Boo Hoo! #socs

Mary and I watch reruns of Columbo every Saturday night. We know them all pretty much by just the name of the actor playing the villain, so unless the baddie is Jack Cassidy, Parick McGoohan, or Robert Culp (who each have several appearances), I just tell Mary something like “Bad guys are Hector Elizondo and Ray Milland,” and we know which ones we’ll be seeing that night. One of the episodes features Theo Bikel, who runs a club for geniuses as well as being senior partner in an accounting firm. Another senior partner of the accounting firm and member of the club is played by Sorrell Booke, who you probably recognize as the actor who played Boss Hogg on The Dukes of Hazzard. In the episode, Theo kills Sorrell (well, his character kills Sorrell’s) and tries to outsmart Columbo, who comes off as kind of a dimwit but who always ends up catching the villain.

(Before I go any further, I want to take a moment to note the passing of Burt Reynolds, who played Boss Hogg in the movie based on the TV series. He died of a heart attack on Wednesday. Condolences to his family and friends and all those who loved his work.)

Burt Reynolds, 1936-2018 (source: AllPosters.com)

The episode is notable for the rendition of Guy Lombardo’s “Boo-Hoo,” as sung by a female vocal trio. Here’s the original, from 1937, sung by a male trio, one of whom is doubtless Carmen Lombardo, Guy’s brother, who penned the song.

Whenever that paticular episode is on, the damn tune is stuck in our heads for weeks.

Likewise, the “happy birthday” song as sung by The Three Stooges.

The longer version shows why the cake blows up. The big man with the mustache is Vernon Dent, who was in most of the Three Stooges shorts.

It’s always the songs you don’t like that end up as earworms. Such as this from Sesame Street:

And then there’s this. Dad came home one day all annoyed and said one of the secretaries at work (this was a long time ago) kept singing this until he was ready to wring her neck.

There are a few more that I’m strategically blocking from my memory, at least until they turn up out of nowhere…


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22 thoughts on “Boo Hoo! #socs

  1. Thanks for the stroll down memory lane and the new earworms for the day!! That was so nice of you to share condolences for Burt Reynold’s family and fans!

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  2. I love Columbo and it was always fun seeing how the villain underestimated the so called dim-witted detective..they should know better. One of my favourites is the one with Janet Leigh. I don’t recall Burt Reynolds as a Boss Hogg character. Which film was this. I know that 3 stooges birthday song…it makes me snicker.

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    1. The one with Janet Leigh is one of my favorites, despite the fact it was such a tragic story. I mean, for most of the shows you really hoped for the bad guy to get it, but with her, I felt sorry.

      Burt Reynolds played Boss Hogg in the “Dukes of Hazzard” movie with Johnny Knoxville, Willie Nelson, and Jessica Simpson. I thought it was boring and that Jessica was a weak substitute for Catherine Bach…

      The Three Stooges are classic comedy. We never missed them when they were on after school, much to the chagrin of my mother…

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    1. We were part of that generation that remembers both the Ken-L Ration commercial and the “Rubber Ducky” song, not to mention cigarette ads. It’s a wonder that most of us turned out to be responsible adults…

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  3. I’m fond of MASH reruns and looked to see if Burt Reynolds was ever in a MASH episode. I didn’t see it on the LONG list, but he was in the X Files in 2002 as “Mr. Burt.” He was a busy man.

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    1. Our local station that plays a lot of ancient TV was running “Riverboar” with Darren McGavin and Burt Reynolds in his first starring TV role. He was good in that, but couldn’t get along with McGavin and left the show halfway through its run. He was in a ton of movies and TV shows, probably because he was so good. My favorite role of his was in the movie “The Crew” with Richard Dreyfuss, Dan Hedaya and Seymour Cassell. He and the other three played retired mobsters who live in Florida. It’s hilarious; if you ever get a chance, see it.

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  4. Love COLUMBO! Mom watched it every Saturday evening. The station apparently only bought a dozen episodes, though, because it seemed like every week the bad guy was Culp or McGoohan or Cassidy. You’d think a smart guy like Columbo would recognized ’em, wouldn’t you?

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    1. Hadn’t thought of it that way… Those three were in about three episodes each, usually the 90-minute episodes. Those were originally part of NBC Mystery Theater with McCloud, McMillan and Wife, and Hec Ramsey. After a while they went to two hours (including time for comercials, of course). Last I heard, the two-hours were playing Sunday nights on MeTV (Cozi TV does two 90-minute ones Saturday night).

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  5. I have had Rubber Duckie in my head more times than I care to admit. Also, I happened to rescue a baby Cardinal the other day. It had been hit by a car, so I scooped him up and brought him to the Wildcare center. I named him “Bandit” in honor of Burt 💕

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  6. Saddened by the loss of Burt Reynolds – he was quite a looker back in his day and quite dapper as he got older. The Rubber Ducky song – now I have this song in my head – yikes!

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