Thursday, May 31, 2018

Rainout Theater

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Car 54 is as close to perfect sitcom as you can get. It's math is flawless.

Doug K.

Anonymous said...

But my grammar is not.

If any of you have a Roku there is a channel called Pilot TV that has the original pilots for a lot of shows. I'm Dickens. He's Fenster. With John Astin. Different versions of Mr. Ed, It's About Time. (unbelievably bad by the way despite Joe E. Ross (playing Gronk)and Imogene Coco).

The most interesting one was a Woody Allen pilot about a comedy club/coffee house in the Village. with Alan Alda,Louise Lasser and Sandy Barron Called The Laughmakers.

There's also one called the Nut House which was an early Laugh In type show done by Jay Ward that was interesting.

Mustang said...

I have Pilot TV! I'll check those out, thanks!

TheWinWarblist said...

Oh Mustang, you glorious beast you!

KD said...

My father and I truly enjoyed this show when I was a kid. we didn't bond over much else, so it was important to me. Another was "The Phil Silvers Show".

Rufus T. Firefly said...

Waaaay before the two 'yutes'.

KD said...

Must have been reruns, Rufus. I distinctly remember that show as a kid but I was too young when it first aired. The Sgt. Bilko character reminded my Dad of some of the personalities he dealt with during the War.

KD said...

An semi-old show my Dad absolutely hated was "Hogan's Heroes". He always told me that in no way were the Germans that stupid. He had a high degree of respect for the German soldiers and their military leadership. Also the Australians. He said they could kick anybody's ass.

Thanks for the trip down memory lane, 'Stang..

HoraceClarke66 said...

Apparently, one of the cast members of "Hogan's Heroes"—I think the French guy—was actually in a concentration camp during WW II.

I know it's a POW camp, not a slave labor or death camp. But the premise was still pretty tasteless.

Rufus T. Firefly said...

Hoss,

You forced me to google the cast. Robert Clary was a French Jew and during WWII was indeed in a concentration camp in present day Poland.

Also, the actors who played Klink, Schultz and Burkhalter were Jews from Germany/Austria who immigrated and served in the US military during WWII. Schultz and Burkhalter were also in camps for some time before immigrating. Hochstetter was also played by an American Jew. Notable guest actors include Father Mulcahy and Capt. Stubbing.

Does seem weird that someone would think of the premise, especially since it was started only 20 years after WWII. Doubly weird is that they were accused of stealing the idea from Stalag 17, a very serious and very good movie.