Honey West (TV series)
Honey West is an American crime drama television series that aired on ABC during the 1965–1966 television season. Based upon a series of novels that had launched in 1957, the series starred Anne Francis as female private detective Honey West and John Ericson as her partner, Sam Bolt. Only 30 half-hour episodes were produced; the entire series is available on DVD. The Honey West character was created by Gloria and Forrest E. “Skip” Fickling under the pseudonym “G. G. Fickling” in the late 1950s. Skip had been a United States Army Air Forces Air Gunner during World War II enlisted in the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve after the war where he was called back into active service during the Korean War; the G. G. represented the initials of his wife, Gloria Gautraud, whom he married in 1949, with initials used so the sex of the author would remain vague. Though Gloria said that most of the writing was done by Forrest, Forrest said Gloria’s ideas were used to make a plausible female character with Gloria providing Honey’s dress sense.
Forrest told the Los Angeles Times, “I first thought of Marilyn Monroe, I thought of Mike Hammer and decided to put the two together... We thought the most used name for someone you like is Honey, and she lives in the West, so there was her name.”West was one of the first female “private eyes” to appear on television. Francis first played West in the second season episode of Burke’s Law, entitled “Who Killed the Jackpot?”, broadcast on April 21, 1965, which led to this series being commissioned as a spin-off. West drove a Jaguar convertible in the Burke's Law episode and was twice referred to as the "private eyeful." She was trained in martial arts. Honey West was intended to be the American equivalent of the popular characters Cathy Gale and Emma Peel in the British series The Avengers. Producer Aaron Spelling's first choice for the role of Honey was Honor Blackman, whom he had seen in England playing Cathy Gale on The Avengers and as Pussy Galore in Goldfinger. Blackman turned the role down.
Anne Francis’ fashions in the Honey role were by Nolan Miller, her action scenes choreographed by Gene LeBell. The series was developed for television by Gwen Bagni and Paul Dubov, writers of several Burke's Law episodes; as in the Burke's Law episode introducing her, West has a partner and man-Friday, Sam Bolt, who communicates with Honey via a radio hidden in her lipstick case. In the television series, she keeps an exotic pet ocelot named Bruce. Honey's alluring feline qualities were reflected in her animal-print apartment decor. For sneaking around at night and engaging in energetic fight scenes, she wears a black fabric bodystocking reminiscent of Emma Peel’s leather jumpsuit. Like Peel’s Lotus Elan sports car, Honey’s similar-looking AC Cobra convertible emphasized her independence and vitality. Although the racy content of the novels was excised for television, West went on solo undercover missions that required a provocative or revealing outfit, she uses a number of James Bond-like gimmicks: a high-tech surveillance van, an exploding compact, a garter-belt gas mask, tear-gas earrings.
West is a black-belt in Judo, as is Sam, an ex-Marine. Some episodes of this series, including the final one, were scripted by Richard Levinson and William Link, who would be affiliated with such noted series as Columbo and Murder, She Wrote. Anne Francis as Honey West John Ericson as Sam Bolt Irene Hervey as Aunt Meg Among those appearing during the series' 30-episode run were Joe Don Baker, James Best, Lloyd Bochner, Edd Byrnes, Dick Clark, Charlene Holt, Nancy Kovack, Kevin McCarthy, Maureen McCormick, Bert Parks, Michael J. Pollard, Wayne Rogers, Everett Sloane and Bobby Sherman. Honey West was cancelled after just one season; this came down to two factors: competition from Gomer Pyle, U. S. M. C. and the network decided it would be cheaper to import The Avengers and run it in the same time-slot than to keep producing Honey West. Francis nonetheless received a Golden Globe Award and a Best Actress Emmy nomination for her performance; the series was rerun in the late 1990s as part of TV Land's inaugural lineup.
In 2006, Delta Home Entertainment released the entire series on Region 0 DVD in the UK. VCI Entertainment issued a North American Region 1 DVD release of the series in September 2008. Anne Francis Honey West on IMDb Honey West at TV.com Honey West at epguides.com Honey West at the Museum of Broadcast Communications Pierce, J. Kingston. "A Taste of Honey." The Rap Sheet, July 29, 2009
The Mod Squad (film)
The Mod Squad is a 1999 American mystery film directed by Scott Silver and starring Claire Danes, Omar Epps and Giovanni Ribisi. It is based on the popular television show of the same name. Peggy Lipton and Clarence Williams III who played Julie and Linc in the original series, make cameo appearances. Julie Barnes, Pete Cochran and Lincoln Hayes are three minor delinquents who choose to become undercover cops in place of serving their jail terms; when their superior Capt. Adam Greer is murdered, the trio set out to find the real culprits. Claire Danes as Julie Barnes Giovanni Ribisi as Pete Cochran Omar Epps as Lincoln "Linc" Hayes Dennis Farina as Capt. Adam Greer Josh Brolin as Billy Steve Harris as Briggs Michael Lerner as Howard Richard Jenkins as Bob Mothersed Larry Brandenburg as Eckford Lionel Mark Smith as Lanier Sam McMurray as Tricky Michael O'Neill as Greene Stephen Kay as Bald Dude Bodhi Elfman as Gilbert - Skinny Freak Holmes Osborne as Mr. Cochrane Dey Young as Mrs. Cochrane Eddie Griffin as Sonny Clarence Williams III as Linc's Grandfather Peggy Lipton as Julie's aunt Sarah Michelle Gellar, Melissa Joan Hart and Milla Jovovich were considered for the part of Julie Barnes, but they all passed until Claire Danes got cast.
Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris were offered the chance to direct the film, but turned it down in order to concentrate on making music videos instead. The Mod Squad received negative reviews by critics. Rotten Tomatoes reported that 3% of critics had given the film positive reviews, based on 63 reviews, with the consensus. At Metacritic, which assigns a rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the film has received an average score of 16, based on 21 reviews. Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "C-" on an A+ to F scale; the film was nominated for a Razzie Award for Worst Screenplay, but lost out to another television show turned movie Wild Wild West. It was a box office bomb, grossing only $15.4 million out of its $50 million budget. The Mod Squad on IMDb The Mod Squad at AllMovie The Mod Squad at Rotten Tomatoes The Mod Squad at Metacritic
The United States of America known as the United States or America, is a country composed of 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, various possessions. At 3.8 million square miles, the United States is the world's third or fourth largest country by total area and is smaller than the entire continent of Europe's 3.9 million square miles. With a population of over 327 million people, the U. S. is the third most populous country. The capital is Washington, D. C. and the largest city by population is New York City. Forty-eight states and the capital's federal district are contiguous in North America between Canada and Mexico; the State of Alaska is in the northwest corner of North America, bordered by Canada to the east and across the Bering Strait from Russia to the west. The State of Hawaii is an archipelago in the mid-Pacific Ocean; the U. S. territories are scattered about the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, stretching across nine official time zones. The diverse geography and wildlife of the United States make it one of the world's 17 megadiverse countries.
Paleo-Indians migrated from Siberia to the North American mainland at least 12,000 years ago. European colonization began in the 16th century; the United States emerged from the thirteen British colonies established along the East Coast. Numerous disputes between Great Britain and the colonies following the French and Indian War led to the American Revolution, which began in 1775, the subsequent Declaration of Independence in 1776; the war ended in 1783 with the United States becoming the first country to gain independence from a European power. The current constitution was adopted in 1788, with the first ten amendments, collectively named the Bill of Rights, being ratified in 1791 to guarantee many fundamental civil liberties; the United States embarked on a vigorous expansion across North America throughout the 19th century, acquiring new territories, displacing Native American tribes, admitting new states until it spanned the continent by 1848. During the second half of the 19th century, the Civil War led to the abolition of slavery.
By the end of the century, the United States had extended into the Pacific Ocean, its economy, driven in large part by the Industrial Revolution, began to soar. The Spanish–American War and World War I confirmed the country's status as a global military power; the United States emerged from World War II as a global superpower, the first country to develop nuclear weapons, the only country to use them in warfare, a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council. Sweeping civil rights legislation, notably the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the Fair Housing Act of 1968, outlawed discrimination based on race or color. During the Cold War, the United States and the Soviet Union competed in the Space Race, culminating with the 1969 U. S. Moon landing; the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 left the United States as the world's sole superpower. The United States is the world's oldest surviving federation, it is a representative democracy.
The United States is a founding member of the United Nations, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, Organization of American States, other international organizations. The United States is a developed country, with the world's largest economy by nominal GDP and second-largest economy by PPP, accounting for a quarter of global GDP; the U. S. economy is post-industrial, characterized by the dominance of services and knowledge-based activities, although the manufacturing sector remains the second-largest in the world. The United States is the world's largest importer and the second largest exporter of goods, by value. Although its population is only 4.3% of the world total, the U. S. holds 31% of the total wealth in the world, the largest share of global wealth concentrated in a single country. Despite wide income and wealth disparities, the United States continues to rank high in measures of socioeconomic performance, including average wage, human development, per capita GDP, worker productivity.
The United States is the foremost military power in the world, making up a third of global military spending, is a leading political and scientific force internationally. In 1507, the German cartographer Martin Waldseemüller produced a world map on which he named the lands of the Western Hemisphere America in honor of the Italian explorer and cartographer Amerigo Vespucci; the first documentary evidence of the phrase "United States of America" is from a letter dated January 2, 1776, written by Stephen Moylan, Esq. to George Washington's aide-de-camp and Muster-Master General of the Continental Army, Lt. Col. Joseph Reed. Moylan expressed his wish to go "with full and ample powers from the United States of America to Spain" to seek assistance in the revolutionary war effort; the first known publication of the phrase "United States of America" was in an anonymous essay in The Virginia Gazette newspaper in Williamsburg, Virginia, on April 6, 1776. The second draft of the Articles of Confederation, prepared by John Dickinson and completed by June 17, 1776, at the latest, declared "The name of this Confederation shall be the'United States of America'".
The final version of the Articles sent to the states for ratification in late 1777 contains the sentence "The Stile of this Confederacy shall be'The United States of America'". In June 1776, Thomas Jefferson wrote the phrase "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" in all capitalized letters in the headline of his "original Rough draught" of the Declaration of Independence; this draft of the document did not surface unti
Burke's Law (1963 TV series)
Burke's Law is an American detective series that aired on ABC from 1963 to 1966. The show starred Gene Barry as Amos Burke, millionaire captain of Los Angeles police homicide division, chauffeured around to solve crimes in his 1962 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II; the original series was converted from a detective show to a spy drama, Amos Burke Secret Agent, in its third and final season. The series was revived in 1994–95 on CBS with Barry again playing Burke having returned to detective work; the show shares stylistic similarities with Barry's previous series, Bat Masterson, in which he had played the debonair lawman of the Old West. During the opening credits, as the title flashed onscreen, a woman's voice was heard seductively pronouncing the words "It's Burke's Law!" The title reflected Burke's habit of dispensing wisdom to his underlings in a professorial manner, e.g.: "Never ask a question unless you know the answer. Burke's Law." The title of each episode started with the words "Who Killed...?" with the name or description of the victim completing it.
Five or six "special guest stars" comprised the list of suspects. Burke was driven to the crime scene in his Rolls-Royce by his loyal chauffeur, Henry. In the original series, Burke was assisted by Detective Tim Tilson, Detective Sergeant Les Hart, chauffeur Henry. Two recurring characters were desk sergeant Gloria Ames. Tilson was a go-getting young man whose skill at finding clues and trace references did not result in his solving the murders, being always outflanked by Burke's cool intuition, while Hart was a no-nonsense, seen-it-all veteran a nod to Toomey's numerous roles as cops in feature films. Les and Burke go back a lot of years as officers. A guest appearance by Anne Francis as female detective Honey West in the season-two episode "Who Killed The Jackpot?" led to a short-lived spin-off series. The role of Amos Burke antedated Barry's series, having been played by Dick Powell on "Who Killed Julie Greer?," the initial episode of The Dick Powell Show in September 1961. The first incarnation of the series was produced by Four Star Television.
As in the series, the episode features several well-known TV and movie stars in cameo appearances as suspects – one of whom is the murderer. Leon Lontoc was the only cast member of the episode to reprise his role in the series. In the final season of the original series, the show was given a complete overhaul and retitled Amos Burke Secret Agent. Burke went to work for a secret government agency, but still drove around in his Rolls, discreetly bulletproofed by the agency; the supporting cast of the earlier seasons was dropped. The change in format was a reaction to the wildly popular spy trend inspired by the James Bond films and the television success of The Man from U. N. C. L. E. – 1965 saw the debuts of I Spy, The Wild Wild West, Get Smart. The new show was not a success and only 17 episodes were broadcast instead of the 32 of the first two seasons; the Rolls-Royce used in the original 1963 series still exists, is owned by a collector in Palm Beach, Florida. Gene Barry as Capt. Amos Burke Gary Conway as Det.
Tim Tilson Regis Toomey as Det. Sgt. Les Hart Leon Lontoc as Henry Eileen O'Neill as Sgt. Ames Carl Benton Reid as The Man The show's guest stars included: June Allyson, Don Ameche, Mary Astor, Frankie Avalon, Ed Begley, William Bendix, Joan Blondell, Ann Blyth, Hoagy Carmichael, Rory Calhoun, John Cassavetes, Dick Clark, Jeanne Crain, Broderick Crawford, Arlene Dahl, Sammy Davis Jr. Linda Darnell, Laraine Day, Yvonne DeCarlo, William Demarest, Andy Devine, Diana Dors, Joanne Dru, Dan Duryea, Barbara Eden, Nanette Fabray, Felicia Farr, Rhonda Fleming, Nina Foch, Anne Francis, Annette Funicello, Eva Gabor, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Gloria Grahame, Jane Greer, Gypsy Rose Lee, George Hamilton, Phil Harris, June Havoc, Celeste Holm, Rodolfo Hoyos Jr. Tab Hunter, Betty Hutton, Martha Hyer, Carolyn Jones, Buster Keaton, Eartha Kitt, Frankie Laine, Fernando Lamas, Dorothy Lamour, Elsa Lanchester, Lauren Lane, Tina Louise, Ida Lupino, Paul Lynde, Jayne Mansfield, Marilyn Maxwell, Virginia Mayo, Burgess Meredith, Una Merkel, Dina Merrill, Vera Miles, Sal Mineo, Ricardo Montalban, Elizabeth Montgomery, Agnes Moorehead, Rita Moreno, Sheree North, Janis Paige, Fess Parker, Suzy Parker, Bert Parks, Walter Pidgeon, Zasu Pitts, Juliet Prowse, Basil Rathbone, Edward Everett Horton, Aldo Ray, Martha Raye, Carl Reiner, Don Rickles, Ruth Roman, Cesar Romero, Mickey Rooney, Gena Rowlands, Janice Rule, Soupy Sales, Telly Savalas, Lizabeth Scott, William Shatner, Nancy Sinatra, Jan Sterling, Jill St. John, Gale Storm, Susan Strasberg, Gloria Swanson, Terry-Thomas, Mamie van Doren, James Whitmore, Michael Wilding, Chill Wills, Ed Wynn and Keenan Wynn.
The musical score for Burke's Law was the work of Herschel Burke Gilbert, who wrote the show's theme, although Richard Shores and Joseph Mullendore composed scores. Gilbert's theme was rearranged for Amos Burke, Secret Agent; the following DVD sets of Burke's Law have been released by VCI Entertainment. VCI released the complete first season on April 5, 2016. In the revival of the show, which ran on CBS from 1994 to 1995, the title was again Burke's Law. In the 1994 version, Burke was back at work as a police detective, though now as a deputy chief instead of a captain, was assisted by his son, Peter
Cross My Heart (1987 film)
Cross My Heart is an American romantic comedy, released in the United States on November 13, 1987. It stars Martin Short. Bruce Gaynor advises David Morgan while Nancy advises Kathy on how to go about their third and most intimate date. Although they have dated twice, they have not revealed their biggest secrets; this third date challenges their relationship as the truths surface. Both parties find that honesty is the best policy. Martin Short as David Morgan Annette O'Toole as Kathy Paul Reiser as Bruce Gaynor Joanna Kerns as Nancy Jessica Puscas as Jessica Lee Arenberg as Parking Attendant Corinne Bohrer as Susan Jason Stuart as Waiter Shelley Taylor Morgan as Woman in Restaurant Eric Poppick as Maitre D Steven J. Zmed as Fumbling Spa Attendant The film was released on VHS in 1988 by MCA Home Video and contains a trailer for the film Positive I. D. at the end. Universal released the film onto DVD on August 3, 2010. Cross My Heart on IMDb Cross My Heart at Rotten Tomatoes
S.W.A.T. (1975 TV series)
S. W. A. T. is an American action/crime drama television series about the adventures of a Special Weapons And Tactics team operating in an unidentified California city. A spin-off of The Rookies, the series aired on ABC from February 1975 to April 1976. Aaron Spelling and Leonard Goldberg were executive producers, it was developed by Rick Husky. S. W. A. T. Stars Steve Forrest as the unit's leader, Lt. "Hondo" Harrelson, Robert Urich as Officer Jim Street, Rod Perry as Sgt. David "Deacon" Kay, Mark Shera as Officer Dominic Luca, James S. Coleman as Officer T. J. McCabe; the opening theme was composed by Barry De Vorzon. The pilot for the series was a two-part episode of The Rookies titled "S. W. A. T.". The series is known for its instrumental theme song composed by Barry De Vorzon which became a number-one hit single in 1976 for Rhythm Heritage; the title sequence that used that piece was familiar with the principal characters responding to a muster signal, grabbing their weapons and running to their specially equipped transport van driven by "Sam", an uncredited, non-speaking role.
The show's setting was if specified and the shoulder patch the team members wore on their uniforms said, "W. C. P. D." Richard Kelbaugh, a former member of the LAPD's S. W. A. T. Team, was the technical advisor for the series. Steve Forrest as Lt. Dan "Hondo" Harrelson Robert Urich as Officer Jim Street Rod Perry as Sgt. David "Deacon" Kay Mark Shera as Officer Dominic Luca James S. Coleman as Officer T. J. McCabe Ellen Weston as Betty Harrelson Rose Marie as Hilda On October 1, 2011, S. W. A. T. began airing on Antenna TV and in Australia on 7mate in 2012. In May 2016, it began airing on getTV; the first season of S. W. A. T. was released on DVD on June 3, 2003 to tie in with the release of the feature film. Season Two's episode "Time Bomb" was produced for Season One and, as such, "Time Bomb" is Episode 8 on the Season One DVD set; the Season One DVD set has a total of 13 episodes. On February 10, 2012, it was announced that Shout! Factory had acquired the rights to the series. On January 16, 2018, Mill Creek Entertainment released S.
W. A. T.: The Complete Series on DVD in Region 1. As of March 2009, the show can be purchased on iTunes; the series premiered at a time when violence on television was becoming a subject of controversy, the actual Los Angeles SWAT team on which the fictional team had been modeled was harshly critical of its depiction of such teams. A film version of the series, S. W. A. T. was released in 2003 starring Samuel L. Jackson. Steve Forrest has a cameo role as a police truck driver and Rod Perry plays the father of LL Cool J. In 2011, a direct-to-DVD sequel titled S. W. A. T.: Firefight was released. On May 12, 2017, a rebooted version of S. W. A. T. was ordered to series by CBS. The new series premiered on November 2, 2017. S. W. A. T. on IMDb S. W. A. T. at TV.com S. W. A. T. at epguides.com
Family (1976 TV series)
Family is an American television drama series that aired on the ABC television network from 1976 to 1980. Creative control of the show was split among executive producers Leonard Goldberg, Aaron Spelling, Mike Nichols. A total of 86 episodes were produced, it is seen on the Decades digital TV network. It is not related to the ABC sitcom A New Kind of Family that aired concurrently with Family during its final season; the show features Sada Thompson and James Broderick as Kate and Doug Lawrence, a married middle-class couple living at 1230 Holland Street in Pasadena, California with their three children: Nancy and Letitia, nicknamed "Buddy". The show raised the profile of all of its featured actors and, in particular, catapulted McNichol to stardom. Family is an attempt to depict a contemporary traditional family with realistic, believable characters. Kate is the rational voice of the show, she always stands by her opinion and is motivated to do what is right if it makes her unpopular. An accomplished full-time homemaker, she resents people telling her that, because she had high aspirations in school and had achieved a great deal academically, she could have attained much more in life.
However, at one point she expresses frustration with the monotony of her life, feeling that all she does is run errands and make phone calls on behalf of other people. She returns to college as a music major. Doug is an independent lawyer who aspires to be a judge, but never uses his intellect to make others feel inferior, he is a family man who listens to what Kate always makes time for Buddy. Younger daughter Buddy is somewhat tomboyish, although she at times considers adopting a more feminine appearance, she is a loyal friend, compassionate toward others, well-liked by her classmates. She has a habit of walking into a room where adults are discussing something confidential and demanding to know what is transpiring, she seeks her mother's help when faced with a dilemma. She considers herself short. Son Willie has a close relationship with Buddy, whom he affectionately calls "Peaches". An aspiring writer, he secures his parents' permission to take a year off high school to write a screenplay, but drops out of school to his father's chagrin.
Although he is making passing grades and his father believes he has a high IQ, some of his fellow students speculate that he is failing. The school's yearbook names him most to succeed, he pursues work, assisting in a photography studio, but quits, dubbing the work uninspiring. He says. Eldest daughter Nancy Lawrence Maitland moves back home with her young son, during the first episode of the series—after catching her husband of several years, Jeff Maitland, in bed with another woman. Rubinstein composed Family's theme song. In the series they divorce and Nancy enrolls in law school, where she excels. Story lines are topical, the show is one of the first to feature what have been termed "very special episodes". In the first episode, Nancy walks in on her husband having sex with one of her friends. During the second season she and Jeff divorce, but he appears as an active father to Timmy and becomes involved in more of the Lawrence family's affairs. Other topical story lines include Kate's possible breast cancer and Buddy's dilemmas about whether to have sex.
Another topical episode deals with Buddy's friendship with a teacher, revealed to be a lesbian. Family contends with alcoholism as well as adoption. A 1979 episode guest-stars Henry Fonda as a visiting elderly relative, beginning to experience senility and memory loss. Two years Fonda would win an Academy Award for playing a similar character in On Golden Pond. In 1988, plans for a reunion movie were in the works, but the writers' strike that year halted production and it was never picked up again. In the original spring 1976 miniseries run of Family, the theme music is a dramatic-sounding, yet low-key piano solo with minor orchestral contingents, composed by cast member John Rubinstein; when Family was picked up as a regular series for the fall 1976 schedule, the theme music was changed to a more cheery, upbeat instrumental dominated by trumpets and horns written by Rubinstein. This version lasted the rest of the run. Family became the subject of a 24-year legal dispute due to a lawsuit filed by writer Jeri Emmet in 1977.
The claim was against Spelling Television and alleged that Spelling had stolen the idea for the show from a script that Emmet had submitted, entitled "The Best Years". Spelling responded to the lawsuit with a statement explaining that he had conceived the idea in his kitchen with Leonard Goldberg, his professional partner. Next they pitched the idea to scriptwriter Jay Presson Allen to create the pilot, she had just completed writing the screenplay for the film Funny Lady, starring Barbra Streisand and directed by Herbert Ross. In October 1981, the suit was dismissed for lack for