Monday, December 02, 2019

The theme of purloined parrots

A 1974 episode of McCloud, titled The Gang that Stole Manhattan has Larry Hagman playing a tv/movie detective named Larry Harris who fashions himself a useful assistant to McCloud in solving the case. The trivia section of IMDB for this episode notes:

At one point, Hagman says,"This reminds of an episode on my show,
'The Case of the Purloined Parrot'."

"The Case of the Purloined Parrot" was an episode of the Hanna-Barbara
cartoon starring cat & mouse detectives Snooper & Blabber (both voiced by Daws Butler)
that aired on NBC on February 8, 1960.

The Hanna-Barbera show Quick Draw McGraw included the Snooper/Blabber cartoon with Alfy Parrot as a parody on Alfred Hitchcock.

A 1957 episode of Perry Mason titled The Case of the Perjured Parrot could easily have been titled The Case of the Purloined Parrot, as the real parrot named Casanova was in fact stolen. And, no, no parrot committed perjury in the episode.

Also prior to the 1974 episode of McCloud was the 1967 episode of the Avengers titled The Bird Who Knew Too Much, with the title relating to two previous Hitchcock films. Therein, a blue and gold macaw named Captain Caruso [Crusoe?] is taught military secrets. See also:


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