Published in September 2015, Bob Crane: The Definitive Biography contains the first-hand testimonies, memories, and recollections from 200 prominent individuals from Bob Crane's life. Family, friends as far back as grade school, and coworkers in radio, television (including many from Hogan's Heroes), theatre, and film have helped tell his complete story. In addition, the hard cover edition contains more than 200 rare family and professional photographs, some never before published or seen by the public until now. Discover the truth! If you think you know Bob Crane before reading this book, you don't know him at all. Author profits will be donated to various charities in Bob's memory.
Official Statement about the Re-Investigation of Bob Crane's Murder (11/23/16)
"We—my coauthors and I, members of Bob Crane's family, his friends, and his colleagues—are always hopeful that one day, the true identity of Bob's murderer will be known and justice can be served. However, this recent investigation did not reveal any groundbreaking information or provide a resolution, and the subsequent media coverage did nothing more than bring unnecessary heartache to many who knew, loved, and cared about Bob. We do not discuss or endorse any speculative theories as to who may have committed the crime. We encourage those who want to know more about Bob Crane to discover his complete and true life story in Bob Crane: The Definitive Biography. All author profits are being donated to various charities in Bob's memory."
—Carol Ford, author, Bob Crane: The Definitive Biography

Friday, August 5, 2011

'The Lucy Show' - Lucy and Bob Crane

On February 21, 1966, Bob Crane guest starred on The Lucy Show. The script is dated January 4, 1966, and John Banner also makes a brief appearance. The episode was originally called "There's No Business Like the Iron Man Business" before it was changed to "Lucy and Bob Crane."

Synopsis of the episode as it appeared in 1966 reads: "Bob Crane, chief hero of Hogan's Heroes, takes Lucille Ball to dinner. The fun is the mashed potatoes kind, with Crane unaware that Lucy moonlights as Ironman Carmichael, Hollywood's most daring stuntman. Also poking his head in for a laugh or two is John Banner, Schultz of the Hogan's gang."

Bob Crane guest stars on The Lucy Show.
Ad from TV Guide, February 21, 1966.

Page from the original script of
The Lucy Show: "Lucy and Bob Crane"
Air date February 21, 1966.

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Note: Hogan's Heroes was filmed at Desilu Studios, the production company owned by Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball. Interior scenes were filmed at Desilu-Culver City, while exterior scenes were filmed at the "40 Acre Lot." In addition to Hogan's Heroes, the 40 Acre Lot was also home to Gone With the Wind (the Tara Plantation was later the site of Stalag 13), The Andy Griffith Show, Gomer Pyle USMC, Mayberry RFD, and Batman, among others. For a virtual tour of the 40 Acre Lot, click here.

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