Honey West: The Complete Series (4pc) (Full B&W) [Import]
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But Honey West was truly one of the groundbreaking TV heroines, way back in the mid 1960s when women were still classified either as housewives or girlfriends, and a sexy woman was usually an evil one. "Honey West: The Complete Series" ended up being a pretty solid, unique detective show, with a heroine who definitely broke the mold -- both back in the sixties, and in the current day.
Honey West (Anne Francis) inherited a detective agency from her father, and instead of living off other people's work she dove into it, along with her long-suffering (and very hot) partner Sam Bolt (John Ericson).
As the series opens, Honey attempts to nab a criminal for a client -- the baddies get lonely, wealthy widows and wives into sexual situations, photograph them, and then blackmail them for ridiculous amounts of money. To make herself a target, Honey stays at a luxurious resort and pretends to be the neglected wife of a senator... while Sam pretends to join the blackmailing gang. Of course, it doesn't take long for the bad guys to start catching onto them.
And as the series goes on, Honey and Sam have some interesting problems to deal with, both for themselves and for law and justice and all that -- firebugs, kidnapped pop singers, stolen designer dresses, a horrendously spoiled little girl, a jade owl, jewel thieves, gypsies, a mobster's ex, an amnesiac with way too much money, loads of counterfeiting, psychics, embezzlement, and lots and lots of assorted thieves. There's even one thief who impersonates the one and only Honey West. Now that's personal.Read more ›
Under the production staff of:
James H. Brown (6 episodes, 1966)
John Florea (3 episodes, 1965-1966)
Murray Golden (3 episodes, 1965-1966)
Paul Wendkos (3 episodes, 1965)
Thomas Carr (3 episodes, 1966)
John Peyser (2 episodes, 1965)
Sidney Miller (2 episodes, 1966)
Honey West, a slinky, glamorous female private eye, was something new to television --- In an era when actresses were confined to sedate housewife and girlfriend roles, this series marked a unique and original departure. This was the first dramatic TV series in the U.S. with a female star in an action-adventure role traditionally played by a male actor. In addition to being television's first modern, independent, self-sufficient woman, Honey frequently engaged in energetic fight scenes and shootouts.Read more ›
In the early 1960's British audiences were treated to Cathy Gale (Honor Blackman) the beautiful female co-star of the Avengers TV series in Britain. In 1965 just about the same time as Mrs. Emma Peel was introduced into U.S households the beautiful "Honey West" (Anne Francis) made her mark as one of televisions first female action / adventure stars in a lead role. The "Honey West" character was first introduced in an Episode of "Burke's Law" called "Who Killed the Jackpot?" where honey outwitted her male counterpart played by Gene Barry proving that she could be as good as any male detective.
Premiering in the fall of 1965 "Honey West" was given her own 30 minute television series from producer Aaron Spelling, sadly this show only lasted 30 episodes. Anne Francis was the perfect choice for the "Honey West" character she was beautiful, seductive, glamorous and everything her British counterpart Emma Peel was. In an era of television when women stayed mostly in the background or took lesser roles Anne Francis was a pioneer and she paved the way for many actresses who followed.
"Honey West" following in the footsteps of her late father a top notch investigator in his own right, inherited his private eye firm as well as his old partner Sam Bolt.Read more ›
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I have thoroughly enjoyed this detective series of 1965-66, and would highly recommend it! Episodes are action packed with a tinge of humour. Read morePublished 19 months ago by dvd freak
I am a huge fan of spy shows and I rank this as one of the best shows to feature a female lead investigator/spy. Read morePublished on Aug. 21 2013 by Kal
HONEY WEST only lasted one season in the mid-sixties, but endured for some time later in re-runs. Considered a little edgy in its day, viewers now would see it as a product of its... Read morePublished on July 19 2013 by Mr. Christopher A. Seaman
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