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Old August 25 2013, 04:58 AM   #1
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Lost In Space: Where's Penny?

I'm watching the Lost In Space episode "War of the Robots" and the character of Penny Robinson is nowhere to be seen until the set up for the next episode. They don't even mention her. Anyone know why she's absent? Was Angela Cartwright sick or doing something else?
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Old August 25 2013, 10:18 AM   #2
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Re: Lost In Space: Where's Penny?

I don't know, but it's unlikely she was doing something else. She might have been sick. It's probably just that any scenes she had were cut for time, either before or after shooting.
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Old August 25 2013, 10:30 PM   #3
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Re: Lost In Space: Where's Penny?

Maybe Penny's scenes were cut for commercial time because this happens for series in reruns.
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Old August 25 2013, 10:37 PM   #4
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Maybe Penny's scenes were cut for commercial time because this happens for series in reruns.
Also shows made around that time ran a total of 50 minutes without commercials. Over the years that time has slowly been reduced as more and more ad time is being used. Now an hour long show will usually run 40 minutes without commercials.
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Old August 25 2013, 10:40 PM   #5
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Maybe Penny's scenes were cut for commercial time because this happens for series in reruns.
Also shows made around that time ran a total of 50 minutes without commercials. Over the years that time has slowly been reduced as more and more ad time is being used. Now an hour long show will usually run 40 minutes without commercials.
Agree.
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Old August 25 2013, 11:32 PM   #6
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Since Penny wasn't bad, she didn't always turn up.
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Old August 25 2013, 11:52 PM   #7
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Re: Lost In Space: Where's Penny?

I checked her IMDB page, and there are some possibilities.

One that caught my eye was an appearance on an anthology series called The Danny Thomas Hour, that ran between 1967-1968. I don't know if that coincides with the Robots show, but Thomas had played her on-screen dad many years earlier. It looks like the episode was possibly an unsold pilot or a special, as it was called "Make More Room for Daddy" and she plays the same character. Angela became a popular star on the original show, at age 6.

She also shows up on My Three Sons and The John Forsythe Show during LiS's run perhaps, though both of those are dated as 1965.
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Old August 26 2013, 12:21 AM   #8
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Re: Lost In Space: Where's Penny?

if my Lost In Space Forever guide were handy i'd consult it. but if you enjoy the series and don't have a copy of that book i suggest getting it.
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Old August 26 2013, 12:48 AM   #9
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I don't know, but it's unlikely she was doing something else. She might have been sick. It's probably just that any scenes she had were cut for time, either before or after shooting.
Thing is, there were a lot of family shots with all the Robinsons, except Penny. It's like she was Chuck Cunninghamed for that episode.
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Old August 26 2013, 01:44 AM   #10
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Even IMDB says she's not in the episode, which aired 9 February 1966. Angela's a year younger than me, so maybe she was starting high school and taking the SAT tests.
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Old August 26 2013, 09:53 PM   #11
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Since Penny wasn't bad, she didn't always turn up.
Arrgh! Stop him before he puns again!!!
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Old August 26 2013, 10:44 PM   #12
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Re: Lost In Space: Where's Penny?

I doubt her making THE SOUND OF MUSIC was a factor in her disappearance. That shoot no doubt took much longer than 1-2 weeks....

There's an episode or two without Billy Mumy. I like those MUCH better. Gives the rest of the cast something to do....

And at least one color episode has the family at their outside dinner table with her back to the camera with a shorter than usual hairstyle. She never speaks in that one. Almost certainly a stand-in....
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Old August 26 2013, 10:47 PM   #13
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It's like she was Chuck Cunninghamed for that episode.
Ah. So she was out by the garage playing basketball during that episode.
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Old August 26 2013, 10:58 PM   #14
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To the best of my knowledge, even without the syndication cuts, she's totally absent from the episode. I blame Billy Mumy.
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Old August 26 2013, 11:01 PM   #15
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^What, did he get mad and send her to the cornfield?
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