Shazam! 3.5 – The Sound of a Different Drummer

At this point, I’m kind of used to the sound of the bottom of the barrel being scraped. This time, two inconsiderate teens are trying to force a violinist played by Eric Laneuville to play baseball instead. They chase him into what is clearly a public park, past a sign claiming that it’s a missile testing range. The producers hired a uniform for the soldier and got several reels of stock footage of missiles, but evidently forgot to tell the location scout that they needed some place that didn’t have picnic tables for this scene.

Anyway, Laneuville went on to play Luther on St. Elsewhere for many years, and he’s since been a very in-demand director, working on shows as disparate as Gilmore Girls and Blue Bloods. One of the other teens is played by David Doremus, who had played Hal on the treacly Nanny and the Professor in the early seventies. And telling the teens that respect is more important than winning or losing at the ball park, it’s Dodgers legend Maury Willis. I’m certain that I had Topps and Hostess cards of him when I was a kid.

As for our kid, I chatted with him about respecting his friends’ wishes if they don’t want to play with him, and that he should always talk to a grown-up instead of running away from his problems. I figured that was the least I could do. Then I resumed chuckling about them turning Griffith Park into a missile range.