Thursday, October 3, 2019

The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis (1961)


In our post on the 1960 episodes of The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, we covered how the series changed dramatically from one of the most original and subversive situation comedies of its time in Season 1 into a more homogenized and sentimental version of itself in Season 2. In his Classic TV History blog, television historian Stephen Bowie has written exhaustively about the show's origins and evolution, so there is bound to be overlap in our observations about the episodes which aired in 1961, covering the last two-thirds of Season 2 and the first third of Season 3. As Bowie points out, one of Dobie's innovations was introducing a more modern story arc into the series that traces the character's development and progression through life stages rather than having each episode serve as a standalone event seemingly frozen in time. After a season and a half of Dobie and friends running in place through their high school experience, the series began to generate narrative drive in the third 1961 episode "The Big Question" (January 24, 1961) when teacher Mr. Pomfritt assigns his students the essay topic "Whither Are We Drifting?" to get them to think about their future careers as well as their goals in life. This is the first suggestion that Dobie's high school days are coming to an end, and he has no idea what he wants to do in life but is not worried because, like a baby bird, once he is kicked out of his family nest he will adapt and figure it out. The episode is remarkable because unlike most sit-coms of the time it does not offer pat answers, and rather than chastise Dobie for being unprepared for his future, Pomfritt applauds his confidence that he will find his calling in due time. And the episode rings true to life for many high school soon-to-be graduates who have yet to figure out what they would like to be. Coincidentally, Dwayne Hickman himself did not originally plan to be an actor even though he had been appearing in films since the age of 11, but as he revealed in the cover story for the September 2 issue of TV Guide, his intention to enter college and study economics was sidetracked by an offer of $300 to appear in the test film for The Bob Cummings Show, which was then picked up as a regular series and gave him a supporting role for 4 years and 155 episodes before being given his own show.

After several more episodes that deal with tangential issues such as Dobie trying to improve his parents' marriage and an attempt to get Zelda to stop trying to improve him, Dobie and friends finally graduate from high school in "The Second Childhood of Herbert T. Gillis" (March 7, 1961), an otherwise sentimental story about Dobie's father trying to finally get his high school degree without his son knowing he didn't finish school. But the following episode, "Dobie vs. the Machine" (March 14, 1961), has Dobie again wrestling with his decision on a career when Pomfritt sends him to a career counseling service that uses aptitude tests and a large computer to recommend a career for its clients. After taking all the tests and answering questionnaires, in which his answer to all questions about his interests is "girls," Dobie bails out before the computer spits out his ideal career path because he says he doesn't want his life controlled by a machine and was hoping for direction from someone with feelings and emotion. He decides to enlist in the Army just as his father did at his age because he reasons it will give him lots of time to think and figure out his next move. And so begins the last half of Season 2 with Dobie and Maynard, who has to tag along with everything that Dobie does, enlisting in the Army, eventually joined by Chatsworth Osborne, Jr. as well. As Bowie has noted, these episodes appear to be creator Max Shulman's attempt at mining a trove of boot camp jokes, in all likelihood drawn from his own experience in the military, which come off like a derivative of The Phil Silvers Show. Some of these episodes are painfully corny, such as "I Didn't Raise My Son to Be a Soldier, Sailor, or Marine" (March 28, 1961) in which Dobie and Maynard are waiting to board the bus for the trip to boot camp when Maynard thinks that he left the water running in the bathtub, and since his parents are away, he runs home to turn it off just before the recruits are ordered to board the bus. Faced with the possibility of Maynard being labeled a deserter, Dobie presses Chatsworth to pose as Maynard until he can get back to camp. Needless to say, the idea that anyone would fall for Maynard and Chatsworth being the same person is absurd, which is supposed to be the source of humor but actually falls pretty flat. During his Army service, we don't see Dobie doing any thinking about his future--he spends most of his time pursuing any young female he encounters and extricating Maynard from his inevitable messes. It's almost as if Shulman also needed some time to figure out what to do with Dobie and needed a place to stash him till he figured it out. That premise might be plausible if the Dobie Gillis character hadn't originated as a college student in Shulman's short stories. In any case, the Army episodes are not the series' high point.

Season 3 begins with Dobie and Maynard being honorable discharged from the Army--we don't know why or how long they have served, but when Maynard tries to get back into camp he is driven away with a bayonet. Still not sure what to do with his life, Dobie is thrown another lifeline or place to let nature run its course when he discovers that Mr. Pomfritt has left his job at Central City High to take a job teaching at P. Peter Pryor Community College, which boasts not only free tuition but admittance to anyone who is a high school graduate, yet another bend-over-backwards ploy to keep the series regulars together because not only does Dobie enroll but also Maynard, Zelda, and Chatsworth. While it makes perfect sense for goof-offs Dobie and Maynard to attend the school, having Zelda and Chatsworth also enroll does not pass the sniff test. Ever since her introduction on the series Zelda has been the beacon of academic achievement, finishing her high school career as valedictorian, and her constant nagging of Dobie to improve himself intellectually and culturally makes her decision to attend a college with such a low bar for entry nonsensical. Chatsworth, is likewise often portrayed as intellectually superior (for example, in the above-mentioned Army episode when he fills in for absent Maynard), and in fact an entire Season 2 episode, "Zelda, Get Off My Back" (February 14, 1961), centers around Zelda being hired to help the wayward Chatsworth get his grades up so that he can attend Yale, like his ancestors. By episode's end, Mrs. Osborne has pulled strings to get Chatsworth admitted to Yale, but of course that detail is dropped and never mentioned again when he shows up as a student at community college.

But consistency does not appear to have been a goal of the series. The narrative progression of Dobie's young adulthood has a loose, meandering direction that closely matches his character's distraction. He may move from high school to the military to college, seeming to suggest a linear course, but there are many digressions and tangents along the way. The same is true of his relationship with Zelda. She is single-minded in her devotion to him and logically suggests that they are fated to end up together because no one else wants either one of them. But Dobie, though he admits that he likes her and respects her, denies that they will one day unite. However, we occasionally see him seem to accept and acknowledge what he himself calls love for her. In "Zelda, Get Off My Back," Dobie is at first thrilled when Zelda is lured away by Chatsworth because it gives him the freedom to pursue other, more physically attractive young women. But his pursuits prove frustrating because one is a southern belle who is too delicate to do anything, and another is so self-absorbed that all she wants to do is talk about herself. The experience prods Dobie to rush to the Osborne estate to get Zelda back and confess that even though she is annoying he still loves her. Of course, while that moment may warm the cockles of any sentimentalist's heart, it is quickly forgotten once Dobie is in the Army and chasing after anything wearing a skirt. Once they enter college Zelda nearly loses Dobie to Maryann Krolisch in "Dobie, Dobie, Who's Got Dobie?" (October 17, 1961), who figures that if Zelda, who is the smartest girl in school, wants Dobie there must be something good in him. But when Zelda then pretends to contemplate suicide with a large bottle labeled "Poison" (which is actually vanilla extract), Maryann dumps Dobie because she can't bear how pitiful Zelda has become. Shulman recycles the pawn-Zelda-off-on-Chatsworth trope again in "The Fast White Mouse" (October 31, 1961) when Dobie conspires to get Zelda off his back again by persuading Mrs. Osborne that Zelda is the perfect match for Chatsworth given her intellect and the prospect of intelligent heirs. But seeing Zelda seemingly happy with Chatsworth painting the town red flips a switch in Dobie and convinces him that he has to have her back, which Zelda is only too happy to respond to because she says Dobie needs her, whereas Chatsworth can take care of himself. Finally, in "This Town Ain't Big Enough for Me and Robert Browning" (December 12, 1961), Dobie takes Pomfritt's advice to reach beyond his grasp in chasing after beautiful and popular Poppy Jordan even though she only uses him to buy her dinner. After failing miserably, Dobie apologizes to Zelda and says he would like to court her as he would any other girl. Though she had warned him that if he went after Poppy she would abandon him forever, she is willing to let him try to win her back if he is sincere. It's clear at this point that the series is pointing toward an eventual union of Dobie and Zelda, but how long before another soft, round, and creamy female distracts him and sends him scurrying off like a squirrel after a nut? 

It's this inclination of Dobie's that informs the best episode of early Season 3, "Dig, Dig, Dig" (November 14, 1961), in which Dobie's father assumes that his son's sudden interest in Egyptlogy is solely because his professor, Dr. Imogene Burkhart in her introduction to the series, is an attractive older woman with a stable income, just the sort of woman Herbert had just advised his unambitious son to marry since he will obviously never amount to anything himself. Though Dr. Burkhart repeatedly assures Herbert that there is nothing going on between herself and his son, Herbert keeps flashing back to a silent Rudolph Valentino-like movie he has just seen with Dobie in the Valentino part and Dr. Burkhart as his paramour. Every time he seems satisfied with Dr. Burkhart's assurances, he imagines another reason for suspicion and has to return to her classroom to beg her not to take his boy away. It's a rare post-Season 1 example of the kind of brilliant inanity that made the original Dobie so inspired. Sadly, like many first-effort masterpieces, the pressure and demands of meeting such a high standard proved unsustainable. But thankfully, we still have those high points, few though they may be, to enjoy.

The Actors

For the biographies of Dwayne Hickman, Frank Faylen, Florida Friebus, Bob Denver, Sheila James, Steve Franken, Doris Packer, William Schallert, and Marjorie Bennett, see the 1960 post on The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis.

Richard Clair

Born Richard Jones on November 12, 1931 in San Francisco, Clair served in the military from 1955-57 and broke into television on a 1959 episode of Playhouse 90. He appeared five times as Dobie Gillis' commanding officer Lt. Merriwether in 1961 episodes of The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis and then in two more episodes playing other characters in 1962 and 1963. He also made single appearances on My Three Sons and The New Phil Silvers Show during this time, but after a couple of appearances on My Mother the Car, two small roles in feature films, and a final TV guest spot on Run for Your Life in 1966, he changed his name to Dick Clair and in the early 1970s teamed up with Jenna McMahon to create a husband-and-wife comedy sketch routine on programs such as The Ed Sullivan Show, The Dean Martin Show, and The Funny Side. Though he would have a handful of acting guest spots through 1984, by 1972 he turned his attention to writing.

He began writing a few episodes of The Bob Newhart Show and The Mary Tyler Moore Show in 1972, but the following year he was added to the writing staff of The Carol Burnett Show on which he contributed to 120 episodes running through 1978 and won three Emmys. In 1980-81 he wrote and produced the first 13 episodes of Season 4 of Soap and would go on to create the sit-coms The Facts of Life, It's a Living, and Mama's Family, which he also co-produced. But perhaps he is most famous for his involvement with cryonics, freezing the body at death in the hopes that if a cure for the cause of death is found in the future, the body can be thawed and cured. Clair became a member of the Cryonics Society of California in the 1960s and in 1982 contributed $20,000 to have a husband and wife cryopreserved. He was diagnosed with AIDS in 1986 and when he was near death in 1988 he stipulated that he was to be cryopreserved by Alcor Corporation at a cost of $100,000. The hospital where he was being treated did not want to turn his body over to Alcor, so Clair sued the California Public Health Service under the alias of John Roe and won his case. Alcor was involved in another lawsuit with Clair because his original will bequeathed his entire $1 million estate to Alcor but three days before his death he changed the will to leave only half to Alcor and the other half to his former performing partner McMahon. The company sued, arguing that Clair was hallucinating at the time due to medication, but in 1989 abandoned the suit. Clair passed away and was then frozen on December 12, 1988 at the age of 57. The Alcor web site has a lengthy article about Clair's after-death treatment under his birth name Dick Jones. 

Jean Byron

Born Imogene Audette Burkhart on December 10, 1925 in Paducah, Kentucky, Byron made her entertainment performing comedy at Churchill Downs at age 12. She attended high school in Louisville and at age 13 was a winner in the local Gateway to Hollywood talent contest, which earned her a trip to Hollywood and a tour of the RKO Studios lot. Back home she sang on radio stations WGRC and WHAS before her family moved to California when she was 19. There she sang occasionally with the orchestras of Tommy Dorsey and Jon Savitt before deciding to pursue acting and studying drama from 1947-50. In 1952 while performing with the Players Ring theater group, she was spotted by talent advisor Harry Sauber, which led to an audition, a contract with Columbia, and a change of her stage name to Jean Byron. Her film debut was in the Johnny Weissmuller jungle drama Voodoo Tiger. This was followed by B-movie roles in The Magnetic Monster and Serpent of the Nile in 1953. In 1954 she made the switch to television and besides one-off roles on Mr. & Mrs. North, Our Miss Brooks, and It's a Great Life, she was cast in her first recurring role as Minnie on Mayor of the Town. Throughout the rest of the decade, she made dozens of appearances on a variety of series such as The Millionaire, Highway Patrol, and The Adventures of RinTin Tin as well as drama anthology series such as Studio 57, and even landed an occasional film role, though these still tended to be B-movie fare such as Jungle Moon Men and Johnny Concho. She married actor Michael Ansara in 1955 but divorced him the following year, saying that he was rather moody and at times would not even talk to her for days (Ansara would later marry Barbara Eden). She never remarried after that. She made the first of three appearances as high school teacher Mrs. Ruth Adams on The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis in 1959, but when Dobie, Maynard, and Zelda graduated and moved on to junior college in Season 3, she returned as Dr. Imogene Burkhart. Series creator Max Shulman was an old friend of hers and insisted that she use her actual birth name for her character. She appeared 16 times as Dr. Burkhart over the series' last two seasons.

When the production team for Dobie tried to spin off a new series centered on Zelda Gilroy, Byron was cast to play her mother, but the series was never picked up for broadcast, so instead she landed the role of Patty Duke's mother on The Patty Duke Show in 1963, playing opposite her fellow teacher from her Dobie Gillis days William Schallert. She was Patty Duke's matron of honor when Duke married director Harry Falk in 1965. When that series ended in 1966, Byron slowed down but continued making occasional appearances on Batman, Ironside, McCloud, and Mod Squad into the early 1970s and was a regular performer on The Pat Paulsen Half a Comedy Hour. She stayed active through the end of the decade and into the 1980s on shows such as The Rookies, Police Woman, and The Jeffersons until she moved to Mobile, Alabama with her mother in the late 1980s to be closer to extended family. She participated in the 1999 Patty Duke Show reunion, after which she and Duke remained in contact. But after hip-replacement surgery she developed an infection that proved fatal, passing away on February 3, 2006 at the age of 80.

Raymond Bailey

Born in San Francisco on May 6, 1904, Raymond Thomas Bailey decided from an early age that he wanted to be a movie star, but it was not until he was in his 50s that he became a familiar face on the big and small screens. As a teenager he went to Hollywood to become an actor but had to settle for a job as a day laborer on a movie set during the silent film era, only to be fired after getting caught sneaking into the filming of a mob scene. During this time he also worked as a stockbroker and a banker, a job that would come in handy for his most famous role years later. After striking out in his initial try at the movies, he moved to New York but had a similar lack of success in the theater and wound up working as a merchant seaman, which allowed him to travel the world. He returned to Hollywood in 1938 and landed his first roles the following year, including credited roles in S.O.S. Tidal Wave, Daredevils of the Red Circle, Hell's Kitchen, and Flight at Midnight. But he would not receive another credited part for the next 11 years, though his career was temporarily interrupted during World War II when he served in the U.S. Merchant Marine. Upon returning from military service he began augmenting his film work with television roles beginning in 1952 on Tales of Tomorrow. He was prolific in both mediums through the late 1950s, landing meatier supporting roles in films such as Picnic, Vertigo, and No Time for Sergeants alongside TV programs such as Whirlybirds, Navy Log, and The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show. His work with Alfred Hitchcock is particularly notable as he appeared on Alfred Hitchcock Presents 10 times and once more when it was expanded to The Alfred Hitchcock Hour. But it was the 1960s that really catapulted his career, beginning with three appearances as District Attorney John Carvell on The Untouchables before landing his first recurring role as Mr. Beaumont on the single-season comedy My Sister Eileen. After four appearances as Mr. Yates on Margie, he was cast as community college Dean Magruder on The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis beginning in Season 3, a role in which he would appear 7 times over the final two seasons.

But his greatest success was yet to come, culminating when he was chosen to play miserly banker Milburn Drysdale on The Beverly Hillbillies beginning in 1962. Since the program would soon become the most popular show on television, Bailey finally achieved the status he had sought as a teenager. However, the role would also be his last on the small screen as he began showing symptoms of Alzheimer's toward the end of the series' 9-year run, which ended in 1971. After that he appeared in only two Disney feature films before retiring to a life of near seclusion, though he apparently kept in touch with Hillbillies co-star Nancy Kulp. He died of a heart attack on April 15, 1980 at the age of 75.

David Bond

Though hardly a major character on The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, Bond did appear on the series a dozen times over its four seasons, with 10 of those playing the Osborne's butler Tremblay. Born Alfred Allegro in New York City on November 13, 1914, Bond began his career on the stage and appeared in Broadway productions of Othello and Accidentally Yours in the 1940s before moving west to try his luck in the film business. Though he made his film debut in 1944, many of his roles were uncredited generic characters, not logging his first credited part until 1947 in The Private Affairs of Bel Ami. His long, gangly figure and high cheekbones led to many roles playing ethnic or foreign characters in features such as Song of India, We Were Strangers, and Sirocco. He broke into television in 1952 on Sky King and Fireside Theatre and played the alien Torvak in three episodes of Rocky Jones, Space Ranger in 1954. Even into the early 1960s many of his roles tended to be unnamed generics, such as a hobo in a 1961 episode of Dennis the Menace. Occasionally he would land at least a recognizable part, such as the painter Seurat in the Van Gogh biopic Lust for Life or Jack the Ripper in a 1963 episode of The Twilight Zone. But his role on Dobie Gillis seemed to have raised his profile if only slightly because he received named parts on series such as My Favorite Martian, I Spy, and Dragnet 1967 thereafter. One of his last roles was playing Reverend Bragg on three episodes of Alice in 1983-84 followed by a final appearance on an episode of Hill Street Blues in 1986. He died from complications from leukemia on April 16, 1989 at age 74.

Notable Guest Stars

Season 2, Episode 13, "What's My Lion?": Henry Corden (shown on the left, played Carlo on The Count of Monte Cristo, and Babbitt on The Monkees and did voicework on The Flintstones, Jonny Quest, The Atom Ant Show, The Banana Splits Adventure Hour and Return to the Planet of the Apes) plays visiting Imbodian dignitary Grand Wazir Abdu Ali Hakim. James Millhollin (Anson Foster on Grindl) plays federal agent Hargrove. George Ives (Doc on Mister Roberts) plays federal agent Huggins. Tommy Farrell (Chet Holliday on This Is Alice, Cpl. Thad Carson on The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin, Jay O'Hanlon on Bourbon Street Beet, and Fred on Room for One More) plays coffeehouse proprietor Riff Ryan.
Season 2, Episode 14, "The Big Question": Harry Swoger (Harry the bartender on The Big Valley) plays police Officer Dugan.
Season 2, Episode 15, "Have You Stopped Beating Your Wife?": Milton Frome (shown on the right, starred in Pardners, The Delicate Delinquent, and The Swinger and played Lawrence Chapman on The Beverly Hillbillies) plays lodge leader Mr. Kenney. Jack Albertson (starred in Days of Wine and Roses, Kissin' Cousins, The Flim-Flam Man, and Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and played Lt. Harry Evans on The Thin Man, Walter Burton on Room for One More, Lt. Cmdr. Virgil Stoner on Ensign O'Toole, Paul Fenton on Mister Ed, and Ed Brown on Chico and the Man) plays lodge member Mr. Zabinski. Alan Carney (Mike Strager in a series of RKO comedies in the 1940s, appeared in The Absent-Minded Professor, Son of Flubber, It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, and Herbie Rides Again, and played Herbie on The Jean Carroll Show) plays another lodge member.
Season 2, Episode 17, "Zelda, Get Off My Back": Linda Bennett (appeared in The Big Heat, Creature With the Atom Brain, and Queen Bee and was a recording artist whose credits include one of the worst Christmas singles of all time, "An Old Fashioned Christmas (Daddy's Home)") plays self-absorbed Monica Klaus. Toby Michaels (starred in Love in a Goldfish Bowl, first wife of director and Bewitched associate producer Richard Michaels) plays southern belle Jessica Zeffelhorse.
Season 2, Episode 18, "I Was a High School Scrooge": Douglass Dumbrille (shown on the left, appeared in Baby Face, The Lives of a Bengal Lancer, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, A Day at the Races, Julius Caesar, and The Ten Commandments and played Insp. Hobson on China Smith, Cunningham on The Life of Riley, Grant on Grand Jury, and Mr. Osborne on The New Phil Silvers Show) plays former football hero Walter "Show 'Em No Mercy" Appleby. James Millhollin (see "What's My Lion?" above) plays his lawyer Winters.
Season 2, Episode 19, "Will Success Spoil Dobie's Mother?": Joyce Jameson (shown on the right, appeared in The Apartment, Tales of Terror, and The Comedy of Terrors and played Skippy on The Andy Griffith Show) plays movie superstar Merilee Maribou. Larry Daniels (stand-up comedian married to NBC director/producer Peggy Daniels) plays her publicist. Esther Dale (starred in The Awful Truth, The Egg and I, Ma and Pa Kettle, and Holiday Affair) plays Winnie's mother. Norman Grabowski (appeared in Girls Town, College Confidential, Sex Kittens Go to College, Roustabout, The Monkey's Uncle, and The Towering Inferno and played Padowski on Hank) plays football player Fast Freight McCurdy.
Season 2, Episode 20, "The Second Childhood of Herbert T. Gillis": Marvin Kaplan (shown on the left, see the 1961 post for Top Cat) plays Dobie's history teacher Monty W. Millfloss. Robert Foulk (Ed Davis on Father Knows Best, Sheriff Miller on Lassie, Joe Kingston on Wichita Town, Mr. Wheeler on Green Acres, and Phillip Toomey on The Rifleman) plays night school student Callahan.
Season 2, Episode 21, "Dobie vs. the Machine": Tommy Farrell (see "What's My Lion?" above) returns as coffeehouse proprietor Riff Ryan. Dorothy Konrad (Mrs. Trilling on The Last Resort) plays career advisor Dr. Campbell.
Season 2, Episode 23, "I Didn't Raise My Son to Be a Soldier, Sailor, or Marine": John Fiedler (shown on the right, appeared in 12 Angry Men, That Touch of Mink, The World of Henry Orient, Kiss Me, Stupid, Girl Happy, The Odd Couple, True Grit and played Emil Peterson on The Bob Newhart Show and Woody on Buffalo Bill) plays Army tester Cpl. Grover P. Wister. Frank Wilcox (see the biography section for the 1961 post on The Untouchables) plays Army psychologist Dr. Worthington.
Season 2, Episode 24, "The Chicken Corporal": Diane Jergens (shown on the left, appeared in Teenage Rebel, Desk Set, High School Confidential!, and Island of Lost Women and played Francine Williams on The Bob Cummings Show and Susie Jackson on The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet) plays PX waitress Betsy. Jack Mullaney (appeared in South Pacific, All the Fine Young Cannibals, The Honeymoon Machine, and Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine and played Johnny Wallace on The Ann Sothern Show, Lt. Rex St. John on Ensign O'Toole, Peter Robinson on My Living Doll, Hector on It's About Time, and Walter Clark on George) plays Dobie and Maynard's friend Pvt. T.J. Strauss. Burt Metcalfe (Buckley Dunston on Father of the Bride) plays their C.O. Lt. Merriwether.
Season 2, Episode 25, "The Solid Gold Dog Tag": Jerry Summers (appeared in The Young Swingers, Surf Party, and Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine and played Ira on The High Chaparral) plays drill Sgt. Trotti. Judy Nugent (Donna Ruggles on The Ruggles, Jet Maypen on Walt Disney Presents: Annette, and June McBean on The Tall Man) plays a girl impressed by Dobie's uniform
Season 2, Episode 26, "The Battle of Maynard's Beard": Richard Bakalyan (shown on the right, starred in The Delicate Delinquent, The Cool and the Crazy, Juvenile Jungle, Hot Car Girl, Paratroop Command, and The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes) plays drill Sgt. Wyncoup. Bartlett Robinson (Frank Caldwell on Mona McCluskey) plays a colonel of the court martial.
Season 2, Episode 27, "Spaceville": Willis Bouchey (Mayor Terwilliger on The Great Gildersleeve, Springer on Pete and Gladys, and the judge 23 times on Perry Mason) plays Operation Moonshot's commanding general. Tom Montgomery (directed the American version of King Kong vs. Godzilla and multiple episodes of The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, Gilligan's Island, and My Mother the Car) plays an MP.
Season 2, Episode 28, "Like Mother, Like Daughter, Like Wow": Yvonne Craig (shown on the left, starred in Gidget, High Time, Kissin' Cousins, Ski Party, and One Spy Too Many and played Barbara Gordon, aka Batgirl, on Batman and Grandma on Olivia) plays USO dancer Hazel Grimes. Jane Dulo (Liz Murray on Hey, Jeannie!, WAC Pvt. Mildred Lukens on The Phil Silvers Show, Molly Turner on McHale's Navy, Agent 99's mother on Get Smart, Nurse Murphy on Medical Center, and Grandma Mildred Kanisky on Gimme a Break!) plays her mother Bubbles. Hugh Sanders (appeared in That's My Boy, The Pride of St. Louis, The Winning Team, and The Wild One) plays MP Sgt. Quentin.
Season 2, Episode 29, "Dobie Plays Cupid": Trudi Ames (appeared in Bye Bye Birdie, Gidget Goes to Rome, and The Impossible Years) plays adolescent movie fan Jenny.
Season 2, Episode 30, "Like Father, Like Son, Like Trouble": Howard Petrie (Hugh Blaine on Bat Masterson) plays military instructor Col. McCurdy. Carol Byron (Kitty Mathews on Oh, Those Bells) plays his daughter Dorrie.
Season 2, Episode 31, "Be It Ever So Humble": Norman Fell (shown on the near right, see the biography section for the 1961 post on 87th Precinct) plays insurance physician Dr. Caul. Jonathan Hole (shown on the far right, played Orville Monroe on The Andy Griffith Show) plays Red Cross worker Mr. Mims. Barry Russo (Roy Gilroy on The Young Marrieds) plays the platoon sergeant. Paul Bryar (Sheriff Harve Anders on The Long, Hot Summer) plays a sergeant seen in a TV movie. Jerry Summers (see "The Solid Gold Dog Tag" above) plays a homesick soldier in the same TV movie.
Season 2, Episode 32, "Aah, Yer Fadder Wears Army Shoes": Herbert Ellis (shown on the left, played Officer Frank Smith on Dragnet (1952-53), Frank LaValle on The D.A.'s Man, Wilbur on Peter Gunn, and Dr. Dan Wagner on Hennesey) plays Herbert's war buddy Brooklyn. Barbara Bricker (wife of actor William Campbell and announcer Jack Narz) plays secretary Marcia Turner.
Season 2, Episode 33, "Everything But the Truth": Trudi Ames (see "Dobie Plays Cupid" above) returns as Zelda's friend Jenny.
Season 2, Episode 34, "Goodbye, Mr. Pomfritt, Hello, Mr. Chips": Jo Anne Worley (shown on the right, a regular performer on Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In) plays Pomfritt's former student Myrtle Tarantino. Frank London (Shad on Johnny Staccato and Charlie on Peyton Place) plays postman Monty Ferguson. Joe Corey (Humphrey on Dear Phoebe and Tommy Simpson on Private Secretary) plays janitor Floyd Trigby.
Season 2, Episode 35, "Take Me to Your Leader": Barbara Lord (shown on the left, mother of Patrick Warburton) plays advance film scout Jane Smith. Alan Carney (see "Have You Stopped Beating Your Wife?" above) plays movie producer Nicholby. Herb Vigran (Judge Brooker on Gunsmoke) plays Police Chief Rosenblum. Ronnie Howard (see the biography section for the 1961 post on The Andy Griffith Show) plays a runaway little boy. Richard Bakalyan (see "The Battle of Maynard's Beard" above) returns as drill Sgt. Wyncoup. Peter Brocco (Peter the waiter on The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show) plays film director Cedric Van Horn. Neil Burstyn (third husband of Ellen Burstyn, story editor on The Monkees) plays actor Alabama Schwarz.
Season 2, Episode 36, "This Ain't the Way We Used to Do It": Jack Grinnage (shown on the right, appeared in Rebel Without a Cause, King Creole, and Wolf Larsen and played Ron Updyke on Kolchak: The Night Stalker) plays commanding officer Lt. Spunky Merriwether.
Season 3, Episode 1, "The Ruptured Duck": John Fiedler (see "I Didn't Raise My Son to be a Soldier, Sailor or Marine" above) plays student advisor Mr. Wurtz.
Season 3, Episode 2, "Dobie, Dobie, Who's Got Dobie?": Bennye Gatteys (Judith Potter on The Brighter Day and Susan Hunter on Days of Our Lives) plays Dobie's girlfriend Phyllis.
Season 3, Episode 3, "Move Over, Perry Mason": Douglass Dumbrille (see "I Was a High School Scrooge" above) plays law teacher Prof. Brinkerhoff. Charles Lane (shown on the near left, appeared in The Milky Way, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, The Lady Is Willing, The Music Man, The Ghost and Mr. Chicken, and The Gnome-Mobile and played Mr. Fosdick on Dear Phoebe, Homer Bedloe on Petticoat Junction, Foster Phinney on The Beverly Hillbillies, Dale Busch on Karen, and Judge Anthony Petrillo on Soap) plays insurance company lawyer Chester L. Wayzack.
Season 3, Episode 4, "The Fast White Mouse": Hugh Sanders (see "Like Mother, Like Daughter, Like Wow" above) plays biology Prof. K. Farrington. Margaret Brown (played Ruthie Kettle in five Ma and Pa Kettle feature films) plays Chatsworth's girlfriend Rochelle.
Season 3, Episode 5, "The Gigolo": Diane Jergens (shown on the near right, see "The Chicken Corporal" above) plays student Bernadine. Bill Bixby (shown on the far right, played Charles Raymond on The Joey Bishop Show, Tim O'Hara on My Favorite Martian, Tom Corbett on The Courtship of Eddie's Father, Anthony Blake on The Magician, Dr. David Banner on The Incredible Hulk, and Matt Cassidy on Goodnight, Beantown) plays her Ivy League boyfriend Roger. Mary Mitchel (appeared in Twist Around the Clock, Panic in Year Zero, A Swingin' Summer, and Dementia 13) plays student Darlene.
Season 3, Episode 6, "Dig, Dig, Dig": Nora Marlowe (Martha Commager on Law of the Plainsman, Sara Andrews on The Governor and J.J., and Mrs. Flossie Brimmer on The Waltons) plays a college cleaning woman.
Season 3, Episode 9, "The Second Most Beautiful Girl in the World": Carolyn Craig (appeared in Giant, House on Haunted Hill, and Studs Lonigan) plays tender-hearted Sally Bean. John Fiedler  (see "I Didn't Raise My Son to be a Soldier, Sailor or Marine" above) plays her father. Maxine Stuart (shown on the left, played Maureen on Norby, Ruth Burton on Room for One More, Mrs. Hewitt on Peyton Place, Marge Newberry on Executive Suite, Amanda Earp on The Rousters, and Eleanor "Gram" Rutledge on The Pursuit of Happiness) plays her mother.
Season 3, Episode 10, "This Town Ain't Big Enough for Me and Robert Browning": Mary Mitchel (see "The Gigolo" above) plays popular but shallow Poppy Jordan.
Season 3, Episode 11, "Have Reindeer, Will Travel": James Millhollin (see "What's My Lion?" above) plays department store floorwalker Mr. Bevere. Debbie Megowan (Dorine Peters on My Three Sons) plays a little girl visiting Santa.
Season 3, Episode 12, "Crazylegs Gillis": Norman Grabowski (see "Will Success Spoil Dobie's Mother?" above) plays football star Truck Horse Bronkowski. Joyce Van Patten (shown on the far right, appeared in I Love You, Alice B. Toklas!, Mame, The Bad News Bears, St. Elmo's Fire, and The Falcon and the Snowman and played Janice Turner Hughes on As the World Turns, Clara Kershaw on Young Dr. Malone, Claudia Gramus on The Good Guys, Iris Chapman on The Mary Tyler Moore Hour, Helen Marsh on All My Children, and Maureen Slattery on Unhappily Ever After) plays his wife Ethel. Michele Lee (shown on the near right, starred in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, The Love Bug, and Along Came Polly and played Karen MacKenzie on Knots Landing) plays Dobie's girlfriend Lila Watkins.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Sea Hunt (1961)


The fourth and final season of Sea Hunt didn't diverge from the previous three in depicting the adventures of frogman-for-hire Mike Nelson who encounters life-threatening dangers each week, whether on assignment with the U.S. Coast Guard, where he is an auxiliary officer, working for scientists and inventors hoping to make new discoveries, or simply giving diving lessons to civilians who sometimes have ulterior motives. But while most of the episodes involve hair-raising near-death experiences, star Lloyd Bridges and the producers show a lighter side as well on a few occasions. In "The Meet" (July 1, 1961), in which Mike Nelson and a young diver named Chaz spoil a counterfeit ring using a cave on an isolated island as their base of operations, Nelson is an avid fan of the TV series Dempsey of the Deep, a kind of soap opera version of Sea Hunt, and after he and Chaz have finished breaking up the counterfeit ring, he learns that Chaz is a fan of the series, too, and the two sit down to watch an episode together while Chaz's girlfriend rolls her eyes. In "Imposter" (August 5, 1961) Bridges plays both Nelson and his diving doppelganger Whitey Fender, who pretends to be the famous diver Nelson in order to swindle socialite Marna Gould out of a diamond necklace and other jewels she lost when a boat she was traveling on sank after she was rescued. To add insult to injury, Fender romances Gould and then drops her like a hot potato once he recovers her jewels, leaving Nelson in an uncomfortable position when she accuses him of ghosting her the first time he actually meets her. And "The Aquanettes" (March 25, 1961) seems to be Nelson's dream come true when he is assigned to help three pretty young female astronauts train underwater for a planned trip to Venus (yes, 8 years before man landed on the moon) only to spend most of his time trying to reassure one of the astronauts that her two panic-induced blunders were perfectly normal and do not mean she is unfit for duty. Which isn't to say that Nelson doesn't show a sense of humor fairly often in teasing people who have just escaped a harrowing experience, but the above-mentioned episodes add a kitschy charm that offer a nice change-of-pace from the usual life-or-death dramas in which the series traffics.

The other characters Nelson interacts with are often mere foils for his swashbuckling manliness, but Victor Buono's depiction of lip-smacking archaeologist Tank Wallace in "The Saint Story" (July 29, 1961) compares favorably with his portrayal of King Tut in Batman as he blusters into the office of Father Guerra before secretly revealing to Nelson that he is actually working undercover for the U.S. government to try to foil an attempt to overthrow the small Caribbean island where Nelson happens to be working. Less amusing is the character of eccentric inventor Dr. Kendrick Kelway as played by Kelton Garwood in "P.T. Boat" (August 26, 1961) due to Garwood's over-the-top mugging and affectations. Then there are the characters who show incredible stupidity that leads to life-threatening near disasters. In "River Treasure" (January 14, 1961) Tom Marzack continues diving alone in the Amazon River searching for emeralds to the point of exhaustion and then suspects his wife of wanting to leave him for Nelson. Nelson has to continue to rescue him when he gets stuck in some underwater pinch, but Marzack continues to ignore Nelson's advice to rest up before trying to go below again. "Rescue" (February 18, 1961) features Nelson's old friend Lou James who thinks he is too poor to avoid a wedding license, so he risks his life and nearly gets killed diving for a reported Aztec relic in the luggage of a sunken freighter that Nelson has been hired by the Coast Guard to blow up. Of course, James gets trapped underwater on his dive minutes before the explosives are due to go off, and Nelson has to make a hair-raising rescue mission to save his life. "Superman" (August 12, 1961) features another bonehead named Stan Brenner in search of relics in an underwater Mexican cave. Brenner's idiocy is matched by his wife Liz's in that he has never told her he has diabetes and takes daily insulin shots, and she is frustrated that he is so obsessed with diving for relics that she deliberately sinks their boat on an isolated, uninhabited island so that he will be forced to pay attention to her, not realizing that the boat she just sank contains her husband's insulin kit. You already know who has to save everybody--Nelson. And "Skipper" (September 9, 1961) tells the implausible story of speed-boat racing champion Johnny Cleaver and his brother Fred, who serves as his mechanic and one day deliberately sabotages his brother's speed boat in the hopes of killing him because mom always liked him best. Funny that his resentment never surfaced until Nelson appeared on the scene.

As for Nelson, besides being brave, heroic, trustworthy, and persistent, in Season 4 he also shows he is modest in "Vital Error" (January 28, 1961) on a diving trip with friend and celebrated newspaper columnist Frederick C. Darrow, who keeps having underwater "accidents" that turn out not to be accidental because Darrow is secretly trying to commit suicide believing that he has a fatal tumor. Fortunately, Darrow's doctor gets in touch with Mike and rushes out to his boat to tell him that the latest tests revealed that the tumor is benign, and Nelson is able to once again rescue Darrow from an underwater death trap, after which Darrow thanks him for saving his life, but Nelson replies that he did it for selfish reasons--so that he can continue to enjoy Darrow's column in his daily newspaper. Nelson uses the same line in the very next episode "The Dancer" (February 4, 1961) when he answers a distress call while out tooling around in his boat and is informed that world-famous dancer Anna Buonanova has one leg pinned by a heavy metal plate on the floor of Rosarita Bay. At first it appears that they may have to perform an underwater amputation of the leg just to save her life, though it would also end her career. But after trying several unsuccessful attempts to free her leg, Nelson hits on the idea of using an air saw, which is rushed out to the site on a Coast Guard boat and saves the day--and the leg. Afterward, when Buonanova is recovering in the hospital, Nelson visits her and says he saved her leg for selfish reasons--so that he could one day see her dance again. Luckily, this is the last time we hear Nelson deflect praise this way, though one can imagine that it could develop into a pretty funny gag if used in more and more ridiculous situations.

Despite the fact that Bridges was the biggest star in syndicated television--he was a major star in NBC's Marineland Circus special and was featured in the April 1, 1961 edition of TV Guide in connection with that program--as we documented in our post on the episodes for 1960, producer Ivan Tors eventually cancelled the series after Season 4 because Bridges wanted to start using plots revolving around oil companies and other industrial actors damaging the sea and its resources, an idea to which the show's sponsor Standard Oil would obviously have objected. Though the final episode, "Round Up" (September 23, 1961), didn't actually serve as a finale in the way we think of series signing off today, it perhaps suggests that Mike Nelson's thrill-seeking adventures were winding down because after completing yet another job collecting and detonating discarded underwater explosives, Nelson says the assignment may be his last such job because he had decided that the work was too dangerous to keep pushing his luck. Of course, he is then immediately summoned by the Coast Guard to do another such job, and once that is finished he is pressed to locate and remove a torpedo fired into the drainage pipe of a hydro plant by disgruntled former employee John Stark, played by a very young Jack Nicholson. Nelson is clearly tired of his life-threatening work and by episode's end is so exhausted that he can barely make it out of the drainage pipe with the torpedo. Though he would never don his mask, fins, and air tanks on television again, Mike Nelson has remained a cherished TV character for decades. Beau Bridges marveled in a 2014 interview on tv.avclub.com that he ran into a fan wearing a Sea Hunt T shirt at a concert performed by his brother Jeff's band The Abiders. Apparently not just The Dude abides in the hearts of old Sea Hunt fans.

The Actors

For the biography of Lloyd Bridges, see the 1960 post on Sea Hunt.

Notable Guest Stars

Season 4, Episode 1, "Point of No Return": Paul Birch (shown on the left, played Erle Stanley Gardner on The Court of Last Resort, Mike Malone on Cannonball, and Capt. Carpenter on The Fugitive) plays State U.S. Coast Guard project leader Dr. Bainbridge. Ross Elliott (Freddie the director on The Jack Benny Program and Sheriff Abbott on The Virginian) plays his assistant Lt. Dave Tulley. Joyce Meadows (Lynn Allen on The Man and the Challenge and Stacy on Two Faces West) plays journalist Dottie Maybrook.

Season 4, Episode 2, "River Treasure": Linda Lawson (shown on the right, played Renee on Adventures in Paradise, Pat Perry on Don't Call Me Charlie, Laura Fremont on Ben Casey, and Mrs. Paganini on That's Life) plays diver's girlfriend Jill Marzack. 

Season 4, Episode 3, "The Destroyers": Ross Elliott (see "Point of No Return" above) returns as USCG Lt. Dave Tulley. Harlan Warde (John Hamilton on The Rifleman and Sheriff John Brannan on The Virginian) plays Tulley's friend USCG Cmdr. Ben White. Paul Maxwell (Steve Tanner on Coronation Street, Sam Webber on The Lotus Eaters, Hellman on The Aphrodite Inheritance, Ed Hathersage on Emmerdale, and was the voice of Col. Steve Zodiac on Fireball XL5) plays electronics expert Dr. Neal Martin. Karl Held (see the biography section for the 1961 post on Perry Mason) plays a Navy radar operator.

Season 4, Episode 4, "Vital Error": Reed Hadley (shown on the left, starred in I Shot Jesse James, The Return of Jesse James, Dallas, and Little Big Horn and played Capt. John Braddock on Racket Squad and Bart Matthews on Public Defender) plays writer Frederick C. Darrow. Aline Towne (Joan Gilbert on Commando Cody: Sky Marshal of the Universe) plays his wife Elaine. William Woodson (the narrator on Dick Tracy, The Invaders, and Centurions, voiced J. Jonah Jameson on Spider-Man and Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends,  and played Sgt. Ed Blankey on This Man Dawson) plays Darrow's doctor John Gregory. Ross Elliott (see "Point of No Return" above) returns as USCG Lt. Dave Tulley.
Season 4, Episode 5, "The Dancer": John Hackett (stand-in for Jack Nicholson in 7 feature films from 1990-2003) plays diver Bob Forrester. 
Season 4, Episode 6, "Sperling of Lamatsu": John Barclay (starred in The Mikado, The Power of God, and King Rat) plays renowned humanitarian physician Dr. Jan Sperling. 

Season 4, Episode 7, "Rescue": Jack Ging (Beau McCloud on Tales of Wells Fargo, Dr. Paul Graham on The Eleventh Hour, Lt. Dan Ives on Mannix, Lt. Ted Quinlan on Riptide, and Gen. Harlan "Bull" Fullbright on The A-Team) plays salvage diver Lou James. Sue Randall (shown on the right, see the biography section for the 1960 post on Leave It to Beaver) plays his fiance Mary Carter. Ross Elliott (see "Point of No Return" above) plays USCG Cmdr. Bill Brady.

Season 4, Episode 8, "Mercy Ship": Gregory Gaye (appeared in Dodsworth, Tovarich, Ninotchka, and Creature With the Atom Brain and played The Ruler on Commando Cody: Sky Marshal of the Universe and Andre the Maitre D' on The Roaring 20's) plays Philippine Mayor Sunander. Ken Drake (Bragan on Not for Hire) plays hospital ship chief Dr. Levy.

Season 4, Episode 9, "Hot Tracer": Robert Montgomery, Jr. (shown on the left, son of actor Robert Montgomery and brother of Elizabeth Montgomery) plays thrill-seeker Chan Harrington III. Darlene Tompkins (stunt double for Cheryl Ladd on Charlie's Angels) plays his girlfriend Ginny. Tyler McVey (Major Norgrath on Men Into Space) plays scientist Dr. Wilmer.

Season 4, Episode 10, "Sonar Story": Mark Dana (SAC Clayton MacGregor on The F.B.I.) plays sonar experimenter Dr. Briggs. Joan Patrick (see the biography section for the 1961 post on Dr. Kildare) plays a drug trafficker.

Season 4, Episode 11, "Amigo": Noel Drayton (Mr. Hardcastle on Family Affair) plays archaeologist Dr. Graham. Eugene Mazzola (Joey Drum on Jefferson Drum) plays Mexican boy Don Juan.

Season 4, Episode 12, "The Aquanettes": Valerie Allen (appeared in The Joker Is Wild, The Five Pennies, Bells Are Ringing, and Pillow Talk, and played Verna Mason on The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show and Anne Banner on The Texan) plays astronaut Dana Perry. Gloria Marshall (Mary Beth Hall on The Bob Cummings Show) plays astronaut Joanna Sue Tolliver. Mary Lawrence (shown on the right, appeared in County Fair, The Stratton Story, and A Cry in the Night and played Alice Jones on Casey Jones and Ruth Helm on The Bob Cummings Show) plays their boss Dr. Barnes.

Season 4, Episode 13, "Survival Kit": King Moody (Starker on Get Smart and Ronald McDonald on McDonaldland) plays German Consul Baumer. Gertrude Michael (appeared in I'm No Angel, Murder at the Vanities, and Flamingo Road) plays Nazi pilot's widow Mrs. Dietrich.  

Season 4, Episode 14, "Expedition": Robert F. Simon (shown on the left, played Dave Tabak on Saints and Sinners, Gen. Alfred Terry on Custer, Frank Stephens on Bewitched, Uncle Everett McPherson on Nancy, Capt. Rudy Olsen on The Streets of San Francisco, and J. Jonah Jameson on The Amazing Spiderman) plays history professor Aaron Halliday. Irene Tedrow (the biography section for the 1961 post on Dennis the Menace) plays boarding house owner Naomi Roundtree. 


Season 4, Episode 15, "Bionics": Kathie Browne (shown on the right, played Angie Dow on Hondo and was Darren McGavin's second wife) plays scientist's daughter Kathryn Drayton. Robert Karnes (see the biography section for the 1961 post on The Lawless Years) plays Mike's boss USCG Cmdr. Flint. 

Season 4, Episode 16, "The Defector": Robert Sampson (Sgt. Walsh on Steve Canyon, Father Mike Fitzgerald on Bridget Love Bernie, and Sheriff Turk Tobias on Falcon Crest) plays diving student Bob Hicks. Ted Knight (shown on the left, played Phil Buckley on The Young Marrieds, Ted Baxter on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Roger Dennis on The Ted Knight Show, and Henry Rush on Too Close for Comfort) plays government agent Steve Powery. 

Season 4, Episode 18, "Cougar": Robert Ridgely (Lt. Frank Kimbro on The Gallant Men, the announcer on The Woody Woodbury Show, and Cliff Hamilton on Domestic Life and was the voice of Tarzan on Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle, Flash Gordon on Flash Gordon, and General Ross on The Incredible Hulk) plays former juvenile delinquent Cougar Norris. Susan Silo (Rusty on Harry's Girls and has been a prolific voice actor on shows such as The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang, James Bond, Jr., and Where's Waldo?) plays professor's daughter Leilani.

Season 4, Episode 19, "Sub Hatch": George Clayton Johnson (co-wrote the stories for Ocean's 11 and Logan's Run and wrote screenplays for The Twilight Zone, Star Trek, and Kung Fu) plays USCG Lt. Harwell. Bill Edwards (Jonathan Kaye on Hawaii Five-O) plays USCG submarine Cmdr. Murdock.

Season 4, Episode 20, "The Octopus Story": Ken Curtis (shown on the right, see the biography section for the 1961 post on Ripcord) plays oceanographer Dean. 

Season 4, Episode 21, "Quicksand": Kathie Browne (see "Bionics" above) plays archaeologist's daughter Eleana Dales. Ric Marlow (wrote the lyrics to "A Taste of Honey") plays diving crew member Slade. Corey Allen (went on to direct multiple episodes of Dr. Kildare, Police Woman, Dallas, Hunter, and Star Trek: The Next Generation) plays diving crew member Young.

Season 4, Episode 22, "Lost Island": Roy Dean (multi-talented athlete in swimming and track, stage designer, actor, singer, and photographer whose first book A Time in Eden was the first to bring male nude imagery to the masses) plays escaped prisoner Johnny Gerard. 

Season 4, Episode 23, "Baby": Beau Bridges (shown on the left, Lloyd Bridges' son, played Seaman Howard Spicer on Ensign O'Toole, Richard Chapin on United States, Dave Hart on Harts of the West, Judge Bob Gibbs on Maximum Bob, Dan Falco on Beggars and Choosers, Tom Gage on The Agency, Maj. Gen. Hank Landry on Stargate: Atlantis and Stargate SG-1, Carl Hickey on My Name Is Earl, Nick Brody on Brothers & Sisters, Barton Scully on Masters of Sex, and Tom Miller on The Millers) plays missionary Warren Tucker. Denise Alexander (Susan Hunter Martin on Days of Our Lives, Mary McKinnon on Another World, Sister Beatrice on Sunset Beach, Lola on The Inn, Dr. Lesley Webber on General Hospital, and Louise Fitzpatrick on Pretty the Series) plays his wife Caroline. John Zaremba (Special Agent Jerry Dressler on I Led 3 Lives, Dr. Harold Jensen on Ben Casey, Admiral Hardesy on McHale's Navy, Dr. Raymond Swain on The Time Tunnel, and Dr, Harlem Danvers on Dallas) plays physician Dr. Bruney.

Season 4, Episode 24, "Confidential Mission": Ken Drake (see "Mercy Ship" above) plays government agent Steve Walker. Terry Becker (Chief Francis Ethelbert Sharkey on Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea) plays American journalist Alcott. Jan Arvan (Nacho Torres on Zorro and Paw Kadiddlehopper on The Red Skelton Hour) plays a Caribbean police lieutenant. Dehl Berti (Vittorio on Buck James and John Taylor on Guns of Paradise) plays a yacht captain. 

Season 4, Episode 25, "Underwater Pirates": Ron Hayes (shown on the right, see the biography section for the 1960 post on Bat Masterson) plays Mike's war buddy Sam Carter. Stuart Bradley (Prince Percival on The Magic Cottage) plays pirate diver Brady. John Considine (brother of Tim Considine, played Grant Capwell on Santa Barbara) plays Brady's partner Doak. Robert Christian (Dr. Colby on All My Children and Lt. Frank on Search for Tomorrow) plays tug boat pilot Charlie.

Season 4, Episode 26, "The Meet": Robert Clarke (appeared in The Man From Planet X and The Astounding She-Monster, starred in and directed The Hideous Sun Demon, and was married to Alyce King of the King Singers) plays federal agent Bill Saunderman. Richard Evans (shown on the left, played Paul Hanley on Peyton Place) plays young diver Chaz. Larry Pennell (see the biography section for the 1961 post on Ripcord) plays counterfeiter Steve.

Season 4, Episode 27, "Dark Evil": Michael Whalen (starred in White Fang, Career Woman, The Lady Escapes, Inside Story, and The Phantom From 10,000 Leagues) plays philanthropist Oliver Bradon. Margie Regan (shown on the right, played Lucy Carr on Michael Shayne) plays his daughter Lucille.

Season 4, Episode 28, "Sunken Car": John Marley (appeared in Cat Ballou, Love Story, and The Godfather) plays fisherman Frank Johnson. Ann Morrison (Dr. Alma on The Young Marrieds) plays widow Mrs. Krag.

Season 4, Episode 29, "Hit and Run": Nancy Valentine (appeared in Father of the Bride, The Black Castle, and -30-) plays model Virgie Bryant. Terry Becker (see "Confidential Mission" above) plays a movie star's agent. 

Season 4, Episode 30, "The Saint Story": Nestor Paiva (Theo Gonzales on Zorro) plays salvage boat operator Tio Ramon Delgado. Victor Buono (shown on the left, appeared in Robin and the 7 Hoods, Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte, The Greatest Story Ever Told, and The Silencers and played King Tut on Batman and Dr. Schubert on Man From Atlantis) plays archaeologist Tank Wallace.


Season 4, Episode 31, "Imposter": Jean Porter (shown on the right, wife of director Edward Dmytryck, appeared in The Youngest Profession, Andy Hardy's Blonde Trouble, and The Left Hand of God) plays diamond necklace seeker Marna Gould. John Bryant (Dr. Carl Spaulding on The Virginian) plays insurance investigator Larrabee. 

Season 4, Episode 32, "Superman": Russ Conway (Fenton Hardy on The Hardy Boys: The Mystery of the Applegate Treasure, Gen. Devon on Men Into Space, and Lt. Pete Kile on Richard Diamond, Private Detective) plays relic seeker Stan Brenner. Sue Randall (see "Rescue" above) plays his wife Liz. 

Season 4, Episode 33, "Roustabout": Kenneth Tobey (shown on the left, starred in The Thing From Another World, The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms, and It Came From Beneath the Sea and played Chuck Martin on Whirlybirds and Russ Conway on I Spy) plays salvage diver Pete Butler. Rodolfo Hoyos, Jr. (Luis Valdez on Viva Valdez) plays policeman Carlos. 

Season 4, Episode 34, "P.T. Boat": Kelton Garwood (Beauregard O'Hanlon on Bourbon Street Beat and Percy Crump on Gunsmoke) plays inventor Dr. Kendrick Kelway. Ken Roberts (the announcer on The Secret Storm, The Electric Company, and Texas) plays his sister's friend Dan Canaday. 

Season 4, Episode 35, "Starting Signal": Robert F. Simon (see "Expedition" above) plays oceanographic scientist Dr. Tomaso Ricou. Ross Elliott (see "Point of No Return" above) plays USCG Lt. Pete Gregory. Ray Hamilton (Al Casey on King of Diamonds) plays Mike's diving partner Jim Parsons. 

Season 4, Episode 36, "Skipper": Grant Woods (Lt. Kelowitz on Star Trek and Capt. Myles Keogh on Custer) plays speed boat mechanic Fred Cleaver. Jana Lund (shown on the right, appeared in Don't Knock the Rock, Loving You, Frankenstein 1970, High School Hellcats, and Hot Car Girl) plays his brother's girlfriend Jill Bromley 

Season 4, Episode 37, "Crime at Sea": Sue Randall (see "Rescue" above) plays Navy captain's daughter Peg Nicholson. Keith Andes (starred in Project X, Clash by Night, and The Girl Most Likely and played Col. Frank Dawson on This Man Dawson, Keith Granville on Glynis, and voiced Birdman on Birdman) plays maritime lawyer Todd Webster. Chris Robinson (Sgt. Sandy Komansky on 12 O'Clock High, Rick Webber on General Hospital, and Jack Hamilton on The Bold and the Beautiful) plays his assistant Kelsey. Bruce Dern (shown on the left, starred in The Wild Angels, Hang 'Em High, Support Your Local Sheriff!, Silent Running, Coming Home, and Nebraska and played E.J. Stocker on Stoney Burke and Frank Harlow on Big Love) okays FBI agent John Furillo. Harry Lauter (Ranger Clay Morgan on Tales of the Texas Rangers, Atlasande on Rocky Jones, Space Ranger, and Jim Herrick on Waterfront) plays a Coast Guard judge. Ric Marlow (see "Quicksand" above) plays helicopter pilot Robert Lewis Bates. Ken Drake (see "Mercy Ship" above) plays bomber George Hillman.

Season 4, Episode 38, "Round Up": Jack Nicholson (shown on the right, starred in Five Easy Pieces, Easy Rider, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Chinatown, The Shining, and Terms of Endearment and played Jaime Angel on Dr. Kildare) plays bomber John Stark.