The Paradise Bartender

  1. Paradise Bartender Merch
  2. Wells From Bachelor In Paradise
  3. Paradise Bartender Tik Tok
Also known asGuns of Paradise
Created byDavid Jacobs
Robert Porter
Written byThomas C. Chapman
Theresa G. Corigliano
Peter Dunne
Joel J. Feigenbaum
David Jacobs
Roberto Loiederman
Robert Porter
Directed byCliff Bole
Michael Caffey
Peter Crane
Harry Harris
Nick Havinga
Michael Lange
Kim Manners
Richard M. Rawlings, Jr.
Joseph L. Scanlan
Robert Scheerer
StarringLee Horsley
Jenny Beck
Matthew Newmark
Brian Lando
Michael Patrick Carter
Sigrid Thornton
Dehl Berti
Theme music composerJerrold Immel
ComposersBruce Babcock
Christopher Caliendo
Christopher Klatman
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes57 (List of episodes)
ProducersJoel J. Feigenbaum
James L. Conway
David Jacobs
Running time60 minutes
Production companiesRoundelay Productions
Lorimar Television
Original networkCBS
Original releaseOctober 27, 1988 –
May 10, 1991

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Paradise (later renamed Guns of Paradise) is an American Western family television series, broadcast by CBS from October 27, 1988 to May 10, 1991. Created by David Jacobs and Robert Porter, the series presents the adventures of fictitious gunfighter Ethan Allen Cord, whose sister left her four children in his custody when she died.


Paradise, set from 1890 and on,[1] starred Lee Horsley as Cord, a professional gunfighter who was forced to take custody of the four children of his sister, a St. Louis singer who was dying and unable to make any other arrangements for their care. Cord realized his profession was unsuitable to child rearing and decided to change, renting a farm from Amelia Lawson (Sigrid Thornton), who also owned the local bank in the small town of Paradise, California (the origin of the title). Ethan tried to live a peaceful life, but was constantly haunted by his violent past and frequently called upon by the townspeople to defend them from lawlessness. Cord was close friends with John Taylor (Dehl Berti), a Native American medicine man, who often provided him with wise counsel and insights into human nature.


Main cast[edit]

  • Lee Horsley as Ethan Allen Cord
  • Jenny Beck as Claire Carroll
  • Matthew Newmark as Joseph Carroll
  • Brian Lando as Benjamin Carroll
  • Michael Patrick Carter as George Carroll
  • Sigrid Thornton as Amelia Lawson
  • Dehl Berti as John Taylor
  • John F. Bloom III as Tiny

Guest cast[edit]

In a two-part episode, Gene Barry and Hugh O'Brian recreated their famous 1950s television roles of legendary gunslingers Bat Masterson and Wyatt Earp. The special two-part episode briefly launched the ratings-challenged series into the top 10 of the Nielsen Ratings.[2]Robert Harland, who co-starred in the 1960 television western Law of the Plainsman, made his last television appearance in 1988 on Paradise.



After the second season ended the show went on hiatus to make some changes. It returned to the air in January 1991 for its shortened and final third season. A new opening sequence introduced the series' new name, Guns of Paradise, an apparent[weasel words] attempt to remind viewers that the program, despite its title, was in fact a Western. Cord and Amelia were now engaged and in the process of building a new house; and Cord was in the process of achieving an official appointment to be the town's marshal, the role he had essentially been fulfilling unofficially.

In 1991, despite a loyal fan base and critical acclaim, the series was canceled after three seasons amid low viewer ratings. In the mid-'90s, The Family Channel ran Paradise in syndication.

Home media[edit]

On April 25, 2017, Warner Bros. released the first season of Paradise on DVD.[3]

Awards and nominations[edit]

1989American Society of Cinematographers AwardOutstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Regular SeriesRichard M. Rawlings Jr.Won
1990American Society of Cinematographers AwardOutstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Regular SeriesRichard M. Rawlings Jr.Nominated
International Monitor AwardBest Editor – Film Originated EntertainmentM. Edward Salier and Lorimar(For episode 'Burial Ground')Nominated
1989Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Main Title Theme MusicJerrold ImmelNominated
Outstanding Cinematography for a SeriesRichard M. Rawlings Jr. (For episode 'Long Lost Lawson')Nominated
1990Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Hairstyling for a SeriesLinda Leiter Sharp (For episode 'A Gathering of Guns')Nominated
Viewers for Quality Television AwardBest Quality Drama SeriesNominated
Best Actor in a Quality Drama SeriesLee HorsleyNominated
Best Supporting Actress in a Quality Drama SeriesSigrid ThorntonNominated
1989Western Heritage AwardFictional Television DramaDavid Jacobs, Robert Porter, James L. Conway, Joel J. Feigenbaum, Sigrid Thornton and Lee Horsley(For episode 'Stray Bullet')Won
1991Western Writers of America's Spur AwardBest Television'Dust in the Wind'Won
1989Young Artist AwardBest New Television SeriesNominated
Best Young Actor in a Nighttime Drama SeriesBrian LandoNominated
Matthew NewmarkNominated
Best Young Actress in a Nighttime Drama SeriesJenny BeckNominated
Best Young Actor Under 9 Years of AgeMichael Patrick CarterNominated
1990Young Artist AwardBest Young Actor Starring in a Television SeriesMatthew NewmarkNominated
Best Young Actress Starring in a Television SeriesJenny BeckNominated
Best Young Actor Guest Starring in a Television SeriesMark BallouNominated
Michael John BurnsNominated
Best Young Actress Guest Starring in a Television SeriesCrystal McKellarNominated
Outstanding Performance by an Actor Under 9 Years of AgeMichael Patrick CarterNominated
1991Young Artist AwardBest Young Actor Starring in a Television SeriesMatthew NewmarkNominated
Best Young Actress Starring in a Television SeriesJenny BeckNominated
Best Young Actor Supporting or Recurring Role For a TV SeriesBrian LandoNominated
Exceptional Performance by a Young Actor Under NineM.P. CarterNominated


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External links[edit]

  • Paradise at IMDb
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Paradise Alley
Directed bySylvester Stallone
Produced byEdward R. Pressman
Written bySylvester Stallone
StarringSylvester Stallone
Kevin Conway
Anne Archer
Joe Spinell
Armand Assante
Lee Canalito
Terry Funk
Frank McRae
Joyce Ingalls
Tom Waits
Music byBill Conti
CinematographyLászló Kovács
Edited byEve Newman
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
Running time
107 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$7 million[1]

Paradise Alley is a 1978 American sportsdrama film written, directed by and starring Sylvester Stallone, in his feature film directorial debut. The film tells the story of three brothers in Hell's Kitchen, New York City in the 1940s who become involved in professional wrestling.

This was the first major film in which Armand Assante appeared. Anne Archer also starred. Joe Spinell, a co-star of Rocky, played the wrestling MC. It also stars Tom Waits in his film debut.

A number of professional wrestlers appeared, including Terry Funk as the foil to the hero. Cameos include Ted DiBiase, Bob Roop, Dick Murdoch, Dory Funk Jr., Don Leo Jonathan, Don Kernodle, Gene Kiniski, Dennis Stamp, Ray Stevens, and Uliuli Fifita. Playwright and screenwriter John Monks Jr appeared as Mickey the bartender.



Victor, the youngest and largest of the Carboni brothers (Cosmo and Lenny are the other two), becomes a local wrestler (named Kid Salami) at the request of Cosmo, who thinks there is big money to be made.

Lenny agrees to manage his career. They look to Victor to win enough matches so they can get out of Hell's Kitchen for good. (Victor wants to marry his Asian girlfriend and live on a houseboat they plan to buy in New Jersey.)

Each brother has his own style. Cosmo is a hustler and con-artist, always looking for the next easy buck. Lenny is the former war hero, now an undertaker who came back to the neighborhood with a limp and a bitter attitude. Victor is a gawky, strong, dumb yet sincere hulk of a man, who leaves his job hauling ice up tenement stairways once he is persuaded to become a wrestler.

Initially, it is Cosmo that dominates the proceedings, aggressively encouraging Victor to wrestle against the wishes of his girlfriend. Lenny is at first unsure of all this, and constantly tries to warn off Victor, reminding him that he could get hurt.

As the story progresses, the roles begin to reverse. Cosmo becomes concerned for Victor's welfare and feels guilty about getting him into this while Lenny becomes ever more keen to exploit Victor as far as he can. Lenny seems to undergo a complete personality change, losing his cool demeanor and becoming an aggressive, manipulative high roller.

In the end, Victor wins a big wrestling match in a rainstorm and the brothers are reunited.


  • Sylvester Stallone as Cosmo Carboni
  • Armand Assante as Lenny Carboni
  • Lee Canalito as Victor Carboni
  • Anne Archer as Annie
  • Kevin Conway as Stitch
  • Terry Funk as Frankie the Thumper[2]
  • Frank McRae as Big Glory
  • Joe Spinell as Burp
  • Tom Waits as Mumbles
  • Aimee Eccles as Susan Chow
  • Joyce Ingalls as Bunchie
  • John Cherry Monks, Jr. as Micky the Bartender
  • Frank Stallone as Singer
  • Ted DiBiase as Wrestler


Sylvester Stallone wrote the story as a novel then a screenplay before he wrote Rocky. He later recalled:

I was very broke and I optioned the screenplay of PARADISE ALLEY to a real ... how should I say this ... maggot, who put his hooks in so deep I could never get it away from him. So the first time I went in to meet Chartoff and Winkler, I was there on an acting job. I didn't get it, but on the way out I said, 'I have this screenplay called PARADISE ALLEY.' They said to bring it over and I did. They wanted to make it, but the other cretin that I had optioned it to was so obnoxious, so overbearing, that the producers wanted nothing to do with me or the screenplay. So on the way out, they said, 'If you have any ideas, we'd be happy to look at them.' That night I went home - even a fire extinguisher couldn't cool the burning in my brain. The door of opportunity was wide open and I had nothing to carry over its threshold. That's when I started to write ROCKY. So thank God for the maggot; otherwise I never would've written the story of Mr. Balboa.[3]

In an interview with Roger Ebert in 1980, Stallone mentioned that Paradise Alley was originally a much longer film before he was forced by Universal Pictures to cut it down. Stallone said: 'I'll never forgive myself for the way I allowed myself to be manipulated during the editing of that film. There were a lot of scenes in there to give atmosphere and character, and they wanted them out just to speed things along. They removed 40 scenes, altogether. I put 10 of them back in for the version shown on TV. For example, the whole sequence of the soldier without legs, sitting on a bar eating peanuts.'

Edward R. Pressman got involved in the project prior to Rocky however, after the success of Rocky, the project received studio involvement.[4]



Paradise Bartender Merch

Paradise Alley was released in the United States on November 10, 1978. In the Philippines, the film was released on December 5, 1990, with the song 'U Can't Touch This' by MC Hammer included in the soundtrack.[5]

Wells From Bachelor In Paradise


Critical response[edit]

Paradise Alley received negative reviews from many critics, who often compared the film unfavorably to Rocky. Vincent Canby of The New York Times called it 'a phony, attitudinizing, self-indulgent mess ... If there had been just a tiny bit of wit involved, or a consistent point of view, or genuine feeling, 'Paradise Alley' might have been an engaging throwback to the true B pictures of yesteryear. As it is, it's 'Rocky' warmed over and then thrown out.'[6]

Pauline Kael of The New Yorker also panned the film, writing: 'As a director, Stallone shows no more feeling for visual modulation than as Cosmo he does for vocal modulation. In all his capacities here, he's trying to get a hammerlock on our emotions. You feel he'd reach out from the screen and grab you by the throat if he could ... As a writer, he's a primitive mining the mass media, without any apparent awareness of how stale his ideas are. Doesn't he know that there are a lot of us who have seen the same plays and movies he has? Aren't we even expected to remember 'Rocky'? Stallone tries to work our emotions in exactly the same ways, and there's no surprise to the shamelessness this time.'[7]

Gary Arnold of The Washington Post wrote: 'Maybe there's something to be said for Stallone overreaching himself this early in his starring career. He may be compelled to take a more realistic look at what he can and cannot do after audiences exit shaking their heads over the scatterbrained mentality that seems to control 'Paradise Alley'. Stallone has a distinctive, funny presence and a flair for spontaneous slapstick and sentiment, but he appears to be a miserable coordinator and ringmaster.'[8]

Writing in New York magazine, David Denby found the film to have 'some moments of warmth in its portrait of gaudy neighborhood bars and dance halls, gangsters, bimbos, and hangers-on, but the movie is so hyperbolic and synthetic you don't believe a minute of it.'[9]

John Gault of Maclean's wrote: 'The climactic wrestling sequence is so derivative of 'Rocky' you almost start humming 'Gonna Fly Now'. But 'Rocky' did what every good fairy tale does: it temporarily suspended disbelief, made the implausible plausible. That works only if there is a high degree of consistency in plot and characterization, and 'Paradise Alley' doesn't have it.'[10]

Gene Siskel gave the film 3 out of 4 stars, praising the 'rich characters' and declaring it 'one of the most colorful films of the year.'[11] In a separate article he called it 'a thoroughly engaging film—until its last reel, when Stallone slaps on a conventional, upbeat ending that is all wrong for this movie. It's the ending of 'Rocky' all over again, as Stallone and his older brother in the movie go unpunished for exploiting their baby brother, the brutish giant ... They don't deserve the same fate as Rocky. And to give them the same fate is to insult the audience's intelligence.'[12]

Variety gave the film a mostly positive review, calling it 'Rocky' rewritten by Damon Runyon ... It's an upbeat, funny, nostalgic film populated by colorful characters, memorable more for their individual moments than for their parts in the larger story.' The review's only point of criticism was that 'The relationship between the men and their women is never explored and is the one unsatisfying element in the film. The women have no life beyond their men; they are types who exist only as companions.'[13]

Other media[edit]

Other references[edit]

  • The premise of Paradise Alley was later parodied in the fifth episode of the second season of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. In the episode, Mac and Dennis exploit the childish Charlie by training him to become an underground street fighter so that they can profit off of it. Anne Archer, who portrayed Annie in Paradise Alley, also portrayed Barbara Reynolds on the TV show.

Paradise Bartender Tik Tok


  1. ^'Paradise Alley'. Box Office Mojo. Retrieved July 24, 2011.
  2. ^Fin Martin and Antohy Evans (August 2003). 'Know their Roles'. Power Slam Magazine. Lancaster, Lancashire, England: SW Publishing Ltd. pp. 26–31. 109.
  3. ^Knowles, Harry (December 16, 2006). 'Stallone answers December 9th & 10th Questions in a double round - plus Harry's Seen ROCKY BALBOA at BNAT!!!'. Ain't It Cool News. Retrieved July 12, 2020.
  4. ^'Pressman, Now In California, Sets Six Features For Release'. Variety. May 31, 1978. p. 38.
  5. ^'Opens Tomorrow'. Manila Standard. Kagitingan Publications, Inc. December 4, 1990. p. 22. Retrieved November 7, 2020. Hear The No. 1 Hit Song 'U Can't Touch This'By: McHammer [sic] in Ultra Stereo Soundtract [sic]
  6. ^Canby, Vincent (November 10, 1978). 'Movies: Rocky Goes to Limbo in 'Paradise Alley''. The New York Times: C-14.
  7. ^Kael, Pauline (November 20, 1978). 'The Current Cinema'. The New Yorker: 137–138.
  8. ^Arnold, Gary (November 10, 1978). 'The Trouble with 'Paradise''. The Washington Post: E-1.
  9. ^Denby, David (November 20, 1978). 'Movies'. New York: 97.
  10. ^Gault, John (December 4, 1978). 'Fighting Again: Gonna Flop Now'. Maclean's: 67.
  11. ^Siskel, Gene (November 10, 1978). 'Stallone 'Alley' bright, colorful'. Chicago Tribune. Section 4, p. 2.
  12. ^Siskel, Gene (December 18, 1978). 'Critic Siskel Considers the Endings Of Current Films to Be 'Manipulative''. BoxOffice: C-1.
  13. ^'Paradise Alley'. Variety: 21. September 13, 1978.

External links[edit]

  • Paradise Alley at IMDb
  • Paradise Alley at AllMovie
  • Paradise Alley at the American Film Institute Catalog
  • Paradise Alley at Box Office Mojo
  • Paradise Alley at Rotten Tomatoes
  • Paradise Alley at Metacritic
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