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1. NIXON'S "CHECKERS" SPEECH (1952). Here's the classic program that began Richard Nixon's crusade that he was not "a crook". Very funny today!
2. SEE IT NOW (12/23/51). Edward R. Murrow hosts this inventive, pioneering program similar to today's "60 Minutes". This program was the 1951 Christmas show, and features coax l cable hook-ups for holiday greetings from cities coast-to-coast. See the streets and residents of New York, Cleveland, Hollywood, Omaha, and Chicago as they were in 1951!
3. SEE IT NOW (2/24/52). Topics: Murrow interviews Senator Keefauver in his Washington home; and a conversation with a Chinese-American who was chased out of his home in a San Francisco neighborhood by a group of white bigots.
4. SEE IT NOW (6/29/52). An interview with then presidential candidate Dwight Eisenhower, and a simulated Russian bomb attack on the Empire State Building. (Note: The machine that was to run the middle commercial goes out and Murrow is left to ad-lib his way through the spot, and does so brilliantly!)


 120 MINUTES    $19.95   

V489 CURRENT EVENTS 1950s (and 60s) STYLE, II
1. PLYMOUTH NEWS CARAVAN (4/18/55 AND 4/20/55). Curious about how the network news was presented in the 1950s? Now's your chance to find out as you watch John Cameron Swayze from New York and David Brinkley from Washington review the day's events in two compact, 15-minute shows. Reports include the death of Albert Einstein and problems with school integration in the south. Complete with original commercials!
2. YOU CAN CHANGE THE WORLD (1952). This is one of those shows that stations ran when they first signed on in the morning. You decide whether it's government propaganda (with a twist of religion) or just plain patriotism. A priest and a large assortment of guest stars including Jack Benny, Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, William Holden, Anne Blythe, and Loretta Young gather in Benny's house to discuss how neighbor helping neighbor can stop the threat of communism.
3. THE WHITE HOUSE STORY (1961). Jackie Kennedy narrates this special, exploring the changes the presidential mansion has incurred since its inception. JFK appears briefly at the conclusion, which unfortunately ends abruptly.

110 MINUTES    $19.95    BLACK AND WHITE 

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There were troubles in the 1950s, but when viewing these shows today, they're funnier than the comedy programs produced back then. All these are from the collection of Christopher Hawley.
1. STAND UP AND BE COUNTED (1956). Hosted by Bob Russell, this show has a guest come out to discuss a personal problem on the air. Members of the live studio audience are then invited on stage to give their advice. This particular episode is unique for two reasons: One, during the audience advice segment, members disagree so much that loud arguing and fighting keeps the host from continuing the show, and two, the first 10 minutes of the kinescope consists of the audience warm-up segment before the show actually goes on the air. As the host begs and pleads the audience to take part once they go on the air, the camera focuses on people falling asleep while he's talking and other inanimate objects throughout the studio. Very interesting and very, very funny.
2. PEOPLE IN CONFLICT (1959). A moderator and a panel of experts a lawyer, a welfare worker, and a psychologist offer advice to guests seeking help. The first guest is a 19-year-old who got his girlfriend pregnant but doesn't want to marry her. The second guest is a woman who wants to have her mother put away. Just your average, light 1950s TV show.
3. THE VERDICT IS YOURS (1958). This is sort of a 1950s version of cable's Court TV, jazzed up for prime time. Sponsored by Lever Brothers, this 60-minute courtroom trial consists of a jealous husband accusing his neighbor of being overly friendly to his wife. As a countersuit, the neighbor accuses the husband of attempted murder because he was threatened with a gun. It's fun for the entire family! Jim McKay's the court reporter who narrates the trial as if he was calling a sports event (which he would later do).

 115 MINUTES    $19.95    BLACK AND WHITE

V486 YOU ASKED FOR IT (1951)
Art Baker's the host in these four live kinescopes of the popular show that answers viewer requests, complete with original commercials. This is the original version of the show, and since it's live, mistakes and mishaps run rampant!
1. A reunion of the "Our Gang" kids, now all grown up; Hawaiian cowboys; an appearance by those famous old birds, Bill and Coo.
2. Movie special effects; a live octopus!
3. Wrestling chimpanzees; card sharks at work.
4. A "reverse" escape artist; live extraction of venom from snakes (eww)!

120 MINUTES    $19.95    BLACK AND WHITE 

V436 CANDID HOLLYWOOD (1962 COMPILATIONS) The famous home movies of Ken Murray are featured on this cassette two complete 1-hour programs that spotlight over 100 stars at play in their homes, on vacation, and behind the scenes at movie studios. There are lots of shots of vintage Hollywood streets, as well. These films span over 30 years and contain rare, candid clips of Bob Hope, Pat Boone, Jack Lemmon, W.C. Fields, the Marx Brothers, Lucille Ball, Clark Gable, Jimmy Durante, Carole Lombard, Dick Powell, Ralph Bellamy, Fred MacMurray, Gary Cooper, and many, many more!

115 MINUTES    $19.95    BLACK AND WHITE 

V433 STAR-GAZING (1959/1931)

1. THE 11TH ANNUAL EMMY AWARDS (5/6/59). Live from New York, Hollywood, and Washington, D.C., here's a unique presentation of TV honoring its own when it was barely over a decade old. All the big stars of the era are on hand as presenters: Raymond Burr, Donna Reed, Robert Young, Art Carney, Dinah Shore, Phil Silvers, Jack Benny, Walter Brennan, Ann Sothern, Mickey Rooney, and more. The program also features some clips of American programs dubbed into foreign languages. This one's a real treat!
2. THE STOLEN JOOLS (1931). A short subject sponsored by Chesterfield cigarettes. There are more screen stars in this film than there are in the sky! The plot involves a diamond heist, and everyone's a suspect: Laurel and Hardy, Our Gang, Buster Keaton, Edward G. Robinson, Hedda Hopper, Joan Crawford, Gary Cooper, Joe E. Brown, Maurice Chevalier, Barbara Stanwyck, and many more!

100 MINUTES    $19.95    BLACK AND WHITE

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