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What did you watch this week in classic TV on DVD(or Blu)?

Discussion in 'TV on DVD and Blu-ray' started by Bryan^H, Aug 28, 2015.

  1. Flashgear

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    Very interesting newspaper story from the Binghampton NY Press and Sun-Bulletin on November 20, 1966...recounting actor mishaps and stunt work in the context of Eric Fleming's (Rawhide) recent and tragic death while filming in Peru...some interesting details about mishaps on The Virginian, Laredo, My Favorite Martian, Daniel Boone etc.,...and the Screen Actor's Guild demand for an investigation of the entertainment industry...
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    Flashgear

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    The talk between Howie and Jeff about Stephanie Powers on Girl from UNCLE being overdressed in unrevealing Mod clothes on that show reminded me of the one guy who had the persuasive power to actually compel a sexy star to cover up...in this case out of respect for this guy's long held wholesome modesty and long history of being a beloved hero for generations of children (and a lot of grown-ups too!)...none other than the great Roy Rogers! I took these screen caps from the season one Wonder Woman set, Bushwhackers (Jan. 29, 1977)...
    WW 21.JPG
    WW 19.JPG
    WW 17.JPG
    WW 18.JPG

    Not to worry, the exquisite and stunning Lynda Carter was back in her regular garb in the very next episode, Wonder Woman in Hollywood (Feb. 16, 1977)...I have a special affinity for season one, properly set in the WW2 years of 1940s America, battling Nazis...as in the origins of the DC comic book itself...the other seasons (now set in the disco '70s) have their fun moments too, and more of this stunning lady was a good thing...
    WW 1.JPG

    Russ with his love for 77 Sunset Strip and other fans will recognize this studio, here seen in color and before the Eisenhower era freeway was built next to it...
    WW 2.JPG
    WW 3.JPG

    Col. Steve Trevor, Lyle Waggoner from the Carol Burnett Show, is filming a patriotic "Buy War Bonds" film...
    WW 5.JPG

    Deborah Winger as WW's little sis, just arrived from the mythical Paradise island...having flown in on one of mom's (Carolyn Jones) invisible airplanes...
    WW 6.JPG

    A pre-Airplane Robert Hays guest stars...
    WW 8.JPG

    Some thin but fun plot plays out as usual...I wouldn't put my money on the Nazi's, but apparently the Hollywood of 1942 was full of them...yeah, right, and more likely 10 Communists to each Nazi in those days, ha, ha...but it does give us a chance to appreciate our Amazon heroines in action...
    WW 15.JPG
    WW 12.JPG
    WW 16.JPG
     
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    I have heard that story of Roy nixing the Wonder Woman costume before and flat out don't believe it. I also remember reading that the bottom of the WW costume was stiff and uncomfortable for Lynda, to use when riding a horse.

    Roy with Dale in an equally skimpy showgirl outfit:
    color.
     
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    That photo of Dale Evans reminded me that she was never going to sink fast in a lake.
    Natural boyancy is an admirable trait.
     
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    WW 20.JPG
    I agree Bob, I don't believe the widely circulated story that Roy demanded that Lynda Carter wear a more modest garb...that's why I carefully worded my description of this likely being done out of respect and deference to a perceived modesty issue...I've never believed otherwise, and precisely for the reason you cite...the many, many examples of revealing but appropriate, publicity photos of the lovely Dale Evans.

    By the way, I have that 1943 King of the Cowboys Life Magazine in my own collection!
     
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    Say, see that magazine on the coffee table?
    2332_1.fit-760w.
     
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    Bob, I have that very issue in my own collection of vintage magazines and comics. I got it back in the '80s for $10...I have no idea what they sell for in the collecting market today, but I know it must be pricey!

    That summer this came out on the news stands, future President Kennedy and the surviving crew of PT 109 were fighting for survival and hoping for rescue in the Solomon islands! The night naval battle between the US Navy and the Japanese Navy was fought at Kula Gulf, not far from where JFK's torpedo boat was sunk...And the Allied invasion of Sicily was underway...a huge fighter battle between the US 4th fighter Eagle Squadron group and the elite German Richtofen fighter group was fought above Paris and the Eiffel tower...General Curtis Lemay led the epic US 8th airforce bombing raids on Schweinfurt/Regensburg, "Double Strike" Africa shuttle with heavy losses of aircraft and men (as depicted in the movie 12 O'clock High and the namesake TV series trilogy We're Not coming Back, Big Brother, The Hotshot in season two of the 1964-67 QM TV series)... Royal Air Force Bomber Command led a hugely sucessful but bloody night bombing raid that nearly destroyed the German Rocket base at Peenemunde...and the massive and brutal tank battle of Kursk was raging on the Russian front!

    So, with all those bloody and terrible battles going on in just this short interlude of World War Two... the sweet, wholesome and entertaining escapism of Roy Rogers, Dale Evans and Trigger were welcome relief at the movies in King of the Cowboys, Idaho, Silver Spurs, Man from Music Mountain...and some 35 years later on Wonder Woman and The Muppet Show...good and warm memories that Bob keeps alive in his Roy Rogers in Trucolor thread over in the DVD section of HTF!
     
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    Little Known Fact:
    Roy had to limit the number of times he would make Trigger rear up like that in public since it invariably caused the horse to deposit a rather embarrassing pile of road apples.
    "Oh look, Mommy... Trigger just did a no. 2!"
     
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    Ummm.... that's a different issue on that table... I like yours better. :)
     
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    May 25th - Sept 6th:

    The Twilight Zone: "Little Girl Lost" (Season 3, Episode 26, 1962) Streaming
    Gumby: "King for a Day" (Season 2, Episode 13, 1960) DVD
    Gumby: "Rain for Roo" (Season 2, Episode 14, 1960) DVD
    Gumby: "Santa Witch" (Season 2, Episode 15, 1961) DVD
    Gumby: "Scrooge Loose" (Season 2, Episode 16, 1961) DVD
    Gumby: "Pigeon in a Plum Tree" (Season 2, Episode 17, 1962) DVD
    Gumby: "Dragon Witch" (Season 2, Episode 18, 1963) DVD
    Gumby: "Treasure for Henry" (Season 2, Episode 19, 1963) DVD
    Gumby: "Who's What?" (Season 2, Episode 20, 1963) DVD
    Gumby: "The Reluctant Gargoyles" (Season 2, Episode 21, 1964) DVD
    Gumby: "The Space Ball" (Season 2, Episode 21, 1963) DVD
    Gumby: "Tricky Train" (Season 2, Episode 23, 1964) DVD
    Gumby: "Missile Bird" (Season 2, Episode 24, 1964) DVD
    Gumby: "Good Knight Story" (Season 2, Episode 25, 1964) DVD
    Gumby: "The Blue Goo" (Season 2, Episode 26, 1964) DVD
    Gumby: "A Hair-Raising Adventure" (Season 2, Episode 27, 1964) DVD
    Gumby: "Goo for Pokey" (Season 2, Episode 28, 1964) DVD
    Gumby: "Candidate for President" (Season 2, Episode 29, 1965) DVD
    Gumby: "Gumby's Fire Department" (Season 2, Episode 30, 1965) DVD
    Gumby: "Making Squares" (Season 2, Episode 31, 1965) DVD
    Gumby: "Golden Iguana" (Season 2, Episode 32, 1965) DVD
    Gumby: "School for Squares" (Season 2, Episode 33, 1965) DVD
    Gumby: "The Magic Flute" (Season 2, Episode 34, 1965) DVD
    Gumby: "The Ferris Wheel Mystery" (Season 2, Episode 35, 1965) DVD
    Gumby: "Mason Hornet" (Season 2, Episode 36, 1966) DVD
    Gumby: "Prickle's Problem" (Season 2, Episode 37, 1966) DVD
    Gumby: "The Golden Gosling" (Season 2, Episode 38, 1966) DVD
    Gumby: "A Groobee Fight" (Season 2, Episode 39, 1966) DVD
    Gumby: "The Gumby League" (Season 2, Episode 40, 1966) DVD
    Fantastic Voyage: "Gathering of the Team" (Episode 1, 1968) R2 import DVD
    Fantastic Voyage: "The Menace from Space" (Episode 2, 1968) R2 import DVD
    Fantastic Voyage: "The Magic Crystal of Kabala" (Episode 3, 1968) R2 import DVD
    Fantastic Voyage: "The Atomic Invaders" (Episode 4, 1968) R2 import DVD
    Fantastic Voyage: "The Master Spy" (Episode 5, 1968) R2 import DVD
    Fantastic Voyage: "The Mind of the Master" (Episode 6, 1968) R2 import DVD
    Fantastic Voyage: "Gone Today, Here Tomorrow" (Episode 7, 1968) R2 import DVD
    Fantastic Voyage: "The Day the Food Disappeared" (Episode 8, 1968) R2 import DVD
    Fantastic Voyage: "Revenge of the Spy" (Episode 9, 1968) R2 import DVD
    Shazzan: "The Diamond of El Raphir / The Lord of the Shadows" (Episode 10, 1967) MOD DVD-R
    Shazzan: "The Land of Neverwas / The Idol of Turaba" (Episode 11, 1967) MOD DVD-R
    Shazzan: "The Three Horsemen of Mandragora / A Thousand and One Tricks" (Episode 12, 1967) MOD DVD-R
    Shazzan: "Baharum the Befuddled / The Circus of Zahran" (Episode 13, 1967) MOD DVD-R
    Shazzan: "The Mirage Maker / Mysterio, the Mini Magi" (Episode 14, 1967) MOD DVD-R
    Shazzan: "A Pound of Evil Magic / The Impossible Quest of Nazir" (Episode 15, 1967) MOD DVD-R
    Shazzan: "The Magical Kingdom of Centuria / The Maze of Mercuraad" (Episode 16, 1967) MOD DVD-R
    Shazzan: "Quest for the Magic Lamp / Nastrina of the Flames" (Episode 17, 1967) MOD DVD-R
    Shazzan: "Raschid the Apprentice Sorcerer / Kahn of the North Wind" (Episode 18, 1967) MOD DVD-R
    Leave It to Beaver: "Wally and the Fraternity" (Season 6, Episode 28, 1963) DVD
    Leave It to Beaver: "Eddie's Sweater" (Season 6, Episode 29, 1963) DVD
    Leave It to Beaver: "The Book Report" (Season 6, Episode 30, 1963) DVD
    Leave It to Beaver: "The Sore Loser" (Season 6, Episode 31, 1963) DVD
    Leave It to Beaver: "Don Juan Beaver" (Season 6, Episode 32, 1963) DVD
    Leave It to Beaver: "Summer in Alaska" (Season 6, Episode 33, 1963) DVD
    Leave It to Beaver: "Beaver's Graduation" (Season 6, Episode 34, 1963) DVD
    Leave It to Beaver: "Wally's Practical Joke" (Season 6, Episode 35, 1963) DVD
    Leave It to Beaver: "The All-Night Party" (Season 6, Episode 36, 1963) DVD
    Leave It to Beaver: "Beaver Sees America" (Season 6, Episode 37, 1963) DVD
    Leave It to Beaver: "The Clothing Drive" (Season 6, Episode 38, 1963) DVD
    Leave It to Beaver: "The Family Scrapbook" (Season 6, Episode 39, 1963) DVD
    77 Sunset Strip: "Casualty" (Season 1, Episode 4, 1958) DVR from MeTV
    77 Sunset Strip: "The Bouncing Chip" (Season 1, Episode 5, 1958) DVR from MeTV
    77 Sunset Strip: "Two and Two Make Six" (Season 1, Episode 6, 1958) DVR from MeTV
    77 Sunset Strip: "All Our Yesterdays" (Season 1, Episode 7, 1958) DVR from MeTV
    77 Sunset Strip: "Girl on the Run" (Season 1, Episode 1, 1958) DVR from MeTV
    77 Sunset Strip: "The Well-Selected Frame" (Season 1, Episode 8, 1958) DVR from MeTV
    77 Sunset Strip: "The Iron Curtain Caper" (Season 1, Episode 9, 1958) DVR from MeTV
    77 Sunset Strip: "Vicious Circle" (Season 1, Episode 10, 1958) DVR from MeTV
    77 Sunset Strip: "One False Step" (Season 1, Episode 11, 1958) DVR from MeTV
    77 Sunset Strip: "The Court Martial of Johnny Murdo" (Season 1, Episode 12, 1958) DVR from MeTV
    77 Sunset Strip: "Hit and Run" (Season 1, Episode 13, 1958) DVR from MeTV
    77 Sunset Strip: "Not an Enemy in the World" (Season 1, Episode 14, 1958) DVR from MeTV
    The Outer Limits: "The Forms of Things Unknown" (Season 1, Episode 32, 1964) Blu-ray
    The Third Man: "The Third Medallion" (Season 1, Episode 16, 1960) DVD
    The Third Man: "A Pocketful of Sin" (Season 1, Episode 24, 1960) DVD
    The Third Man: "As the Twig Is Bent" (Season 1, Episode 29, 1960) DVD
    The Third Man: "Broken Strings" (Season 1, Episode 32, 1960) DVD
    Science Fiction Theatre: "The Mind Machine" (Season 2, Episode 9, 1956) DVD
    Science Fiction Theatre: "The Missing Waveband" (Season 2, Episode 10, 1956) DVD
    Science Fiction Theatre: "The Strange People at Pecos" (Season 1, Episode 23, 1955) DVD
    Science Fiction Theatre: "The Human Experiment" (Season 2, Episode 11, 1956) DVD
    Science Fiction Theatre: "The Man Who Didn't Know" (Season 2, Episode 12, 1956) DVD
    In Search Of... : "Hypnosis" (Season 2, Episode 17, 1978) DVD
    In Search Of... : "Troy" (Season 2, Episode 18, 1978) DVD
    In Search Of... : "Witch Doctors" (Season 2, Episode 19, 1978) DVD
    In Search Of... : ""Haunted Castles (Season 2, Episode 20, 1978) DVD
    Trackdown: "The Marple Brothers" (Season 1, Episode 1, 1957) DVR
    Trackdown: "Law in Lampasas" (Season 1, Episode 2, 1957) DVR from MeTV
    Trackdown: "The San Saba Incident" (Season 1, Episode 3, 1957) DVR from MeTV
    Trackdown: "Easton, Texas" (Season 1, Episode 4, 1957) DVR from MeTV
    Trackdown: "Like Father" (Season 1, Episode 5, 1957) DVR from MeTV
    Trackdown: "Sweetwater, Texas" (Season 1, Episode 6, 1957) DVR from MeTV
    Trackdown: "Alpine, Texas" (Season 1, Episode 7, 1957) DVR from MeTV
    Trackdown: "Self-Defense" (Season 1, Episode 8, 1957) DVR from MeTV
    Trackdown: "End of an Outlaw" (Season 1, Episode 9, 1957) DVR from MeTV
    Trackdown: "Look for the Woman" (Season 1, Episode 10, 1957) DVR from MeTV
    Columbo: "Requiem for a Falling Star" (Season 2, Episode 5, 1973) DVD
    Columbo: "A Stitch in Crime" (Season 2, Episode 6, 1973) DVD
    Columbo: "The Most Dangerous Match" (Season 2, Episode 7, 1973) DVD
    Columbo: "Double Shock" (Season 2, Episode 8, 1973) DVD
    Columbo: "Lovely but Lethal" (Season 3, Episode 1, 1973) DVD
    Columbo: "Any Old Port in a Storm" (Season 3, Episode 2, 1973) DVD
    Columbo: "Candidate for Crime" (Season 3, Episode 3, 1973) DVD
    Barney Miller: "The Ghost" (Season 4, Episode 13, 1978) DVD
    Barney Miller: "Appendicitis" (Season 4, Episode 14, 1978) DVD
    Barney Miller: "Rape" (Season 4, Episode 15, 1978) DVD
    Barney Miller: "Eviction, Parts 1 & 2" (Season 4, Episodes 16 & 17, 1978) DVD
    Barney Miller: "Wojo's Problem" (Season 4, Episode 18, 1978) DVD
    Barney Miller: "Quo Vadis?" (Season 4, Episode 19, 1978) DVD
    Barney Miller: "Hostage" (Season 4, Episode 20, 1978) DVD
    WKRP in Cincinnati: "Baby, It's Cold Inside" (Season 3, Episode 8, 1981) DVD
    WKRP in Cincinnati: "The Painting" (Season 3, Episode 9, 1981) DVD
    WKRP in Cincinnati: "Daydreams" (Season 3, Episode 10, 1981) DVD
    WKRP in Cincinnati: "Frog Story" (Season 3, Episode 11, 1981) DVD
    WKRP in Cincinnati: "Venus and the Man" (Season 3, Episode 12, 1981) DVD
    WKRP in Cincinnati: "Dr. Fever and Mr. Tide, Parts 1 & 2" (Season 3, Episodes 13 & 14, 1981) DVD
    WKRP in Cincinnati: "Ask Jennifer" (Season 3, Episode 15, 1981) DVD
    The Dakotas: "Mutiny at Fort Mercy" (Episode 3, 1963) DVD
    The Dakotas: "Trouble at French Creek" (Episode 4, 1963) DVD
    The Dakotas: "Thunder in Pleasant Valley" (Episode 5, 1963) DVD
    The Dakotas: "Crisis at High Banjo" (Episode 6, 1963) DVD
    The Dakotas: "Requiem at Dancer's Hill" (Episode 7, 1963) DVD
    The Dakotas: "Fargo" (Episode 8, 1963) DVD
    Route 66: "Bird Cage on My Foot" (Season 2, Episode 4, 1961) DVD
    Route 66: "First-Class Mouliak" (Season 2, Episode 5, 1961) DVD
    Route 66: "Once to Every Man" (Season 2, Episode 6, 1961) DVD
    Route 66: "The Mud Nest" (Season 2, Episode 7, 1961) DVD
    Route 66: "A Bridge Across Five Days" (Season 2, Episode 8, 1961) DVD
    Route 66: "Mon Petit Chou" (Season 2, Episode 9, 1961) DVD
    Perry Mason: "The Case of the Borrowed Brunette" (Season 2, Episode 13, 1959) DVD
    Perry Mason: "The Case of the Glittering Goldfish" (Season 2, Episode 14, 1959) DVD
    Perry Mason: "The Case of the Footloose Doll" (Season 2, Episode 15, 1959) DVD
    Perry Mason: "The Case of the Fraudulent Foto" (Season 2, Episode 16, 1959) DVD
    Perry Mason: "The Case of the Romantic Rogue" (Season 2, Episode 17, 1959) DVD
    Perry Mason: "The Case of the Jaded Jester" (Season 2, Episode 18, 1959) DVD
    Perry Mason: "The Case of the Caretaker's Cat" (Season 2, Episode 19, 1959) DVD
    Perry Mason: "The Case of the Stuttering Bishop" (Season 2, Episode 20, 1959) DVD
    Perry Mason: "The Case of the Lost Last Act" (Season 2, Episode 21, 1959) DVD
    The Fugitive: "Cry Uncle" (Season 2, Episode 11, 1964) DVD
    The Fugitive: "Detour on a Road Going Nowhere" (Season 2, Episode 12, 1964) DVD
    The Fugitive: "The Iron Maiden" (Season 2, Episode 13, 1964) DVD
    The Fugitive: "Devil's Carnival" (Season 2, Episode 14, 1964) DVD
    The Fugitive: "Ballad for a Ghost" (Season 2, Episode 15, 1964) DVD
    The Fugitive: "Brass Ring" (Season 2, Episode 16, 1964) DVD
    The Fugitive: "The End Is but the Beginning" (Season 2, Episode 17, 1964) DVD
    The Fugitive: "Nicest Fella You'd Ever Want to Meet" (Season 2, Episode 18, 1964) DVD
    The Fugitive: "Fun and Games and Party Favors" (Season 2, Episode 19, 1964) DVD
    The Fugitive: "Scapegoat" (Season 2, Episode 20, 1964) DVD
    Gunsmoke: "Big Girl Lost" (Season 2, Episode 30, 1957) DVD
    Gunsmoke: "What the Whiskey Drummer Heard" (Season 2, Episode 31, 1957) DVD
    Gunsmoke: "Cheap Labor" (Season 2, Episode 32, 1957) DVD
    Gunsmoke: "Moon" (Season 2, Episode 33, 1957) DVD
    Gunsmoke: "Who Lives by the Sword" (Season 2, Episode 34, 1957) DVD
    Gunsmoke: "Uncle Oliver" (Season 2, Episode 35, 1957) DVD
    Gunsmoke: "Daddy-O" (Season 2, Episode 36, 1957) DVD
    Batman: "Enter Batgirl, Exit Penguin" (Season 3, Episode 1, 1967) DVD
    Batman: "Ring Around the Riddler" (Season 3, Episode 2, 1967) DVD
    Batman: "The Sport of Penguins" (Season 3, Episode 4, 1967) DVD
    Batman: "A Horse of Another Color" (Season 3, Episode 5, 1967) DVD
    Batman: "Wail of the Siren" (Season 3, Episode 3, 1967) DVD
    Batman: "The Unkindest Tut of All" (Season 3, Episode 6, 1967) DVD
    Batman: "Louie the Lilac" (Season 3, Episode 7, 1967) DVD
    Batman: "The Ogg and I" (Season 3, Episode 8, 1967) DVD
    Batman: "How to Hatch a Dinosaur" (Season 3, Episode 9, 1967) DVD
    Hawaii Five-0: "Death Is a Company Policy" (Season 5, Episode 1, 1972) DVD
    Hawaii Five-0: "Death Wish on Tantalus Mountain" (Season 5, Episode 2, 1972) DVD
    Hawaii Five-0: "You Don't Have to Kill to Get Rich -But It Helps" (Season 5, Episode 3, 1972) DVD
    Hawaii Five-0: "Pig in a Blanket" (Season 5, Episode 4, 1972) DVD
    Hawaii Five-0: "The Jinn Who Clears the Way" (Season 5, Episode 5, 1972) DVD
    Hawaii Five-0: "Fools Die Twice" (Season 5, Episode 6, 1972) DVD
    Rawhide: "Incident of the Wanderer" (Season 6, Episode 21, 1964) DVD
    Rawhide: "Incident at Zebulon" (Season 6, Episode 22, 1964) DVD
    Rawhide: "Incident at Hourglass" (Season 6, Episode 23, 1964) DVD
    Rawhide: "Incident of the Odyssey" (Season 6, Episode 24, 1964) DVD
    Rawhide: "Incident of the Banker" (Season 6, Episode 25, 1964) DVD
    Rawhide: "Incident at Deadhorse, Parts 1 &2" (Season 6, Episodes 26 & 27, 1964) DVD
    Jonny Quest: "Mystery of the Lizard Men" (Episode 1, 1964) Blu-ray
    Alfred Hitchcock Presents: "Maria" (Season 7, Episode 3, 1961) R2 import DVD

    I also watched the Classic TV-related theatrical films, Thunderbirds Are Go! (1966, DVD), House of Dark Shadows (1970, DVR from TCM) and Night of Dark Shadows (1971, DVR from TCM), and the modern series, Family Tree (Netflix disc rental), Legion (Season 3, DVR from FX), Outlander (Season 4, Blu-ray), Black Mirror (Season 5, Netflix streaming) and Ray Donovan (Season 6, Netflix disc rental).
     
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    It's a good TZ about a crossing to an alternate world which foreshadows a TOL episode entitled "The Borderland".

    The greatest episode ever crafted even tough the story is too opaque.

    I wish they could release a restored set of that cult western series starring Robert Culp.
    I only know the pivotal episode with Steve McQueen.

    The best Columbo telefilms remain:
    "A Stitch in Crime" (with Leonard Nimoy, Ann Francis and Will Geer)
    "Lovely but Lethal" (with Vera Miles and Martin Sheen)
    "Any Old Port in a Storm" (With Donald Pleasance)

    A fine short-lived western series all the way.

    The Fuge. Just fine stuff. Enough said.

    The best Rawhide remains:
    "Incident at Zebulon"
    "Incident at Deadhorse, Parts 1 & 2" (the masterpiece)

    Still "Incident at Hourglass" and "Incident of the Odyssey" are good.
     
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    All together...

    "Come and listen to my story 'bout a man named Jed..."

    I watched The Beverly Hillbillies S4 over the past week. I absolutely love this series. Jed is so unflappable - no matter what Jethro or Granny is up to, and that can be quite a lot!

    This season sees Jethro making his own spy car, complete with ejection seat and drop down bullet proof shield (a heavy washtub), him as a stunt double for Dash Riprock where he gets blown up real good, enrolling in a boys (and that's little boys of course) military school so he can learn to be a General, and more.

    Granny makes a love potion for Elly to snag a husband, believes she's created a giant chicken with her vegetable growth formula, and that Mrs. Drysdale has turned herself into a crow.

    This season has the multiple episode story where Mr. Drysdale attempts to bring "Possum Day" to Beverly Hills to keep the Clampets from going home for the celebration. Of course, Granny is running for "Possum Queen" and Milton has to come up with competition - in his wife who, like usual, is clueless as to what he's up to.

    My 8yo granddaughter came in and watched a few episodes with me. She's never seen this series before and really enjoyed the episodes she watched with me.
     
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    While looking for a half hour comedy to slot into rotation I "stumbled" upon that S1 set of Father Knows Best so it gets tagged. I've watched the first 8 episodes so far.

    There's something about the theme song that, to me, is slightly melancholy. Part of it is a particular chord change/sequence early in the theme and part is the orchestration. Both remind me of the theme used for The Passing Parade newsreel/featurettes. That theme is absolutely melancholy, marginally depressing, and what I remember is most of the subjects of those films fit that theme. I remember feeling that way about the theme all my life so am sure that's colored my impression of the series.

    So far I'm enjoying the episodes. Things I remember are not there... yet. I recall there always being a bit at the end of the episode where dad would impart the moral of the episode to one of the kids. Hasn't yet appeared. Then, too, these episodes are noticeably edited with rapid fades to black where you get the impression there was another line or two left to deliver so those bits may be removed but it doesn't feel that way.

    Quite a bit of each episode is home bound and *everyone* is often home, often poking their nose in where it's not wanted. While we know what Jim does for a living he rarely seems to be at the office - even in the middle of the day. Most episodes so far are the typical family misunderstanding/jumping to conclusion type thing with dad doing most of the jumping. I've been surprised at the amount of "come hither" looks Margaret gives Jim, frequently with a sly little comment attached.

    I was reading some trivia about the series and discovered that it did rather poorly in the ratings its first season so CBS cancelled it. That garnered a flood of letters which got it reinstated on NBC in an earlier time slot where ratings improved, gradually becoming a hit. It moved back to CBS a few years later.
     
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    Nice assessment of one of my favorite series.
    I agree that the theme song is wierd--it starts by building a highly foreboding tone before breaking into a completely incongruous happy lilt.
    Made no sense for a sitcom.
     
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    Superb list of great classic television, Peter! A summer well spent, and quite the variety of shows too that I envy. I should pick up those Gumby DVD releases, even though from what I understand they haven't been formatted properly, nor are they the complete series as claimed? I wish I could see what Trackdown looks like on MeTV...my copies are mostly derived from beat up 16mm film chain, although at least complete and unedited. I too have the R2 Fabulous Films S7 of Alfred Hitchcock Presents, and the complete AHH from them too. You remind me that I need to pick up WKRP and Barney Miller at some point. Too bad that 77 Sunset Strip is apparently being dropped by MeTV after several cycles. That one should be always on schedule, what with 200+ episodes, even if not on a strip run Ala old syndication standards. We share a whole lot of the same titles in our collections. Are your The Third Man episodes from the Timeless 10 episode release? At least those looked pretty good, I wish I could find all 77 episodes in that atmospheric cold war series, which was a BBC/NTA British/American co-production, quite a rare thing in 1959-62.

    I've been re-watching The Lieutenant lately, a set I've had for about 7 years, and discovered that I neglected to originally watch the padded theatrical overseas version of that series closing episode To Kill a Man, 36 minutes being added to the episode as originally aired to flesh it out to a theatrical run time. Roddenberry's Lieutenant William Tiberius Rice (Gary Lockwood of course) is mobilized with no warning for overseas military adviser duty in S.E. Asia... "Hanang" being the destination here, (obviously Danang South Vietnam, in early 1964 destined to become a huge US base as combat heated up there prior to the Gulf of Tonkin incident). The always welcome James Shigeta (once again playing any one of a multiplicity of Asian nationalities) and a pre-Mission Impossible Greg Morris are guest stars. The luscious Anne Helm also appears in a risque scene that didn't appear in the series episode, obviously added to spice this up for overseas box office. I can see why Elvis was fond of her...screen caps from the WAC DVDs...
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    Lieutenant William Tiberius Rice blows it with young miss Helm, not doing his Star Trek namesake proud...Kirk would have been all over this...instead Rice goes into work and quickly finds himself Shanghied overseas...

    Once we're in Vietnam, whoops, Hanang, we meet some of the possible second season regulars...had the series been renewed by NBC...instead The Lieutenant went down to ratings defeat in a Saturday night showdown with The Jackie Gleason Show and Hootenanny...

    Paul Mantee, I would suspect, was being positioned here as a recurring character had season two been sanctioned...
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    Paul Mantee will always have a special prominence in my childhood for his wonderful SF adventure film, Robinson Crusoe on Mars, which came out in 1964 also...James Shigeta is one of my all time favorite guest stars...
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    Their Sikorsky helicopter is forced down in enemy country...they're in big trouble now...
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    Richard Evans plays the co-pilot...in the MGM sister show Mr. Novak filming on the lot at the same time, Richard Evans guest starred in that series episode The Exile, playing a high school drop out who can't find a job or hold a girlfriend, and bemoans the fact that even the Army won't take him as a recruit...you could say he made it anyway on The Lieutenant, with this episode being aired not long after his Novak appearance...continuity of a kind in an era when that wasn't practiced...
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    It isn't long before they are attacked that night, a paraflare illuminating their crash site while the VC close in...
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    Fearing capture, Rice is forced to hurriedly burn his secret papers...
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    They are now on the run, trying to evade the enemy...
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    This is an effective enough production, at least as good as anything else done on this early stage of the war...although watching the original episode first reveals just how much padding is put in to flesh this out for theatrical...I do wish that The Lieutenant had been renewed for another season, as I think they could have developed this to a very satisfying conclusion...although what we do have can stand on it's own, a well crafted and very entertaining show...
     
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    Have watched Seasons 2, 4, and some of 5 on DVD over the past year, and assorted episodes on tv/yt...enjoyed them all but Season 4 just might be my favorite. Found myself rewatching much of it.

    Also like that you're watching with your granddaughter, as I used to enjoy watching reruns in the 70's with my grandfather.
     
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    Thanks! The Gumby sets are worth having (I've stuck to only the 1950s set and the two 1960s sets, as I'm only interested in the original classic stuff), since they are presented with the original stock music soundtracks and original voice work, rather than the replacement voice work and synthesizer music that was done when they were folded into the syndicated Gumby revival series in the 1980s.

    The only drawbacks to the sets are that five shorts/segments from the 1960s, that revolved around American Indian/Native American stereotypes, were dropped for dumb "politically correct" reasons, and all segments in the 1950s and 1960s sets are formatted as separate "shorts" (with a "play all" option), rather than as half-hour TV programs, and the animated show opening isn't present (even though the original theme song plays over the menus!). Still, the good outweighs the bad.

    Here are a bunch of screen shots from the first 10 episodes of Trackdown I watched... these are Dish Network DVR recordings that were subsequently burned onto DVD-R, and then played in my computer's drive to get these screen captures--

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    You should definitely grab WKRP and Barney Miller. I, personally, would prioritize WKRP, since I'm sure Shout's license to it is limited, there was all that music cleared (not 100%, but close enough, and not likely to ever be repeated), and since it's a Fox property, it belongs to Disney now... once Shout's door on it closes, you can bet on it remaining shut.

    That's disheartening about 77 Sunset Strip. Luckily, I recorded all the episodes, but unluckily, it's a long, s-l-o-w process of watching them all, editing out the commercials, and transferring them to disc... and now I'll have no second chances if there are major dropouts encountered in unwatched episodes, or if my Dish drive crashes before I've seen/transferred them all. Why can't MeTV drop either the morning or evening broadcast of Perry Mason, instead?

    Yeah, mine are from that same Timeless 10-episode pack. I'm liking The Third Man, and would also love to see more. Maybe it's something Classic Flix could tackle, unless it's some kind of rights nightmare, given its joint production nature and source material.
     
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    Thanks for that fine photo essay on The Lieutenant, Randall - and for reminding me that I need to pick up volume 2 of that show. Interesting reading about the extended final episode. Hopefully, Lt. Rice has a valid story reason for turning down the advances of the aforementioned delectable Anne Helm...because otherwise, what a drip!

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    has been a slow burner for me; it took me a while to warm up to Gary Lockwood in the lead...but I'm finally coming around to an appreciation for both him and the series, and am thankful to Warner Archive for releasing it in such good condition. Not many "peacetime" military TV series out there, which makes it a unique show.
     
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    Agree with Randall, Peter...always great to see you posting in this thread, with a typically strong and varied roster of classic shows. Thanks for those Trackdown screencaps, by the way. The prints being shown on MeTV look pretty good, judging from the caps...sure wish this would get a DVD release from Shout!, or another similar company. Sadly, the chances are slim at this late stage.
     
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