March 22, 2024

Around the dial

We've got a full slate of action this week, so let's get right to it at Cult TV Blog, where John makes a trip to the 1950s with Shadow Squad, a private detective series from 1958, and the episode "The Missing Cheese." Of course, we all know that it's missing because the cheese always stands alone.

At bare-bones e-zine, Jack's Hitchcock Project continues with the second story from Calvin Clements, the seventh-season episode "The Old Pro," starring a couple of old pros, Richard Conte and John Anderson, and directed by another one, Paul Henreid.

Cult TV Lounge reviews three episodes from season two of The Outer Limits: "The Invisible Enemy," "Wolf 359," and "I, Robot." Ignoring the lame special effects, all three stories offer typically (for the series) provocative questions that don't lend themselves to easy answers.

At Shadow & Substance, Paul looks at the climactic scene of the Twilight Zone episode "Long Distance Call," and the dramatic changes that the scene underwent between its original version and how it was rewritten (and performed).

Let's stay in the Zone for a minute more and visit The Twilight Zone Vortex, back after a long break with the fifth season episode "The Last Night of a Jockey," a one-man show with a bravura performance from Mickey Rooney, reminding us all just how good he was.

Steve Lawrence died earlier this month, aged 88; besides his singing fame with his wife Eydie GormĂ©, he was a very good dramatic actor, a frequent comic guest on Carol Burnett's show, and a regular on talk and game shows. Terence has an appreciation for his life and times this week at A Shroud of Thoughts.  

At Travalanche, it's a look back at the career of Edward Platt on the 50th anniversary of his death. He's known primarily for one role, that of The Chief in Get Smart!, but he had a long career in both movies and television, and he was a welcome presence in anything he appeared in.

Anyone who's watched British television will recognize Julian Glover, who played many a delightfully villainous character over the years. He's a main presence in "Split!", the Steed/Tara adventure that's the subject of this week's review of The Avengers at The View from the Junkyard.

I've mentioned several times how television is a lot older than we think it is, and Garry Berman shows us just how old, with a look at the first magazine devoted to television, appropriately called Television. It's first issue: March, 1928.

Martin Grams gives us a review of the latest offering from ClassicFlix, the short-lived 1959 series World of Giants, starring Marshall Thompson. I've reviewed two of their previous releases, The O. Henry Playhouse and 21 Beacon Street, and I'm looking forward to adding this to the list.

At The Lucky Strike Papers, Andrew shares the 1951 St. Patrick's Day episode of Your Hit Parade, which features a performance by the dance team of Bob Fosse and his then-wife, Mary Ann Niles. It's always fun to see someone like Fosse in the days before his greatest fame. TV  

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