Bearcats! is an American Western television series broadcast on the CBS television network during the Fall 1971 television season. It starred Rod Taylor and Dennis Cole as troubleshooters in the period before America entered World War I. Bearcats! was produced by Filmways Inc.. It was co-produced by Rod Taylor's production firm. Set in 1914, somewhat historically than a traditional Western, the stories center around the heroes' use of a 1914 Stutz Bearcat automobile. Although autos were common in America in 1914, a $2,000 sports car would have been rare in the more remote areas of the American west. How the heroes paid for this expensive ride was rather unusual, as well, they undertook work which could be considered "private security" for a prosperous clientele, rather than charging a traditional fee, they extracted from the client a blank check, with the amount charged to be determined by just how difficult or dangerous the job proved to be once it was completed. "If you can put a price on it, you don't need them badly enough."
Typical adventures included learning, setting fire to oil wells, unraveling a plot where German Deutsches Heer soldiers dressed as American troops raided Mexican border towns hoping to force Mexico into a war with the U. S. and stopping mercenaries from sabotaging medical supplies being sent overseas to the Allies in World War I. Its time period allowed the use of props not seen in typical westerns, including airplanes, a WWI tank, machine guns, Colt 1911.45 caliber pistols, a number of period automobiles. The series was created by veteran TV writer/producer Douglas Heyes who served as executive producer, he directed the TV movie Powderkeg that served as the pilot film for the series. Episodes were shot on location in near Tucson, in and around Santa Fe, New Mexico. Powderkeg was syndicated in the 1970s and aired by local U. S. TV stations, was the only episode of the series to be released as a VHS videotape; the series featured a number of well-known guest stars including Leslie Nielsen, Kevin McCarthy, Jane Merrow, Keenan Wynn, Henry Darrow, David Canary, Ed Flanders, Morgan Woodward, Eric Braeden.
For filming, the series used two full-scale metal replicas of first generation Stutz Bearcats made by Hollywood car customizer and film car builder George Barris. While externally close to the original cars, in fact they were built on custom chassis powered by Ford drivetrains and had modern four wheel brake systems for safety; the two replicas were similar to one another, however the first built had a manual 4-speed transmission while the second had an automatic. Additionally, there was a slight variation in the location of the horn bulb and the pinstripes on the sides of the hood of the second car, so the cars can be differentiated while viewing the episodes. In addition to the two cars used in the series, Barris built and retained a third car for use at car shows which differed in many details and color from the TV cars. All three cars survive today; the original Stutz Bearcat automobiles had been manufactured in Indiana. The episode "Groundloop at Spanish Wells" features a 1918 Standard J-1 airplane, restored in Tucson by Charles Klessig of Fargo, North Dakota.
A episode featuring the same pilot character, "The Return of Esteban", featured a 1929 British de Havilland DH.60 Moth biplane. According to Klessig, the episode was filmed in New Mexico where the higher altitudes precluded the use of the older aircraft; the W. W. I tank shown in the episode "The Devil Wears Armor" is an M1917 tank, an American-built version of the Renault FT, its gun is not authentic. The M1917 was first ordered in 1917, the first example was produced in late 1918, four years than the series' 1914 setting; the MPC model company released a 1/25th scale model kit of a Stutz Bearcat as a tie-in with the series. Its box art featured Cole in costume with the genuine 1914 Bearcat used in Powderkeg. A photo on the side of the box showed the first Barris replica in a scene from the episode "The Devil Wears Armor". Rod Taylor as Hank Brackett Dennis Cole as Johnny Reach Bearcats!, despite a large promotional campaign prior to its premiere and having a loyal fan base, lost in the Nielsen ratings to both The Flip Wilson Show on NBC and a more traditional Western, Alias Smith and Jones, on ABC, was cancelled midseason.
On May 14, 2013, Timeless Media Group released Bearcats! – The Complete Series in a three-DVD set in Region 1 for the first time. The 90-minute pilot episode "Powderkeg" is not included, but is available as a standalone DVD or as part of the "20 Great Westerns: Heroes and Bandits" DVD box set produced by TGG Direct; the series was shown extensively overseas, including Germany, the United Kingdom, Australia. Its pilot film, was released as a theatrical feature overseas. Brooks and Marsh, The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows "Still Hitting on All Four". Author not listed. TV Guide, September 18, 1971. Heyes, Bearcats! - The Complete
McCloud (TV series)
McCloud is an American television police drama that aired on NBC from 1970 to 1977. The series starred Dennis Weaver, for six of its seven years on the air it aired as part of the NBC Mystery Movie rotating wheel series, produced for the network by Universal Television; the show was centered on Deputy Marshal Sam McCloud of the small western town of Taos, New Mexico, on loan to the metropolitan New York City Police Department as a special investigator. The first choice for the role of McCloud was Fess Parker. Universal hired Dennis Weaver, well known as a "western" actor from Gunsmoke; the pilot, "Portrait of a Dead Girl", aired on February 17, 1970, established the premise by having McCloud escort a prisoner from New Mexico to New York City, only to become embroiled in solving a complicated murder case. This premise of "a cowboy in the big city" was adapted from the 1968 Don Siegel film, Coogan's Bluff, starring Clint Eastwood. Herman Miller, responsible for the story of Coogan's Bluff and co-wrote the screenplay with Dean Riesner and Howard A. Rodman, is credited as the creator of McCloud.
Coogan's Bluff reflects Richard Thorpe's 1942 film Tarzan's New York Adventure and the latter-day career of Bat Masterson.. Like Coogan, McCloud galloped the length and breadth of Manhattan, the sight of McCloud on horseback riding down the middle of a busy traffic choked city street flanked by tall skyscrapers became one of the series' most famous images. NBC picked up the show for six 60-minute episodes in the fall of 1970, placing it in the rotation of its original wheel series Four in One along with San Francisco International Airport, The Psychiatrist and Rod Serling's Night Gallery; the following fall, the network commissioned a new wheel series and lengthened McCloud from sixty to ninety minutes. NBC ordered two new series, McMillan & Wife and Columbo, to fill the wheel and all three became part of the newly named NBC Mystery Movie series, which aired on Wednesday nights; the series, with a distinctive opening musical theme composed by Henry Mancini over a video collage of the various series became a hit, finishing at number 14 in the Nielsen ratings for that 1971–1972 season.
NBC decided to try another competitive move and relocated McCloud, along with McMillan and Columbo, to Sunday nights for the following Fall 1972. The Mystery Movie series was an bigger draw on Sundays, finishing at number 5 in the ratings for the season. Starting in the fifth season in the fall of 1974, the episodes were two hours long, but were dropped again to 90 minutes for the seventh and final season starting in the fall of 1976; the 46th and last episode, "McCloud Meets Dracula", was aired on April 17, 1977. Weaver received Emmy nominations in 1975 for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series; the executive producer was Glen A. Larson, who wrote for the series, as did Peter Allan Fields, Lou Shaw, Jimmy Sangster, others. Larson won an Edgar Award for "The New Mexican Connection". In 1989, Weaver reprised the role in a made-for-television movie, The Return of Sam McCloud, in which his character was now a United States Senator, it first aired on November 12, 1989. Diana Muldaur returned to reprise her role as Chris Coughlin.
The most enduring theme of the show was the conflict between the good-natured, clear-eyed buoyancy of McCloud and the metropolitan cynicism of the residents of New York City, including his fellow officers. McCloud's attire consisting of a sheepskin coat or Western jacket, bolo tie and cowboy hat, allowed for implied comic relief in many encounters with New Yorkers; that New Yorkers might mistake him for a "rube" because of his appearance worked to his advantage. He would allay suspicion of his motives by insisting he was in New York "to observe and learn". Under his jacket or coat, he wore a khaki uniform shirt with a brown star-shaped uniform patch with gold trim on left sleeve, lettered "Marshal's Office Taos, N. M.". There was a yellow circle in the center with the number 33, he wore two collar pins one was "NM" and the other was "33". McCloud carried a blued.45 Colt SAA Western-style six-shooter with a 4¾" barrel. The signature of McCloud's character was his Western unflappability and seeming inability to recognize an insult from his NYPD superior, Chief of Detectives Peter B.
Clifford, whose jibes he never would take personally. Weaver's grin and drawling twang represented McCloud as the embodiment of the American law officer who always sees the good in people but knows the real stakes and spares no pain to catch the bad guy; the character's signature catchphrase was "There ya go!" received with bemusement or puzzlement by the listener. Another recurring theme in the show was the conflict between McCloud and Chief Clifford, played in every episode but the pilot by J. D. Cannon. In the first episodes, their relationship was portrayed as somewhat amiable, with Clifford showing a wary respect for the unconventional Westerner assigned to his command; the relationship soured based on McCloud's seeming disregard of authority combined with a charm that let him escape many of the consequences of his "cowboy-like" determination. Clifford's attitude to McCloud became one of cynical antagonism, bordering at times on extreme rage, but tempered with a grudging respect for McCloud's ability to solve the most difficult of cases
Captains and the Kings
Captains and the Kings is a 1972 historical novel by Taylor Caldwell chronicling the rise to wealth and power of an Irish immigrant, Joseph Francis Xavier Armagh, who emigrates as a penniless teenager to the United States, along with his younger brother and baby sister, only for their parents to die shortly afterwards. Joseph Armagh befriends a Lebanese immigrant, both are taken under the tutelage of an American plutocrat. An inter-generational saga focusing on the themes of the American dream and bigotry in American life, of history as made by a cabal of the rich and powerful, through Armagh's attempt to make his eldest son, who becomes a senator, the first Catholic President of the United States. Young Joseph Armagh of Ireland, who promised his dying mother to care for his younger siblings lands in Boston, his determination carries him through years of shady-deal making and his gradual accumulation of wealth and power. Armagh takes on the global power brokers, it was one of the top 10 best-sellers of 1972.
Caldwell drew on aspects of the Kennedy family, John D. Rockefeller and Howard Hughes, although she did write in the epilogue that the "Armagh family" is fictional and was not meant to lampoon nor criticize; the book was adapted into an eight-part television miniseries by NBC in the 1976 broadcast season. Duke won an Emmy Award for her performance. Jordan won an Emmy nomination for his performance. Durning was nominated for a Golden Globe. Beverly D'Angelo made her debut. Cinematographer Ric Waite won his only Emmy Award for his work on the miniseries. Captains and the Kings on IMDb Enotes Review at Mouthshut
The Groundstar Conspiracy
The Groundstar Conspiracy is a 1972 crime film directed by Lamont Johnson. It stars Michael Sarrazin. Douglas Heyes' screenplay was adapted freely from L. P. Davies' 1968 novel, The Alien, it was produced by Hal Roach Productions in Canada. Employee John David Welles attempts to steal rocket booster plans from the Groundstar facility, his attempt goes awry and he is badly disfigured in an explosion and escapes. He stumbles to the home of Nicole Devon, collapses, she calls an ambulance, the authorities are alerted, soon Welles is operated on, given plastic surgery and interrogated by a hard-boiled government official named Tuxan. But Welles claims to have no memory of his crime. In fact, he claims no memory of his life at all, save for brief glimpses of a woman and small boy frolicking on a beach. Despite Tuxan's brutal interrogation techniques, Welles still maintains his story of total amnesia. Tuxan allows Welles to escape. Welles begs her to help him remember, but she knows nothing. The inside conspirators behind the attempted theft are found, Tuxan reveals the truth to Welles, who still cannot remember any details of the crime.
John David Welles died en route to the hospital on the night of the explosion. The man we have come to know as Welles is Peter Bellamy, a government employee who lost his wife and son in an accident. Bellamy, feeling that life was no longer worth living and remembering, volunteered to have his memory wiped and to play Welles in order to draw the conspirators into the open. George Peppard as Tuxan Michael Sarrazin as David Welles / Peter Bellamy Christine Belford as Nicole Devon Cliff Potts as Carl Mosely James Olson as Senator Stanton The Groundstar Conspiracy on IMDb
Night Gallery is an American anthology series that aired on NBC from 1969 to 1973, featuring stories of horror and the macabre. Rod Serling, who had gained fame from an earlier series, The Twilight Zone, served both as the on-air host of Night Gallery and as a major contributor of scripts, although he did not have the same control of content and tone as he had on The Twilight Zone. Serling viewed Night Gallery as a logical extension of The Twilight Zone, but while both series shared an interest in thought-provoking dark fantasy, more of Zone's offerings were science fiction while Night Gallery focused on horrors of the supernatural. Serling appeared in an art gallery setting and introduced the macabre tales that made up each episode by unveiling paintings that depicted the stories, his intro was, “Good evening, welcome to a private showing of three paintings, displayed here for the first time. Each is a collector’s item in its own way—not because of any special artistic quality, but because each captures on a canvas, suspended in time and space, a frozen moment of a nightmare.”
Night Gallery presented adaptations of classic fantasy tales by authors such as H. P. Lovecraft, as well as original works, many of which were by Serling himself. During its second season, the series began using original comedic blackout sketches between the longer story segments in some episodes; these types of segments were much less frequent in the final season. The series was introduced with a pilot TV movie that aired on November 8, 1969, featured the directorial debut of Steven Spielberg, as well as one of the last acting performances by Joan Crawford. Night Gallery was part of a rotating anthology or wheel series called Four in One; this 1970–1971 television series rotated four separate shows, including McCloud, SFX and The Psychiatrist. Two of these, Night Gallery and McCloud, were renewed for the 1971–1972 season, with McCloud becoming the most popular and longest running of the four; the show featured various composers. The original pilot theme and background music was composed by Billy Goldenberg.
The theme for the first two seasons, composed by Gil Mellé, is noted for being one of the first television openings to use electronic instruments. For the third season, Mellé's theme was replaced with a more frantic orchestral piece by Eddie Sauter. No music from the show has been commercially released. Serling wrote many of the teleplays, including "Camera Obscura", "The Caterpillar", "Class of'99", "Cool Air", "The Doll", "Green Fingers", "Lindemann's Catch", "The Messiah on Mott Street". Non-Serling efforts include "The Dead Man", "I'll Never Leave You—Ever", "Pickman's Model", "A Question of Fear", "Silent Snow, Secret Snow", "The Sins of the Fathers". Robert Bloch wrote two teleplays for the show. "Logoda's Heads" was based on the story by August Derleth. "Last Rites for a Dead Druid" was an adaptation by Bloch of the H. P. Lovecraft/Hazel Heald collaboration Out of the Aeons. Night Gallery was nominated for an Emmy Award for its first-season episode "They're Tearing Down Tim Riley's Bar" as the Outstanding Single Program on U.
S. television in 1971. In 1972, the series received another nomination for the second-season episode "Pickman's Model." Serling himself received an Edgar Allan Poe Award for writing the pilot. In order to increase the number of episodes that were available for syndication, the 60-minute episodes were re-edited for a 30-minute time slot, with many segments cut, others extended by inserting "new" scenes of recycled discarded, or stock footage to fill up the time. In their book Rod Serling's Night Gallery: An After-Hours Tour, authors Scott Skelton and Jim Benson identify 39 of the 98 individual segments that were produced for Night Gallery as being "severely altered" in syndication. Twenty-five episodes of an unrelated, short-lived supernatural series from 1972, The Sixth Sense, were incorporated into the syndicated version of the series, with Serling providing newly filmed introductions to those episodes; as The Sixth Sense was a one-hour show, these episodes were all edited to fit into the half-hour timeslot.
The original, uncut and un-edited hour-long version of the series has been shown on STARZ!’s Encore Mystery premium movie cable network. The show has aired in the 30-minute format in some markets through the Retro Television Network in the past. MeTV has broadcast rights for Night Gallery and airs the show in its edited, 30-minute format, including the edited The Sixth Sense episodes. From May 21 to May 23, 2016, Decades aired a marathon of the series. On December 6, 2018, Syfy announced. Universal Studios Home Entertainment has released all 3 seasons on DVD in Region 1 as well as the first season on DVD in the UK. On September 12, 2017, Universal released Night Gallery: The Complete Series on DVD in Region 1. Similar series Night Gallery on IMDb Night Gallery at TV.com Rod Serling's Night Gallery: A Shadowy Museum of the Outre
The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin
The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin is an American children's television program. Beginning in October 1954 until May 1959, 164 episodes aired on ABC television network, it starred Lee Aaker as Rusty, a boy orphaned in an Indian raid, being raised by the soldiers at a US Cavalry post known as Fort Apache. He and his German shepherd dog, Rin Tin Tin, helped the soldiers to establish order in the American West. James E. Brown appeared as Lieutenant Ripley "Rip" Masters. Co-stars included Rand Brooks; the episodes were filmed on a low budget. Outdoor action was shot at Corriganville Movie Ranch northwest of Los Angeles in Simi Valley, where the production made ample use of the facility's Fort Apache. Additional action sequences were shot on the Iverson Movie Ranch in Chatsworth, Calif. known for its huge sandstone boulders and recognized as the most filmed outdoor shooting location in the history of Hollywood. The show's troupe of 12 character actors were required to play multiple parts in the same episode, sometimes to the point of one actor fighting himself, wearing a cavalry uniform in one shot and an Apache outfit in another.
The eponymous dog, Rin Tin Tin IV, lived about 90 miles away at Duncan's ranch in Riverside, receiving visitors who were eager to see the famous dog. The show ran for five seasons on ABC on Friday evenings from October 1954 to May 1959. ABC reran the series on late afternoons from September 1959 to September 1961. During its first season, The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin finished at #23 in the Nielsen ratings, making it the second-highest rated series on ABC at the time behind Disneyland. Reruns ran on Saturdays on CBS from September 1962 until September 1964. A new package of reruns was shown in 1976, continued into the mid-1980s; the original black and white prints were tinted light brown with new opening and closing segments filmed in color in Utah. The show airs in syndication on Antenna TV, with remastered episodes produced by Cerulean Digital Color and Animation, with lines redubbed for some scenes using actors other than those from the original series cast, with a different generic theme song.
Rin Tin Tin guest stars included veteran western actors Roscoe Ates and Dean Fredericks in six episodes. Others were Ron Hagerthy and Ewing Mitchell, both semi-regulars on the Sky King series, Ed Hinton. John M. Pickard, star of the series Boots and Saddles, appeared three times on Rin Tin Tin. Lee Van Cleef and Harry Dean Stanton were other guest stars. Don Devlin appeared in the episodes "The Epidemic" and "The Ming Vase". Rodolfo Hoyos, Jr. was cast as Don Alfonso Garcia in "The Bandit Kingdom". Nan Leslie was cast in three 1956 episodes, "Rin Tin Tin and the Second Chance", "Wagon Train", "Fort Adventure". Robert Fuller, prior to Laramie, appeared as Stan in the 1958 episode "The Epidemic". Harry Cheshire Judge Ben Wiley on Buffalo Bill, Jr. appeared as Silas Mason in "The Misfit Marshal". Brad Johnson, known as deputy Lofty Craig on the syndicated Western series Annie Oakley, appeared once on Rin Tin Tin in the role of John Quinn in the episode "The Iron Horse". Robert Knapp was cast in the role of Allen in the 1955 episode "The Guilty One".
William Fawcett played an elderly fearless marshal fighting the outlaw element in four episodes including the 1955 episode, "Higgins Rides Again". Rico Alaniz appeared twice, as Big Elk in "Rin Tin Tin Meets O'Hara's Mother" and as Don Valdez in "The Invaders" The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin on IMDb The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin at TV.com Iverson Movie Ranch: History, vintage photos
Kitten with a Whip
Kitten with a Whip is a 1964 crime drama with an exploitative, juvenile delinquent overlay. Released through Universal, the film starred John Forsythe and newcomer Ann-Margret, featured Peter Brown, Patricia Barry and Richard Anderson; the film was made to publicize Ann-Margret as a serious actress. Her previous films, Viva Las Vegas and Bye Bye Birdie, were of the musical film genre and did little to highlight the actress's dramatic skills. Ann-Margret's management signed her to several different films at this time, each with a top Hollywood studio, the actress was not consulted on the projects they chose for her. In interviews, she made the best of the situation, claiming she was hoping to distance herself from her "new Marilyn Monroe" image; the wife of politician David Stratton is away in San Francisco, visiting relatives there. Stratton comes home one night but not to an empty house—a young woman, Jody, is waiting inside. Jody tells him a tale of woe, so David offers to help, but the truth is, she has just busted out of a juvenile detention home, where she stabbed a matron and started a fire.
And she is far from alone, because two young men materialize to torment David, afraid of a public scandal that could end his career. If he tries to get away and contact the cops, Jody threatens to accuse David of rape; the young men and Jody enjoy a wild party, but begin to quarrel until one is cut with a razor. They drive across the Mexico border. Jody and David end up in a Tijuana motel; when the punks return, a chase occurs and their car crashes, killing both of the young men. Jody, ends up at death's door, but absolves David of any blame before dying. David is injured in the accident and is hospitalized as the movie comes to an end; the film was based on a novel by Wade Miller. Universal assigned Robert Arthur to produce; the following year Richard Rush was developing the project. Nancy Kwan was assigned to star; however the film did not eventuate. The lead role was offered to Brigitte Bardot but she turned it down. In October 1963 Ann Margret was announced as star, she was paid $150,000 plus a percentage of the profits.
Filming started in December 1963. Douglas Heyes was director. Harry Keller was the producer. In 1994, Kitten With a Whip was aired as an episode of the comedy series Mystery Science Theater 3000, which riffed the film. Kevin Killian's book of poetry "Action Kylie" features "Kitten With A Whipe," a poem inspired by the film and featuring its two main characters. Drag performer Bob the Drag Queen was known as "Kittin Withawhip." List of American films of 1964 List of films featuring home invasions Kitten with a Whip on IMDb Kitten with a Whip at Rotten Tomatoes Kitten with a Whip at AllMovie