Hey all! Hope the weekend treated you well and that you had enough time to sort out this TV threesome. How’d you do?
The Swamp Fox
Starring Leslie Nielsen, The Swamp Fox is the story of Revolutionary War hero Francis Marion. Marion (c. 1732 – February 27, 1795) was a military officer who acted with the Continental Army and South Carolina militia commissions. He was a persistent adversary of the British in their occupation of South Carolina in 1780 and 1781, even after the Continental Army was driven out of the state in the Battle of Camden. Due to his irregular methods of warfare, he is considered one of the fathers of modern guerrilla warfare and maneuver warfare, and is credited in the lineage of the United States Army Rangers. (Wikipedia) In 2000 his story was retold as the life of Benjamin Martin in The Patriot starring Mel Gibson and Heath Ledger playing his son Gabriel. In real life, Gabriel was Marion’s nephew, played by a handsome, young Tim Considine (of My Three Sons fame) in the Disney production. (Sorry for this really crappy video…)
Sea Hunt starred Lloyd Bridges as former United States Navy frogman Mike Nelson, a free-lance scuba diver. Every week found Mike salvaging everything from a bicycle to a nuclear missile, rescuing children (even a dog) trapped in a flooded cave, saving downed Navy pilots, or routing out bad guys. Bridges started out with a stunt double, but by the end of the series was doing his own close-up work underwater. Sea Hunt was meant to be Bridges’ career’s re-launch after being blacklisted by admitting to the House Un-American Activities Committee that he had been a member of the Actors’ Laboratory Theater, a group that was tied to the Communist party. And the two sons? You would know them, I’m sure! Beau and Jeff Bridges!
I loved Sky King because it felt like a western to me. But while Sky was capturing criminals or spies or rescuing lost hikers, he did it all from his Cessna T-50 plane, the Songbird. (Sounds a lot like what Harrison Ford does up in Jackson, Wyoming!) King and his niece Penny (and sometimes Clipper, King’s nephew and the brother of Penny) lived on the Flying Crown Ranch, near the fictitious town of Grover, Arizona. Penny and Clipper were also pilots. That Penny was something! Talk about empowered women! 😀 The actual radio show began in 1946 and switched to TV in 1951 where it ran (I think) until 1959. Kirby Grant, who played King, was an actual pilot who had been turned down for military training due to color blindness. Ironically, he was killed in a car accident in Florida on October 30, 1985 while on his way to see the launch of the space shuttle Challenger. Grant had received an invitation from one of the astronauts on that flight and was also going to be honored by the astronauts for encouraging aviation and space flight.
Ok. I’m out of breath now. Did anyone get them all??? I don’t think we’ll be doing three again!
Ok! We’re comin’ into the home stretch now and on to our next letter in the April A to Z Challenge — T!
THIS series was based on a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. It’s one of my shortest favorites yet, running only from September 1963 through March 1964. In this series, a young boy accompanies his father via wagon train from Missouri to California during the gold rush. But dad is a bit too fond of the drink and gambling, and misadventure and mayhem ensued in each episode! It starred one of my favorite actors ever!
Hopefully this one is a bit more obscure. So what do you say? Can you…
(Btw, if you know the answer, please keep it to yourself so as not to give it away. Stick a smiley face on your comment instead. Thank you so much!)
(Just a quick note. If the title of the show is preceded with the word “The”, it will NOT be included in the name.)
The Swamp Fox — TMDb
Tim Considine — Pinterest
Sea Hunt — TVparty!
Sky King — Pinterest
Letter T — http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/p/to-z-badges-and-banners.html
Name That TV Show — Pinterest