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Since she was hanging out with the "Bubbly Springs Gang", whom I've claimed were all escaped mental patients from some local asylum, I don't think this was the real Belle Starr. But I don't think she was a fellow patient at the place (which I think should be named "Bubbly Springs Asylum".) But she may have been suffering from furor uterinus or nymphomania (terms now replaced by "hypersexuality" and "sexual compulsivity"). After all, it appears she was supposed to be the woman "belonging" to the patient who though he was Cole Younger. However, she was more than willing to throw herself at Bret Maverick. (And although the episode tried to play it chaste for its 1950's audience, I think Bret slept with her the night before the big heist.)
And although she went along with everybody else in the gang in accepting Bret as the gambler/con man Foxy Smith, I think she knew better. That's because I believe she knew the real Foxy Smith. And she was probably knocking cowboy boots with him as well.
It may be that this woman who claimed to be Belle Starr was only play-acting; that there was no real conviction in that identity. I think she may have been a nurse at the facility where all of these so-called outlaws had been locked up. She was Foxy Smith's inside man, as it were, at the asylum and she was the one who worked them all up in the their delusions and facitlitated their escape from the joint.
At the end of the episode, Bret made it pozz'ble for her to escape. So in whatever TV Western in which actress Jean Willes later showed up in a guest-starring role, we could make the assumption that she was this naughty nurse now operating under an assumed name. (Especially if that guest star role was a bad girl.....)
As to the real Belle Starr? Because she had a TV movie about her in 1980, I'm going with Elizabeth Montgomery as the official portrayer of the lady outlaw..... BCnU!
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Day one of Profiles in History's LOST auction is still underway. Starting at 1pm in the Santa Monica Barker Hangar, they had just started on season three items at 9pm when Examiner had to leave to make deadline and get some sleep before we started
While I was away on vacation, the Inner Toob blog posted a marathon of 'Maverick' essays that were pre-programmed into the system. But just because I wasn't posting to the blog while I was up at the Lake, that doesn't mean I stopped writing.
When I got back, I began posting those stories, either choosing those with TV Western themes or the ones that interested me the most (like the one using Raymond Coulthard characters named "Mark" to connect three very different shows.)
Now I wish I posted this one right away.
Here's how it looked exactly in my waiting file:
Have you been watching 'Eureka'?
They've brought new life to the series in its fourth season by basically rebooting certain aspects of the show. In the season premiere, five of the cast members - Sheriff Carter, Allison, Fargo, Henry, and Jo - were shunted back in Time to Eureka, 1947. Besides whatever else they may have done individually to the timeline, they also brought back Dr. Trevor Grant to the present, thus removing him from his place in History. When they returned to Eureka 2010, they found a lot of changes to the world they once knew: Allison's son was no longer autistic; Jo was no longer dating Zane; Henry was married to a woman he barely knew in the previous timeline; and Carter was living with Tess, the woman who broke up with him last season to move to Australia.
This past week, Carter went to Harvard to revisit his daughter, whom he hadn't seen since before he went back in Time. He found that basically she was still the same, but it got me thinking about how the altered timeline might have affected another, former, resident of Eureka - Nathan Stark.
Stark was absorbed into Time itself in an episode more than a season ago. But with the new adjustment because of the interference, what if the events of that particular episode didn't play out in the same way... or what if it never happened at all?
Allison asked Carter if he had checked on his daughter Zoe since they got back from the Past, just in case something had changed about her. But did she ever stop to do the same in regards to Nathan? In the old timeline, they were just about to get remarried when the tragedy struck, but for awhile Nathan was living apart from Allison; in fact, he was living away from Eureka itself. What if in this new timeline Nathan was off on assignment elsewhere?
We've just started the August sweeps (as I write this.) What if the producers are planning on bringing back Nathan to gum up the works in the relationship long-delayed between Carter and Allison.....?
If it happens, I called it. If not, I'll just say they wasted a great opportunity!
And as it happens, the previews for next week's episode of 'Eureka' do feature the return of Nathan Stark to the series. And I'm now kicking myself in my rather plump ass rather than doing the victory dance that would have burned off a few calories on that forementioned butt.
Oh well. Somewhere out there in some blog's comments section, as well as being buried in my Facebook updates, I know I mentioned the pozz'bility that Nathan Stark would return to 'Eureka'. I'll just have to settle for that.....
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Ray Bradbury's 90th celebration of his natal day (as my Iddiot buddy and excellent musician Adam Bernstein would say) wasn't the only birthday of note that I missed yesterday. It was also the 94th birthday of Jackson Gillis. I have to believe the name is at least somewhat recognizable to you; niggling away at the fringe of your memories.......?
Here's what John Raspanti wrote about him:He helped create a series for movie tough guy George Raft in titled I?M THE LAW. He moved from there to LASSIE and wrote the pilot. He created a kids show called SPIN AND MARTY and THE HARDY BOYS. Whitney Ellsworth asked Jackson to write for THE ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN. The only information he knew about the man of steel was what he read in the funny papers. It made no difference. For the next three years Jackson Gillis wrote some of the most memorable and to some, the best episodes the series ever produced.
Later in the 1950?s he joined the PERRY MASON team and proceeded to write forty-two episodes.
He worked steadily in the 1960?s and 1970?s writing episodes for MISSION IMPOSSIBLE, BONANZA, THE MOD SQUAD, HAWAII FIVE-0 , MANNIX, THE WILD WILD WEST, LOST IN SPACE, POLICE WOMAN, STARSKY HUTCH, CANNON, BARNABY JONES, MURDER SHE WROTE, and WONDER WOMAN. He also gave Peter Falk some of his better lines in COLUMBO and was the executive story consultant on twenty other COLUMBO stories. He even found the time to write two novels!
In 1972 he was nominated for an Emmy for outstanding writing for COLUMBO?and two years later for an Edgar Allan Poe award. (More to be found at the George Reeves Hall Of Fame.)
All the best to a man who provided so many hours of entertainment in Toobworld!
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