OUT OF LEFTOVERS? TRY OUR BRAND NEW CLASSIC TV SMORGASBORD!!!
Have you run low on turkey and stuffing already? Try THE DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN this week for a heaping helping of Classic Cathode Cutlets for a BRAND NEW EPISODE – the Classic Television Spectacular – Pt. V. Join UNCLE PETE as he once again digs deep into the Classic Television section of The Cinema Graveyard for five dusty, moldy gems from the golden days of the small screen.
Blast off with UNCLE PETE for an episode of Space Patrol. Produced by Roberta Leigh, a confidant of Gerry Anderson and the first British female producer to own her own film company, Space Patrol ran for 39 episodes featuring marionette characters from Earth, Venus, Mars, and beyond as they traveled through the galaxy exploring, rescuing, and generally adventuring in a gyroscope-looking ship that could travel faster than the speed of light (and disappeared when it did!). This 1963 episode – The Buried Spaceship – features Slim from Venus,, Husky from Mars, and Earth’s own Capt. Larry Dart – voiced by celebrity obit and Monty Python writer Dick Vosburgh.
From aliens, we join that lil’ ol’ shapeshifter hero – Tom Terrific! Tom aired during the Captain Kangaroo Show in 5-part episodes each week from 1957 to 1961. With funnel on head, Tom could transform into anything from a train to a tree to a Vault dwelling denizen (well, maybe not that last one). Along with his sidekick – Mighty Manfred the Wonder Dog, Tom’s Ever Faithful Companion, he battled the evil schemes of such ne’er-do-wells as Crabby Appleton, a man rotten to the core.
Next, hold your breath as we head under water with Sea Hunt. Lloyd Bridges stars as Mike Nelson, a navy frogman turned freelance diver and underwater expert. It ran for 156 episodes between 1958 and 1961. Produced by Ivan Tors with advisor Jon Lindbergh (son of Charles) is entitled Mark Of The Octopus.
Comedy follows with Cliff Norton in The Funny Manns. Cliff, a very busy side character in dozens of early TV shows, starred as a variety of people all with the last name Mann. Each had a special calling – Fisher Mann, Law, Mann, Hu Mann, Ro Mann and so on. He introduced what were supposed to be films of his relatives but what were actually segments of early silent slapstick comedies. This bit is called Taxi Mann. Then we wrap things up with the legend himself – Buster Keaton in The Buster Keaton Show. Buster, whose unmatched show biz career as an actor, producer, director, writer, and stunt man spanned 68 years, starred in a variety of comical situations starting with a local Los Angeles show in 1950 and going national in 1951. Here we find Buster trying to get physically fit in Buster In Training.
UNCLE PETE is reclined in The Dark Vault Den/Viewing Room with Max and Stone Dog and Charlotte, bringing you tidbits of knowledge about the shows and comments that no one else could (or should) bring to your TV tube. So join UNCLE PETE this Saturday night, November 25, 2016 from 10PM to midnight with replays at midnight and 2AM on channel 4 (Binghamton), channel 17 (Montrose/Sayre), channel 99 (Utica/Rome and Corning/Hornell/Elmira) and channel 30 (North Country – Champlain/Malone/Massena/Ogdensburg/Watertown). It’s a BRAND NEW EPISODE filled with aliens, sea beasts, shape shifters, and plenty of pratfalls with the Classic Television Spectacular – Pt. V on the next DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN!!!
(And this week on Beta Max TV available on the Roku streaming system it’s Trinity Is Still My Name, Saturday at 7PM.)