Friday, December 28, 2007

The Giant Spider Invasion featuring Alan Hale Jr. (1975)

This is one of my all time favorite drive-in pictures and yes, a lot of it has to do with the fact it stars the Skipper from Gilligan's Island. The rest of it has to do with the fact it features a giant spider.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

The Joey Bishop Show with guest star Danny Thomas (1962) - Footage Offline - 6/07/08

Here it is, the obscure Make Room for Daddy spin-off. Incidentally, the first season is now available on DVD - who would buy it other than me - I am not sure.

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Make Room for Daddy with guest stars Lucy & Desi (1959)

Make Room for Daddy with guest star Jack Benny (1957)

This a very funny and very interesting episode. It features a great cameo by Jack Benny and many great exteriors of 1950s Las Vegas. At the end of the show, we also get to see a big chunk of Danny Thomas' actual stand-up act (not a very easy thing to find these days), of course under the guise of Danny Williams.
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Make Room for Daddy (1957)

For years I wondered why Danny Thomas was famous. I never saw Make Room for Daddy (eventually re-named The Danny Thomas Show), but I saw Danny Thomas regularly appear as a song and dance, joke telling guest star on countless nineteen seventies variety shows. I knew his name from the credits of The Dick Van Dyke Show but that was about it. That was then and this is now. Since then I have grown to love his work. Make Room for Daddy is a truly funny (unconventionally so - compared to most of its competition on 1950s television) sitcom from the fifties that gave birth to a huge spin-off called The Andy Griffith Show and a small spin-off called The Joey Bishop Show. Here's a full episode of the show when the widowed stand-up comedian Danny Williams (incidentally, the same name as the current Premier of Newfoundland) finally proposes to a new woman.
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