RARA-AVIS: Re:David Markson

From: JIM DOHERTY ( jimdohertyjr@yahoo.com)
Date: 01 Jun 2007


Re your comment below:

"A lot of the exchanges between Fannin and the characters from the Village remind me of the Peter Gunn episodes from the same time period. Especially those episodes when Gunn is talking to his beatnik informant, Wilbur."

Apropos of, well, absolutely nothing really, but I thought you might find it interesting.

Herb Ellis, the actor who played Wilbur in PETER GUNN, was also the first actor (at least on TV; there were two others on radio) to play Joe Friday's partner, Detective Frank Smith, on DRAGNET.

Ben Alexander took over the role after Ellis played it for four episodes, and became the actor most identified with the part. So identified, in fact, that when Webb revived the show in the '60's, and Alexander was no longer available, he created a different partner, Bill Gannon, and hired Harry Morgan to play him.


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