Tuesday, October 8, 2013

BURKE'S LAW "Who Killed the Hollywood Hopefuls?: The Third Victim" Part 1

Movie actors are being killed by beings resembling famous monsters.
Captain of Detectives Amos Burke and his aides follow a trail of clues leading to the film studio that made the movies the creatures originally appeared in...
Be here tomorrow as we show how movies were screened in the pre-BluRay (and even VCR) days!
(and there'll be more clues, too...)
Note: you didn't miss a post here.
The first part appeared at our "brother" blog Secret Sanctum of Captain Video!
Burke's Law (1963-1966) was produced by Aaron Spelling, who later did such genre series as Charlie's Angels, TJ Hooker, Matt Houston, Hart to Hart, Starsky and Hutch, The Rookies, SWAT, Mod Squad, and Honey West (a spinoff from Burke's Law we've featured HERE.)
While it was a police procedural, the plot was often secondary to the parade of high-profile guest stars playing victims and suspects, making it "CSI meets Love Boat".
Classic movie stars like Buster Keaton, Don Ameche, Basil Rathbone, Dorothy Lamour, and Broderick Crawford joined up-and-comers like William Shatner, Barbara Eden, Tab Hunter, Annette Funicello, and Telly Savalas as the weirdest grouping of West Coast eccentrics outside of San Diego ComicCon!
As you can see, translating it to the comic page proved difficult, since the editors felt the guest star aspect couldn't be carried out in a licensed comic.
Depite that, writer Paul S Newman and artists Frank McLaughlin (penciler) and Dick Giordano, Sal Trapani & Vince Colletta (inkers) did a commendable job trying to capture the light-hearted feel of the series in this tale from Dell's Burke's Law #3 (1965).
Trivia: Every episode's title was "Who Killed (Insert Noun)?", much as Man from U.N.C.L.E.'s titles were "The (Insert Noun) Affair" and Wild, Wild West's episodes all had a "Night of the (Insert Noun)" title (even if they took place during the day)!

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