Sunday, April 26, 2009

The Luck of the Irish

The Luck of the Irish
January 22, 1980
Music: Jimmie Haskell
Teleplay: Richard Bluel & Pat Fielder
Story: Richard Bluel & Pat Fielder and Thomas Joachim & Eugene Fournier
Director: Leslie H. Martinson

To get his repossessed double-wide back, Sheriff Lobo (Claude Akins) challenges crooked gambler Eddie Rico (Duncan Gamble) to a game of poker. Rico slips the surprisingly naïve Lobo a Mickey and takes some compromising photos of the sheriff with Rico's girl Vicki (Kimberly Beck). To stay out of Rico's back pocket, Lobo leans on a newly rich (or so he thinks) Perkins (Mills Watson) and the earnest Birdie (Brian Kerwin) in a scheme to get the photos back. The best gags involve Lobo, who needs Perkins' help badly, having to suck up to his deputy. Perkins, who stands to win almost $500,000 in the upcoming Irish sweepstakes, lords his almost-wealth over Lobo and stupidly runs up a bunch of credit in anticipation. Four writers created a middling MISADVENTURES OF SHERIFF LOBO episode with an unexceptional guest cast and no vehicular mayhem. Beck is better known by cult-movie audiences for her leading roles in FRIDAY THE 13TH: THE FINAL CHAPTER and MASSACRE AT CENTRAL HIGH.

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