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'Beane's of Boston' - failed US version of 'Are You Being Served?'

I found this last night while poking around the Internet -- had no idea it existed.

A terrible remake with Charlotte Rae as Mrs. Slocombe (!), Alan Sues from "Laugh-In" as Mr. Humphries, and only one good casting choice .... John Hillerman as Captain Peacock (here's it's "Mr." Peacock). There's also Tom Poston in old-age makeup as Mr. Beane and some nonentity invented for the American version playing his nephew.

Only Hillerman has the proper hauteur and sense of timing to make the silliness work. Rae basically plays it as Mrs. Garrett in a department store.

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by Anonymousreply 2505/22/2020

That was George Jetson's son.

by Anonymousreply 104/02/2020

The commercials are better than the show. $3,999 for a new car?

by Anonymousreply 204/02/2020


He was a very good-looking

by Anonymousreply 305/14/2020

Thanks, I never knew this existed!

by Anonymousreply 405/14/2020

I LOVE Are You Being Served? And Charlotte Rae! Thank you so much for sharing!

by Anonymousreply 505/14/2020

With Garry Marshall behind it, it was bound to be corny.

by Anonymousreply 605/14/2020

There's only one Mr. Bean!!!!!!

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by Anonymousreply 705/14/2020

Mrs. Slocombe without the funny hair dyes????!?!!!?!?!?!!!


by Anonymousreply 805/14/2020

The fat Mr. Humphries is VERY creepy and not funny at all. If Paul Lynde and Peter Lorre had a lovechild ...

by Anonymousreply 905/14/2020

Oh my God that was bad. I can’t believe I watched the whole thing! I did fall asleep at one point ;) I love Are You Being Served!

George O'Hanlon, Jr as Franklin Beane - what a fucking hot wife of ass, but could not act at all. Agreed, John Hillerman was good along with Morgan Farley as Mr. Granger. The rest zzzzzzz.... Tom Poston was the worst. Why would Charlotte Rae take a role like this towards the end of her run on Diff’rent Strokes and at the start of The Facts of Life? What the what?

by Anonymousreply 1005/14/2020

^piece of ass^ but I’d happily make him my wife.

by Anonymousreply 1105/14/2020

George O’Hanlon Jr also starred as Ned Nickerson in the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys Mysteries..

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by Anonymousreply 1205/14/2020

I wonder if he ever did scenes with Parker Stevenson Oh my!

by Anonymousreply 1305/14/2020

It's just not the same without Mrs. Slocombe's pussy.

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by Anonymousreply 1405/14/2020

Thank you r14 - that was like a palate cleanser. I laughed more in during at one minute and forty five second collection of clips than through all of Beane‘s of Boston.

by Anonymousreply 1505/14/2020

So lousy I couldn't even watch to the end, and didn't laugh once.

by Anonymousreply 1605/14/2020

Alan Sues was wrong for Mr Humphries role.

The real problem is no store in America EVER operated like this.

And German Week was on of the weakest episodes of AYBS, so another script should've been used in the pilot.

by Anonymousreply 1705/14/2020

This is terrible!

I thought, with Charlotte Rae and John Hillerman in the pivotal parts, how could you possibly go wrong?

They somehow managed to!

by Anonymousreply 1805/14/2020

They could have made it work if they wanted to, recasting and rescripting.

But I don't think Garry Marshall ever did a show that aired on CBS — they considered him low class.

by Anonymousreply 1905/14/2020

This is so bad I had to watch it again to convince myself it really occurred. It was such a weak, random episode of the original to adapt as the pilot.

George O'Hanlon was so wooden I'm shocked he made it to taping without being recast. He was cute, though.

The rest of the casting was perfect on paper, but only John Hillerman was any good. Charlotte Rae looks like she hates every minute of being there. Lorna Patterson missed the point of Miss Brahms, as others noted. Alan Sues just way overdid it—Humphries was a snakelike queen, not Paul Lynde. Even Tom Poston sucked.

by Anonymousreply 2005/15/2020

wow, really awful. easy to see why it never made it to production.

by Anonymousreply 2105/15/2020

Awful, but I kind of want more episodes. Too bad Korman I’m gone.

by Anonymousreply 2205/16/2020

Lorna Patterson was NOT Mrs Brahms directly. Just as George O'Hanlon was not old "Jug Ears."

Only George Poston and Alan Sues were miscast. George being too young, they way the second Mr Grace was "too young." And Alan Sues was just awful as he was just awful even on Laugh-In

by Anonymousreply 2305/16/2020

agreed with all the comments, especially R20. shame as this had potential. and I love the original version

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