Saturday, January 24, 2009
Gallegher Gets The News
January 24, 1965, marked the debut of the series of shows centering on “Gallegher” on the Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color TV series. Disney favorite Roger Mobley (who I wrote about here and here) stars as Gallegher, an early-1900s copy boy at the big-city newspaper, The Daily Press. By tirelessly following up clues, hunting down suspects, and putting himself in harm’s way, Gallegher continually proves himself a better reporter than any of the adult journalists who get the page-one bylines. In a photo (which incidentally misspells Gallegher's name) from Part II of this comedy/drama, Roger is shown with Jack Warden, just one of the many great character actors who appeared in the “Gallegher” episodes, including Bruce Dern, Anne Francis, Peter Graves, Dennis Weaver, Beverly Garland, and of course Edmond O’Brian and Harvey Korman as Gallegher’s newspaper co-workers. I’m at work (and have been for some time) on a behind-the-scenes account of the making of this Disney TV series-within-a-series. Watch this blog for more details, coming soon, and like Gallegher himself, you’ll be getting the news.