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Classically Speaking:
Promoting Classic Movies in a Jaded World!

Thursday, June 15, 2006


Suzanne PleshetteSUZANNE PLESHETTE (1937-2008) starred in the 70s television hit, The Bob Newhart Show, playing Emily Hartley, Bob's wife. It was then I first learned her name. However, she was recognizable to me well before that. I had seen her in Disney films. On screen, she played a number of "good girls" and confident women. Beyond that, she did several guest appearances on well-known and well-watched television shows I particularly liked. For example, she played Lydia Monteran in the pilot episode of The Wild, Wild West with Robert Conrad. I've also seen her appear in episodes of Bonanza, Ironside, Medical Center, Columbo, The Name of the Game, The F.B.I., The Courtship of Eddie's Father, Marcus Welby M.D., Gunsmoke, Love American Style, It Takes a Thief and Dr. Kildare. Suzanne Pleshette always gave a good performance.

The Ugly Dachshund (1966)Haven't you seen The Ugly Dachshund (1966)? Here, Suzanne plays Fran Garrison, a wife and proud owner of three dachshunds. Her husband played by Dean Jones brings home a fourth dog and tries to pass off the Great Dane pup as another dachshund. Much to married couple's surprise, only the large dog is fooled. This is a lovely Disney film and full of funny and endearing moments.

Watch this and then see these other four films.

Support Your Local Gunfighter (1971) Suzanne plays Patience Barton, co-starring with James Garner in this comic western. It is a delightful film.
Blackbeard's Ghost (1968) In this Disney film, Suzanne plays Prof. Jo Anne Baker. Peter Ustinov is the famous pirate.
The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin (1967) This is one of my favorite Disney films and books, By the Great Horn Spoon, a California standard in third grade. Suzanne plays Arabella Flagg.
The Geisha Boy (1958) This is one of my favorite Jerry Lewis movies. It is more than comedy. It is has many endearing and touching moments. Suzanne plays Sgt. Pearson.

*Contributed by: "Elizabeth Van Cleve Randolph" Date: Thurs, Jun 15 2006 / 13:06:23 PST