Charlton Heston told Sylvia Lawler of 'The Morning Call' in September 1987, "There's hardly anyone in the film-making community who doesn't feel strongly that a film made in black and white should not be color. But you have to remember, unhappily, that a film is also a piece of property. The people that put up the money get to make the choices in the end. Garson Kanin put it very well when he said the trouble with film as an art is it's a business and the trouble with film as a business is, it's an art." 

At the time Charlton believed the cancellation of the TV series, 'The Colbys' was a premature decision made by the network. He reasoned, "In my opinion, we were coming closer to being a creative production team that could make the kind of show we'd planned on from the beginning. That would have been even more the case in the 3rd season."

In the first season of 'The Colbys', Mabel King could be seen guest starring on 'The Colbys' playing Odessa (meaning wrathful in Greek). Odessa read Fallon's palm. She told her, "Never before have I seen a palm like this - with a life line and heart line been broken - as if you have died and came back to life again." When Fallon first appeared on 'The Colbys', she was suffering from "hysterical amnesia". Ray Stricklyn guest starred as hypnotherapist Dr. Jimmy Lee Parris who tried to help Fallon remember her past. He used narco-synthesis, a technique to prompt memory recall using narcotic sedation such as sodium pentathol (also known as the "truth serum") or sodium amytol previously (or since World War II) used to help patients bring back repressed memories.

Psychotherapist Dr. Steve Curry clarified in 1985, "Regression to 'previous lives' is more a fascination of the general public than an actual clinical practice of hypnotherapy. In reality regression of this sort serves very little therapeutic purpose. Regression to 'previous lives' has never been demonstrated under completely experimental 'scientific' conditions, although it appears that some individuals – perhaps one out of 10 – can achieve a deep enough state to regress significantly.

"Individuals in this deep or somnambulic state of hypnosis respond extremely well to suggestion and there is a theoretical question as to whether, even if individuals did 'remember a past life', they were remembering a reality or their mind was creating a fantasy of what the previous life could have been like. Research documents the fact that many times when individuals cannot remember a complete sequence of events, they will often confabulate the missing pieces in their minds. When individuals do this they cannot distinguish between real memories and confabulations.

"Hypnosis is a very useful therapeutic procedure, and obviously has some entertainment value. The aura and mysticism around it, however, is really undeserved. It is not used extensively with severely emotionally disturbed individuals because their emotional disturbance interferes with concentration. Because hypnosis requires strong intellectual capacities and concentration, they are often poor candidates for hypnosis. Severely disturbed individuals' emotional states may also interfere with how they perceive and interpret suggestions, making it an unpredictable procedure in this case."

In 1958, it was reported the American Medical Association recognized the technique of hypnosis as discovered by Dr. Franz Anton Mesmer in 1770 and which Dr Signumd Freud adapted to his field of psychoanalysis from 1885. Paul Augur insisted that 92% of all physical illness was psychosomatic meaning "the pain or symptoms are real but they are just manifestations of psychological problems or stress." Paul Augur had practiced hypnosis since 1955. He argued 90% of the subconscious had not been utilized effectively.

Paul told Linda Perry of 'Pasco Times' in 1980, "Hypnosis would not be where it is if not for the stage hypnotist. All hypnosis is self-induced. All hypnosis does is act as a guide. If the subject can follow, the hypnotist can lead him where he wants to go. While in a hypnotic state, relaxation is total." He also stated, "Stress and tension will give physical symptoms. Any problem the brain causes, the brain can cure. Hypnosis can be used to control the subconscious to a degree. Telepathy is nothing more than electrical impulses. Any brain is a transmitter or receiver. Mental imagery can be transmitted and received."

Charlton Heston made the observation in 1987, "No question there seem to be more good parts for older actors in television than in feature films. I think one of the reasons for that is economic. As the cost of making a film has escalated beyond all reason, some might say, so that an ordinary modern dress comedy with no significant above-the-lines costs will cost $15 million - which is what 'Ben Hur' cost. This means that films have to be made to address the widest possible audience base - 14-to-24 or whatever it is - and that mostly means adolescent comedies and there aren't many parts for me in those."

As Jason Colby, Charlton told the Associated Press in 1985, "It's interesting to be in a place where you wear a tie and pour coffee and not have to lie there and paint the Sistine Chapel. Half of the films I've been in I never wore pants, and when I did wear pants they were often of mail." It was reported Charlton wore custom made clothes on 'The Colbys' supplied by Joe Klapperman of Beverly Hills. Some garments had "the original tailoring labels sewn inside." As pointed out, "The series was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Cinematography for a Series and won a People's Choice Award for Favorite New TV Dramatic Program in 1986."

In March 1987, Charlton Heston was invited to guest host on the program 'Saturday Night Live'. He told Kathryn Baker of the Associated Press of his meeting with the writers when they met and talked about Sid Caesar (the show which ran from 1950 to 1954). "They were at great pains to explain it to me the way they went about it, and I said, 'I think you lack some historical perspective.' In the '50s I did Sid Caesar's show about 8 times when it was really much the same kind of show (as 'SNL'). The way they put it  (the Sid Caesar show) together was precisely similar. Then they didn't have to call it 'Sid Caesar Live,' because everything was live, or just about everything.

"Caesar was extraordinarily gifted at doing double talk that sounded like Italian or German or French or Japanese, and they would do an 'Italian' movie. It was all gobbledygook, but it sounded like Italian, and the guest star always got to be one of the guys in it. And even though you were not, as I was not, gifted in making that stuff up, (Carl) Reiner and (Mel) Brooks and those people threw off so much stuff - it really was different every day - you didn't have to make up your own double talk, you just listened to it and did their castoffs, and I loved doing that."

In March 1987, Charlton told the press "I'm sure it ('The Colbys') will" return in the 1987-1988 season.

Blog Archive