Blog article on different actors playing the same character

Sitcom writer Ken Levine wrote a blog post today comparing Randall and Klugman's performances to Lemmon and Matthau's. He closes with a survey, asking readers to comment on their favorite James Bond, Darren Stephens, Sherlock Holmes, etc.

Top Ten List Added

Addition to the Articles, Interviews & Podcasts Page. I added the text of a Top Ten List that Tony Randall presented on the Late Show after his second child was born.

New Odd Couple TV Show

I'm a bit late in reporting this, so you may have already heard... next year CBS will air a new Odd Couple TV series starring Matthew Perry as Oscar and Thomas Lennon as Felix. It is set to be a midseason replacement due to CBS airing football in the fall. It seems that every couple of years we get a new show with the basic Odd Couple premise, so I guess someone just decided to call a spade a spade. ;)

New FAQ Entry - filming location

I added another item to the FAQ page, under the miscellaneous category:

Where was the show filmed?

Jack Klugman Tribute Up

Only about a year late, I finally have the Jack Klugman Tribute Page up, modeled after the similar page I did for Tony Randall. You'll notice that the message board comments are a lot fewer for Jack's passing, due to lowered usage of the board. But we "make up for it" in a way by also including Facebook comments. And if you see any notable articles or tributes that I've missed, please let me know!

Finding an Edna Quote

Reader Scott writes:

In an episode of the Odd Couple, Edna Unger said to her father Felix words to the effect of: “If you didn’t bug me I wouldn’t know that you love me.”

I know that is not the exact quote. I’ve searched and haven’t been able to find it – I wrote it down 30+ years ago when I was watching that episode with my dad and it has been hanging in there kitchen ever since. At least five years ago it was so faded you can no longer read it, and I would love to be able to write it again so it hangs for another 30 years.

I didn't recognize the quote from memory, but I figured it was from a later Edna episode, when she was played by Doney Oatman. This version of the character had a bit more trouble relating to her father, whereas the younger Edna, played by Pamelyn Ferdin, seemed more similar to him. I found it in episode 59, "The Odd Father." Edna actually says two similar lines near the end of the episode (time stamps reflect was was on my DVD player):

"I'd rather have a father who bugs me than a father who didn't care about me."
24:14

"I guess if you didn't bug me, I wouldn't love you."
24:35

And it turns out the full episode is also available on YouTube, although the time stamps are slightly different. Hopefully the quote will last on Scott's fridge for many years to come. ;)

Odd Couple Facebook Group

Yikes, where does the time go? Sorry about the extended period of time with no updates. I plan to rectify that this year. To start, if you're on Facebook, and an OC fan, you need to check out this group:

I Love "The Odd Couple" TV Show - Facebook Group

If you've noticed that the message board linked in the sidebar has slowed down lately, this is where many of the regulars are now posting. The Facebook group is fairly active, with people posting comments, questions, and even pictures of the show.

More updates coming soon - I promise!

Patriotic March in "The Odd Candidate"

Reader dperez asked:

In the Season 5 episode of the "Odd Couple" titled "The Odd Candidate" there was background music played over a montage of Oscar running for office and making speeches. The music kind of sounded like a John Philip Sousa march but it may have been created by another composer. Do you know the name of this musical composition?

My email reply bounced, so dperez, if you're out there, I hope you see this!

Upon watching my DVD of the episode, I saw that there were two such montages. One at about the 15 minute mark, and then at the 20 minute mark. I wasn't sure which one dperez was asking about, but I knew that the 20 minute one was indeed by John Philip Sousa - it was "Stars and Stripes Forever." The one at the 15 minute mark was more challenging. I watched the clip several times to make sure I would remember the tune, and then tried to find a match. Browsing some websites that had recordings of march music, I finally found it: "American Patrol" by F. W. Meacham.

It looks like the most famous recording of this song was by the Glenn Miller orchestra, which has much more of a "big band" sound than the one used in the Odd Couple episode. But listening to some of the more march-oriented versions available on YouTube, they definitely sound like the one used in this episode.

Furniture Change Inconsistency

Reader John Tosar pointed out an inconsistency related to episode 69, "Take My Furniture Please." Check it out on the Inconsistencies page, under the heading "Take My Furniture...Again."

FAQ Update: Nancy's Last Mention

As you can probably tell, I'm cleaning out my inbox.

FAQ question 8 originally stated that Nancy Cunningham was last referred to in episode #39, "Security Arms," where Oscar spoke to her over the phone - the audience hears him refer to her by name and call her "honey." Reader Jim R. pointed out that while Oscar did have that phone conversation as described, Nancy was mentioned one more time - in another phone conversation in episode #41, "You Saved My Life." Again we hear him say her name and call her honey. Thanks Jim for the correction!

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