Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on July 16, 1972 · Page 79
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 79

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, July 16, 1972
Page 79
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By Gene Handsaker H O L L Y W O O D (fl-" Columbo' is pure fantasy," says policeman-author Joseph Wambaugh. "Nothing's technically correct about the show. But what difference does that make? It's fun to watch." The same goes, he says, for other police shows on television, where the revised maxim reads: LYRIC NOW SHOWING --X RATED-ADULTS ONLY DOORS OPEN AT NOON ("SEX and the , ORTCE GIRT ..."THCRF. ,. WASN'T A SECRETARIAL "POSITION THHY i L COULDN'T FILL. !*"·.! I tttn* i. I Modern television's 'crime busters' no longer sub-human !T Oimo anil ilc r1r.t»»i:»_ j_ ... _ _ \ \ ALSO LET'S PLAY DOCTOR in VIVID COLOR AN ADULT FILM Crime and its detection do indeed pay. Dennis Weaver, once Marshall Dillon's limping deputy, now prowls the big city in a crimp-brimmed Stetson. From his wheelchair, Raymond Burr helps San Francisco police solve crimes for a fifth season. Cannon, M a n nix, McMillan, Longstreet, O'Hara, "A d a m-12," "The Mod Squad," "The Persuaders" -are they different from TV policemen and private eyes of, say, 15 years ago? "Then they were sub-human," says W a m b a u g h . "Now they're s u p e r - h u man." *"Acting styles change," says William Conrad, CBS' 250-pound but agile investigator Frank Canon "But, no, basically it's the'same thing. You play a human being, because detectives are human beings." Handsome Mike Connors who plays tough-fisted private investigator Joe Mannix, recalls: "In the old days, a TV private eye was a seedy, downbeaten character working on a shoestring. He was always in trouble with the law, just on the edge of it. "Now he makes a comfortable living and has a rapport with the police department. He has a good friend there who helps him out." Variations mingle with successful formulas. Dennis Paul Newman · Henry Fonda Lee Remick · Michael Sarrazin SOMETIMES A GREAT NOTION KAYTON Ph. 442-9600 Montgomery Cel ytur «wn pry, blowl*, Ntadless eye. FREE HEADLESS imlo the f**l*«»*d by JCR PICTURE* ' IBBMMHM^BI SHOW TIME, JVlY 16, 1972 Weaver, as a New Mexico deputy U.S. marshal assigned to New York, recently caught a fleeing pickpocket with his trusty lariat. Rock Hudson, playing a hip San Francisco police commissioner teamed with pretty Susan Saint J a m e s as "MacMillan and Wife," faintly recalls the jaunty old William Powell-Myrna Loy "Thin Man" movies. +J a m e s Franciscus, as blind insurance investigator Michael Longstreet, stands off aggressors and solves swindles with the help of his guide dog and an occasional sympathizer. From the Mark VII police-drama factory where Jack Webb and Harry Morgan once portrayed actual though disguised Los Angeles police cases on "Dragnet" comes "Adam-12." For a fourth season Martin Milner and Kent McCord r i d e their patrol car in similarly low-key s t o r i e s adapted from true incidents. Two young men and a girl are swift-footed undercover agents for police also for a fourth season, in "The Mod Squad." Jack Lord heads a special investigative unit in "Hawaii Five-0" dramas filmed in the Hawaiian Islands. Tony Curtis as an American millionaire and Roger Moore as an English aristocrat thread mazes of international crime on "The Persuaders" David J a n s sen untangles complications based on actual cases as "O'Hara, U n i t e d States Treasury." +· Until they were canceled, James Garner was a sheriff who didn't want to be a sheriff on "Nichols," George Kennedy was a policeman- turned-priest on "Sarge," and Don Adams and Rupert Crosse were bumbling police detectives on "The Partners." "The Smith Family," with Henry Fonda as a detective sergeant, returned in April for 12 more segments contracted for at the start in January 1971. The series' future is dark, a source says, "unless the ratings go through the roof." Surveying the surfeit of sleuth series, one critic asked, "What's next? 'Senior Citzen Detective,' a shamus in a retirement village finding out who stole the estrogen?" No, but Frank Price, Universal Studio executive vice president, is offering ABC a triology-type series titled "The Great Detectives." Three series within that heading would rotate in the manner of NBC's "The Bold Ones" and "Mystery Movie." Pilots for all have aired as TV movies: "Stewart Granger as S h e r l o c k Holmes, Robert Conrad as Nick Carter and Eve Arden as a crime-solving schoolteacher. "It gives us such flexibility," Price says of the concept. "We have the whole field of great detectives to deal with clear back to Edgar Allan Poe. "We're not hooked to any place or any time. We get away from what we call 'TV time,' which says no period works but now and the Old West." Detective Sgl. Wambaugh, whose novel about the Los Angeles police, "The New Centurions," became a best seller, sees little attempt at realism on TV. "TV is for mass consumption. Police shows are pure escaptist fare, but why not? If people want realism they can read my books. ' "Columbo' is a nondescript little clever character, amusing to the audience. On 'Adam 12' they're not human beings but they don't have to be. The intent is to show existing experiences. Neighborhood CINEMA SOUTH - "Stand Up and Be Counted," with Jacqueline Bkset and Stella Stevens. * + + CINEMA 21 -- "The Stepmother." * * + STATE -- "Clockwork Orange," with Malcolm McDowell. * * * VILLAGE -- "The Godfather," with Marlon Brando and Al Pacino. Community ALBAN - "Skyjacked," with Charlton Heston. » w T TRAIL, ELKVIEW -- "Sweet Sugar" and "The Sweet Ride." * * * WALNUT GROVE -- "The Headless Eyes," and "The Ghastly Ones." 'What's Up, Doc?' (Continned From Page 9s) a p p a r e l . Shuffle them around from one hotel room to another until you can't tell them apart. Add a gang of jewel thieves and a man who might be a spy, and you have the ingredients which set this comic pot brewing. Buck Henry does a good job with the screen play and Bogdanovich shows us that he can do more than work in the gloomy genre' of "The Last Picture Show." He has been criticized severely for using sight gags in this film which are not orig- inal, but even though they are recognizable as the work of others, it has been so long since we have had a picture like this one that its slapstick is refreshing. As my wife, son and daughter trooped into this movie, numb from a too heavy dinner, I said to the usher, an old friend and a film critic in his own right, "What can I expect from this one?" He replied tersely, "Laughs from beginning to end." He was right. Take your family and I think you'll argee with him and me. 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