Franks Place on DVD Starring Tim Reid
Set in New Orleans, Frank's Place chronicled the life of Frank Parrish (Tim Reid), a well-to-do Boston college professor who inherits a restaurant, Chez Louisiane. In the premiere, Frank travels to New Orleans intending to sell the restaurant. But when Frank returns to Boston, the life he's known there suddenly goes inexplicably haywire. The viewers know the reason: Waitress Emeritus (she waits only on customers of twenty years or more of patronage) of the Chez Louisiane, Miss Marie (Frances E. Williams) has a voodoo spin (curse) put on Frank ensuring that he will come back to carry on his family's business. Feeling he has no choice, Frank returns to New Orleans and makes many discoveries about working-class Black culture, the differences between northern and southern lifestyles, and himself.Daphne Maxwell Reid (Tim Reid's real-life wife) played Hanna Griffin, Frank's love interest. Tony Burton, virginia Capers, Robert Harper, Lincoln Kilpatrick, Charles Lampkin, Francesca Roberts, Don Yesso, and William Thomas Jr. rounded out the cast.Unlike most sitcom productions which are videotaped, Frank's Place was filmed with a single camera and used no laugh track.It used Louis Armstrong's classic "Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans?" as its theme song. The look of the restaurant and Tim Reid's character was inspired by Austin Leslie's Chez Helene restaurant in New Orleans.It used Louis Armstrong's classic "Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans?" as its theme song.Picture & Sound Quality 8 to 9Comes on 5 dvd-rs. No refunds will be given but we will replace a defective disc.
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