The first segment in this episode is "Any Time At All," and it opens with the Beatles at a museum in France, looking at a portrait of the Three Musketeers. It doesn't take long for the Fab Four to imagine themselves as the famous quartet of swashbucklers, and we go right into a fantasy sequence where a highwayman's captured a coach and is fleeing with his captives! But he stops immediately when he runs into the Three Musketeers/Beatles, and they immediately capture the villain!
Then, the song begins! The damsel they rescued seems very impressed with them (even though when Ringo draws his sword, it's always a drumstick), and she gives all of them a kiss, except Ringo, who gets a kiss from a horse instead! The coach rides off, and it's on to the next rescue! This time, the damsel's captured in a castle, but never fear, our heroes are soon on the scene! Even when he thinks he's captured them, they turn the tables immediately on him.
Finally, Ringo swings down on a rope to knock the villain out a convenient window, but still the damsel won't kiss him -- but she doesn't kiss any of the other Beatles, going instead for the traditional Prince Charming type! Such is the life of a hero, and the fantasy sequence ends with the Beatles back in the museum, where Ringo muses it's too bad there's no chance these days to rescue a lady in distress.
Suddenly, a French woman in sunglasses and trenchcoat opens a door, saying she's a lady in distress, will Ringo rescue her? Of course, the Beatles are happy to help, even though there are two men following her! The Beatles aren't much help, though, as the two toughs bowl them over easily, but fortunately miss seeing where the lady's hidden herself. Ringo looks up and spots a chandelier overhead as they notice that the toughs are coming back, so he darts up to a balcony, grabs the rope and swings down, but just before he's about to collide with the villains, the weight of the chandelier pulls him up, and the chandelier crashes on the other three Beatles and the woman!
But all is well, as the toughs are actual inspectors of the French police, and the woman is Fifi LeCrooque, the most wanted jewel thief in Paris! When one of the inspectors ask the Beatles their names for the newspapers, they respond, "Athos! Porthos! Aremis! And Ringo!"
Next, of course, it's the singalong! This time, John is introducing it, and the intro is a rerun from a previous episode, where Ringo brings a boxing kangaroo on.
The singalong begins, the song being "I'll Be Back," with the background featuring a train which the Beatles are riding on. The first verse is cut off just before the end, and the second chorus is edited out to go to the middle eight, which is very disruptive! Anyway, also on board the train are a lot of female Beatles fans, so of course the limited animation here features the Beatles escaping them. At least there are no lyric problems on-screen!
John does the next intro, and this is is another repeat, where Ringo comes on as a ballerina.
The next singalong is "Little Child," and it seems to have been somehow inspired by the Arte Johnson and Ruth Buzzi old people characters from Laugh-In (despite that show not having come out yet), at least halfway, as it features John wearing a grey beard sitting on a park bench with a cute woman he's obviously trying to entice. I know, weird. The other Beatles show up in grey beards, too. There's only one very minor lyric problem... the final line of the last verse goes "Yeah, come on, come on, come on," and the screen shows it as "Just come on, come on, come on," as if it was a repeat of the previous line. I know, picky.
The final segment is "Twist & Shout," and it opens at another art show in Paris, where adults aren't allowed unless accompanied by a weird-o. Paul would like to see a real Paris art show, but wonders who they can get to take them in. At the entrance, a real weird-o is just preparing to enter, with a face like a Picasso painting! Then, just behind them is a typical Pythonesque upper class twit, who asks "you four weird-os" if they'd take him in! So, they enter! The first painting we see says "Help!" on it, while others are just rather bizarre.
Paul asks what some of these looked like before paint was thrown all over them, while John points out an all-white painting titled, "Picture of a polar bear eating vanilla ice cream during a blizzard." George is admiring another sculpture, but it turns out to be a drinking fountain! Ringo finds what looks like a set of drums, but it's a stone sculpture instead.
Later, a female artist is ridiculed because her paintings look like their subjects, which gets her crying. Paul spots her painting of a pussycat, and he likes it, but the artist complains she wants to be able to paint wild and hip like the others. Paul offers the band's help to inspire her, and, using odd sculptures that resemble guitars (as well as the drum sculpture), the Beatles start performing the title song. This gets the artist inspired immediately, and she grabs an armload of paintings and gets to work as the boys play.
The artist throws paint at a canvas, but it becomes the Mona Lisa, to her dismay! Another throw, and she gets what she wants, and goes to work on other pieces, each odder than the last, before starting to change some of the other pieces there, too, and the pieces mostly bear a resemblance to one Beatle or more!
First price in the art show goes to the female artist, but the prize is for her pussycat painting, because the curator likes pussycats! The Beatles shrug in confusion.
So overall, I enjoyed the episode quite a bit... although having two art-themed sequences in one episode might've been a bit much -- although we've seen that this wasn't the only episode with two similarly-themed cartoons in them. I like that the reference to "Help!" was snuck into the one cartoon, and of course, one can't help but think of the Beatles' White Album when seeing the all-white painting (although that wasn't to come out for a while yet).
Here's a prime example of how coloring can make a cover look completely different... Sgt. Fury #23, and the reprint in #125. Since I can't see any actual art changes, I'm just going to talk about the coloring... compare the original to the reprint, and if you ask me, the original had the best coloring. Oh, and I've just noticed an art change... more smoke got added around "The Man Who FAiled!" blurb!
This time, I'm starting with ads from Alarming Tales #4! I'll just skip past the bottom ad on this page, and just point it out for the benefit of anyone who's keeping count of the different body building ads, okay? Let's instead focus on the Mobile Tank on top, okay? Now, I'm sure you've all heard about the Polaris Submarine thing that turned out to be cardboard... anyone want to make a bet this is the same kind of deal? I'm pretty much convinced it's the case, given that a lot of the text has the same feel as the Polaris Sub ad!
I think I've alluded in the distant past that, prior to my moving to Wisconsin, I'd managed to amass a pretty decent action figure collection! This included Mego super-heroes and Planet of the Apes figures, Remco monsters, and just about all of the Super Powers and Secret Wars action figures. Sadly, I ended up selling off every one of these during that last year before moving to Wisconsin... or so I thought! The final "purge" of my collection of action figures was a box of stuff I brought to a dealer in Tacoma who was known for paying for cool stuff, and I sold the box of action figures for $500 (probably way less than I could get for it these days). What's really annoying about it isn't what I could sell these for today -- there were about a half-dozen figures in that box that were my customized action figures of my own characters, now forever lost!
I blame Doom, for only he survived this final purging. Oh, he didn't come through with his Secret Shield intact, but somehow, he managed to escape the box with his counterparts, and laid in wait in a box of stuff that somehow got stored in my parents' home (he even managed to get into an assorted box of things that wasn't just my stuff), only to be finally uncovered in the weeks after my father passed away. When he resurfaced, I did not plan on keeping him; after all, Secret Wars toys are ridiculously expensive today, especially compared to the prices I paid in the late 1980s and early 1990s! No way could I afford to recollect that line... so I listed him on eBay -- twice! Not a single bid for the opening price of $5.00 I listed him for (I think). So, Doom remains on my shelf, the sole survivor of my old action figure collection. I'm sure that when I'm not in my office at home, he's threatening all the figures that I've purchased since then, mocking them and saying, "Doom has survived one onslaught, and Doom shall survive the next!" or something like that.
Yes, like with the super-heroes, Mego also did bend-n-flex figures of their Planet of the Apes line, although this wasn't nearly as extensive! Above is Cornelius!
They had the generic "Astronaut" because Charlton Heston didn't want his likeness used at all.
A nice line of figures nonetheless, and if I could ever find them at an affordable price, I'd probably add the to my collection!
It's the old radio character brought up to date (for the time) on the
small screen, by the producers of Batman!
Newspaper publisher fights crime with his chauffeur!
Original Air Dates:
September 9, 1966 – March 17, 1967
Britt Reid/The Green Hornet
(Van Williams): Owner-publisher of The
and a masked vigilante. Uses a device called the Hornet's Sting,
which uses ultrasonics for opening locked doors, set fires, and
threaten criminals. He also uses a Hornet gas gun.
(Bruce Lee): Britt Reid's chauffeur and sidekick to the Green Hornet,
a master of martial arts, and driver of the Black Beauty, the
Hornet's customized car.
(Wende Wagner): Britt's secretary at The
aware of his dual identity.
(Lloyd Gough): Police reporter for The
bound and determined to expose the Hornet's secret identity.
Attorney Frank P. Scanlon
(Walter Brooke): Works with the Hornet.
played a TV reporter in multiple episodes. Of course, you'll recall
him from Rowan and
as well as the voice of Space
lots of other credits. I'll cover his career in more detail in a
future posting. Larry
guested in a few episodes, and he was Capn' Scuttlebutt and
Flub-a-Dub on Howdy
voiced Foxy Q. Fibble on The
New Adventures of Pinocchio,
the Tin Man on Tales
of the Wizard of Oz
as well as in Return
and voiced Yukon Cornelius in Rudolph,
the Red Nosed Reindeer. He
also had on-screen guest shots on My
Favorite Martian, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Honey West, Get
Smart, Captain Nice, and
The Man From
and later appeared in five episodes of Bewitched
(as different characters), voiced Batso, Bonapart and others on
Sabrina and the
and many other roles.
appeared in one two-parter, she'd previously appeared as “Smooching
Teenager” in The
had a small part in an episode of My
played Lt. Connie Engstrom in Mutiny
in Outer Space,
appeared as Princes Fatima in an episode of I
Dream of Jeannie,
and then later guested in two episodes of The
Man From UNCLE,
and an episode of The
Invaders. Linda Gaye
has quite a few geek guest-starring roles, appearing in single
episodes of My
Living Doll, My Favroite Martian, The Man From UNCLE, Batman
(actually, a two-parter playing “Moth”) and
later appeared in a Lost
episode, and played Arlette in Westworld.
Maurice Manson had played
Dr. Borg in The
Creature Walks Among Us,
Mr. Lansing in The
Three Stooges in Orbit,
had a recurring role as Mr. Timberlake on Dennis
(1960-1963), and guested on a Voyage
to the Bottom of the Sea
and The Munsters.
was a regular castmember of Rod
Brown of the Rocket Rangers,
guested in an episode of Zorro,
played Jerry in The
Leech Woman, appeared
in two Twilight Zone
episodes, an Outer
Limits, a Honey
West, a Get
Smart, episodes of The
Man From UNCLE and The
Time Tunnel, later
guesting on Lost In
episodes of I Spy,
a Land of the Giants,
several Wild Wild West
a half-dozen Mission:
Impossibles, two New
Adventures of Wonder Woman,
a Galactica 1980,
a Knight Rider,
and then finished his career playing Mr. Kirkland in the Police
Cesare Danova played Harry
Holt in the 1959 version of Tarzan,
The Ape Man, Count
Elmo Mancini in Viva
Las Vegas, and guested
on Honey West and
The Girl From UNCLE
prior to playing Felix Garth in two episodes. He later guested on The
Man From UNCLE, Night Gallery, played
John Corey in Tentacles,
played Mayor Carmine DePasto in Animal
House, and appeared in
an episode of the 1989 Mission:
Babcock guested in an episode
of The Munsters
before playing Elaine Carey in a two-parter... but did you know she
had five roles in the original Star
Trek? She was the
voice of Trelane's mother in “The Squire of Gothos,” played Mea 3
in “A Taste of Armageddon,” the voice of the Beta 5 Computer in
“Assignment Earth,” the voice of Commander Loskene in “The
Tholian Web,” and was Philana in “Plato's Stepchildren” (the
only role I recognized her from).
Christopher Dark had
appeared in two episodes of The
Lone Ranger, played
Henry “Hank” Jaffe in World
Without End, appeared
in three Science
episodes, guested in Man
Into Space, and later
guested on Mr. Terrific
and Land of the Giants.
best known for his stunt work, but he appeared in two separate
episodes of the show, and also had small parts in episodes of Voyage
to the Bottom of the Sea, The Man From UNCLE, The Time Tunnel,
and Star Trek
(he was Sam in “Devil in the Dark,” Kaplan in “The Apple,”
and a security guard in “And The Children Shall Lead”).
Troy Melton appeared in
two episodes of Science
Fiction Theatre, an
episode of The Twilight
Zone, a small part in
The Day Mars Invaded
Earth, appeared in an
episode, played Tracer #2 in Cyborg
2087, played Chill in
two episodes of Batman
(“Instant Freeze”/”Rats Like Cheese” in 1966), and later
guested on The Wild
Wild West, The Invaders, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Mission:
Impossible, Kolchak: The Night Stalker, The Six Million Dollar Man,
and played a lobby
hotel guard in I Wanna
Hold Your Hand.
Chuck Hicks appeared in
minor roles in Francis
Goes to West Point, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Around the World in
Eighty Days, guested
in episodes of The Man
From UNCLE, The Wild Wild West,
and appeared as King Tut's man in episodes of Batman.
Among his other minor geek roles, he played a military officer in the
first episode of Star
Trek: The Next Generation.
His most famous geek role may be playing The Brow in Dick
Tracy, but I should
also note that he was in an episode of The
Geek Pedigree: Of
course, you've got all the Batman
guys who worked on this show, like Lorenzo Semple, Jr. and William
Dozier. Of the cast members, only Lloyd Gough (who appeared in an
and Walter Brooke (who played Gen. Samuel T. Merritt in Conquest
and had roles on Inner
Sanctum, Tales of Tomorrow, Twilight Zone, Voyage to the Bottom of
and The Munsters)
had any geek-related roles. Pretty much all of the major cast did
other geek guest-starring roles afterwards, though!
DVD Release: It appears the full
series has been released on DVD, although it was apparently 12 years
Time for some Kirby Kovers!
First up, here's an issue of My Date Comics... hmm, I should've noted the issue number in my notes! Easy enough to find, there were only four issues of this title, and this is issue #3! Anyway, while it's supposed to be a romance comic, there's definitely a lot of humor going on here, with House-Date Harry!
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