.:The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (TV):.

TV Series: "The Hot Number Affair", Season 3, Episode 25

Director: George Waggner

Year: 1967
Country: USA

Production Companies: MGM Television, Arena Productions

Distributors: National Broadcasting Company (NBC)

Cast: Robert Vaughn, David McCallum, Sonny Bono, Cher, Leo G. Carroll, George Tobias, Ned Glass, Joe Mantell, Jane A. Johnston

Writers: Carol Cavella, Joseph Cavella

Produced by: Norman Felton, Boris Ingster, Irv Pearlberg, David Victor

Cinematography by: Paul Ivano

Original Music by: Gerald Fried

Genre: Action | Adventure | Comedy

Film Editing by: Joseph Dervin

Filming Locations: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios - 10202 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, California, USA

Runtime: 60 min

Release Date:

10 March 1967 USA
 

 

 

 

 


 

Plot summary:

 

Stars singing duo Sonny & Cher in their first acting roles. Sonny plays a timid Greenwich Village dress designer who has a crush on Cher. Cher plays a fashion model who barely notices Sonny and gives him little insults that later became the trademark of their comedy patter.

The "Hot Number" is a one-of-a-kind dress that has a secret hidden code that the UNCLE team must locate. Soundtrack features Sonny & Cher songs including "The Beat Goes On" and "I Got You Babe." Cool mod 60s colors, fashions and furniture. Sonny Bono, Cher, Ned Glass, George Tobias, Robert Vaughn, David McCallum.

 

The Sonny & Cher Affair!, 2 July 2009 (imdb.com)

Author: ShadeGrenade from Ambrosia

You know immediately a show is in trouble when pop stars of the day are given guest roles. Paul and Linda McCartney in the '80's sitcom 'Bread', Leif Garrett in the 'One Of Our Teen Idols Is Missing' episode of 'Wonder Woman', and most infamously, Boy George as 'Cowboy George' in 'The A-Team', are all proof of the desperation some series have endured to stay buoyant in the ratings.

In 1967, the popular duo Sonny and Cher were brought into 'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.' after giving an interview citing it as their favourite show. It was the second appearance of a major pop artiste that season - the other being Nancy Sinatra in 'The Take Me To Your Leader Affair'.

Rather than be themselves, Sonny and Cher were given characters to play. Solo and Kuryakin are on the trail of a missing dress containing a secret code pertaining to THRUSH's F.Y.1 ( five-year report ). THRUSH want it too. Sonny plays 'Jerry', a dress maker with the firm of 'Agnes Sue', run by two men both with the first name of Harry. Jerry is secretly in love with model 'Ramona' ( Cher ). She has the dress, meaning that the bad-guys are after her. Several fights later, the adventure is concluded, and Solo tells Ramona that Jerry is an U.N.C.L.E. agent, making her see him in a new light.

Joseph and Carol Cavella's script is lazily plotted, with most of the action taking place either at Ramona's flat or at the Agnes Sue premises. Executive producer Norman Felton later complained how bad it was. Pity he did not notice this before it got made.

Sonny looks alarmingly like Benny Hill in those sketches where 'the lad himself' was called on to play a 17th century English peasant. Looking at her performance in this, it is hard to think this is the same Cher who later won an Oscar for 'Moonstruck' ( 1987 ). Worse than either of them are the two men who play the 'Agnes Sue' owners.

'I Got You Babe' can be heard on the radio in Sonny and Cher's first scene together.

Gerald Fried perfectly catches the mood of the story with his incidental music - performed on kazoos. When Illya executes an acrobatic stunt in the middle of a fight, we hear 'He Flies Through The Air With The Greatest Of Ease'.

In short, this is another slap in the face to U.N.C.L.E. fans. Fortunately, the season was nearing its end, and a new producer would put the show back on track. Not before time either. Had Boris Ingster stuck around, we might have been treated to 'Tiny Tim' as a THRUSH agent equipped with a rocket-firing banjo.

 

Sonny & Cher Just Beginning, 21 May 2006 (imdb.com)

Author: sonnyncherfan from United States

I LOVE this episode because it shows Cher true-to-life, showing her initial interest in designing, right when her career in music had just begun to take off. And Sonny, WAY against character, is playing a tailor who is NOT married to her, but he is able to bank his jealousy in a way that makes for quite an interesting and comedic plot, with Cold-War-Russia undertones woven into a unusually styled, dress. This is a definite must for people who are in love with the remarkable TONE of the voice of Cher, as a young star, with their song playing a bit in the background, but tastefully. I like anything with young Sonny & Cher but this is truly a hard to find treasure!

 

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