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#1561 of 2435 Ron1973

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Posted May 22 2013 - 07:38 PM

Great article, Ron.  Thank you!  Now I'm curious as to what is really in Orlando.  This could be a Batmobile like situation where the show had multiple versions of the vehicle.  I didn't realize until today that George Barris also did the BH truck.

There was a reproduction done for the movie but only the one truck for the entire run of the series. Max Baer, Jr. talked about how tough the thing was to drive....no power steering or power brakes and he said it drove like a tank. I think the reproduction may be the one in Orlando.


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#1562 of 2435 Frank Soyke

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Posted May 23 2013 - 10:45 AM

Thanks, Gary.  I don't recall ever seeing these before; this is great stuff. 

 

Incidentally, the Hillbillies truck is now at the Planet Hollywood at Downtown Disney in Orlando for anyone in the area interested in seeing it.   Also, when watching that video one of the sidebar videos was Don Adams selling "the Electronic Detective". Talk about memories!  I had one of those as a kid and couldn't get enough of it.

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#1563 of 2435 Vic Pardo

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Posted May 24 2013 - 11:01 AM

Has anyone ever compiled a complete list of TV series that began production in black-and-white and switched to color before the end of their run? (E.g., "Wagon Train," "Gilligan's Island")



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Posted May 24 2013 - 11:25 AM

Has anyone ever compiled a complete list of TV series that began production in black-and-white and switched to color before the end of their run? (E.g., "Wagon Train," "Gilligan's Island")

I have the following:

 

Lost in Space

 

Combat!

 

Gilligan's Island

 

The Wild Wild West

 

Superman

 

The Fugitive

 

Lassie (Homemade DVD)


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Posted May 24 2013 - 11:39 AM

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Posted May 24 2013 - 11:40 AM

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Posted May 24 2013 - 11:41 AM

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#1568 of 2435 Rob_Ray

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Posted May 24 2013 - 12:00 PM

Virtually every show that was in the midst of a multi-season run in 1965-66 switched from b&w to color.  Everything from perennial classics such as Gunsmoke and The Andy Griffith Show to such now-overlooked series as Please Don't Eat the Daisies.

 

There are too many to list here, but off the top of my head, besides the ones noted above, I can think of:

 

The Lucy Show

Branded

F Troop

The Beverly Hillbillies

Petticoat Junction

The Fugitive

Bewitched

I Dream of Jeannie

The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet

Superman

The Lone Ranger

Wagon Train

Lost in Space

The Hollywood Palace

The Danny Kaye Show

all the daytime soaps, including the surviving Dark Shadows

all the game shows, including the surviving Password

 

There are many, many more.



#1569 of 2435 Frank Soyke

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Posted May 24 2013 - 01:51 PM

Virtually every show that was in the midst of a multi-season run in 1965-66 switched from b&w to color.  Everything from perennial classics such as Gunsmoke and The Andy Griffith Show to such now-overlooked series as Please Don't Eat the Daisies.

 

There are too many to list here, but off the top of my head, besides the ones noted above, I can think of:

 

The Lucy Show

Branded

F Troop

The Beverly Hillbillies

Petticoat Junction

The Fugitive

Bewitched

I Dream of Jeannie

The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet

Superman

The Lone Ranger

Wagon Train

Lost in Space

The Hollywood Palace

The Danny Kaye Show

all the daytime soaps, including the surviving Dark Shadows

all the game shows, including the surviving Password

 

There are many, many more.

The pilots to Hogan's Heroes and Get Smart were both filmed in b/w



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Posted May 24 2013 - 01:57 PM

The next logical question is, "Are there any shows that were BETTER in B&W before they made the switch to color?"


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Posted May 24 2013 - 02:02 PM

The next logical question is, "Are there any shows that were BETTER in B&W before they made the switch to color?"

Most of them were, because they were fresher in their earlier seasons.  Especially Bewitched, Beverly Hillbillies, Andy Griffith and Gunsmoke.  The switch to color may have had little to do with it.


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Posted May 24 2013 - 02:04 PM

Most of them were, because they were fresher in their earlier seasons.  Especially Bewitched, Beverly Hillbillies, Andy Griffith and Gunsmoke.

I think The Beverly Hillbillies hit its stride in Season 4, the first color season. Andy Griffith was much better in black and white; the color seasons felt more like a new show. Bewitched I've never saw that many of the black and white shows to know as only the color ones were syndicated here and Gunsmoke was better, to me anyway, in its later seasons.


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Posted May 24 2013 - 02:27 PM

Bewitched was almost an entirely different show in its black and white years, due to several factors many of which have little to do with the switch to color.  In seasons one and two, it was a romantic comedy similar to "Bell, Book and Candle" in which a young sophisticated witch chooses to throw her former life away when she meets the man of her dreams who happens to be mortal.  It was about two people in love making a mixed marriage work.  Alice Pearce was a perplexed Gladys Kravitz who thought she was losing her mind when she saw the magic going on across the street.  Irene Vernon was the poised, older, sophisticated Boss's wife, Louise Tate.  The look of the show was almost noirish, occasionally reminiscent of "I Married a Witch."  Tabitha came along mid-way through season two, but as a newborn she was seldom out of her crib.

 

Season Three went color with major changes. Alice Pearce's death caused Gladys Kravitz to be recast with Sandra Gould, who became much more of a nemesis.  Sandra's Gladys never reached for her pills.  She was more apt to call the cops.  Louise Tate was recast with Kasey Rogers, who played her younger, more casual and fun-loving.   The introduction of Tabitha as a toddler meant there were a lot more juvenile hijinks.   Clearly, ABC wanted the show to start going after the juvenile audience.  With rare exceptions, the emphasis was more on getting laughs with the magic without the poignancy of the tender love story getting in the way.  The addition of color meant garish color everywhere, from Endora's makeup and costumes to the whole look of the show.  No more "I Married a Witch."  Now it might as well have been "Gilligan's Island" as far as the cinematography was concerned.

 

Even the way Elizabeth Montgomery approached the role was different.  She was softer, more like Veronica Lake, in the early years.  She was a little more Lucille Ball, with her "Weeeellll!" later on.


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Posted May 24 2013 - 02:59 PM

Bewitched was almost an entirely different show in its black and white years, due to several factors many of which have little to do with the switch to color.  In seasons one and two, it was a romantic comedy similar to "Bell, Book and Candle" in which a young sophisticated witch chooses to throw her former life away when she meets the man of her dreams who happens to be mortal.  It was about two people in love making a mixed marriage work.  Alice Pearce was a perplexed Gladys Kravitz who thought she was losing her mind when she saw the magic going on across the street.  Irene Vernon was the poised, older, sophisticated Boss's wife, Louise Tate.  The look of the show was almost noirish, occasionally reminiscent of "I Married a Witch."  Tabitha came along mid-way through season two, but as a newborn she was seldom out of her crib.

 

Season Three went color with major changes. Alice Pearce's death caused Gladys Kravitz to be recast with Sandra Gould, who became much more of a nemesis.  Sandra's Gladys never reached for her pills.  She was more apt to call the cops.  Louise Tate was recast with Kasey Rogers, who played her younger, more casual and fun-loving.   The introduction of Tabitha as a toddler meant there were a lot more juvenile hijinks.   Clearly, ABC wanted the show to start going after the juvenile audience.  With rare exceptions, the emphasis was more on getting laughs with the magic without the poignancy of the tender love story getting in the way.  The addition of color meant garish color everywhere, from Endora's makeup and costumes to the whole look of the show.  No more "I Married a Witch."  Now it might as well have been "Gilligan's Island" as far as the cinematography was concerned.

 

Even the way Elizabeth Montgomery approached the role was different.  She was softer, more like Veronica Lake, in the early years.  She was a little more Lucille Ball, with her "Weeeellll!" later on.

I never knew for years it was even filmed in b&w. I walked into someone's house one evening and TV Land or someone was playing one of the early episodes. I should have known it stood to reason it started in b&w.

 

You're so right about the influx of TOO much color. However, I think a lot of shows went that direction. Sort of a "look what we can do now" sorta thing.


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Posted May 24 2013 - 03:30 PM

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Hazel actually had one color episode during it's initial  B & W season. The episode had to do with buying a color television set!



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Posted May 26 2013 - 05:57 PM

I'm a bit concerned that my final holy grail, The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet, is in a bad spot right now.  Don't ask me why I'm concerned.  Just know that I'm concerned.  Hopefully those concerns fade and we hear some positive news soon. 

 

 

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Posted May 26 2013 - 06:38 PM

Gary, I figure you must have some valid reason for your concerns based on some inside information, unless it's just a gut feeling. Either way, here's hoping (in the not too distant future) that there's some positive news on the horizon.


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Posted May 26 2013 - 07:06 PM

Patrick, all I'll say is that I've heard from multiple sources that things are not running as smoothly as hoped.  But I'll go no further than that, and instead simply say that we all need to hope for better things going forward.

 

 

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Posted May 26 2013 - 08:33 PM

Am I the only one getting sick of these "I know something you don't know" messages?

 

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