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William Shatner, DeForest Kelley, Leonard Nimoy, Frank Overton, Jill Ireland, Star Trek TOS, "This Side of Paradise," 1967

William Shatner, DeForest Kelley, Leonard Nimoy, Frank Overton, Jill Ireland, Star Trek TOS,

Star Trek (The Original Series)
Season 1, Episode 24, "This Side of Paradise"
Original U.S. broadcast date: March 2, 1967

London-born actress Jill Ireland (April 24, 1936 - May 18, 1990) and American actor Frank Overton (March 12, 1918 - April 24, 1967) both guest-starred in this episode. She played the role of Spock's love interest, Leila Kalomi. Overton was cast in the role of the planet's colony leader, Elias Sandoval. Overton died from a heart attack shortly after completing this episode, only a few weeks after it aired. He was only 40, although he looked older than that and was often cast in older roles.

Synopsis of the episode, via IMDb:
The Enterprise investigates a planet whose colonists should be dead, but are not.

Some trivia about this episode:
This is listed as one of the "Ten Essential Episodes" of Star Trek (1966) in the 2008 reference book, "Star Trek 101" by Paula M. Block and Terry J. Erdmann. The title refers to "This Side of Paradise," the debut novel of F. Scott Fitzgerald.
 
The large open meadow seen in several sequences is in Malibu State Park in southern California. It is the same spot where the hunt in the corn field took place in "Planet of the Apes" (1968), and also extensively used in "Gunsmoke" (1955).
 
In original drafts, Sulu, not Spock, was the episode's central figure, and former love interest of Leila, who herself was originally to have been of of Eurasian ethnicity. According to D.C. Fontana, the episode had to be seriously rewritten because Jerry Sohl had not quite gotten it right. Gene Roddenberry told her, "If you can rewrite this script, you can be my story editor." She thought about it and eventually realized that the story wasn't really about Sulu, but about Mr. Spock. Leonard Nimoy, who was initially taken aback when he was told that they were working on a love story for Spock, later felt that the episode turned out to be a lovely story. Sohl was unhappy with Fontana's rewrites of his script and credited himself under his pseudonym, "Nathan Butler".
 
Leonard Nimoy has stated that Charles Bronson was on set during his love scenes with Jill Ireland (who was his wife), to "keep an eye on her." This made Leonard Nimoy nervous whenever he had to kiss Jill Ireland. However, Ireland was married to David McCallum at the time of filming, and didn't marry Bronson until 1968.
 
One of the basic aspects that D.C. Fontana immediately changed was Jerry Sohl's original conception of the spore plants residing in a cave. Thus, to avoid the danger of the plants, the crew merely had to avoid the cave. Fontana put the plants everywhere around the planet, and later the Enterprise to make them a real menace.
 
In the script, Kirk first spots Spock and Leila kissing passionately by the stream. There is no scene of Spock hanging off the tree limb. That facet of the episode may have been made up on the spot. Indeed, director Ralph Senensky came up with the idea of Spock hanging from the tree on location, when he found the tree and the spot closely to Bronson Canyon. Originally the scene was to be shot on a clearing. Evidence taken from a deleted scene, of Spock and Leila's presence near the stream, appears in the episode's preview trailer.


Bio for Jill Ireland, via IMDB:
She was born Jill Dorothy Ireland on April 24, 1936, in London, England, to a wine merchant and his wife, Dorothy, who was fated to outlive her daughter. Young Jill started her entertainment career as a dancer and made her credited screen debut, in 1955, in Michael Powell's "Oh... Rosalinda!!" (1955), after a bit part in another movie. Two years later, she married actor David McCallum, whom she met on March 28, 1957, and co-starred in the Stanley Baker action picture, "Hell Drivers" (1957). In the mid-1960s, they moved to the United States so McCallum could star as agent Ilya Kuryakin in the TV series, "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." (1964). She got steady work on American TV and would co-star with her husband in five episode of the series in 1964, 1965, and 1967.
 
Ireland divorced McCallum, with whom she had three sons, in 1967. The following year, she married Charles Bronson, who was several years away from superstar status. They had first met when McCallum introduced them on the set of "The Great Escape" (1963). With Bronson, she had two children, a daughter born to the couple, and an adopted daughter.
 
They first co-starred together in the French movie, "Rider on the Rain "(1970), in 1970 (she had first played an uncredited bit part in his movie, "Lola" (1970), released that same year), a movie that made Bronson a major star in Europe. They starred in 13 more pictures in the next 17 years, a period during which Bronson rivaled Clint Eastwood as the biggest movie star in the world in the early and mid-1970s before his star waned in the 1980s. Ireland only appeared in one TV episode, one TV-movie, and one theatrical picture that didn't star Bronson in that time.
 
She was diagnosed with cancer in her right breast in 1984 and underwent a mastectomy. She wrote about her battle with the disease and her advocacy for the American Cancer Society led to the organization giving her its Courage Award. Ireland was presented with the award by President Ronald Reagan.
 
Jill Ireland died of breast cancer at her home in Malibu, California on May 18, 1990. She was 54 years old.

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