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The female performer's character had a running gag about being constantly on the prowl for a man. The man, with a solid background as a standup comic, made a claim that was sometimes worked into his act. Name a subject to him, and he could immediately tell you one or more jokes on that subject.

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From your first clue, it sure sounds like Morey Amsterdam and Rose Marie. But I didn't know anything about his earlier, pre-DVD career until your second clue made me look him up on Wikipedia. Then I found out he had had his own show once, and also appeared as "The Human Joke Machine." As a kid, I always liked him and Rose Marie - both very funny.

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Yo, fiend;

Correct on Morey and Rose, and that's enough to retire the question, because of timeline. In a 1990s sitcom, *Caroline In The City* , the star, Lea Thompson bought a lovely old desk, and found inside it some correspondence between long-ago lovers. ( Caroline And The Kept Man , 1 Feb 1996). She was able to contact them, and when they came to her workplace (she was a cartoonist), it was Morey and Rose. This was Morey's last TV appearence. She remained active for a while longer with TV appearences, cartoon voices, etc. I always enjoyed their work, too.

 

Oh -- forgot to mention that their work together in the '60s was on *The Dick Van Dyke Show* , stealing scenes from Van Dyke and from Mary Tyler Moore.

 

nitratefind's thread.

 

Edited by: flashback42 on Apr 2, 2011 9:36 AM

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Amsterdam also was a panelist on a game show called "Keep Talking". in which panelists had to construct a joke around a line that they were given.

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> {quote:title=finance wrote:}{quote}

> Amsterdam also was a panelist on a game show called "Keep Talking". in which panelists had to construct a joke around a line that they were given.

I remember that. Saw it a few times in the homes of other kids, before my dad could be persuaded to buy a TV.

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Sorry if anyone was kept waiting, I was busy installling a new printer last night. It took much longer than it should have (but that was because of me :-( .)

 

When this actor first appeared as a guest on a long-running comedy series, he played an English tutor. In his next guest appearance, the following season, he played a second-hand clothes dealer. He also appeared as a guest in a later series featuring the same star.

 

His movies ran the gamut -- mostly comedy, but also some WWII espionage thrillers, at least one "B" sci-fi classic, and one cult classic so unique I can say no more about it without giving away the answer. His voice was so distinctive that he was in great demand on radio and later for voice acting in movies and TV. Many of the characters he played were irascible.

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This movie star played the most notorious mother in American crime history on "The Untouchables", A Desilu Production.

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Thanks, cujas.

1960s-70s drama based around a shadowy Govt. agency that ran covert operations, A cadre of regulars recruited (guest star) specialist when needed. In this episode they had the assignment to recruit and "turn" a resourceful hit man who worked directly for a crime boss. The actor in this role had already paid a lot dues on both big screen and TV.

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I'm going to retire this question and pose another. I was dealing with Joe Don Baker's guest turn on *Mission Impossible* , in which he played a criminal, who had been given a heart transplant, and was conned by the IMF into changing his ways by a story that the heart donor had been a clergyman. Just too hard to clue up.

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New question:

60s long-running Western series. A father-son ranch operation. A minister comes to the area who has a grudge against the father, and there is a threat to his life.

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Edited by: flashback42 on Apr 8, 2011 8:04 PM

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The vindictive preacher is played by a performer of some note, but my question is about two _other_ support players present. They have worked together elsewhere, and have worked for a multitalent who sometimes wrote scripts for this series.

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Correct, Sixes. With the presence of Jones and Oates, a minor meeting of the Peckinpah stock company. -- Sam wrote a number of scripts for that series.

 

Sixes' thread.

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Larry Keating was a fine actor--but I'm referring to a guest star who, when new to the neighborhood, was on a party-line with Ed. The guest star was a big star then and is still a big star today.

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Yeah--and apparently the Producer/Director for "Mr. Ed" was also Clint Eastwood's mentor.

 

Mudskipper's turn--

 

Edited by: cujas on Apr 13, 2011 6:14 PM

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Thanks...

 

In this half-hour western TV series, this Oscar-winning actor guest starred as an engineer trying to build a dam which the town people didn't want. The star of the show had an image of a chess knight on his holster...

 

Series, episode, guest actor ?

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The horsey holster makes it *Have Gun, Will Travel* . For the rest I'm guessing the episode The O'Hare Story , first aired on Mar 1, 1958. Guest: Victor McLaglin, Oscar winner for *The Quiet Man* , as in "God bless all in this house."..."Wipe your feet."

 

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Thanks, skipper. Next up:

 

Late 60s - early 70s sitcom. Plot development : a new baby to arrive soon. The family pooch takes on the persona of older sibling. Gets anxious and fearful, runs away from home. Is found at a campfire near the railroad tracks. He's taking lessons from a well-known British-born actor -- the guest performer -- on how to be a "Knight of the Road" .

 

Series? Guest? And I was thinking that there was another Big Name involved here, but have not been able to varify it.

 

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