Friday, March 15, 2019

Spaghetti Western Trivia ~ Craig Hill & Whirlybirds

Before becoming a star in Euro-westerns Craig Hill had made a few American films and television appearances but became known mainly for his co-starring role on TV’s ‘Whirlybirds’ opposite veteran actor Kenneth Toby. The 30 minute series was about Chuck (Toby) and P.T. (Hill) who own a helicopter company and are hired to perform all types of jobs. The 111 episode series ran from 1957-1960. The idea for the series came from the I Love Lucy episode 13 ‘Bon Voyage’ that aired January 16 1956. Bob Gilbreath did all the aerial stunts for both the I Love Lucy episode and all the Whirlybirds episodes.

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