Thursday, May 16, 2013

Annette Funicello Theatre: Episode 4 “The Escort”

Tonight is the next installment of our series (having skipped a week for reasons that aren't really all that interesting) in honor of the late Annette Funicello, in our continuing saga about a country girl who moves to the big city, where she learns about love, friendship, and the excess self-indulgence of the thoroughly modern teenager in postwar America.

In this our fourth episode, we are introduced to an important feature of the popular culture, that of the elaborate social strata that is high school. We begin with the top of the food chain, in the form of Steve Abernathy (Tim Considine) and the object of his affection, in a car she obviously didn't pay for with baby-sitting jobs, Laura Rogan (Roberta Shore). From there we stoop to the lower end of the social order, who goes by the name of Olmstead "Steady" Ware (Rudy Lee), and proceeds to make a fool of himself.

This episode originally aired on The Mickey Mouse Club on February 14, 1958.

Next week: “The Party.”

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