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Re: Gunsmoke or Bonanza...discuss

Postby movieman1957 » October 11th, 2012, 3:38 pm

April:

She seemed to enjoy it. We saw it on the Westerns channel and she came in on the end of a half hour episode so we stuck around for the hour show. Chester was the main focus so she had some questions about him and some of the others. She really thought Weaver had a bum leg. I reminded her of some of his other shows and the remembered that he was fine. She stuck with it.

We did see a "Bonanza" recently with Wally Cox and gold finding machine. It was fun but you are right about how much better they look. Vibrant colors.
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Re: Gunsmoke or Bonanza...discuss

Postby moira finnie » October 11th, 2012, 4:53 pm

JackFavell wrote:They're showing 'THE MILLIONAIRE"? With John Beresford Tipton?!!!!????

Dang, I want this channel!

The Millionaire shows were shown as part of an ongoing series they have where they focus on a Sunday afternoon of a particular old program. Unfortunately, these are not part of the regular schedule as of now.

This Sunday the featured show is Ironside (Zzzzzzzz).

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Re: Gunsmoke or Bonanza...discuss

Postby JackFavell » October 11th, 2012, 5:03 pm

I have been DYING to see The Millionaire again, since discovering it at 2 in the morning on some local Wisconsin station in college. I did find it on dvd somewhere but it was so exorbitant I couldn't even think about buying it without my head reeling. I'd need a check from John B Tipton to cover the cost. :D

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Re: Gunsmoke or Bonanza...discuss

Postby MissGoddess » October 11th, 2012, 5:22 pm

I caught a couple of episodes of "The Millionaire" and really enjoyed them. I hadn't even heard of it before.
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Re: Gunsmoke or Bonanza...discuss

Postby JackFavell » October 11th, 2012, 5:56 pm

I've always been a big fan of the short story, and also of anthology movies and tv shows. The Millionaire really hit on all cylinders, I just loved it from the minute I saw it, there's always so much creativity in this kind of format. Plus I love Marvin Miller. I'm just glad to see that someone is still showing this TV show, somewhere, even if I don't get the channel.

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Re: Gunsmoke or Bonanza...discuss

Postby ChiO » October 11th, 2012, 7:19 pm

The Millionaire? In a "Westerns" thread? Ain't stream-of-consciousness wonderful? Calling Dr. Stein...Dr. Joyce....

I loved The Millionaire as a lad. Upon reflection, it may be responsible for any film noir sensibility I may have. As I remember it (and, after all, the memory is far more important than the reality), an unseen force (God? Fate?) dispatches his emotionless messenger to provide untold riches (the American Dream?) to someone...and he or she bolluxes it up.

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Re: Gunsmoke or Bonanza...discuss

Postby Sue Sue Applegate » October 11th, 2012, 7:39 pm

I loved "The Millionaire," too. I will have to check this one out!

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Re: Gunsmoke or Bonanza...discuss

Postby MissGoddess » October 11th, 2012, 8:23 pm

Cool story about Chester...i mean Dennis!

I wonder how I could not have even heard of "The Millionaire" before this, it seems to have attracted a good many guest stars. I saw the one with Jack Lord, one with a young Rita Moreno and one with an equally young Dennis Hopper. I hope MeTV brings it back at some point. The network also has given me my first glimpses of the western series "Branded" (with Chuck Connors) and "Thriller" (with Boris Karloff).
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Re: Gunsmoke or Bonanza...discuss

Postby Sue Sue Applegate » October 11th, 2012, 9:26 pm

I just remember that we always seemed to watch it, and my mother seemed to like it, but don't remember much about it as far as the guest stars are concerned, but I do remember wishing the man who delivered the checks was my uncle because he seemed to help so many people be happy. (Duh, guess who's a people pleaser?) Glad I can revisit it now!
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Re: Gunsmoke or Bonanza...discuss

Postby JackFavell » October 12th, 2012, 10:19 am

Thriller.... ooh I'd love to see some of those again.

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Re: Gunsmoke or Bonanza...discuss

Postby MissGoddess » October 16th, 2012, 10:03 am

I caught this "bonanza" episode on Encore yesterday, and thought it was particularly good. It made me notice character actor John Vernon (Canadian and RADA-trained), one of those faces I typically knew but could not put a name to. He plays the titular "Yonder Man", a foot-loose type who can't settle down. Rodolfo Acosta has a nice supporting part as a former compadre.

It's episodes such as this one that make me a fan of the show.

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Re: Gunsmoke or Bonanza...discuss

Postby moira finnie » October 16th, 2012, 1:01 pm

MissGoddess wrote:I caught this "bonanza" episode on Encore yesterday, and thought it was particularly good. It made me notice character actor John Vernon (Canadian and RADA-trained), one of those faces I typically knew but could not put a name to. He plays the titular "Yonder Man", a foot-loose type who can't settle down. Rodolfo Acosta has a nice supporting part as a former compadre.
It's episodes such as this one that make me a fan of the show.


It's Dean Wormer! (Miss G., you're probably too young to know this) but John Vernon was the weaselly head of Faber College in the comedy, Animal House (1978). After a lifetime of playing roles like this one in Bonanza and being a miscreant in many others, Vernon finally had a chance to make people smile when they saw him.

MissGoddess wrote:(Moira, my next watch is the Gilbertito episode...can't wait!)


I hope you'll like it.
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Re: Gunsmoke or Bonanza...discuss

Postby MissGoddess » October 16th, 2012, 3:14 pm

I never saw A.H....i can't imagine the yonder man a college Dean! talk about range. :D
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Re: Gunsmoke or Bonanza...discuss

Postby ChiO » October 16th, 2012, 3:24 pm

After a lifetime of playing roles like this one in Bonanza and being a miscreant in many others, Vernon finally had a chance to make people smile when they saw him.

Yes, we smiled...but because under the ANIMAL HOUSE rules of engagement, he was still the miscreant.

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Re: Gunsmoke or Bonanza...discuss

Postby MissGoddess » October 16th, 2012, 3:47 pm

He made me smile as the Yonder Man but he was not a miscreant. I kind of admired his free character, though he was certainly undomesticated. :D
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