A Treasure Trove of On-Set photos from Amok Time

Came across these on eBay the other day — a dealer had purchased original negatives from a photographer who took on-the-set photos of the Star Trek cast during the filming of Amok Time (among others).  These outtakes are quite a treasure trove! I suspect it was common to have photographers on set to take pictures for publicity, but unlike regular publicity photos, these are not staged, but taken during the actual rehearsals and filming.  I’ll be watching out for more!

So Long Old Chum: Adam West 1928 -2017

I realize it’s been a little while now, but I had to do a little tribute to  actor Adam West, who as you know passed away on June 9th.  Adam’s Batman was to all his fans what Spock was to Trekkers; a beloved character, an inspiration, and an overall a hero.  I loved Adam West’s voice, and how he made Batman a lovable hero, (if a bit goofy).   Of course the 1966 TV show was pure parody, but  it was a tonic the country needed from seeing the horror of Vietnam on the nightly news.

As Batman  came out the same year as Star Trek, my initial memories of it as a 5-year old were a bit sketchy. I recall watching it with my family at the “Same Bat-time, same Bat-channel!” every week.  In fact, Batman was so popular, it aired twice a week at one point!  I remember I loved the animated opening, because any  child could not resist a cartoon!  I recall having a crush on Burt Ward (a.k.a. Robin) because he was the cool teenager, and being a bit creeped out by The Joker.   It was funny when the dynamic duo would climb up the buildings, and we all wondered why The Joker had a mustache under his makeup! (Cesar Romero refused to shave his trademark lip fuzz).  We all thought it was pretty silly and never took it as seriously as Trek but it sure was fun escapism.

As I grew older and saw it in reruns, I remember finding it a bit embarrassing to watch (Bat-Tusi anyone?) but I did begin to appreciate the tongue-in-cheek atmosphere of the whole thing, and West really knew how to play it up!  I only wish Batman could have married Catwoman!  It appears that West agreed with me, when asked what Batman story he’d write:

“My Bruce Wayne would have been romancing Catwoman with a brandy snifter full of milk. Then he would have said something silly, like “Man cannot live on milk alone.”

After Batman, West had trouble getting roles because of the typecasting Batman gave him, but he remained optimistic:

“I can’t tell you how grateful I am to those fans. They are not stupid. I think they appreciate my sincerity and my work. Actors want to be loved. Batman (1966) has done that for me. I have an audience out there which is always waiting to see whatever I do. And new generations are constantly discovering me in reruns. So, as long as I stay sharp, good things can still happen for me. Meanwhile, I keep hoping that a wonderful opportunity will come along. Believe me, my life ain’t so bad, after all.”

And eventually, he found many a role after Batman, and had rarely been out of work right up to his passing last month.  He also remained remarkably young-looking, even as he struggled with leukemia at the end.

Before Batman, West even had a Star Trek connection!  He and Bill Shatner appeared in the short-lived series-turned TV Movie Alexander the Great with Shatner in the lead and West as Cleander. Here’s the whole movie!

On June  16th the city of Los Angeles beamed the Bat Signal onto city hall.  I can’t imagine a better tribute to this beloved actor. <3 Rest in Peace.

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That’s the Batman I grew up with! Adam in his iconic role.

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Striking photo of Bruce Wayne (Adam) shedding his cowl. (*Sigh!*) So Handsome!

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Personally I always wanted Batman to run off with Catwoman! (with Julie Newmar)

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Classic, Campy 1966 LIFE Magazine cover

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So Batman, Batgirl, and Mr. Spock walk into a bar…Adam, Yvonne Craig, and Leonard Nimoy at a Hollywood Event. Missed but never forgotten

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Bat-Bang and Spock-Rock! Adam and Leonard beat the drum-skins at the same party from above. Oh to be a fly on the wall there!

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Fueling those rumors… Not sure if this is Photoshopped or not- Funny pic of Adam as Batman and Burt Ward as Dick Grayson.

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Handsome Adam Post-Batman. He lived out the Batman typecasting to his advantage and became an icon to millions.

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Parodying himself as “Catman” on The Fairly Odd Parents.

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As himself on The Fairly Odd Parents

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As himself again on The Simpsons

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The Bat Signal Tribute in Los Angeles on June 16th

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Adam had many roles though his 50 years plus acting career. He even voiced Mayor Adam West on ‘Family Guy’

My Weekly Spock: Nimoy as McMurphy in “…Cuckoo’s Nest”

Did you know that May is National Mental Health Month?  Such an important condition, and one that its own sufferers are often too ashamed to get help for fear of being stigmatized.  Never neglect a loved one who is going through their own personal hell; they need all the help they can get.

On a lighter note, here’s Leonard in his 1974 stage performance as Randall McMurphy, the wrongly institutionalized patient in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.  Boy I would have loved to see this.

(and yeah, it helps that he’s just in a towel…)

Some Rare Fantastic Arlene Martel (T’Pring) Pictures!

Hey All!

Finally getting back into posting after a couple of very busy months between work and being sick!  (I’m feeling great today!)

My friend Karen found these fantastic candid photos of actress Arlene Martel prepping for her role as T’Pring in Amok Time, as well as a secondary promo pic of she and Leonard (they look thisclose to kissing!)  I’m including the more common promo shot of T’Pring and Spock glancing at each other too)   What a find!  I can never get enough of rare TOS shots!  She’s just adorable as she shows off her ears and wig! Lovely Arlene <3  Missed.