ChiO wrote:Every high school must have a stern, but sympathetic, authority figure under intense pressure as Principal, and The Man was in this one: Edward Platt.
Unfortunately, Whit Bissell apparently was not available as the chemistry teacher.
Mr. Bissell was probably heady from the excitement of appearing on numerous tv episodes, (this was that phase of the Whitster's career when he was a guest star--never a "special guest star", alas--on everything from The Bob Cummings Show to Alfred Hitchcock). He just didn't have time to appear in a cheesy high school drama nor in another doozie Ed made called Atlantis, The Lost Continent (1961) in which Ed had to wear what looked like a crown rib roast on his noggin. I'm pretty sure that Ed Platt was always cheaper than Whit. Even after Get Smart.