|Allen would have admitted that - Richard's participation
sold the pilot. His participation made all the preposterous goings-on
with monsters, etc, perpetually balanced and credible. It lent legitimacy
to the proceedings.
EIGHTH"????? "Yeah, Man - don't you ever
listen to KRLA?" "Uh, no," Richard admitted somewhat
sheepishly, feeling a need to apologize for the fervency of David's incredulous
question. "Oh, man, it goes like this - (in full voice David
began to sing:) "I'm Henery the Eighth, I am - Henery the Eighth
I am, I am, - I got married to the widow next door - she's been married
seven times before...." Richard closed his eyes, shook
his head and muttered, "Oh, that's TERRIBLE". All of
us on the set laughed helplessly. Both great guys. Both living
in different worlds. It was great working with them and everyone
else in the cast and crew."
Del Monroe, David Hedison and Allan Hunt
from "Return of the Phantom." |
to David and Richard together , they were well matched and got along
wonderfully. However they were worlds apart culturally. One
of my favorite memories was observed on the set just before filming
one day. There's always a lull in time as a shot is being
"set" with lighting adjustments and necessary sound checks.
Actors are quite used to these delays. David and Richard were
standing close to one another, waiting for the crew to complete
their tasks. David started singing quietly to himself.
It was a song that was extremely popular at the time, "Henry
the Eighth, I Am" by Herman's Hermits.
As David continued to sing absently, quietly, Richard finally looked
up and said, "What is that you're singing?" and David
replied, "Henry the Eighth!" Richard was dumbstruck.