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Open All Night aired from November 1981 until March 1982 on ABC.

An all-night grocery store was the setting for this goofy comedy series. Gordon Feester ( George Dzundza) was the pudgy owner - a semi-failure at everything else he'd previously done and working on a repeat managing the local "364 Store".

Gordon's wife Gretchen ( Susan Tyrrell) helped out which is more than his scatterbrained, teenage son Terry ( Sam Whipple) did. Just the thought of work made Terry a nervous wreck! Robin ( Bubba Smith) was the towering night manager and Officers Steve and Edie (yes - you read that right! played by Jay Tarsis and Bever-Leigh Banfield) were the local cops who were better at helping themselves to coffee and doughnuts than at catching crooks! Passing through was a parade of bumbling scam artists, holdup men, hostile midgets and other assorted crazies.

Whether in a fit of versatility or just to save money, The co-producer of this show, Jay Tarses, also produced and wrote episodes, co-authored the lyrics to the theme and appeared on-screen as Officer Steve. His creator partner, Tom Patchett, produced, wrote and directed the series.

On a sad note Sam Whipple who played the teenaged Terry died of cancer on June 3, 2002 at the young age of 41.

A Review from The New York Times


Published: November 27, 1981

THE schedule has a promising new weekly series, ''Open All Night'' on ABC, and a fine new version of an American classic, ''Of Mice and Men,'' on NBC, but nothing is likely to top ''Dream House,'' on CBS tomorrow at 9, for the kind of artful exploitation that characterizes shamelessly pure television.

''Dream House'' opens with a good-looking young man getting out of a camper trailer dressed only in a pair of shorts. After stretching his weight-lifted muscles in the morning sun, he dives into a lake that just happens to be nearby and then emerges, clingingly wet, to begin a jogging stint that is photographed in the soaring lyrical style of soft-drink commercials.

The young man, as it happens, is John Schneider, blond and boyish star of ''The Dukes of Hazzard,'' also on CBS. Mr. Schneider evidently has hordes of enthusiastic teen-age fans, and this TV movie is determined to reveal to them as much of the star as the censors will allow. Mr. Schneider spends at least half of the movie bare-chested and a good deal of time getting into and out of showers, struggling to wrap a skimpy towel around his waste. As a CBS product, he is being marketed carefully.

The story is, as might be expected, uncomplicated. While jogging, friendly Charley Cross (Mr. Schneider) comes across, right in the middle of the woods, a young woman playing the clarinet. Not your usual brawny type, he immediately recognizes that the composer is Mozart. Charley traces the woman to her hotel and discovers that she is Laura Griffith (Marilu Henner from ''Taxi''). Charley from Georgia falls helplessly in love with Laura from New York. He woos her, wins her, but when their vacations are over he is unable to keep her.

Charley pursues Laura to New York where she is the city's director of urban renewal. In no time at all, he finds himself the owner of a small tract of land in a ghetto area of the Lower East Side. Charley, who is an accomplished carpenter, decides that he will build a house there for himself and Laura, even though she is seemingly uninterested and is increasingly infuriated by his ''insane persistence.'' While trying to win over Laura, Charley has to fight for survival among some of his more threatening neighbors.

Mr. Schneider has little more to do than be gosh awful cute, always ebullient and friendly as the incurably nice guy from the country. What's perhaps surprising is that he does all of this remarkably well. His insane persistence pays off in a performance that is finally winning. And he is helped immeasurably by Miss Henner, whose Barbra Streisand looks and manner provide an effective counterbalance. Her exasperation with good ol' Charley is entirely convincing.

''Open All Night,'' on ABC tomorrow at 8, may be the looniest sitcom since Dom DeLuise tore through ''Lotsa Luck.'' In this one George Dzundza, seen as the American Nazi leader in the recent ''Skokie,'' plays Gordon Feester, proprietor of a 24-hour grocery store. George has a pouting wife (Susan Tyrrell), a cretinous stepson (Sam Whipple), and a missing night manager who has run off with the day's receipts.

Walking through the store at various times are a pair of concerned but inept neighborhood cops named Steve and Edie, an Arab who keeps wanting to change dollar bills, a hostile midget applying for the job of night manager, and a giant black man who is being pursued by one of the kinkiest FBI men ever to hit television land. Written by Tom Patchett and Jay Tarses, ''Open All Night'' is ridiculouly uneven on its first outing, but the zany glint in its eye is fascinating. Mr. Dzundza's only problem is in keeping a straight face while confronting the other characters.

John Steinbeck's ''Of Mice and Men,'' an almost lovingly sympathetic portrait of the little man being ground down by social and economic forces beyond his control, may seem an odd candidate for revival these days, but Robert Blake, in his capacities as executive producer and actor, has done just that - and done it extremely well. On NBC Sunday from 9 to 11:30, ''Of Mice and Men'' has been directed by Reza Badiyi and adapted for television by E. Nick Alexander, who used Eugene Solow's screenplay as his primary source. The production is dedicated to Lewis Milestone, who directed the famous film version starring Burgess Meredith.

The enduring strength of the story is that it manages to transcend the inarticulateness of its characters. Little George (Mr. Blake) and big Lenny (Randy Quaid) are bound together as itinerant ranch hands. George knows he would probably be better off without the burden of Lenny, whose brute strength is exceeded only by his childish incomprehension. George explains that Lenny got kicked in the head by a horse when he was a kid. Not knowing his own strength, Lenny is dangerous. But George feels a sense of obligation about protecting him, although he doesn't know why.

When all else fails, the two discuss their dream of having their own house some day, and a couple of acres with chickens and rabbits. They realize that ''guys like us, working on ranches, is the loneliest guys in the world.'' But George and Lenny believe that they are different: ''We got a future. I got you and I got me.'' This is the dream that is repeated throughout the story, capturing their special lives, until it is cruelly shattered by inevitable circumstances.

The supporting cast in this production is exceptionally strong. Pat Hingle plays the rancher Jackson and Ted Neeley is his virtually psychotic son Curley. The role of Mae, Curley's sluttish wife, is done to a memorably dumb-and-sultry turn by Cassie Yates. Playing the other ranch workers are Lew Ayres as old Candy, Mitch Ryan as the nice guy Slim, and Whitman Mayo as Crooks, the black man embittered by his forced isolation from the others. Mr. Ayres is especially impressive as he is forced to give up his old dog and decides to seek a share of George's future dream.

''Of Mice and Men'' is not an easy project. It is very definitely a period peace, reflecting the intense social consciousness of the 1930's. And its characterizations are, on many levels, stereotypes. The simplicity can seem to border on the naive. But the Steinback work is still powerfully moving. Mr. Blake and Mr. Quaid provide superb performances. The on-location camera work is effective. And the music by George Romanis, heavy with variations of ''Red River Valley,'' makes a solidly supportive contribution to this outstanding project.

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