January 13, 2023

Around the dial

I'm not sure; that character on the small screen looks a little like Paul Brinegar, Wishbone on Rawhide, but someone more familiar with the Western genre might be able to tell for sure. It could be someone from a series like Death Valley Days, or it could be some made-up scruffy character. That's one of the great things about these old photos; you never know what you'll find.

For example, at bare-bones e-zine, we're off on a new Hitchcock Project, as Jack introduces us to Leigh Brackett's first Hitchcock script, "Death of a Cop," from 1963. It's a tense crime drama starring one of the great stars of the crime genre, Victor Jory, along with Peter Brown and Richard Jaeckel.

At Cult TV Blog, John turns once again to The Prisoner, with an intriguing idea for watching the series. Patrick McGoohan had apparently originally intended it to run as a series of 90-minute films, and John sets out to watch them this way, beginning with the final two episodes of McGoohan's Danger Man. Can't wait to try this out myself.

Some Polish American Guy, aka my friend Dan Budnik, is back with a new series on his podcast, Eventually Supertrain: Lucan, the 1977-78 drama. His co-host is Made for TV Mayhem's Amanda Reyes, so be sure to check out the link for where you can listen.

At Comfort TV, David takes a look back at the cop buddy series Starsky and Hutch. This is another series I admit to never having seen, although my defense is that I was living in the World's Worst Town™ for most of its run, making it unavailable to me. Granted, I haven't sought it out since, but if you're a fan, you'll want to see what David has to say.

Television's New Frontier: The 1960s returns with the 1962 episodes of The Real McCoys, the final season of the successful, long-running series, and how it copes with the absence of actress Kathy Nolan. who left the series after the fifth season.

At A Shroud of Thoughts, Terence shares his entry in the "What a Character! Blogathon," a look at the career of Jack Carson, a wonderful character actor who moved between movies, radio and television. Even if you don't recognize the name, you'll recognize him when you see or hear him.

The Outer Limits is a series I've always enjoyed since I saw it in reruns shortly after it went off of first-run on ABC (with the proviso that some episodes are better than others), and Cult TV Lounge reviews three episodes from the first season; "They're not among the best episodes but even lesser episodes of this series are pretty good and pretty interesting." TV  


  1. Thanks, Mitchell! I'll check out those posts on The Prisoner and The Outer Limits.

  2. That there varmint is one George Hayes, vaudeville performer who retired at 43 after making a killing in the stock market. The next year, 1929, it nearly killed him. He was forced back into show business and eventually created a beloved cowboy character renowned as "Gabby Hayes".

  3. In case nobody else has checked in yet:
    That's the legendary George 'Gabby' Hayes in the screen shot.
    The whole photo likely dates to the early '50s, when Ol' Gabby moved to New York City and staked out his claim in early TV.
    Gabby Hayes did daily shows in which he ran old Westerns, doing live commercials in between chases and shootouts; you can find some of these live shows on YouTube if you look for them (worth it to see Ol' Gabby singing the praises of "Aunt Jemimy!" pancakes).
    As a Manhattanite, George Hayes spent his evenings going to the theater, symphonies, and ballets - but when fans approached, he always went into character, becoming "Gabby" for the people ... who loved it.


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