Thursday, October 20, 2016

An Unusual Memoir To Go Ape Over!
TRACY TALKS
Bob Burns' Ghost Busters Case Files
Coming in paperback in early 2017

Larry Storch, Bob Burns and Forrest Tucker
Dive into the popular 1975 Filmation live-action children's TV series The Ghost Busters with the man who played Tracy the Gorilla, Bob Burns! While Tracy never spoke a word in the show, which featured veteran actors Forrest Tucker and Larry Storch, he has A LOT to say now!

In the upcoming book, to be released in early 2017, Bob Burns talks about all 15 episodes offering up some amusing tales from the Case Book Files of The Ghost Busters television program, which featured guest stars Huntz Hall, Ted Knight, Jim Backus, Billy Barty and more!

Spencer, Tracy, and Kong billed themselves as "The Ghost Busters", bumbling paranormal detectives.

Kong (Forrest Tucker) was the leader of the trio with Spencer (Larry Storch) as his partner, and Tracy (a gorilla, played by Bob Burns) as their assistant who also drove their barely-functional jalopy. Their headquarters was situated in a run down office building in an unspecified city.

In each episode a ghost or monster (usually accompanied by a half-witted sidekick), would manifest themselves and vow to wreak havoc or vengeance on a particular person, the city, or even the world. Spencer and Tracy received their assignments at a general store from the unseen "Zero" (Lou Scheimer).


The Ghost Busters Episode Guide
(And Tracy will comment on every show!)

Episode 1: "The Maltese Monkey"
The Ghost Busters: Forrest Tucker, Larry Storch and Tracy the Gorilla trained by Bob Burns
Guest stars: Billy Barty and Johnny Brown
Original air date: September 6, 1975
The Ghost Busters must stop the Fat Man and Rabbit from summoning the ghost of gangster Big Al Caesar, who will help them steal the stuff dreams are made of: the Maltese Monkey.


Episode 2: "Dr. Whatshisname"
The Ghost Busters: Forrest Tucker, Larry Storch and Tracy the Gorilla trained by Bob Burns
Guest stars: Bernie Kopell and Bill Engessor
Original air date: September 13, 1975
Dr. Frankenstein returns, seeking the brain of the world's most gullible fool to transplant into his Monster. Enter Eddie Spencer.


Episode 3: "The Canterville Ghost"
The Ghost Busters: Forrest Tucker, Larry Storch and Tracy the Gorilla trained by Bob Burns
Guest stars: Ted Knight, Kathy Garver and Len Lesser
Original air date: September 20, 1975
The Ghostbusters' assignment is to rid a haunted mansion of the cowardly ghost of Sir Simon de Canterville. But little do they know that master criminal "Mr. C" is after the priceless Canterville diamond worn by Sir Simon.


Episode 4: "Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?"
The Ghost Busters: Forrest Tucker, Larry Storch and Tracy the Gorilla trained by Bob Burns
Guest stars: Lennie Weinrib and Dodo Denney
Original air date: September 27, 1975
Hoping to remove the curse of the werewolf from hapless Harry Albert, Gypsy fortuneteller Sophia comes seeking to steal the Baldus Lupus Amulet that Spencer recently unearthed.


Episode 5: "The Flying Dutchman"
The Ghost Busters: Forrest Tucker, Larry Storch and Tracy the Gorilla trained by Bob Burns
Guest stars: Stanley Adams and Phil Bruns
Original air date: October 4, 1975
The ghostly captain and his sidekick from the Flying Dutchman take up residence in the castle, looking for new crewmen for their ship. And what "empty-headed scalawag" might fit the bill?


Episode 6: "The Dummy’s Revenge"
The Ghost Busters: Forrest Tucker, Larry Storch and Tracy the Gorilla trained by Bob Burns
Guest stars: Tim Herbert and Brian Berlin
Original air date: October 11, 1975
The Phantom of Vaudeville and his ventriloquist's dummy return from beyond to settle a score with Slappy, Maxie, and Nijinsky, three vaudevillians who wronged them in the past. Guess which trio gets mistaken for the three troublemakers?


Episode 7: "A Worthless Gauze"
The Ghost Busters: Forrest Tucker, Larry Storch and Tracy the Gorilla trained by Bob Burns
Guest stars: Barbara Rhoades and Richard Balin
Original air date: October 18, 1975
The Ghost Busters become embroiled with Egyptian Queen Forah and her Mummy as they search for the ape-sorcerer Simios, who in turn can bring them to Spen-Zah, possessor of the secret of immortality.


Episode 8: "Which Witch is Which?"
The Ghost Busters: Forrest Tucker, Larry Storch and Tracy the Gorilla trained by Bob Burns
Original air date: October 25, 1975
The ghost of a witch reappears to get revenge against the descendant of Edward Spencer, the spell-dissolver in old Salem who brought ruin to witches. Matters become complicated when the ugly witch transforms herself into a seductive beauty who might lure the Ghost Busting Spencer to his doom.


Episode 9: "They Went Thataway"
The Ghost Busters: Forrest Tucker, Larry Storch and Tracy the Gorilla trained by Bob Burns
Guest stars: Marty Ingels and Brooke Tucker
Original air date: November 1, 1975
Those ghostriders in the sky are the spirits of Billy the Kid and Belle Starr back to round up a new gang of cattle rustlers. The Ghost Busters disguise themselves as cowboys to get the Dematerializer drop on 'em.


Episode 10: "The Vampire’s Apprentice"
The Ghost Busters: Forrest Tucker, Larry Storch and Tracy the Gorilla trained by Bob Burns
Guest stars: Dena Dietrich and Billy Holms
Original air date: November 8, 1975
The Ghost Busters may get the bite put on them when Count and Countess Dracula return from the other side in search of a warm-blooded donor.


Episode 11: "Jekyll & Hyde: Together, for the First Time"
The Ghost Busters: Forrest Tucker, Larry Storch and Tracy the Gorilla trained by Bob Burns
Guest stars: Joe E. Ross and Severn Darden
Original air date: November 15, 1975
The ghost of Dr. Jekyll appears, and is bedeviled by his alter ego. But if he can find a dolt with no personality at all, he can neutralize the effects of the personality-splitting formula and rid himself of Hyde forever. Oh, Spencer?


Episode 12: "Only Ghosts Have Wings"
The Ghost Busters: Forrest Tucker, Larry Storch and Tracy the Gorilla trained by Bob Burns
Guest stars: Howard Morris and Robert Easton
Original air date: November 22, 1975
The ghosts of the Red Baron and Sparky return to repair their plane, the Spirit of Icarus, so that they can once more engage their enemies: Lord Smedly Hargroves and his grease monkey, Tracy Holmes-Harrington... who bear a startling resemblance to two of the Ghost Busters.


Episode 13: "The Vikings Have Landed"
The Ghost Busters: Forrest Tucker, Larry Storch and Tracy the Gorilla trained by Bob Burns
Guest stars: Jim Backus and Lisa Todd
Original air date: November 29, 1975
The ghosts of Erik the Red and Brunhilda return to plant a Viking banner and establish their claim to having discovered America prior to the loathsome Lothar the Hun.


Episode 14: "Merlin the Magician"
The Ghost Busters: Forrest Tucker, Larry Storch and Tracy the Gorilla trained by Bob Burns
Original air date: December 6, 1975
Merlin and jester Gronk are pursued from the Great Beyond by their nemesis Morgan le Fay, who intends to trap them in this era. The Ghost Busters befriend and assist the broken-down magician in his battle with the beautiful sorceress.


Episode 15: "The Abominable Snowman"
The Ghost Busters: Forrest Tucker, Larry Storch and Tracy the Gorilla trained by Bob Burns
Guest stars: Ronny Graham and Richard Balin
Original air date: November 13, 1975
Spencer stumbles into the scene when Dr. Centigrade is searching for a warm-blooded heart to transplant into the Abominable Snowman. Final episode of the series.
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Bob Burns, Forrest Tucker and Larry Storch
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