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Let’s start out easy, who plays Jeannie, in 'I Dream of Jeannie'?
Barbara Eden played the enchanting genie. Upon her co-star Larry Hagman's death, Eden remembered her first day shooting "I can still remember, that first day on Zuma Beach with him, in the frigid cold. From that day for five more years, Larry was the center of so many fun, wild, shocking…and in retrospect, memorable moments that will remain in my heart forever."
How old is the character, Jeannie, in the TV series?
In the TV series she is a 2,000-year-old genie. And what a sexy genie she was, in the episode I Dream of Jeannie: Mrs. Djinn Djinn, you can catch a peek of Barbara Eden's navel, while it was banned.
Who plays Captain Tony Nelson?
Larry Hagman was well known for portraying Captain Tony Nelson, until he portrayed J.R. Ewing on ”Dallas” which eclipsed his notoriety from this earlier role.
What does Captain Tony Nelson do for a living?
All of the above. Captain Tony Nelson works for the United States Air Force, and in the first episode he is on a space flight when his one-man capsule, Stardust One, comes down far from the planned recovery area, near a deserted island in the South Pacific. General Chuck Yeager, the first astronaut that broke the sound barrier, made a cameo appearance during opening season, I Dream of Jeannie: Bigger Than a Bread Box and Better Than a Genie (1966).
How do Jeannie and Captain Nelson meet?
The correct answer is “A”. Genie’s are normally found in bottles, not through online dating services. Even though they met and had a great chemistry for five seasons, according to Barbara Eden's autobiography, "Jeannie Out of the Bottle," Larry Hagman strongly disliked his character.
Can Jeannie talk when they first meet?
The correct answer is “B”. However, when Tony Nelson wishes she could speak English, it all becomes easier to understand. In order, Major Anthony Nelson's first three wishes were: for Jeannie to speak to him in English, for a helicopter to come to the island he was stranded on and rescue him or them, and to remove all curses put on Jeannie that caused her to be imprisoned inside the bottle.
How do they get off the South Pacific island?
Jeannie causes a recovery helicopter to show up once Tony requests it. Since Tony is overjoyed, he grants Jeannie her freedom right then and there. When thinking about the helicopter, it's interesting to note that Anthony Nelson was in the Air Force; Roger Healey was in the Army. This accurately reflected the experience of the actors, Larry Hagman having served in the United States Air Force and Bill Daily having served in the US Army as an artilleryman in the Korean War.
How do Jeannie and Tony end up together?
Although granted her freedom, Jeannie has fallen in love with Tony at first sight. She re-enters her bottle and rolls into Tony's duffel bag so she can accompany him back home. It must have been interesting working with Tony. Larry Hagman was a long-time alcoholic and has admitted that he was drunk in many of the episodes that aired on TV. Barbara Eden wrote in her 2011 autobiography, Jeannie Out of the Bottle, "Larry himself has made no secret about the fact he was taking drugs and drinking too much through many of the I Dream of Jeannie years and that he has regrets about how that impacted him"
Which of these lines are in the opening narration in the first season?
The correct answer is all of the above. Here it is, in full: Once upon a time, in a mythical place called Cape Kennedy, an astronaut named Tony Nelson went up on a space mission. The missile went up, but something went wrong and they had to bring it down. Captain Nelson landed on an island in the South Pacific where he found a bottle. At least it looked like a bottle. But it didn't act like a bottle... because in it was a genie. Oh, not your average, everyday genie. But a beautiful genie... who could grant any wish. Captain Nelson was so grateful, he set Jeannie free. Only she didn't want to be free. You know how it is when you've been cooped up in a bottle for 2000 years. She wanted to have fun. And she wanted to have it with Captain Nelson. So she followed him back to Cocoa Beach. A mythical town in a mythical state called Florida. And there in this house, the girl in the bottle plays Spin The Astronaut.
What role does U.S. Air Force Colonel Dr. Alfred Bellows play in the series?
In a running gag, Dr. Bellows, a NASA psychiatrist, tries over and over to prove to his superiors that Tony is either crazy or hiding something, but he is always foiled. Located on the Columbia Pictures back lot - the "Columbia Ranch" - in Burbank, the exterior facade used as the Bellows' house was also used as the Stephens' house in Bewitched (1964).
Who is Tony’s best friend?
Tony’s best friend is United States Army Corps of Engineers Captain Roger Healey, a fellow astronaut. Tony Nelson wears a blue Air Force uniform, and Roger Healy a green Army uniform, to symbolize their joint efforts in the Space Program.
Do Tony and Jeannie get married in the series?
The answer is “C”. Although it was love at first sight for Jeannie, Tony realizes how much he loves Jeannie once she leaves after a fight. However, Jeannie could have ended up marrying a different Tony. Robert Conrad tested for the role of Major Tony Nelson, and was seriously considered, as was Darren McGavin. Actors Gary Collins and Jack Warden. They screen tested together as Tony and Dr. Bellows.
Why was season one of I Dream of Jeannie in black and white?
I Dream of Jeannie remained in black and white due to the fact that the special photographic effects was not yet available in color. By the second season, further work had been done on techniques to create the visual effects in color. It was the last television series to be broadcast in black and white on NBC. At the beginning of a broadcast, the NBC peacock would fan its tail with a harp, flute and soft horns playing, as the announcer intoned; "The following program, (title, of show or movie, about to be televised) is brought to you in living color, on NBC."
When the series changed from black and white, the opening sequence changed as well, how so?
The opening changed from a narration and animation to an expanded animation. Both original versions of the show's animated opening sequence were done by famed animator Friz Freleng.
Did you get confused on how Jeannie called up her powers of magic. That’s because it was changed during the series. How so?
Originally, Jeannie's power was activated by folding her arms followed by a series of eye flutters. This was soon replaced by nodding her head and blinking once. It sure beats being Samantha and twitching your nose all day.
Jeannie's famous bottle was not created for the show; it was previously created for another purpose. What was it?
Jeannie's famous bottle was not created for the show. The actual bottle was a special Christmas 1964 Jim Beam liquor decanter containing "Beam's Choice" bourbon whiskey. It was designed by Roy Kramer for the Wheaton Bottle Company.
Barbara Eden is a very talented actress; what other role did she play in I Dream of Jeannie?
The correct answer is B & C. Besides playing Jeannie, Barbara Eden also played her own sister (seasons four and five, and her own mother in season four! Jeannie's extremely diabolical sister was officially named by NBC TV, as Jeannie II. They should have let the writers come up with a better name.
During season one, the producers were still trying to figure out what actress was most suitable to be Jeannie’s mother. Who initially portrayed her mother?
The correct answer is both A & B. Florence Sundstrom portrayed Jeannie's mother in season one: "My Hero?" and Lurene Tuttle portrayed Jeannie's mother in season one: "What House Across the Street?" Ultimately the producers decided to have Barbara Eden play her own mother.
Favorite Episodes! In the episode, A Secretary Is Not a Toy” what happens?
Jeannie becomes General Peterson's secretary and then becomes accused of being a spy since she cannot pass the security investigation. Jeannie only wanted Peterson to make Tony a general, and thought this was a clever way to do it. It's a good thing since the show was challenged with using the right medals for Captain and Major. In season one, when Tony is promoted from captain to major, he is wearing the wrong rank. He has silver clusters which are for a Lieutenant Colonel. In season two, the clusters changed color, from silver to gold which is a Major.
When General Peterson catches Tony singing with Enrico Caruso's voice what happens?
In the episode, “My Master, the Great Caruso” General Peterson catches Tony singing with Enrico Caruso's voice and quickly enters him in the NASA talent contest. Unfortunately, Jeannie promised to never give him that voice again. The title refers to the famous Italian tenor Enrico Caruso who performed throughout Europe and American in the late 19th and early 20th century who helped promote the home sales of records with his extraordinary voice and career that include over 800 appearances at the New York City Metropolitan Opera House.
What is the name of the episode where Jeannie blinks up an attentive suiter named Tony Millionaire to make Tony Nelson jealous?
How Do You Beat Superman? is the name of the episode. You can’t go higher on the eligible-bachelor totem pole if you’re a good-looking astronaut -- you’re practically a super hero already. The title references the character of Superman who was created by writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster. The Superman character first appeared in Action Comics #1 in 1938 and has become an American icon and prototype for all subsequent superheroes.
Do you recall there was a “Guess Jeannie’s Birthday” contest related to a two-part episode, and revealed after the end of the fourth episode? When was her birthday?
Her birthday is April 1, 64 BC. It was already established that she was 2,000 years old, but only April 1, could put a smile on everyone’s face. We’re sure Tony thought someone was pulling his leg when Jeannie came out of the bottle. Jeannie proved he wasn’t being fooled with, even though she was born to be the ultimate prankster.
Favorite Quotes! Who is threatening Tony in this quote:"How does thou wish to die?" Tony: "Of old age."
The Blue Djinn has it out for Tony. Tony stole his girl. The Blue Djinn was portrayed by Michael Ansara, first husband of leading actress, Barbara Eden. Michael Ansara guest-starred in three episodes and directed one episode. In order, they were I Dream of Jeannie: Happy Anniversary, I Dream of Jeannie: Battle of Waikiki, I Dream of Jeannie: My Sister, the Home Wrecker, in which he acted. He directed I Dream of Jeannie: One Jeannie Beats Four of a Kind.
Who is Jeannie talking to in this quote? “How are things going?”Jeannie: “Terrible. I have to make dinner - I mean actually make it without magic. We are liable to die.”
Tony asked the question of Jeannie. But dinner wasn't Tony or Larry Hagman's only concern. Larry Hagman could be so hard to work with that the producers seriously considered replacing him with another actor. They even wrote a story with Tony losing Jeannie and Darren McGavin finding her. However, studio executives liked Hagman much more than the producers did.
Who is Officer Anderson talking to in this quote? Officer Anderson: “You know, this is a one way street.” “I was only going one way.”
The correct answer is Jeannie. She was probably just headed for a frozen yogurt shop based on the show in Cocoa Beach, Florida. They actually play the TV show in the shop. It is called I Dream of Yogurt.
What happens after Jeannie has turned Tony’s living room into a campground with a fire, tent and running brook?
The answer is B, with Colonel Bellows replying, “Amanda, I spend half my life *curing* people who do things like this!” Before taking the role of Amanda Bellows, Emmaline Henry appeared in an the episode "Is There an Extra Genie in the House" as a magician's assistant (the magician was played by Bernard Fox, "Dr. Bombay" from Bewitched.
How did this quote come about? Colonel Bellows: “Being in love with a safe, they haven't got a name for that one.”
The correct answer is A. Tony says to the safe, “Jeannie, I never knew how much you meant to me until this happened. I'm never going to let you out of my sight again. Look, I even brought you flowers …”
Where could you find Jeannie's pink 1960s-era harem costume today?
Jeannie's pink 1960s-era harem costume is now housed in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.. As for her shoes, you could buy a copy. Jeannie's harem shoes were made by Neiman Marcus. They were available in three colors: pink (Jeannie), green (Jeannie II), and white. Originally decorated with lace and beads, the insole read "Taj From India".
Smoke would flow out of the bottle when Jeannie was summoned. How was the smoke effect created?
It wasn't just the smoke effect that became more sophisticated as the show went on. The interior of Jeannie's bottle was completely redone. It was a set built on a sound stage. Barbara Eden had to climb an eight foot ladder to get into it.
If you’ve heard of a diabolical look-alike sister before, it may have come from former Bewitched writer, James S. Henerson. What happened to Mr. Henerson?
Jeannie's diabolical look-alike sister, "Jeannie II", a brunette with a green harem dress, was created by a former Bewitched writer, James S. Henerson. He was fired from Bewitched when a manager, producer or director discovered he was writing for both shows at the same time.
Why didn’t the producers want a blonde to play Jeannie?
Sidney Sheldon didn't want a blonde to play Jeannie because he didn't want unfavorable comparisons to Bewitched. However, none of the other actresses competing for the role was able to play the roles the way he wrote them.
Why might the writer, creator and executive producer of I Dream of Jeannie, Sidney Sheldon, seem so familiar to you?
Besides all of the above, Sidney Sheldon became most famous after he turned 50 and began writing best-selling romantic suspense novels, such as Master of the Game, The Other Side of Midnight, and Rage of Angels. He is the seventh best selling fiction writer of all time.
What movie was a working model for the TV series?
During several interviews, Sidney Sheldon mentioned that he used the comedy movie, The Brass Bottle (1964), a film about a man who unleashes a male genie, providing more problems for its master than it solves. Barbara Eden who played the apple of the hapless hero's eye, impressed Sheldon in that movie.
How many seasons did I Dream of Jeannie air?
It aired for five seasons, from September 18, 1965 to May 26, 1970 with new episodes, and through September 1970 with season repeats, both on NBC. The series did well in syndication. The Chicago Tribune’s June 20, 1971 edition noted the series was number one in Australia, Germany and Japan. In 1985 USA Today stated the series was being aired in 80 markets and ranked in 25th place in syndication popularity.
How many nominations did I Dream of Jeannie receive?
The correct answer is A & B. However, they did not win these nominations. They did win three awards: TV Land Awards for favorite dual-role character and chicest sitcom décor for inside the bottle. They also won an award for the TV Hall of Fame from Online Film & Television Association.
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