The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island
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|The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's island|
|Directed by||Peter Baldwin|
|Produced by||Lloyd J. Schwartz (producer)
Sherwood Schwartz (executive producer)
Hap Weyman (producer)
|Written by||David P. Harmon
Alan Hale, Jr.
|Music by||Gerald Fried|
|Cinematography||Keith C. Smith|
|Editing by||Beryl Gelfond
Albert J.J. Zúñiga
|Production company||Universal Television|
|Release date||May 5, 1981|
|Running time||90 minutes|
The former castaways own and operate the vacation resort "The Castaways". The Harlem Globetrotters, a traveling troupe of merry basketball players, are on a plane ride over the Pacific Ocean when it has engine trouble and they are forced into an emergency landing onto Gilligan's Island. After a brief time struggling in the jungle, they are discovered by Gilligan and Skipper and welcomed to The Castaways. Meanwhile, a corporate raider has a plan to bamboozle the owners of The Castaways (Gilligan and his friends) into signing over ownership to him, as the island contains ore which provides large sources of energy. Eventually Gilligan and the Skipper uncover the conspiracy, and it results in a basketball game between the Globetrotters and a team of robots assembled by the corporate raider. Notable sports broadcasters Chick Hearn and Stu Nahan appear as part of the basketball game scene, with Hearn calling the play-by-play action of the climactic showdown.
The original script was going to be known as The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders on Gilligan's Island, but was changed to have the Harlem Globetrotters star instead. In the original series, the Howells are childless; despite this, a new character of Thurston Howell IV (the Howells' son, portrayed by David Ruprecht) was added due to the ailing health of actor Jim Backus. Thurston Howell III was written out of the script by saying he was tending to business on the mainland United States, and ordered his son to manage the island resort. In an effort to keep up continuity, Backus insisted on making a brief appearance, and he is featured briefly at the end. Neither of the previous actresses who played Ginger agreed to reprise their role in this film.
This would be the final performance together of Martin Landau and Barbara Bain, the husband and wife team best known for their starring roles in Mission: Impossible and Space 1999. They divorced in 1993.
Like the original sitcom, The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island featured a laugh track.