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Pillow Talk (1959)

If one comedy personified how Americans saw themselves in the early 1960’s, that comedy would be Pillow Talk. This first teaming of Doris Day and Rock Hudson was instant box office gold, racking up $18 million in ticket sales (back then, that was a blockbuster!) and leading to more on screen teamings of the two.

Now, the entire premise of Pillow Talk makes it impossible to remake today. It revolves around something we once called a “party line.”

Most people would have trouble remembering a time without cell phones, let alone a time when even the most glamorous of people (like Hudson & Day’s characters in this comedy) had to share their telephone line with total strangers.
The gimmick is a clever twist of the mistaken identity meme quite common in farce.

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He Had the World on a String!

The Life & Times of Howdy Doody – Part 3

We all remember that we spent our afternoons, and later, our Saturday mornings in the 50’s with Buffalo Bob and Howdy Doody, but how much do you really remember about the show itself and the strange cast of characters who kept us entertained throughout a good portion of our childhoods?

C’mon backstage because once again, it’s Howdy Doody time!

 

 

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The Untold Secrets of Tom Terrific

If you were a kid growing up in the late 1950s and early 60s, odds are good to certain you started your weekday with Captain Kangaroo on CBS. Beginning in 1957, the Captain added a special carton feature that quickly became as Bunny Rabbit and Grandfather Clock – the cartoon adventures of Tom Terrific.

Tom Terrific came about because CBS had purchased the Terrytoons cartoon studio a few years earlier. They used the studio’s huge library of theatrical cartoons (featuring Mighty Mouse and Heckle & Jeckle among others) as the backbone of their original Saturday morning line-up. To get even more out of their investment, they put the studio to work creating one of the very first made-for-tv cartoons – and the first to air on a major network.

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