“ I noticed that the toy clown that served as a prison for James West in "The Night of the Whirring Death" is present (in living color!) in the opening scene.
They also reused the prop(mouth he comes out of) in the opening scene with Vance Markham in S4 TNO Miguelito’s Revenge.
I'll watch for that when I get there.
I remember reading in Sue Kesler's book that Michael Garrison had a reputation as a spendthrift when he produced the episodes early in Season 2. And that lead to Bruce Lansbury being brought in as producer #5 (after Collier Young, Fred Freiberger, John Mantley, and Gene L. Coon) to bring the show under control.
But watching "The Night of the Eccentrics", it doesn't appear a particularly lavish production compared to what we saw in Season 1. The prop reuse being evident for example.
However, apparently the switch to color photography was, in itself, very expensive and perhaps CBS expected Garrison to cut back on the production in other ways to offset costs.
For example, as stated regarding contemporary show "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea" (a show I never watched until it came to DVD in 2006):
Seaview Leaving Pearl Harbor. From "Mutiny."
Loss of the wonderful sort of composite imagery seen here is the price Voyage paid for its transition to color in 1965. Apparently, budget constraints made these more-expensive kinds of sequences impossible.
I watched this episode several days ago, but am just getting around to posting my commentary now.
I first needed to catch up on Sue Kesler's book, and I see that Ethel Winant was quoted about Michael Garrison going over budget in the early season two episodes. And looking at this episode, I can see why. In addition to a prominent guest star (Boris Karloff), there was a large cast, including a pair of Hindu Dancers, and also several animals including a tiger, leopard, and elephant. All of this could not have come cheap, and it wasn't all essential to the plot.
Regardless, a good, fun outing. I especially liked Jim's "secret weapon" box of matches and Artie's Indian rope trick.
Post by Primemovermithrax Pejorative on Oct 26, 2019 21:09:27 GMT
Good to know. I was wondering when the color started but too lazy to check.
"Learn from me, if not by my precepts, at least by my example, how dangerous is the acquirement of knowledge and how much happier that man is who believes his native town to be the world, than he who aspires to become greater than his nature will allow." Frankenstein
"The Night of the Raven" AKA "The Incredible Shrinking (Secret Service) Man"
Obviously inspired by The Incredible Shrinking Man, right down to the cat, dollhouse, and spider. But what a great episode! This may be another reason why Michael Garrison had a reputation as a spendthrift. The sets and special effects to pull off West's miniaturization must have been expensive.
Some other thoughts:
The interior of the Sheriff's office was obviously shot on a sound stage
The interior of Loveless' house was used in various Season 1 episodes
Black thread moving the Venus Flytraps is visible in one shot
The miniature effects are good, shadows are visible throughout. I mention that because when the titular The Incredible Shrinking Man casts no shadow, it's a dead giveaway that a process shot was used.
There is one continuity error, though. West tells Loveless, "Three times you tried, and three times you failed." Excuse me Jim, I count four times:
- The Night the Wizard Shook the Earth (1965) - The Night That Terror Stalked the Town (1965) - The Night of the Whirring Death (1966) - The Night of the Murderous Spring (1966)