Sunday, August 25, 2013

What Might've Been: Mr. Terrific (1967)

Not long ago, we discussed one of the two Batman knockoffs that debuted in January 1967, Captain Nice. Now, it's time to devote equal space to the other show, Mr. Terrific.

Stanley Beamish (Stephen Strimell) is a gas station attendant recruited by the government to test a "power pill". While the concept general borrows from DC Comics' Golden Age hero, Hourman, the fact that Beamish is now beholden to the government mirrors an ABC entry from the fall of '66 which we've also discussed previously, Red Buttons' The Double Life of Henry Phyfe.

Terrific was sold to CBS by Universal, which might've been better served holding on for a few more months for fine tuning. From what clips I've seen, this just wasn't meant to be. Dick Gautier, whom I believe had already been on Get Smart, co-stars as Stanley's business partner. John McGiver, who'd headlined another failed sitcom for CBS a couple of years earlier, Many Happy Returns, is Beamish's government contact.

However, this nearly didn't happen. An earlier pilot had been shot with Alan Young (ex-Mister Ed) as Beamish, and Edward Andrews (ex-Broadside) as the government agent. Not sure if that might've actually been the better option.

Anyway, here's the open, taken from a broadcast on TV Land several years back. The inestimable Paul Frees, who was doing voice over work for just about every studio on the planet, is the narrator:



No fair rating.

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