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Thread: Review: Lou Scheimer: Creating the Filmation Generation

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    I've read an interviewwhere Bostwick vilifies Scheimer and Prescott for the personal appearance thing, I really feel he's in the wrong with that.
    Yeah, I think part of that comes from being friend's with Clayton Moore. Bostwick and Moore were close, and I'm sure Bostwick felt his own situation mirrored that of his friend and mentor, who was not allowed to wear his Lone Ranger mask at appearances for years and years.

    Yeah, what's even weirder is that Adam West described the plot years ago in a Starlog. It's set twenty years later and some alien kidnaps all the villians and makes then ten years younger, then Batman and Robin come out of retirement to stop them. It seemed like Filmation made several attempts to bring back West and Ward, there was even talk of the "New Adventures" having live action segments like Fat Albert.

    ...and then Hanna Barbera made it happen, at least for two specials. The 70s was a very weird time for TV. Batman appeared simultaneously on two networks, by two different animation studios, and they both tried to get a live-action revival going in some way.

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    I think the Moore situation is quite different, he appeared as the Lone Ranger for two decades after the show ran, there was something of easement there.

    As soon as Bostwick was replaced, Filmation yanked the appearances. He had no ground to stand on.

    BTW the book details Scheimer's meeting with Clayton Moore and Jay Silverheels to do the animated show. The meeting is a disaster and is kind of funny. I won't spoil it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by palitoy View Post
    BTW the book details Scheimer's meeting with Clayton Moore and Jay Silverheels to do the animated show. The meeting is a disaster and is kind of funny. I won't spoil it.
    That reminds me of my surprise when I watched the Lone Ranger cartoon for the first time since my youth last year. I heard that voice and sat back in astonishment. "William Conrad? You've got to be kidding me?" It was such an odd casting choice for such an iconic hero. Conrad was so well known back then for playing "Cannon" I couldn't suspend my disbelief. It was too funny thinking of this short, fat guy pretending to be this heroic cowboy. For me, his voice was just too recognizable for that character and all of those TV commercials he was doing back then. They might as well have gotten Sylvester Stallone. "Uh Hi yo Silver, ya know?"
    It's not how hard you hit, but how hard you can be hit and still move forward.

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    Speaking of appearances, John Davey related an interesting story in his interview in Back Issue a few years back: Soon after his Shazam episodes started to air, he did a public appearance somewhere. That particular day, a Bostwick episode was aired. Many of the kids and parents were less than kind to this "imposter". I felt kind of bad reading that, but Davey has a pretty honest attitude about being Bostwick's replacement. He never felt comfortable with the role. It was a job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Earth 2 Chris View Post
    Speaking of appearances, John Davey related an interesting story in his interview in Back Issue a few years back: Soon after his Shazam episodes started to air, he did a public appearance somewhere. That particular day, a Bostwick episode was aired. Many of the kids and parents were less than kind to this "imposter". I felt kind of bad reading that, but Davey has a pretty honest attitude about being Bostwick's replacement. He never felt comfortable with the role. It was a job.

    Chris
    How ironic you would mention that Chris! I purchased that issue on Amazon a few weeks ago and just read that interview. Nice cover art by Alex Ross too. I thought it was funny how Davey tried to play an old VHS copy to his granddaughter and she gave it about five minutes before asking if she could go outside. I agree with you too. I don't think he ever really thought much of the role. Given that it was not something he had to audition for or really knew anything about, I think he just dialed in a performance to collect a check. When I watch those episodes, that's how it feels too. Plus he just doesn't look heroic to me on any level. I honestly thought he was a nearby construction worker they had grabbed. He had skinny legs, small feet and this pudgy waist he sucked in for each scene. Bostwick on the other hand was spot on. He was very athletic and perfectly fit for that outfit. And most important, he acted like he cared. He believed in that character and it translates even today. I couldn't have watched that show at all if it had only been Davey. And I doubt it would have been a hit either. And it's nothing against Davey as a person. I thought he came across very likable and did what any actor looking for work would do. I just don't think he was a good fit for the part. Like Bostwick said in his interview, you have to have the voice, the physique, and believe in what you're saying. It's a somewhat harder sell. And he's right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MIB41 View Post
    That reminds me of my surprise when I watched the Lone Ranger cartoon for the first time since my youth last year. I heard that voice and sat back in astonishment. "William Conrad? You've got to be kidding me?" It was such an odd casting choice for such an iconic hero. Conrad was so well known back then for playing "Cannon" I couldn't suspend my disbelief. It was too funny thinking of this short, fat guy pretending to be this heroic cowboy. For me, his voice was just too recognizable for that character and all of those TV commercials he was doing back then. They might as well have gotten Sylvester Stallone. "Uh Hi yo Silver, ya know?"
    William Conrad was the voice of Marshall Matt Dillon on the radio version of Gunsmoke for ten years, he was a natural.

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    Quote Originally Posted by palitoy View Post
    William Conrad was the voice of Marshall Matt Dillon on the radio version of Gunsmoke for ten years, he was a natural.
    I didn't know Gunsmoke had a radio program. Interesting! The only radio program I listen to back then was the CBS Radio Mystery Theater. Those were great! I have all the episodes from 74 to 82.
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    How ironic you would mention that Chris! I purchased that issue on Amazon a few weeks ago and just read that interview. Nice cover art by Alex Ross too. I thought it was funny how Davey tried to play an old VHS copy to his granddaughter and she gave it about five minutes before asking if she could go outside. I agree with you too. I don't think he ever really thought much of the role. Given that it was not something he had to audition for or really knew anything about, I think he just dialed in a performance to collect a check. When I watch those episodes, that's how it feels too. Plus he just doesn't look heroic to me on any level. I honestly thought he was a nearby construction worker they had grabbed. He had skinny legs, small feet and this pudgy waist he sucked in for each scene. Bostwick on the other hand was spot on. He was very athletic and perfectly fit for that outfit. And most important, he acted like he cared. He believed in that character and it translates even today. I couldn't have watched that show at all if it had only been Davey. And I doubt it would have been a hit either. And it's nothing against Davey as a person. I thought he came across very likable and did what any actor looking for work would do. I just don't think he was a good fit for the part. Like Bostwick said in his interview, you have to have the voice, the physique, and believe in what you're saying. It's a somewhat harder sell. And he's right.
    That is a great Back Issue for sure. Davey was a boxer, so he was not pushover for sure, but he always seemed too...thugy for Captain Marvel. He looked like he should be roughing up Starsky and Hutch, not flying around in red tights. He does seem like a genuinely nice guy, who takes the whole thing in stride.

    Another Back Issue has a very interesting interview with Michael Gray that compliments this issue very well.

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    Davey was hired sight unseen and in a hurry. Scheimer admits that the suit wasn't forgiving his belly but he speaks highly of the man.

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    Yeah, Davey recounts in that Back Issue that he got the call, reported to the set, and started filming all in one afternoon. He had no idea what Captain Marvel exactly was, his son knew and begged him to do it.

    It's hard to believe a studio wouldn't halt production long enough to find the right replacement, but yet it happened!

    This is the Back Issue with the Michael Gray interview:

    http://twomorrows.com/index.php?main...roducts_id=737



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