Thursday, October 16, 2008

Helicopter Cop (Or, Helicopter Copping)

A few weeks ago, I was talking on the phone with my friend Torrey. An innocent conversation about current Broadway shows (ah...the joys of middle-aged homosexuality) suddenly broke down into a discussion of 1970s pornography (ah...more joys of middle-aged homosexuality). The topic chain went something like this:

Dianne Wiest on Broadway in All My Sons...which segued to...
Dianne Wiest in general...which segued to...
Dianne Wiest in Footloose...which segued to...
The entire cast of Footloose...which segued to...
"But if Dianne Wiest played Lori Singer's mother, who played Kevin Bacon's mother?"...which segued to...
An imdb.com search...which segued to...
A discussion of Frances Lee McCain (aka Footloose mama)...an underknown workhorse of late 1970s/early 1980s entertainment...which segued to...
A discussion of the early 1980s genre of "hot macho cop detective show"....which segued to...
Matt Houston.

We then watched the intro to the show (see below) and were beside ourselves. It seems to have been filmed by Colt Studios in 1978.

No wonder I was glued to this shit every Friday night as an overweight sixth-grader in 1983.

Be sure to catch two things in the clip: the helicopter controls and the champagne cork. It's...uh...really subtle what the show's producers were trying to get at.

1 comment:

Big Daddy said...

That's funny.

All I see is the Beastie Boy's 'Sabotage' video.