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Many TV series start out as pilot films that are presented to a network for consideration.  Often, a lengthy period may elapse before the network decides to buy the series.  In that time, actors from the pilot may have become unavailable  for any number of reasons.  That's what happened when the parts of Ward and Wally from "Leave It to Beaver" were recast after the pilot was sold.  Can you name the original actor who played Ward in the pilot?  Bonus points if you can name the boy who originally played Wally.

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You are correct, Princess.  Paul Sullivan is the name of the boy who played Wally.  If you don't mind breaks for advertisements, here is that pilot episode:

 

If you watched it, you saw some familiar faces.  Richard Deacon played the manager of the local milk company.  He would later play Fred Rutherford, (Lumpy's dad), in the series.  His secretary was played by Diane Brewster, who would later play Beaver's teacher, Miss Canfield.  She would later be replaced in the series by Sue Randall as Miss Landers.  The milk company boss in Chicago was played by Joseph Kearns, who would play Mr. Wilson on "Dennis The Menace".  The boy who told Beaver about the contest was played by Harry Shearer, who is now probably best known for his voice work on "The Simpsons".

Good work, Princess.  It's your turn now.

  

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This actor got his big break playing a professional hitman in what is now a cult classic movie.

He was such a popular actor in a 60s TV series that it also launched him into a brief, but successful, recording career as a singer.

When you identify this actor and his TV show, don't forget to also mention his cult classic movie.

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Could it be Vince Edwards?  He became famous as TV's "Ben Casey"  He had previously starred in a movie called "Murder By Contract".  He had actually been a singer before he became an actor and the TV fame helped revive his singing career.  Here is one of his recordings:

 

He also made an appearance on "The Mike Douglas Show".

 

Another TV doctor at that time was Richard Chamberlain, who was Dr. Kildare on NBC while Ben Casey was on ABC.  Chamberlain also had a recording career for a while.

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5 hours ago, MilesArcher said:

Could it be Vince Edwards?  He became famous as TV's "Ben Casey"  He had previously starred in a movie called "Murder By Contract".  He had actually been a singer before he became an actor and the TV fame helped revive his singing career.  Here is one of his recordings:

 

He also made an appearance on "The Mike Douglas Show".

 

Another TV doctor at that time was Richard Chamberlain, who was Dr. Kildare on NBC while Ben Casey was on ABC.  Chamberlain also had a recording career for a while.

 Yes Miles you got it right on the--man woman birth death infinity.

Vince was my preteen teenybopper Crush and it's great to see my Vince Edwards album again. Thanks.

Richard Chamberlain was a good-looking young man and I bought a couple of his singles too.

In all fairness, as bad as Dick Chamberlain sang, my heartthrob. Ben Casey was worse. LOL

The TV doctors Fad was so hot and heavy that people were buying those medical shirts like the two doctors wore on TV, the way they had been buying coonskin Davy Crockett hats.

Dick Chamberlain recorded lyrics to the theme for Dr. Kildare and a Pianist named Valjean had a hit record with an instrumental version of the Ben Casey theme.

 It's all a faint memory now, but at the time these two guys were pretty hot.

Miles,  it's time for you to take our temperature and give us another question.....

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Well Princess, while your temperature is still a little high, here is a question about a two more heartthrobs.  In the late sixties, a young singer became a regular on a TV series, playing the brother of a handsome blonde actor on a show that featured an actress from Hollywood's golden age.  The series, set in the 1800's, only lasted a couple of years. 

The blonde actor then had a major role in a movie playing a murderous rogue cop.  This led to a new, more popular mid-seventies TV series in which he co-starred as an undercover cop.  He also had a singing career for several years.

The dark-haired singer from the first show was so popular that his face graced the cover of many fan magazines like "Tiger Beat".  At that time, the magazines also featured Donny Osmond and David Cassidy.  As a matter of fact, this man was once a guest star on "The Partridge Family".  After a few more failed TV series, he got out of show business completely.

Can you name these two men as well as the TV shows?

 

 

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18 minutes ago, MilesArcher said:

 

Well Princess, while your temperature is still a little high, here is a question about a two more heartthrobs.  In the late sixties, a young singer became a regular on a TV series, playing the brother of a handsome blonde actor on a show that featured an actress from Hollywood's golden age.  The series, set in the 1800's, only lasted a couple of years. 

The blonde actor then had a major role in a movie playing a murderous rogue cop.  This led to a new, more popular mid-seventies TV series in which he co-starred as an undercover cop.  He also had a singing career for several years.

The dark-haired singer from the first show was so popular that his face graced the cover of many fan magazines like "Tiger Beat".  At that time, the magazines also featured Donny Osmond and David Cassidy.  As a matter of fact, this man was once a guest star on "The Partridge Family".  After a few more failed TV series, he got out of show business completely.

Can you name these two men as well as the TV shows?

 

 

 Bobby Sherman and David Soul played brothers in Here Come the Brides and Joan Blondell would be the Golden Age Actress who was in Here Come The Brides. David Soul was in Magnum Force and the tv show Starsky and Hutch

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You are correct, Lavender.  David Soul actually married Bobby Sherman's ex-wife.  Bobby left show biz and became a Los Angeles policeman.  

Here is Bobby with his adoring audience:

 

And here is David Soul with one of his hits:

 

Good work, Lavender.  The thread is all yours.

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10 hours ago, MilesArcher said:

Raymond Burr, the star of "Perry Mason", had been the star, at least the American star, of a 50's movie called "Godzilla".

Sorry Miles, it's another actor, tv show and film. The film this actor starred in was nominated for a Golden Globe and was released earlier than Godzilla.

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33 minutes ago, shutoo said:

hmmm...how about Gene Barry?  star of tv's Burke's Law in the 60's, but star of sci fi classic, War of the Worlds from the 50's...

Another excellent guess, but not Gene ( I loved Burke's Law and always watched it) 

This tv show began in the late '50's

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1 hour ago, Princess of Tap said:

This is only a guess too-- Robert Taylor in The Detectives???

Sorry Princess, not Robert Taylor.

The 1950's films that you guys have mentioned that Raymond Burr, Gene Barry were in and the actor this question is about was in,  have a couple of things in common 

 

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There were apparently several actors who fit the initial clues, but if the 50's film has something in common with "Godzilla' and "War Of The Worlds", then it is probably a science fiction movie.  An early 50's sci-fi film that comes to mind is "The Day The Earth Stood Still", which starred British actor Michael Rennie and was nominated for a Golden Globe.  In 1959 he starred in a TV series called "The Third Man".  About the only thing that the TV series had in common with the 1949 movie of the same name was the title and the name of Rennie's character, Harry Lime.  He played an art dealer who solved crimes.  The show was on for one season, then off for a couple of years, then on again from 1962 to 1965.

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3 hours ago, MilesArcher said:

There were apparently several actors who fit the initial clues, but if the 50's film has something in common with "Godzilla' and "War Of The Worlds", then it is probably a science fiction movie.  An early 50's sci-fi film that comes to mind is "The Day The Earth Stood Still", which starred British actor Michael Rennie and was nominated for a Golden Globe.  In 1959 he starred in a TV series called "The Third Man".  About the only thing that the TV series had in common with the 1949 movie of the same name was the title and the name of Rennie's character, Harry Lime.  He played an art dealer who solved crimes.  The show was on for one season, then off for a couple of years, then on again from 1962 to 1965.

Bingo! You read all the clues Miles and got the right anaswer. Michael Rennie and the tv show was The Third Man. The giveaway clues were the films that Raymond Burr and Gene Barry had in common with Michael Rennie. All were in sci-fi films. The Day The Earth Stood Still, starring Michael Rennie is my favorite. There was something else those films had in common, maybe I'll save that for another question LOL. Yes, it's true, the tv show The Third Man wasn't much like the film, if you notice i didn't use that as a clue, for 2 reasons, the first because the tv show and film were so different and using that as a clue could have lead you guys astray, and/or maybe made the question too easy. 
At any rate, glad the question was challenging enough to get some participation and keep you guys quessing! 

Thanks for all the good guesses. Good work Miles, your thread :D

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