Skip to comments.Gilligan's Island : Marooned (pilot)
Posted on 06/30/2010 4:32:25 PM PDT by EveningStar
They left for a three-hour pleasure cruise...Shipwrecked on an uncharted South Pacific island, seven stranded castaways struggle to survive the outdoors, as well as one another, in this original pilot to the wonderfully wacky comedy series.This black-and-white pilot was not aired in the original broadcast run, and the stars, story and characters and theme song were changed significantly.
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I can’t watch because of my dial-up connection but I saw a program showing the original people in the pilot. They probably would have been OK but the cast is probably what made a pretty stupid show do so well.
Also the basic idea of being stranded or lost on a desert isle has always fascinated people.
Oh yes, Mary Ann.
The pilot show as narrated by creator, Sherwood Schwartz, is delightful.
You can watch the entire series online here:
Carroll O’Conner auditioned to be The Skipper.
Can you get Happy Days after season 1 with the original music sound track?
“Carroll OConner auditioned to be The Skipper.”
It wouldn’t be the same having the Skipper call Gilligan “Meathead” instead of “Little Buddy.”
Continuing that thought, Mickey Rooney was the first choice to play Archie Bunker.
It was a fun, silly, mindless show. But mindless entertainment is good sometimes.
I’m glad they made that show way back when. Nowadays, if there was such a show, they would have gone out of their way to make it racially and ethnically and gender identity diverse. There would have been explicit innuendo about the Professor, Mary Ann, and Ginger all being together. You know that nowadays they would have pushed the envelope to hint at all sorts of things.
And, to go even further, Carroll O’Conner auditioned to play Dr. Smith on “Lost In Space.”
“And, to go even further, Carroll OConner auditioned to play Dr. Smith on Lost In Space. “
My goodness, Carroll O’Conner could have been the downfall of Western Civilization all by himself.
Bump for later.
I have no idea, but try these sites:
My question is why, when someone finally arrived to rescue them, they don’t find the dried bones of “Little Buddy” dangling from a tree, on multiple counts of attempted murder...
That would have been a horrible decision. Johnathon Harrison (Dr Smith) made that show.
I don’t think I ever realized the original professor and Ginger weren’t Russell Johnson and Tina Louise, and that there was “Bunny” and not “Mary Ann” (Dawn Wells)....Interesting. Did this Pilot ever run on TV? I’ve seen a VERY similar episode, but with the “regular” three cast members when they were first shipwrecked...?
Dawn Wells turned out to be an idiot but she sure was pretty and no one filled out shorts better than her.
>>Carroll OConner auditioned to play Dr. Smith on Lost In Space.
Lost in Space Season 1:
Lost in Space Season 2:
Lost in Space Season 3:
The "Lost In Space" pilot didn't even have the character. Then, when he was added, he was supposed to be killed off after six episodes.
Guy Williams, June Lockhart and Mark Goddard (although they liked him personally) were not happy with the permanent addition of Jonathan Harris to the show.
Eight or ten years ago on TBS.
I’ve been watching there for the past few months. Nice to see the episodes uncut.
It eventually ran on TBS and possibly elsewhere.
A friend of my Aunt’s named Kit Smythe was the original Ginger. She appeared only in the pilot episode.
I think that’s because they preferred the show be more serious as the early B/W episodes were. The reason it turned “campy” and “cartoonish” was to compete with Batman.
Exactly. And the scripts tended to focus on Smith and Will Robinson. Season One was very well written.
Re: “That would have been a horrible decision. Johnathon Harrison (Dr Smith) made that show.”
Correction: Make that “Jonathan Harris”
Actually, what I said couldn’t have been correct since “Smith” was there from the very beginning (minus the unaired pilot). But it does explain why some of the cast were somewhat disappointed in the series following the switch to camp. Of course most of the silliness revolved around Harris’ character, Dr. Smith.
I like Ginger better heh,,the Prof is more like Rock Hudson then the pref they stuck with eh?
You’re welcome. I think if you let the entire video play once (without watching), on a replay, you won’t have any annoying commercial interruptions when you do watch. This might be true for all of these watch free online sites. Just guessing on that, however. Worth a try, IMO, if you’re like me and hate commercials.
True, but the original plan was to kill Smith off in episode 6.
Lol! That I didn't know. Fortunately, they came to their senses and realized how important he was to the series.
Bunny not Ginger.. I think.
. . . . Way off topic. Thanks for a trip down memory lane, ETL.
I know I'm probably waaaaay late to the game on this but that's one of the funniest caricatures Ive seen in years. I'm here quite a bit and it's the first time I've seen it.
My wife and I laughed for quite a while on it.
Thanks for the ping, Lucy.
It's always interesting to find out what went on behind the scenes, and also to see the changes that take place as they find out what clicks with an audience. The other reason they were probably not happy is that the show as conceived featured them as the stars, and they ended up being background noise.
This happens a lot behind the scenes. IIRC, in Family Ties, Alex Keaton was supposed to be a background character and the show was supposed to focus on Meredith Baxter-Birney. She didn't complain loudly, but was a little frustrated that she ended up being a supporting character in what was supposed to be her "star vehicle."
Fonzie wasn't supposed to dominate Happy Days. Urkel was intended as a background character in Family Matters. Supposedly, Shelly Long wanted Frasier written out of Cheers, as she wanted the focus of the show to be on the relationship between Diane and Sam. Frasier was originally intended to be a short term character, only there for the episodes when he was going with Diane. Another bit of trivia on Cheers is that supposedly the cast relationship with Long was similar to the plot relationship with Diane; she was the oddball outcast and perceived as a Diva. Saw the 200th anniversary rerun that had all the cast members. When they talked about "Coach," who had passed away, she said something like, "He was my, he was Diane's only friend at the bar." I don't remember the exact wording, but the way she phrased it you couldn't tell if she was referring to character relationships in the show or cast relationships behind the scenes.
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