Steeling the Show – 3

We left Mr. Steele with Laura, pleading his case to be on the case.

artdirectors

The scene shifts to a glamorous studio set, where an executive-type is reading the riot act to one of his underlings.

“What IS it with you art directors? Everything has got to be the Taj Mahal? Didn’t you ever hear the expression: Less is more?”

ifyouranactor

He sends his minion off with the instruction, “So give me more. Just make it cost less!” Just then, Mr. Steele and Laura approach. What long, skinny legs you have, Mr. Steele!

The important man has no time for starstruck wannabes: “Look. If you’re an actor, leave your resume …” (Interesting that he assumes Mr. Steele is an actor, but not Miss Holt.)

thisisremingtonsteele

Laura sets him straight. “Mr. Haver, this is Remington Steele.”

His reputation – finally – precedes him.

thedetective

“Remington Steele? The detective?”

suddeninterest

This catches the attention of a guy standing nearby, talking to a script girl or somebody.  Behind him, a highly skilled craftsman is doing more with less.

See?

leadsheraway

The guy hastily steers the script girl away. Meanwhile …

ifmywifesentyou

“Look,” Haver says, “If my wife sent you, just tell her that I AM having an affair, and I’ll send you some pictures if she wants.”

hahahaha

Yuk Yuk Yuk.

laughingLondo

Hilarious.

smarmynotfunny

The detectives are … amused?

lookingforveronica

Laura informs him they’re here looking for Veronica Kirk.

“She seems to have disappeared,” Steele adds.

Laura suggests that Veronica’s daughter seems to think Mr. Haver is in the know as to the old lady’s whereabouts.

greedylittletramp

Haver is not pleased. “That greedy little tramp will do anything to keep me from making this movie,” he says, inexplicably pointing to himself.

youtellher

“Well, you tell her that I may or may not know where her mother is …”

undernocircumstances

“But under NO circumstances will I tell HER.”

lockawaymystar

“Why should I? So she can lock away my star in some loony bin?”

youlike

He produces a script. “You like movies?”

Does he like movies? Oh, yeah. He likes movies.

missholtnotfilmbuff

“Miss Holt is not quite the film buff that I am, but she’s getting there.” Steele simultaneously compliments Miss Holt and reminds her that he is the one with the background knowledge for this case.

wellplayed

Well played, sir.

wellI

Haver pronounces himself a film lover.

seedumbo

“I have ever since my parents took me to see Dumbo.”

behindthescenesdumbo 1941. Disney Studios.  Assuming Haver is the same age as Peter Jurasik, he would have been born nine years after Dumbo’s release. Presumably his folks took him to see it in one of its revivals.

reallygottome

“The magic really got to me. I was gonna break into this business, no matter what.” He poignantly recounts how he ate, drank and slept film.

finallyoneday

“And finally one day … I made it!”

Imadeit

Ta-da!

steeleissketical

Mr. Steele seems slightly skeptical.

aboutveronicakirk

Laura wants to get back down to business. “About Veronica Kirk …”

picturethis

“Picture this: In this film, she gets to play three different roles.”

queenof

“The queen of the Amazon tribe …”

themother

“the mother of a corrupt politician …”

tvanchorwoman

” …and a TV anchorwoman.”

whaddyathink

Ta-da!

clapping

Another Citizen Kane!

threetimesinonemovie

Showing the keen mathematical genius that fuels his business success, Haver adds, “All three die dramatically.”

ohhhhh

Sounds … gripping? Something like that: “Sounds splendid,” Steele remarks.

areyoukidding

“Are you kidding?”

nostalgiasells

“Nostalgia sells! Veronica Kirk IS a gold mine. I wish I had ten more like her.”

crawfordhopkinspitts

“But they’re all gone. Crawford, Miriam Hopkins, Zasu Pitts.”

leadingladies

guestshotsonloveboat

“All the rest of em are doing guest shots on ‘The Love Boat’.”

funfacticonThough Veronica Kirk never made an appearance on The Love Boat, her portrayer, Bibi Osterwald, did. It was a 1978 episode called “Ship of Ghouls.” Osterwald played a groupie of a magician played by Vincent Price. (The woman pictured here is not Ostenwald, but Joan Blondell.) shipofghouls

soyoutell

Haver is determined to save Veronica from Bibi’s cruel fate: “So, you tell that banshee who hired you that she does NOT control Veronica- or her money. Yet.” He stomps off, mad.

laurashavingfun

Well, this is turning out to be a jolly case, isn’t it?

 

 

 

3 Comments

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3 responses to “Steeling the Show – 3

  1. eaz35173

    Yes, Steele handled that movie buff question quite well. He’s great at saying just enough to make it truthful.

    Is that “Yuk, yuk, yuk” gif Peter Jurasik? It looks like it could be. And we’ll see both him and that guy talking to the script gal again, in different episodes. Peter is in Dancer, Prancer, Donner, & Steele and the other guy, Richard Backus, will be in Steele Eligible.

  2. South of France

    Dimples, the return !!! I’m your best french fan.

  3. daphgg

    Steele is so on point. Love how he subtly yet effective outlines his value to Laura and she takes notice. A little disappointing to find out their client is referred to as a gold digger.

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