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Saturday, January 30, 2010

A Hero By George!

I'm going to skip the Dean Hess post just one more time here to tell about something fabulous that just happened. First of all, this man is a hero:

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Actor, hero and friend George Stover

Now George may not look like Steve Canyon (i.e. "the hero type") but he really is and I'm going to tell you why: You wouldn't be reading this blog nor seeing any of these Steve Canyon episodes if it weren't for George. Back in the 1990's my pal George kindly introduced me to the Steve Canyon TV series (by way of the pilot film OPERATION TOWLINE).

For some reason the show just rolled around in the back of my subconscious until 2005. That's when I became intrigued (obsessed perhaps) with the lack of information available on the series and thus began my winding flight-path to where we are now with the recovery, restoration and release of the series on DVD.

ANYWAY, George recently found and sent to me his copy of the pilot film, which is the ONLY existing decent quality copy we know of that has (among other things) this:

Here's an actual frame from Milton Caniff's introduction to the Steve Canyon Pilot Film.

It's a minute and a half intro by the man himself, Milton Caniff, that was filmed in the summer of 1958 and attached to a few 16mm prints of the pilot that were screened at Air Force Bases around the world. It is very rare, and it replaces the low quality copy we have used to screen at Comic-Con, Reel Fest and other places! Even Milton Caniff's personal copy of the unaired version in our archive doesn't have these materials! But now we have it for inclusion in Volume 3, and it's all thanks to George!

Another frame from the "Stover" Steve Canyon pilot film

AND like I said, none of this would have likely happened and we probably wouldn't be enjoying ol' Col. Steve if George hadn't been so kind to me way back when. So let's raise a big mug of Ovaltine to George who has impacted all of us so generously today and yesterday. Thanks George! Note that George has appeared in MANY movies, including two of mine (INVADER and TWILIGHT OF THE DOGS) and several of John Waters' films. Click here to visit George's Internet Movie Database page for his full list of credits, and here to find his Facebook page.

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For a clip this time, here's one of the more popular Chesterfield Commercials from 1958:

Titled TEST PILOT, this commercial was produced by the Liggett & Myers Tobacco Company (L&M) specifically for airing during the Steve Canyon series. Great planes in this one! This commercial can be found during the first commercial break of OPERATION JETTISON on THE COMPLETE STEVE CANYON ON TV Volume 1.

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Ok, to wrap things up...so we REALLY REALLY PROMISE...next time on the runup pad is Col. Dean Hess, who besides being a Korean War hero, and the subject of the 1957 feature film BATTLE HYMN (see below), was the USAF Official Liaison to the Steve Canyon TV series!

Poster for the 1957 Universal International motion picture about Col. Dean Hess. (Universal International studios is also the place where Steve Canyon was made)

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Sunday, January 24, 2010

Steve Canyon: The Trap

Here's a promo for another GREAT upcoming Volume 3 STEVE CANYON episode, titled THE TRAP:


This clip features Jerry Paris, Bert Freed, Sid Clute, William Schallert and Dean Fredericks.


THE TRAP
Show #31 (in completion order)
Production #9235
NBC First Run Tuesday April 21, 1959
NBC Rerun Tuesday August 11, 1959
ABC Summer Rerun Thursday June 16, 1960
Photographed: Feb 18-19-20, 1959
Directed by Walter Grauman
Written by John Hawkins

Major "Willy" Williston crashes his F-104 Starfighter during a test, trapping him inside, and Steve races against time to free him from the twisted wreckage.

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That's all for now...more news and clips coming right up! As we promised last time, (and we really mean it THIS time!) NEXT UP on the flight line is Dean Hess (see picture below) who besides being a Korean War hero was the USAF Official Liaison to the Steve Canyon TV series!


Colonel Dean Hess in his F-51 Mustang in Korea circa 1951

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By purchasing this and/or other items from this site you are helping us to get the COMPLETE Steve Canyon TV series out on DVD and we thank you for your support.

(NOTE that you must pre-order Volume 3 separately from any other items that we offer here...we apologise for the inconvenience but it is necessary for us to do it this way at this time)


Sorry, All Volume #3 Pre-Orders 
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Thursday, January 14, 2010

More Volume 3 News From The Flight Line!

This past Sunday (January 10th) was an amazing day. Arthur Marks, director of 3 excellent Steve Canyon episodes from 1959 (among other things) invited myself, videographer Laura Lozano and TV archivist Peter Greenwood into his home to record his memories of working on the series.

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That's Arthur Marks in the foreground and me (John Ellis) in the background, sporting our flashy Steve Canyon accouterments!

We talked about many aspects of his work on the series for nearly an hour, which included details about his work on Perry Mason, I Spy and other leading edge TV series that he directed episodes of over the years. Portions of this interview will be included in THE COMPLETE STEVE CANYON ON TV Volume 3 this coming spring. The full interview will eventually be available online.

Here's an actual frame from the interview of Arthur displaying his bound copy of his Steve Canyon teleplays.

During the interview I asked Mr. Marks if he had kept any memorabilia from the series, and he produced a bound volume containing the scripts for his 3 episodes that he directed for STEVE CANYON in 1959!

Here's a closer view of the gold leaf embossed leather cover to his bound volume of scripts. Arthur had all of his scripts bound this way over the years for his office library.

Following our video interview we recorded audio commentary for all three of his Steve Canyon episodes...marvelous facts and details emerged that we are sure that fans of the series will certainly enjoy as bonus materials on THE COMPLETE STEVE CANYON ON TV Volume 3.

Here's a sample of the commentary track for THE MULLER STORY:

Note this brief clip features James Griffith, George Macready, James Drury & Dean Fredericks.

Here's a longer promo for another Arthur Marks STEVE CANYON episode, titled THE KOREAN STORY:

This clip features Wynn Pearce and Dean Fredericks.

And finally here is a previously posted promo clip from Arthur Marks 3rd directed STEVE CANYON episode (and arguably the most popular show of the series) OPERATION INTERCEPT:

Clip features Dean Fredericks, Jeanne Tatum, Jerry Paris and Ingrid Goude.

Thanks to Arthur and Phyllis Marks for their wonderful hospitality, and for taking the time to share some memories with us. And special thanks to Peter Greenwood for setting this up for us and making this a reality!

That's all for now...more news and clips coming right up! Next on the flight line is Dean Hess, who besides being a Korean War hero was the USAF Official Liaison to the Steve Canyon TV series!
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REMEMBER this DVD will ONLY be available directly from us (for the time being)...so reserve your copy TODAY!

By purchasing this and/or other items from this site you are helping us to get the COMPLETE Steve Canyon TV series out on DVD and we thank you for your support.


(NOTE that you must pre-order Volume 3 separately from any other items that we offer here...we apologise for the inconvenience but it is necessary for us to do it this way at this time)


Click button above to pre-order

(NOTE: that if you are viewing this in an email you'll have to visit our website at http://stevecanyondvd.blogspot.com for this button to work properly)

Email us at Ye Olde Caniff/Canyon Shoppe if you have any questions, comments, or are in need of any assistance. Thanks again for remembering Milton and for making this project possible.


Monday, January 11, 2010

Stop The Presses! Volume #3 News!

This past Sunday (January 10th) was an amazing day. Arthur Marks, director of 3 excellent Steve Canyon episodes from 1959 (among other things) invited myself, videographer Laura Lozano and TV archivist Peter Greenwood into his home to record his memories of working on the series.

(click images for larger view)

That's Arthur Marks in the foreground and me (John Ellis) in the background, sporting our flashy Steve Canyon accouterments!

We talked about many aspects of his work on the series for nearly an hour, which included details about his work on Perry Mason, I Spy and other leading edge TV series that he directed episodes of over the years. Portions of this interview will be included in THE COMPLETE STEVE CANYON ON TV Volume 3 this coming spring. The full interview will eventually be available online.


Here's an actual frame from the interview of Arthur displaying his bound copy of his Steve Canyon teleplays.

During the interview I asked Mr. Marks if he had kept any memorabilia from the series, and he produced a bound volume containing the scripts for his 3 episodes that he directed for STEVE CANYON in 1959!


Here's a closer view of the gold leaf embossed leather cover to his bound volume of scripts. Arthur had all of his scripts bound this way over the years for his office library.

Following our video interview we recorded audio commentary for all three of his Steve Canyon episodes...marvelous facts and details emerged that we are sure that fans of the series will certainly enjoy as bonus materials on THE COMPLETE STEVE CANYON ON TV Volume 3.

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So now the wait is over... you can advance pre-order yours today! (scroll down)

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Milton Caniff's Complete Steve Canyon On TV DVD Volume Three
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THE COMPLETE STEVE CANYON ON TV VOLUME 3!
RESERVE YOUR COPY NOW! ADVANCE ORDER VOLUME 3 NOW FOR ONLY $19.95 PER DVD WITH SHIPPING AND HANDLING INCLUDED ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD!!
This is a limited time offer and it includes worldwide shipping and handling!
Click button below to Pre-Order this DVD.
NOTE that you DO NOT need a PayPal account to purchase this item, there is an option to pay with any major credit card!
This DVD will be released and shipped to all pre-order purchasers the week of December 5, 2011 via US Postal Service First Class mail or Global First Class Mail (for Non-US customers).
REMEMBER this DVD will ONLY be available directly from us (for the time being)...so reserve your copy TODAY!
By purchasing this and/or other items from this site you are helping us to get the COMPLETE Steve Canyon TV series out on DVD and we thank you for your support.

(NOTE that you must pre-order Volume 3 separately from any other items that we offer here...we apologise for the inconvenience but it is necessary for us to do it this way at this time)


Sorry, All Volume #3 Pre-Orders 
NOW CLOSED until the official release at the end of 2014.
(Order button will return at that time)

(NOTE: that if you are viewing this in an email you'll have to visit our website at http://stevecanyondvd.blogspot.com for this button to work properly)

Email us at Ye Olde Caniff/Canyon Shoppe if you have any questions, comments, or are in need of any assistance. Thanks again for remembering Milton and for making this project possible.