Thursday, March 29, 2012


It's been kind of frustrating that I can't seem to find half a dozen CMS performances so far (all TV show guest appearances from the early and mid '70s, of course). A lot of movies and TV from that decade never saw release on home video, or are rarely if ever shown as reruns. So it makes me very happy to tell you that I have managed to find all the rest of Charles Martin Smith's output from the 1970s. And it starts just at the point when he switched from being a cute kid to a hot man! Here's a little peek at what's to come!

Rafferty and the Gold Dust Twins (1975)
Charlie strips off his clothes for Mackenzie Phillips in a fleabag hotel room in this misfit road movie (also starring Alan Arkin and Sally Kellerman).

No Deposit, No Return (1976)
Charlie makes his first appearance in a Walt Disney movie in this silly crime caper, and in my opinion this is where the hotness truly begins.

Law of the Land AKA The Deputies (1976)
Charlie appears in another western, this one is a movie-length pilot for a Quinn Martin TV series that never materialized (starring, among others, Don Johnson and Barbara Parkins).

Baretta guest appearance (1976)
Charlie plays a deaf shoeshine boy who goes after the rapist of a missionary girl! Woah!

The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams guest appearance (1977)
City slicker Charles stumbles upon bearded mountain man Adams (Dan Haggerty) deep in the wilderness and learns about his unusual bear lifestyle in this entertaining episode.

The Hazing AKA The Curious Case of the Campus Corpse (1977)
Charlie and co-star Jeff East run though the woods in nothing but their jockstraps in this goofy comedy/thriller/drama!

The Buddy Holly Story (1978)
I love watching Charles seriously rock out in this Oscar winning biopic (featuring Gary Busey's stellar performance in the title role).

Cotton Candy (1978)
Ron Howard's AWESOME (and hard to find) cult classic features Charles in his first leading role as the super-cute leader of a high school rock band! SO good!

A Dog's Life AKA McGurk (1979)
Charles in a dog suit? This pilot for another series that (fortunately) never happened was not exactly a career highpoint.

More American Graffiti (1979)
Charles finished out the decade reprising the role that made him famous (Terry "The Toad") in this uneven but worthwhile sequel to the 1973 mega-hit.

Wow! Good stuff ahead, huh? And we haven't even gotten to his '80s movies yet: Charlie at his absolute sexiest!  Yay! I can't wait!

See you next entry with more CMS love!

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