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Greg Garrison Presents The Best of Dean Martin Variety Show Volume 7

Greg Garrison Presents The Best of Dean Martin Variety Show Volume 7

In this DVD are many of Dean’s celebrity guests over the years including Ann-Margret, Jack Benny, Joey Bishop, Bill Cosby, Dom DeLuise, Ella Fitzgerald, Rich Little, Ronald Reagan, Peter Sellers, and Danny Thomas.

The Dean Martin Variety Show first

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Puppet Playtime-Howdy Doody intro

Hey KIDS! What time is it?
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Early 1950s Television Set

Early 1950s Television Set
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We got the set in late 1952 or early 1953; the photo is probably from the same time and was taken in Eugene, Oregon (USA). Until a local station started broadcasting, we only got a very fuzzy picture from a UHF station in Portland. The cable going off to the right went to a UHF antenna on top of a 40-foot mast on the roof; later in 1953, there was another cable going through the wall on the right connected to a VHF antenna lower on the mast to pick up signals from a new TV station in Eugene.

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Adam-12: Season Five

Adam-12: Season Five

Officers Pete Malloy (Martin Milner) and Jim Reed (Kent McCord) return for another siren-blasting season of Jack Webbs police drama classic Adam-12.

Real badges, real cars and real cases Season Five finds the partnering police pair in a s

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Enter The Lone Ranger

Six Texas Ranger are led into an ambush, all are killed except one, who is nursed back to health by an Indian friend from his youth.

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I Love Lucy 1950′s TV commercial

I Love Lucy- Coming Attractions
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TV Shows We Used To Watch – BBC Juke Box Jury 1959-67

TV Shows We Used To Watch – BBC Juke Box Jury 1959-67


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Classic 1950s and 60s pop music show in which a panel votes hit or miss on the new releases they are played. David Jacobs presents, with Nina and Frederick, Jill Ireland and David McCallum on the panel.

The show – in which assorted celebrities rated new single releases a ‘hit’ or a ‘miss’ – began on US Television in 1948 starring Hollywood DJ Peter Potter.

One of the highlights of the show’s history was when The Beatles appeared on December 7th 1963. They rated songs by artists including Billy Fury, Elvis Presley and The Swinging Blue Jeans – all of which became hits.

On the night, seven of the Beatles’ predictions were right and three were wrong.

The show’s format was very simple: a panel of four guests would listen to a batch of the latest pop singles and judge them a hit or a miss.

The fact that the programme was performance-free meant that during a song the camera would pan around the studio audience, linger on the celebrity panel or cut back to the show’s host, originally the DJ David Jacobs, to no great purpose.

Despite this lack of visual interest, the show proved extremely popular, with a weekly audience peaking at around 12 million, while an appearance by the Rolling Stones as the panellists attracted 10,000 requests for tickets for the programme’s recording.

The most famous guests to appear on the show were The Beatles, who generated such pandemonium that the audience drowned out much of what they said.

It was axed towards the end of 1967 after falling ratings, but revived on two occasions, the first time with Noel Edmonds as presenter (in 1979), and the second time with
Jools Holland (from 1989 to 1990). The theme music for the show was called
"Hit and Miss" and was performed by "The John Barry Seven".

The following clip is a section from a programme in 1960.

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Nina and Frederik were a Danish popular singing duo of the late 1950s and early 1960s. Their repertoire consisted of a blend of folk music, calypsos and standards. The duo consisted of Frederik, Baron van Pallandt and his wife at the time Nina van Pallandt.

Nina and Frederik began singing together at the age of four, but since Frederik’s father was the Dutch ambassador to Denmark, his family moved away and the children lost contact with each other. However in 1957 he re-established contact with Nina at her parents home and one evening played his guitar for her. To his surprise Nina began singing to it, and it was at that moment that they decided to sing together. Originally they sang only for their friends, and occasionally at house parties. This led to them being asked to perform at charity shows and soon they were in demand professionally. On 1 July 1957, the duo made their professional show business debut in Copenhagen’s top night club, Mon Coeur. Within a matter of months they had become great favourites throughout Europe. They married in September 1960 and in 1961 had their own series on British Television, Nina and Frederik at home.

Their earliest known single was "Jamaica Farewell"/"Come Back Liza", both Calypso songs, issued in 1959 on Pye International 7N 25021, but showing a 1957 ‘recording first published’ date.

Their album, Nina and Frederik, charted at number 9 on the UK Albums Chart in February 1960. Their follow-up collection, also entitled Nina and Frederik, but featuring completely different songs, peaked at number 11 in the UK chart in May 1961.

In 1963 they spent three weeks performing at the Savoy Hotel, and in December of the same year they gave a concert at the Royal Festival Hall, and made guest appearances on the panel of Juke Box Jury.

Jill Ireland and David McCallum

David Keith McCallum, Jr. (born 19 September 1933) is a Scottish actor and musician. He is best known for his roles as Illya Kuryakin, a Russian-born secret agent, in the 1960s television series The Man from U.N.C.L.E., as interdimensional operative Steel in Sapphire & Steel, and Dr. Donald "Ducky" Mallard in the series NCIS.

He was married to actress Jill Ireland from 1957 to 1967. They had three sons: Paul, Jason – an adopted son who died from an accidental drug overdose in 1989 – and Valentine. He introduced Ireland to Charles Bronson when both were filming The Great Escape. A few years later, she left McCallum and married Bronson.

He has been married to Katherine Carpenter since 1967. They have a son, Peter, and a daughter, Sophie. David and Katherine McCallum are active with charitable organizations that support the United States Marine Corps: Katherine’s father was a Marine who served in the Battle of Iwo Jima, and her brother lost his life in the Vietnam War.

David and Katherine McCallum live in New York.

Jill Dorothy Ireland (April 24, 1936 – May 18, 1990) was an English actress, best known for her many films with her second husband, Charles Bronson.

Ireland was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1984. After her diagnosis, Ireland wrote two books chronicling her battle with the disease (at the time of her death, she was writing a third book) and became a spokesperson for the American Cancer Society. In 1988, she testified before Congress about medical costs and was awarded the Medal of Courage from then-President Ronald Reagan.

On May 18, 1990, Ireland died of breast cancer at her home in Malibu, California.

For her contribution to the motion picture industry, Jill Ireland has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6751 Hollywood Boulevard.

In 1991, Jill Clayburgh portrayed Ireland in the made-for-television movie Reason for Living: The Jill Ireland Story, which told of her later years, including her fight with cancer.

David Lewis Jacobs CBE (born 19 May 1926) is a British actor and broadcaster who rose to prominence as presenter of the peak-time BBC Television show Juke Box Jury and of the BBC Radio 4 political forum, Any Questions?

Jacobs was born in London and educated at Strand School. He served in the Royal Navy from 1944 to 1947, and first broadcast on Navy Mixture in 1944. He became an announcer with the British Forces Broadcasting Service and was chief announcer on Radio SEAC in Ceylon (1945-47). He was later assistant-station director.

A BBC staff announcer in the early 1950s, his voice eerily intoned the title for many of the 53 episodes of the popular space adventure series Journey Into Space. He also played no fewer than 22 acting parts in the course of the series.

He also broadcast on Radio Luxembourg.

Jacobs became best known as presenter of Juke Box Jury on BBC television between 1959 and 1967. He was one of the four original presenters of Top of the Pops when it started in 1964. He had earlier, between 1957 and 1961, established the chart show format of the Light Programme’s Pick of the Pops, to which he briefly returned in 1962.

Between 1957 and 1966 Jacobs was the presenter of A Song for Europe and did the UK commentary at several Eurovision Song Contests. He hosted the popular panel game What’s My Line? when it was revived on BBC2 from 1973 to 1974. In 1973 he hosted a short-lived version of the American game show The Who, What, or Where Game.

From December 1967 until July 1983 Jacobs chaired the influential Radio 4 live topical debate programme Any Questions? One episode notoriously descended into chaos when some of the audience heckled Enoch Powell: they were evicted, and a stone was thrown through the stained-glass window of the church from which the programme was being broadcast. Jacobs later for a time presented a similar series called Questions for TVS.

Jacobs appeared as himself in the 1974 film Stardust, compèring a 1960s award ceremony. He also appeared as himself in an episode of the BBC sitcom Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em, where he played the presenter of a fictional home improvement show.

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Smothers Brothers

Smothers Brothers


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the Smothers Brothers on the red carpet at the 40th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, 8/28/88 – Permission granted to copy, publish, broadcast or post but please credit "photo by Alan Light" if you can

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No Clowning Around: BOZO THE CLOWN “The Man Behind The Nose” Celebration August 22, 2010

Maximo TV www.maximotv.com http Book signing and pie-throwing contest to celebrate the release of “The Man Behind the Nose: Assassins, Astronauts, Cannibals, and Other Stupendous Tales” (Releasing August 17, Igniter Books, It Books/HarperCollins) Bozo the Clown doesn’t clown around when it comes to raising money to support literacy programs in local schools and libraries. As a part of Bozo for Books, Bozo’s World Literacy Campaign, America’s most iconic and famous television clown is hosted a book signing and Bozo’s National Pie Throwing Competition, a charity pie-in-the-face contest, at Book Soup in West Hollywood on August 22, 2010 – Interviews with Susan Harmon (Widow of the late Larry “Bozo” Harmon) Igniter Literary Group publisher/NY Times best-selling author Neil Strauss and “Bozo The Clown”. Exclusive interviews by Arista Ilona themanbehindthenose.com In the book, Harmon and McKenzie recall some pretty crazy tales about America’s most iconic and beloved clown: *There was a 10-year wait for tickets to the Bozo Show. *He famously wore size 83AAA shoes. *There were over 200 million TV viewers in 183 markets across the globe. *It was Caroline Kennedy’s favorite show during her childhood. *Ronald McDonald was adapted from Bozo. ***Thisfootage is available for licensing*** The viewing of this clip by website visitors is only permissible for personal use; copying, commercial use, distribution, broadcast, download, additional use or transfer is expressly prohibited

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Ballad of Paladin Have Gun Will Travel

Ballad of Paladin, Have Gun Will Travel. Sung by Johnny Western!

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