Tuesday, April 26, 2011

When Harry Met Jenny

Some good news for Harry O fans: Although there’s still no word on a DVD release of that full and oft-acclaimed 1974-1976 TV series, which starred David Janssen as Southern California cop-turned-private eye Harry Orwell, the Web site TV Shows on DVD has announced that the second pilot film for the series will go on sale on May 3. You’ll be able to purchase it as a $19.95 manufacture-on-demand DVD through the Warner Archive Collection site.

Yes, there were two pilots made for Harry O. The first one ran 73 minutes long, was titled “Such Dust as Dreams Are Made On,” and featured both Martin Sheen and Margot Kidder. It was originally broadcast on March 11, 1973. After ABC-TV passed on turning it into a weekly program, a second and quite a bit better, 100-minute Harry O film, “Smile Jenny, You’re Dead,” was made co-starring Andrea Marcovicci, Clu Gulager, and Jodie Foster.” It was shown for the first time on February 3, 1974, and convinced the network to give Harry Orwell a Thursday night timeslot.

If you have never seen Harry O before, or haven’t already purchased a bootleg copy of that series’ 66 regular episodes, then “Smile Jenny, You’re Dead” should serve as a great reminder of why it’s considered one of American television’s best-ever P.I. shows.


Lee Goldberg said...

I've already pre-ordered it...of course. I also ordered the pilot for Search (aka Probe) from the same site.


David Cranmer said...

That is very good news.

Winifred said...

It's good news of a sort. Not available in the UK yet, if ever!

Hopefully it's the start of the release of the two series.

Never understood why this fantastic series wasn't given a proper release on DVD. For me it was the best US detective show ever. Funny it was only shown on a Thursday night in the US. I'm pretty sure it had a prime time Saturday slot on the BBC. It had to be good to get that! No US detective dramas programmes get prime time on the BBC now, in fact I can't remember one showing at all. They only show on satellite telly. Might be the cost but somehow I doubt it. They just don't make them like this any more.