CLASSIC TV SHOWS


  

Cast: Red Skelton, Bern Hoffman, Art Gilmore
Running Time: 29 mins.
Vault: CLASSIC TV SHOWS

Red's famous quote from the end of the show... "I personally believe we were put here to build and not to destroy. So if by chance some day you're not feeling well and you should remember some silly little thing I've said or done and it brings back a smile to your face or a chuckle to your heart - then my purpose as your clown has been fulfilled. Goodnight and may God bless." This special performance of mime and song at the United Nations features: The Fool and the Feather, A Slow Motion Tennis Game, The Old Man Playing Golf, A Chef Mixes a Salad, A Folk Song - "Foggy Foggy Dew", A Man and His Wife Climb the Eiffel Tower and An Old Man Watches a Parade.


  

Cast: John Hamilton, Robin Hughes, George Macready, Leonard Mudie, Alexis Smith
Running Time: 26 mins.
Vault: CLASSIC TV SHOWS

Alexis Smith stars as a woman caught in a conflict between emotional escape and demanding loyalty. Based on a story by W. Somerset Maugham.


  

Cast: Leslie Nielsen
Running Time: 23 mins.
Vault: CLASSIC TV SHOWS

Performed live every week, with timely themes and interesting guest stars, this innovative 1950s science fiction show was the precursor of later TV hits like THE TWILIGHT ZONE. This episode is basically TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE with a science fiction twist and an ending somewhat reminiscent of the classic "Twilight Zone" episode "The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street". There are few surprises in this story. What makes the episode interesting is the performance of young Leslie Nielsen as Robbie, who is certainly far different from the silver-haired joker we've come to know today!


  

Cast: Lon Chaney, Jr., John Newland
Running Time: 24 mins.
Vault: CLASSIC TV SHOWS

Performed live every week, with timely themes and interesting guest stars, this innovative 1950s science fiction show was the precursor of later TV hits like THE TWILIGHT ZONE. For this live telecast of "Frankenstein" Lon Chaney Jr. played the creature. Due to his heavy drinking, he thought that the actual performance was just another rehearsal. Instead of actually smashing the props on the set, he simply went through the motions as he did for the rehearsals. Despite being under heavy makeup, Chaney Jr. still managed to convey to a certain level of the emotions, the sadness and the confusion the Monster was feeling.


  

Cast: Thomas Mitchell
Running Time: 24 mins.
Vault: CLASSIC TV SHOWS

Performed live every week, with timely themes and interesting guest stars, this innovative 1950s science fiction show was the precursor of later TV hits like THE TWILIGHT ZONE. This episode based on H.G. Wells' short story about a man who discovers a mysterious crystal egg that has the power to view events on another planet. This is an excellent example of early television drama that resembles a filmed stage play. But the story, though somewhat predictable, is compelling and Mitchell's performance makes it stand out.


  

Cast: Stanl Laurel, Oliver hardy, Ralph Edwards, Hal Roach Jr., Leo McCarey, Ida Laurel, Lucille Hardy
Running Time: 30 mins.
Vault: CLASSIC TV SHOWS

During the 1950s, Laurel and Hardy made several plans to appear in television comedies, either as a regular series or a series of specials. Unfortunately, touring plans and the health of either Stan or Babe prevented these projects from getting off the ground. Their only network TV appearance came on December 1, 1954 on NBC's THIS IS YOUR LIFE. It was a surprise, unrehearsed appearance (which may or may not have miffed Stan a bit) during which friends and co-workers from The Boys' past were trotted out for a series of teary-eyed, nostalgic embraces. The Boys are polite and charming throughout, though they leave most of the talking to host Ralph Edwards. Some of the choices of guests may be questionable (why Vivian Blaine instead of Charlie Hall or Anita Garvin, for instance?), but the appearances of Hal Roach Jr., Leo McCarey, Ida Laurel and Lucille Hardy were certainly appropriate. A fairly entertaining half-hour, and one of our few glimpses into Stan and Babe's offscreen personas.


  

Cast: Groucho Marx, George Fenneman
Running Time: 22 mins.
Vault: CLASSIC TV SHOWS

"You Bet Your Life" was Groucho Marx's successful television quiz show, which ran during the 1950s and 1960s. Contestants answered questions, tried to guess the secret word, and were sitting targets for Groucho's incredibly quick wit.


  

Cast: Groucho Marx, George Fenneman
Running Time: 25 mins.
Vault: CLASSIC TV SHOWS

"You Bet Your Life" was Groucho Marx's successful television quiz show, which ran during the 1950s and 1960s. Contestants answered questions, tried to guess the secret word, and were sitting targets for Groucho's incredibly quick wit.


  

Cast: Groucho Marx, George Fenneman
Running Time: 22 mins.
Vault: CLASSIC TV SHOWS

Groucho Marx is arguably the most famous, iconic comedian of all time. "You Bet Your Life" began on radio in 1947, as a popular game show, and became a huge hit television program and as big a part of Groucho’s legacy as the amazing movies he made with his brothers earlier in his career. This episode features an appearance by Dodger's pitcher Don Drysdale.


  

Cast: Groucho Marx, George Fenneman
Running Time: 22 mins.
Vault: CLASSIC TV SHOWS

"You Bet Your Life" was Groucho Marx's successful television quiz show, which ran during the 1950s and 1960s. Contestants answered questions, tried to guess the secret word, and were sitting targets for Groucho's incredibly quick wit. This show features a man with a monkey that looks just like Groucho!

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