Adam-12 And Ahna Capri.

Saw the first-season Adam-12 episode “Log 172: Boy…The Things You Do For The Job” for the 743rd time the other day. It’s one of my favorites. Ahna Capri plays Penelope Lang, a free-spirit rich girl pulled over by Reed (Kent McCord) and Malloy (Martin Milner). 

Miss Lang takes a real shine to Pete, but he’s not amused. She keeps calling the cops for one thing or another, hoping Malloy and Reed will be dispatched to help. She turns up at the station. She even sends him a 1969 Porsche 911S with a Targa top. But Pete’s just not interested, and he does the slow burn throughout the episode. Eventually, in order to get all this to stop, Malloy gives in and sets up a date with her. The episode ends and we never know how it went. 

 

Ahna Capri was great, one of those actresses you get excited about when they turn up in the credits. On TV, she was on about every cool show of the 60s and 70s — shows like The Wild Wild West, Mannix, The Mod Squad, The Invaders, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (above), Dan August, The F.B.I., Baretta, Ironside, Cannon, Police Story and Kojak.

She did some cool movies, too — The Girls On The Beach (1965), Darker Than Amber (1970, above), Payday (1973) and The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars And Motor Kings (1976). But the one she’ll always be remembered for is Enter The Dragon (1973) with Bruce Lee and John Saxon.

 

Ahna passed away on August 9, 2010. A truck hit her car in North Hollywood. She was on life support, in a coma, for more than a week before she died. What a shame.

She’s lovely, she’s funny and she’s a joy to watch. Keep an eye out for her.

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One response to “Adam-12 And Ahna Capri.

  1. Walter

    Toby, this write-up brings back some good TV nostalgic memories. ADAM-12 would begin my NBC prime time TV viewing on Saturday nights when I was a youngster. I remember this episode very well and my first viewing was on March 22, 1969(I’ve since seen it in reruns, of course). I agree with you about Ahna Capri(Anna Marie Nanasi) being one of the cool actresses to show up in so many TV shows and movies of the 1960’s and ’70’s. She settled in for quite a run as one of the actresses who regularly took the principal female guest role in weekly TV series. I remember so many of these good actresses of that time period.

    Next up that Saturday night, was the funny zany GET SMART episode “The Not-So-Great-Escape, Part I.” This was a send-up spoof of THE GREAT ESCAPE(filmed 1962, released 1963) and STALAG 17(filmed 1952, released 1953). Kathie Browne shows up in the principal female guest role.
    She was a wonderful actress, who was in a trunk load of TV shows and movies from 1955-1980. CONTROL agent Maxwell Smart(Don Adams) goes undercover into KAOS P.O.W. Camp Gitchee Goommee Noonee Wa-Wa, hidden away in New Jersey. This is a funny episode, the only drawback is that Kathie Browne isn’t in it enough.

    THE GHOST AND MRS. MUIR starring Hope Lange and Edward Mulhare was next in a rerun episode from September 28, 1968 “Haunted Honeymoon.” This is a delightful episode with Yvonne Craig and Jonathan Daly, Yes, Yvonne Craig of “Batgirl” fame. She was another fine actress who was very busy working at entertaining us during this time period.

    Now, I come to the NBC SATURDAY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES. Announcer Don Stanley tells us, “The television series which each week brings you the finest in recent motion pictures. Tonight THE MISFITS starring Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe.”

    Those were the days.

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