The Commish is an American comedy-drama television series that aired on ABC in the United States from 1991 to 1996. The series focuses on the home life of a suburban police commissioner in upstate New York; the series stars Michael Chiklis as Tony Scali, a former NYPD detective, now the police commissioner in the small upstate New York town of Eastbridge, tends to work through problems with humor and creativity more than with violence or force. Theresa Saldana plays Rachel Scali, Tony's wife, Kaj-Erik Eriksen plays their young son, David. Living with the family in the first season was Rachel's freeloading brother, Arnie Metzger, played by David Paymer. A daughter, played by twins Justine and Dayna Cornborough, was born to Tony and Rachel in the second season; the show focused as much on family situations. The series deals with a wide range of topical social issues such as police corruption, homophobia, drug addiction, child abuse, illegal immigration, sexual harassment; the series ran for five seasons.
In addition to Commissioner Scali's family, the cast included police working for the town of Eastbridge. Commissioner Scali went through three lieutenants at his headquarters during the run. At the start of the second season, Pentangeli shot an unarmed suspect, reaching for a cigarette case. Although cleared of wrongdoing, Scali nonetheless fired him, suspecting that Pentangeli knowingly shot the suspect on whom they had insufficient evidence to prosecute. Pentageli was replaced by former FBI agent Cyd Madison, she lasted two seasons until John Cygan returned to the series as Pentageli at the start of season four. Madison left the Eastbridge department to work as a commissioner in another city. Pentangeli returned despite his continuing disagreement with Scali regarding the nature of the shooting in season two; the star cops who worked with the Commish included Stan Kelly, Carmela Pagan, hot-headed Ricky Caruso. Series regular Kelly was killed off in season three, whereas other characters such as Pagan would disappear for longer stretches without explanation.
Chiklis's character, Tony Scali, was at least ten years older than Chiklis' age at the time. At one point, the network worried that Chiklis's weight loss would have an effect on the ratings and asked him to stuff his clothing, he was encouraged to not shave his head to look still older. Although set in the fictional town of Eastbridge in the Hudson Valley, New York, the show was filmed in and around Vancouver, British Columbia; the character, Tony Scali, was based on the real-life 30th Commissioner of New York City's Department of Correction, Anthony Schembri. Schembri was "discovered" after being a technical consultant for the TV series. Schembri was serving as the Police Commissioner of New York during that time; the show was unrealistic in that Tony would do many things a real-life police commissioner doesn't, such as chase criminals and investigate crimes. Although this series aired on ABC, it was slated to be on CBS, but unresolved casting differences with CBS led Stephen J. Cannell to cease pre-production with that network.
Cannell took the series to ABC and it won the ratings war with CBS for that time slot. The Commish screened on KTN in Kenya, Nelonen in Finland, NRK in Norway, TV3 in Spain, RCTI in Indonesia, ProSieben in Germany, Sky One in the United Kingdom, RTÉ One in Ireland and the Nine Network in Australia, it is still broadcast on TV4 Guld in Sweden and Canale 5 and La7 in Italy. It airs in the U. S. on Heroes & Icons. Anchor Bay Entertainment released the first two seasons of The Commish on DVD in Region 1 in 2004–2005; because of poor sales, no further seasons were released. These releases are out of print. In 2009, Mill Creek Entertainment acquired the rights to several Stephen J. Cannell series, including The Commish, they have subsequently re-released the first two seasons. On October 12, 2010, Mill Creek released The Commish: The Complete Series on DVD in Region 1; the 17-disc set features all 94 episodes of the series on DVD for the first time. In Region 4, Beyond Home Entertainment has released the first four seasons on DVD in Australia.
Theresa Saldana received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in 1994. The Commish on IMDb The Commish at AllMovie The Commish at TV.com
The Lady Vanishes
The Lady Vanishes is a 1938 British mystery thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, starring Margaret Lockwood and Michael Redgrave. Written by Sidney Gilliat and Frank Launder based on the 1936 novel The Wheel Spins by Ethel Lina White, the film is about a beautiful English tourist travelling by train in continental Europe who discovers that her elderly travelling companion seems to have disappeared from the train. After her fellow passengers deny having seen the elderly lady, the young woman is helped by a young musicologist, the two proceeding to search the train for clues to the old lady's disappearance; the Lady Vanishes was filmed in the Gainsborough Studios at London. Hitchcock caught Hollywood's attention with the film and relocated to Hollywood soon after its release. Although the director's three previous efforts had done poorly at the box office, The Lady Vanishes was successful, confirmed American producer David O. Selznick's belief that Hitchcock indeed had a future in Hollywood cinema.
The British Film Institute ranked. In 2017 a poll of 150 actors, writers and critics for Time Out magazine saw it ranked the 31st best British film ever. Having remained one of Hitchcock's most renowned British films, a remake was released in 1979, in March 2013 the BBC broadcast a TV adaptation starring Tuppence Middleton as Iris. Bill Kenwright has adapted the 1938 film to a stage version which will be on a national tour in 2019; the play stars Maxwell Caulfield and Lorna Fitzgerald. English tourist Iris Henderson arrives at the "Gasthof Petrus" inn in the country of Bandrika, "one of Europe's few undiscovered corners". Iris is returning to Britain to marry a "blue-blooded cheque chaser", but an avalanche has blocked the railway line; the stranded passengers are forced to stay the night at the inn, including Charters and Caldicott, cricket enthusiasts who want to return to England to see the last days of the Test match. That evening, Iris complains about loud folk music coming from the room above her.
She has the guilty musician, Gilbert Redman, thrown out of his room, only to have him move into hers, forcing her to capitulate. Miss Froy, a former governess and music teacher, listens to a tune performed by a folk singer under her window. Unseen by her, the singer is killed; the next morning, before catching the train, Iris is hit on the head by a planter aimed at Miss Froy, who helps Iris onto the train. On board are Charters and Caldicott, Gilbert, a lawyer named Todhunter and his mistress "Mrs. Todhunter"; as a result of her injury, Iris blacks out. After the train is moving, Iris wakes up in a compartment with several strangers, she joins Miss Froy in the dining car for tea. Unable to be heard above the train noise, the elderly lady writes her name on the window with her finger. Soon after, they return to their compartment; when Iris awakens, Miss Froy has vanished. The strangers in her compartment say. Todhunter, who spoke with Miss Froy earlier, pretends not to remember her in an attempt to avoid any possible scandal.
Iris can not find her. She meets up with Gilbert. Dr. Hartz, a brain surgeon, says. Charters and Caldicott claim not to remember Miss Froy, because they are afraid a delay would make them miss the cricket match. Another lady appears, dressed like Miss Froy, but Iris and Gilbert continue to search, they are attacked by Signor Doppo. They start to suspect. Dr. Hartz tells his fellow conspirator, a British woman dressed to drug Iris and Gilbert. Convinced they will soon be asleep, Hartz admits to them that he is involved in the conspiracy; the false nun does not follow Hartz's instructions out of loyalty to her fellow countrywoman. When the train stops near the border, Dr. Hartz discovers the switch, he has part of the train diverted onto a branch line. Gilbert and Iris inform their fellow passengers of; the train pulls to a uniformed soldier requests that they all accompany him. They take his gun. Another soldier fires, wounding Charters in the hand, a shootout begins. During the gunfight, Miss Froy reveals to Gilbert and Iris that she is a British agent who must deliver a message to the Foreign Office in Whitehall.
The message is encoded in the tune. Gilbert memorises the tune. With his help, Miss Froy slips away into the forest. Todhunter attempts to surrender, waving a white handkerchief, is shot dead. Gilbert and Caldicott commandeer the locomotive, the group escape across the border. In London and Caldicott discover the Test Match has been abandoned. Iris jumps into a cab with Gilbert in order to avoid her fiancé, Gilbert kisses her, they arrive at the Foreign Office. He hears the melody on the piano; the Lady Vanishes was called The Lost Lady, Irish director Roy William Neill was assigned by producer Edward Black to make it. A crew was dispatched to Yugoslavia to do background shots, but when the Yugoslav police accidentally discovered that they were not well-portrayed in the script, they kicked the crew out of the country, Black scrapped the project. A year late
The Lady Vanishes (1979 film)
The Lady Vanishes is a 1979 British comedy mystery film directed by Anthony Page. Its screenplay by George Axelrod was based on the novel, it stars Elliott Gould as Robert, Cybill Shepherd as Amanda, Angela Lansbury as Miss Froy, Herbert Lom, Arthur Lowe and Ian Carmichael as Charters and Caldicott. The film is a remake of Alfred Hitchcock's 1938 film of the same name; the film follows two Americans travelling by train across 1939 Germany. Together, they investigate the mysterious disappearance of an English nanny travelling on the train; the setting of the remake is similar to Hitchcock's film, but is set in pre-Second World War Germany rather than in the original fictional country. The Austrian fountain of Oberdrauburg by Hellmuth Marx is part of the setting. In addition, both leads have their nationality changed from British to American; the film was the last one made until the 2008 film Beyond the Rave. In August 1939 a motley group of travellers find themselves in a small hotel in Bavaria, awaiting a delayed train to Switzerland.
They include a "much-married madcap American heiress", Amanda Metcalf-Midvani-Von Hoffsteader-Kelly, Robert Condon, a wise-cracking American photographer. That evening Amanda gets drunk and is knocked unconscious; the following morning, badly hungover, she finds herself in a train compartment with Miss Froy, an elderly governess, Baroness Kisling with her servants. Other travellers include Charters and Caldicot, English gentlemen returning to Britain for the test match, "Todhunter", an English diplomat "larking about" with his mistress, Dr Egon Hartz; when she wakes up, Miss Froy has vanished. Her fellow travellers declare that she never existed. Amanda begins to doubt her own mental condition. Amanda starts to investigate, joined only by a sceptical Condon; the train stops to pick up a badly burnt and bandaged automobile accident victim. Shortly thereafter, a "Miss Froy" re-appears, but it is not her; the train resumes its journey and Amanda is attacked. Miss Froy's broken glasses are found and Condon now believes Amanda's story.
They surmise that Miss Froy was lured to the baggage car and is being held captive - and that the bandaged "accident victim" is in fact now Miss Froy. This proves to be the case and Dr Hartz instructs his wife, dressed as a nun, to drug their drinks, but his wife chooses not to do so. At the next station the train is diverted onto a branch line and only the buffet car and one carriage are left; the train stops and Helmut von Reider, an SS officer, approaches the train, demanding that Miss Froy be surrendered. The passengers refuse and a gunfight ensues. Miss Froy chooses this moment to confess that she is in fact a courier with a vital coded message that must be delivered to a senior official in London, she disappears. Condon and Caldicot contrive to take over the engine and drive the train back to the main line and over the Swiss border. Back in London at the Foreign Office, the duo attempt to remember the tune she sang suddenly they hear someone humming the same tune, it is Miss Froy. Elliott Gould - Robert Condon Cybill Shepherd - Amanda Kelly Angela Lansbury - Miss Froy Herbert Lom - Dr Hartz Arthur Lowe - Charters Ian Carmichael - Caldicott Gerald Harper - Mr Todhunter Jenny Runacre - "Mrs" Todhunter Jean Anderson - Baroness Madlena Nedeva - Nun Madge Ryan - Rose Flood Porter Rosalind Knight - Evelyn Barnes Vladek Sheybal - Trainmaster Wolf Kahler - Helmut Barbara Markham - Frau Kummer Peter Schratt - German Officer The producer formed a package and approached Tony Williams of Rank who agreed to finance.
Williams had agreed to finance a remake of The 39 Steps. The pace of modern films is much faster; the style of acting is different. Those old actors were marvellous, but if you consult the man in the street, he's more interested in seeing a current artist than someone who's been dead for years. "What we're competing with here is not the real picture but people's memory of it," said George Axelrod. "Hitchcock's film had some brilliant things in it, but as a whole picture you'd have to admit it's pretty creaky. The four or five things people remember from the original receive a homage in our version - which raises the question of when a homage becomes a rip off."Axelrod admitted the script was "not like the stuff I do, two people in and around a bed" but he agreed to do the adaptation because "this picture is going to be shown in theatres for actual people to see". Axelrod's involvement resulted from ABC TV wanting him to write a version of Murder on the Orient Express - he suggested they buy the rights to Night Train or The Lady Vanishes.
He ended up writing three different versions of The Lady Vanishes for ABC. The rights reverted to Rank Films, who asked Axelrod to work on the film. Among Axelrod's changes to the original were setting the new film in 1939 Germany, altering the hero to a photographer from Life Magazine and the heroine to be a screwball "rompy, Carole Lombard character." The script was rewritten as filming went along. George Segal and Ali MacGraw were announced for the leads; the consensus of critics is that the film suffers by comparison to Hitchcock's 1938 film, it gains only 20% approval on the critical opinion aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. Geoff Andrew of Time Out notes that "Comparisons are odious, but this remake of Hitchcock's thriller continually begs them by trampling over
The Wheel Spins
The Wheel Spins is a 1936 mystery novel by British writer Ethel Lina White. Iris Carr, a young English society woman, is staying at a small hotel in ‘a remote corner of Europe’, her friends leave on the train to Trieste. Iris is glad to be alone, but starts to miss them; the remaining guests are glad to see the back of them, due to their noisy ways and monopolising of the hotel facilities. After going for a long walk and getting lost in the local mountains, Iris decides to leave but waiting at the railway station, she is struck or hit on the back of the head and loses consciousness, she wakes up in the waiting room, but as she can’t speak the local language, no-one can tell her what happened. She manages to get on the crowded train, she finds herself in a compartment with Miss Winifred Froy. Miss Froy explains, his widow, the Baroness, is a passenger in the compartment. Fellow hotel guests, the Reverend and Mrs Barnes and the Misses Flood-Porter are aboard the train, she spies a bandaged body in another compartment, supervised by a sinister-looking doctor taking an accident victim to hospital in Trieste.
Miss Froy confides that she has most been teacher to the children of the ‘Leader of the Opposition’, understood to be part of a nascent Communist faction. Iris and Miss Froy lunch in the restaurant car and on returning, Iris takes tablets for her headache; when she awakens, Miss Froy is not there. All her fellow passengers deny having seen Miss Froy. Iris finds two Englishmen who speak the local language. All the passengers still deny Miss Froy’s existence. A lady dressed identically to Miss Froy reappears, but it isn’t her – it’s Frau Kummer; the Flood-Porters and the Barnes have their own reasons for wanting to get back to England without delay and continue to deny Miss Froy’s existence. The'Todhunters', ostensibly honeymooners but an adulterous couple, remain in their private compartment and play no part in the events. Iris begins to believe; the doctor convinces Max to surreptitiously administer a sleeping-draught to Iris. It is indeed Miss Froy. Iris spends the rest of the journey through France in semi-consciousness.
Only at Victoria station in London, does Max explain what happened. Miss Froy innocently witnessed something without realising its signnificance; the doctor and his assistants have been arrested, but he feels that the Baroness will use her influence to hush up the matter. Miss Froy returns home, having enjoyed her adventure, Iris decides that she and Max will make his next trip ‘together’; the novel was published in 1936 and is one of the few novels by White which are still in print today. It is available to read on Project Gutenberg Australia; the book has been adapted for the screen several times. It has been made into an audiobook. FilmsThe Lady Vanishes, directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Margaret Lockwood, Michael Redgrave and Dame May Whitty; the Lady Vanishes, starring Angela Lansbury and Elliot Gould. The Lady Vanishes. TelevisionInto Thin Air, loose adaptation on Alfred Hitchcock PresentsPlaysThe Lady Vanishes written by Derek Webb
The Lady Vanishes (2013 film)
The Lady Vanishes is a 2013 British television mystery thriller film directed by Diarmuid Lawrence, a co-production of the BBC and Masterpiece Films. It is based on the novel, it stars Selina Cadell in the key role of the disappearing Miss Froy, Tuppence Middleton as the young Iris Carr, Tom Hughes and Alex Jennings as Max Hare and the Professor, the two fellow English passengers who come to her aid. It was watched by 7.44 million. The film is less a remake of Alfred Hitchcock's 1938 film of the same name than a new interpretation of the novel, one based far more on it, it depicts a young English socialite, Iris Carr, travelling by train across 1930s Europe, returning to England from Croatia. She is alarmed by the mysterious disappearance of an English governess, Miss Froy travelling on the train, she enlists the help of the handsome young Max Hare, his former Oxford Professor, who are travelling together on the train, for reasons unstated. As in the book, Miss Froy is what she appears, not a British agent of MI6.
The motive for her kidnap is not her secret intelligence service operations, but the fact that she witnessed a suspected murderer under circumstances that would have invalidated his alibi for the murder. The setting of the remake is the luxury express passenger train from Croatia to Trieste, rather than in the original fictional country. An entire 1930s luxury passenger train interior, complete with sleeping carriages, a dining car, a passenger bar and lounge car, were all recreated in Budapest for the production of the film; the film was made in 2012, the credits list 2012 as the film's date. The closed preview screening of the film was held in December 2012. However, the television release of the film was on Sunday 17 March 2013. While the BBC listed the film's date as 2012, based on the production date, other sources have listed it as 2013, based on the general release date; the Lady Vanishes on IMDb The Lady Vanishes at BBC Programmes