F Troop

Season 2 Episode 1

The Singing Mountie

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Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Sep 08, 1966 on ABC
9.0
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The Singing Mountie
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A mountie arrives at Fort Courage, looking for Agarn's look-a-like French-Canadian cousin, Lucky Pierre Agarniere.

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  • A (Singing!) Mountie (Paul Lynde), comes to Fort Courage while tracking a Canadian fugitive. Coincidentally Corporal Agarn's (Larry Stortch) look-a-like French Canadian cousin, Lucky Pierre Agarniere (ahem, Stortch again) pays his relative a visit.moreless

    9.5
    Paul Lynde and Larry Stortch were secret weapons of sorts. One trait of modern civilization is that society is extremely fickle as to who attains fame, keeps it, is merely remembered or as is most common - virtually forgotten. These two guys fell through the cracks somewhere between Nixon and Reagan. "Paradise by the Dashboard Light" is a karaoke staple, they make a movie out of Speed Racer - but Paul Lynde or Larry Stortch, "POOF"... Is there no justice?



    F Troop practically shares their fate. If you get to see this episode you'll wonder why. Wild Eagle, Crazy Cat... that's funny stuff, perhaps bigoted by today's sensibilities. Yet Larry Stortch's portrayal of Corporal Randolph Agarn (and his various look-a-like relatives) was a work of art. Perfect comic timing and a great tightrope routine. The character was shiftless yet extremely loyal and basically a coward yet reliable to come through in the end. Stortch conveyed all these shades without blinking an eye. Paul Lynde seemed to be everywhere in the 60's - ads, talk shows, guest appearances on TV, cameos in movies, off and on from '66 to '81 he was a mainstay on the Hollywood squares, often in the center square - and almost without fail, elicited a laugh. You'd think he'd be considered a cult hero today, considering his unapologetic fruitiness and obvious embracing of his homosexuality. He was a unique - oner. He always was himself, whatever his role... and no one faulted him for it.



    Here he played a spastic Canadian Mountie on the trail of an illusive criminal, The Burglar of Banff (pronounced Banff-ff-ff on the show, practically calling for a spit inducing lisp). Nearly every actor had a shot at repeating the villain's name, yet no one matched Lynde or Stortch for getting the most out of it. As a matter of fact Stortch would have two separate deliveries, as Agarn and as his cousin, Lucky Pierre. Lucky's pronouncement "Just beware of ze Burglar of Banff-ff-ff." could be heard repeated just about anywhere in America even a month after the episode aired.



    Funny, silly, innocent stuff... Just who was the burglar? I won't tell. Now I can just picture Lynde's singing, "Romp, romp, romp around..."moreless
  • The episode that hooked me into the show...

    10
    This is the episode that got me hooked into F Troop. I was sick with a virus and turned on TV Land. I noticed F Troop was on but was going to turn the channel when I saw in the preview that Paul Lynde was guest starring. Paul Lynde was simply superb in this episode. He was just as hilarious as he always was. I also found Ken Berry to also be extremely comedic in that episode as well. Afterwards, I began watching this show on a daily basis and I have to saw this show was amazing, even though I was born some twenty years after this show premiered. Kudos.moreless
Ken Berry

Ken Berry

Captain Wilton Parmenter

Larry Storch

Larry Storch

Corporal Randolph Agarn

Forrest Tucker

Forrest Tucker

Sergeant Morgan O'Rourke

Frank DeKova

Frank DeKova

Chief Wild Eagle

Melody Patterson

Melody Patterson

Wrangler Jane Angelica Thrift

Don Kent (II)

Don Kent (II)

'real' Sgt. Ramsden

Guest Star

Paul Lynde

Paul Lynde

Sgt. Ramsden

Guest Star

James Hampton

James Hampton

Trooper Hannibal Dobbs

Recurring Role

Bob Steele

Bob Steele

Trooper Duffy

Recurring Role

Don Diamond

Don Diamond

Crazy Cat

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Talking about Agarn's relatives, O'Rourke mentions El Diablo, the look alike cousin who appeared in the first season episode of the same name.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Lucky Pierre: (about the burglar of Banff) He's so clever he once stole a beaver coat.
      Crazy Cat: What's so clever about that?
      Lucky Pierre: It was still on the beaver.

    • Wild Eagle: (handling Lucky Pierre's cooking) You taste first, Crazy Cat.
      Crazy Cat: No, after you. You're the chief.
      Wild Eagle: If you want to be like chief, you taste first!
      Crazy Cat: If you taste first, maybe I be chief!

    • Lucky Pierre: I develop this myself. Through careful cross-breeding, I mated a lynx with a marmoset.
      Agarn: What do you call it?
      Lucky Pierre: Minks.
      O'Rourke: Oh, that's very clever of you, Lucky. Cross-breeding, huh?
      Lucky Pierre: I'm also thinking of mating a fox with my mink.
      Agarn: You could call it a fink!
      Lucky Pierre: (guffaws) Very good, cousin, very good.
      Agarn: Or you could even cross a lynx with a fox and you'd have a lox.

  • NOTES (1)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • The song both Sgt. Ramsdens sing while traveling on their dog sleds is Tramp, Tramp, Tramp from the 1910 operetta Naughty Marietta which is set in New Orleans not Canada. Although not appropriate to F-Troop's time period or setting, the song is associated with singer/actor Nelson Eddy who in turn is associated with the Mounties having famously played one in the movie version of Rose Marie. The other song the Mounties sing ("I Dream of Wrangler...") is actually an adaptation of the classic song by Stephen Foster Jeannie With the Light Brown Hair. The song was written in 1854 and so could easily fit into F-Troop's 1860s setting.

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