One of screendom's most venerable villains, in films from 1917. Huskily built and most typically mustachioed, Beery made an enjoyably rapacious bad guy in many silent films ("The Mark of Zorro" 1920,...
Jim Rockford is coming back. NBC, Universal Media Studios and Steve Carell's Carousel Television have enlisted House creator/exec producer David Shore to oversee an update of the classic 1974-80 private eye series The Rockford Files. James Garner starred as the ex-con investigator in the series that also put Stephen J. Cannell on the map as a writer-producer.
Garner's Emmy-winning portrayal of the ex-con private eye who lived in a trailer in Malibu turned Jim Rockford into one of series TV's most indelible TV characters ever.
Shore, who knows a thing or two about creating indelible characters, told Variety that as a fan of the show himself, he's well aware of how high the bar is set for the remake.
"It's one of the shows that made me want to become a writer," Shore said.
Shore said he intends to stick with the basic foundation of the show while moving it into the present day.
"What makes Rockford timeless is that he's vulnerable, he's flawed. He's used to hustling and getting hustled," Shore said. "Sometimes he's a hero and sometimes he runs away."
"The minute I heard this I said, 'Let's get it on for midseason' ... but we're going to take our time and get it right," said Angela Bromstad, president of primetime entertainment for NBC Entertainment and UMS. "We know that David has the right sensibility as a writer to take on this kind of big character."
The original Rockford was co-created by Cannell and Roy Huggins. The latter created Maverick -- the offbeat Western that made Garner a star -- The Fugitive and other shows.
Like a lot of ‘70s shows, Rockford was a training ground for a series of future biz heavyweights including David Chase, Juanita Bartlett, Chas Floyd Johnson and actors Dennis Dugan and Tom Selleck. The supporting cast included Noah Beery Jr., Stuart Margolin, Joe Santos and Gretchen Corbett.
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A collection of rare, archival films has been snagged by Turner Classic Movies, Variety reports. The films will air during November sweeps in primetime on four separate Sunday evenings. National Film Preservation Foundation Director Annette Melville said the films "represent a cross-section of American filmmaking that flourished across the U.S. ever since the invention of the film camera. In addition to the November screenings, July will see the 1925 version of The Lost World, written by Sherlock Holmes inventor Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and starring Wallace Beery. October will feature the U.S. debut of famed Italian writer-director Gilberto Pontecorvo's The Wide Blue Road, the first film Gillo wrote. Other rare prints include Orson Welles' stage production of Voodoo "Macbeth"; a 1916 Western called Hell's Hinges; and a World War II propaganda documentary The Battle of San Pietro from John Huston.
One of screendom's most venerable villains, in films from 1917. Huskily built and most typically mustachioed, Beery made an enjoyably rapacious bad guy in many silent films ("The Mark of Zorro" 1920, "The Vanishing American" 1925, "Beau Geste" 1926) and when sound came in his firm, deep bark of a voice complemented his image entirely. Occasionally, Beery even enjoyed the chance to play an atypically sympathetic role, usually with gruff shadings, and proved to be remarkably good at it (e.g. "Linda" 1928). He continued adding good entertainment value to well over 150 films, including many enjoyable "B" Westerns of the 30s and 40s, until shortly before his death. His son, Noah Beery Jr., started in films at the age of seven (appearing with his father in "The Mark of Zorro") and later became a well-liked character player. Elder half-brother of Wallace Beery, popular star of the 1930s and 40s.