May 2016

NOSTALGIA TV – Sitcoms, comedies & family shows Pt 4.

May 30, 2016 // 5 Comments

  1967-8 #1        THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW #2        THE LUCY SHOW #3        GOMER PYLE U.S.M.C. #5        FAMILY AFFAIR #11      BEWITCHED #12      THE BEVERLY HILLBILLIES #16      GREEN ACRES #19      GENTLE BEN (1967-9). A series about the adventures of a family living in the Everglades. Dad, played by Dennis Weaver of Gunsmoke fame, is a [...]

NOSTALGIA TV – Comedies, sitcoms & family shows Pt 3.

May 28, 2016 // 0 Comments

  1964-5 #2        BEWITCHED Alice Pearce Dick York                                         Dick Sargent (1964-72). This delightful series owed most of its enormous popularity to Elizabeth Montgomery who played Samantha, the cute witch who is married to a mortal. The support cast, however, contained some wonderfully eccentric performers. Marion Lorne was gorgeous [...]

TV NOSTALGIA – Comedies, sitcoms, family shows Pt 2.

May 26, 2016 // 0 Comments

  1960-1 #5        THE REAL MCCOYS   #11      DENNIS THE MENACE   #13      MY THREE SONS (1960-72). Fred MacMurray is widower Steve Douglas who raises his three sons with the help of his housekeeper ‘Uncle Charlie’. The irascible William Frawley (above right) developed health issues and was replaced in 1965 after appearing in 165 episodes. He did not want to [...]

TV NOSTALGIA – Comedies, sitcoms, family PT 1.

May 24, 2016 // 0 Comments

  Between 1950 and 1980 nearly a hundred different shows in this genre made the Top 30 in at least one season, so it has been necessary to divide them into several separate postings. Here is section one.   1950-1 #10      MAMA (1949-57). This much-loved series was set around an immigrant family living in San Francisco circa 1910. Peggy Wood plays the Scandinavian matriarch. She would [...]

Nostalgia TV Pt 3 – Law & order, spies, secret agents, 1967-80.

May 22, 2016 // 2 Comments

  1967-8 #22       THE F.B.I. #26       IRONSIDE (1967-75). Detective Robert Ironside is wheelchair-bound due to an assassination attempt, and is portrayed by the former star of Perry Mason, Raymond Burr. A large man, Burr encountered great physical stress from spending many hours in the wheelchair over the nine years the show remained in production. #27       DRAGNET [...]

Nostalgia TV – Pt 2 – Law & Order, Spies, Secret Agents, 1950 to 66-7.

May 20, 2016 // 2 Comments

  For Pt 2 of my look at nostalgic TV series I will look at the ‘Law & Order Shows’, those involving police or lawyers, private eyes or secret agents between the years 1950 through to 1966-7. As with the westerns, the focus will be on those series that made it into the Top 30 in the USA each year.   1950-1 #13       MAN AGAINST CRIME (1949-54). Esteemed character actor [...]

TV nostalgia 1950-80 Pt1 – ‘The Westerns’.

May 18, 2016 // 8 Comments

  I thought it might be fun to examine the Ratings Lists for American television through 1950 to 1980. Most of the Australian shows at the time were imported from America (probably still are), so tastes here were very similar to those of the United States. Even so, there were quite a few surprises. I will start with the westerns simply because there were so many of them, especially in the [...]

Sara Shane aka Elaine Hollingsworth.

May 16, 2016 // 12 Comments

  I recently watched a 1956 Clark Gable western titled The King and Four Queens and was struck by the beauty of one of the leading ladies, an actress named Sara Shane. Indeed, she was not the only beauty in the picture for it featured one of my all-time favourite screen goddesses Eleanor Parker as well. But I found myself wondering about Miss Shane and how her career and life had panned out. [...]

TV Classic – Perry Mason (1957-66)

May 14, 2016 // 2 Comments

  I doubt very much if there has ever been a more popular courtroom drama series than the legendary CBS show starring Raymond Burr called Perry Mason. It was shot at 20th Century Fox’s studio and ran for a total of 271 episodes between September 1957 and May 1966. The strangest thing about the success of the series must surely be the fact that every one of the episodes followed precisely [...]

TV – The old classics – The Honeymooners 1955-6.

May 12, 2016 // 0 Comments

  Television first reared its ugly head in my hometown of Fremantle, Western Australia on 16 October 1959. By then the quite brilliant comedy series The Honeymooners had come and gone in the USA. TV viewers in WA were probably unaware of that, however, and the show was an immediate monster hit. And it deserved to be. It featured two superb male leads, Jackie Gleason as Ralph Kramden and Art [...]
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