CBS (ended 1967)
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|Of course none of this makes much sense. Death is the reason. Mark Goodson never discussed the preservation issue with a reporter or video interviewer before he died in 1992. Gil Fates lived until 2000, but all he said was that buying a kinescope from CBS was cheaper than saving a bulky videotape. He never explained why the 25th anniversary made him feel compelled to damage so many kinescopes. Mike Dann, a CBS programming executive in the 1960s who has done soundbites for a few E ! True Hollywood Stories, lives today. He has said "Mark and Gil" were totally responsible for whatever fates befell post - 1952 episodes of any of their shows. Somebody saved videotapes of Password? That was the Goodson company's decision, not CBS'.|
Goodson isn't known to have commented on the way his archives were preserved. A comment about the purchasing of Kinescope prints from CBS by Gil Fates has been recorded. Perhaps he divines from these two elements some sort of evidence to refute that: There are no Videotapes of the CBS WML? That Kinescopes were made of all the G-T series for various uses? That the Goodson-Todman archives have been severly decimated over the years, and so much has been destroyed or stolen? Also- I didn't say a thing about the 25th anniverasy show -it's irrelevant here. When he says, grimly, "Death Is The Reason" what could the expiration of the two men cited possibly do with how well a sizable archive has been managed, unless maybe they were supposed to be personally guarding it? The looting/junking took place over the years. There's random episodes of these things that collectors have had for years, but are no longer in the G-T archive. The game show thieves have struck, but it could have been done decades ago. It's disconcerting how you're qualifying someone's word on the strength that he had something to do with E true Hollywood mysteries.
|... That's why there's so few actual VTs from those days. We have the KSs of VTs for the most part. The few exceptions are rare. |
As far as G-T... their pet show, WML?, sofar as is known, has no extant VT version from the CBS network series. The same can be said of I'VE GOT A SECRET. But VTs of most of the evening PASSWORDs exist, though they were KSed as well, (I have one)and at the same time, NO copies of the weekday version, in any medium, were preserved. TO TELL THE TRUTH's night time edition was saved on KS, and a truly motely scattershot bunch of the weekday version was saved on VT. They have one stray KS one as well.
...(There are hundreds of missing I'VE GOT A SECRETs, including ALL BUT ONE 1954 episode,and other whole series like PLAY YOUR HUNCH are represented by less than 5 episodes.)
|I used the Lucy pilot as an example. Another example of a lost show being found after many years would be the second pilot for "All In The Family". This was a color video tape made for ABC that had different actors cast as the Stivics. It was thought lost after ABC passed on the show but turned up about 20 years later. I was just trying to make a point that things can turn up.|
That and, as I noted elsewhere (at least I think I did) about previously-considered "lost" episodes, from the late 1960's or early '70's, of the Heatter/Quigley-produced, Peter Marshall-hosted Hollywood Squares, existing in color videotape form, discovered a few years ago. But given what had been written about what exists of the "old" WML?, well . . .