Lost In Space: Where's Penny?

Discussion in 'Science Fiction & Fantasy' started by Nerys Myk, Aug 25, 2013.

  1. Nerys Myk

    Nerys Myk The Real Me Premium Member

    Joined:
    Nov 4, 2001
    Location:
    Down in the tube station at midnight
    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?
     
  2. RJDiogenes

    RJDiogenes Idealistic Cynic and Canon Champion Premium Member

    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2003
    Location:
    RJDiogenes of Boston
    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.
     
  3. Galileo7

    Galileo7 Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Joined:
    Sep 19, 2010
    Location:
    east coast United States
    Maybe Penny's scenes were cut for commercial time because this happens for series in reruns. :shrug:
     
  4. Aldo

    Aldo Admiral Admiral

    Joined:
    Jan 4, 2003
    Location:
    Somewhere Out there beneath the pale moonlight.
    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.
     
  5. Galileo7

    Galileo7 Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Joined:
    Sep 19, 2010
    Location:
    east coast United States
    Agree.:vulcan:
     
  6. Christopher

    Christopher Writer Admiral

    Joined:
    Mar 15, 2001
    Since Penny wasn't bad, she didn't always turn up. ;)
     
  7. Melakon

    Melakon Admiral Admiral

    Joined:
    Nov 22, 2012
    Location:
    Melakon's grave
    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.
     
  8. Saga

    Saga Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2008
    Location:
    VA
    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.
     
  9. Nerys Myk

    Nerys Myk The Real Me Premium Member

    Joined:
    Nov 4, 2001
    Location:
    Down in the tube station at midnight
    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.
     
  10. Melakon

    Melakon Admiral Admiral

    Joined:
    Nov 22, 2012
    Location:
    Melakon's grave
    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.
     
  11. Silvercrest

    Silvercrest Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Joined:
    Oct 4, 2003
    Arrgh! Stop him before he puns again!!!
     
  12. Foxhot

    Foxhot Commodore Commodore

    Joined:
    Oct 28, 2011
    Location:
    Foxhot
    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....
     
  13. Mysterion

    Mysterion Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Joined:
    Jun 28, 2001
    Location:
    SB-31, Daran V
    Ah. So she was out by the garage playing basketball during that episode.
     
  14. Foxhot

    Foxhot Commodore Commodore

    Joined:
    Oct 28, 2011
    Location:
    Foxhot
    To the best of my knowledge, even without the syndication cuts, she's totally absent from the episode. I blame Billy Mumy.
     
  15. The Old Mixer

    The Old Mixer Clean Old Mod Moderator

    Joined:
    Feb 4, 2002
    Location:
    Somewhere in Connecticut
    ^What, did he get mad and send her to the cornfield?
     
  16. Foxhot

    Foxhot Commodore Commodore

    Joined:
    Oct 28, 2011
    Location:
    Foxhot
    Now it makes sense.

    I guess it's more of a case of disliking Will as a character, not Billy Mumy himself. Billing-wise and age-wise, she should have been over him and not under him. (Marta Kristen was fourth yet did much less on the show, so...)

    I believe Angela Cartwright earned less than any of the non-robotic cast members, but at least her character name is mentioned in the opening credits.
     
  17. DarthTom

    DarthTom Fleet Admiral Admiral

    Joined:
    Apr 19, 2005
    Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
    It says in Wiki on her bio that her and Mumy are writing a book together. I wonder what that's going to be about.
     
  18. Foxhot

    Foxhot Commodore Commodore

    Joined:
    Oct 28, 2011
    Location:
    Foxhot
    They had a brief real-life fling after the series. His idea, I believe. Soon after she married another man and had two or three kids. No comment from me on how Billy Mumy does that to people.