Wednesday, August 13, 2008

A touch of Dale Robertson, and a spotting of Dick Sargent

Dale Robertson, our own Walter Lankershim of the first season of "Dynasty" as well as Frank Crutcher of "Dallas," gets a little honoring for being a native son in The Oklahoman. The resume of this classic actor, 85 years young, dates back to the 1940s and is heavy on the Western genre.

Spotted: Dick Sargent

If you've done regular reading on this blog, you're no doubt familiar with BRBTV's fascination with the 1950s black-and-white "Alfred Hitchcock Presents," as we've done several of these "Spotted" features from the episodes available in places like and Fancast. Now that we've exhausted the supply of "Presents" and moved on to the longer, roomier "Alfred Hitchcock Hour," there's even more to love. The dialogue is fab, the action intense, and in the case of this particular episode, the Hitchcockian suspense is on-par.

Twenty years before he stepped in to fill in for Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane as Sheriff Grady Byrd on "The Dukes of Hazzard," Dick Sargent, known better for his time on "Bewitched," showed up in a whole lot of classic TV. On the second episode of "The Alfred Hitchcock Hour," titled "Don't Look Behind You," the fresh-faced, tall, thin Sargent is a staffer on a college campus who's smitten by Vera Miles' character. Past Miles' nonstop glam costume changes (we can't help but love those era-ific clothes, so reminiscent of the My Mother's Clothing project) Sargent seems like the creepy guy in the picture, but Hitchcock pulls one of his classic twists. Jeffrey Hunter also stars, just four years before boarding the Starship Enterprise for that famous, unused original pilot of "Star Trek."

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