Sunday, February 28, 2016

You Know The Voice(s): Bill Woodson & Jackie Joseph (F-Troop, 1966)

Any time we throw up an episode of F-Troop is really a "You Know The Voice" feature, considering the cartoon body of work of co-star Larry Storch, who'd finished up with Tennessee Tuxedo before enlisting as Corporal Randolph Agarn for 2 seasons.

In "Our Hero, What's His Name", Agarn gets a "Dear John" letter from his girlfriend, Betty Lou, in New Jersey, and learns that she's broken their 7 year engagement for another man. To cheer up his best friend and business partner, Sgt. O'Rourke (Forrest Tucker) has Agarn concoct a wild, tall tale about killing Apache chief Geronimo to impress Betty Lou. This gambit has more than the desired effect.

First, in New Jersey, Betty Lou (Jackie Joseph, at the time Mrs. Ken Berry) reads the letter, and is understandably excited. Her father is the newspaper editor/publisher, and decides to run the story as a front page headline feature. Uh-oh! That gets the attention not only of Geronimo (Mike Mazurki), but also the Secretary of War (Bill Woodson, in a rare face acting role), who decides to award Agarn a medal at Fort Courage. Geromino rants at a random brave (an uncredited Jamie Farr), and decides to visit his cousin, Hekawi chief Wild Eagle (Frank DeKova, ex-The Untouchables).

Suffice to say, this will not end well for Agarn, but there's also the subplot of Capt. Parmenter (Berry) and his girlfriend, Wrangler Jane (Melody Patterson) trying to capture a bear roaming the woods near the town.....



Right around the time F-Troop was airing in New York on Sunday mornings, rival WOR was airing hour long B movie Westerns, some of which headlined one Bob Steele, who made a career comeback on Troop as Trooper Duffy. Some time down the road, I think I'll find some of Steele's oaters to add to our collection.

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