Half a Death gets off to a troubled start thanks to Tod Andrews. He’s only in the episode (of “Ghost Story”) for the first scene, but he’s just awful. Watching Eleanor Parker act opposite him is painful. While Henry Slesar’s script is no great shakes in the dialogue department, Parker still turns in a good performance. Andrews just flops.
Then Pamela Franklin–the protagonist–shows up and Death gets quite a bit better. Franklin and Parker are both excellent and they often make Death worthwhile. Slesar has a decent plot, if a bit contrived at times.
But the ending is so contrived, even with good supporting performances from Signe Hasso and, to a lesser extent, Stephen Brooks, it’s hard to get involved. Slesar jumps forward too much in the timeline, making his long scenes the only effective ones.
The ending is summary.
Still, Franklin and Parker give outstanding, complex performances.
Directed by Leslie H. Martinson; teleplay by Harry Slesar; “Ghost Story” created by William Castle; director of photography, Emmett Bergholz; edited by John Sheets; music by Billy Goldenberg and Robert Prince; produced by Joel Rogosin; aired by the Columbia Broadcasting System.
Starring Pamela Franklin (Christina Burgess), Stephen Brooks (Ethan), Andrew Duggan (Jeremy), Tod Andrews (Andrew Burgess), Signe Hasso (Mrs. Eliscu), Taylor Lacher (Charlie Eliscu) and Eleanor Parker (Paula Burgess).
Posted in 1972, Color, Columbia Broadcasting System, English, Horror, Thriller, USA
Tagged Andrew Duggan, Billy Goldenberg, Eleanor Parker, Emmett Bergholz, Harry Slesar, Joel Rogosin, John Sheets, Leslie H. Martinson, Pamela Franklin, Robert Prince, Signe Hasso, Stephen Brooks, Taylor Lacher, Tod Andrews, William Castle
Here’s a weird one. A short pilot for a “Wonder Woman” sitcom. Ellie Wood Walker’s Diana Prince lives at home with her mother (Maudie Prickett), who wishes her daughter would just find a man.
The pilot consists mostly of their bickering, which isn’t unfunny–thoroughly modern Walker versus nagging Prickett. But once Walker changes into Wonder Woman, the pilot becomes very strange.
Yes, she’s a superhero, but she also sees herself as “beautiful.” At this point, neither Walker nor Prickett had called Walker homely; it’s unclear until the narrator explains.
Obviously, if the pilot had been picked up, it would have been a lousy show, but the idea is interesting. An otherwise completely confident woman whose superhero alter ego includes wish fulfillment unrelated to the “duties” of a superhero.
Walker is appealing until the plot twist. Prickett balances annoying and funny pretty well….
It’s a strange few minutes of television.
Directed by Leslie H. Martinson; screenplay by Stan Hart, Stanley Ralph Ross and Larry Siegel, based on a character created by William M. Marston; produced by William Dozier.
Starring Ellie Wood Walker (Diana Prince) and Maudie Prickett (Diana’s mother).
Posted in 1967, Color, Comedy, English, Fantasy, Short, USA
Tagged Ellie Wood Walker, Larry Siegel, Leslie H. Martinson, Maudie Prickett, Stan Hart, Stanley Ralph Ross, William Dozier, William M. Marston