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! :)

...in 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

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

"Maverick" Season 3 on DVD! :)

Hey!

It looks like the complete third season of Maverick is now available on DVD. But, don't look for it on Amazon (or most anywhere else) just yet. 

According to TVShowsOnDVD, Season Three is being sold online only in the U.S. and only from WBShop.com for now. It's listed as a "manufacture on demand" (MOD) title, although a blurb on WBShop.com's product page states, "Initial quantities of this release will be traditionally replicated (pressed) in anticipation of high consumer demand." 

The price for Season Three is $49.99. Since the set is priced over $25.00, basic shipping is free, but there is also a two-day ($10.00) or next-day ($15.00) shipping option. A bit pricey, especially if one is accustomed to a pre-order discount from Amazon, but as old Pappy might have said, "It is what it is." ;-)

And, while Jack Kelly stood tall beside James Garner on the front of the Season Two DVD set, on the Season Three cover Garner stands (or rather sits) alone: 



Which gives me an idea: since Maverick Season Three is a "manufacture on demand" product, perhaps Warner Bros. should also print the cover on demand and let us choose which Maverick(s) will appear on our copy. My Season Three cover would look more like this:



Incidentally, speaking of Maverick, did you know you can watch clips from various episodes on "The WB" website? Well, now you do! :)