Stanley Beamish, the weakling proprietor of a Washington gas station, is also a top-secret super agent. When the Government’s Bureau of Special Projects needs Stanley, he takes a pill that gives him an hour’s worth of strength, courage and flying time.
Season 1 Ep.05: The Formula Is Stolen
Spies who have stolen the formula for the power pill trail B.J. Reed and determine that Mr. Terrific works at Hal and Stanley’s Service Station as a front. They plan to kidnap our hero and either lure him to their side or brainwash him. The shapely Nina (Joan Huntington) at first charms and hypnotizes Hal. When the pills don’t work on him, she returns for Stanley. Although the enemy agents learn that Stanley is on to them, he still manages to swallow some of the pills they have produced and captures the gang of villains.
New York stage actor Stephen Strimpell starred in this series as Stanley Beamish. Stanley was a below average guy whose unique metabolism made him the only person who could take the power pill that was developed by the Bureau of Secret Projects.
TV’s Mr. Terrific was an unusual super hero. He was neither alien, god nor mutant. He was not highly disciplined like Batman. Unlike the comic book Mr. Terrific he was no mental or physical prodigy. He didn’t even excel in science like Iron Man, Spider-man or his chief TV competitor Captain Nice.
He was a schnook. Stanley Beamish was everything Clark Kent pretended to be only he wasn’t pretending. Mr. Terrific struck a chord with many of the same types of kids who had been beguiled by Superman for decades. When he took his power pill, he was still the same guy, naive and painfully shy around girls, but his great strength did give him a certain level of confidence.
Mr. Terrific may have provided one of the purest forms of wish fulfillment fantasy for insecure adolescents. If only the show had gotten some better scripts to work with it might have become a true classic.
Cast and Crew:
Stephen Strimpell, Richard Gautier and Paul Smith
Production Company: Universal TV
Audio/Visual: mono, color
Date Release: 1967
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