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August 15, 2020

Tab Hunter on “Match Game ’78” (1978)

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TAB HUNTER in ‘SHOTGUN’ (Italy 1968)

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TAB HUNTER (left), with Yvonne DeCarlo and George Montgomery in ‘HOSTILE GUNS’ (1967)

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I’ve had the urge recently to do some kind of tribute to Tab Hunter here on the KSE blog. Though most of his films are not on You Tube, I could have provided a link to the ones that are, or links to some of his songs, or some of the interviews related to the documentary film TAB HUNTER CONFIDENTIAL, but instead, what we have on offer here are some Hunter items most people will not have seen, and which are exactly the kind of breezy, upbeat and entertaining content we need right now.

So….here is an entire week of MATCH GAME ’78 programs, from September 1978, featuring Tab as one of the celebrity contestants. It’s a refreshing taste of Tab Hunter out of character for a film and in his public persona, the witty and amiable and charming Tab Hunter, celebrity. I never had the privilege of meeting Mr. Hunter, but during my years in Virginia, I did have a friend who had a friend in the horse world (horses were Tab Hunter’s great passion, from his teenage years on, and much of his time was spent raising and breeding horses) in Virginia who know TH well from the horse world and had dinner with him a number of times, and that lady gave my friend some stories and anecdotes to tell me about her experience with Tab Hunter, Horseman.

The various 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s MATCH GAME shows were always among the most entertaining of game shows, both because of the nature of the game/questions and of the panel of six celebrities, all loose and informal and in a playful mood (they’d shoot a week’s worth of shows in one day, and supposedly the Thursday and Friday shows each week were done after dinner and drinks, and thus had an even looser and wilder feel to them due to the alcohol consumption), and seeing Tab Hunter outside of a film role, having fun and radiating his inimitable charm, is a wonderful way to remember him.  Enjoy!

I’ve also included his comments on the 1965 film WAR GODS OF THE DEEP, taken from the DVD extras. This was an interesting period in Hunter’s career, post-major studio contract, working as a freelance actor-for-hire, which he discusses, along with working with Vincent Price, shooting in England, etc. It’s another opportunity to visit with Tab Hunter out of character, as he discusses the specifics of a quirky and unique film project.

You may have noticed that we’ve moved to 2 or 3 posts per week here at the KSE blog (we had daily posts going for a while in June and July!), and I will try to keep this pace up, as the response has been excellent. Also, as long as the COVID pandemic continues, I will continue to offer a lot of links to online material to keep you occupied while stuck at home when you are not working. There is a lot of quality lesser-known material available online and I would like to share some with you….

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BONUS:

Tab Hunter’s DVD commentary for the 1965 film WAR GODS OF THE DEEP

3 Comments »

  1. Will always love him in “Polyester.”

    Comment by Michael Aaron Casares — August 17, 2020 @ 4:04 pm | Reply

    • Hi, Michael. I still have my original scratch-and-sniff card from the theatrical showing of POLYESTER way back when.
      Not much of a scent left, though, after 35 years!

      Comment by kendrasteinereditions — August 17, 2020 @ 5:03 pm | Reply

      • Sure it’s still just as collectible. Some of the newer reissues started to in Clyde the smell-o-vision cards. I purchased an in between copy that didn’t come with one. 😶

        Comment by Michael Aaron Casares — August 17, 2020 @ 8:02 pm


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