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  • Actors: Leo G. Carroll, Eve Arden, Red Skelton, Harriett Nelson, Ozzie
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Original recording remastered, Restored, NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • DVD Release Date: July 1, 2002
  • Run Time: 326 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006I4ZR
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #138,658 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

The Golden Age of TV Comedy lives again with this star-studded collection of TV's greatest comedians . DIGITALLY RESTORED ON DVD!!! Jack Benny is still 39 . Ozzie, Harriet, David and Ricky are America's favorite TV family . George plays straight man to Gracie's antics . Eve Arden is charming as love-starved English teacher Connie Brooks . Red Skelton proves that all the world loves a clown . plus: Danny Thomas shines in MAKE ROOM FOR DADDY, Joan Davis is wacky Joan Stevens in I MARRIED JOAN and more!!! This collection of "family-friendly" comedy programming includes 4 complete TV shows on each of the 3 DVDs - 12 shows in all - 5 hours of viewing fun!

DVD #1

The Jack Benny Program 01-17-54 w/ Jack Benny and guest, Liberace . The Burns and Allen Show 03-01-51 "Income Tax Man" w/ George Burns and Gracie Allen . The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet 10-17-52 "The Pills" w/ Ozzie and Harriet Nelson . The Red Skelton Show 03-04-58 w/ Red Skelton and guests, Reed Hadley and Amanda Blake

DVD #2

Our Miss Brooks 05-27-55 "The Big Jump" w/ Eve Arden . Topper 07-02-54 "George's Old Flame" w/ Leo G. Carroll . I Married Joan 05-25-53 "Country Club" w/ Joan Davis . Love That Bob 12-02-58 w/ Bob Cummings and guest, George Burns

DVD #3

Make Room For Daddy 09-20-55 "The Little League" w/ Danny Thomas . Duffy's Tavern 1954 "Archie's Singing Contest" w/ Ed Gardner . Beulah 1950-51 "The Eel" w/ Ethel Waters . Life With Elizabeth 05-02-54 "Dead Air" / "TV Repair" / "Drive-In" w/ Betty White

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77 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Mark Byron on May 26, 2003
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If you're a connoisseur of the golden age of television comedy, you'll find this DVD collection to be an overall satisfying experience. In not including the Honeymooners or I Love Lucy, one could call it the best of the rest. The Jack Benny Program showcases the talent and personality of Liberace while Jack hams it up with the violin. The Burns and Allen Show highlights the underrated comedic genius of Grace Allen as she verbally spars with the tax man. The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet won't give you any belly aches as Ozzie goes on a diet, but it best reflect the naiveté and idealized 1950s notion of the perfect American family. The Red Skelton Show proves that comedy is high art as Red plays a diploma mill trained dentist. Eight other shows round out the collection. Some interesting things to watch for include a no laugh track sitcom (Beulah), a young Betty White (Life with Elizabeth), and almost all of the shows include some interesting sponsor advertising, mainly from Cigarette companies. If you don't know already know, Television of the 1950s was saturated with Cigarette ads from competing brands and the insidiousness of cigarette pitchmen knew no bounds. Watch as the man's man John Wayne relaxes on set with a cigarette after performing physically demanding fight scenes - if only he knew.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Rick Criddle on April 19, 2007
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The transfers are professional and good looking all the way. The selection of episodes is very good as well. My only beef that you should get more episodes for the money. These 12 episodes cost more than the whole 5th season of 'Make Room For Daddy' (6 Discs 33 episodes). Why not put 3 episodes of each show on? It would seem a better deal then and I'm sure I would have given 5 stars.
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By Brenda Cheap on August 27, 2013
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This was a little disappointing. A lot of the shows were in bad shape, muffled sound, not really restored. Interesting to see some of the shows I've only heard of. I did especially enjoy the Burns and Allen show. "Our Miss Brooks" was good also. I guess not every old show can be as good as "I Love Lucy".
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If you loved through this time, these will bring back great memories. If you didn't, you can learn from these. Imagine a time when most people didn't go to the theatre and movies were a special treat. With these on TV you could laugh honestly and get a glimpse into how other people lived. Either way, it's great to have an example of these beloved shows.
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