Remember the good ole days! Hours of enjoyment!
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Each one of these
are film clips from old TV shows.Under the video is
information, facts and other interesting stuff.1 JACKIE GLEASON ON THE ROCKY MARCIANO
SHOW THE MAIN
recalls his early days as a night club comic in Newark, NJ (and the
also, Jackie receives a humanitarian award from Rocky and salutes
sidekick Art Carney (Du Mont)
Bloopers from The Honeymooners on OTV ch 11 also ch. 30;
Marciano v. Wolcott fight on ch. 64
2 JAMES DEAN: HIS FINAL TV
trait obvious, James Dean talks about car racing and safety on Gig Young's
Walks off set a mention of speeding; eerily, Dean was killed days later
in a tragic car collisiom. (Du Mont)
3 ELVIS SINGS
lives here! Elvis Presley debuts on "The Tommy & Jimmy Dorsey Show."
In the house: Elvis sings many more of his hits on our Classic Oldies
Video Juke Box below!
4 A TRIBUTE TO ELVIS PRESLEY, THE KING
OF ROCK & ROLL
The King from his early days to induction into the Army, see The King's mom, dad
& Col. Tom
Hear Elvis' first #1 1957 hit for RCA, Heartbreak Hotel. (clips from Movietone
& AP News)
5 THE EDSEL INTRODUCED ON
the network big dollars (in those days) to run this filmed The Edsel Show promotion.
the car shortly after; it is today a revered
automotive classic. (NBC) More 50s cars ch.63v
6 BOBBY DARIN'S "MACK THE
opened his first of hour variety shows performing his biggest number one
(and his label, Atco, didn't want him to record it!) (CBS)
more Bobby below: hosting a beauty contest & on the OldiesTeleVision Video
7 WESTINGHOUSE DEBUTS HI-TECH "ADVANCED
kids hi-tech video blossoming before anyone heard of cable, satellite or HDTV.
They may chuckle,
The "one knob-no antenna-black
matrix pix tube" had viewers in awe..but it was a technical disaster.
8 WILLIAM BENDIX AS LOVABLE CHESTER A.
The Life Of
Riley with Marjorie Reynolds, Tom D'andrea,
Lugene Sanders, Wesley Morgan
Once played by Groucho Marx & Jackie
Gleason, Bendix's Riley was the definitive blue collar family guy.
Riley, delirious over having his tonsils removed, drive family, Gillis, &
hospital nurse (Honeybee) crazy!(CBS)
9 ICONS I: WHAT MADE 50'S TV
Carney, Rod Serling, Manicurist Madge, Ted Mack, Annette & Frankie, The
Champs, Don Adams.
It was Ted Mack's Amateur Hour that introduced Frank
Sinatra, Connie Francis, Pat Boone. (UPI)
10 THE PATTI PAGE
Singin' Rage sings the immortal Tennessee
Waltz, it doesn't get anny better than this.
Also from her show,
Patti croons over that cute little Doggie In
The Window. (syndicated)
11 BLOOPERS FROM
TV: Audrey misses her entrance cue, Jackie's fly is open (watch how brilliantly
Jackie slips on the set (happened again at CBS, where he broke
his leg) (Du Mont) see also ch.30 & 82,
12 THE CENSORED JERRY LEE LEWIS HERE
Gracious, Great Balls Of Fire! The' "Killer" smooches his child bride cousin on
a filmed news interview
on stage, he goes wild performing (looks like today's metal rockers). The networks nixed both.
13 A TRUE 50's DOO WOP TV
The Del Vikings Perform Jitterbug
Mary (taped at WOOK-TV Baltimore)
*There's many more classic Doo
Wop Originals On The Classic Oldies Video
14 the original
Keith & Sebastian Cabot sin the last of the sentimental family sitcoms
(despite failed 2004 remake_.
An affluent bachelor and his butler uddenly
gain custody of adorable orphaned nieces and nephew (CBS)
15 ALAN FREED'S BIG BEAT DANCE PARTY
Ch. 5 Freed show regulars dance and post-payola Alan Freed's parting statement
plus Dick Clark's rigid payola statement to an angry
Senate investigator (UPI)
16 THE STEVE ALLEN
Steverino's classic rock and roll
poetic hate reading of Be Bop A
Lula, no apology to Gene Vincent.
Steve snubbed rock, had no rock
acts on his show, but then booked them on his shows to get ratings
17 The Inventor Of
TV Sketch Comedy ERNIE KOVACS
before SNL, imitated by his contemporaries (Berle, Gleason, Skelton), he was the
true inventor of TV sketch satire.
Ernie's Kovacs; vignettes could have been
taped yesterday~still look contemporary, he was a TV
There are more Ernie Kovacs comedy innovation in our Oldies
Television Trivia Quiz, link below.
18 THE RED SKELTON
Clem Kaddiddlehoffer going to college, with guests: Reed Haley ("Racket Squad")
& Marvin Kaplan ("Meet Millie")
We included Red's traditional, eye candy
June Taylor Dancers' sketch opening and Red laughing
at his own jokes (CBS)
19 ICONS: THE DELINQUENCY
Dolls, Street Fights, Make Out Points & ...Barry Goldwater. "Cool man. Ya
dig it? Like, Wow! Ya square'r sometin?"
This, kids, was how your parent's
parents perceived the next out of control, immoral generation
20 FATHER KNOWS
Episode of The definitive aspartame family sitcom: Betty & Kathy fued begin
over a bathing suit
Robert Young, Jane Wyatt, Elinor Donahue, Billy Gray,
Lauren Chapin. (CBS)
Bernadette and Edgar Buchanan bring up three perky teenage countrypolitan girls
at the Shady Rest Hotel; this show was the precursor to
Green Acres Toot toot! (CBS)
22OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST BOB
Olympic Triathalon Champ Discusses
The games & movie debut with mild mannered Herb Sheldon.
several shows ranging from talk, to teen dance, to Ricky Tick Piano. (Du Mont)
23 : DANCES OF THE 1950's:
perform the Hand Jive dance to Johnnie Otis' Willie & The Hand Jive adlib with
Rockette precision (DuMont)
What do Johnny Otis, Grateful
Dead, Eric Clapton & Grease
have in common? Read how the Jive goes on today.
24 GROUCHO MARX
YOU BET YOUR
Contestants: Then 11 year old Candice
Bergen appearing with dad, Edgar; also Groucho's daughter, Melinda.
dads smarter than the 6th graders? In part 2, Dads join daughters in the quiz.
Say the secret word! (NBC)
25 the original
The grandaddy of all TV cop shows and the
definitive police melodrama with Jack Webb as Sgt. Joe Friday,
Ben Alexander as Officer Frank Smith. Olan Soule
as the lab tech. Just the facts, ma'am. (NBC)
26 THE IMMORTAL MUSICAL COMEDY OF VICTOR
the symphony orchestra give a new twist to Listz and it is a classic Borge, both a musical & comedy
Victor Borge's precision
piano and satiric talent are as natural as his warmth.
27 EDDIE FISHER SINGS A MEDLEY OF HIS
croons I'm Walking Behind You, Anytime, With
These Hands, Oh My Papa on his TV show.
Like the era crooners,
Fisher got 15 minutes a week to enthrall fans..and also Liz Taylor & Debbie
28 ABBOTT & COSTELLO:L WHO'S ON
the signature Bud Abbot and Lou Costello comedy routine that is often imitated,
The duo did hosting stints on The Colegate Comedy Hour and
Hollywood Palace. (NBC)
29 MORE DANCES OF THE 1950's
with Cab Calloway and ended up the most popular moves on American Bandstand, et al.
becomes the domain of Bill Haley & The Comets' ripping off Little Richards'
"Gonna Rip It Up."
30. THE HONEYMOONERS .....IN COLOR!
& Ed are jailed in Paris, accused of counterfeiting. Ed's escape plan
backfires with hilarious results.
Gleason wanted the show taped by Wometco TV in Miami, Audrey Meadows &
Joyce Randolph had NYC commitments
Shiela Macrae & Jane Kean played wives Alice
& Trixie; TV audiences didn't
accept the change. (CBS)
31 THE ORIGINAL FLASH GORDON
TJ's doo wop concerts, PBS used Buster Crabbe's Flash Gordon cinema serials
rattle the PBS tin cup.
From Captain Video to Captains Kirk, Picard &
Janeway, scifi and space travel was always a TV
32 Full Episode THE LONE
Silver! It's the grandaddy of weekly
TV western series starring oft masked Clayton Moore.
The Lone Ranger was the
top rated #1 of the many Saturday afternoon "thataway" exciting oaters
Here is the
full version of the debut episode, Enter The
Lone Ranger Hi, Ho Silver! (syndicated).
33 THE ENDEARING GRIMACES OF EDDIE
The Colegate Comedy Hour, Eddie
pantomines a sketch as the hapless
victim of a vixen.
A forgotten legend, Cantor's expressive face and singing
style warmed the cockles of viewer's hearts. (NBC)
34 BOBBY DARIN NERVOUSLY HOSTS A BEAUTY
before having his own weekly show, Bobby's first TV emcee gig, hosting a product
hyped beauty pageant
Uh oh, , what a disaster! The contestant names are mixed
up and so are the sponsor's promo lines (Du Mont)
35 MORE DANCES OF THE 1950's: THE LINDY
American Bandstand in Phillie, to a
Dick Clark special in St. Louis to The Jersey Shore,
everybody was Lindy
Hopping to Danny & The Juniors "At The Hop" You can swing it, you can do it
...and there's more Danny & The Juniors, here to stay, on our
Classic Oldies Video Jukebox (below)
36 SHAKE, BABY,
SHAKE! IT'S THE KILLER
Lewis brings down the house again for his rehearsed fan club prez on Dick Clark's show.
shooter misses the song cues and a camera catches a guy trying to jump on stage.
37. THE DANNY THOMAS
For Daddy" with rare Danny Thomas, Marjoriie Lord, Rusty Hammer, Angela Cartright.
The kids wreak havoc on
daddy and mommy with a divide and concur tactic. (CBS)
St. Jude's Children's
Hospital founded by Danny.
Help save lives of children with cancer.
38 SID CAESAR: YOUR SHOW OF
sketch comedy with co-stars Imogene Coca, Carl Reiner & Howie Morris as "Uncle Goofy"
their classic takeoff on This Is Your
Life, also a glimpse of The
39 HERE COMES
Captain Video got a hold of Tobor,
little Robbie ran the prequel to "Tobor The Great."
Madison Ave jumped on
ship with a cardboard Tobor mask.
Don't laugh, they sold. (Du Mont)
40 THE ADVENTURES OF
animation came TV's live Superman series starring George Reeves and Noel Neill
as Lois Lane
Lois gets is abducted by a gangster, Superman sans Clark Kent
saves the damsel in distress. (CBS)
41 THE ADVENTURES OF
our minds off killer whales and go back to this beloved, adorable
Each week this amazing mammal fascinated kids and adults by solving
42 SPIKE JONES 1951
& the gang of hilarious musical whackies perform their signature
"Cocktails For Two."
As you see this wild musical circus, know Spike Jones
choreographed the zany antics. (Du Mont)
43 CAPTAIN VIDEO & HIS VIDEO RANGERS
Captain Kirk, there was Captain Video chasing those bad guys around the
The "Star Trek" of it's
time, network program directors made the very same mistake. (Du
44. THE LIBERACE SHOW
Liberace brought style to candlelight piano music, with, of course, brother
George on violin.
This rare clip captures the musical heart and soul of the
flamboyant pianist. (Du Mont)
still best medical drama series. Richard Boone as Konrad Steiner MD.
Still as relevant:
prizeighter befelled by Diabetes. This is pioneer
medical TV drama. (NBC)
46 THE BIG VALLEY
Outstanding Western series with Barbara
Stanwyck, Lee Majors and Linda
Full episode: "Heritage" Fanatics threaten to blow up the Bartley mine
47 THE ROOTS OF TV
newsreel memories of baseball's great early years, featuring a tribute to Jackie
So relevant now: Robinson broke the color line in baseball, Obama in
the US presidency. (Movietone)
48 Mc HALE'S NAVY
cracking up Harvey Korman, Tim
Conway was sidekick to Ernest Borgnine on this military sitcom
full half hour episode and watch Tim fall (literally) for a Lt. Commander Nurse.
The Saturday afternoon TV Western staple starring William Boyd
as frontier vigilante Hoppy.
Of the many Saturday
TV matinee oaters, this ranked #2 in ratings. Giddyap!
50 DARK SHADOWS
Weekday afternoon TV gothic soap opera, Jonathan Frid as the Vampire Barnaby
For a brief time, this breakthrough gothic drama out-ranked
established serial dramas in ratings. (ABC)
51 FADS & FANCIES OF THE 50s &
The Hula Hoop, Twist, Palisades
Park Beauty Contests, Rock-Ola Juke Box, Ford Thunderbird, more
set to the
music of The Olympics' "Dance By The Light Of The Moon" (edited by
52 I LOVE LUCY
from TV episodes involving the coming of "Little Ricky" that captured viewer's
Ricky gets the news during his club performances, he and the Mertzes go frenetic when "it's
Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, William Frawley. (CBS)
53 full episode THE DICK VAN DYKE
for it, here it is, Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore with guest Bob Crane
(Hogan's Heros ...
Dick is directing
a community theatre show, Mary sings & dances a vampy Calypso song Ohhh, Rob! (CBS)
54 THE BEATLES FIRST TELEVISION
Not yet on
Sullivan or in the U.S., the Fab
Four debuted "She Loves You" On The Mersey
*There's more Beatles & other British Invasion
classics on the Classic Oldies Video Juke Box below.
55 BAT MASTERSON
stars as the debonair Bat Masterson, this episode "The Stampete In Tent City
Robert Conrad as the vigilante out to avenge his brother's killer
56 MARTY ROBBINS ON THE JOHNNY CASH
the 60's, Holiday Inn funded half hour shows for Dolly Parton, Bobby Vinton
& Marty Robbins
Before his own show aired, Marty sang "El Paso" on Johnny
Cash's short lived TV gig (syndicated)
57 FRANK SINATRA SPEAKS
believe, a humble Frank Sinatra? He speaks openly about the bad
gratitude to Bob Hope & his all time favorite movie role (can you
guess which one?). (CBS)
Ludden hosted this enormously
popular game show 1962 to 1971 on all 3 networks & syndication
celebs Carol Burnett and Gary Moore against contestants to win $250-big prize
Phenomenon STAR TREK TV ON
don;'t have to sit up and wait until
3AM when stations run Star Trek episodes. Get them here right now!.
Full Episodes of Star Trek, Star Trek:The Next Generation, Deep Space 9,
Voyager, Enterprise (synd
Also a clip of Trek's post cancellation UK placebo,
SPACE:1999 wMartin Landau, Batbara Bain (ITV).
60 MORE DANCES OF THE 50's:
York teens dance The Swingback (also called The Sway) to Duane
Eddy's "Forty Miles Of Bad Road"
The hips swayed and the preachers prayed
rock & roll would go away. It didn't. (MGM)
61 THE LIVE TV FRIDGE COMMERCIAL
Westinghouse. If their built in antenna TV fiasco wasn't enough, more flawed,
chagrin causing infamy:
the automatic referigerator door that jammed on this
live nationally broadcast commercial. Bet heads rolled!
62 THE ARTHUR GODFREY
ridiculed sponsors, fired staff on the air, fixed talent contests and made
Godlike demands on execs, crew;,
yet still got big ratings, ruled corporate
airwaves and network, sort of like Oprah does now, sans chicanery
63 BUILDING THE 1958
retrospect! A TV industrial film goes inside the Dodge automotive plant foundry
to finish<.br> In 1979,
Chrysler received a government bailout to make new Dodge cars. Sound familiar?
64 FIGHT CLASSIC: ROCKY MARCIANO vs.
JERSEY JOE WALCOTT
from that historic championship boxing match in Philadelphia September 12, 1952<.br> Of course you'll see that boffo KO comeback in the 13th round~this is the true Rocky, Sly. (DuMont).
Check out Dynamite Joe Rindone's fights, too, on Oldies
Television Ch 79!
65 AND MORE GREAT ICONS OF THE 50's VOL
Nixon's first scandal, John Wayne's PSA, Marilyn Monroe's Motor Oil, Jimmy
& Gracie Allen, Jack Benny & Dennis Day, Laurel & Hardy, Jackie
& Art's "Hello, Ball!"
66 ALFRED HITCHCOCK
"good evening," came melodramatic thrillers from the Master Of Suspense, Alfred
The man whose big
screen movies kept us on the edge of our seats brought the same to small screens
67 SATURDAY NIGHTLIVE~~ BEFORE
Broadcast Live Sat Eves: The Bob Hope Show, The
Liberace Show, The Ken Murray Show,
Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis, The Steve
Allen Show, The Pat Harrington Show, The Jackie Gleason Show
Sid Cesar's Your
Show Of Shows. Watch many surprises with regulars & guests. (ABC-CBS-DuMont-NBC).
68 FELIX THE CAT
RCA testing Vladimir Zworkyn's
iconoscope , Felix The Cat was the first image ever on TV;
Television's roster would not be complete without Otto Mesmer's historic cartoon
Here is his 1959 Saturday cartoon show with a
new, hip updated opening that we can just ignore.(NBC).
69 THE DONNA REED
nervously to the camera when daughter, Mary (Shelley Fabares) sings at a school dance.
song she sings? "Johnny Angel," of course. Dad (Dr. Stone, Carl Betz) allays
Full episode soon and check out the Donna Reed Christmas Show
below on ch 79 (NBC)
70 full episode THE GOLDBERGS
Berg served as executive producer and co-writer as well as star
beloved sitcom about the matriarch (Molly) of a middle class Jewish
Frank Sutton, who would later be Gomer Pyle's Sarge, guest stars in this episode.
71 LUCILLE BALL & CAROL
of comedy together with Gale Gordon as straight man on "The Lucy Show".
wants to join Carol on a trip to Palm Springs, they scheme to fool Boss Mooney.
72 THE LITTLE
Saturday morning TV attraction in the 50's was the
re-worked MGM "Our Gang Comedies"
This favorite classic episode has Darla
wooing Alfalfa rather than vice versa on Valentine Day.
Of course, the other
guys would throw a hilarious gremlin in Alfalfa's romantic ballad crooning.
73 full episode HIGHWAY
there was "Book 'em, Dano" in Hawaii, there was "Ten.Four" in California. Brodericj Crawford starred,
think dope smuggling was a thing of the 70's, wait 'til you see this narc bust in the 50's. (ZIV/MGM
74 full episode LOST IN
Will Robinson! The world's first and last outer space sitcom; today, like "Trek," has fan conventions.
guest stars Mercedes Mc Cambridge (The
Exorcist), here as matriarch of alien hillbillies
who grow a
"Little Shop of Horrors" intruded upon by Dr Snith (Jonathan Harris) and Will (Bill
before The Jeffersons and Sanford &
Son even before Amos &
Andy on TV.
there was the talented Ethel Waters as supermaid Beaulah & Butterfly Mc Queen as next
Sadly, Proctor &
Gamble canceled the highly rated, popular show after only two seasons. Guess
your nose, it's Elizabeth Montgomery as that saucy, sassy, beautiful, bedazzling
and Dick York as her befuddled hubbie, Darren (or as Agnes Moorehead would say, "Durwood" (NBC)
77 I DREAM OF
Out of the
bottle comes that lusciously capricious Jeanie, Barbara Eden
Larry Hagman is
her adopted master, Bill Daly is the bewildered buddy
78 SEA HUNT
"Dragnet" of the ocean floor, Lloyd Bridges fights underwater crime with only a
This syndicated show,
along with "Flipper" (coming soon), got high tide ratings in it's era (ZIV)
79 DYNAMITE JOE
Marciano, Joe Rindone was the son of
Italian immigrants who rose to boxing glory.
Here is Dynamite Joe in action
from the era when boxing was true sportsmanship.
produced by Andrew Bertino. (Vimeo).
80 THE MILTON BERLE
Arnold Stang & guest Mickey
Rooney; Berle's swan song after 8
Bit: Berle wants Gleason like publicity, so he feigns a broken leg for
a press conference (NBC)
81 THE LEGEND OF DOO
That streetcorner harmony from the 50's that
will never die, the music we know call Doo Wop
Here are video specials which
tribute the unforgettable part of R&R; and R&B;
Plus REMEMBERING DOO WOP RADIO
commentary by Don K. Reed. music by The Crests, Frankie Lymon & The
82 MIKE WALLACE & EDWARD R.
thought Mike Wallace was tough on "60 Minutes," wait 'til you see him on the
You won't believe what he said to Steve Allen (neither did Allen,
most likely), but Kirk Douglas got his say)
Legendary Edward R. Murrow and
Senator Joseph McCarthy go at calling the other
THE PIONEERS OF KIDVID: 1950's
CHILDREN'S TV SHOWS
Howdy Doody, Junior Frolics, Winky Dink, Willie Wonderful, Rocky &
earliest TV production and animation techniques, these popular programs
the father of children's television, long before PBS and Nickelodeon. This was
the "kiddievTV" 50's
episodes of these Golden Age first generation shows for tots on separate submenu~click title
for March 2010 THE TIME
Allen (Lost In Space, Voyage To The Bottom
Of The Sea produced this sci-fi fantasy series
Merlin The Magaician pays the science lab a visit and wreaks havoc with time
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