8 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘Gilligan’s Island’
4. Natalie Schafer’s Story
Natalie Schafer was an interesting addition to the Gilligan’s Island cast. In the beginning, the actress only took part in the original series pilot Gilligan’s Island: Marooned because of the free trip to Hawaii. When she was on a holiday in Mexico, the actress received a telegram stating that the pilot had been picked up, she burst into tears because it meant she had to stay in L.A. to film and couldn’t move back to New York City. Interestingly enough, she made it part of her contract that there would be no close-ups of her on the show and that was because she was actually 13 years older than her on-screen husband Jim Backus. Although producers knew her real age, it wasn’t until the series ended that her co-stars found out her real age.
3. The Skipper’s Arm
As one of Hollywood’s toughest men at the time, it came as a shock to many, especially creator Sherwood Schwartz, to learn that during filming Alan Hale Jr. had broken his arm and hadn’t done anything about it. Schwartz revealed that while the cast was celebrating the end of season one, Hale mentioned to Schwartz he could finally do something about his arm. He then told him, “Oh, I broke it a couple of weeks ago.” As it turns out, Hale did a scene three weeks earlier where he fell out of a tree, but missed the crash pads at the bottom, landing on his right arm. Hale then explained that he didn’t want to cause a problem with filming so he decided to just carry on without saying anything.