Thursday, December 25, 2008
Here's the flip side, "Yingle Bells" another Yogi Yorgesson opus (with lyrics adapted by Mr. Stewart)
Yogi was accompanied on both recordings by the Johnny Duffy Trio.
Merry Christmas, by Jiminy!
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
The Norman Luboff Choir provided the vocal, with Suzy's voice provided by future Lawrence Welk Champagne Lady Norma Zimmer.
This made-for-television stop-motion animated short was produced for Hill and Range Songs by Centaur Productions
This short used to be shown on television stations all over the country.
Monday, December 22, 2008
Dave and the boys were the creation of songwriter Ross Bagdasarian, who did all the voices. The Alvin Show aired on CBS in prime time in the 1961-62 season, before reruns of these episodes moved to that network's Saturday morning lineup, where they would remain until 1965.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
This was the first commercial for Maypo cereal featuring Marky Maypo. This commercial, produced in 1956, was the work of the late former UPA producer/director John Hubley.
I wonder how many gullible and/or impressionable kids got their clocks cleaned after eating a bowl of this cereal before confronting the local bully or bullies.
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Cheryl's departure marks the end of an era. I used to enjoy watching her in action.
On the Fox News Channel front, in a story broken on the TVNewser website, longtime anchorwoman E.D. Hill, who from 1998 until 2006 was one of the hosts of Fox & Friends, is leaving that network, with her contract not being renewed.
E.D. WAS Fox & Friends and will sorely be missed by many a viewer.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
I have a sister (who has a couple of web blogs) who remembers watching Dotto when she was three years old.
Mr. Narz was the brother of fellow former game show host Tom Kennedy (You Don't Say, the original version of Split Second, one of the various revivals of Name That Tune, amongst others).
Before he became a game show host, Jack was a regular on the old Space Patrol show, in which he hawked the sponsor's products, Ralston cereals such as Wheat Chex and Rice Chex, as well as special offers associated with the products, as seen here in this clip from 1953.
The daytime Dotto episode which touched off the quiz show firestorm was the episode in which one of the contestants (Marie Winn, who later became an author) had been given the answers in advance. A standby contestant spotted an open notebook in the contestants' dressing room, found the answers, ripped out that page from the notebook, and showed the page to the contestant's opponent. After receiving $1,500, this standby contestant was ready to forget the whole thing until the losing contestant received $4,000, the same amount as the winning contestant. Having felt double-crossed, the backup contestant, a part-time actor and butler by the name of Edward Hilgemeier, lodged a complaint with the Colgate-Parmolive Company, the show's sponsor. Shortly afterward, both the daytime (CBS) and nighttime (NBC) versions were cancelled by the respective networks.
Jack Narz did not know of the nafarious practice used on that show.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
It appears that NFL commissioner Roger Godell was not going to screw around with the man who dropped his nickname "Pacman."
Yep, it looks like Cowboys owner Jerry Jones took a roll of the dice and crapped out. Another defensive back, Terrance Newman, is out with an injury, quarterback Tony Romo is expected to be out four weeks because of a broken pinky suffered in the Sunday loss at Arizona, their punter, Mat McBriar, is lost for the season after suffering a broken foot while getting a punt blocked that was returned for the Cardinals' game winning touchdown in overtime, and running back Felix Jones (no relation) is also injured.
UPDATE: The Dallas Cowboys, at the trade deadline, picked up wide receiver Roy Williams (and a 2009 7th round draft pick) from the Detroit Lions in exchange for three draft picks for 2009: A first, third, and sixth rounder.
Friday, October 03, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
The cartoon, originally released theatrically by Paramount Pictures, was subsequently released to television by the Harvey Company, which refilmed the titles, replacing the Paramount eblem with the Harveytoons logo, this being the case of the 1950-62 Famous-Paramount product, save for Popeye, which was sold separately to television in 1957.
As for Seymour Kneitel, he was a longtime animator with his father-in-law's studio and also worked on stories. Paramount, which beginning in 1927, started distributing the Fleischer brothers' cartoons, took over the studio in 1942. Seymour Kneitel became a director at the studio at that time, remaining with the outfit until his death in 1964.
Direction: Seymour Kneitel
Story: Irv Spector
Animation: Tom Johnson
Scenics: Robert Gentle
Music: Winston Sharples
Voice Characterizations (uncredited):
Production Manager (uncredited):
RCA Sound System
Released on March 6, 1959 by Paramount Pictures Corporation and produced by Paramount Cartoon Studios
Saturday, September 20, 2008
We have for you the opening and closing from an episode of It's About Time, which flopped as a prime time sitcom on CBS (1966-67). The series was created by Sherwood Schwartz, who created Gilligan's Island and The Brady Bunch.
Friday, September 19, 2008
Mr. Jeffries, who is still with us today, will be 97 years old next Wednesday. He was also a singing cowboy, having sang and starred in a number of grade-B Westerns. He may well be the last of that breed, having outlasted the Gene Autrys, Roy Rogerses, Rex Allens, and Tex Ritters. In this short, he does a great job singing.
Also included, a commercial for a Remco drive-in movie theater for kids. How 'cum they didn't include Gunsmoke plus Kiko the Kangaroo, or Perry Mason plus Gandy Goose?
Thursday, September 18, 2008
You'll get a bang out of this one.
Tuesday, September 09, 2008
CSTV, which was purchased by CBS in early 2006, was further integrated into CBS Sports right after the start of this year and was renamed CBS College Sports Network this March.
Danny Thomas' sitcom moved to CBS in 1957 and I think it wound up being sponsored by General Foods.
Sunday, September 07, 2008
Nothing like Dennis James hawking Old Gold cigarettes along with the dancing Old Gold cigarette pack and dancing matchbox.
These cars were sold not only at Nash dealerships, as the off-screen narrator intones, but Hudson dealerships as well. Depending on what dealership the particular car was sold, it carried either a Nash or Hudson badge at the front grill of the car.
American Motors Corporation, created in 1954 from the consolidation of Nash-Kelvinator and the Hudson Motor Car Company, was a key sponsor of the old Disneyland show that aired on ABC. The animation was, or course, produced by Walt Disney Productions.
Wednesday, September 03, 2008
Yogi did not get his own show until 1961.
Longtime animation veteran Bill Melendez, best remembered for his work directing and animating numerous television specials with Charles Schulz's Peanuts characters (A Charlie Brown Christmas, It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, et al), as well as a number of theatrical animated feature films with Charlie Brown, Snoopy and company, passed away on Tuesday at Santa Monica, California at age 91. Mr. Melendez, who in earliers times worked for Walt Disney, Warner Brothers, and UPA, also did the voices of Snoopy and Woodstock in the Peanuts specials.
Bill earned eight Emmy Awards and 17 Emmy nominations. For many years, he sported a handlebar mustache.
Sunday, August 31, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
The series aired on NBC on Saturday mornings from 1966-69. The last two seasons saw only reruns. This was during the era of animated superheroes on network television. We've even got the old NBC Peacock to open things up. Enjoy.
The company also was a sponsor of the TV version of Amos 'n Andy.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
The song, I think, was originally recorded in Memphis by one of Johnny's Sun Records colleagues, Warren Smith.
This aired on the locally-telecast Buster Keaton Show. 320,884 of these cars were built for the 1950 model year, and I'll tell you, that is one certainly unique body style.
For 1951, Studebaker somewhat toned down the bullet nose and added chrome to the front of the car (they also added an overhead valve V-8 engine to their Commanders and Land Cruisers as well).
They planned to keep the bullet nose for 1952, but wartime restrictions (this was during the Korea War) put the kibosh on that.
Pabst sponsored the Wednesday night fights when they aired on CBS from 1950 until 1955.
Wednesday, August 06, 2008
Friday, August 01, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Trumpet: Dick Cathcart
Trombones: Pete Lofthouse and Bob Havens
Clarinet: Don Bonnee
Saxophone: Russ Klein
Bass: Buddy Hayes
Drums: Johnny Klein
Friday, July 11, 2008
Tuesday, July 01, 2008
Monday, June 30, 2008
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Saturday, May 10, 2008
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Friday, April 18, 2008
Thursday, April 17, 2008
It was reported by family members that former long-time regular on The Lawrence Welk Show, Nebraska-born Irish tenor Joe Feeney passed away this past Wednesday at age 76.
Joe was a regular on the Welk show from 1957 until 1982, when Lawrence pulled the plug on the show. The top vidcap was from September 5, 1959, the middle vidcap was from February 22, 1964, and the one in color, with pianist Frank Scott, was from the October 23, 1965 show.
My mom always enjoyed listening to Joe singing on the Welk show.
You can find a tribute to Joe at:
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Thomas Kohnstamm also claims in a new book that he accepted free travel, in contravention of the company's policy.
His revelations have rocked the travel publisher, which sells more than six million guides a year.
Mr Kohnstamm, whose book is titled Do Travel Writers Go To Hell?, said yesterday that he had worked on more than a dozen books for Lonely Planet, including its titles on Brazil, Colombia, the Caribbean, Venezuela, Chile and South America.
In one case, he said he had not even visited the country he wrote about.
"They didn't pay me enough to go Colombia,'' he said.
"I wrote the book in San Francisco. I got the information from a chick I was dating - an intern in the Colombian Consulate.
"They don't pay enough for what they expect the authors to do.''
Maybe this author should win the Janet Cooke book award, if you know what I mean.
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Produced and directed by Frank Moser and Paul Terry
Music by Philip A. Scheib
Produced at New Rochelle, New York by Moser and Terry for Educational Pictures and perhaps released theatrically by Fox Film Corporation.
This cartoon was another in a long line of cartoons at that studio with the dialog being sung in operetta fashion.
They did this during the decade with characters such as Strongheart, Fanny Zilch, and Silk Hat Harry.
This format reached its zenith in the late 1940s and early 1950s with Mighty Mouse, Pearl Pureheart, and Oil Can Harry.
Tuesday, April 08, 2008
Monday, April 07, 2008
This film has the original credits.
I actually had Oregon over Portland State on my bracket. North Carolina was the only final four pick on my bracket to make it to San Antonio before the Jayhawks beat 'em.
Tuesday, April 01, 2008
Monday, March 31, 2008
Story by John Foster
Directed by Mannie Davis
Music by Philip A. Scheib
Produced by Paul Terry at New Rochelle, New York
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Sunday, March 30, 2008
A reported crowd of 115,300, the largest ever to watch a baseball game, showed up last night at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to watch the Boston Red Sox beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-4 in an exhibition game. This is part of the 50th anniversary celebration of the Dodgers' first year in Los Angeles.
The Coliseum was their home from 1958 to 1961, before they moved to their permanent home at Chevez Revine (Dodger Stadium) in 1962.
Photo: Associated Press
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Friday, March 28, 2008
Here's a 1932 Vitaphone short starring Nina Mae McKinney, the very young Nicholas Brothers, and Eubie Blake and his orchestra.
Photographed by E. B. DuPar
Directed by Roy Mack
Produced in Brooklyn, New York
Monday, March 24, 2008
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Friday, March 21, 2008
The commercials for Marx Toys were usually narrated by Claude Kirschner, who was the original ringmaster on the old ABC TV show Super Circus (1948-56), which originated from Chicago. By the end of 1955, the show was moved to New York, and the entire cast, including Mr. Kirschner and the show's beloved buxom blonde, Mary Hartline, were replaced, with Jerry Colonna becoming the new ringmaster. The show went off the air in 1956.
Claude narrated many a Marx Toys commercial.
What the hell, here's another one
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Monday, March 17, 2008
According to a report that came out late Saturday on TV Newser, veteran anchorwoman Laurie Dhue has left Fox News Channel. It appears that Laurie and the network failed to come to terms on a new contract. The University of North Carolina graduate had been with FNC for 7 1/2 years and will be sorely missed.
UPDATE: Laurie's biography has been removed from the Fox News web site.
I know that not that many households get the CBS College Sports Network (which formally changed its name yesterday from CSTV), but has anyone out there had the opportunity to watch the network? It certainly looks and feels more like a CBS network than it had during the CSTV days.
Friday, March 14, 2008
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Saturday, March 01, 2008
Thursday, February 07, 2008
It was only Uma's second appearance on FNC this year, and only her third hosting assignment since being yanked off Fox News Live (Sunday) back in October.
When are those specials Uma's slated to host scheduled to air?