Fantasy Island

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Quotes (136)

  • Gregory Udall: Do those men have something to do with the trap you have for me, Mr. Roarke? Mr. Roarke: Oh very much so Mr. Udall, you see they have come for you. Kathy Udall: They look like some kind of prison guards. Mr. Roarke: They are indeed. They are from Ile du Diablo. Gregory Udall: Ile du Diablo, you mean Devil's Island? Mr. Roarke: One of the most notorious, godforsaken prisons in the history of the world. Gregory Udall: Yes, but, ah, Devil's Island doesn't exist anymore. Mr. Roarke: Doesn't it? This is Fantasy Island Mr. Udall, and here anything exists, if I so wish.

  • (after Roarke recognizes him at a masquerade party) Tattoo: How did you know it was me, boss?

  • Roarke: Must your mind always work like a cash register, Tattoo?

  • Roarke: There is a saying that might serve you well in life, young Mr. Kincaid. Cowards die many times before their death and the valiant never taste death but once.

  • Tattoo: Another day, another dollar, hmm, Boss. Mr. Roarke: Must you always be so mercenary, Tattoo? I thought we decided to try to cultivate our finer instincts today. Didn't we?

  • Katherine: I'm sure that they would, right now I'm not so sure that I do. Mr. Roarke: Really, and what was it that you used to make that little boy laugh? Who were you then, Katherine or Kay? Oh my dear Ms. Patrino, don't you know that a gift of humor is like any other gift, it can be used for good or it can be wasted. What is truly important is the person to whom that gift has been given.

  • Stanley: Mortimer Fox an antique dealer, one of those fashionable shops you don't go to for bargains!

  • (Tattoo tries to impress Mr. Roarke with a magic card trick with Pepper the Parrot) Tattoo: Pepper, I want you to take one card, the Ace of Spades. Very good, you see the Ace of Spades. Mr. Roarke: Memorable Tattoo, truly memorable. Now would be a good time to sell Pepper for top dollar. As a matter of fact one of our guests inquired if he were for sale. Tattoo: I know Boss, but I turned down the offer. Mr. Roarke: You turned down an offer, for money! Well that's not like you Tattoo. Tattoo: You see Boss, Pepper and I, we are very attached to each other. Mr. Roarke: My dear Tattoo, do I detect a chink in that armor of yours?

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Notes (42)

  • This was the second pilot episode of Fantasy Island.

  • Kathryn Holcomb (as Kitty Abilene) sings two torch songs "You Made Me Love You" and "Love Me or Leave Me".

  • Artist Ted Cavanaugh is introduced as being from Sausalito, California.

  • The good Reverend Peter Hollister (Dan Rowan) is introduced as being from Cleveland, Ohio.

  • Cindy Barker from Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. Jordan Montgomery from Canoga Park, California.

  • Mr. Roarke introduces Miss Drucilla 'Rowdy' Roberts (Anne Francis) as being from Boston, Massachuesetts.

  • Michael Fox played the character McCloud on Burke's Law, another Aaron Spelling show.

  • Brian Kehoe (Hugh O'Brian) hails from Texarkana, Texas in the opening sequence.

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Trivia (62)

  • Although Louis Nye appears in the credits, he does not appear in the two main story lines. He appears briefly in a short vignette, in which he lands in an hot air balloon and thanks Mr. Rourke for his trip around the world in eighty days. He then asks when he can enjoy another Jules Verne fantasy.

  • At the end of this episode, Tattoo believes Mr. Roarke has forgotten his birthday, when he is surprised with a huge birthday party.

  • The first song is "You Made Me Love You" originally sung by Al Jolson. The music was written by James V. Monaco, the lyrics by Joseph McCarthy and published in 1913. It was introduced in the Broadway revue The Honeymoon Express. The additional lyrics were added by Roger Edens for Judy Garland. Judy sang the song to Clark Gable at a birthday party thrown for him by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. MGM executives were so charmed by her rendition that she and the song were added to the film Broadway Melody of 1938. Garland recorded the "Gable" version on September 24, 1937. MGM released the song as a b-side in 1939, opposite Garland's recording of "Over the Rainbow."

  • The second song is "Love Me or Leave Me", originally sung by Ruth Etting. Music by Walter Donaldson and Lyrics by Gus Kahn. The song was introduced in the Broadway play, Whoopee!, which opened in December 1928.

  • Actress Vivian Blaine is known for her work in theater and film musicals.

  • The character Ulla is spellt Oola in the credits and the character of Tupa, the pregnant bride-to-be is not listed.

  • Tattoo writes a jingle to win second prize so he can give the mink coat to a girl he's trying to impress, from a page right out of Barney Hunter's sex expert book.

  • The name of Barney T. Hunter's best-selling Sex Expert book is "Sex Can Make You Immortal".

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Allusions (28)

  • Burke: Alright, those people down there, where did they come from? I mean, uh, they're not robots like in that movie? Referring to the 1973 feature film Westworld, which was set in a resort where robots simulated other time periods for guests.

  • Tattoo: Hark who knocks at yonder door. How was that Boss? This is a quote from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet play.

  • Roarke: (to Tattoo) A fool and his money are soon parted. This is a quote from farmer/writer Thomas Tusser (1524-1580).

  • Mr. Roarke: (to Jordan Montgomery) Princess Fiona, legend has it that her jewels came from King Solomon's Mines. Based on the Biblical king renowned both for his wisdom and for his wealth. A number of sites have been identified as the location of the mines of Solomon.

  • Charlie's Cherubs is based on another Aaron Spelling series Charlie's Angels.

  • Allusion to the famous Renaissance painter. Roarke: And how is Fantasy Island's answer to Michelangelo doing?

  • Allusion to the famous painting not by Raphael but by Titian and Boticelli. Tattoo: I make Raphael's Venus Rising look like a third grade finger painting. Roarke: Tattoo are you aware that the painting of Venus Rising is a nude.

  • Allusion to the Mary Shelley character from her novel Frankenstein. Tattoo: Good Morning Boss. Mr. Roarke: Good Morning Tattoo. Tattoo: Don't you see anything different about me. Mr. Roarke: Oh, now that you mention it, yes I have a feeling you are imitating the Frankenstein monster, though I am at a complete loss as to why. Tattoo: Well it's to scare off the people who pick on me because of my size. Mr. Roarke: Well with all due respect may I suggest that you imitate the Frankenstein monster at some other time. Meet me at the plane to welcome our guests or have you forgotten that.

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