Sunday, April 29, 2018

Episode #22 Guest Star: Alfred Ryder


Alfred Ryder (born Alfred Jacob Corn; January 5, 1916 - April 16, 1995) was an American film, radio and television actor, best known for appearing in over one hundred television shows, including the starring role as a British criminal who could not be killed in Alcoa Presents: One Step Beyond episode "The Devil's Laughter'" (1959). He appeared in the landmark first-aired episode (but not the first episode filmed in production order) of Star Trek on September 8, 1966. In "The Man Trap," Ryder played Prof. Robert Crater, who is hiding the fact that the creature pretending to be the professor's wife, Nancy - as well as who appears to Dr. Leonard McCoy to be the same woman, but his long-past love who seemingly hasn't aged a day - is actually a shape-shifting, sodium-craving, murderous monster who will do anything to get salt. But, as Crater explains, it is also the last of its kind.

Ryder played the main alien leader, Mr. Nexus, in the 1967-68 (two seasons) TV series The Invaders. He also appeared as the ghost of a World War I German U-boat captain in two episodes of the 1960s Irwin Allen-produced ABC-TV series Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. He later appeared in an episode on another Irwin Allen-produced series on ABC, as a cantankerous orphanage operator, Parteg, in the February 1969 episode "Night of Thrombeldinbar," on Land of the Giants.
He began acting at the age of eight and went on to study with Robert Lewis and Lee Strasberg. He eventually became a life member of The Actors Studio. Born to Jewish parents, he was married to actress Kim Stanley from 1958 until 1964; the couple had a child, Laurie Ryder. He was the brother of actress Olive Deering (1918–1986).

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Saturday, April 28, 2018

Scenes from Episode #21: The Four-Steps Affair






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Saturday, April 21, 2018

Episode #21 Guest Star: Donald Harron



Donald Hugh Harron, OC OOnt (September 19, 1924 – January 17, 2015) was a Canadian comedian, actor, director, journalist, author, playwright, and composer. Harron is perhaps best known for the comedic character Charlie Farquharson from the country music television show Hee Haw. Harron's parents owned and operated Harron’s Cleaners and Dyers in Toronto. Beginning at the age of ten, he earned extra money for the family during the Great Depression, doing "chalk talks" telling humorous stories while drawing caricatures in coloured chalk at company or club banquets, making $10 or $15 a talk. As a result of his performances, he was invited to audition for, and won, a part in the Canadian Radio Broadcasting Commission radio series Lonesome Trail in 1935.
After university, Harron appeared in a number of plays and revues in Toronto, including the annual Spring Thaw revue, giving him national exposure when the 1952 edition was broadcast on the newly launched CBC Television network. He spent two years in London, England, travelling there variously performing in a West End production of A Streetcar Named Desire and also working for the BBC as a comedy writer, acting on a radio series, playing the part of a clown in the film The Red Shoes (1948) and writing scripts for Gracie Fields.
Harron played Art Harris in the two-part The Outer Limits episode titled "The Inheritors" (1964), the Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea ("Doomsday", 1965) as the naval missile officer aboard the SSRN Seaview who could not bring himself to perform his duties to launch nuclear missiles and The Man from U.N.C.L.E. ("The Four-Steps Affair", also 1965) as an Australian U.N.C.L.E. agent named Kitt Kittridge.
He married his third wife, Canadian singer Catherine McKinnon in 1969. Harron and McKinnon divorced in 2003. He moved in with and later married his fourth wife, Claudette Gareau, who had played the separatist weather girl in Shh! It’s the News (1973) appearing with Harron. Harron's daughter Mary Harron from an earlier marriage to Gloria Fisher, is an independent film director whose credits include I Shot Andy Warhol and American Psycho. She directed "Alias Grace" which won the 2018 Canadian Screen Award for Best Limited Series.

Harron died at 90 surrounded by his family in his Toronto home after deciding not to seek treatment for his cancer. His daughter, Martha, told Canadian Press "He was still sharp. He was still capable of being funny even though his voice was barely above a whisper... It's horribly sad, but it's beautiful too."

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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Episode # 21 Guest Star: Malachi Throne



Malachi Throne (December 1, 1928 – March 13, 2013) was an American stage and television actor, noted for his guest-starring roles on Star Trek, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Lost in Space, Batman, Land of the Giants, The Time Tunnel, Mission: Impossible, and The Six Million Dollar Man, and best known as Noah Bain on It Takes a Thief.

 Throne was born in New York City to Austro-Hungarian Jews, Samuel and Rebecca Throne, who emigrated to America before World War II. Throne was raised in The Bronx. He first appeared on stage at the age of ten in 1939 in the New York Parks Department production of Tom Sawyer as Huckleberry Finn. 
He attended Brooklyn College, and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Throne was a popular guest star on many television series of the 1960s and 1970s, including Mr. Novak (four episodes), The Defenders, Naked City, The Wild Wild West, Ben Casey, The Untouchables, GE True, Combat!, The Fugitive, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. ("The Four-Steps Affair" from 1965), Mannix (as Inspector Frank Kyler in the 1967 episode, "Run Sheep Run"), The High Chaparral, Hogan's Heroes, Babylon 5 ( "The Coming of Shadows" ) and Lost in Space. He also played the character Sandifer in the 1964 Perry Mason episode The Case of the Simple Simon. 

He co-starred, with Robert Wagner, in the ABC TV series, It Takes a Thief. Throne was a favorite actor of the TV producer Irwin Allen since he appeared in numerous roles in Allen's series Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, The Time Tunnel, Land of the Giants, and Lost in Space, often as several different characters in the same series. Throne played in two episodes of Mission: Impossible on CBS-TV, during seasons one and four, as two different characters. Earlier in The Outer Limits TV series ("Cold Hands, Warm Heart", 1964) he appeared with William Shatner who starred in that episode.

Throne died of lung cancer at his Brentwood, California home on March 13, 2013 at the age of 84. In addition to his widow and his sons by his first marriage to Judith Merians, he was survived by two step-children, two grandchildren, and a sister.

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Friday, April 13, 2018

The Spy With my Face Trailer


Parts of The Man From UNCLE episode 21 ("The Four Steps Affair") were assembled with material from other episodes to produce the feature film The Spy With my Face. This is the movie official trailer:



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Thursday, April 12, 2018

The Complete Episode # 21: The Four Steps Affair


The complete #21 episode, "The Four Step Affair". Written by Peter Allan Fields and Joseph Calvelli. Directed by Alvin Ganzer.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Episode # 21 Guest Star: Luciana Paluzzi



Luciana Paluzzi (born 10 June 1937, Rome, Italy) is an Italian American actress. She is best known for playing SPECTRE assassin Fiona Volpe in the fourth James Bond film, ThunderballPaluzzi's very first film was an uncredited walk-on part in Three Coins in the Fountain (1954). She went on to appear in many movies, most of which were made in her native Italy. In her early films, she is credited as Luciana Paoluzzi. She also played Rafaella, the wife of Brett Halsey's character, Ted Carter, in 1961's Return to Peyton Place
Paluzzi is best known as the villainess, Fiona Volpe, in Thunderball (1965). She had auditioned for the part of the lead Bond girl, Dominetta "Domino" Petacchi, but producers cast Claudine Auger, changing the Domino character from an Italian to a Frenchwoman and renaming her Dominique Derval. Initially crestfallen when informed she did not get the part, Paluzzi rejoiced when told her consolatory prize was the part of Volpe, which she said was "more fun to play". Paluzzi later claimed being a Bond girl was a double-edged sword. In the documentary Bond Girls Are Forever, Paluzzi expressed amazement at the level of fame, publicity, and recognition she received from Thunderball; but as a result of being in such an outlandish film, she felt she was taken less seriously as an actress when returning to the Italian film industry.

Paluzzi appeared in such films as Muscle Beach Party (1964) and Chuka (1967). She co-starred in the 1969 women in prison film 99 Women; and as a southern belle in the 1974 Hollywood drama The Klansman (with her voice dubbed by American actress Joanna Moore). In 1959–60, Paluzzi appeared with David Hedison in the short-lived espionage television series, Five Fingers. In 1962 she played a murderous wife in an episode of Thriller titled "Flowers of Evil". In 1964 she played the villainess in an episode of The Man from U.N.C.L.E., as the seductive THRUSH agent Angela in the first-season episode "The Four Steps Affair" and in the movie version of the show's pilot episode, To Trap a Spy.

 
In 1980, Luciana Paluzzi married her current husband, American media mogul Michael Jay Solomon, a former president of Warner Bros International Television. The two resided at an exclusive clifftop estate overlooking the Pacific Ocean in JaliscoMexico, known as "Casa Dos Estrellas". The couple sold that estate in about 2005 to live in New York and Rome, to be close to family. 

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Monday, April 9, 2018

Man From UNCLE Episode 21: The Four Steps Affair



The Man From UNCLE
Episode 21
The Four Steps Affair
Writers: Peter Allan Fields e Joseph Calvelli
Director: Alvin Ganzer
Guests: Luciana Paluzzi (Angela), Michael Petit (Miki), Susan Seaforth
(Kelly Brown), Miguel Landa (Dancer)
Filmed: 01-12 January 1965
Premiere: 22 February 1965

Acts titles:
1 - "Step One: Kidnapped"
2 - "Step Two: Ambushed"
3 - "Step 3: Murdered"
4 - "Step 4: Counter Attack"



The affair:

In East Hampton (USA), UNCLE agent Dancer is wounded and calls UNCLE. The line is cut. His lover Angela betrays him. Dancer is shot. At UNCLE headquarters in New York, Alexander Waverly talks with Australian agent Kitt Kittridge. Kuryakin says that agent
Dancer left a clue that leads to Miki, the Lama boy of the kingdom of Shanti. Miki is in New York for dental care, protected by Dancer and his guardian, Kaza. His disappearance may cause a civil war in Shanti. THRUSH strikes. Illya, Miki and Brown are kidnapped and locked in THRUSH headquarters. Solo and Rittridge goes after Kaza, whose mission is to kill the boy Miki. In his cell in the base of THRUSH, Illya gives Miki maturity lessons. They are rescued by an UNCLE team led by Napoleon Solo. At JFK airport, Miki gives a press call and says goodbye to Solo and nanny Brown. Kuryakin acomplish his last mission: deliver a gumball box to Lama boy.


FYI: This episode is an amalgam of a new episode (which began filming in New Year 1965) with material used for feature films The Vulcan Affair and The Spy with My Face. So it is a bit confusing. The hair of Napoleon changes from scene to scene and he hardly meets Illya. In the episode is revealed one of the phones from UNCLE: PLAZA-36098. The Dancer agent, who appears at the beginning of the episode, apparently has nothing to do with April Dancer, future Girl from UNCLE.

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Episode # 23: Del Floria's big secret

Somewhere in Manhattan. Napoleon Solo enter the Del Floria's Tailor Shop - Cleaning & Pressing. Recognizing agent Solo, Mist...