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."

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

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!

Updated TV Info

Thanks to reader Alan Stevens for pointing out that I needed to update the FAQ question on where to watch the show, as it is now airing on Me-TV. But as he points out, the episodes are heavily edited! To ensure seeing full, uncut episodes, you'll want to get the DVD versions.

Jack Klugman 1922 - 2012

As you may have already heard, Jack Klugman passed away on December 24th at age 90. While learning of someone's passing is always sad, at least we know that he lived a long life with a successful career that continued into his later years - his last credited onscreen role was in 2010.

I was fortunate enough to have spoken to Mr. Klugman in the phone on 2006 when his publicist arranged an interview for his book Tony and Me. My dad was so impressed that he wrote down the phone number after seeing it on the monthly bill (I lived with my parents at the time) and he would proudly tell people that he had Jack Klugman's phone number on his rolodex - not that any of us ever used it after that interview. You can read a transcript of this interview on the Interviews page.

Here are just some of the articles/tributes that have been posted. I will be working on a tribute page for this site, similar to the one I have for Tony Randall. And seeing now it's been almost a year since I've updated this website, I apologize that it took an event like this to get me working on it again. In addition to the Jack Klugman tribute page, I hope to make a few other updates too.

New York Times - "Jack Klugman, Actor of Everyman Integrity, Dies at 90"
Los Angeles Times - "Appreciation: Jack Klugman relatable as Oscar, fervid as Quincy"
CNN - "'Odd Couple' actor Klugman dies at 90"
Huffington Post - Jack Klugman Dead: 'The Odd Couple' Actor Dies At 90 "

Some behind-the-scenes info

If you are a fan of classic TV, I highly recommend checking out the blog By Ken Levine. Ken has been a TV writer since the 1970s, and has written several episodes of MASH and Cheers, as well as other shows. Looking through his older posts, I found a brief post about The Odd Couple and its switch from single- to multi-camera. Not much new there, but then he followed it up with a fascinating post about working with Tony Randall when he was a staff writer for The Odd Couple. Check it out!

Visitor Mail - The Maypole Dance

Dennis asks:

Can you tell me anything about the openning credits where Felix (I think) starts dancing around a Maypole in a park somewhere?

I found the answer to this on the blog Inside the Apple: A Streetwise History of New York City, written by a couple who have a business providing tours of New York City neighborhoods. As their article explains:

Perhaps the best part of the original credits shows Felix and Oscar learning to dance at a maypole celebration on Sheep Meadow in Central Park. In the background the Century (25 Central Park West) and the old Gulf and Western building (now Trump International Hotel) loom over them.

Maypole celebrations in Central Park go back at least as far as 1909, and by 1914, the New York Times was reporting that 7,000 girls from sixty-eight public schools had come to the park to erect maypoles and dance. Indeed, maypole celebrations still take place each year in Central Park, though we're guessing nowhere near as many people show up.


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