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Retro Hijinks: Boob & Carnal & Tad & Alas…. & The Mad Magazine Spoof of Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice

May I state for the record that I don’t think I’ve ever used that many ampersands in anything. Ever.

Robert Culp was no stranger to the antics of Mad Magazine, having been spoofed at least four times (that I’m aware of), for I Spy, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, Columbo and The Greatest American Hero. Previously I featured the 1973 Mad satire on the popular detective series Columbo (called “Clodumbo“) which included Dr. Robert Culpable as the poor unfortunate sap that gets pestered by the lieutenant to the point he confesses to a crime he didn’t commit just to make the lieutenant go away. Now, we go back three years prior, to 1970, and the spoof of the 1969 film Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice.

May I add that Culp looks cute here as a caricature? All shy and innocent lookin’, holding the blanket up, just like he is in the movie…

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Posted April 12th, 2013.

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No…Not MORE eBay BCTA Photos?!

Why yes! More! Another set of negatives from the SFX Archive and this time we had some international drama!

Well, maybe not exactly drama but I did suffer a bit of an upset when I was outbid on this set of negatives of Culp with Natalie Wood.

Oh yeah, I was bummed to miss on those, definitely. At the time I didn’t know who outbid me but in doing some detective work later, near as I can tell, the winner is a Natalie Wood fan in France (based on their other auction wins), to which I extend my heartfelt congratulations and hope the negatives are well cared for. (But winning bidder, if you ever decide you want to sell them just give me a shout!)

I did win this lot of negatives, however…

When I logged into eBay to check on the outcome of the auctions, I noticed there were more negatives available – but these didn’t come up when I did a search for “robert culp” in the SFX Archive’s eBay store. I then searched “bob carol ted alice” and got a boatload of results. Among them, were these…

I didn’t have to bid. I love the “Buy it Now” option!

This makes the third batch of negatives I’ve acquired (check out the ones that got away, the first set and the second set that I purchased.) There are additional negatives still available but I have to concede that the prices each time have gone up significantly. Those Holy Grail 33 negatives I blew off? They went for less than $20 if I recall right. This latest set I obtained, the auction win was around $29. The buy it now set I paid over $50 for.

And here they are as developed into photographs. And I got the photos on CD again too (told you, I got this down to a science now!)

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I have added all the photos (so far) in the BCTA Photo Negatives Collection to the Photo Gallery and Culp Clips page.

Posted April 2nd, 2013.

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Birthday Rememberance: More Desktop Wallpapers

It’s been awhile since I posted any new wallpapers and what better time to do so than today, on what would have been Culp’s 82nd birthday.

Posted August 16th, 2012.

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What? More eBay BCTA photos?

Yes indeedy! No, not the now Holy Grail 33 negatives that I bungled on getting previously, but another set of 27 rare negatives from the SFX Archive. This is now the third such auction on Culp photo negatives from the movie “Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice” that I’ve seen on eBay and is the second one that I had the smarts enough to bid or buy now on. (You can read about the first set I purchased and see the photos here.)

I’m indebted Tatia on the I Spy Forum for spotting this auction and posting about it. (You know…information… heh!)

Here’s the scan that the SFX Archive had with their auction…

Enticing right? You bet! Especially the ones of Culp in the full leather get up.  And the ones in the white shirt and brown cords with the movie camera. And…oh yeah the white swim trunks and red jacket… (SOLD).

Just as before, I had the photos done in 8 x 10 prints and this time also had them put on a CD. Yeah, I’m finally getting the hang of this I think…

Here’s the rundown…

A couple of these are not clear focus which is unfortunate. #3 and #4 are my favorites. That last one…somebody’s getting an opinion or something!

Robert Culp in “Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice” Robert Culp in “Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice” Robert Culp in “Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice” Robert Culp in “Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice” Robert Culp in “Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice” Robert Culp in “Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice”

I love these with the movie camera. My personal favorite is #2 and #5.

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Heh heh, yeeeah….and gee, they all were clear focus. What luck!

Robert Culp in “Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice” Robert Culp in “Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice” Robert Culp in “Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice” Robert Culp in “Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice”

Leather!

Robert Culp in “Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice” Robert Culp in “Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice” Robert Culp in “Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice”

From the dinner scene. Wonder what somebody said in the second photo to get THAT look?

Robert Culp in “Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice” Robert Culp in “Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice”

I dunno about y’all but the first pic does not match any scene in the movie that I can recall. The second one is at the “retreat,” third is from the bathroom scene and the fourth is from the Vegas scene.

Robert Culp in “Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice” Robert Culp in “Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice” Robert Culp in “Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice” Robert Culp in “Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice”

All in all, another fine addition to the Culp Collection. I’m still keeping my eye out for those 33, but I’m very glad to have these gems in the collection!

Posted June 22nd, 2012.

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Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

Robert Culp, circa 1952/53

Posted March 28th, 2012.

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The Habit Continues – More Robert Culp Desktop Wallpapers

I had the B&C&T&A one done for awhile and just today went back and looked at some other wallpapers I had in progress. I’d forogtten I’d started this Maxwell one and, of course, went ahead and finished it. I dunno about you but his eyes catch me on this one. You can’t help but look and you can’t help but grin.

Robert Culp as Bill Maxwell desktop wallpaper

Robert Culp as Bob from "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice."

Posted December 26th, 2011.

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Those eBay BCTA Photos…

Earlier this year I posted about finding some photograph negatives on eBay last year of Robert Culp from the movie Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice…and how I blew it off and didn’t put a bid in on them. (Yeah. Didn’t. No, I still can’t believe I was that stupid!) So far, it’s my biggest eBay regret so when another auction came up for additional negatives, I jumped on it and bid. And won.

I ended up with 12 photos of Culp that I subsequently had developed into some nice 8x10s for my own collection. Here they are…  

Robert Culp as Bob Sanders in "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice" Robert Culp as Bob Sanders in "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice" Robert Culp as Bob Sanders in "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice" Robert Culp as Bob Sanders in "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice"

 
Robert Culp as Bob Sanders in "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice"  

Robert Culp as Bob Sanders in "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice" Robert Culp as Bob Sanders in "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice"

Robert Culp as Bob Sanders in "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice" 
Robert Culp as Bob Sanders in "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice" Robert Culp as Bob Sanders in "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice"  

Robert Culp as Bob Sanders in "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice" Robert Culp as Bob Sanders in "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice"

With the exception of adjusting the size and the color due to the scanning, I did no other digitial alterations to the photos. I was very pleased with how they came out and am thrilled to have them. I can’t help but wonder what the photo developer thought when they got this order (the negatives had to be sent out to be processed and I waited, patiently, for 3 weeks for them to come back). Did they recognize that this was Robert Culp? Did they wonder how the hell did these negatives ended up in Podunk, USA…?

Whoever it was, I thank them for the fine job they did.

Now if I could just find those other 33 negatives I blew off…

Posted October 13th, 2011.

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Birthday Rememberance – Desktop Wallpapers

You know I can’t resist, after all it’s a full fledged habit now! Some desktop wallpapers in honor of Robert Culp’s birthday…

I Spy…

For Culp the writer…

Preview of coming attractions…

Posted August 16th, 2011.

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Robert Culp Desktop Wallpapers

Yes, folks, more wallpapers! I told you this could become a habit…

Posted June 21st, 2011.

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