Bracken's World

NBC (ended 1970)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 2 : Ep 15

    Miss Isabel Blue

    Aired 12/25/70

  • S 2 : Ep 14

    The Country Boy

    Aired 12/18/70

  • S 2 : Ep 13

    Will Freddy's Real Father Please Stand Up?

    Aired 12/11/70

  • S 2 : Ep 12

    A Score Without Strings

    Aired 12/4/70

  • S 2 : Ep 11

    The Nude Scene

    Aired 11/27/70

  • Cast & Crew
  • Leslie Nielsen

    John Bracken

  • Madlyn Rhue

    Marjorie Grant

  • Warren Stevens

    John Bracken (voice)

  • Jeanne Cooper

    Grace Douglas

  • Peter Haskell

    Kevin Grant

  • show Description
  • Bracken's World focused on the employees of the fictitious movie company Century Studios, located in Hollywood, California. John Bracken was the studio head, who, for the first season, was heard, but not seen.

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Notes (7)

    • The November 4, 1969 issue of TV guide ran an article on "Bracken's World" which contained a discussion of a scene in this episode where Marjorie Grant (played by Madlyn Rhue)unbuttons the shirt of her husband, Kevin Grant (played by Peter Haskell)and runs her hand against his chest. There is no other romantic contact between the characters. According to the article, George Lehr, the post production supervisor and Grant Tinker debated whether the scene was too sexually explicit for a 1969 audience. The scene was ultimately left in because the characters were married, and it was deemed acceptable to hint at intimate relations between married people.

    • This episode was written to justify the departure from the show of Eleanor Parker. Orignially slated to be the star, Miss Parker grew dissatisfied with her character's role and elected to quit the series.

    • This episode is played for laughs. For example, J.F.Nash seriously suggests that Kevin should cast Richard Burton as an Indian. Grace insists that Paulette has an Indian heritage, but has no idea what tribe she is from. When Kevin tells Arthur he does not speak with a forked tongue, Arthur disdainfully asks him not to use ethnic stereotypes as a subtle form of condescension. Kevin has to report to the police that Paulette was kidnapped by a band of Indians driving a stagecoach.

    • One of the most intense scenes of this series was Kevin's realization of Marjorie's affair with Tom. They return home from a party to their lavish home. There is no musical score and little initial dialogue; the scene is played with emotional looks and the click of footsteps on the tile foyer. Peter Haskell and Madlyn Rhue were at their best in this scene.

    • This episode introduces Leslie Neilsen as John Bracken, head of Century Studio. Bettye Ackerman is given a more prominent role as Bracken's secretary. Gone from the series, without fanfare or explanation, are Stephen Oliver and Dennis Cole.

    • With the death of Marjorie Grant, Madlyn Rhue left the show.

    • Tom Selleck appears in this episode in a different role than the recurring part of Roger that he had during the first season.

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    Trivia (1)

    • Bracken's World was originally planned as a serial when the pilot was created, which is why the pilot is so "introductory," rather than a self-contained story.

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