97[probe_control] Batman Connections to SEARCH, etc.
- Mar 2, 2000Jim: To answer your question on SEARCH director William Wiard, he had no
connection to the "Batman" series. He did however, direct a number of
episodes of "The Rockford Files," another of my favorites. He also directed
episodes of "MASH" and "Cannon." Wiard appeared as an actor in the 1970
"Love American Style" episode, "Love and the Detective." Sad to say, Wiard
died 2 July 1987.
I did some checking on "Batman" (the mid-60's ABC-TV version) and found that
there are a number of interesting SEARCH connections. So here goes:
Burgess Meredith (Cameron) appeared in many episodes as the Penguin.
Deanna Lund (Harte of "Adonis File") appeared in "Batman's Anniversary."
Paul Mantee (Sam Field in "Suffer My Child") appeared in "Catwoman Goes to
College." Mantee is perhaps better known for his appearance in the movie
"Robinson Crusoe On Mars" with none other than Adam West.
Malachi Throne (Col. Nobokov in "The Bullet") appeared as False Face.
Howard Duff (Dr. Jamison in "Countdown to Panic") appeared in "The Entrancing
Dr. Cassandra" with his wife, Ida Lupino.
William Smith (Roman in "24 Carat Hit") was in the last "Batman" episode
produced, "Minerva, Mayhem & Millionaires."
To answer your other question on Leslie Stevens, he did indeed write the
script for "Return to the Blue Lagoon," which was released during August
1991. Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times only gave it 1 1/2 stars.
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