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My Little Margie - Complete First Season on DVD!

Discussion in 'TV on DVD and Blu-ray' started by Neil Brock, Feb 13, 2018 at 1:58 AM.

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  1. Neil Brock

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    Neil, do you remember Robert Klein's standup routine about the show?
     
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    I have this ordered, and hope it arrives this week. NFV also released some individual volumes of "One Happy Family" (5 episodes of the short-lived 1962 sitcom), "The George Burns Show" (3 episodes of the post-Gracie season, circa 1958), and "The Everglades" (3 episodes). I received these latter three discs, and they all look surprisingly good. 16mm, but really, really nice 16mm sources.
     
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    This was the company that distributed the better looking STORIES OF THE CENTURY Complete Series set.

    There are two episodes of EVERGLADES (and SKY KING) on DECADES today.
     
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    I got an almost complete set (missing 2 episodes) of The Everglades from 16mm years ago. Its Highway Patrol in the Glades. Anyway, half the episodes were shot in color but I've never seen any color copies turn up anywhere.

    Regarding MLM, I believe there are plans for the whole series.
     
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    I received this set a few weeks ago. They are DVD-R (not pressed). 13 Episodes across 2 discs. Cheap packaging. The episode quality is surprisingly good. Each episode runs 26 minutes plus some change. The "RE-TV" logo appears at the end of each episode which implies these are from the same source that Decades Channel and RTV channel use, although those channels cut some footage for time. I would be thrilled to have the rest of the series released in this quality.
     
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    Well... being DVD-R reduces my interest considerably. IMHO the jury's still out on that format and I just don't trust it (too many years of CD-Rs going bad just sitting on the shelf). :(
     
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    What's considered to be the "first season" of MY LITTLE MARGIE isn't as straightforward as it might be.

    It was a summer replacement for I LOVE LUCY, after that show's first season. It was on CBS from June 16 to September 8, 1952 (most of the listings for this series on the Internet have the dates wrong). That's 13 weeks, so I'm assuming those are the 13 episodes on this set.

    It returned to CBS as a midseason replacement on January 1, 1953, and there were 30 more episodes. However, for reasons I've never seen explained, it popped up on NBC for five weeks, October 4 to November 1, 1952 with five more episodes. My guess is they were going to be on CBS, but I LOVE LUCY returned earlier than originally intended.

    Why they ended up on NBC I'll probably never know. However, I must admit, this isn't one of the biggest problems in my life. How I wish it were!

    But I do think that, technically, those five NBC episodes should be part of this so-called "First Season," because I think they were intended to be.
     
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    Well, I did a little more research tonight, and I have to say those five NBC episodes weren't intended to be part of the CBS summer run (probably).

    Margie's summer of '52 ratings were spectacular, but CBS didn't have a slot open for the fall, so the producers brought the show to NBC, which said it had five open weeks on Saturday nights at 7:30, prior to the premiere of the Bob Cummings sitcom "My Hero."

    So they took what they could get, and that's where those five episodes came from.

    Then CBS decided to cancel "Racket Squad," Thursdays at 10:00, so "Margie" got that slot for 30 new episodes, January 1 through July 23, 1953.

    Then NBC got the series back for its final two seasons, 39 episodes each;.

    By the way, NBC fully intended to bring "Margie" back for another season (1955-56), but at the last minute the sponsor decided to switch to "Father Knows Best," which CBS had cancelled the previous year, resulting in one of the biggest letter-writing campaigns demanding that a show be brought back in TV history. And it worked. And, of course, "Father" was even more successful than "Margie."

    Anyway, if "Margie" continues with Season Sets, Season 2 should have 35 episodes, and Seasons 3 & 4 39 each. I don't think I should hold my breath, but you never know.
     
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    Um, what is this two-DVD set I've had for over a decade?
     
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    ^Could be lots of things... There have been several "sets" of this series released. VCI did 3 of them, 2 with 2 discs each, with a total of 32 episodes. I've never bothered to see just which seasons they're from but plan to soon just to satisfy my curiosity.
     
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    The VCI sets are just random episodes. No rhyme or reason to what they are, other than that was what they had access to. The company putting this out has a full run of the show, complete and uncut, and they are planning to release the entire series. Finally!. I would love for Network to put out the Gale Storm Show but they haven't shown much interest in the ITC shows that were produced for the American market. I just got in around 2/3 of the show from 16mm transfers so I'm not holding my breath waiting for a DVD release.
     
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    I still owe you a list of Columbia House episodes of The Beverly Hillbillies, Neil. I was in a hit and run a little over a week ago, so my time has been spent trying to deal with doctors, a lawyer, and insurance companies.
     
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