Friday, July 23, 2010

TV FLASHBACK : THE DANNY THOMAS HOUR ... THE DEMON UNDER THE BED .. 1967

NBC
Presents
A Desilu Production
THE DANNY THOMAS HOUR

" THE DEMON UNDER THE BED"
Starring
BING CROSBY as Charlie Castle
JOAN COLLINS as Myra
GEORGE MAHARIS AS Phil Pearson
MARY FRANCES CROSBY as Joan

This dramatic episode of the series sees Bing as a fading musical film star Charlie Castle, who is facing a crisis in his life as he discovers he is losing his voice and needs a operation which may or may not save it. His plight is observed with interest by photographer Phil Pearson who decides to follow Charlie around, so that he might take that one photo that will show his real self. He follows him as he visits his ex-wife Myra (Joan), who he is in the middle of a bitter custody battle over their daughter Joan, played by Bing's real daughter Mary, in her debut.
"VARIETY"
Bing with Mary Crosby in "Demon Under The Bed
"Bing Crosby made one of his rare appearances on "Danny Thomas", Monday night. Nothing rare however for the veteran crooner as he sidled through a characterisation of an ageing performer, packing a load of juice, seeking self worth. He is followed by a photographer who hopes to peel off the many masks and find the real Charlie Castle, in a still shot or two. The gambit affords director Peter Tewkesbury oppurtunity to utilize a lot of still photo gimmickry throughout, but it finally seemed a sort of poor man "Blow Up". Joan Collins is attractive as the wife and Mary Frances Crosby, Bing's eight year old daughter preemed in a role that consisted mainly of effusively greeting her old man."




GEORGE MAHARIS
"The Danny Thomas Hour" was broadcast on NBC for one season ..1967/68 and featured a mixture of drama, comedy and variety. Some episodes like this one featured a drama story with a star cast, while other featured Danny Thomas in situations from his comedy series "Make Room For Daddy", a long running comedy classic.
Joan as Myra



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