Tod, in Chisholm, Tennessee working at a cotton gin, meets another "Yankee". He is a nomadic Hollywood song writer who has stopped in town looking for new material. The outsider is not ...
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Tod, in Chisholm, Tennessee working at a cotton gin, meets another "Yankee". He is a nomadic Hollywood song writer who has stopped in town looking for new material. The outsider is not popular with some of the locals and Tod becomes his reluctant protector. Buz is not seen, he is "thinking about girls again" while in an unnamed hospital.Written by
With guest star Richard Basehart this one was a winner.
The storyline of YOU CAN'T PICK COTTON IN TAHITI was a little silly and a bit of a put down of Southern people or hillbillies. However, with Richard Basehart as the man who gets off the bus in town, the TV episode was a winner from the beginning. A lesser actor may not have been able to pull it off. The general idea was that Richard Basehart was a shiftless type, but apparently good at accumulating music as he left his car on the beach and faked a suicide to avoid getting married. He jumps on a bus and ends up getting off in a small town in Tennessee where the bus only comes through every three days. He is a kind of con artist who can get people to help him be even more shiftless. But in the town he discovers some down country type music that he knows he can turn into a great success for himself. He shines up to the local town beauty to be allowed to stay and that makes her boyfriend mighty unfriendly. Martin Milner gets in the middle. Basehart has it on his mind to get his work done and skip town after he agrees to marry the girl. The town folk try to keep him in the area to follow through. Like I said, the idea that something like this would happen in the South is a little insulting to the folks in the mountains and hard to believe. Richard Basehart was such a veteran actor of not only TV, but stage and screen as well, that he pulled it off handily. Remember him in Moby Dick and as Admiral Nelson on Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea? A great actor. In this episode, Martin Milner used the telephone booth (pre cell phones eh?) to call Buz (George Maharis) who was supposed to be in the hospital. No doubt Maharis was away from the series for some reason. Martin Milner has always been a competent actor. I remember him all the way back as a young boy in Life With Father and so many other good works like The Kent Family Chronicles, Adam 12, The Fighting Coast Guard, The Long Gray Line, and so many others. He has had a good career. The young lady in the show was Jena Engstrom who did work but seems to have stopped working in the middle 1960's. Her boyfriend was played by William Bramlette and the credits said - introducing. Apparently he didn't go to much further in show business. Jena's mother was played by Adrienne Marden who did plenty of TV work and you may remember her as occasionally appearing on The Waltons as Mrs. Breckenridge. Her husband Richard Shannon was another TV veteran actor. It's been a long time since the show was on, but still holds your interest.
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