January 10, 1987
Getting the Hang of It
Playing high-kicking detective Dori Doreau on ABC's police satire Sledge Hammer! does have its perks, says actress Anne-Marie Martin (right): "I get to kick men in the teeth, which can be fun. People assume I must have had training in kung fu, but really it's just ballet." A little fight training might have served her well earlier in the season. Martin says she used to have trouble judging distances. "In one scene, I actually hit someone in the teeth. I'm much better at pulling my punches now -- although there are still a couple of stuntmen who won't come back."
March 21, 1987
Going Out in Style
If Moonlighting can use gossip maven Rona Barrett to introduce an episode, why can't Sledge Hammer! do likewise with Robin Leach? In the ABC crime spoof's final episode this season [The Spa Who Loved Me], Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous host Leach will explain -- deadpan -- why this particular episode contains excessive amounts of sex and violence. We don't know about the violence, will feature a generous number of scantily clad women at a health spa -- and it will end on a cliffhanger. As Sledge's optimistic executive producer Alan Spencer tells us: "This is to help boost our ratings [the series has struggled in the Nielsens] and help us get picked up for next season." If it doesn't, however, look for Inspector Sledge Hammer and company to go out with a bang. (Far left, Hammer himself: David Rasche.)
July 4, 1987
These days, Harrison Page (below) can be seen as Captain Trunk on ABC's Sledge Hammer! As a boy, he lived in a very rough section of Detroit. "There was always someone getting killed," he says. To keep him from getting involved with the neighborhood gangs, Page's mother made him join the local Boys Club. "I got into a fight there and got my butt beat," he recalls. The other guy "was a champion boxer." Still, the expenence knocked some sense into him: the Boys Club kept Page away from the gangs. "If I hadn't joined," he admits, "I'd be in prison. Or dead at 12."