Friday, November 23, 2018

The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries - "Mystery on the Avalanche Express"

The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysterie
"Mystery on the Avalanche Express"
The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries - Season 2, Episode 19
Original Airdate: February 26, 1978

Mystery on the Avalanche Express
Snow skiing!  Avalanches!  Trains!  Nancy Drew!  Spies!  Hardy Boys!  Other stuff!  And... More!  In "Mystery on the Avalanche Express!" The plot is some nonsense about a group of international snow skiers getting caught up with smuggled coins and communist defectors aboard a train crossing Europe to Austria.  Nancy drew gets mixed up in it when a girl switches bags with her, and then the Hardy Boys have to come to the rescue, or something.

Shaun Cassidy shows off his mad "pretending to ski in front of a rear screen projector" skills,.

In an odd bit of "stunt casting" this episode had lots of weird guest stars who kind of blended together into a musty stew of old white guys with bad hair and ugly suits, but were all played by "teen idols" from the 1940s, '50s, and '60s.  Perhaps this gave stars Parker Stevenson and Shaun Cassidy a frightening glimpse of what the future held for them. The guest stars included 77 Sunset strip star Edd "Kookie" Byrnes, Bing Crosby's son Gary Crosby, teen idol actor Troy Donahue, and pop singers Vic Damone, Fabian and Tommy Sands.

The Bad Hair Club for Men

"Are you trying to seduce me, Mr. Robinson?"

 Leonard Cohen - Avalanche

More screencaps after the break...

Alasondro Alegré as “The Chief”

Frank and Joe get lost in a train station

Bag Switch!

When you're 35 years old and don't want to admit you're not a teenager anymore.

Gary Crosby... all of his dad's great looks, none of his charm.

Hardy Boys and Hardy Dad


Fight to the death on top of the train!

Rainbow Nun looks out the window, what does she see?...

...'Tis be a  rainbow, glory be!

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