The satirical US sitcom F Troop may have only lasted two seasons (1965-1967), but it remains a cult classic – and who better to make a suitably spooky appearance at the height of his horror film career fame than Vincent Price? This second season episode, V is for Vampire, which aired on 2 February 1967 (at 8pm), was also a chance for Vincent to send up his image, something he would continue to do in popular TV shows like The Brady Bunch and Get Smart.
Here, Price plays Count Sforza, a black cloak-wearing emigrant from Transylvania, who arrives at Fort Courage (in a hearse, of course) with his pet crow, whom he calls ‘Brother’, to take up residence in a seemingly haunted house on the edge of town. Corporal Agarn (Larry Storch) suspects he may be a vampire, given the count’s tendency to say, ‘Good evening’, regardless of the time of day, and being as pale as a corpse. When Jane (Melody Patterson) fails to come home after delivering some to Sforza, he convinces O’Rourke (Forrest Tucker) and the Captain (Ken Berry) to check out the creepy mansion…
But it turns out that Sforza has moved to the US to escape those very dark forces (read: anti-American) that the Fort Courage boys have been commissioned to defeat – so the moral of the story is you should never judge a person by their appearances (or where they come from).
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