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'Whirlybirds' Star Craig Hill Dies at 88
The Hollywood Reporter ^ | April 21, 2014 | Mike Barnes

Posted on 04/22/2014 9:50:19 AM PDT by EveningStar

Craig Hill, who played P.T. Moore, the co-owner of a helicopter chartering company, in the 1950s syndicated TV adventure series Whirlybirds, died Monday, the Spanish newspaper Ara reported. He was 88.

Hill, who also appeared as the prison-bound first-time offender at the beginning of the Kirk Douglas cop classic Detective Story (1951), died in Barcelona, family members told the newspaper. He had lived in Spain for decades.

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TOPICS: TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: craighill; obituary; whirlybirds
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Whirlybirds Theme (with Credits)

Whirlybirds episode: Two of a Kind

1 posted on 04/22/2014 9:50:19 AM PDT by EveningStar
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To: EveningStar

Bet his Spanish was good.

RIP Craig Hill, one of the heroes of my early life.


2 posted on 04/22/2014 9:55:38 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: EveningStar

Wow! Watched it all the time. Had no idea he was still alive.


3 posted on 04/22/2014 9:56:17 AM PDT by prisoner6 (I will not be pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed or numbered! I AM A FREE MAN!)
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To: EveningStar
I barely remember that show.IIRC my older brother used to watch it.
4 posted on 04/22/2014 10:00:53 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Stalin Blamed The Kulaks,Obama Blames The Tea Party)
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To: EveningStar

To this day, when I see a Blackhawk or a Huey overhead, I think: “There’s a Whirlybird.”


5 posted on 04/22/2014 10:02:41 AM PDT by W.Lee (After the first one, the rest are free.)
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To: onedoug

And his partner, who was also “Festus” from Gunsmoke.


6 posted on 04/22/2014 10:02:46 AM PDT by G Larry (There's the Beef!)
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To: EveningStar

Whirlybirds Theme

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KgPC5RkYFo


7 posted on 04/22/2014 10:02:52 AM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: EveningStar

Should have been drafted for WWII but I can’t find any mentioned of military service.


8 posted on 04/22/2014 10:08:21 AM PDT by Portcall24 (aer)
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To: EveningStar

OMG, I remember that show....one of the very first I can recall. I barely had permission to open the shutters on the Stromberg-Carlson on my own.

I’ll have to watch an episode or two, thank you!


9 posted on 04/22/2014 10:09:08 AM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (At no time was the Obama administration aware of what the Obama administration was doing)
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To: G Larry

You’re thinking of Dennis Weaver. Hill’s co-chopper pilot was Kenneth Tobey.


10 posted on 04/22/2014 10:10:45 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: G Larry

Ken Curtis play Festus


11 posted on 04/22/2014 10:13:10 AM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: EveningStar
According to the article, Robert Altman (MASH - the movie) directed 19 episodes of Whirlybirds.

It was his first full time job in Hollywood.

I wonder if he had all his characters in Whirlybirds talking at the same time like he did in MASH and McCabe and Mrs. Miller?

Whirlybirds came on right before dinner at my house, so I remember my Mom cooking and our “TV room” full of neighborhood kids whenever I think about that show.

12 posted on 04/22/2014 10:25:43 AM PDT by zeestephen
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To: EveningStar

Awwww. RIP

I had totally forgotten about that show. Used to LOVE it.


13 posted on 04/22/2014 10:36:19 AM PDT by RIghtwardHo
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To: EveningStar
Loved the show. I must have drawn hundreds of helicopters in class when I should have been studying.
14 posted on 04/22/2014 10:41:12 AM PDT by CrazyIvan (Obama phones= Bread and circuits.)
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To: EveningStar

RIP.


15 posted on 04/22/2014 10:42:14 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: EveningStar

I loved this show as a kid. Chuck and P.T. are both gone now, RIP.


16 posted on 04/22/2014 10:43:51 AM PDT by Menehune56 ("Let them hate so long as they fear" (Oderint Dum Metuant), Lucius Accius (170 BC - 86 BC))
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To: EveningStar

That show taught me that a collective had nothing to do with Communists or (later) hippies.


17 posted on 04/22/2014 10:48:14 AM PDT by llevrok (F the government)
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To: llevrok
That show taught me that a collective had nothing to do with Communists or (later) hippies.

It's the one collective that actually produces (lift) when applied.

18 posted on 04/22/2014 10:52:11 AM PDT by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: CrazyIvan

I found it cool (not real), as a kid, they could hover and drop a rope and climb down with no pilot.


19 posted on 04/22/2014 10:55:20 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: G Larry
"who was also “Festus” from Gunsmoke"....

I was thinking the same thing but it was another show called 'Ripcord' --[Operating their skydiving service company "Ripcord", Jim Buckley and Ted McKeever are able to get to places that others can't and get there much faster. This leads them on many exciting ..]

20 posted on 04/22/2014 11:20:15 AM PDT by virgil283 ('No king .... but King Jesus')
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To: RIghtwardHo

I’d forgotten about it too. I watched every episode.


21 posted on 04/22/2014 11:22:05 AM PDT by NewHampshireDuo
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To: virgil283

Do you mean that somewhere between my 5th and 60th birthday, my memory has betrayed me?


22 posted on 04/22/2014 11:29:37 AM PDT by G Larry (There's the Beef!)
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To: EveningStar

Wow. I can recall a vast number of shows from that era, but this one does not ring a bell. If it was an evening show it must of been opposite of something my dad wanted to watch.


23 posted on 04/22/2014 11:31:10 AM PDT by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: onedoug

Kenneth Tobey also played Deputy Ken Tobey in the movie “Billy Jack”! 8)


24 posted on 04/22/2014 11:59:06 AM PDT by stirrinthepuddin
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To: G Larry

I don’t remember Festus in whirlybirds, certainly not the partner. I it was that red headed guy. The chain smoker that ran the gas station in Gremlins.


25 posted on 04/22/2014 12:05:31 PM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: EveningStar

I wish “Whirlybirds” was available on dvd, but it’s not (officially). I have a few episodes on an old bootleg videotape. I think it was a Desilu production, so it’s probably part of the Paramount library nowadays.

“Ripcord,” a Ziv series, came out on dvd last year. There was also an aviation-oriented anthology series around the same time, titled “Flight,” produced by the same outfit that made the sub series “Silent Service.”


26 posted on 04/22/2014 12:10:22 PM PDT by greene66
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To: Starstruck

“Whirlybirds” was a made-for-syndication series, like “Highway Patrol” and “Sea Hunt,” thus different markets/localities ran it on different days and times. But, it was nonetheless a particularly popular syndicated series, and circulated rather widely.


27 posted on 04/22/2014 12:14:26 PM PDT by greene66
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To: greene66
“Whirlybirds” was a made-for-syndication series, like “Highway Patrol” and “Sea Hunt,”

Now those two I remember. Crawford and Bridges.

28 posted on 04/22/2014 12:22:35 PM PDT by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: greene66

My library just got a set of Sea Hunt DVD’s . . .

and though I vaguely remember whirlybirds, I can’t recollect it (also losing my memory at the age of 60).


29 posted on 04/22/2014 12:37:43 PM PDT by Pilgrim's Progress (http://www.baptistbiblebelievers.com/BYTOPICS/tabid/335/Default.aspx)
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To: EveningStar

I was just thinking about this show the other day — WHirlybirds and Skyy King


30 posted on 04/22/2014 12:47:44 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: BenLurkin

man i remember all those shows!!! i must be getting really old!!! wow a whole 59


31 posted on 04/22/2014 12:50:43 PM PDT by markman46 (engage brain before using keyboard!!!)
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To: greene66; Starstruck

10-4.

Now Kenneth Toby, you will recall, was the hero in “The Thing from Another World.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenneth_Tobey


32 posted on 04/22/2014 12:50:59 PM PDT by abb
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To: EveningStar

33 posted on 04/22/2014 12:53:57 PM PDT by abb
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To: Pilgrim's Progress
"My library just got a set of Sea Hunt DVD’s"

Ah, Sea Hunt! I used to watch Sea Hunt all the time. So much so, that my Dad became so annoyed by the constant sound of bubbles from the SCUBA gear he would go out and sit in the yard whenever the show was on. My favorite episode was when Mike Nelson stepped on a giant clam which quickly closed around his leg and trapped him. This all seemed perfectly reasonable to me, and even likely. Mike's solution, which seemed equally reasonable, if not obvious, was to ignite an underwater flair and stick it into the clam's shell, causing the poor burnt clam to release him. I saw that episode many times.

34 posted on 04/22/2014 12:57:35 PM PDT by PUGACHEV
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To: PUGACHEV

I’m sure I’ll be reacquainted with that episode . . . then I’ll remember you mentioned it.


35 posted on 04/22/2014 4:25:19 PM PDT by Pilgrim's Progress (http://www.baptistbiblebelievers.com/BYTOPICS/tabid/335/Default.aspx)
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