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    Death Valley Days

    Death Valley Days

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    (ended 1975)
    A series of stories, all based in fact, revolving around the legends of Death Valley, California where borax was mined. Mostly human interest stories about the life in Death Valley and the surrounding area in the late 1800's.moreless
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    The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin

    The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin

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    ABC (ended 1959)
    The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin showcasted one of television's earliest canine heroes who left big paw prints for his descendants to follow. Rin Tin Tin was the only dog in Los Angeles to be listed in the telephone directory. Lee Duncan, his owner and trainer, sais, "Rinty was very close to his great grandfather," the original Rin Tin Tin, who appeared in many popular motion pictures of the 1930s and the 1940s, and was for a time the highest paid performer (Actor?) in films. The first episode of this canine crime fighter series commenced when the U.S. Cavalry came upon a wagon train that had been attacked by Apache Indians. The only survivors were a young boy named Rusty and his German shepherd he called Rin Tin Tin. The Cavalry took the boy and his dog to Fort Apache in Arizona, where Lt. Ripley "Rip" Masters made Rusty a Corporal so he could stay on at the fort.moreless
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    Panorama

    Panorama

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    BBC
    With the first episode being broadcast on November 11, 1953, Panorama is the BBC's flagship current affairs programme and the longest-running public affairs TV programme in the world. Panorama's job is to investigate and uncover stories about Britain and the world. The range of stories that the programme covers is wide but the guiding principles for Panorama are always the same:
    • To make programmes with authority which make waves and withstand scrutiny.
    • To report the world we live in with a depth of understanding often missing in many other programmes.
    • To scrutinise the use and abuse of power, both public and private.
    • To get to stories first.
    • To make the stories we tell relevant, accessible and engaging for the audience.
    • To treat fairly the people with whom we deal.
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    Ivanhoe

    Ivanhoe

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    (ended 1959)
    Welcome to the Ivanhoe guide at TV.com.
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    Playhouse 90

    Playhouse 90

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    CBS (ended 1960)
    The most ambitious and acclaimed of all the anthology series', Playhouse 90 was in a league of its own. "Requiem of a Heavyweight," written by Rod Serling, garnered numerous Emmys and remains one of the best live dramas. Each week the series aired a complete 90 minute live drama. The list of talents is amazing: John Frankenheimer, Arthur Hiller, John Brahm, Arthur Penn were a few of the directors. Every angle and every shot left an impact on the viewing public. It was a treasure of a show, that rare gem that lives on.moreless
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    The Adventures of Robin Hood

    The Adventures of Robin Hood

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    ITV (ended 1958)
    The Adventures of Robin Hood series, intended primarily for children, featuring Robin of Locksley and his merry men in Sherwood Forest, who protect England from the evil machinations of Prince John and the Sheriff of Nottingham, while good King Richard is away at the Crusades. An unusual television series at the time in that it frequently re-used the same actors in different roles, or different actors in a recurring roles.moreless
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    Whirlybirds

    Whirlybirds

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    (ended 1960)
    The Whirlybirds flew into our television sets from 1957 to 1960. Featuring Bell 47 helicopters, Chuck Martin (Kenneth Tobey) and Pete "P.T." Moore (Craig Hill) are the owners of Whirlybirds, Incorporated, a chopper for hire company based in California. Each week, Chuck and P.T. would find themselves called to help the local authorities in search and rescue, or fly a rich bigwig around. And of course, let's not forget the coolest of helicopters, the Bell 47, tail number N975B. The Whirlybirds was another hit series produced by Desilu Studios and ran three seasons in syndication . The show was filmed at the San Fernando airport and Whitman Field in and around Van Nuys, California and was conceived after a show idea from an I Love Lucy episode. Helen Carter (Nancy Hale) was the firm's secretary, replacing Janet Culver (Sandra Spence) midway through the 1st season. The show was the first television series to feature helicopters as it's main focus and inspired hundreds of young people to become chopper pilots. The Whirlybirds was also the place of introduction for Bell's improved model helicopter, the Bell 47J Ranger.moreless
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    Jungle Jim

    Jungle Jim

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    (ended 1956)
    Based upon the successful run of Jungle Jim films, comic strips, and radio shows, Johnny Weissmuller recreates his Jungle Jim movie role for this action/adventure series. Along with Skipper (his son), Kaseem (his Hindu manservant), and Tamba (the chimp), Jungle Jim's adventures took him all over the world, with plenty of danger and villains along the way.moreless
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    Your Show of Shows

    Your Show of Shows

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    NBC (ended 1954)
    Sid Caeser and Imogene Coca starred on this influental variety program.
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    Rescue 8

    Rescue 8

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    (ended 1960)
    Rescue 8 stars Jim Davis and Lang Jeffries in this 30-minute syndicated series based on the files of the Los Angeles Fire Department's rescue squads. The LAFD was the first to train specialized rescue team members within their general Fire Department and these members could be dispatched with trucks or on their own. Rescue 8 was based on true stories ala Dragnet and was the forerunner to Jack Webb's extremely successful show Emergency!.moreless
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    Science Fiction Theatre

    Science Fiction Theatre

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    (ended 1957)
    Scientific speculation from the 1950s told in a science fiction format. That was the basis for this anthology of futuristic stories, hosted and narrated by Truman Bradley. The series speculated on such things as visitors from other planets, UFO incidents, space fight, espionage technology, and miracle drugs that could cure all ills. Stories of crackpots, who turn out to be visionaries, and eyewitnesses to the fantastic, fighting to be believed. The show also utilized experts as consultants to help keep the show within the known realm of the scientific possibilities speculated at the time.moreless
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    Cheyenne

    Cheyenne

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    ABC (ended 1963)
    Cheyenne Bodie was a big man, a former army scout who went west after the American Civil War and drifted from job to job, here a cowboy, there a lawman, and always a larger-than-life hero.moreless
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    Toast of the Town

    Toast of the Town

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    CBS (ended 1955)
    Welcome to the Toast of the Town guide at tv.com.
    The Toast of the Town guide covers the first 7 seasons of Ed Sullivan's long-running variety series. (Seasons 8 through 23 are on the The Ed Sullivan Show guide.)
    In 1948, the fledgling CBS television network was planning a weekly variety series. Newpaper columnist Ed Sullivan was chosen as host. The series premiered on June 20, 1948. From the very first broadcast, Mr. Sullivan was criticized for his lack of charisma. He looked stiff, awkward and uncomfortable. But Sullivan had an understanding of show business and his show gradually gained a following. On September 18, 1955, the series was given its new title The Ed Sullivan Show
    Thanks to everyone who's helped on this guide, including:
    --Jim Brent (of Burbank, CA), who provided most of the guest lists from 1952 through 1960.moreless
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    Sergeant Preston of the Yukon

    Sergeant Preston of the Yukon

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    CBS (ended 1958)
    "On, King! On, you huskies!," shouted Sergeant Preston of the Royal Northwest Mounted Police as he set out to enforce the law across the frozen Yukon at the turn of the century. His sled team, employed during the wintery months, was led by the smart malamute dog Yukon King, who was indispensible to Preston in his patrol of the vast Canadian northwest. The series originated on radio (ABC, Mutual) in 1947 as Challenge Of The Yukon and continued on radio until 1955. Many of the TV episodes were based on radio episodes. The theme was "Donna Diana Overture," by Emil Von Reznicek.moreless
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    U.S. Marshal

    U.S. Marshal

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    (ended 1960)
    John Bromfield played U.S. Marshall Frank Morgan located in present day Arizona. Some gunplay and plenty of high-speed chases and fistfights.
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    The New Adventures of Charlie Chan

    The New Adventures of Charlie Chan

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    ITV (ended 1958)
    Welcome to The New Adventures of Charlie Chan guide at TV.com. The famous Oriental detective, nominally employed as a police inspector in Honolulu, ventures across the globe to handle special assignments, often becoming involved in bafflingly difficult murder investigations around the world. Charlie Chan was created by Earl Derr Biggers and featured in a series of six novels, as well as numerous films. The New Adventures of Charlie Chan was produced by Television Programs of America, Inc. in association with Vision Productions, Inc. (episodes 401-405) and the Incorporated Television Programme Company Ltd. (episodes 406-439). The broadcast dates in the guide are those on which the episodes were first broadcast by ATV, the ITV London (weekend) franchise, where known.moreless
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    The Jack Paar Show

    The Jack Paar Show

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    NBC (ended 1962)
    Tonight Starring Jack Paar began when Jack replaced Steve Allen as the show's host. The title changed to The Jack Paar Tonight Show, then the name was later changed to The Jack Paar Show. Jack's announcer at first was Franklin Pangborn but was replaced with Hugh Downs who remained with Paar for the rest of his tenure. Jack's old army buddy Jose Melis conducted the band and comedienne Dody Goodman became Jack's sidekick. Jack said of himself. "I'm complicated, sentimental, lovable, honest, loyal, decent, generous, likable, and lonely. My personality is not split, it's shredded." He brought a fresh approach and a wonderful interactive manner to his program involving all his guests.

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    Foreign Intrigue

    Foreign Intrigue

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    (ended 1955)
    Foreign Intrigue was set in post-Second World War Europe and dealt with spies and various other shady underworld characters. There were three separate series from 1951 to 1955 as follows: Foreign Intrigue 1: "Dateline Europe" (1951-53) starred Jerome Thor and Sydna Scott. Foreign Intrigue 2: "Overseas Adventures" (1953-54) starred James Daly and Anne Preville. Foreign Intrigue 3: "Cross Current", (1954-55) starred Gerald Mohr as Christopher Storm, owner of Hotel Frontier in Vienna. The series was made in Stockholm, Sweden for US syndication and featured various European locations. The 39 episodes starring Mohr were well-written half-hour shows, well worth re-viewing.moreless
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    Colonel March of Scotland Yard

    Colonel March of Scotland Yard

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    ITV (ended 1957)
    Colonel March of Scotland Yard is based on the character created by John Dickson Carr under the pen name Carter Dickson. Boris Karloff, famous for his affiliation with Universal Studios during their hey-day of the Golden Age of Hollywood Horrors, portrays Colonel March, of the Department of Queer Complaints. Boris was 65 at the time this British television series was filmed, December 1954--Spring 1955, but the character is not afraid to get right into the thick of things, often confronting the perpetrator directly. The series was filmed at Southhall Studios, Middlesex England. Fountain Films Production In 1953, a film called Colonel March Investigates was made. It combined three episodes (Hot Money, Death in the Dressing Room, and The New Invisible Man) and Boris Karloff narrated the three segments as well as starring as the lead.moreless
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    Mama

    Mama

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    CBS (ended 1957)
    Mama, based on the stage and screen classics I Remember Mama (which in turn were derived from Kathryn Forbe's bookMama's Bank Account), was a long-running program that dates from the earliest days of network television. Mixing simple humor with some mild dramatic situations, the show centered around the happenings of the Norwegian Hansen family in early 20th century San Francisco. The primary characters were Mama and Papa Hansen and their children, though the extended family was also highlighted. Members of the cast were noted for touring during the short Summer hiatus, giving theatrical performances of episodes around the country.

    For much of its history, episodes of the series were broadcast live (from New York City) and the fragile kinescope copies used for broadcast on the West coast were unsuitable for re-runs or syndication and are now mostly gone. In most cases, the remaining handful of kinescopes belong(ed) to cast members from the series. Any surviving examples of early episodes are very rare.

    The final season of the series (the only episodes to be filmed) was composed of Sunday network broadcasts and others that were later added to regional syndication packages.moreless
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