The Detectives

When I was 15, a new program started on TV called “The Detectives.”  My mother was interested because it starred someone she had liked when she (and he) was young–Robert Taylor.  So the two of us went up to my parents’ bedroom, settled on the bed and watched the show.   Well, it was quite a jolt to my teenage libido.  This was 1959 and while I had certainly discovered an interest in boys,  I hadn’t done much about it except look at Greek statues and stare at Steve Gomes in homeroom.  Robert Taylor was a revelation–the hair,  the widow’s peak, the voice, the slim body, etc. etc. etc.  I was hooked.   My late night movie viewing would never be the same–farewell Errol Flynn, you’ve been replaced.  Fortunately for me, the show was very popular and Mr. Taylor’s movies became a late night staple. Picture a dark room, a 13″ black and white TV turned down very low and a happy girl watching “Camille,” “Lucky Night,” “Johnny Eager,” “High Wall” and many more.  This continued until I married in 1967.  I remember being devastated by Mr. Taylor’s death in 1969.  I packed up two huge scrapbooks I had made and mailed them to Mrs. Taylor, hoping she would enjoy them.  I didn’t put a return address so I don’t know whether she got them, but I liked to picture them in her home.  Life went on and Robert Taylor wasn’t a part of it for roughly half a century.  Then, late last year, TCM showed “Ivanhoe” and “Quentin Durward” one Saturday night.  And it happened again–I was hooked and have been happily watching and researching my favorite again.  I hope in this blog to share some of the results of an ex-academic, researcher and compulsive organizer when she really gets going.

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About giraffe44

I became a Robert Taylor fan at the age of 15 when his TV show, "The Detectives" premiered. My mother wanted to watch it because she remembered Mr. Taylor from the thirties. I took one look and that was it. I spent the rest of my high school career watching Robert Taylor movies on late night TV, buying photos of him, making scrapbooks and being a typical teenager. College, marriage and career intervened. I remember being sad when Mr. Taylor died. I mailed two huge scrapbooks to Ursula Thiess. I hope she got them. Time passed, retirement, moving to Florida. Then in 2012 my husband Fred pointed that there were two Robert Taylor movies that evening on Turner Classic Movies--"Ivanhoe" and "Quentin Durward." I watched both and it happened all over again. I started this blog both for fans and for people who didn't know about Robert Taylor. As the blog passes 200,000 views I'm delighted that so many people have come by and hope it will help preserve the legacy of this fine actor and equally good man.
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2 Responses to The Detectives

  1. When you were 15 & watching “The Detectives” I was 20 & a junior in college, then a senior, then a first-year working woman. I saw his 1950’s & most of his 1960’s movies in theatres & earlier ones on TV. I’ve been a fan since “Quo Vadis” in 1951. The 1950’s films have always been my favorites. This blog you have created is such fun, although I too was devastated by his untimely death in 1969. But since his work has been preserved on film, it’s almost like he never really died. I hope he’s “out there” somewhere (with Ursula, of course) enjoying the continued interest of those of us old enough to remember him in the prime of his career (and new fans too).

  2. giraffe44 says:

    I’m really glad you feel this way. I was a huge Taylor fan in my teens but then life took over and I really didn’t think about him for a long time. Then 2 years ago TCM showed “Ivanhoe” & “Quentin Durward” together and I was hooked again. I like to think of RT & Ursula riding horseback in heaven. The blog is huge fun and I do enjoy hearing from other fans. I

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