Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter Greetings and A Fifth Season DVD Announcement! :)

 Greetings Everyone!
I hope you all have had a wonderful holiday. I did. The spring sunshine couldn't have been more glorious, and after Easter service this morning I had a great lunch with my family.

More happy news: The Warner Archive Collection has scheduled the release of the fifth and final season of Maverick for April 29. It's available for pre-order in the US right now for $34.95 from

This set is much cheaper than the third and fourth season DVDs, probably because there were only 13 original episodes in the fifth season. When they first aired in 1962, the season was filled out with repeats of episodes co-starring James Garner, who had long since left Maverick.

Never fear, though: Warners has finally put Jack Kelly ALONE on the cover:
More information is available at TVShowsOnDVD.

Incidentally, Paul Mavis gave the Maverick fourth season DVD set an incredibly fair and insightful (and lavishly illustrated!) review on the DVDTalk website. The fifth season set probably won't fare so well--even I realize that the storylines and JK were getting stretched pretty thin by the time Bart Maverick walked into TV history at the end of "One of Our Trains is Missing". But there are still some little delights such as Three Queens Full (the Bonanza spoof) in this season. And, hey, it's got Jack Kelly, and JUST Jack Kelly, as Maverick, so I'm not complaining. :)

Monday, April 7, 2014

A Tribute to Mickey Rooney (1920-2014)...

...a showbiz legend who starred in many films including Drive A Crooked Road (1954), which co-starred Jack Kelly. Rest in peace, Mr. Rooney.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Kelly's Green! :)

Top O' the morning to you! :)

I recently found a wonderful photo story featuring Jack Kelly and his then-wife Donna (May Wynn) in a Japanese publication from 1961. For some reason, the photos are tinted green, as are many other pictures in this particular magazine. But, that's okay, because it's Saint Patrick's Day, and the pix fit right in here at TDS.

Naturally, the text is mostly in Japanese. However, as the caption below states, these are photos of JK at home:

I've seen photos of JK playing the guitar before, but I think this is the first time I've seen Donna accompanying him on the maracas. And check out the expression on JK's face--he looks like a little kid. :)

Here's JK and DK playing with one of their poodles:

And, here's JK working some of that Bart Maverick poker magic at the kitchen card table:

Finally, we have the Kellys collaborating on a writing project (it's a little hard to see, but there's a photo of JK posed as Bart by Donna's head):
But, wait! Here's a bonus photo from the same magazine:

Yes, it's Bart in full-color, with his brother Brent (Robert Colbert) and cousin Beau (Roger Moore). Bart seems to be saying to Brent, "Can you believe they put Beau instead of me on the cover of the 4th season Maverick DVDs?" (And, Brent is probably thinking, "What's a DVD?") ;-)

Have a great St. Paddy's day! :)

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Maverick is Back! :) a big way!

After being AWOL for a while from US TV, Maverick is taking another bow on the Encore Westerns cable network. Maverick moseys back to Encore each weekday starting January 2 at 2:00 pm ET.

If you can't wait until next year for your daily Maverick fix, you can catch the show now on Cozi TV, as the channel's cute promo illustrates:

And, that's not all. Hot on the heels of the recent third season DVD release comes the fourth season of Maverick on January 7. But, who is the tall dark stranger there?

Instead of Jack Kelly as Bart, it's Roger Moore as Bart's upstart cousin, Beau Maverick.

I am shaken and definitely stirred! :0

Really, I have nothing against Roger Moore. He was great as Simon Templar and James Bond. But, his fleeting stint as Beau Maverick was hardly his finest hour. He appeared in only 15 of the fourth season's 32 episodes. So, why did Warner Archive put a solo portrait of Moore on the DVD cover?

WA probably figured that the future Bond would be a sure-fire DVD draw. Fine--but there are plenty of Maverick publicity pix they could have used which show JK and RM together, such as this one:

And, again Warner Archive is going the "manufacture on demand" route with Maverick's fourth season and charging nearly $50 for the set.

I know I should be grateful that Maverick is available on DVD at all. I'm just disgusted that Warner Archive is handling a true legend of the TV west in such a cavalier manner...and keeps neglecting one of its stars. Here's hoping they'll let Jack Kelly have the 5th season DVD cover all to himself! :)

Thursday, November 7, 2013