Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Monday, May 22, 2017

"...Now There Is One"

Howdy!

In 1961, Jack Kelly became the lone Maverick on Maverick. The Los Angeles Examiner marked this event with a cover story in their "TV Weekly" section:

 
Maybe it's just me, but I think this marvelous image may have been flipped when it was published (either that, or Bart is ambidextrous). Compare with this image (apparently from the same shoot) which was published on the cover of the Australian "TV Times" earlier in 1961:


Anyway, here's the cover story from the Examiner:



Despite the show's shuffle to a 6:30 pm timeslot and the fact that only 13 new episodes were filmed, JK was still very much "sold" on Maverick. According to the Examiner story, he wrote down his rosy prediction for the series' fate, made 25 copies, and sealed them in his safety deposit box. He intended to send these copies to the powers-that-be if Maverick prevailed. Unfortunately, JK's crystal ball must have malfunctioned because the series was canceled in 1962.

But, the ill-starred fifth season of Maverick did have some high points, including "Poker Face", in which Bart battled bandits and prejudice (and got cozy with Anna Novarro in this vintage original still from the Kellection):


Of course, to JK's fans, there has always been only "one" Maverick... ;>

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Friday, May 5, 2017

Don't Forget...

...to watch Jack Kelly as Bart Maverick in the "Diamond In The Rough" episode of Maverick at 10:00 ET on Saturday, May 6, on ME-TV (check local listings for correct time/channel).

Here's a sneak peak pic with JK and lovely Jacqueline Beer. The official Maverick info sheet on the back of this vintage original 1958 still reads: "POLISHED PERFORMANCE -- When Jack Kelly as Bart Maverick gets slugged and shanghaied by henchmen working for a crooked San Francisco financier, he's determined to polish off the gang in 'Diamond in the Rough', a Maverick drama for ABC-telecasting, Sunday, January 26. Aiding Maverick in his plan for revenge is Jacquline Beer, playing a French countess."


Below is another original still of JK as Bart after he's shanghaied. That's Sig Ruman as "Captain Steeger"; Ruman would later make four more appearances on Maverick:

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

"Double Jeopardy"...Quadruple Jack Kelly! :)

Ciao!

This electrifying Italian poster for Jack Kelly's 1955 film Double Jeopardy just joined the Kellection:


How do I love this delectable Kellectible? Let me count the ways:

One:

Two:
Three:
And four:

That's right: Signor Kelly appears four times on this one poster. (Pretty good for someone who only gets fourth billing name-wise.)

What in the world is coming up next in TDS? Please stay tuned and find out! :) 

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Saturday Night "Fever"! :)

Well, it's actually Saturday morning, but I'm sure you won't mind seeing these stills of Jack Kelly in A Fever In The Blood any time of day!

In this 1961 feature film JK plays ambitious district attorney "Dan Callahan", who throws an innocent murder suspect under the bus during a ruthless bid to become a gubernatorial candidate.

Callahan listens intently to Senator Alex Simon (Don Ameche), who also intends to seek the governor's office. (That's actor Parley Baer behind JK.)


Accompanied by the press, Callahan himself arrests the murder suspect, Thornwall (Rhodes Reason):


The same scene seen in color (detail from an Italian fotobusta):


Callahan grills the real killer (Robert Colbert) on the stand as Judge Leland Hoffman (Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.) looks on.

 
TRIVIA: A Fever In the Blood was referenced in the recent miniseries Feud: Bette and Joan. Director Robert Aldrich tries to convince Warner Bros. chief Jack Warner to let him hire Bette Davis and Joan Crawford for Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? by bluntly pointing out that WB films such as A Fever in the Blood flopped because they had no "stars". 

But, JK will always be a star to us. To read (and see) much more about him in A Fever in the Blood, please click here and here.