Bichlmaier: No need to dream. This series IS on DVD. There are (at least) 2 DVDs, each providing 10 episodes. I don't know who produces and markets them, but you can find them by doing a search on "the rogues tv series" at Amazon. The Amazon price is about $15 each for new; but I intend to order both DVDs and watch regularly for years to come. This series made such an impression on me as a child that the Rogues' lifestyle of clever cons and trusted partners has, alas, made my life seem--no matter how good it gets--unfulfilling. Either my life is that grey, or this series was really that good.
This show is ultimately a rather sad memory - it began so well, but fell into an irreversible decline before the half-way mark; its last episodes were very poor. It was advertised as starring David Niven, Charles Boyer and Gig Young, but really it only starred the latter two. Niven, the biggest and busiest star name, was the chief reason most people tuned in, probably, but he only starred inthree of the thirty episodes. Three out of thirty - outrageous! (He had bit parts in another five.) There was also less of Boyer than there was of Young, the least famous of the leads. He was quite good in the series, but, still, one felt let down. Eventually, the show fell so far behind schedule that even Young had to quit to do a movie, and Larry Hagman was called in for the last two shows. Who was responsible for the way the show declined week after week, from such a bright start? Might it have been executive producer Thomas McDermott, whom some blame for the collapse of Four Star Productions, the company which made the show?
I was a pre-teen when this show came and went, but I loved it. Instead of the "Facts of Life" on DVD, I wish I could get "The Rogues" instead. I'm amazed I've thought about this show after all these years, but it was fun. My parents liked the actors on the program, legends all. It sported none less than Dame Gladys Cooper, quite the grand dame, as well as David Niven, the dashing, debonaire bon vivant everyone wanted to love. Charles Boyer was no slouch, either. I can picture these actors like it was yesterday. The scripts were frothy and fun, no one took anything too seriously, and it was enjoyable to watch. I doubt anyone under the age of 40 will recall this show, but I keep hoping that, one day, it'll make a DVD. I can dream!
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