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Monday, March 17, 2008

Nose-talgia: Happy St. Patrick's Day!

In honor of St. Patrick's Day, the least we can do is present a photo from one of the most adorable Bonanza episodes ever called Hoss and the Leprechauns, where he discovers a pot of gold and a passel of little people in green (wearing costumes from the 1956 Danny Kaye movie The Court Jester, btw). It's one of the jolliest Bonanza episodes and features the wonderful Dan Blocker in one of his most charming performances. The whole episode is on YouTube here, but it's in Spanish, though you'll still get the essence of the episode -- it's not exactly Shakespeare and you'll figure out the story pretty easily -- and hear the hilarious musical score featuring excerpts from Mendelsohn's "A Midsummer Night's Dream". At the very least, click on the YouTube link above and watch the first few minutes, to hear David Rose's theme music for Hoss which perfectly captures the gentle giant's amiable personality. (Interestingly enough, Hoss and the Leprechauns originally aired on Dec. 22, 1963, not near St. Patrick's Day at all, although it was always my St. Paddy's treat for viewers when I programmed KTLA back in the day).

The Nose also tried to find a good version of the famous Saturday Night Live John Belushi bit "The Luck of the Irish" -- not too much luck, but the whole transcript is here and a rather shakily-recorded off-TV video of it is here. Better than nothing, that's for sure!

1 comment:

Jane said...

I can't believe you found the transcript to the SNL bit that Belushi did. I could hear him doing it while I read the whole thing. Brilliant! Happy St. Pats and Erin go Braugh to all!