Coronet Blue - Password needed to unlock the mystery of
Michael Alden (Frank Converse), a man (suffering from amnesia)
fished out of the East River on the mystery adventure CORONET
BLUE/CBS/1967). The only thing that he remembered was the phrase
"coronet blue." As the theme song revealed "deep down inside my
brain, I keep hearing that wild refrain, coronet blue."
The series was not renewed after it filled as the summer replacement
for THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW/CBS/ABC/1967-79, so the viewers never
discovered what the cryptic phrase "coronet blue" really meant.
Frank Converse resurfaced on the crime drama NYPD the following fall
Theme Song Lyrics
Coronet Blue... Coronet Blue...
Deep down inside my brain I keep hearing that wild refrain.
Coronet Blue... No other clue...
I know that this must be the key that can set me free.
For I was born just yesterday and only have a misty river
Always a' moving like the river. If I linger I will die...
And so I go my lonely way a vision heads 'him' to danger
Even to myself a stranger. Wonderin' who am I?
Years later, writer and creator of the series Larry Cohen revealed the secret to the
Blue" mystery in his 1996 biography, "The Radical Allegories of an
"The actual secret is that Converse was not really an American at
all. He was a Russian who had been trained to appear like an
American and was sent to the U.S. as a spy. He belonged to a spy
unit called 'Coronet Blue.' He decided to defect, so the Russians
tried to kill him before he can give away the identities of the
other Soviet agents. And nobody can really identify him because he
doesn't exist as an American. Coronet Blue was actually an outgrowth
of 'The Traitor' episode of THE DEFENDERS." (that aired
February 16, 1963)
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