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Your Top 3 Vintage (pre-'70s) series not yet released

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#41 of 65 OFFLINE   JeffT.


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Posted May 12 2007 - 02:15 AM

This particular discussion thread has appeared here so many times previously be it your top 10 favourite classic tv shows, your top 5 and now your top 3.

Be that as it may my own top three choices (again!) are:


When THE INVADERS finally makes it onto a quality DVD release (in Region 1) this will mark the peak in my own interest on any kind of tv series (whether it is old or new) and most anything coming after (discounting the forementioned three choices listed above) will most definitely be "secondary" in nature to me.

Bear in mind that the majority of worthwhile quality classic SF tv series (THE TWILIGHT ZONE, THE OUTER LIMITS, VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA, THE AVENGERS, THE TIME TUNNEL and THE PRISONER, etc.) have already been exhausted.

Other (elusive) tv properties that I am looking forward to (hopefully someday) include TOPPER, LONG JOHN SILVER, THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD (in Region 1), HAWKEYE AND THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS, THE THIRD MAN, WESTINGHOUSE DESILU PLAYHOUSE (especially because of the segment "The Time Element" scripted by Rod Serling), ZORRO, ONE STEP BEYOND, BORIS KARLOFF'S THRILLER, THE ALFRED HITCHCOCK HOUR, THE GREEN HORNET and the remainder of ROD SERLING'S NIGHT GALLERY.

This is certainly not a definitive list by any means but I think it covers some interesting titles not addressed in this discussion thread that should be.


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Posted May 12 2007 - 02:55 AM

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Posted May 12 2007 - 05:19 AM

I Married Joan season sets. 24 PD episodes are not cutting it for me

#44 of 65 OFFLINE   Steve...O



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Posted May 12 2007 - 10:58 AM

Great question, Gary! I must admit narrowing it down to 3 was an exercise in futility though.

Thinking about shows I'd be most likely to buy I came up with:

1. The Lone Ranger, even the John Hart season. I'm shocked this isn't out on season sets yet. I spent hours and hours watching this growing up and still enjoyed it when ENCORE WESTERNS ran it several years back.

2. The Roy Rogers Show (with Nellybelle and Bullet the Wonder Dog). Another childhood favorite. The chances of this coming out though is non-existent since I was told by a Rogers family member that Ol' Roy sold the original masters to a private collector years ago. Apparently nobody thought there'd ever be a home video market for these. All that's left are 16mm reels used by local stations for reruns.

3a. My Three Sons - sure there are 12 seasons but there is a lot of charm in this series and the show managed to "reinvent" itself through the years via the appearance of Uncle Charley, addition of Tina Cole (Posted Image ), etc. I'm not holding out much hope this either since it has apparently disappeared from syndication.

3b. Maverick - the theme song alone justifies a release. I trust WHV's ability to do market research, and am quite curious as to what it is showing that causes such concern over a potential release. Is it because Garner isn't there for the full run or is it because westerns in general don't test well?

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Posted May 12 2007 - 11:59 AM

1. The FBI 2. It Takes a Thief 3. The Name Of the Game Honorable Mention: Department S (on R1)
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Posted May 12 2007 - 03:18 PM

I'm quite mystified by this as well. About 18 months ago Warners released three episode "samplers" for both Maverick and Cheyenne. I purchased the Maverick sampler (which included the "Gunsmoke" parody) hoping that that would lead to a Season 1 release. I was *shocked* when Cheyenne was chosen for release instead. And I'm not all that surprised that we haven't seen a second season of Cheyenne. Maverick was a very unique western that blended equal parts humor and adventure. The writing was uniformly outstanding. James Garner and Roger Moore (who took over for Garner in the final season) both have legions of devoted fans. And Jack Kelly still has devoted fans as well. What on earth is holding this series up from release?? I can only assume that Warners' marketing department has been querying the 18-35 demographic. Of course, even most of that demographic has at least heard of Maverick via the Mel Gibson movie. *** EDIT *** It has been pointed out to me that Maverick actually ran for two seasons after James Garner left. In the fourth season Roger Moore appeared in 15 episodes as cousin Beux Maverick. In the fifth and final season new episodes of Maverick featuring Jack Kelly were alternated with reruns of James Garner playing Maverick from the first three seasons. The point is, the first three seasons were all very strong, and the fourth season was still pretty good. At the very least Warners could release this series in 15 episode "Volumes" if that would make them feel better about the fifth season. But for gosh sakes, put *something* out!!

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Posted May 14 2007 - 10:39 AM

Here's mine (in no real order of prefrence) Hawaiian Eye T.H.E. Cat Hey Landlord! The Mothers In-Law He and She Captain Nice Mr. Teriffic My Mother The Car Governor and JJ
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Posted August 08 2007 - 07:27 AM

With the news about "ROUTE 66" being released shortly, I can take that one off my list of top 3. I'm still very firm on my top choice being: 1) FATHER KNOWS BEST and my second choice now being 2) MY THREE SONS Added now to my list will be 3) THE DONNA REED SHOW It's so tough because there are so many shows I'd still like to see released, but at this moment these are my three top choices. Gary "#3 could be different if you asked me again tomorrow" O.
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Posted August 08 2007 - 08:20 AM

Back in May my top three were: 1. Route 66 2. The Rebel 3. The Loner With R66 now a reality and with my continued cautious optimisim for "The Invaders" seeing an R1 release sometime in 2008, I revise my list now to: 1. The Rebel 2. The Loner 3. T.H.E. Cat

#50 of 65 OFFLINE   Hank Dearborn

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Posted August 08 2007 - 08:47 AM

1 - Way Out (great horror series aired on CBS for 14 episodes in 1961) 2 - My Living Doll (prints still MIA, save for about 10 16mm known to exist) 3 - Bus Stop (great anthology series based on the film)

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Posted August 08 2007 - 01:11 PM

1)CHEYENNE (Season 2 And 3). In my opinion,WB Best Ever TV Show,especially with those 2 seasons mentioned above. How can you have a Season Set ,without the CHEYENNE Theme Song and with Clint Walker as the star,he looks the part of a Western Hero.(10 out of 10) 2)The Danny Kaye Show . He was the most multi-talented person on and off screen,there was nothing he couldn't do and he did it with quality. The closet persons to come near him would be Mickey Rooney;Sammy Davis Jnr and possibly Gene Kelly. 3)Wanted Dead Or Alive (Season 3) A recent "favourite" of mine. Honourable Mention To:- Bonanza(I already have 3 taped seasons via my satellite dish from Australia.

#52 of 65 OFFLINE   Gary OS

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Posted August 08 2007 - 01:19 PM

I was going for shows that hadn't had any season set releases yet. Your picks of CHEYENNE and WANTED are great picks, but they've had some releases. If we were going with that premise, I'd put LEAVE IT TO BEAVER seasons 3-6 at the top of my list. And HAVE GUN, WILL TRAVEL seasons 4-6 might squeeze in at the 3 spot as well. Gary "there are many great shows that have stopped midstream"
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Posted August 08 2007 - 02:09 PM

In order, mine are: (1) The Green Hornet (2) Batman (1966) (3) Zorro (not colorized)

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Posted August 08 2007 - 02:29 PM

1. Batman 2. The Donna Reed show 3. Car 54, Where are You?

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Posted August 08 2007 - 06:09 PM

I see lots of requests for the Donna Reed show. For those who want it, let me ask this: since the show ran for so many seasons and season sets are unlikely, would you purchase a best-of, similar to the Mr. Ed sets?

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Posted August 08 2007 - 08:04 PM

Hi Hank, No So, 35mm transfers are being worked on now for release. You can follow the progress on this at Sintcomsonline message board. Also Ann Southern Show. Brian
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Posted August 09 2007 - 01:25 AM

I'd love to see this one get released. Whereas "Barney Miller" was a great comedy about plainclothes detectives, "Car 54, Where Are You?" was a great comedy about uniformed street cops. Paramount has the rights, so there's at least some chance we might see this, though I'm not holding my breath.

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Posted August 09 2007 - 03:37 AM

1. The Defenders (Unlikely, sadly) 2. He & She (MPI, please! Take a break form the silly 60's stuff.) 3. Bus Stop (I'd love to see Image release this, but would it sell?)

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Posted August 09 2007 - 05:25 AM

The Rogues.

#60 of 65 OFFLINE   Charles Ellis

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Posted August 09 2007 - 07:07 AM

ToddR2, I take issue with your comments regarding MPI's releases: are you calling Dark Shadows silly? Be careful of which fanbase you insult, you may get a vampire bat flying thru your window any moment now! BTW, He & She is owned by Paramount!
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