They say stars pass in triplett and now we have all three. Don Knotts and Dennis Weaver on Friday, and Darren McGavin on Saturday. Don Knotts has his own thread already but Darren McGavin passed almost without notice which I thought was sad. He will probably be best remembered as the father in "A Christmas Story" by most. Those of us who grew up in the 60's and 70's also remember him as "Kolchak: the Night Stalker". But I'll always remember him for a not well known made for TV movie in 1970 called "Tribes". It starred McGavin, Jan Michael Vincent (for you lady a.netters, even I think he was a hunk back then) and Earl Holliman. Two of my favorite quotes of all time were in that movie. One was from Holliman as Drill Sgt. Depayster, "What kinda flower are you boy? A you a sweet pea boy? Are you a sweet pea?". And then when McGavin catches Vincent meditating naked in the barracks and asked him where his drawers are. Vincent replies, "Sir,I don't wear any sir. Why not? Sir, I like the freedom sir." at which point McGavin looses it and yells "THERE WILL BE NO FREEDOM IN MY PLATOON!" just classic stuff way in advance of Full Metal Jacket and an Officer and a Gentleman.
It was a really great movie with all sorts of great moments. If you ever get a chance to view it, take the time. I don't think you'll be disappointed.
Dennis Weaver, Sam McCloud, Chester, all one in the same. Who can forget the made for TV movie "Duel"? Steven Spielbergs first full length movie as director.