What became of the principal creative forces
behind HONEY VICARRO?
L.A. Times Obituary - 11/12/69
GAVIN HURRELL - After the network declined to renew his contract, Hurrell retired in 1968,
rarely setting foot outside his Benedict Canyon estate until his death of acute alcoholism in 1992.
Carlyle):- Though she was, by all accounts, on a fast career-track and could have
easily bounced back from the cancellation of HONEY VICARRO, Carlyle subsequently fell into a deep
depression exacerbated by an addiction to prescription painkillers, tragically dying of an overdose
at age 31 at her Malibu home on November 11th, 1969.
light-plane crash that claimed the lives of Smithe-Jones
The Dover Souls
dI Marco - Di Marco now resides in
Dominical, a small, coastal expatriate community in Costa Rica.
Warner - For most
of his life, Warner suffered with congenital arrhythmia and, in 1983, on the set of FANTASY ISLAND,
he collapsed and died due to heart failure.
Smithe-Jones - In the last of a
series of disastrous "come-back" tours, a tragic plane crash outside of Clovis, California in
claimed the lives of Smithe-Jones and the other two remaining
original Dover Souls.
As they say, hindsight is an exact
science. Before it actually aired, the general consensus was
that HONEY VICARRO would be a huge hit. This gave Hurrell the
negotiating leverage to negotiate several lucrative licensing
The disastrous première resulted in massive
losses for the licensees--primarily Mattel and Revell, who were
forced to dump tens of thousands of HONEY VICARRO-related toys
and models into the third-world market. Though now
extremely rare, occasional examples still show up on eBay and
the collectible market, fetching huge prices.
Pictured above are a few examples from my
personal collection. And no, they are definitely not
And what of the show itself?
Since the negatives disappeared, HONEY VICARRO has not seen
the light of day. Though rumors abound of the existence of prints, my research has indicated that they are
Conspiracy theories which have popped up, most of which are unlikely or ridiculous. For instance,
the latest speculation I heard was that Hurrell was actually a KGB operative whose mission was to corrupt the
hearts and minds of America, and that the negatives are now in a Kremlin archive.
loved HONEY VICARRO more than I, and if I thought the episodes sill existed, I'd be the first to break the
news. However, at this point, it is my opinion that the network simply discarded them as trash. Some see this
as unlikely. Frankly, in my opinion, given the show's notoriety and its brief run, it would be extraordinary
if the negatives had been preserved .
We are, therefore, left with only few
surviving partial scripts, the opening theme and a handful of
production stills. If you have any HONEY VICARRO memorabilia,
scripts, or worked as a crewmember on the show, please contact