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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Roll Call!!!

I think it's time we pony up some pictures where credit is due! I know you'd be hard pressed to locate a pic of the regular performers from STEVE CANYON (who were added to the cast mid-season) ANYWHERE ...and not just on the web! So here we go with those that were in 3 episodes or more:

From left to right, Abel Fernandez (Sgt. Featherstone), Jerry Paris (Major "Willie" Williston), and Bob Hoy (Sgt Charlie Berger)...HEY, what ARE those guys lookin' at???

Of course! They're ogling lovely Ingrid Goude ("Ingrid", after she became Steve's Gal Friday)...both shots from the episode THE SEARCH. Abel and Jerry moved over to THE UNTOUCHABLES when Steve Canyon ended...without even skipping a beat!

Speaking of Bob Hoy, we recently made contact with him and we look forward to a full-fledged interview this summer. Here he is (just before whupping serious butt!) in the episode OPERATION BIG THUNDER. Bob has a great website (with lotsa pics and stuff), so drop by and check BobHoy.com out.

This tough hombre is Ted de Corsia as Big Thunder Police Chief Hagedorn...he also wears police blues in the series. From the episode OPERATION BIG THUNDER.

Here's Robert Sampson portraying Big Thunder AFB Tower Operator "Sgt. Walsh"...this guy is in 5 episodes, including this one (where they give his character his name) titled SABOTAGE.

Sid Clute played Crew Chief Sgt. Gerke in the pilot...then they brought him back late in the season (appearing in 4 episodes total). Here he is with hallucinating F-104 pilot Captain Dennis Parker (portrayed by actor Wynn Pearce) in the episode THE KOREAN STORY.

Major Karl Richmond, Big Thunder AFB Flight Surgeon was portrayed by everyone's favorite TV dad William Schallert. Here he is with star Dean Fredericks from the episode THE TRAP. I worked on a project recently with Mr. Schallert..what a GREAT guy!

Coming up in ROLL CALL! Part II...

He was only in two episodes, but they were very memorable. Here's James Drury (later star of The Virginian TV series) as Lt. Richard Muller flanked on left by George Macready (as "Gottfried Muller") and Dean Fredericks on right (while an unknown actor portraying a policeman in the BG looks on). From the episode THE MULLER STORY.

More shots of repeating characters from two episodes or more coming up in part two...ahem...*real soon now*.

I want to add that there'll be another post with some news for those that have asked about ...well, stay tuned and you'll see. So see you in a day or so right here!

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Sunday, May 04, 2008

We Got 'Em All!!

Since we started this project in 2006 there were two things that were conspicuously missing...the first was a decent-quality copy of the original unaired version of the pilot film, and the second was the 26th filmed episode BLACKMAIL. Well, we are now pleased to announce that these are no longer "missing in action" as we have located them and they are now in-hand and being cleaned up and readied to join all of the other episodes in our archive for release later this year on DVD.

Here is an NBC publicity photo from BLACKMAIL (click photos to enlarge):

Title Sequence Storyboard #1#9230-57 Tamara Cooper (Narda Onyx) displays her terror over blackmailer to her husband Lt. Cooper (Bill DuFrene), Police Chief Hagedorn (Ted de Corsia) and Lt. Col. Steve Canyon (Dean Fredericks) in the Steve Canyon episode, "BLACKMAIL". (From official NBC press release)

Title LogoThis unaired version of the pilot is the only episode to feature the distinctive logo from the sunday editions of the Steve Canyon newspaper comic strip. (see frame blowup above). This version also features different beginning and end titles and a full 2 minutes of footage never before seen on television!

Hal Roach Process ScreenThis NBC publicity photo is from a shot that is only seen in the unaired pilot! Seen below is the official press release that accompanied this photo:

NBC Press Release

Frame BlowupHere's a frame blowup from the same sequence, featuring (from left to right), Lt. Col. Steve Canyon (Dean Fredericks), Capt. "Bullets" McVay (Dan Barton), RAF Maj. Durkel (Paul Frees) and Maj. "Tex" Berry (Morgan Woodward). What makes this sequence interesting is that this wasn't shot on an airfield, but was in fact shot on the rear-projection "Process-Photography" Stage indoors at the Hal Roach Studios in Culver City, California (where the pilot was shot and produced). The actors are standing in front of a translucent screen and the planes and ground-crew are on motion picture film being projected from behind. After the pilot was completed (and the series "sold" to NBC and Chesterfield cigarettes, the sponsor) they moved the production to the more modern Universal International Studios.

The full story of locating the shows and our restoration effort will be told on the full-series STEVE CANYON DVD set coming later this year, so STAY TUNED!

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