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January 27, 2007

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lee

they taped over all the Ernie Kovaks shows to tape the rifleman. tragedy.
oh, and i think you spelled a name wrong. it is Drink van Drunk.
please correct.

Andrew

I found a VHS copy of that live-action Archie TV movie and burned a DVD of it. My God, what a horrible concept. They performed a rap version of "Sugar Sugar."

Let me repeat: THEY PERFORMED A RAP VERSION OF "SUGAR SUGAR."

Kevin Greenlee

Hey, Kliph- I love your entries here and your radio show. You should be aware, though, that Mark Evanier's Dick Van Dyke Show comic book essays are an elaborate joke. There never were any such comics. If you don't believe me (and I suppose there's no reason why you should) go to http://www.newsfromme.com/archives/2003_08_09.html#007191 and scroll down to the bottom entry.

Andrew

No Dick Van Dyke comic books?!? Next you'll be telling me there weren't any WMDs in Iraq!

Listener Kliph

The Archie movie also starred Christopher Rich as Archie - he is now the co-star of another tried and true winner, the sitcom REBA. There is also a scene where Jughead's son breakdances. I still have the comic book adaption of the movie adaption of the comic book ...

ACME/OCIR

That "Bouncer" cover was pretty funny...why is he beating up R. Crumb?

Michael Powers

I'll echo myself by repeating a comment I left earlier to Kliph's Tamiroff article. I'm flummoxed by how anyone (and I'm thinking of Scott Shaw! here) could possibly look at that Rifleman cover and presume that it was unintentional. Same thing goes, for that matter, for the opening of the TV show itself when Connors holds the rifle between his legs blazing away then suggestively cocks his eyebrow at the camera afterward. I used to read Shaw's site all the time (I like it) and would marvel at how he'd make fun of the people who put together "unintentionally" sexually themed comic covers when actually the covers' makers were exhibiting enough sophistication that not only the censors of their day but a writer of a 21st century website expressly devoted to comic book covers doesn't quite grasp exactly what was going on. I imagine that the same thing usually goes for most of the suggestive comic book covers from past decades: even comic creators are entitled to get a few extra kicks if they can get away with it.

Michael Powers

Startlingly enough, "McHale's Navy" actually began as a one-shot hour-long dramatic show and was subsequently converted into a comedy series (the dramatic version is available for public viewing at the Museum of Television and Radio [Paley Center for Media] in NY and LA). It might have been intriguing to have done the opposite with "The Dick Van Dyke Show" and changed it into a drama about Buddy Sorrell's angst and Sally Rogers' and Rob Petrie's futile attempts to bolster him in the face of an ongoing nervous breakdown. This would have been most effective if done with no notice at the midpoint of an episode, unexpectedly extending the running time an additional half hour for more anxious weeping and piteous wailing. At the conclusion, Rob could return home only to find Mel Cooley in bed with Laura--and Ritchie!

Michael Powers

The hour-long dramatic version of "McHale's Navy" I mentioned in the last post was called "Seven Against the Sea" and was broadcast the year before the premiere of "McHale's Navy" as an installment of the prestigious anthology series "Alcoa Presents" hosted by, believe it or not, Fred Astaire. So Fred Astaire introduced Quinton McHale to the American public...

Michael Powers

The hour-long dramatic version of "McHale's Navy" I mentioned in the last post was called "Seven Against the Sea" and was broadcast the year before the premiere of "McHale's Navy" as an installment of the prestigious anthology series "Alcoa Presents" hosted by, believe it or not, Fred Astaire. So Fred Astaire introduced Quinton McHale to the American public...

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