Follow the Sun (TV series)

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For the 1951 film, see Follow the Sun (film).
Follow the Sun
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Alan Hale, Jr. and Celeste Holm in the February 18, 1962 episode "The Irresistible Miss Bullfinch"
Genre Drama
Created by Roy Huggins
Written by Roy Huggins
Directed by Ted Post
Starring Brett Halsey
Barry Coe
Gary Lockwood
Gigi Perreau
Jay Lanin
Theme music composer Sonny Burke
Composer(s) Harry Geller
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 30
Producer(s) Ellis Kadison
Anthony Wilson
Roy Huggins
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 45 mins.
Production company(s) 20th Century Fox Television
Original network ABC
Picture format Black-and-white
Audio format Monaural
Original release September 17, 1961 (1961-09-17) – April 8, 1962 (1962-04-08)

Follow the Sun is an American drama series which ran for thirty episodes on the ABC television network from September 17, 1961, through April 8, 1962.


Follow the Sun stars Brett Halsey and Barry Coe in the roles of Honolulu-based free-lance magazine writers Paul Templin and Ben Gregory, respectively. Gary Lockwood plays their 20-year-old researcher Eric Jason, who was, according to the story line, born on December 7, 1941 (Pearl Harbor Day). In reality, Lockwood was born on February 21, 1937, and was hence nearly five years older than the character he played. Gigi Perreau played Katherine Ann "Kathy" Richards, the pretty secretary, and Jay Lanin was Lieutenant Frank Roper, the writers' friend on the police force.

Lockwood's success on Follow the Sun propelled him thereafter to the role of William T. "Bill" Rice in The Lieutenant, a program about the peacetime United States Marine Corps at Camp Pendleton, which aired on NBC during the 1963-1964 season.[1]

Follow the Sun is somewhat similar in theme and tone to Rod Taylor's Hong Kong (1960-1961) and Robert Conrad's Hawaiian Eye (1959-1963). Taylor's role as Glenn Evans, a foreign correspondent, could have fit in with the writers on Follow the Sun who also got involved in detective work—just like the Hawaiian Eye cast.[2]

Follow the Sun faced stiff competition at 7:30 Eastern time on Sunday evenings from CBS's Dennis the Menace with Jay North and the first half of The Ed Sullivan Show, as well as NBC's Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color.[3] Though the program ran for only one shortened season, there were comic books which featured Halsey, Coe, and Lockwood.

Guest stars[edit]

Popular female stars made appearances on Follow the Sun: Rhonda Fleming, Julie London, Joanna Moore, Tuesday Weld, Joanna Barnes, Stella Stevens, Yvonne DeCarlo, Anne Helm, Yvonne Craig, Dyan Cannon, Pippa Scott, and Diane Baker.

Male guest stars included Keith Andes, William Bendix, Alan Hale, Jr., Brian Keith, Dennis O'Keefe, Robert Vaughn (who later appeared with Gary Lockwood in The Lieutenant), William Windom, and Keenan Wynn, .[2]

Brian Keith and Jayne Mansfield starred in the episode "The Dumbest Blonde" that reworked the Born Yesterday plot, with Barry Coe as reporter Ben Gregory serving as a stand-in for the William Holden character. Mansfield played the beautiful "Scottie" with low self-esteem and is uncomfortable in high society. Scottie's wealthy boyfriend, played by Keith, mostly ignores her needs. In the story line, Ben Gregory introduces Scottie to books and some of his friends so that she gradually moves forward on her own.[4]

Academy Award-winning actor James Dunn appeared in an episode entitled "Run, Clown, Run." In the episode he sang On the Good Ship Lollipop, a song made famous by Shirley Temple in Bright Eyes, which co-starred Dunn.

In one episode, "A Choice Of Weapons" featured David Janssen as a retired 30-something prize fighter who enters the University of Hawaii as a freshman. Another episode, "The Woman Who Never Was", had Bethel Leslie as a beautiful, devious woman. Inger Stevens portrayed a refugee from the former East Germany in "The Girl from the Brandenberg Gate" episode.[2]

Production notes[edit]

Roy Huggins, the head of production at 20th Century Fox, created Follow the Sun as well as Maverick, 77 Sunset Strip, and Bus Stop on ABC and The Rockford Files on NBC. Anthony Lawrence, the producer of Follow the Sun went on to write the Elvis Presley film Paradise, Hawaiian Style. Huggins' Banacek, starring George Peppard, came a decade later on NBC.

Episode list[edit]

Episode # Episode title Original airdate
1-1 "A Rage For Justice" (pilot) September 17, 1961
1-2 "Cry Fraud" September 24, 1961
1-3 "The Highest Wall" October 1, 1961
1-4 "Journey Into Darkness" October 8, 1961
1-5 "The Woman Who Never Was" October 15, 1961
1-6 "Busman's Holiday" October 22, 1961
1-7 "Another Part of the Triangle" October 29, 1961
1-8 "The Longest Crap Game In History" November 5, 1961
1-9 "The Hunters" November 12, 1961
1-10 "Little Girl Lost" November 19, 1961
1-11 "Night Song" November 26, 1961
1-12 "The Primitive Clay" December 3, 1961
1-13 "Conspiracy In Silence" December 10, 1961
1-14 "The Far End Of Nowhere" December 17, 1961
1-15 "Mele Kalikimaka To You" (Christmas episode) December 24, 1961
1-16 "The Girl From the Brandenburg Gate" December 31, 1961
1-17 "Chicago Style" January 7, 1962
1-18 "The Last of the Big Spenders" January 14, 1962
1-19 "Ghost Story" January 21, 1962
1-20 "Sergeant Kolchak Fades Away" January 28, 1962
1-21 "The Dumbest Blonde" February 4, 1962
1-22 "Annie Beeler's Place" February 11, 1962
1-23 "The Irresistible Miss Bullfinch" February 18, 1962
1-24 "A Choice Of Weapons" February 25, 1962
1-25 "Marine of the Month" March 4, 1962
1-26 "The Inhuman Equation" March 11, 1962
1-27 "A Ghost In Her Gazebo" March 18, 1962
1-28 "Not Aunt Charlotte!" March 25, 1962
1-29 "Run, Clown, Run" April 1, 1962
1-30 "Chalk One Up for Johnny" (pilot for unsold series) April 8, 1962


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