9 thoughts on “Larry Storch”

  1. “I liked F-Troop.”

    Me too. I especially liked Storch’s multiple role as Agarn and “The Burglar of Banf-f,” and then his mocking of Major Chester Winster, inventor of the “Gun that LOST the West,” the Ches-Winster ’76.

    I think Storch was the very last F-Troop cast member still alive.

    1. He was. He was also the second-longest-lived cast member being exactly 99.5 years old at his death. A listed cast member named William Woodson, who played the Secretary of War in three episodes, was about a month older when he died. The only other even semi-regular cast member who got close was Rudy Doucette who played the stagecoach driver in 15 episodes. He was exactly 98 years old when he died last year.

  2. F-Troop was on the ABC television network. We didn’t get ABC. Nobody believes me. Nor do they know what watching the dot fade means.

    1. In my case, on the eastern end of Long Island, the ABC station in Connecticut was the only one we could get reliably – the city stations depended on the weather and were, best case, a bit fuzzy.

      Always liked F-Troop. A pity there is no way to bring it back today. Even watching the original might get you locked up, or so it seems at times. Italians playing indians, jokes made at the expense of indians and everyone else, irish, town drunks, foreigners (mostly played by Storch). Not even sure you could get it on youTube today.

      Tucker provided the straight-man stability, Berry the moral compass, and, above it all, Storch provided the pitch-perfect, Vaudeville-honed comedic timing. All gone now, even lovely Melody. I will miss them.

      1. I have both complete seasons on DVD. Still enjoy watching them. Situation comedy from the days before the woke crowd ruined the genre.

    2. We got one NBC affiliate, but they didn’t broadcast “Captain Nice”. Another affiliate carried it, according to TV Guide, but we couldn’t that channel.

  3. Sort of aside, but has anybody else ever had the impression that Ken Berry was auditioning, during his entire career, for the role of Dick Van Dyke?

    1. I think that is a fair assessment. They were both song and dance men. Too bad for Berry the job never opened up – Van Dyke is still very much alive at 95.

  4. F-Troop actually made some sense. What should the Army do with soldiers who are brave, loyal, and incompetent that you don’t want to discharge? One possibility is to put them somewhere they aren’t really needed and include a token competent soldier in a nominally-subordinate position.

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