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Honey West: The Complete Series (4pc) (Full B&W)

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Oh, Honey...!

  • Sep 25, 2008
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I've never heard of Honey West or her TV show until it was offered up on Amazon Vine. Like a couple other products there, it's one I likely wouldn't have gotten had it not been on Vine, and like the others, I'm glad I did!

The TV series centers around Honey West, a gadget-carrying PI with a sidekick named Sam and an ocelot named Bruce. It's clear which of the two is more important to her.

These four discs contain all 30 episodes of the series and, impressively for someone living in an era where a half-hour show is actually twenty-two minutes, these episods actually run the full thirty minutes! It makes me wonder how they managed that run time with commercials (several classic ones are included on these discs, incidentally).

Anne Francis is entirely entertaining as Honey West, looking comfortable and unflappable no matter what she's doing, be it getting a suntan, driving a car or stealing a sculpture of an owl. Sam provides nice backup and does all the sidekick duties with a reasonable degree of skill. The presentation isn't terribly over the top and stands up generally well even now (though the incidental music kept making me flash back to other 1960's shows, like "Bewitched", "Gilligan's Island" and "The Brady Bunch").

The show isn't perfect. It gets a little camp at times, and the cases Honey solves don't always require a lot of brain power to see through. Still, the show is very fun, very lighthearted and very enjoyable!

You get all 30 episodes on these discs, plus the vintage commercials I mentioned. Additionally you get some behind the scenes footage. Not a huge number of extras, but not bad for a one-season show canceled 42 years ago, and at this price, if you even THINK you might want it, you should buy it!

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"A girl's place is in the home." Someone forgot to tell Honey West (Anne Francis), a "private eye-ful" unlike any character American television had ever seen. Created in the 1950s by Skip and Gloria Fickling for a series of steamy pulp fictions, Honey was introduced on TV in an episode ofBurke's Law, in which she matched wits with Gene Barry's playboy chief of homicide (that would have been a nice extra in this set).

A woman of exotic charms, Honey was seriously sexy, glamorously outfitted, proficient in karate and judo, and kept a pet ocelot. Who wouldn't want to see her in her own weekly series? Honey ran her late father's Los Angeles detective agency with hot-headed Sam (John Ericson), a former junior partner, who provided her with such Bondian gadgets as tear gas earrings and an radio transmitter disguised as a martini olive.

The first episode, "The Swingin' Mrs. Jones" establishes the show's cool vibe and cult appeal. Honey sets herself up at a resort as "blackmail bait." And over the course of the 30 episodes, it only gets hotter, as Honey pursues a gang of thieves that includes a Honey look-alike (and is fronted by Alan Reed, the voice of Fred Flintstone!), solves the mystery of a kidnapped rock and roll musician (Bobby Sherman), protects a woman receiving death threats, and foils an insurance fraud scam (in the award-winning episode, "The Grey Lady," written by futureColumbocollaborators ...
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Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Drama
DVD Release Date: September 2, 2008
Runtime: 900 minutes
Studio: Vci Entertainment
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