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AquaZombie
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From: Thrillville
Posted: 2006-03-22 12:44 pm   Permalink

This is one of my faves and it's still on the newly christened American Life Network (they gave Nick Clooney, who used to host all the shows, the boot too - too bad, I think he's cooler than his son.) There are indeed 134 episodes over 4 seasons. Robert Conrad and Connie Stevens are the only cast members to remain throughout the series - Anthony Eisley lasted I think three, then Troy Donahue (after "Surfside 6" was canned after 2 seasons) took over as lead dick the final season. Grant "Incredible Shrinking Man" Williams joined the cast late in Season 2, I think. Right now it's part of AL's "Private Eye Night" - "77 Sunset Strip" and "Harry-O" are on every week, but they rotate "HE" with "Surfside 6" (Miami) and "Bourbon Street Beat" (New Orleans - lasted only one season, then star Richard Long moved to "Sunset" in its third season, and co-star Van "Green Hornet" Williams moved over to "Surside" for the duration of its two season run.)

Only the "Sunset" soundtrack has been issued on CD (and so has Edd "Kookie" Byrnes album, a must have for Beat-Pop fans), but I have the "Hawaiian Eye" and "Bourbon St" on LP. ("Surfside" never got an album but the theme song was recently revived on "Family Guy" and re-recorded version is on "TV's Greatest Hits" Vol. 1). They're all killer crime jazz, and the "Eye" album features exotica tracks and Conrad singing "You're Getting to Be a Habit With Me" (not a bad crooner.) Connie Stevens sings in the Shell (tiki) Bar in every episode. It was mostly filmed in Burbank but there was a lot of atmospheric second unit stuff shot in Oahu for local flavor. Lots of aloha shirts and tikis, too, with Diamond Head a common (blue screen) backdrop. The detective's office is located in what was the Hawaiian Village and is now the Hilton - I remember grilling the staff there, no one had ever heard of the show (or Martin Denny for that matter, and he performered there for years.) In most episodes the PIs kiss (via their hand) the tiki statue in their office for good luck.

All shows are from Warner Brothers, which also owns all the other cool vintage reruns on AL (including their Western and War nights with stuff like "Combat" and "Maverick"). WB recently put out some sample episodes of relatively obscure shows like "F Troop" "Cheyenne" and others on DVD, which bodes well for these shows too. WB is pretty good about offering a lot of stuff from their vast vaults for purchase, but we'll see. Right now I'm recording every episode of all the PI shows, which are in excellent shape and practically uncut from what I can tell (though for some reason they often nix the opening credits of "Sunset", no idea why since they always show the others. Must be a time thing - or they're trying to discourage bootlegging for completists, so they'll buy the official DVDs anyway if they're ever issued.)

Oh yea - if you live in the Bay Area and get evil Comcast, forget it. They dropped GoodLife a while ago, replacing it with another sports channel, wet T shirt golf or something, rather than catering to what they deemed a tiny demographic. However, I'm lucky enough to live in Alameda which has its own alternative cable system - they not only carry AL, but they also have Boomerang, the nifty Cartoon Network spinoff which features all the old Hanna Barbera and Looney Tunes stuff. This would be the only reason for Forbidden Island to get cable...
it's cheaper than Comcast and they provide more attentive service too since they're such a small company. Aloha.

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AquaZombie
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From: Thrillville
Posted: 2006-03-22 1:19 pm   Permalink

ps Wed. on AL is Spy Night - one of the shows I SPY in on DVD, the other two - MAN and GIRL FROM UNCLE are not as of yet....

 
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thejab
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Posted: 2006-03-23 3:11 pm   Permalink

Is it just me, or do other people cringe when Connie Stevens sings? Great show anyway.

 
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2006-03-24 06:44 am   Permalink

The Connie cringe, I know...my friend Dug Miller once made a compilation tape of ALL musical numbers from all the performers (mostly Connie and Poncie), cut back to back. Kinda hard to watch, you gotta be hardcore H.E. obsessed. Off course, it has the famous Arthur Lyman peformance of "Taboo" at the Shell Bar on it. Unfortunately, they cut away from it after a few shots, arrgh!

My new book will have a photo I took of the Hawaiian Eye office sign in it, now in posession of Doug "Moke" Mossman, the "guard" and Hawaiian advisor on the show. He had also lifted the original logo Tiki off the studio lot when the show closed, but it has since rotted away in his yard in Waikiki. Also in the book: A cool photo of the cast of Surfside Six in the "Boom Boom Room", THEIR local Tiki Bar.

Kevin Kidney is the real Hawaiian Eye authority, he once bought soap from Connie Stevens in her store in Beverly Hills (wow!) and by now owns about 40 original 16mm network copies of the show. We were thinking about a H.E. festival sometime, with Connie as guest of honor....


 
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bongofury
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From: Ventura County
Posted: 2006-03-24 08:05 am   Permalink

You are not alone Jab.....my wife can't understand why she doesn't sing a Hapa Haole tune or Bali Hai or anything but the goofy pop songs she croons.

Hawaii becoming a state brought with it a golden age of television escape. Hawaiian Eye ran from 1959-1963 and Adventures In Paradise from 1959-1962. I noticed in some of the episodes of AIP that Lyle Wheeler was the production designer (South Pacific-Bird Of Paradise) for a brief time and probably left to work on Aloha Jhoe's in Palm Springs. In one episode Gardner McKay is next to a Tiki that was from the set of Bird Of Paradise (1951).

There were at least 2 more adventure series, The Beachcomber (1962) ran for one season (39 half hour episodes) and The Islanders ran from 1960-1961 and like Hawaiian Eye and Adventures In Paradise was a one hour series. Even though they only made 24 episodes, they managed to have their own set of ceramic bamboo mugs and pitcher made which have escaped my lower bids on ebay several times. I believe several TCers have all or part of this set.


 
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2006-03-24 08:53 am   Permalink

I ALWAYS wanted to get a look at Cameron Mitchell as the "Beachcomber"! He was a great character actor and I can really imagine him in that part. Have never glimpsed a scene or still of that series so far, it might be lost without a trace.

 
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ted tiki
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Posted: 2006-03-24 11:19 am   Permalink

You all are being a little harsh on Connie me thinks. Sure she wasn't the greatest singer in the world, but when she looked at that t.v. camera and sang, it was if she was singing to me personally-even if I wasn't even born yet.



 
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thejab
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From: Tradewinds Apartments, Alameda, CA
Posted: 2006-03-24 11:46 am   Permalink

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On 2006-03-24 06:44, bigbrotiki wrote:

My new book will have a photo I took of the Hawaiian Eye office sign in it, now in posession of Doug "Moke" Mossman, the "guard" and Hawaiian advisor on the show. He had also lifted the original logo Tiki off the studio lot when the show closed, but it has since rotted away in his yard in Waikiki. Also in the book: A cool photo of the cast of Surfside Six in the "Boom Boom Room", THEIR local Tiki Bar.



Would that be your Witco book? I can't wait.

Is Doug Mossman any relation to Sterling Mossman? I just recently found this record for my collection:

Here's an interesting tale of how Sterling Mossman's Barefoot Bar inspired the Barefoot in Paradise clothing line, and eventually Hang Ten's logo:

http://www.gobarefoot.com/newhistory.html

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aquarj
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Posted: 2006-03-24 3:47 pm   Permalink

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Here's an interesting tale of how Sterling Mossman's Barefoot Bar inspired the Barefoot in Paradise clothing line, and eventually Hang Ten's logo



Jab, thanks for posting that - the informative post of the week (for me anyway).

Anyone notice that some (not all) of the Barefoot in Paradise "feet" have 6 toes? One of the two tags shown at the bottom, and also all 4 feet in the photo at the bottom. Easy enough to do nowadays with photoshop, but kinda cool if that photo is old. Maybe Isamu had 12 toes?

Also, Hang Ten was around and had their feet logo before the 70s, so I wonder if buying the logo was just to resolve a trademark dispute or something.

-Randy


 
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TB Hawks
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From: Orlando, Florida
Posted: 2006-03-24 4:04 pm   Permalink

And just think I grew up with all those TV shows....Life was grand back then.....

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JackLord
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From: Washington, DC
Posted: 2006-03-24 8:25 pm   Permalink

<<All shows are from Warner Brothers,>>

Indeed. The shows are pretty much interchangable, especially 77 Sunset Strip and Hawaiian Eye. Two private eye studs and the requisite clown, be it Cookie or Kim. I have read that even the same plots were used with moderate changes.

But don't get me wrong. I love these shows. Great retro sets, fantastic cars, cute girls. I like how Stu has his bar in the office on the Danish Modern credenza. And those suits...very cool. Its wild how these guys prance arournd LA or Honolulu like knights and everybody gets out of their way.

Great stuff. Makes Monday night worth it after football season is over.


 
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VampiressRN
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Posted: 2007-08-07 9:46 pm   Permalink

Does anyone know if this show is still on TV anywhere? I don't think I ever saw it as a kid (probably didn't get the channel). I just slapped the soundtrack on my player for the first time to day it is groovalicious. I would love to see the show...especially Robert Conrad in a tight skimpy bathing suit.....did I say that out loud.
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ErichTroudt
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Posted: 2007-08-08 01:07 am   Permalink

Goodlife tv or American life network was showing it every 3 weeks on monday nights, but recently stopped.
They still show 77 sunset strip, but no more Bourbon Street beat, surfside 6 or Hawaiian Eye.

I emailed them about it and got no response.

I recorded about 8 episodes on dvd before they took it off the air.

Cool show, hopefully someone else will start showing it again.


 
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VampiressRN
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Posted: 2007-08-08 05:44 am   Permalink

Thanks...I did try to find those stations on Direct TV, but couldn't. I will try again though...maybe they are just taking a break.
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sushiman
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From: Kumamoto , Japan
Posted: 2008-05-14 05:36 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2006-03-24 11:46, thejab wrote:
Quote:

On 2006-03-24 06:44, bigbrotiki wrote:

My new book will have a photo I took of the Hawaiian Eye office sign in it, now in posession of Doug "Moke" Mossman, the "guard" and Hawaiian advisor on the show. He had also lifted the original logo Tiki off the studio lot when the show closed, but it has since rotted away in his yard in Waikiki. Also in the book: A cool photo of the cast of Surfside Six in the "Boom Boom Room", THEIR local Tiki Bar.



Would that be your Witco book? I can't wait.

Is Doug Mossman any relation to Sterling Mossman? I just recently found this record for my collection:

Here's an interesting tale of how Sterling Mossman's Barefoot Bar inspired the Barefoot in Paradise clothing line, and eventually Hang Ten's logo:

http://www.gobarefoot.com/newhistory.html

[ This Message was edited by: thejab 2006-03-24 11:47 ]



Coincidentally , I am at this moment watching an episode of Hawaiian Eye which featured Sterling Mossman and his group playing a tune at the Shell Bar ! Cricket was on vacation on the mainland ! Ha !

Cool !


 
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