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What is the oldest TV series currently on DVD?


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#1 of 11 OFFLINE   Tom_mkfty

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Posted May 20 2005 - 07:36 PM

Howdy Doody?
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#2 of 11 OFFLINE   Bob Hug

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Posted May 21 2005 - 02:08 AM

The answer will depend on whether you are considering licensed releases only or if you are also including shows that have fallen into the public domain. If you include the latter, I'd hazard a guess and say THE LONE RANGER. I have some public domain episodes of the RANGER that date back to the Fall of 1949 in terms of their original broadcast dates.

#3 of 11 OFFLINE   Tom_mkfty

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Posted May 21 2005 - 03:05 AM

Public domain counts too.

Let me put it this way:

Public Domain:
The Lone Ranger (1949)

Licenced:
Honeymooners? (1955)
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#4 of 11 OFFLINE   Lee Bombard

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Posted May 21 2005 - 04:59 AM

Licensed:
I Love Lucy (1951)

#5 of 11 OFFLINE   Tom_mkfty

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Posted May 21 2005 - 01:36 PM

Here are some here:

http://www.oldies.co...m/id_4658D.html


If I see this, I might buy it for laughs, in Walmart.


Dangerous Assignment (Classic TV Series)
Special agent Steve Mitchell travels the globe and encounters action and intrigue in four thrilling episodes of this classic TV series.


Starring: Brian Donlevy


DVD Details:


*Run Time: 103 minutes
*Number of Discs: 1
*Originally Released in *1949*
*Black & White
*No region encoding; For global distribution.



Description by Oldies.com:


Join Steve Mitchell (Brian Donlevy) in this suspense filled series of danger and espionage, as he travels across the world on assignment for the United States Government. Agent Mitchell unravels the sinister plots of those seeking the downfall of peace and democracy.

Mine Story: Mitchell journeys to the volatile Middle East to investigate the assassination of an Arabian leader.

Incident: A dangerous web of intrigue and deceit unfolds as Mitchell searches for a missing diplomat and his daughter.

Art Treasure: A trail of bodies leads Mitchell on a train ride into danger, as he pursues art thieves holding the key to a stolen Nazi fortune.

Manager Story: A European scientist desperate for the safe return of his son gives Mitchell information that may lead to the capture of an international spy
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#6 of 11 OFFLINE   Tom_mkfty

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Posted May 21 2005 - 01:39 PM

I think the oldest tv shows might turn out to be westerns and war TV series.
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Posted May 21 2005 - 03:39 PM

I think the oldest TV show on VHS was an experimental one and could be considered a special presentation: A live feed of the 1939 World's Fair in New York, with a speech by President Franklin Roosevelt. Not sure if it was released on LD (laserdisc) or DVD though.

#8 of 11 OFFLINE   Jonathan White

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Posted May 21 2005 - 08:33 PM

Here's a link to the first ever broadcast by the BBC in 1936 if anyone is interested.

Television goes on the air

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Posted May 21 2005 - 11:51 PM

Quote:
A live feed of the 1939 World's Fair in New York...


Red River Dave, a San Antonio born musician performed his most famous song, Amelia Earhart's Last Flight, on that occasion.

"I was born to ramble, born to rove
Some men are searchin for the Holy Grail
But there ain't nothin sweeter 
Than riden' the rails."
-Tom Waits-

#10 of 11 OFFLINE   Tom_mkfty

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Posted May 22 2005 - 01:07 PM

I would like to buy old TV shows. Even public domain.
Mostly detective and westerns.
Its only the Beverly Hillbillies where I don't like public domain because they are not played in the correct order.

I would like old cop TV shows, such as Dragnet and The Untouchables.
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#11 of 11 OFFLINE   Bob Hug

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Posted May 23 2005 - 12:18 AM

Tom, you mentioned "Dangerous Assignment" in one of your posts. This was an early spy series. You can get 20 (of 39) episodes on a 3-DVD set from Critics Choice Video. The set is, apparently, authorized by the estate of Brian Donlevy, the series' star. DeepDiscountDVD.com has the set for just $13.50 shipped. Oldies.com has plenty of classic and vintage television releases. I've purchased quite a few of their DVDs; audio/visual quality varies from series to series, depending on the source material used. They offer quite a few rare (for DVD) series that you don't see elsewhere.