Thursday, March 21, 2019

Ward Warns Wayward Wally

Frankly, Wally, I'm disappointed
in you. Your mother and I didn't
raise you to get mixed up with
that ragtag group of misfits
at Shady's Place.

Gee, dad, you make it sound like they're a
bunch of hooligans. They're really nice guys
and girls. All they do is listen to the coolest
records, dance, sing, talk, laugh and have
fun. The original Shady Dell wasn't like any
other hangout and didn't try to be. That's
how it isat Shady's Place, too.

Boy, I don't think I ever saw dad
this mad before. Looks like he
might be gettin' ready to clobber
Wally! While they're in the den,
see if you can answer Shady
Del Knight's brain-bustin'
trivia questions.


Can you name the two stars of the 1950s
Western television series Broken Arrow?

Which actor later became a regular cast
member on a soap opera for teenagers
that co-starred Tony Dow who played
Wally on Leave it to Beaver?

Which of these actors was married to
Barbara Eden, star of the popular
60s sitcom I Dream of Jeannie?



The year was 1956.

You liked 7 Up... and it liked you.

That fall the Western TV series
Broken Arrow started its two year
prime time run on ABC with reruns
aired on Sunday afternoons during
the 1959/60 season.

Michael Ansara
played Apache chief Cochise
on Broken Arrow.

For 16 years Ansara was married to Barbara Eden,
star of the 60s sitcom I Dream of Jeannie.

John Lupton starred as Indian agent
Tom Jeffords on Broken Arrow.

In the mid 60s Lupton appeared as a regular
on the ABC daytime drama Never Too Young.

Never Too Young premiered in the fall
of 1965. Intended to attract teenage
viewers, the soap, which starred
Tony Dow of Leave It To Beaver
and Tommy Rettig of Lassie fame,
featured guest appearances by
popular 60s recording artists.
Never Too Young got old fast.
The teen sudser lasted only one
season before being given the
ax and replaced by the Gothic
vampire series Dark Shadows.

Remember rock 'n' roller Jo Ann Campbell's novelty number
"Mother, Please" based on the funny old TV commercial
for the pain reliever Anacin? Now watch John Lupton
lose his cool in this 1965 Anacin ad.

Have a Shady day!


  1. I thought I knew his name, and I was right. I believe it was her first husband of several. Like they do in Hollywood.

    1. Hi, Alex!

      By golly, you're the early bird yet again, good buddy. That makes 4,777 times. :) Thanks for coming!

      I'm happy to know you correctly guessed that Michael Ansara - "Cochise" on Broken Arrow - was at one time married to Barbara Eden. Barbara, who turns 88 this year (anybody feel old?) has been married three times. Michael Ansara lived to age 91 and he and Barbara outlived their son, Matthew Ansara, who died in 2001, a tragic event that caused Barbara an emotional breakdown.

      Thanks again for coming, good buddy Alex!

  2. At least they starred Michael who was a true dark complexion man instead of all the crazy makeup they used to do for westerns on those who "played" Indians.
    Isnt that just swell that you referenced Leave it to Beaver. LOL! I used to watch that everyday when I got home from school. Golly, Beav.

    1. Hi, Holli-berry!

      Thanks for coming over and taking my latest brain buster trivia quiz, dear friend!

      You make a good point. Michael Ansara was a credible casting choice for the role of American Indian chief Cochise - no stupid red man makeup required.

      I am pleased that you appreciate my latest Leave It To Beaver vignette - Ward Warns Wayward Wally. I watched the show every day, too, starting in the late 50s when it was a first run network series. In recent years I watched all available episodes on Netflix. Of course I also watched Broken Arrow back in the day.

      Thanks again for swinging by, dear friend Holli. I hope you are feeling better by the hour and I wish you a restful night, a great Friday and a safe and happy weekend!

  3. Good Morning Shady! 7-UP was my drink of choice in the late 50's and early 60's before Sprite came along. My parents kept a close watch on our carbonated sweet beverage intake, to keep our teeth and weight healthy, haha! I remember the 7-UP commercials and Coke ads back in the day!

    Ansara was a handsome man, and I remember seeing him act in various things. I don't remember he was married to Barbara Eden, but I didn't pay attention to their personal lives then when I was younger. I didn't watch Broken Arrow, but I remember the show and both actors.

    I wasn't a "Never Too Young" viewer either. I don't even remember the show, but once again, I was not one to sit in front of the TV much, as I am these days, haha!

    This is a fun trivia post, Shady! I do remember the faces, but, I didn't know the names. And, wow...I do remember that Anacin commercial! Times have really changed, haven't they.

    I hope you are having a pleasant week, Shady and nice temperatures. We're expecting to rise up in the 70's today! I guess the real stifling heat is on its way! Thank you for this look back, brain teaser. Take care, dear friend!♫

    1. Hi, Suzanne!

      Thanks for joining the fun and testing your knowledge of TV trivia, dear friend! You passed my test by virtue of the fact that you remember when soda pop was actually GOOD for you :)... that you remember 7-Up and Coke ad campaigns of the past, and that you remember those funny Anacin commercials. The slogan "Mother please - I'd rather do it myself!" was as well known and popular as "Where's the beef?" and "Help! - I've fallen and I can't get up." I vividly recall the Anacin spot I posted here, the one from 1965 with John Lupton blowing his stack at his wife.

      I watched Broken Arrow every week along with many other Westerns. I honestly don't remember Never Too Young, but it is interesting to note its connection with one of my favorite shows, Dick Clark's music series Where The Action Is. Both shows aired on ABC. "Action" premiered in June 1965 and started out as a summer replacement series that aired at 2 pm. When school started in the fall, Action's time slot was changed to weekdays at 4:30 Eastern. Never Too Young aired at 4 pm and premiered in September, exactly three months after Action made it debut and around the same time that Action was moved to its 4:30 time slot. I can't remember which show I watched before tuning in Action every day, but it wasn't Never Too Young and it wasn't Dark Shadows, the soap that replaced it.

      Two days ago, we enjoyed another brief and refreshing cool snap with dark skies and intervals of rain, but today the sun is shining and the mercury is climbing. "The heat is on." :)

      I'm delighted that you enjoyed the post, dear friend Suzanne. Thanks again for making time for a visit. Give Scootie a hug for me and have a wonderful Friday and weekend!

  4. I always liked the "Where's the Beef" commercials. That little lady was perfect for the part. But, I was never fond of the Shake N Bake ads from the mid 60's! And, I didn't know those commercials carried on through the 1980's also.

    Some of our commercial ads today are really cool, I think because they program the music to accompany it appropriately. If you like the music, you will sit up and take notice.

    1. Hi, again, Suzanne!

      Yessum, you named another familiar and somewhat annoying ad campaign of the past, the one for Shake N Bake - "... and I helped!" Clara Peller was the old lady who shouted "Where's the beef?" in the Wendy's commercials. Hard to believe Clara has been dead and gone 32+ years.

      Many of today's commercials irritate me, but there are a few that strike me as clever and extremely well done, They do not rely on jingles that use oldies of the past or any music at all for that matter. They are the recent spots created for Discover Card by The Martin Agency in Richmond, an agency Mrs. Shady and I worked with when we were executive recruiters for the ad industry:

      The Martin Agency is also currently running its "Best of Geico" campaign, featuring the "greatest hits" of their Geico Insurance commercials over the last quarter century. They include commercials that featured "The Rhetorical Question Guy" - the character I use almost every year in my New Year - January 1 posts:

      Thanks again for coming to chat, dear friend Suzanne!

  5. You stumped me with all the trivia questions this time, Shady. I can't help but think that Dark Shadows had to have been better than the teen soap it replaced. I do remember Dark Shadows!

    I haven't thought about Anacin (my laptop autocorrected that to Anakin!) in ages. I wonder what those extra ingredients were that it conveniently didn't name? We were a Bayer Aspirin family. ;)

    1. Hi, Kelly!

      Thanks for coming by, dear friend! I am happy to see you and delighted to bust your brain with another trivia quiz. I'm sorry you would up wearing the dunce cap this time. :)

      There used to be several clips from Never Too Young on YouTube, but today I found only one to show you. It doesn't give you any sense of the bad soap opera acting because it is a scene with a musical number, but if you click at the 1:00 mark you will see one of the female characters walk across the canteen and take a seat at a table with Tony Dow (Wally from Leave It To Beaver):

      I remember Tony Dow appearing in a number of episodes of a much more successful soap, General Hospital, in the mid 70s.

      As a horror and vampire fan, I tried watching Dark Shadows, but I found it extremely slow paced and boring... like watching blood dry. :) I bailed out after the first few episodes.

      I don't know the secret ingredient in Anacin but, based on the rapid turnaround in John Lupton's mood in that commercial, it would render anger management classes obsolete. Just pop a pill and chill!

      Thanks again for dropping in, dear friend Kelly!

    2. Thanks for providing the link. I certainly recognized Tony Dow! I also didn't remember him being on General Hospital, which I watch religiously in the late 70s. Maybe he wasn't on it by the time I got hooked.

    3. Hi, Kelly!

      Thanks for returning, dear friend! It's good to know you read my reply, followed the link to that segment of Never Too Young and spotted "Wally." As I recall from other scenes that I watched in the past on YouTube, most of the action takes place in that teen hangout - The High Dive Beach Club - and outdoors on the beach where the kids also dance on the sand as musical guests perform. Also in the cast of Never Too Young was an actress who played one of Wally's girlfriends on Leave It To Beaver and actor Michael Blodgett who played Lance Rocke aka Jungle Lad in the Russ Meyer film Beyond the Valley of the Dolls! In addition to The Castaways, the band seen performing in that clip, musical guests included Marvin Gaye, Johnny Rivers, Freddy Cannon and Paul Revere and the Raiders. Tony Dow's TV credits indicate that he appeared on GH in 1975 which means he left the show by the time you started watching it. I stated watching GH in the 60s, long before Luke and Laura became the hottest couple in daytime drama.

      Thanks again for coming by, dear friend Kelly!

  6. Tom,

    You're so good at adding the right dialogue to match your content. I can almost image these characters saying what you wrote. 'Leave It to Beaver' began it's run in the late 50s before I was born and ran through my early childhood years of the 60s. I don't know if I ever watched the program reruns. I recognized the actor who played Cochise but I didn't know his name and I took a guess which man was once married to Barbara Eden which I called right inside my head. Needless to say, I am not familiar with these two shows but I do recall Dark Shadows. That was a favorite of mine of mine to watch in the late 60s to early 70s. I started watching this on Amazon Prime but never did finish up the series. Thanks for the look back at some golden age TV programing even if it didn't last long. :)

    1. Hi, Cathy!

      I am delighted to see you, dear friend! Thanks for coming by to see what Ward, Wally and the Beaver are up to. You should watch all available reruns of Leave It To Beaver. It's a great family show that was truly funny and entertaining, the dialogue natural and the situations reality based. Ozzie & Harriet and Father Knows Best are two other high quality series of the 50s that I can recommend to younger friends like you.

      I'm happy to know you were able to guess which actor married Barbara Eden. Sorry you don't remember Broken Arrow or Never Too Young, and I find it interesting that you recall Dark Shadows and actually followed that Gothic soap opera. I thought it dragged terribly. I was used to watching vampire horror movies loaded with action, blood and gore, and Dark Shadows didn't offer it.

      I'm thrilled to have you here taking a break from your busy day creating artwork for the A to Z. I look forward to swinging by CAAC tomorrow morning for a dose of Friday Sillies. Until then, have a pleasant evening, dear friend Cathy, and thanks again for joining the fun here at Shady's Place!

    2. Tom,

      If either of these series show up on Netflix or Amazon Prime then I'll be sure to check them out. While the old Dark Shadow series is tame compared to some of the old classic horror movies and certainly can't hold a candle to the scariest stuff today but I was young enough to not know that it wasn't really all that scary. I also didn't notice how awful the acting was or the many goofs done on camera because of the low budget they didn't do retakes. When I watch these old reruns it's just for the nostaglia. The horrible acting and crew slips up give me reason to smile now. BTW, sorry about my own flub up with my latest post. :) Have a good week, my friend!

    3. Hi, Cathy!

      Flubbing the scheduling of your posts is one of your many endearing qualities, my friend. Besides it worked out for me because I like getting a head start on blogs over the weekend so I am not as slammed on Mondays which tend to be very busy blogging days.

      Yessum, from the few Dark Shadows episodes I remember watching, I recall the low budget production and goofs. I used to watch other soaps that were aired live including One Life To Live, and I recall an episode of that show in which the actors completely lost their places and just stood there silent. I think Tommy Lee Jones was in that scene, but was not the cause of the broken continuity. I do hope you can find and watch the family friendly vintage sitcoms I mentioned. They are valuable time capsules.

      Thanks again for coming to chat, dear friend Cathy!

  7. Hi Shady,

    I learned some new trivia tonight. I think when my parents get back from their vacation, I'll have to show this entry to dad to see if he knew. I have a feeling he does. :)

    I love old advertisements; they're fun to watch. Have a great Thankful Thursday, dear friend.

    1. Hi, Jessica Marie!

      Thanks for checking out my 4W post - Ward Warns Wayward Wally. I should have published it on Wordless Wednesday! :)

      Yessum, if your dad was a fan of TV Westerns, there's a good chance he will remember Broken Arrow.

      Pain reliever commercials were among the most entertaining on television in the 50s and 60s. I'm glad you enjoyed this one for Anacin.

      Thanks again for coming over, dear friend JM, and enjoy your Friday and weekend!

    2. Hi Shady,

      Sometimes Retro TV plays old Anacin commercials, but they haven't recently. They changed the format a little bit and I don't really care for it now.

      I love old toothpaste commercials. There is a dental museum in Baltimore and they play the old Ipana commercials on a tooth shaped TV. I might have to visit again!

      Have a great Sunday, dear friend!

    3. Hi, Jessica Marie!

      I didn't know Baltimore has a dental museum. That sounds interesting! Yessum, I remember Bucky Beaver, the Disney-created mascot who pitched Ipana toothpaste in the 1950s. As I recall Ipana had a strong peppermint flavor. It was like brushing your teeth with Pepto-Bismol. :)

      Happy Sunday to you as well, dear friend JM!

  8. I was 7 years old then with no TV and no Radio … Anyway,friend Shady … Love, cat.

    1. Hi, cat!

      How are you, dear feline friend? Thanks for taking a look at my 4-W post!

      I am sorry to learn that you had no TV or radio when you were young. I can't imagine what that was like. I am pleased to introduce you to some of the programs you missed back then.

      Thanks again for dropping by, dear friend cat, and have a wonderful weekend!

  9. I knew the answer ! Yea Me... I am that old !
    Plus remember "plunk plunk fizz fizz " with the"Speedy Alka Seltzer" ?

    cheers, parsnip

    1. Hi, Gayle!

      Thank you very much for being here again this week as I salute Leave It To Beaver, Broken Arrow, Never Too Young and those humorous Anacin pain reliever commercials in which people with headaches explode at their loved ones, take two tablets and set about doing damage control. Fortunately, traumatized family members never held their tantrums against them. :) Yessum, I remember Speedy Alka-Seltzer. Remember Arnold Stang's candy commercials and his familiar tagline: "Chunky - whatta chunka chocolate!"

      Remember O.J. running through airports? Maybe it's best we not go there.

      Thanks again for joining the fun, dear friend Gayle!

  10. Did Eddie Haskell also hang around the Dell?

    Michael Ansara appeared as the Blue Djinn on an episode of I Dream of Jeannie. It was he who originally changed a human Jeannie into a genie (until the sitcom retrochanged her origin about halfway through its run, stating she was born a genie into a genie family, the better to bring in genie relatives.)

    I never heard of the series Broken Arrow, but it must have been quite radical for 1956. The clip mentions a massacre of Indian women and children. Granted, it's treated as an aberration rather than, as it often was in real life, business as usual, but still for the cavalry to be portrayed that way on a TV show was unusual (but not in a motion picture--The Searchers, directed by John Ford, also has such a massacre.) It makes me want to see this show.

    1. Hi, Kirk!

      Thanks for returning to Shady's Place, good buddy. It's great to have you back!

      I don't remember seeing wisecracking Eddie at the Dell, but that's only because he is six years older than me. Eddie was all grown up and had "left the nest" by the time I arrived on the scene. Believe it or nuts, Ken Osmond will be age 76 this year. You might be too young to remember, but two urban legends about Ken circulated in the 70s. One of the rumors alleged that Ken had become rock star Alice Cooper. The other insisted that he was porn legend John Holmes. In reality Ken became a police officer with the LAPD.

      Yes, I remember Michael Ansara appearing on I Dream Of Jeannie. It was always hard for me to picture Barbara Eden married to Ansara (when she could have had ME). Broken Arrow was not the only TV Western to portray American Indians positively. Brave Eagle, starring Keith Larsen, was another such show that I watched. I should also name The Lone Ranger as a Western series that attempted to overcome prejudice and discrimination toward native Americans by portraying Tonto as one of the good guys and proving wrong the white characters who dismissed Tonto as a "thieving redskin." There were other Westerns I could name that had a positive influence on young viewers. At the end of every show, Hoppy Cassidy broke the fourth wall and spoke directly to kids in the TV audience, urging them to be clean of body and mind and obey their parents. Therefore, I remember quite a few TV series of the 50s and early 60s, more than you might think, that set a good example, championed the rights of minorities, promoted tolerance and good citizenship and helped shape my values. I haven't searched for Broken Arrow and I have not come across it in the listings on Netflix or Amazon. Let me know if you find it available somewhere.

      Thanks again for coming back to your home away from home, Shady's Place, good buddy Kirk!

  11. Hi Shady! Sorry I'm behind on my visits as I missed your last post. I've been battling sickness again this past week but continued to work..that was a hard week! So today I thought I'd better get with it and check in with my favs..that'd be you! I do remember "Broken Arrow" but it must have been in reruns. I never heard of "Never too Young" and it doesn't seem like I missed much. I do however remember "Dark Shadows". My first babysitting job (which I hated) was for a crazy lady who was an alcoholic and I had to watch her kids because she was unable to do that and drink. She was obsessed..and I mean super obsessed, with Dark Shadows and I had to watch it with her. I should blog about that time in my life since it was so nuts. Anyway, that commercial was hilarious and it's one I do remember. It always floored me because I never heard my Dad yell at my Mom like that guy! Ha! Anyway, thanks for the time machine and I hope all is well with you. I'd wipe down my computer screen since I'm sure this stupid bug I have is super contagious! Have a good week!

    1. Hi, YaYa!

      Welcome back to Shady's Place, dear friend. I am very happy to see you!

      I am also very sorry to learn that you are "poorly" again. This has been a rough late winter/early spring for you, my dear. It doesn't surprise me one bit that you were a trouper and kept working while ill. I admire you! You're right. The computer keyboard is one of the filthiest things you can touch. It is a good idea to pull an Adrian Monk and wipe it down regularly, then go and wash you hands.

      I'm happy to learn that you have at least some recollection of Broken Arrow. I don't remember watching Never Too Young, and I am racking my brains (brain?) (single brain cell?) trying to remember what I did watch weekdays at 4 pm instead of that soap and the one that replaced it - Dark Shadows. I'm thinking I might have been watching The Little Rascals on another channel. It seems like cruel and unusual punishment that the drunken woman made you watch Dark Shadows with her. :) To me the show was too dry, slow paced and boring.

      I'm delighted that you remember the Anacin commercial with the headachy hubby going off on his wife, then, after popping his pills, sitting down to the dinner she prepared for him as if nothing happened. He should have been WEARING his meal. :)

      Thank you again for returning to your home away from home - Shady's Place - dear friend YaYa. I hope you are bouncing back to full health hour by hour and I wish you a restful Sunday and a wonderful week ahead!

  12. Dear Tom
    I’ve been lost in the blogosphere for months. I have been so busy this period I can’t remember the last time I send a comment to one of my blog-friends. I had a 2nd baby (girl) she’s just 3 months old and I am super busy mom �� I hope to be more present from now on and congratulations for this new blog , super cool �� really like it. Ciao & see you soon . K.

  13. I am! I knew Michael Ansara right away but no clue about the other actor..Poor John. I believe there is a movie starring James Stewart and Jeff Chandler(??). I have not seen this yet nor the tv series. I never heard of the teen soap but love Dark Shadows with the lovely Joan Bennett. Love seeing some of the trailers although I would wonder if I saw 2 sweaty half naked men in the wilderness...just saying. As for the Anacin ad..they must have vallium or good ole pot to make him all happy and content.


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