.:The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (TV):.
TV Series: "The Hot
Number Affair", Season 3, Episode 25
Companies: MGM Television,
National Broadcasting Company (NBC)
Cast: Robert Vaughn, David McCallum, Sonny Bono, Cher,
Leo G. Carroll, George Tobias,
Ned Glass, Joe Mantell, Jane A. Johnston
Carol Cavella, Joseph Cavella
Norman Felton, Boris Ingster, Irv Pearlberg,
Cinematography by: Paul Ivano
Music by: Gerald Fried
Adventure | Comedy
Editing by: Joseph Dervin
Locations: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios - 10202 W. Washington Blvd.,
Culver City, California, USA
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
photos in the