Sixties Television – Gilligan’s Island

Sixties Television – Gilligan’s Island

The Huffington Post had an article called
“7 Life Lessons We Learned from Gilligans Island.”

Gilligans_Island_title_cardThe show centered on those aboard the S.S. Minnow, which set sail in September 1964 and wound up shipwrecked — for three years in primetime. Although it was one of the worst-reviewed shows ever broadcast, it was a huge fan favorite and remained so for decades. Millions of viewers tuned in each week to see if the seven castaways would ever get off that darn island.

Those 7 lessons are some that we should take to heart.

Sixties Television – Gilligan’s Island

gilligantitleCast:

  • Bob Denver as Gilligan. Bob had hit the TV scene starring as Maynard G. Krebs in The Many Loves of Dobey Gillis.
  • Alan Hale, Jr as The Skipper, Captain Jonas Grumby. Alan was a great character actor in films before he made a lasting impression on all of us as The Skipper of the SS Minnow.
  • Jim Backus as Thurston Howell, III, the millionaire. Jim was also a character actor in movies. And also became famous for the voice of the cartoon show, Mr. Magoo.
  • Natalie Shafer as Eunice Lovelle Wentworth Howell. Natalie was also seen on the Big Screen before Gilligan. She was 63 years old when the pilot was shot. She joined the cast because it was filmed in Hawaii and she looked at it as a nice vacation. Her contact called for no closeups.
  • Tina Louise as Ginger Grant, the movie star. Tina was not in the pilot. Tina was in movies like The Wrecking Crew, Day of the Outlaw, The Stepford Wives, and God’s Little Acre.
  • Dawn Wells as Mary Ann Summers. Dawn was not in the pilot, but when the producers recast the Professor and the two single women, the former Miss Nevada starting playing Mary Ann from Winfield, Kansas [not far from where I live and home to a great folk/acoustic music festival each year.]
  • Russell Johnson as Professor Roy Hinkley, Phd. Russell was not in the pilot.

Sixties Television – Gilligan’s Island

o-GILLIGAN-facebookGilligan’s Island – It aired for three seasons on the CBS network from September 26, 1964, to April 17, 1967

The music and lyrics for the theme song, “The Ballad of Gilligan’s Isle”, were written by Sherwood Schwartz and George Wyle. One version was used for the first season and another for the second and third. In the original song, the Professor and Mary Ann, originally considered “second-billed co-stars”, were referred to as “and the rest,” but with the growing popularity of those characters, their names were inserted into the lyrics. The “Gilligan” theme song underwent this one major change thanks to star Bob Denver, who personally went to the studio and asked that Johnson and Wells be added to the theme song’s opening credits. When the studio at first refused, saying it would be too expensive to reshoot, Denver insisted, even saying that if Johnson and Wells weren’t included, he wanted his name out of the song as well. The studio caved in, and “the Professor and Mary Ann” were added. Wells elaborated that star Denver went to the studio executives to get her and Johnson added to the opening credits.

The first season version was recorded by the folk group The Wellingtons. The second season version, which incorporated more of a sea shanty sound, was uncredited, but according to Russell Johnson in his book Here on Gilligan’s Isle, it was performed by a group called the Eligibles.

The show’s original pilot episode featured a calypso theme song by future film composer John Williams, and different lyrics. The original length of the voyage was “a six-hour ride”, not “a three-hour tour”. John Williams (or Johnny Williams as he was often listed in the show credits) also started out as the composer of the incidental music for the show (from 1964 to 1965) but was replaced by Gerald Fried for the remaining seasons (1965–67).

plexus

 

 

 

 


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

WordPress spam blocked by CleanTalk.