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