Wednesday, May 6, 2009

“I’m so sorry—he’s from Barcelona…”

Just a few random tidbits of interest to both loyal readers and those of you doing Google searches for “when the lights go down in the california town”:

In the “Best Reason to Convince Me Life Isn’t a Total, Meaningless Void” Department work has apparently been completed on a documentary commemorating the thirtieth anniversary of Fawlty Towers, the classic BBC2 sitcom starring John Cleese as a put-upon innkeeper struggling to run a third-rate hotel despite interference from his shrewish wife (Prunella Scales), sarcastic housekeeper (Connie Booth, Cleese’s wife and co-writer of Towers at the time) and thoroughly inept bellman (Andrew Sachs). Telecast over two series in 1975 and 1979 (for a total of twelve episodes, which I refer to as “the golden dozen”), the series remains phenomenally popular to this day and Cleese has some very funny anecdotes about the show in this AP article. (Yeah, I swiped the photo, too, Mr. Associated Press—what are you going to do about that?)

Bob “Master of His (Public) Domain” Huggins e-mailed me last night to draw attention to the sale currently going on at, where DVDs are being offered at prices of $3, $5, $6, $7 and $9. You really have to have the patience of a saint to dig through some of the drek but the ever sharp-eyed Bob found the complete series run (thirty-nine episodes) of Dangerous Assignment (a radio series starring Brian Donlevy and Herb Butterfield that later found a brief home on the tube) for six dollars and the first Bozo the Clown collection (thirty telecasts) that I did a review on back in TDOY’s Salon days for seven. (I ended up with a few movies…even after I promised to curtail my DVD purchases this year.) By the way, for those of you who may be thinking that I’m running this “Master” thing into the ground, I thought so, too until I did a Facebook search on Bob and came back with groups with names like “WE HATE BOB HUGGINS” and “Bob Huggins – Brokeback Mountaineer” and my personal favorite, “bob huggins is a f****** traiter”. I forgot that the “love ‘em or leave ‘em” head basketball coach at West Virginia University shares the same moniker with the frequent TDOY commenter, so I’ve decided to keep Bob’s nickname intact to avoid any further confusion. (By the way, I would normally take points off for the misspelling of “traiter” but then I realized this is WVU…where no student passes a bar or a class.) has an announcement up that Sony will finally finish (and I’m sure someone will correct me if I’m wrong—but eight seasons must surely be a record for them) the complete series run of the classic fantasy comedy Bewitched (1964-72) with Bewitched: The Complete Eighth Season—scheduled for a release date of July 14th. (I can picture Brent McKee making out party invitations in Saskatchewan right now.) With the finale of Bewitched secure, I’m hoping that Sony will go back and pick up where they left off on some of their previous classic TV releases (The Flying Nun has a season to go, and there are four seasons of Hazel still unreleased). Messrs. Lacey and Lambert also have some news for Charlie’s Angels’ fans: the long awaited fourth season will be released a week after (July 21) and I’m going to see if I can get dispensation from sister Debbie allowing me to get a birthday gift a little late…well, you can see where I’m going with that. July 21 is also the date set aside to usher in The Donna Reed Show: Season 2—the details on this are still a bit sketchy but TVShowsOnDVD was able to provide the lovely box set displayed to your right.


Rick Brooks said...

Thanks for running the note about "Dangerous Assignment" (and thanks to Bob H. as well, natch).

Even though they denied me the Rocky and Bullwinkle set for 5 bones, I swallowed my pride and took a chance on this one. We'll see if DD comes through this time.

Bobh said...


As of this writing, "Dangerous Assignment" is still showing as being in stock, so I don't think you'll have any problems getting it. And, just to show you how fast word spreads on the internet, "Dangerous Assignment" is currently DD's number eight best selling DVD.

I did try to get a few of the old Critics Choice public domain releases like "Make Room for Daddy" and "Love That Bob" for $3 each, but they had all sold out. The only DVD that I managed to get from this sale was "Zulu Dawn" for $5. As Ivan correctly stated, there is an awful lot of drek that you have to wade through to find a few good titles.

Anyhow, hope you enjoy "Dangerous Assignment."


Linda said...

Oooh, thanks for the tipoff. I took care of three birthday gifts! (And some stuff for me...LOL.)