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Baa Baa Black Sheep

9/21/1976 - 9/1/1978 NBC 60 minutes
Color - 37 episodes
Created by Stephen J. Cannell
Universal Television

Technical Advisor:
Lt. Col. Gregory "Pappy" Boyington

Baa Baa Black Sheep Cast

Robert Conrad as Maj. Greg 'Pappy' Boyington
James Whitmore Jr. as Capt. James Gutterman
Dana Elcar as Col. Thomas Lard
Simon Oakland as Gen. Thomas Moore
Dirk Blocker as Lt. Jerry Bragg
Robert Ginty as Lt. T.J. Wiley
John Larroquette as Lt. Bob Anderson
Jeff MacKay as Lt. Don French
W.K. Stratton as Lt. Larry Casey
Larry Manetti as Lt. Bob Boyle
Jeb Stuart Adams as Lt. Jeb Pruitt
Red West as Mechanic Sgt. Andy Micklin
Joey Aresco as Sgt. John David 'Hutch' Hutchinson
Steven Richmond as Cpl. Stan Richards

Nurses:
Katherine Cannon as Capt. Dottie Dixon
Nancy Conrad as Nurse Nancy Gilmore
Denise DuBarry as Nurse Samantha Green
Brianne Leary as Nurse Susan Webster
Kathy McCullen as Nurse Ellie






Robert COnrad as Pappy Boyington
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Baa Baa Black Sheep
by Gregory Pappy Boyington


Baa Baa Black Sheep Theme Song

Mike Post and Pete Carpenter

Baa Baa Black Sheep Tidbits

This is the story of Major Greg "Pappy" Boyington, who led VMF-214, a cracker jack bunch of World War II pilots who became known as the Black Sheep Squadron. Although some elements of the war ace's life during this time were Hollywoodized, much of the story is true.

As presented in Baa Baa Black Sheep, Major Boyington, looking to form a squadron in the South Pacific, recruited men who were under threat of court martial for crimes such as drunkeness, fighting and disrespect of military protocol. None of these seemed much like crimes to the 35 year old Boyington (he was called Pappy because of his age) as he had often been guilty of them himself.

While it is true that the real Boyington was a hard drinking, hard fighting renegade, some of the members of the real Squadron took exception to their TV portrayal as deadbeats. This caused a rift for a time between the fliers and their former commander.

In the first season, we find the 214 stationed at Vella La Cava. When not in the air, they are living up to their name of "black sheep." Boyington exercises little discipline when they are on the ground. But he expects much when they are on the trail of the Japanese.

The group quickly gets a reputation for aerial prowess, racking up many Zeros "splashed." Some of Baa Baa Black Sheep's best moments are the scenes of the Corsair's flying. Even though some of it is stock military footage, the scenes are thrilling nonetheless. And the restored Corsairs used in the show were fun to see.
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Pappy Boyington must report to Col.Lard, USMC (Dana Elcar). He is contemptuous of Boyington and his lack of respect for the rules. This has some basis in fact and Boyington's real life nemesis was Lt. Col. Joseph Smoak, operations officer of Marine Air Group 11.

The supporting cast consists of many who would go on to other shows: John Larroquette (Night Court, John Larroquette Show), Larry Manetti (Magnum PI), Robert Ginty (Falcon Crest), Jeff MacKay (Magnum PI, JAG). Dirk Blocker was Dan Blocker's (Bonanza) son and Red West had been Elvis Presley's bodyguard.

Baa Baa Black Sheep was cancelled after the first season but the network's Fall lineup went down like a Zero in flames, so the show got picked back up for another 13 episodes under the title "Black Sheep Squadron." This year they add nurses and the focus migrates away from the combat elements often enough to annoy purists. No doubt this was somebody's hot item to expand the demographic. They even billed the nurses as "Pappy's Lambs" an obvious jab at their competition on ABC - "Charlie's Angels." Nurse Nancy Gilmore is played by Robert Conrad's daughter, Nancy Conrad.

Passings

Dana Elcar died in June of 2005.





About Lt. Col. Gregory "Pappy" Boyington

Boyington served in China as a member of the American Volunteer Group, the famed Flying Tigers.

In 1943 with Boyington as CO and Major Stan Bailey as Exec, the 214 trained hard at Turtle Bay on Espritu Santo. They made their reputation in just 84 days, piling up a record 197 planes destroyed or damaged, troop transports and supply ships sunk, and ground installations destroyed. And that's just the big stuff.

Boyinton's best day was September 14, 1943 when he claimed 5 kills in one day. From that day through January of 1944 he claimed 22 kills. While this number is in dispute by a few kills, he was still the ace with the most kills.

In 1944 he was shot down and spent a year and a half as a Japanese POW.

Gregory Boyington was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. He died in 1988 of cancer.

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