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Robert (Butch) Day
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 26, 2018 6:12 pm    Post subject: Project U.F.O. Reply with quote

I Could NOT find any thread on this series usung the search function, I apologize if there is one.

Project U.F.O. (February 19, 1978 – July 19, 1979) that was a Mark VII production from Jack Webb (Dragnet). It's most famous episode was it's 10th episode from the first season: Sighting 4010: The Waterford Incident. "Boys at a military school become involved with a strange substance from a UFO and a hunter is attacked by a robot. (The robot is a version of the Robby the Robot.) Dr. Joyce Brothers guest stars as Dr. Paulson. It is based very loosely on the Cisco Grove UFO Encounter as reported in 1964.

Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_U.F.O.

The full episode can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFAsZ1VvVxI&index=11&t=0s&list=PLmz8pyKvoVvI7533INbki2fIXIhxBSXIj

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Robert (Butch) Day
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2018 2:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here Are 3 reference pictures. The ship that The Robot arrived in:



The Robot 3/4 from the rear:



The Robot 3/4 from the front:



The pictures are dark because it is not only a night scene bu executive producer Jack Webb wanted to keep the details vague. The cover of BANANAS Magazine:



The proposed DVD cover:



Here are some better pictures from the very old defunct board:







































Essentially this is the same version of Robby that was seen in Space Academy's My Favorite Marcia:



And in the Sybil Danning 1988 movie The Phantom Planet with Robert Quarry as Prof. Strock:



A full body publicity shot with the director Fred Olen Ray.:



BONUS Sybil Danning And Robby:


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2018 4:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the great post Butch!
I remember this series well from '78 and '79. It had the same format as most of Jack Webb's series.

The whole two seasons of 13 episodes each is available on YouTube. You can start with the url posted above and work your way through it.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 30, 2018 6:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I used to like this show even if nothing was ever proved! But why did they have to change the lead actor for season two? Caskey Swaim who was a John Voight clone and sounded like him stayed on but by the last few shows I think we'd had enough!
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2018 10:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I always enjoyed Webb's various productions. He always wanted to be as accurate as possible in how a profession was depicted while also presenting entertainment.

Dragnet and Adam-12 were based upon true documented cases.

Same for Project UFO.

I first saw Jack discuss this new series on the Mike Douglas show. He told Mike that he (JW) was interested in knowing what was up there as he pointed upwards.

The series covers some intriguing cases. And the lives of those who report having alien contact is never the same. Sometimes sadly so for those individuals.

The alien spacecraft were a mix of sharp to behold,as well as not well done at all.

Yes,the FX & model work is dated now. They did the best that could be done technologically at that time on the budget they had & a tight shooting schedule.

Gene Roddenberry, a friend of JW,consulted on the show's visuals.
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