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  1. MatthewA

    Ozzie & Harriet Release From Sam Nelson?

    That song has already been in my head since The Three Caballeros used it.
  2. MatthewA

    Ozzie & Harriet Release From Sam Nelson?

    Better to go with a time-tested and proven property like CPO Sharkey. :D Brownstein hasn't updated his website since 2003. Even Sitcoms Online has made minor adjustments since then. But we're talking about owners of content, not places to discuss them. Your list of obstacles also forgot to...
  3. MatthewA

    Ozzie & Harriet Release From Sam Nelson?

    Yikes! Then maybe it's good David Nelson sold all those 16mm prints of the original. At least there'll be something out there better than tape. They wanted to control every aspect of its distribution and still do, and that was and is a mistake that has cost the show viewers and thus the family...
  4. MatthewA

    Ozzie & Harriet Release From Sam Nelson?

    That makes it all the sadder that PD outfits can do a better job getting this show out than the family that created it. Sam Nelson could have had a huge percentage of something, instead he opted for 100% of nothing. Unreleased discs don't sell any copies.
  5. MatthewA

    Ozzie & Harriet Release From Sam Nelson?

    I get your point that a lot of the perception of the show is based on misconception. The unavailability of the show in anything but PD releases, Shout! Factory's lone "best of" release notwithstanding, fuels that misconception to some extent.
  6. MatthewA

    Ozzie & Harriet Release From Sam Nelson?

    True, except Father Knows Best was also on radio for five years before it was on TV.
  7. MatthewA

    Ozzie & Harriet Release From Sam Nelson?

    That would be difficult to do since this show came first.
  8. MatthewA

    Ozzie & Harriet Release From Sam Nelson?

    I had no idea about that since ABC was the last to have all their shows in color (and eventually the last of the Big 3 to adopt stereo and HD), or that they made the switch before Bewitched did. Another reason time is of the essence in getting them restored: pre-1983 color film stock is prone to...
  9. MatthewA

    Ozzie & Harriet Release From Sam Nelson?

    If Rick Nelson hadn't died in that plane crash, I could have easily seen him coming back to TV in the late 1980s in a dramatic/action-adventure role or as someone's dad on a sitcom. The year this show ended was the last year before ABC went full-color, so it really was the end of an era. This...
  10. MatthewA

    Ozzie & Harriet Release From Sam Nelson?

    What a coincidence. Ozzie's Girls was a Filmways presentation and thus now at MGM, where this show might otherwise be if Ozzie hadn't pulled the rights to the original to do it himself. Filmways and AIP merged in the late 1970s, Orion purchased them, and MGM purchased Orion to shut it down and...
  11. MatthewA

    Ozzie & Harriet Release From Sam Nelson?

    And when they did exist before they ended up becoming part of Dismantle, whoops I mean Fremantle, they syndicated Baywatch and The Howard Stern Show. I would have been surprised to have ever seen their name on it. When The Disney Channel had the rights (to what percentage of the show?), there...
  12. MatthewA

    Ozzie & Harriet Release From Sam Nelson?

    Quite the opposite. I find it fascinating how this stuff all came into being, and as frustrating as the legal/business end of things can be, it helps to understand why people's favorite shows still have limited availability. It's also ironic that this show is held up as an example of 1950s...
  13. MatthewA

    Ozzie & Harriet Release From Sam Nelson?

    The same All American Television that later bought out Goodson-Todman after they'd both died? Was that the best offer he got, or did any other interested party want total ownership of it? Even Carol Burnett could syndicate her variety show and still maintain some copyright control over it. With...
  14. MatthewA

    Ozzie & Harriet Release From Sam Nelson?

    And you were right this time, but what were the alternatives? Settle for nothing but more PD releases? At least here was a chance for something better. Even the amount of money he quoted would have covered about 1 season out of 14. That hand-to-mouth business model has kept so many shows from...
  15. MatthewA

    Ozzie & Harriet Release From Sam Nelson?

    Who the heck put him in charge of this? They should have signed a deal with a distributor first to help pay for preservation and remastering costs. Instead, he assumed fans had deep pockets enough to pay for himself … at a time when the economy wasn't doing well.