Moonlighting – The Thin Blue Line – tape 295

This tape opens with the end of Clive Jermain: The Best Years – an interview with the playwright about his play The Best Years of your Life.

There’s a trailer for Jonathan Miller on Acting.

Then, an episode of Moonlighting, one of a set of repeats of ‘classic’ episodes. It has an introduction by Orson Welles, warning viewers that the show would go into black & white at one point. This was apparently Welles’ last screen performance. Here’s series creator Glenn Gordon Caron talking about it.

The episode is the Dream Sequence Always Rings Twice, in which David and Maddie learn about an old unsolved murder, have an argument where David accuses Maddie of being sexist (yes, David’s an MRA) and then they both have dreams about the old murder, each from their own point of view. And as is usual with such episodes (and many, many shows have done them over the years) it’s almost entirely pointless, mostly serving as a lark for the cast and crew.

The Dream Sequence Always Rings Twice

BBC Genome:  BBC Two – 3rd September 1987 – 21:00

Following this, recording switches to The Thin Blue Line. No, not Ben Elton’s sitcom about a police station, but Errol Morris’ documentary about the investigation of the murder of a policeman, and the strange miscarriage of justice that ensued. It’s a strange combination of eyewitness testimony and dramatized scenes, with a score by Philip Glass.

It’s a bizarre case in which a teenage boy, David Harris, the most likely perpetrator, who owned the gun involved, and the car involved, and was a habitual criminal on a crime spree, was instead the witness for the prosecution, as he accused another man, Randall Adams, who he had met earlier in the day, but who hadn’t been there at the time of the shooting. It’s suggested in the film that the reason for the police to go in this direction is that a teenage boy wouldn’t qualify for the death penalty, but the other man, an adult, would.

It concludes with one last interview with the Harris, not filmed but taped, where he basically admits that Randall was innocent, and was only in prison because he, Harris, had told the police he was the perpetrator, and for whatever reasons, the police chose to believe him. It’s quite chilling.

Following this film, recording continues with the start of Breaking Glass, Brian Gibson’s bleak portrayal of a young singer being consumed by the music industry, starring Hazel O’Connor. The tape ends after fifteen minutes of this.

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2 comments

  1. Although Adams was exonerated by the documentary, he went on to sue Morris for using his story without permission or something equally flimsy. There’s gratitude for you!

  2. Thin Blue Line/Breaking Glass – 03/01/1991. I have a copy of the Thin Blue Line OST which has excerpts of dialogue mixed in with the Philip Glass score.

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