Love, ‘exciting and new,’ kept Aaron Spelling’s campy anthology series, The Love Boat, afloat for nine seasons. Featuring a myriad of guest stars – from legends like Helen Hayes (who was Vincent’s first-ever co-star on stage) to popular favourites like Charo – boarding the Pacific Princess, tales of romance played out and intertwined, even involving the ship’s crew. Spelling called it ‘a show for people who couldn’t afford a cruise.’
Sporting some fab winged collars and a nifty cravatte, Vincent Price was one of the guest stars for the show’s second season Halloween episode (which went out on 28 October 1978).
He plays renowned illusionist Wendell Mordan, who performs under the name of the Amazing Alonzo and who has been hired as the main entertainment on the ship. Joan Blondell is his fiancée Ramona (Joan Blondell), who turns to Captain Stubing for comfort when Alonzo continues to snub her in order to dazzle his female admirers.
Meanwhile, Doc and Gopher pursue a model (Barbara Anderson) who is afraid to face people after an accident left her disfigured; and a boy with a habit of lying can’t get anyone to help during a real time of need. Mary Ann Mobley and Gary Collins play his parents.