I admit I'm prone to exaggeration and hyperbole to get my points across, but this time I tell it objectively and factually - Heather Menzies' miniskirt on Logan's Run is the high water mark in the history of miniskirts on television. No skirt was shorter, more center-stage, or more prone to flying upwards.
Of course, the original movie was no slouch when it came to to miniskirts either. It falls in line with the grand tradition of the 1950s-70s to depict futuristic women's clothing as miniskirts. We could postulate all day as to who filled out the costume better: Jennifer Agutter or Heather Menzies. However, when compared to the television landscape of miniskirts from On the Buses (1969) to The Nanny (1993), Logan's Run reigns supreme.
Indeed, it was the topic of much discussion at the time. Even smack in the middle of the "jiggle TV" phenomenon, it still raised eyebrows.
"They have to be careful with the camera with this costume... When I bend over they're in trouble"
- Heather Menzies (from a 1977 article shown below)
As mentioned in the article, the skirt kept getting shorter and skimpier as the series progressed. Indeed, this post only covers the first 7 episodes; the best is yet to come.
There were 14 episodes in all, before the show was ridiculously cancelled. It was hyped pretty big with the younger generation - I remember it being the cover story in Dynamite. Alas, the story goes that CBS preempted the show one too many times, and so the show was never able to build momentum.
Menzies was, of course, a Von Trapp girl first in The Sound of Music, well before this series began. Plus, she had a number of movies and TV appearances under her belt (including Piranha), a Playboy spread, and was married to Robert Urich prior to the 1977 pilot.
But this isn't a post about Logan's Run - this is about a very important mini that happened to be on this short-lived show. So let's get started!
In the pilot episode, Jessica (Heather Menzies) wears tights. I'm sure when test audiences were polled, there was a lot of positive feedback for Menzies' skirt. Hence, the removal of tights and subsequent raising of the hemline over the course of the series.
"Whadya think, Logan? Do you like it?" I'm betting Gregory Harrison had keep a cool rag on hand on the set. Probably lots of lotions in the ol' trailer as well.
The sci-fi decor on this show was amazing - rivaling Buck Rogers. One of these days, I need to do a post just on the groovy sets.
Check out the awful looking robot. Granted, this wasn't supposed to be a Terminator or IG-88... but, c'mon! I don't know if it's attributable to the show's limited budget or poor effects department, but Logan's Run was woefully lacking compared to Buck Rogers and Battlestar Galactica.
Not a great shot, but I want you to take a moment and let it sink in how incredibly high that skirt is. Let it just waft over you.... your brain will resist, but try hard and it will happen. Only then will you truly comprehend its power.
From episode 2 - "The Collectors". Jessica thinks she's finally found the "Sanctuary", but Logan is skeptical.
I think the guy in the scene above is Linden Chiles. He's been in a million TV shows, but I know him best as Marilyn's boyfriend in the first episode of The Munsters.
If you've seen the show, you'll recall there was a lot of walking around in the desert. I don't think at this point I need to tell you why that would be.
Stay tuned. There is most certainly more to come.