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  1. Bert Greene

    Ozzie & Harriet Release From Sam Nelson?

    I've had a copy of "Here Come the Nelsons" (1952) for years, but I still tuned in last night on TCM. The film fits right alongside other Universal efforts of the day, with their family-friendly, matinee-geared comedies, like the "Francis" and "Ma and Pa Kettle" series, as well as other...
  2. Bert Greene

    Ozzie & Harriet Release From Sam Nelson?

    No question. Ozzie Nelson's poor management led to this debacle. Not that he was alone, as so many of those early filmed tv-series of that era were product of small-scale producers who were remiss about legally protecting their material, leaving it orphaned and ultimately public-domain. When...
  3. Bert Greene

    Ozzie & Harriet Release From Sam Nelson?

    There's an airy sublimeness to the writing and performances in "Ozzie and Harriet" that I find virtually unparalleled. Its humor probably has an antecedent in the radio era (of which the series actually started) alongside such dry-humored fare like "Vic and Sade," "Easy Aces," "Ethel and...