Thursday, August 03, 2006

This Website is Better Than a Truth Machine Made Out of Coconut Shells

Gilligan's Island
is one of the most critically reviled shows in television history, but also a show that will be watched 50 years from now.

Here are some Fun Facts about the show straight from the mouth of
The Professor:
When Russell Johnson auditioned for his role on the show, a high-ranking gay executive at the show wanted him to audition shirtless and his underwear, just as other actors had to for this VP.

During a particular episode of the show, the professor paid homage to Walter Huston's academy award winning role in
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, one of my all-time favorite movies, by doing the same "little dance" the old prospector does in the movie. (If you've seen the movie, there's no way you could have forgotten this dance.)

The cast member who got the most fan mail? Mary Ann, of course. Why "Daisy Dukes" are called "Daisy Dukes" instead of
"Mary Anns," I'll never know.
How did I learn all this information?

It's all part of two hours of uncensored and uncut interviews with Russell Johnson on a great website for television fans called The Archive of American Television. You can also find interviews with other favorites, including the terrific Alan Alda, Bob Barker, Bob Newhart and other names sure to pique the interest of any television fan.

I've only watched part three of this interview, which is 30 minutes long. You can, too, at this link.

Bookmark the site: It's a good one. Yeah, I'm talkin' to you, Elgie.


Lee45 said...

Super link!!! There's also an excellent interview with Gilligan creator Sherwood Schwartz. Fascinating stuff.

... Joey P. said...

How could I miss Sherwood Schwartz? His interview is in 12 parts over six hours. Thanks for the note.

Anonymous said...

I've bookmarked it. Now I've just got to make time for a few minutes with Florence Henderson and Don Knotts. Cool stuff.