Tenspeed and Brown Shoe: The Robin Tucker’s Roseland Roof and Ballroom Murder TV Show  » TV  »
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  • He's always reading these novels, and what is funny, is that we hear him reading it

    • by Orrymain

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      After a very successful TV pilot movie, Tenspeed and Brown Shoe hit the air with its first regular show. It had the very long and snazzy title of The Robin Tucker’s Roseland Roof and Ballroom Murder. One thing you can say about this private eye dramedy (half drama, half comedy) from 1980, their titles were always very creative.

      Written and directed by Stephen J. Cannell, the show stars Ben Vereen and

      Jeff Goldblum. This was Goldblum’s real first exposure for many. He was tall and lanky, and his dry wit was just hysterical. His character, Lionel Whitney, was in love with the idea of being a private detective, and his idol was the fictionalized character of Mark Savage. He’s always reading these novels, and what is funny, is that we hear him reading it. Goldbum’s readings are often ...

      • a highlight of the hour long shows.

        Lionel has the complete look of the detective, and that’s part of the fun. He’s paired up with the versatile Vereen, whose quick wit, scamming E.L. Turner, better known as Tenspeed, is always trying to do some con. Ultimately, Lionel slowly helps Tenspeed to know that there’s more to life than being a crook. There’s is a very unique relationship.

        In this opening show,

        Lionel is thrilled to get his first case. He’s charged with tracking down a woman named Susan Lardner (Elayne Heilveil), though not for the reason he thinks.

        Leo Gordon is a standout in a supporting role, and John Pleshette also does well. We learn a lot about Lionel here and how easily he gets carried away.

        The show isn’t great, but the magic comes from watching both Vereen and Goldblum. It’s good stuff.

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