Today is the birthday of that great low comedian Larry Storch (b. 1923). Originally a night club comedian, he is of course best known for his role as Corporal Agarn in the hit series F Troop (1965-1967). I probably shouldn’t share this, but I watched the series in its entirety on DVD a couple of years ago, sometimes watching 4 or 6 episodes back to back at a sitting. I have not recovered yet.
At any rate, that’s NOT what I want to talk about. I want to talk about the other major series he starred in with Forest Tucker, The Ghost Busters. Being ten years old, I was a major devotee of this Saturday morning children’s show when it ran in 1975 (all of 15 episodes). So much so that when Aykroyd, Ramis and company released their project with the same name in 1984, I was actually offended. “Can they just do that? There’s ALREADY a Ghost Busters! How can they call it that?”
They bought the right to do so, that’s the answer to that. Otherwise, the premise of a couple of bumbling detectives and their gorilla mascot investigating ghostly disturbances is strictly a Storch and Tucker proposition.