Count Sforza and his crow, “brother” arrive in Fort Courage in a hearse. Sforza has pale skin, wears a tux and a cape and greets everyone with a “Good evening” regardless of the time of day. It’s no surprise then that the band of misfits at Fort Courage suspect Sforza may be a vampire.
When Wrangler Jane goes missing after she visits the abandoned mansion Sforza has moved into to help him decorate, Captain Parmenter, O’Rourke and Agarn go to the mansion to look for her. While there they hear strange noises, go through secret/trap doors and encounter a sleeping Count. In the end, however, the trio find out Sforza is not who/what they think he is.
Special guest star Vincent Price plays Count Sforza.
“V is for Vampire” is an episode from season 2 of F-Troop, the sometimes irreverent, often non-politically correct sitcom about the misadventures in a US Army outpost in the Wild West. The show ran from 1965 to 1967. “V is for Vampire” can be seen as one of those “jump the shark” episodes given there is no believability to the premise of a vampire going to the crazy Western town depicted on the show . It’s absolute silliness – and I love it. No one would watch F-Troop – or many of the comedies from the 1960s for anything but a silly laugh anyway. Audiences then didn’t demand accuracy and believability. They wanted to be entertained. And to ensure they were, many shows would feature special holiday episodes regardless of plot plausibility. Not that F-Troop was ever plausible, but still. And thank goodness for that!
Vincent Price is perfectly cast as Count Sforza in this classic episode and it’s evident he had a blast depicting what has come to be the quintessential vampire character. In this case it’s an exagerated version of Lugosi’s Dracula with a bunch of cheese thrown in for good measure. In other words, he hams it up!
If you want pure fun and a chance to see Price and the rest of the F-Troop gang having a ball then be sure to take a look at this episode. It’s great Halloween fun. You get standard F-Troop fare plus the vampire motif pushed to the limits of fun – black crow, haunted house and a vampire. What more do you want?
How sweet it was.