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Cover of Part 1 of the Complete Series DVD
Jeff Alexander (1.12, 1.14)
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||29|
|Running time||1 hour|
|Original run||September 14, 1963– April 18, 1964|
The Lieutenant is an American television series, the first created by Gene Roddenberry. It aired on NBC on Saturday evenings in the 1963–1964 television schedule. It was produced by Arena Productions, one of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's most successful in-house production companies of the 1960s. Situated at Camp Pendleton, the West Coast base of the U.S. Marine Corps, The Lieutenant focuses on the men of the Corps in peace time with a Cold War backdrop. The title character is Second Lieutenant William Tiberius Rice, a rifle platoon leader and one of the training instructors at Camp Pendleton. An hour-long drama, The Lieutenant explores the lives of enlisted Marines and general officers alike.
The series was released on DVD in two half-season sets by the Warner Archive Collection on August 14, 2012.
Gary Lockwood starred as USMC Second Lieutenant William Tiberius Rice, a recent graduate of the United States Naval Academy who had been assigned his first command, that of a rifle platoon. Rice is a young, educated idealist who still has much to learn from an older mentor. Robert Vaughn played Captain Raymond Rambridge, Rice's company commander, an up-from-the-ranks officer. Richard Anderson, better known to 1970s television audiences as Oscar Goldman in The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman, had a recurring role as battalion commander Lieutenant Colonel Steve Hiland, and Linda Evans, better known to 1980s audiences as Krystle Carrington in Dynasty, appeared in several early episodes as Colonel Hiland's daughter Nan, who flirted with Rice.
Production and transmission progress
Actor Gary Lockwood was twenty-six years of age and still an apprentice actor at the time the series premiered. Lockwood received his stage "family" name from early mentor Joshua Logan, who had participated in Mister Roberts and Picnic and whose middle name was Lockwood. A former UCLA college football player who could be violent and quick-tempered, and who had seriously injured a man in a brawl at a party, Lockwood tried to withdraw from the series program at the last moment, hoping to concentrate on films. He did not do so because the producers and network executives convinced him that there would be unpleasant payback if he did. Lockwood later compared being a TV star to being a jet pilot: many experts, he said, worked behind the scenes and then the pilot entered the hot seat and made it all work.
One episode of The Lieutenant was never actually transmitted. The installment, titled "To Set It Right," which was written by Lee Erwin, was about race prejudice, and featured Nichelle Nichols as the fiancee of a black Marine, and Dennis Hopper as the adversary of that Marine. The subject of race was considered taboo in entertainment television in 1964, and because the network refused to transmit "To Set It Right" or even pay for it, MGM had to shoulder the entire cost of production. The Paley Center for Media in New York City possesses a videotape of the episode. It was his frustrations with "To Set It Right" never having been transmitted that Gene Roddenberry made his decision to turn Star Trek into an allegorical production, thereby incurring a heavy debt to the political satires of the Reverend Dean Jonathan Swift Jr., Gulliver's "Travels" in particular, and such of the religious satires of François Rabelais as Gargantua and Pantagruel.
After The Lieutenant
The Lieutenant performed well in the ratings, considering the competition from The Jackie Gleason Show on CBS. The program had occupied the time slot previously held by the legal drama Sam Benedict starring Edmond O'Brien and Richard Rust. Rust also guest starred in an episode of The Lieutenant. Despite its success and promise, The Lieutenant was nevertheless canceled after only one season because, according to Roddenberry, the Vietnam War had made present-day military dramas toxic for television. In the final episode of the series, Rice is sent to a fictitious Asian country based on Vietnam as an advisor, mirroring the same real-life situation that the series had been canceled for.
Roddenberry recruited Lockwood one more time, in "Where No Man Has Gone Before", the second pilot installment for Star Trek, as Lieutenant Commander Gary Mitchell.
A middle name would be reused for Star Trek: The title character in The Lieutenant was Second Lieutenant William Tiberius Rice; on Star Trek the title character would be Captain James Tiberius Kirk.
Also available on the DVD release of The Lieutenant - The Complete Series, Part 2, a feature film version of the episode "To KIll a Man" released internationally.
- Gary Lockwood - Second Lieutenant William Tiberius Rice
- Robert Vaughn - Captain Raymond Rambridge
- John Milford - Sergeant Kagey
- Henry Beckman - Major Al Barker
- Richard Anderson - Lieutenant Colonel Steve Hiland
- Don Penny - Lieutenant Harris
- Carmen Phillips - Lily
- Steve Franken - Lieutenant Samwell 'Sanpan' Panosian [Season 1, 1963]
- Chris Noel - the regular female cast member, who never had a regular "character;" Gene Roddenberry had her acting out different characters each week
Vaughn received the same compensation as Lockwood, even though he was usually in only one scene per episode. Vaughn asked both MGM Television and Norman Felton (under whose Arena Productions banner The Lieutenant was being produced) for his own series during the run of The Lieutenant. The result was The Man from U.N.C.L.E., which began the next season and proved to be highly successful.
|Episode #||Episode title||Original airdate||Plot||Director||Writer|
|1-1||"A Million Miles From Clary"||September 14, 1963||Platoon morale is threatened when an enlisted man uses his friendship with Rice to gain favors.||Don Medford||Ed Waters|
|1-2||"Cool of the Evening"||September 21, 1963||Rice goes to the aid of a young woman (Kathryn Hays) when he hears her scream in a dark alley, but then finds himself facing serious charges.||Robert Gist||Sheldon Stark|
|1-3||"The Proud and the Angry"||September 28, 1963||Rice goes undercover as a private to investigate charges that Sgt. Karl Kasten (Rip Torn) is brutal in his training of new recruits.||Andrew McLaglen||Jerome B. Thomas|
|1-4||"The Two Star Giant"||October 5, 1963||Rice is mistakenly assigned as an aide to General Stone (Neville Brand) just as the general is ordered to Washington to defend his policies at a Senate hearing.||Richard Donner||Beirne Lay, Jr.|
|1-5||"A Very Private Affair" (pilot)||October 12, 1963||2LT William T. Rice reports for his first assignment, and is forced to choose between winning the confidence of his new platoon by overlooking a fight or revealing the truth to MCAPT Raymond Rambridge.||Buzz Kulic||Gene Roddenberry|
|1-6||"To Take Up Serpents"||October 19, 1963||Rice is assigned to an air base for training and comes to the realization that he has a fear of flying.||Andrew V. Mclaglen||Jay Simms|
|1-7||"A Touching of Hands"||October 26, 1963||Rice offers sympathy to the lonely wife of a fellow officer (Ina Balin), but soon finds himself the subject of malicious gossip.||Don Medford||Sy Salkowitz|
|1-8||"Captain Thomson"||November 2, 1963||A gruff and tactless guerilla warfare instructor (Paul Burke) makes impossible demands on his trainees.||Leon Benson||Sheldon Stark and Gene McCarthy|
|1-9||"Instant Wedding"||November 9, 1963||Rice tries to protect a fellow officer's girlfriend from the romantic attentions of a Navy officer.||David Alexander||Ellis Marcus|
|1-10||"A Troubled Image"||November 16, 1963||Rice trains a group of Vietnamese combat officers and finds one of them is a beautiful woman.||Don Medford||Herman Groves|
|1-11||"Fall From a White Horse"||November 30, 1963||Rice is assigned to defend a fellow Marine officer who is accused in a hit-and-run accident and is in danger of being court-martialed.||John Brahm||George Eckstein|
|1-12||"Alert!"||December 14, 1963||Rice falls in love with a business executive's daughter who gives him an ultimatum of either leaving the Marine Corps or breaking off the relationship.||Don Taylor||Lee Erwin|
|1-13||"The Art of Discipline"||December 21, 1963||Rice loses control of his new platoon when he relaxes discipline to win friends.||Arnold Butler||Archie L. Tegland|
|1-14||"The Alien"||December 28, 1963||Rambridge conducts a double courtship in an effort to get married as quickly as possible in order to a Korean orphan.||Michael O'Herlihy||teleplay: Gene Roddenberry (as "Robert Wesley"), story: George Eckstein|
|1-15||"O'Rourke"||January 4, 1964||A famous author (Eddie Albert) decides to prove the contemporary Marine Corps is far less effective that it was during World War II.||E. W. Swackhammer||Jay Simms|
|1-16||"Gone the Sun"||January 18, 1964||Rice is blamed for the death of a Marine during maneuvers by the parents of the deceased man. Strother Martin plays a taxi driver.||James Goldstone||Robert Dozier|
|1-17||"Between Music and Laughter"||January 25, 1964||A party girl (Patricia Crowley) asks Rice to help her win back the affections of her ex-husband, Captain Rambridge.||Vincent McEveety||Sy Salkowitz|
|1-18||"Interlude"||February 1, 1964||Rice's career in the Marine Corps is threatened when he is paralyzed in an automobile accident, but he finds love during his rehabilitation.||Richard Donner||Margaret & Paul Schneider and Robert E. Thompson|
|1-19||"Capp's Lady"||February 8, 1964||Rice makes an effort to warn Sgt. Horace Capp (James Gregory) that the woman he plans to marry has both a notorious reputation and a police record.||David Alexander||Robert J. Shaw|
|1-20||"Green Water Green Flag"||February 15, 1964||Rice meets an old adversary just when he is suddenly given command of important maneuvers due to Rambridge's illness.||Leon Benson||Sy Salkowitz|
|1-21||"To Set It Right"||February 22, 1964
(never actually transmitted)
|Rice tries to play peacemaker when he has to resolve a racial dispute between two young members of his platoon. Nichelle Nichols plays the black soldier's fiancee. NOTE: The network never compensated MGM Television for this installment, forcing the company to bear the entire burden of its costs.||Vincent McEveety||Lee Erwin|
|1-22||"In the Highest Tradition"||February 29, 1964||Rice is assigned as a technical advisor with a film crew making a movie about a Marine lieutenant in World War II. Leonard Nimoy plays a Hollywood producer and actor. Majel Barrett plays the wife of the World War II Marine.||Marc Daniels||Blanche Hanalis|
|1-23||"Tour of Duty"||March 7, 1964||A Marine (Ricardo Montalbán) returns from overseas and learns that his wife was killed while riding with another man, then takes advantage of Rice's sympathies.||Andrew V. McLaughlin||Art Wallace|
|1-24||"Lament for a Dead Goldbrick"||March 14, 1964||A newspaper reporter (Robert Duvall) writing an expose of Marine training methods holds Rice responsible for the accidental death of a Marine.||Robert Butler||Sy Salkowitz|
|1-25||"Man With an Edge"||March 21, 1964||Rice loses his girlfriend to a Naval Academy football All-American (Chad Everett), who also happens to be the nephew of the colonel.||Vincent McEveety||teleplay by Lee Erwin and Beirne Lay, Jr., story by Beirne Lay, Jr.|
|1-26||"Operation Actress"||March 28, 1964||Rice is shocked when a conniving Hollywood actress announces that she is going to marry him.||Leonard Horn||Robert J. Shaw|
|1-27||"Mother Enemy"||April 4, 1964||Rice recommends Sgt. John Delwyn (Walter Koenig) for officer's school, but then discovers that the man's mother is a leading member of the American Communist party.||Vincent McEveety||Robert J. Shaw|
|1-28||"War Called Peace"||April 11, 1964||Rice is assigned to run a surreptitious check on carelessness in security measures that has developed on a top-secret scientific project called "The War Called Peace."||Andrew V. McLaughlin||Anthony Wilson|
|1-29||"To Kill a Man"||April 18, 1964||Rice is assigned to deliver top-secret military information to combat troops in Vietnam, but when his plane is shot down, he and a Vietnamese aide are forced to fight their way back.||Vincent McEveety||Gene Roddenberry|
- Eddie Albert - R. Cameron O'Rourke
- Jack Albertson - The district attorney in episode "The Cool of the Evening"
- Edward Asner - Walter Perry
- Barbara Babcock - Doris in episode "A Touching of Hands'
- Barbara Bain - Cissie Van Osten
- Ina Balin - Jan Everest
- Majel Barrett - Ruth Donaldson
- Henry Beckman - Major Barker
- Bill Bixby - Stew Sallaway, one of Rice's old high school friends, now assigned to his platoon, who tries to take advantage of the relationship to get out of work
- Neville Brand - Brigadier General Ira Stone, a brilliant, arrogant USMC major general to whom Rice is assigned as an aide in one installment
- Paul Burke - Captain Thomson, an ineffectual Marine captain required to leave the Corps for serving too long in his rank if he is not promoted to major
- James T. Callahan - Markley in the episode "Fall from a White Horse"
- Joseph Campanella - Clark in "Man with an Edge"
- Eddie Carroll - Sgt. Perry
- Russ Conway - Col. Curtis Morley in the episode, "In the Highest Tradition"
- Patricia Crowley - Susan Rambridge, Captain Raymond Rambridge's ex-wife
- Bob Davis - Farley Crosse
- Andrew Duggan - Peter Winslow Bonney, the heroic commander of Rice's platoon during World War II, a man who might not really have been a hero
- Linda Evans - Nan Hiland
- Chad Everett - Lt. Kingsley Kane
- Norman Fell - Jerry Belman in episode "The Cool of the Evening"
- Jerry Fujikawa - A corporal in episode "To Kill a Man"
- Frank Gardner - Private Matthews
- Harold Gould - Wade in episode "A Touching of Hands"
- James Gregory - Sgt. Horace Capp
- Dennis Hopper - Corporal Peter Devlin, a bigot who is giving a tough time to a black man in his squad in "To Set it Right" (never actually transmitted)*
- Robert Karnes - Vilardi in episode "Operation Actress"
- Walter Koenig - Sgt. John Delwyn
- Sherry Jackson - Maggie Shea in episode "Gone the Sun"
- Richard Jeffries - Lieutenant Tait
- Ted Knight - Yeoman Mark Hollander
- Anna Lisa - Maria
- Ricardo Montalbán - PFC John Reading
- Greg Morris - Sgt. Perc Linden
- Leonard Nimoy - Gregg Sanders, a flamboyant actor who wants to make a movie on the Marine Corps base
- Nichelle Nichols - Norma Bartlett, "To Set it Right" (never actually transmitted)*
- Pat Priest - Waitress in episode "Fall From a White Horse"
- Denver Pyle - Major Matthew Morrissey
- Madlyn Rhue - Jackie Madian
- Katharine Ross - Elizabeth in episode "Fall From a White Horse"
- Pilar Seurat - Lt. Manishan Joraka
- Woody Strode - Sgt. Holt, "To Set it Right" (never actually transmitted)*
- Michael Strong - Principal Peter Clay in episode "The Cool of the Evening"
- Yale Summers - Lieutenant Barry Everest
- Nita Talbot - Marie Newton
- Joan Tompkins - Mrs. Wade in "The Two-Star Giant" (1963) and Elsie Hammond in "Gone the Son" (1964)
- Rip Torn - SGT Karl Kasten, a tough drill instructor who may, indeed, be so tough that he is actually killing his own trainees
- Martin West - Kelso
- Lambert, David. "The Lieutenant DVD news: Announcement for The Complete Series, Part 1 and The Complete Series, Part 2 | TVShowsOnDVD.com". Retrieved 15 August 2012.
- "LIEUTENANT, THE: TO SET IT RIGHT (TV)". The Paley Center for Media. Retrieved 1 September 2013.
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISzcanuSbqg[dead link]