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#T101- VINTAGE COMEDY/VARIETY VOL. 1
CARSON'S CELLAR (1953) "Game Show Spoof" *Johnny Carson's first network
tv show at the age of 28. In this show Johnny does a game show spoof and
also shows the correct way to prepare a Thanksgiving dinner with hilarious
EDGAR BERGEN/CHARLIE MCCARTHY SHOW "Ghost Town" (1956) Edgar
brought his comedy act to television in this half hour comedy
series. In this show Edgar and Charlie stop in a ghost town during
their vacation and have a most unusual experience. Mortimer Snerd
also appears. (w/original network commercials for Coke)
ED WYNN SHOW "G.S.- 3 Stooges" (1950) Ed Wynn's unusual brand of
comedy is featured in this episode when he is greeted by three of
the network's executives (The Three Stooges). (w/original network
ERNIE KOVACS SHOW (1950) Ernie Kovacs, one of the most unusual
television comics, shows his offbeat brand of humor in this episode
where he plays homage to silent movies. (w/original network commercials)
#T102- VINTAGE TV SITCOMS VOL.1
BEULAH SHOW "Babysitter" (1950) Stars Ethel Waters as maid Beulah
who often ends up running the household that she works for. In this
episode Beulah's boyfriend Bill is forced to babysit a spoiled brat.
(w/original network commercials)
BLONDIE "The Gun Collector" (1953) The popular comic strip came to tv in the early
1950's. In this episode Mr. Dithers sends Dagwood to buy a one of a kind
pistol for him and Blondie thinks that Dagwood wants it for himself.
DAY IN THE LIFE OF DENNIS DAY "Pilot" (1951) In this kinescope Dennis Day's girlfriend's
parents can't figure out what makes Dennis act so dumb. They think that it's because
he has amnesia and is actually a missing millionaire.
MY LITTLE MARGIE "Go West Young Girl" (1952) Stars Gale Storm and Charles Farrell in an
early episode of the popular 1950's sitcom. In this episode Margie agrees to go on a
camping trip with her father hoping to trick him to take her to Hawaii.
#T103- AMOS 'N' ANDY VOL. 1
"Arabia" The Kingfish sets up a phony
raffle that forces him to wind up in Arabia drilling for oil, trying to earn enough money to get
home. (w/original network commercials)
"Andy Plays Santa Claus" In
the traditional Christmas episode, Andy works very hard to earn enough money to buy a doll for
"Amos Helps Out" After a domestic fight, the Kingfish writes a fake letter from the
license bureau stating that he and Sapphire were never legally married.
"The Boarder" Sapphire
maintains that her boarder, a singer with a large appetite, is a cultural asset, but to the Kingfish
he is a gorging freeloader. (w/original network commercials)
#T104- AMOS 'N' ANDY VOL. 2
"Ballgame" The Kingfish sells Andy a ring he finds in his
crackerjack box before he finds out how valuable the ring really is. (w/
original network commercials)
"Kingfish Gets Amnesia" The Kingfish gets amnesia when all of
his friends come over asking him to repay old debts.
"The Society Party" The Kingfish and Andy
try to get their ladies to wear the same fur coat at the same time, to the same party.
Lends A Hand" The Kingfish and Andy go into the parking lot business and wind up in the used
#T105-AMOS 'N' ANDY VOL. 3
"Call Lenigh 4-9900" The Kingfish accidentally answers a
newspaper ad for a lonely hearts club, and when a girl shows
up at his office, Andy poses as the Kingfish.
"Kingfish's New Neighbors" While trying to get rid of
neighbors who borrow everything the Kingfish uses the crying
of a baby and a sound effects record, but the plan backfires as
the Kingfish is about to be evicted.
"Convention" In Chicago, the Kingfish gets a sample of the
con game from his wife Sapphire who gets them to turn over
their money to her, using a disguise, leaving the boys no money
to get home.
"Andy Learns To Fly" The Kingfish teaches Andy to fly, so
that he can win back his girl from a motor boat enthusiast.
#T106- VINTAGE COMEDY/VARIETY VOL. 2
HOWDY DOODY SHOW (1951) "Howdy Goes To School"
In this classic kinescope, Buffalo Bob Smith and all the gang
from Doodyville find out what Howdy likes best about school.
JIMMY DURANTE SHOW (1957) "Jimmy Throws A
Wedding" In this episode Jimmy Durante plans a wedding for
one of the girls at the club. (w/original
RED SKELTON SHOW (1958) "G.S.- Jackie Coogan"
This rare kinescope of Skelton's show has Red's pantomime
humor at it's best. (w/original
BUICK BERLE SHOW (1953) "G.S.- Vic Damone, Jackie
Cooper" Milton Berle does a spoof of "Dragnet" and Vic
Damone sings "April in Portugal" in this delightful show.
#T107-VINTAGE COMEDY/VARIETY VOL. 3
HOWDY DOODY SHOW (1948) "Howdy Doody For
President" In one of the earliest episodes of the series, Howdy
Doody decides to run for president in this very rare kinescope.
BUICK BERLE SHOW (1954) "G.S.- Mickey Rooney,
Nancy Walker" Nancy Walker appears in her tv debut as the
president of Berle's fan club; Mickey Rooney sings several
songs and appears in skits with Uncle Miltie. (w/original network
RED SKELTON SHOW (1952) In this show Red proudly
displays the Emmys his program won, does a pantomime
routine, and a sketch that spoofs British newscasters.
#T108-VINTAGE COMEDY/VARIETY VOL. 4
COLGATE COMEDY HOUR (1950) Abbott & Costello host
this delightful half hour of comedy with guest stars Vera Zorina
and Tony Bavaar. The boys do comedy skits and musical
HOWDY DOODY SHOW (1955) "G.S.- Gabby Hayes" In
this episode Buffalo Bob presents a new clubhouse and new cast
members. Guest star Gabby Hayes comes to the clubhouse.
ED WYNN SHOW (1949) "G.S.- Mel Torme" A very young
Mel Torme joins Ed in this show. Ed does a very funny sketch
about the new medium of television. (w/original network commercials)
JACK BENNY PROGRAM (1957) "G.S.- Jayne
Mansfield" * Jack holds his annual talent competition to
showcase the stars of tomorrow. Mel Blanc does a very funny
segment as an animal impersonator and Jayne Mansfield comes
on stage to reclaim her purse that Jack
#T109- FIBBER McGEE & MOLLY VOL. 1
"The House Trailer Raffle" (Pilot) 9/15/59 * Stars Bob
Sweeney and Cathy Lewis as Fibber McGee and Molly. In the
pilot McGee is lured into buying a huge house trailer and tries
to hide it from Molly.
"Shooting Gallery" 9/22/59 * McGee gets the whole town
angry at him when he rents his store to a man who uses it as a
"Good Neighbors" 9/29/59 * Fibber buys several goats to
keep up his lawn. When he can't keep them under control the
neighbors come calling.
"The Big Dance" 10/6/59 * Fibber is in charge of the annual
lodge dance and everyone thinks that he's going to mess it up.
#T110- VINTAGE SITCOMS VOL. 2
THE GREAT GILDERSLEEVE (1955) "One Too Many
Secretaries" * Stars Willard Waterman as womanizer
Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve in the television version of the
popular radio series. In this episode Gildy hires his girlfriend as
his secretary by mistake but doesn't want to fire his current
LIFE OF RILEY (1949) "Junior's Birthday" Stars Jackie
Gleason in the first television version of the popular radio
series as Chester Riley. In this episode Riley plans a birthday
party for son Junior but can't get anyone to come to the party
because another boy's birthday is the same day. (w/original network commercials)
HOW TO MARRY A MILLIONAIRE (1953) "It's A Dog's
Life" * Stars Barbara Eden, Lori Nelson, and Merry Anders as
three girls trying to find rich men. In this episode the girls take
care of a lost dog that has a expensive collar hoping that the
owner is a millionaire.
MEET CORLIS ARCHER (1952) "Christmas Show" Stars
Ann Baker as the unpredictable teenager Corlis Archer. In
this episode Corlis desperately tries to find her hidden
#T111- BURNS & ALLEN SHOW VOL. 1
"Kleebob Game" (Pilot) 10/12/50 George Burns and Gracie
Allen brought their comedy act to television in 1950. In this
episode George and neighbor Harry Morton try to trick the girls
out of going to the movies by teaching them the Kleebob card
"Checking Account" 12/7/50 Gracie gets careless with her
new checking account which George tries to balance.
"Tax Audit" 3/1/51 The Income Tax Man spends a frustrating
day trying to figure out Gracie's tax deductions.
"Teenage Visit" 4/26/51 The Vanderlips daughter stays with
George and Gracie and Gracie helps her with her homework
and really confuses the poor girl.
(All of the above shows were originally filmed lived
and include the original network commercials)
#T112- BURNS & ALLEN SHOW VOL. 2
"Beverly Hills Uplifting Society" 10/11/51 The Uplifting
Society is broke because Gracie has spent all of their money to
buy a wall safe to put their money in.
"Christmas" 12/20/51 Mamie Kelly and the kids visit George
and Gracie for the holidays. Gracie reads her own delightful
version of "A Christmas Carol" including other characters from
other fairy tales.
"Return of the Kelly Kids" 5/22/52 Mamie and the kids are
back again and move in while they house hunt. The kids drive
poor George crazy while he's busy trying to get some work
done. (All of the above shows were originally filmed live and
include the original network commercials)
"Gracie & The Matrimonial Bureau" 10/9/52 * This is the
first filmed show of the series. When Gracie thinks that her
wardrobe woman is unmarried, she goes to a matrimonial
bureau to find her a husband. (syndicated version)
#T113- BURNS & ALLEN SHOW VOL. 3
"Gracie's Dinner Party" 10/16/52 *Gracie gives a dinner
party for a atomic scientist but he refuses to come and Gracie
forgets to send the reservations so George gets stuck with all
the food. (syndicated version)
"Gracie's Tall Tale" 12/11/52 Gracie writes a story for 'Look'
magazine and makes up a story that George beat up Silky
Thompson (Sheldon Leonard). Silky shows up to meet George.
(w/original network commercials)
"Wedding Bell Blues" 1/22/53 Gracie thinks that she and
George aren't really married after she sees a movie about a
minister who illegally marries people. Bestman Jack Benny
tries to convince Gracie that they were legally married. (w/original network commercials)
"Harry Morton Is Missing" 5/18/53 Gracie thinks that
Harry was kidnapped after he doesn't come home for lunch.
She hires a detective to find him and learns that he had lunch
with a mysterious blonde woman (Blanche).
#T114- JACK BENNY SHOW VOL. 1
"G.S.- Ernie Kovacs" 1/25/59 Ernie shows off his fake
mustache collection. Jack and Ernie appear in a sketch
together as prison inmates in a prison of the future.
"G.S.- Humphrey Bogart" 10/25/53 Bogie stars in a "Baby
Face" sketch with Jack and they spoof police shows like
"Dragnet". (w/original network
"G.S.- Bob Hope" (1953) Bob Hope guest stars with Jack in
this show and tries to take over his show. Bob & Jack appear
in a sketch as Great White Hunters. Martin & Lewis also have
a cameo. (w/original network
"G.S.- Bing Crosby, George Burns" (1954) Jack is taking a
day off from his show and he invites good friends Bing and
George over for a golf game and to try to get them on his tv
show. Bob Hope also has a cameo in this episode.
#T115- JACK BENNY SHOW VOL. 2
"G.S.- Audrey Meadows" (1958) In this live kinescope from
the show Audrey Meadows is the guest and she does
"Honeymooners" sketch with Jack as Ralph Kramden and
Dennis Day as Ed Norton.
"The Whistler" (1954) * In this show Jack does a spoof of the
radio series "The Whistler" and shares other memories of the
good old days of radio. Mel Blanc and Dennis Day also appear.
"Christmas Shopping" (1956) Jack does his tradional
Christmas episode as he goes Christmas shopping and drives
poor store clerk Mel Blanc nuts. One of the funniest episodes
of the series.
"New Year's Eve" (1956) Jack appears with the coaches from
the 1956 Rose Bowl game and recreates his famous New Year's
Eve radio sketch.
#T116- JACK BENNY SHOW VOL. 3
"Train Station" (1956) *Jack has nothing but trouble in this
episode when he goes to the train station trying to leave on a
"Surprise Party For Dennis" (1955) * Jack plans a surprise
party for Dennis Day but Dennis finds out about it when he
shows up at Jack's house to complain about next week's show.
"G.S.- Edgar Bergen" (1958) * Jack goes to Edgar Bergen's
house hoping to get him to guest star on his tv show and he
meets Charlie McCarthy and Mortimer Snerd.
"Jack Goes To Palm Springs" (1954) * Jack has a disastrous
trip to Palm Springs after he jumps in a swimming pool that
has no water and ends up in bed for the rest of the trip.
#T117-VINTAGE SITCOMS VOL. 4
JOE & MABLE (1954) "Joey Picks Up A Thief" Stars Larry
Blyden and Nita Talbot in this very rare sitcom about a cab
driver and his girlfriend. In this episode Joey unknowingly
picks up a thief in his taxi and when he finds out who he was is
afraid that he'll come after him.
TOPPER (1953) "Vacation Contest" * Stars Leo G. Carroll
as Cosmo Topper and Robert Sterling and Anne Jeffreys as
George and Marion Kirby, Topper's ghostly friends. In this
episode Topper's wife Henrietta enters a contest and George
and Marion make sure that she wins.
MOLLY (1953) "Old Friend's Fight" * Stars Gertrude Berg
as Molly Goldberg in this series that would later be known as
"The Goldbergs". In this episode Molly tries to fix the
marriage of two friends that are fighting.
THE GREAT GILDERSLEEVE (1959) "Dancing Lessons"
* In this episode Gildy has Leroy take dance lessons and Gildy
falls for the dance teacher and signs up for $600 worth of dance
#T118- VINTAGE SITCOMS VOL. 5
LIFE OF RILEY (1949) "Riley Goes To Night School" In
this episode Riley decides to go to night school and gets caught
helping a friend cheat who's trying to become a American
citizen. (w/original network
HOW TO MARRY A MILLIONAIRE (1953) "Penthouse"
(Pilot) * In this pilot episode of the series, the girls try to find
a way to afford their penthouse apartment so that they can
HOT OFF THE WIRE (1957) "Mike's Big Romance" *
This series stars Jim Backus as Mike O'Toole, con man news
editor of a small newspaper, and Nita Talbot is his assistant. In
this episode Mike plays fiance to a rich heiress (Patricia
MAKE ROOM FOR DADDY (1955) "Terry's Party" In
this episode of the Danny Thomas series, Terry is planning a
party with her friends that don't want any help from adults but
Danny has other ideas. (w/original
#T119- GAME SHOWS VOL. 1
DO YOU TRUST YOUR WIFE (1956) This game show was
hosted by Edgar Bergen and his famous dummies. Couples
predict how much they know about each other. (w/original network commercials)
THE PRICE IS RIGHT (1957) Bill Cullen hosts the original
version of the most popular game show of all time. This early
version isn't as much as a circus as the current show. (w/original commercials)
YOU BET YOUR LIFE (1953) The one, the only,
GROUCHO! Groucho is here at his funny best. The secret
word in this episode is: Head. (w/
original network commercials)
QUICK AS A FLASH (1956) This game show was hosted by
Bill Cullen. In this show the master of horror, Boris Karloff is
#T120- VINTAGE SITCOMS VOL. 6
TOPPER (1953) "George's Old Flame" In this episode
George's old flame shows up at the Topper's announcing her
engagement and George thinks that she's marrying the guy just
to get over him. (w/original network
MY LITTLE MARGIE (1954) "Vern The Hood" Margie
tries to convince a banker that she's in debt to a hood (Vern) so
that he'll give her money to help the neighbor lady by a new
OUR MISS BROOKS (1952) "Pilot" * Stars Eve Arden as
school teacher Connie Brooks. In the pilot show Miss Brooks
tries to get Mr. Conklin to be romantic to her by trying to pick
a fight with him so that they will kiss and make up.
FIBBER McGEE & MOLLY (1959) "Rekindling The
Romance" * In this episode Molly and her next door neighbor
leave their husbands until they will become more romantic.
#T121- LIFE OF RILEY VOL. 1
"Come Back Little Junior" In 1953 William Bendix brought
'The Life of Riley" back to television and returned to the role of
Chester Riley, which he made famous on radio. In this episode
Riley's son Junior runs away from home after disagreeing with
"Riley's Wild Oats" In this episode Riley tells wife Peg that
he needs one night a week to do his own thing. The only
problem is that he has absolutely no idea what to do.
"Junior's Double Date" In this episode Junior tries to find a
date to the school dance and thanks to Riley he ends up with
"The Auction" In this episode Riley spends his bonus check
on a old suitcase at a auction and finds that it is filled with
#T122- LOVE THAT BOB VOL. 1
"Grandpa Meets Zsa Zsa" Bob Cummings stars in this series
as womanizer photographer Bob Collins. In this episode guest
star Zsa Zsa Gabor confuses grandpa for Bob , whom she thinks
is wasting away.
"Chuck Meets Grandpa" In this episode Bob sends Chuck to
Missouri to visit Grandpa hoping that Chuck will go to his old
college. (w/original network
"Chuck Goes Hollywood" * In this episode Bob has Chuck
pose for a cover of a teen magazine and Chuck turns into a
egomaniac. (syndicated version)
"The Wolf Sitter" * In this episode Chuck starts a wolf
sitting service for many of Bob's models who want to avoid
unwanted advances and Bob gets trapped in one of Chuck's
methods. (w/syndicated version)
#T123- MYSTERY SHOWS VOL. 1
DRAGNET "The Big Boys" One of the most popular crime
dramas in the 1950's focused around true police stories and
starred Jack Webb as Sgt. Joe Friday and Ben Alexander as
Officer Frank Smith. In this episode Sgt. Friday and Officer
Smith set out to catch Army deserters on a robbery spree. Guest
star Leonard Nimoy is featured in a early tv role.
RACKET SQUAD "The System" * In this series true crime
stories are reenacted to expose frauds and cons. In this episode
a man and his beautiful daughter try to con a successful man
out of his money by using a race horse scam.
MR. & MRS. NORTH "The Million Dollar Coffin" * Stars
Barbara Britton and Richard Denning as a man and wife
detective team. In this episode Mr. and Mrs. North try to figure
out why a man was murdered trying to dig up a grave until they
find stolen money in the coffin.
THE THIRD MAN "Dark Island" * Stars Michael Rennie
in the tv version based on the radio series as undercover agent
Harry Lime. In this episode Lime is brought to a strange island
and held against his will.
#T124- AMOS 'N' ANDY VOL. 4
"The Rare Coin" (Pilot) In this rare kinescope of the pilot
show, the television cast is introduced by Freeman Gosden and
Charles Correll, the creators of Amos 'n' Andy. In this episode
the Kingfish tries to swindle Andy out of a rare coin and Andy
swindles it right back by use of a clever trick in a phone booth
"Kingfish Sells A Lot" The Kingfish decides to dispose of a
worthless piece of property to Andy, but it's Andy who gets the
"Getting Momma Married Pt. 1" The Kingfish's mother-in-
law elopes with a con man and a fleecer of widows.
"Getting Momma Married Pt. 2" The Kingfish's mother-in-
law is so set on marrying a man that even when his wife shows
up she still says he is hers.
#T125- MYSTERY SHOWS VOL. 2
RACKET SQUAD "The Christmas Caper" Reed Hadley and
his detectives try to nab a gang of conniving con men who
scheme against Santas.
DRAGNET "The Big Girl" Carolyn Jones guest stars as a
suspect in this story of a tall beautfiul girl who beats and robs
over a dozen victims.
BOSTON BLACKIE "The Boxer" In this episode Blackie
investigates a scam involving a boxer who's matches are being
fixed by his manager.
MR. & MRS. NORTH "The Mysterious Doll" * In this
episode some thieves try to get a doll that's full of jewels.
#T126- ADVENTURE SHOWS VOL. 1
THE LONE RANGER "The Counterfeit Watchmaker"
Stars Clayton Moore as the masked man and Jay Silverheels as
his trusted friend Tonto. In this episode The Lone Ranger tries
to track a counterfeitor who's a respected watchmaker. (w/original network commercials)
TALES OF THE TEXAS RANGERS "Big Jack Garvey"
Stars Jace Pearson and Clay Morgan as the Texas Rangers. In
this episode the Texas Rangers have to pursue a former Texas
Ranger who's now the leader of a gang. (w/original network commercials)
ROY ROGERS SHOW (1952) "Land Outlaws" * Stars Roy
Rogers, Dale Evans, and Pat Brady. In this episode Roy and Pat
masquerade as crooks in order to catch real thieves that keep
beating up land surveyors.
RAMAR OF THE JUNGLE "Savage Fury" * Stars Ron
Hall as Ramar, the protector of the jungle. In this episode
Ramar tries to stop gun smugglers in the jungle.
#T127- VINTAGE SITCOMS VOL. 7
WHERE'S RAYMOND (The Ray Bolger Show) "The
Health Inspector" Stars Ray Bolger as dancer Ray Wallace.
In this episode Ray has to deal with a health inspector at his
club and ends up having to give the guy's kid free dance lessons
so that he can stay in business. (w/
original network commercials)
THE GREAT GILDERSLEEVE "The Whistling Bandit" *
In this episode Summerfield is plagued by the mysterious
Whistling Bandit. Gildy thinks that he will be a hero if he
catches the Whistling Bandit so he goes undercover to find him
but gets mistaken for the Whistling Bandit when trying to catch
HOT OFF THE WIRE "The Missing Heir" * In this
episode Mike tries to find the missing heir to a rich woman
after she leaves all of her money to her cat. Ken Berry appears
in one of his first tv appearances.
LIFE OF RILEY (1949) "Simon's Fishy Business" Riley
thinks that Babs' boyfriend Simon has money after he finds his
bank book. Riley talks Simon to go into business with him and
quits his job and then he finds out that Simon's bank book was
a fake, he was using it for his accounting class. (w/
original network commercials)
#T128- YOU BET YOUR LIFE
"Pilot Show" (1949) This is the original 60 minute kinescope
pilot for Groucho's long running tv game show. This is the
unedited version of the pilot before any mistakes were edited
out. If you've ever wanted to see a tv show before it is edited,
here's your chance. (w/original
"Secret Word: Arm" Groucho's at it again in this show as two
couples try to win the big prize. Will they say the word arm?
(w/original network commercials)
"Groucho & The Marx Brothers" Various items from movies
and tv with the Marx Brothers.
#T129- BURNS & ALLEN SHOW VOL. 4
"Gracie Trips On A Rug" 8/17/53 Gracie trips on a rug in a
department store and they fear she'll sue and she's afraid that
they'll sue her for putting a rip in their rug.
"The Fortune Card" 10/18/54 Gracie thinks that Blanche has
fallen in love with another man when gets a fortune card that
says that she'll fall in love with a man who runs into her. (w/
original network commercials)
"George Writes A Book" 11/15/54 Gracie first confuses
people at DMV and then she interrupts poor George from
trying to write his first book. (w/
original network commercials)
"Gracie Is Brilliant" 3/3/58 Gracie wins the prizes on a game
show after a hypnotist makes Gracie smart. George tries to get
the doctor to change her back or their comedy act will be
finished. (w/original network
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