Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Starsky & Hutch


I put my friend pHinn's street cred into a serious doubt when he announced he liked to watch the Starsky & Hutch reruns on Finnish television. I said I might be more interested in the novelizations. This was a joke at first, but it occurred me to check - I had a suspicion nagging somewhere in the back of my mind that it shouldn't've been a joke.

And, yes, there were eight Starsky & Hutch novelizations. Here's the list; all of the following were written as by Max Franklin who was really Richard Deming about whom I've had nice things to say in Pulpografia.

Starsky & Hutch 1: [no title]
Starsky & Hutch # 2: Kill Huggy Bear
Starsky & Hutch #3: Death Ride
Starsky & Hutch # 4: Bounty Hunter
Starsky & Hutch # 5: Terror on the Docks
Starsky & Hutch #6: The Psychic (from a script by Michael Mann!)
Starsky & Hutch #7: The Setup
Starsky & Hutch #8: Murder on Playboy Island

All of these were published by Ballantine in 1976-1978. The last one is credited with being the scarcest one. The seller in Abebooks asks 95$ for it! (There are cheaper ones, too, if you want to grab it.)

There seems to be no novelization of the recent Owen Wilson movie.

7 comments:

pHinn said...

Starsky & Hutch is as street cred as it gets. It's interesting to occasionally to spot some writers such as Michael "Miami Vice" Mann in its credits (and Starsky a.k.a. Paul Michael Glaser was to direct many episodes of Miami Vice). Also spotted in S & H: Steve Kanally of Dallas, Richard Kiel a.k.a. Jaws of Bond films, and Elisha Cook Jr. who always played ill-fated loser types in film noir classics...

Juri said...

It's Richard Deming writing those books that gives its due - to me, at least.. Nah, just kidding. The early television (and even not so early) is full of these wild talents. Just watch the doctor show, now, what's it called, not Dr. Kildare, but the sixties one with Vince Edwards... There are episodes directed by Irving Lerner and Sidney Pollack and such people. Fuck, what was it?! Even Elina doesn't remember the name, she came up with Dr. Kildare too.

Didn't Glaser, by the way, direct the Arnold movie based on the Richard "Stephen King" Bachman book..? now I don't remember even that! THE RUNNING MAN! (RUN OR DIE it was called in Finland, just as TOTAL RECALL was FORGET OR DIE.)

But you didn't answer my question over at your blog: do you remember Kenny Everett's take on Starsky & Hutch? (I hope it wasn't Paul Hogan and I'm just misremembering, as seems often to be the case, to my chagrin.)

RossMac62 said...

If you wan't to talk street cred, Chuck Norris has written a novel called "The Justice Riders"...
I don't know about you but I always thought that Chuck Norris didn't read books. He just stared them down until he got all the information he wanted. Oh and by the way I am an intern at Abebooks so thanks for mentioning us. My coworker got a good laugh when he found out we had 8 different Starsky and Hutch novelizations on the site.

Juri said...

Nice to hear about your good laugh!

I should say it was someone else than Chuck Norris who really did the book under his name...

And it was Ben Casey I was trying to remember in my earlier comment. (I'm such a sorry-ass.. and resemble my dad more and more every day... Zmrdgc!)

pHinn said...

No, I don't remember Kenny Everett's take on Starsky & Hutch. But I do remember Hot Gossip.

Juri said...

(I hope it wasn't Paul Hogan...)

It's about two guys on a stake-out somewhere behind these boxes. They have this banter going on all the time. "Why are you like that?" "Like what?" "Like this." Then the other guy takes a funny look with a mouth wide open, rolling his eyes, and keeps the expression on for several seconds. And then back to the stake-out. Again: "Why are you like that?" On and on and on...

We used to play this with my big brother. "Why are you like that?" "Like what?" "Like this..."

Juri said...

And, yes, I too remember Hot Gossip! For a guy of my age then, about 9, it was almost pornography...