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A dynamic combination of comedy vignettes and visually attractive musical numbers, hosted by Alan Young.

Dec.20, Dec.23.1951
Stars Alan Young Frank Sinatra

The Alan Young Show from December 1951 with special guest Frank Sinatra, who does a comedy bit and sings Night and Day. This is an almost completely undocumented Sinatra performance. In fact, the only note I can find is this rather amusing logline from a newspaper of the day (recall this was pre "From Here to Eternity"):" FRANKIE BOY - The headline guest of the Alan Young show is the husband of luscious Ava Gardner, Frankie Sinatra." Aired on the east coast on December 20, 1951, and on the west coast on December 23, 1951.​



 

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This dramatic anthology series went into open syndication when the DuMont Television Network ceased operations.

S04E19 Getaway Car (Mar.29.1958) (Pilot)


Jeff Saunders is a Special Enforcement Agent with the California Highway Patrol, where percentage and luck are on their side. Writes Gary Goltz, “Highway Patrol staring Broderick Crawford was in its 3rd season, when CHP Commissioner Bernard Caldwell was replaced by Commissioner Bradford Crittenden. He wanted a more realistic depiction of the CHP then what was being presented on the ZIV syndicated TV series. This pilot which is sort of half way between CHiPs and Highway Patrol was hoped to be the answer. Unfortunately it was never picked-up and Highway Patrol continued its successful run another season. It would have gone on for a 5th year except that Broderick wanted a break coming back a few years later in King of Diamonds which only lasted 1 season. Mike Connors did this before 'Tightrope' and his hit series 'Mannix.”



 

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Hal Roach pilot film, produced in 1951 and sold along with six other stand alones to stations in 1952. Starring Don Barclay, Ann Triola, Candy Candido, Syd Saylor, Danny Beck, Tom Kennedy and Joe Sawyer. Narrated by Art Gilmore. Directed by Roach veteran Fred Guiol. Strangely reminicent of The Three Stooges and Abbott & Costello. Writes Frank C, “After he split with Lou Costello and Lou passed away, Bud Abbott teamed up with the barber in this sketch, Candy Candido. They did many of the A and C sketches and though it's reported that he was pretty good, he could never fill Lou's shoes.”



 

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Intended just to fill an empty slot in CBS's summer lineup, this Tuesday evening program consisted of pilot episodes from various other hopeful adventure and action dramas that had not been picked up for regular production in the fall season. Its brief run ended after only four weeks.

S01E02 Doctor Mike (Unsold Pilot)





The exploits of Johnny Nighthawk, the adventurous owner and pilot of a one-plane airline. Johnny risks his life to control a fire that has broken out in an oil well.​



 

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Chico Ravelli runs a soda shop near a college campus, where the students hang out, exchange wisecracks, and sing. The cast featured 18-year-old Andy Williams among the regulars.

January 2, 1951 Episode
Stars Chico Marx Stanley Prager Joan Holloway Andy Williams Barbara Ruick Paula Huston Tommy Morton Jimmy Brock Evelyn Ward Kenny Buffert Lee Lindsey Joe Downing

In this episode one of the college kids wants to be a pro boxer, but Chico wisely convinces him there is more to life than the almighty dollar. Filmed live, January 2, 1951. Mastered from 16mm b-w kinescope film. (See Moviecraft Inc.)



 

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What Are the Odds? (1960) (Pilot) KCOP Los Angeles

This appears to be a pilot for a show that aired on KCOP (Los Angeles Channel 13) on January 17, 1960. Host: Bob Warren Guests: Ken Murray discusses the making of "Bill and Coo", Shirley Tegge ("Miss 3-D) and Robert Stack are also guests. Writes Barry I. Grauman, “This was a pilot for a proposed syndicated series for the 1960-'61 season. According to the April 4, 1960 issue of BROADCASTING magazine (in an overview of pilot films for the coming season), "39 episodes are completed for syndication by Official Films". The series never materialized.” At 22:35 What are the Odds that Robert Stack was a champion skeet-shooter at age 16!



 

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Dick and Penny Cooper are married, yet can't afford their own home. They decide to move in with Penny's parents, Barney and Mildred Hogan; and her grandparents, Charley and Lovey Hackett. The stories revolve around the troubles that occur when generations clash.

S01E02 Love's Big Omelette (Jan.20.1969)
Stars Jody Warner Dick Sargent Chick Chandler

The housekeeper Gussie is ill which leads Dick learning that Penny can't cook. The family must endure her efforts. Charley and Barney argue again with Charley threatening to move out once more.​






 

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The Phil Silvers Show aka You'll Never Get Rich aka Sergeant Bilko (1955-1959)
Stars Phil Silvers Harvey Lembeck Paul Ford
Master Sergeant Bilko, regularly helped by the soldiers at Fort Baxter's motor pool, spends little time performing his duties by constantly trying to obtain money through various get-rich-quick scams and promotions.

S01E00 Audition Show (1955) (Pilot)

The Phil Silvers Show, originally titled You'll Never Get Rich, is a sitcom which ran on CBS from 1955 to 1959. A pilot episode titled "Audition Show" was made in 1955, but was never broadcast. 143 other episodes were broadcast – all half-an-hour long except for a 1959 one-hour live special.[1] The series starred Phil Silvers as Master Sergeant Ernest G. Bilko of the United States Army.​



 

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Stanley is an affable newstand operator in an upscale New York hotel. His personality attracts residents and tourists alike, involving him in their lives. Two people unhappy with this are his girl Celia and Mr. Phillips, the building's manager.

S01E01 Opera Tickets (Sep.24.1956)
Writers Billy Friedberg Neil Simon Stars Buddy Hackett Mike Kellin Danny Dayton Tom Pedi Vaughn Taylor Hope Sansberry

Stanley is a desk clerk at a New York city hotel. A scalper talks him into taking two tickets to the opening night of the Metropolitain Opera, but he thinks they'll be hard to resell. He begs and badgers a visiting couple into taking them, only to then be threatened by gangsters to get them back.​



 

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Around the Beatles was a 1964 television special featuring the Beatles, produced by Jack Good for ITV/Rediffusion London. It was taped in Wembley Park Studios in London on 28 April 1964, and broadcast internationally, with its initial airing on 6 May 1964, and in the US on the ABC network on 15 November. The show featured other performers as well, with the Beatles providing backing vocals for some of them. The music had been pre-recorded at London's IBC Studios on 19 April 1964, and the Beatles mimed during the show. (From Wikipedia)






 

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A Midwestern family decides to pack up their belongings and head west to Oregon, where they hear land is free for the taking.​




The leader of a group of mail-order brides (who actually are a group of "showgirls") who join the wagon train. Romance percolates, but mutual respect arises instead as Hannah helps nurse Evan's daughter back from a bout of cholera.​




The Thorpe family are drawn into an army effort to uncover gun running to the Indians. Conflict arises between a martinet Sgt Cole and a more experienced army scout Sprague.​




While riding, Thorpe and Andy are taken prisoner by a gang of men and women fleeing to Mexico after knocking off a train. Under the assumption Andy has been shot dead, Thorpe leads the tense gang to a source of water or so it seems.​




A scout tells Evan that a huge wagon train is headed toward the same supply depot, making Evan worried that there won't be enough food for the people on his wagon train to avoid starvation on the rest of the journey to Oregon. The big wagon train tries to sabotage the wagons in Evan's troop but Evan manages to outsmart and outrace them. Meanwhile, there's a secondary plot involving Mariette Hartley and adultery.​



 

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Manhattan's 87th precinct forms the backdrop for this grim and gritty police drama based on the long-running series of novels by Ed McBain. Storylines focus on neighborhood crime, and the lives of the officers of the 87th and their families: Steve Carella and his deaf/mute wife, Teddy; rookie Bert Kling; long-time veteran Roger Havilland and the wryly philosophical Meyer Meyer.

S01E19 The Pigeon (Jan.29.1962)
Stars Robert Lansing Ron Harper Norman Fell Peter Falk Roxane Berard Frank Sutton Morgan Woodward Arthur Batanides Harlan Warde Nora Marlowe Marjorie Bennett Louise Lorimer E.J. André Richard Deacon Clark Howat Harry Swoger Isabelle Dwan Gregory Walcott

Acting on an anonymous tip, the detectives pick up Greg Brovane in connection with a robbery in which two men were killed. On interrogation, Brovane names three accomplices. However, the detectives can not find any information on any of the three accomplices. What they don't know is that Brovane is a patsy who was hypnotized and subjected to intense brainwashing by the actual perpetrators, and that the three accomplices he has named do not exist.​




A young woman is found murdered in the liquor store she was working in as a clerk. Though it at first looks like a burglary, the detectives soon discount that theory and look into the girl's acquaintances, particularly as she was engaged in a custody battle with her ex-husband, and was romantically involved with her employer and hoping to marry him when he divorced his wife.​




Unique cop series that can still be purchased here and here.
 

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Well, I'm back.
I had a couple of requests to see some of my magic performance... well - I just published a small e-book for magicians. For those of you that would like to see me do a little something watch the trailer and you'll briefly see my magic hands.
This is not a sales pitch. Unless you're a performing magician this book is not intended for you. I just put it up so you could see some of my magic work and (hopefully) enjoy.

Mysto's Magic Book Trailer

Cheers - and thanks for keeping it going Neal.
 

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Well, I'm back.
I had a couple of requests to see some of my magic performance... well - I just published a small e-book for magicians. For those of you that would like to see me do a little something watch the trailer and you'll briefly see my magic hands.
This is not a sales pitch. Unless you're a performing magician this book is not intended for you. I just put it up so you could see some of my magic work and (hopefully) enjoy.

Mysto's Magic Book Trailer

Cheers - and thanks for keeping it going Neal.
Welcome home partner!! Nothing wrong with a pitch. Congratulations! Looks like I'm about to purchase my very first e-book! What's an e-book anyway? :)
 

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Michael Alden is an amnesiac, who must discover his real identity before the operatives of a mysterious group locate him and kill him. The key to his past might be "Coronet Blue", a meaningless phrase he for some reason remembers.

S01E12 Where You From and What You Done? (1967)
Stars Frank Converse Laura Devon Vincent Gardenia Martha Greenhouse Tanya Everett Joe Bennett Haila Stoddard Joe Silver Cliff Carpenter Frank Downing Mark Gordon

In North Carolina, Alden is befriended by a cheery, ditzy blonde aspiring folk singer. Her imaginative fabrications gradually become strange and sinister, and he's forced to find out who she is.​



 

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An adventurer, gambler, and widely respected southern gentleman is recruited to work as a secret agent, at no pay, in post-Civil War New Orleans, helped by his companion, a silent Pawnee Native American.

S01E25 Collector's Item (Mar.26.1959)


Yancy is forced to reimburse four gamblers when their high-stakes poker game on his riverboat is robbed by a pair of beautiful thieves. Derringer traces the blonde crooks to an old mansion where he learns that the pair were targeting pickpockets, crooked gamblers and thieves to pay for a half-dozen orphans that Elsie Tulliver had adopted. Yancy arranges for photograph... Read all




Produced at the same time as the more well-known The Twilight Zone (1959), this series was an extension of the tradition of radio horror and supernatural dramas such as Light's Out, The Mysterious Traveler and The Witches Tale. As with the Twilight Zone and the radio programs each tale was book-ended by an introduction and conclusion by a host. However, rather than cr... Read all

S02E27 The Clown (Mar.22.1960)
Stars Mickey Shaughnessy Christopher Dark Yvette Mimieux

A guilt-ridden murderer looks in a mirror and sees the image of a mute clown drawing near to throttle him.​





The dramatic relationship between a young medical intern and his surgeon mentor.

S03E17 Tyger, Tyger: Part 2 (Jan.23.1964) (Segment)
Stars Richard Chamberlain Raymond Massey Yvette Mimieux

Yvette Mimieux as Pat Holmes cannot let her seizures keep her from surfing. She returns to the ocean. Dr. Kildare follows her to stop her, but he is too late. She suffers a seizure while surfing and drowns.​



A man's vision for a utopian society is disillusioned when travelling forward into time reveals a dark and dangerous society.​





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Johnny Staccato is a jazz pianist and private detective.
The guest-stars featured in the episodes below, Bara Byrnes Shirley Knight Elizabeth Montgomery Cloris Leachman and Mary Tyler Moore were certainly at their peaks of loveliness.

S01E02 Murder for Credit (Sep.17.1959)
Stars John Cassavetes Eduardo Ciannelli Charles McGraw Martin Landau Marilyn Clark Mel Berger Bara Byrnes Jimmy Joyce Sid Troy

Johnny Staccato tracks down the killer of a bandleader who is being poisoned.​




A young couple who have sold their unborn baby to an unscrupulous baby broker ask Johnny to help them keep their baby.​




Fearing she is being followed, a beautiful blonde asks Johnny to accompany her as she delivers a valuable diamond necklace.​




High-profile attorney Solomon Bradshaw is desperate for a defense of his wealthy client Jessica Winthrop who is charged with murdering her husband. Bradshaw is utterly convinced of her innocence, yet Mrs. Winthrop refuses to answer any questions in her own defense, maintaining that it would violate her self-avowed pacifist ideals. Bradshaw intends to hire private detective Johnny Staccato to commit perjury in court and provide an alibi for Mrs. Winthrop. Johnny agrees on the condition that he is given the opportunity to meet Mrs. Winthrop first. In her holding cell, Johnny interrogates her and many shocking revelations are exposed.​





Johnny must protect an actress from a man with a scarred face. Featuring a very young MTM in bathing suit!!
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Just a great series and a very affordable purchase here!
 

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A robbery of armored car guards morphs into a deadly hostage standoff, with bulldog Lt. Theo Kojak as the negotiator. Half the Talaba Brothers gang escapes with the cash, but when the other half is cornered, they invade a surplus store, crammed with guns and ammo. The robbers also have bargaining chips: the 5 people in the building, plus a badly wounded patrolman, who... Read all




The entire precinct is shocked when one of their most trusted officers, Tom Donnoly is shot dead carrying $10.000 in his pocket. Kojak has just 48 hours to clear Donnoly's name and make sure he gets buried with honors.​




Kojak begins sucking lollipops, after a wheel-man brags he's in on a caper which will make the NYPD more laughable than the Keystone Kops. Soon, a fellow gang member ices Artie the driver and dumps the corpse in a park. The gang member who jerked the trigger was only supposed to stash Artie out of town, so the gang leader's antsy that when Artie's body and belongings ... Read all




The deaths of a junkie and a television commentator put Kojak onto the trail of a drug/prostitution ring.​




Cat burglar David plunges to his death when a banker cuts his cord for burgling $1 million in bonds the financier embezzled. David's partner Le Jeune gets away with the bonds, but must use a Wall Street fence who's another crooked banker - and works with the murderer. Kojak's belief that Le Jeune wouldn't kill his longtime partner so obviously is confirmed when the mu... Read all









 

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The story of Tammy Tarleton, an 18-year-old country girl who moves back and forth between her "country" family, who live on a bayou houseboat, and the wealthy Brent's, who own a plantation.

S01E01 Tammy Leaves Home (Sep.17.1965)
Stars Debbie Watson Denver Pyle Frank McGrath

Tammy begins working as a secretary for wealthy industrialist Mr. Brent, against the desire of Lavinia Tate who schemes to ruin her.​




The Tates' aristocratic image is hampered when a gruff man and his sister arrive claiming to be kin of the family.​




Grandpa mistakes fake love letters to pep him up as a burning passion from Lavinia.​




After losing the houseboat in a poker game, Uncle Lucius only adds to his problems when he tries to find a solution.​




When Lavinia tries to take the Tarleton property the family finds a land grant indicating they own half the county, including Lavinia's property.​



 

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