Salvador Dali on What’s My Line

From January 27, 1957.  A truly surreal episode from the Golden Age of Television.  Painter Salvador Dali on What’s My Line.  Immensely funny, and a tribute to how a popular game show in the Fifties expected the audience to know who a famous painter was.  I can’t imagine any television show today being able to make such an assumption.

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Captain Z-RO and Christopher Columbus


The things you find on the internet!  From 1955 the first episode of the Captain Z-RO show featuring the time traveling explorer going back to 1492 and the discovery of the New World by Columbus.  Obvious low production values, but it holds up well compared to the appalling drek that mostly makes up TV fare today.

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First Episode of Playhouse 90

The things you find on You tube!  The first episode of Playhouse 90, the hour and half long weekly series that aired on CBS from 1956-1960.  This episode, Forbidden Area, was written by Rod Serling and directed by John Frankenheimer.  Introduced by Jack Palance, this live Cold War espionage drama starred Charlton Heston and Vincent Price.  That television used to present such quality fare makes one weep for the current waste of airtime programming, usually filled with sniggering obscenity, mindless violence, and almost no thought, that makes up most television schedules.

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Resquiescat in Pace: Mary Tyler Moore



Mary Tyler Moore dead at 80?  Impossible! One of the favorite actresses of my youth, she was a master of comedy, perhaps not greatly appreciated for it because she made it look so easy.  To me she will always be associated with the years of my childhood in the sixties and seventies.  A reluctant icon of feminism, she was clear that she did not agree with radical feminists and that the most important role for any woman was that of mother.  A moderate liberal in her youth, she became politically conservative as she grew older.  Unlike many in her industry she did not seek to inflict her political opinions on her fans.  One of the treasured memories of her life was when she and her mother had a private audience with Pope John Paul II.  Like many comediennes and comedians, she had much sorrow in her life.  May she know the Joy Eternal in the world to come.

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The Rifleman and Job


From the second episode of The Rifleman television series entitled Home Ranch, first broadcast on October 7, 1958.  Lucas McCain and his son are taking possession of their ranch outside of North Fork that McCain purchased in the first episode.  Agents of a local cattle baron, who has been using the range of the abandoned ranch, burn down the house on the property in order to force McCain to sell the land to the cattle baron.  His ten year old son Mark, in despair, says it looks to him as if the Lord is dead set against them ever owning a ranch.  McCain responds by telling his son the story of Job.  Director Sam Peckinpah loved the Book of Job, and would often recite verses from it when he encountered bumps in the road during his life.

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Riverboat was a television series that ran from 1959-1961 for two seasons on NBC.  Unlike almost all the other Westerns that dominated television at that time and were set post Civil War, Riverboat was set in the 1830’s and 1840’s.  Starring a young Darren McGavin and a very young Burt Reynolds, the series depicted the travels of the riverboat Enterprise.  Among the historical figures encountered by the crew were Zachary Taylor, Winfield Scott and Abraham Lincoln.  The series is now out on DVD and might be a good addition to a home school curriculum on 19th century American history.  A throw back to a time when television consisted of something more than off color humor, blatant sex and grotesque violence. (more…)

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