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  • Mr. Novak television series.

    • Paul Hart
    • 2017-07-14

    James Franciscus was perfect for the part of Mr. Novak, a teacher in a Los Angeles area school in the 1960s. The series only ran for two years, but won a slew of awards. The reason for this was that the show tackled serious problems that teachers, students, and staff had to deal with. Many of these problems still exist today, but hardly ever mentioned in a mainstream television show. Franciscus was so handsome, and his part gave him credibility as a fair-minded and thoughtful teacher who was driven to push his students to excellence. There is a new book coming out in October 2017 called "Mr. Novak, an Acclaimed Television Series" by Chuck Harter. I can't wait to see it, especially after finding the author's website www.mrnovakbook.com. The author treats the series with respect, and gives kudos to all the great actors who were in the series, including Dean Jagger, Martin Landau, and Walter Koenig. I really hope the series gets issued as a DVD set. I remember it from the 60s, but would like to see all the episodes again. A truly quality show.

  • james franciscus: golden boy

    • robert beatty
    • 2009-05-26

    james franciscus was a handsome talented actor of film and television during the 60's and 70's. he faired best at villain roles but also could play charming romantic heroes. his movie credits include "the outsider", "youngblood hawke", "marooned" and "beneath the planet of the apes". he was more popular on tv with such series as "naked city", "mr. novack" and "longstreet". franciscus never became a major star in movies and never got the big break through movie that could have made him a bigger star. tcm should show more films on this underrated actor who died too soon.

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