Saturday, May 3, 2008

Hazel (1962) - Footage Offline -10/24/08

The Tony Martin Show (1954)

Rudy Ray Moore: Sweet Peter Jeeter (1977)

Here's another vile comedy record from The Human Tornado, Rudy Ray Moore, that was released - I think - in 1977. Totally profane, with a wonderful bed of funk music beneath his dirty ramble, this is another prize in the so-bad-it's-good pile. The great Steve Allen would probably not be pleased to be sharing a page with this LP. 

I've Got a Secret with guest Lucille Ball (1965)


I've Got a Secret with host Steve Allen (1964)

The contestant on the left comes from "North Surrey, British Columbia, Canada." Not too far from where I'm sitting this very instance. I find it comical that he needed to specify which part of Surrey he's from.

Friday, May 2, 2008

Ready Steady Go! with guests Otis Redding and Eric Burdon (1966)

Amazing Grace starring Moms Mabley (1974)

This film also featured legendary African-American showbiz figures Slappy White and Butterfly McQueen. It was written by Matt Robinson, one of the Gordons from Sesame Street and voice of Muppet Roosevelt Franklin. Hey, you know what? I uploaded a bunch of audio from Moms Mabley comedy records on Chess and Mercury for a seperate article last year - and you can listen to it in all its splendid glory here.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Make Room For Daddy (1953) - Footage Offline - 10/12/10

The Frank Fontaine Show (1955) - Footage Offline - 5/17/09

I think this was probably a pilot in the mid-fifties, hence the lack of sponsor spots on what looks like a raw piece of film. Fontaine, staple of The Jackie Gleason Show, could not hold a show of his own - especially with canned laughs and no writers. At least, it seems as if it has no writers.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

The Jack Benny Program with guest Peter Lorre (1962)

What's My Line with guest Arthur Godfrey (1951)

The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson with guest host Freddie Prinze and guest Richard Pryor (1976)

I unfortunately can't embed this, but you can go directly to YouTube and watch this video, posted today, in parts one and two.

The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson with guests Robert Blake and Burt Shulman (1973)

Route 66 with guest stars Peter Lorre, Boris Karloff and Lon Chaney Jr! (1962) - Footage Offline - 09/10/10

The Martha Raye Show with guests Buster Keaton, Paul Douglas and songwriter Harold Arlen (1956)

Full episode.

Mister Peepers (1952)

Mister Peepers is considered among the top echelon of nineteen fifties sitcoms although I personally feel it is somewhat overrated. To be fair, I've only watched maybe six early episodes of the series, but I wasn't enthralled by it. I am a big fan of Wally Cox, however. His stand-up act, the little I've heard of it (on a radio episode of Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts), is hilarious. I'm also a fan of Underdog and the premiere episode of Mission: Impossible, both featuring Cox. I also get a kick out of the fact that he was best friends with Marlon Brando and the man that taught Brando how to ride a hog for The Wild One. For me, the best thing about Mister Peepers is its theme song composed by Bernie Greene. WFMU recently posted an item about Bernie Greene. Listen to a great sounding MP3 of the Mister Peepers theme here.