I’m a Hot Rod Baby!

Robert Culp in a car movie? Yes!!

Essentially The Dukes of Hazzard for the drag racing set, this made for tv movie originally was broadcast on May 25, 1979. Culp is TL Munn, root beer king and corrupt town boss, who’s looking to get in big with drag racing by sponsoring a major nationals event. Not only does he hope to cash in, he intends for his son to win the race, if not for this out of town kid who comes in (Gregg Henry).

This movie features some great hot rods and (now) classic cars, great drag racing, 50’s rock and roll music and Culp sporting some very wide shirt collars.

At least he only wore one gold chain and not ten of them.

Since I’m partial to Bill Maxwell and his grey suit, I actually dig Mr. Munn’s grey suit here…only because I think it’s the same grey suit!

Culp himself does not hot rod in this movie, but does drive a horrifically painted Caddy. Nonetheless, I enjoy this movie and have watched it several times (I’m a car nut anyway).

In this first clip, TL is trying to film a commercial for the Munn’s Root Beer Nationals but gets interrupted by the shenanigans of the hot rodders and rock n’ rollers.

Companion clip to the one above, out of towner Brian Addison (Greg Henry) does his part to stir up a little trouble and the rock n’ rollers are still doing their thing.   Fed up, Munn tells the disc jockey to get lost.

Later in the film, when all of Munn’s attempts at harassment don’t keep Brian from running in the races, TL basically tries to buy him off. That doesn’t work either.

Desk Jockey

“The Best Desk Scenario,” the final episode of the first season of The Greatest American Hero originally aired this date (May 13) 1981. Ralph becomes Vice Principal of Whitney High (temporarily), Pam gets a junior partnership at her law firm and Bill gets the shaft at the bureau when a twenty-eight year old “kid” is put in charge while being groomed for the top spot in the bureau. Pam’s junior partnership is threatened when she’s witness to a “message” from the Mob to her boss.

The episode opens with Bill and Ralph trying some new stuff with the suit which becomes more than Bill bargained for.

Later in the episode, as things escalate and Pam ends up kidnapped, Bill can’t seem to do anything right and doesn’t induce much confidence from his new boss…

Fire!

Hot enough to burn through 30 years of Federal files, The Greatest American Hero episode “Fireman” originally aired this date (May 6) 1981. One of Ralph’s students, Tony, gets mixed up in an arson rap of a stereo store when he repossesses (legitimately) the car used in the crime. Worse? The Federal records depot building was torched in a similar fashion a few weeks earlier. It’s up to Bill, Ralph and Pam to clear Tony of any wrongdoing and find out who set the fires.

 

To completely …uh…smoke out the guilty party who torched the Federal records depot, Bill and Ralph bait Mr. Moody and Maxwell doesn’t mince words in his spiel. Moody then tries to give Maxwell the hot foot.

Some more classic Maxwell. The FBI and the ATF never got along anyway…