Dynamic Duos of Television and Movies
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Popular pairs (or duos) were very entertaining in movies and television shows that we loved to watch back in the 1960s and 1970s. Some of these we still watch today as reruns from time to time.
This duo captivated the audience in a 1969 American Western with Butch Cassidy played by Paul Newman and the Sundance Kid, Harry Longabaugh, was played by Robert Redford. Both of these actors are very popular in many movies that we love to watch. In this particular movie, the two are on the run after several train robberies and then they take off for Bolivia. The movie actually inspired the show Alias Smith and Jones, which was about two outlaws trying to go straight by earning amnesty. Another movie was produced in 1979 named Butch and Sundance: The Early Days, which was a prequel.
There are many versions of Sherlock Holmes and his trusty sidekick, Dr. Watson, in both old and modern television as well as movies. This picture happens to be from the series that aired between 1939 – 1946. Together, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson try to solve crimes and mysteries that they find themselves in the midst of. One of the other shows that was produced with Sherlock Holmes was The Hound of the Baskervilles in 1959 and in 1970, there was one called The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes.
For the most part, the movies were created to stick pretty close to the story-line of the books. There are some humorous scenes in some of them that make for some very entertaining movies. One such scene has Dr. Watson trying to figure out just what Sherlock Holmes does for a living after moving in on Baker Street. He comes to the conclusion that he is a criminal mastermind, after noticing him in disguise and seeing some strange visitors around.
Tony Randall and Jack Klugman are the odd couple of the 1970s, who played Felix Unger and Oscar Madison. There have been other shows and movies also about the Odd Couple, even an animated series. The couple were both divorced but complete opposites, one was a neat freak and the other a slob. Because of their differences, they drive each other crazy, which is also what caused them both to end up divorced by their wives. Felix was too much of a neat freak and finally, his wife couldn’t stand it anymore and threw him out. That is when he ended up on Oscar’s doorstep, his childhood friend. Oscar’s wife divorced him because he was too messy. All he wanted to do was play cards and smoke cigars. It made quite a funny sitcom.
Starsky and Hutch brought us four seasons of entertainment, from 1975 through 1979. In this action series, they were two California detectives. Starsky was the dark-haired one, who was more street-wise than Hutch, the blonde divorced one, who was more reserved and preferred to use his brains. Starsky’s car, the two-door Ford Gran Torino, was nicknamed the “Striped Tomato” and was the car that they used the most. It got its name from an off-camera comment made by Paul Michael Glaser (Starsky) when he first saw the car as it was red with a white streak down the side. Hutch’s car was an old tan 1973 Ford Galaxie 500. This car was so bad that when they would use it for undercover work, their cover would be blown all the time because when the driver’s door was open, the horn would go off. Another problem with it was that the clutter in the back seat kept them from being able to transport prisoners.
A spin-off sitcom of Happy Days, Laverne and Shirley ran for eight seasons from 1976 to 1983. They were two friends who were not only roommates but also worked together at the local brewery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It was their job to put the caps on the bottles. Laverne was played by Penny Marshall and Shirley was played by Cindy Williams. At times, they would get into arguments, maybe over a guy or something but would always make up and stay friends. Other characters on the show were their neighbors upstairs, Lenny and Squiggy; who would annoy them sometimes but in the end would still be their friends. At times, characters from Happy Days would make guest appearances and vice versa.
With the production of eight seasons and continuous reruns, we have enjoyed this duo. The predicaments that Barney (Don Knotts) would get himself into always kept Andy busy, getting him out of trouble and saving his reputation as his deputy. Most of the episodes promoted good moral ethics and clean family humor. Episodes such as the one depicted in this picture were really quite funny. They were investigating the old vacant house that the kids thought was haunted. Of course, Barney believed it too but not Andy. He knew something else was going on after looking around. It turned out to be Otis and his buddy scaring people away to protect their moonshine still operation. Andy Griffith passed away at age 86 in 2012, and Barney passed away at age 81 in 2006. Both of them lived long lives giving us plenty of entertainment through the different shows and movies they were portrayed in.
Some of these dynamic duo shows and movies never get boring and we can enjoy the reruns over and over again, as long they continue to show them to us. Who hasn’t watched every episode of Andy Griffith and can almost quote them word for word? They just never get boring.
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