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A look back at the classic show

The Museum of Television & Radio has uncovered a pair of gems — two episodes of The Lloyd Bridges Show, the Sea Hunt star's 1962-63 CBS anthology series, directed by indie-film pioneer John Cassavetes. ''A Pair of Boots'' and ''My Daddy Can Lick Your Daddy'' will air back-to-back on TV Land July 20 from 7 to 8 p.m. and July 22 from 6 to 7 p.m. ''Boots'' casts Bridges as a Civil War rebel whose truce with Union troops threatens to break down over one Southern soldier's desire to reclaim a pair of shoes stolen by a Yankee. In ''Daddy,'' penned by Chinatown screenwriter Robert Towne, Bridges plays an aging boxer fighting a match against his own grown son. Though these episodes don't foreshadow Cassavetes' improvisatory filmmaking style, they do burn with the same emotional intensity found in such later big-screen works as A Woman Under the Influence. ''Boots'' also features two notable supporting actors — Lloyd's son Beau and future Cassavetes cohort Seymour Cassel. Perhaps most surprising of all, the innovative Lloyd Bridges Show was created and executive-produced by Mr. Melrose Place, Aaron Spelling.

Originally posted Jul 25, 1997 Published in issue #389 Jul 25, 1997 Order article reprints

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