Monday, May 01, 2006
Who You Gonna Call? Ghostbusters 1975
Sorry for the bad photo but it was the best I could find. These guys were the first Ghostbusters. Forrest Tucker and Larry Storch we're back on network television roughly 10 years later. Storch was Eddie Spencer. Their pet gorilla was played by Bob Burns and was named Tracy. Forrest was Kong. It was on for 13 weeks on Saturday morning in 1975. Each week they would get a new assignment to fight ghost, vampires, werewolves etc. Comey and adventure ensued. Almost like a live version of Scooby Doo. Of course the smartest one of the trio was Tracy the gorilla. While it would never win any awards it was a fun and innocent show for kids. I wished they would have let it stay around for 13 more episodes. When the Bill Murray movie Ghostbuster became a hit I heard there were lawsuits over the rights of the name. Eventually a video tape of the Saturday morning show was released. I believe they released it under the name of The Real Ghostbusters. While I like both versions this one holds a special place in my heart. No matter if it is F-Troop or Ghostbusters it is always a pleasure to see the classic comedy of Tucker and Storch. The Abbott and Costello of classic TV.