Coronet Blue

One of the greatest shows of all time that faded into obscurity. Originally filmed in 1965 by CBS, it wasn't aired till the summer of 1967. Once aired, CBS had a hit, but by that time the show was long out of production and its star, Frank Converse, was under contract with ABC starring in N.Y.P.D. Converse plays a man who was shot and dumped into the East River to die, but gets rescued. However, aside from remembering two words, "coronet blue", he has total amnesia. The meaning of the phrase is unknown to him, and the series revolves around him trying to discover it, himself, and his attackers - who are still after him.

There was never any resolution to the story and the meaning of "coronet blue" remained a mystery for many years. However, the answer has finally been revealed - scroll past the episode listings to read it.

This is an absolute gem of a series with great stories, acting and production. Not to mention the unforgettable theme song and some fantastic guest stars, including Candice Bergman, Jon Voight, Jack Cassidy and Dick Clark. A real artifact of the 60s, this series, along with The New People, gets my vote for shows that, despite being very short-lived and almost totally forgotten, NEED to get a commercial release simply due to their historical significance in perfectly encapsulating a lost moment in time.

Nice quality from Australian TV, except 1 from TVLand. DVD SP, last 3 eps SP+ (2.5 hour, still full D1 resolution).

Season 1
1. A Time to Be Born 29May67
2. The Assassins 12Jun67
3. The Rebels 19Jun67
4. A Dozen Demons 3Jul67
5. Faces 10Jul67
6. Man Running 17Jul67
7. A Charade for Murder 24Jul67
8. Saturday 31Jul67 (garbled sound for 5')
9. Presence of Evil 7Aug67
10. Six Months to Mars 14Aug67
11. The Flip Side of Timmy Devon 4Sep67

The secret of Coronet Blue:
"The actual secret is that Converse was not really an American at all. He was a Russian who had been trained to appear like an American and was sent to the U.S. as a spy. He belonged to a spy unit called 'Coronet Blue.' He decided to defect, so the Russians tried to kill him before he can give away the identities of the other Soviet agents. And nobody can really identify him because he doesn't exist as an American. Coronet Blue was actually an outgrowth of 'The Traitor' episode of The Defenders."
From The Radical Allegories of an Independent Filmmaker, the biography of series creator and writer Larry Cohen.
Thanks to Deb Walsh for bringing this to my attention.

For more information on this series, see The Coronet Blue Preservation Effort.