I think that I got the most from re-watching the series is how much the characters came to care about each other - even Mr. Howell, who supposedly only values money, shows that he cares about the other castaways. More than ever, I wish they had gotten their fourth season - or, at least, had gotten to do a proper finale at the time, rather than eleven years later.
As for when they meet the Howells, I flagged that as the best part of the movie because I can't get over the throwaway gag that Mr. Howell is SO rich that he's got Fidel Castro at his beck and call, hand-delivering his cigars! That always cracks me up! But Commander Benson has said, more than once, that it's what transpires after that that makes the scene for him -- when Mr. Howell's guests are overheard making snide remarks about Gilligan and the Skipper, Mr. Howell, without a second's hesitation, promptly throws them out. (And those two goofy Russian spies claim to be with the guests, and Mr. Howell throws them out, too!)
It is with great sadness that I post the news of the death of Russell Johnson.
I just found out when I got home. Sad news.
I have his book Here On Gilligan's Isle that I plan to reread tonight!
You may laugh but one of my nicknames in school was "the Professor" so I admired him greatly for making being smart cool!
Thank you, Professor! You're the one I most would have with me if I was ever stranded on a desert isle! Though Evangeline Lily is a close second!
He was great in that role. Whatever else he took away from that show I think he could be proud that he made a lot of people laugh and made the Professor an archetype.
The character of Roy Martin [from 1996’s A Very Brady Sequel] was a con man trying to convince Carol Brady that he was her long-presumed-dead 1st husband, when in fact the real Roy Martin, a professor, was actually lost at sea along with others aboard a pleasure craft named the "SS Minnow". It was a nice try, but unfortunately the makers of this movie did not recall (or chose to ignore in the hope that we, the viewers would not recall) the fact that the professor's name as given in the first episode of Gilligan's Island was Roy Hinkley, not Martin. It still was a funny bit, though.
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Maybe, like the producers of The Greatest American Hero, they were afraid for using the name "Hinkley."
RECASTING GILLIGAN’S ISLAND:
I was re-watching season one of Saturday Night Live on DVD when it came to my attention that the original “Not Ready for Prime Time Players” sexes and numbers matched our castaways’. Here’s how I’d re-cast them on Gilligan’s Island.
Skipper - John Belushi
Gilligan - Chevy Chase
Mr. Howell - Dan Ackroyd
Lovey - Laraine Newman
Ginger - Jane Curtin
Mary Ann - Gilda Rader
Professor - Garrett Morris
Then it occurred to me that I’d put the original cast of Gilligan’ Island out of work, so I recast them on Lost in Space.
John Robinson - Alan Hale
Maureen Robinson - Tina Louise
Will Robinson - Bob Denver
Penny Robinson - Dawn Wells
Judy Robinson - Natalie Schafer
Don West - Jim Backus
Zachary Smith - Russell Johnson