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on December 12, 2008
This is a 4-disc set of 50's and early 60's era TV sit-coms, variety and drama for the Christmas season. An added bonus is a link on Disc One for a Virtual Fireplace that you can keep on the screen while listening to music,wrapping presents, trimming the tree, etc. Cozy.
This set is one of the best values I have seen anywhere for the price. Unbeatable. Curious that some reviewers are complaining about audio/video discrepancies. I have played through all of the discs several times and could not see or hear anything out of the ordinary. They are all in black and white, common in 50's TV, some shows are a little creaky, production-wise, but all the more charming, seeing these early TV holiday shows with a few creaks make them even more enjoyable.
Contents include 5 Christmas episodes of Ozzie and Harriet, 4 of the Beverly Hillbillies, also Christmas episodes of Red Skelton, Jack Benny, Dragnet, Burns and Allen, Abbot and Costello, Petticoat Junction. Variety and music shows, such as Liberace and Fred Waring. Drama shows include Four Star Playhouse, Dickens' A Christmas Carol with Vincent Price, even Sherlock Holmes and a Lux Theatre production of Holiday Affair. Many, many more. Other reviewers have included a complete listing here on Amazon. I was astounded to see original commercials included with some of the shows, giving it a real 50's feel! A wonderful step back in time! This is truly marvelous entertainment for the Christmas Season. Sit back with a mug of hot cocoa and some Christmas cookies, with the Christmas tree lights twinkling, curl up with the afghan and enjoy!!
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CONTENTS for HOLIDAY TV CLASSICS (one episode each, unless indicated)--

THE ADVENTURES OF LONG JOHN SILVER ("The Orphans' Christmas") (Australia-1955) - Robert Newton/Connie Gilchrist/Kit Taylor/Billy Kay/Grant Taylor
THE ADVENTURES OF OZZIE & HARRIET - 5 episodes
THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD
ANNIE OAKLEY ("Santa Claus Wears a Gun") (1956) - Gail Davis/Jimmy Hawkins/Brad Johnson/Stanley Andrews
THE BEVERLY HILLBILLIES - 4 episodes
THE BOB CUMMINGS SHOW ("Love That Bob")
CAPTAIN GALLANT OF THE FOREIGN LEGION ("The Little Boy Who Found Christmas") (1955) - Buster Crabbe/Cullen Crabbe
The Christmas Carol (1949) - Vincent Price (host)/Taylor Holmes/Patrick Whyte/Queenie Leonard/Jill St. John
DATE WITH THE ANGELS ("Santa's Helper") (1957) - Betty White/Bill Williams/Richard Deacon/Nancy Culp
DEAR PHOEBE ("The Christmas Show") (1954) - Peter Lawford/Marcia Henderson/Charles Lane/Jesse White/Jan Clayton
THE DOCTOR ("A Tale of Two Christmases") (1952) - Richard McMurray/Janie Alexander/Margaret Hayes/Raymond Bramley
DRAGNET - 3 episodes
DUPONT THEATRE (aka "Cavalcade of America")
FOUR STAR PLAYHOUSE - 2 episodes
GENERAL ELECTRIC THEATER ("A Child is Born") (1956) - Ronald Reagan/Nancy Davis/Patti Davis/Robert Middleton/Harve Presnell
GENERAL ELECTRIC THEATER ("Music For Christmas") (1954) - Ronald Reagan (host)/Fred Waring & his Pennsylvanians
THE GEORGE BURNS & GRACIE ALLEN SHOW
GRUEN GUILD PLAYHOUSE ("Joe Santa Claus") (1951) - Maria Palmer/Ray Montgomery/Housley Stevenson/Peter Brocco
THE JACK BENNY PROGRAM - 3 episodes
THE LIBERACE SHOW - 2 episodes
LUX VIDEO THEATER ("Holiday Affair") (1955) - Scott Brady/Phyllis Thaxter/Elliott Reid/George Baxter/Walter Brennan/Margaret O'Brien/Otto Kruger
MEET CORLISS ARCHER ("The Christmas Story") (1954) - Ann Baker/Mary Brian/John Eldredge/Robert Ellis/Vera Marshe
THE PAUL WINCHELL & JERRY MAHONEY SHOW
PETTICOAT JUNCTION
RACKET SQUAD - 2 episodes
THE RAY BOLGER SHOW (aka "Where's Raymond?") (1954)
THE RED SKELTON SHOW - 3 episodes
THE RUGGLES (1952) - Charles Ruggles/Erin O'Brien-Moore/Margaret Kerry/Tom Bernard
THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL ("The Christmas Present") (UK-1955) - Marius Goring/Anthony Newlands/Stanley Van Beers
SCREEN WRITERS PLAYHOUSE ("A String of Blue Beads") (pilot-1953) - Louis Jourdan/Margaret Hamilton/Ellen Cobb-Hill
SHERLOCK HOLMES (TV-1954) - Ronald Howard/Howard Marion-Crawford/Archie Duncan
A Star Shall Rise (1952) - Raymond Burr/Anthony Caruso/Morris Ankrum/Richard Hale/John Crawford
TELEPHONE TIME

Also recommended:
MILL CREEK's 21 hour, 4 DVD set HOLIDAY FAMILY FAVORITES features a mix of vintage TV shows, movies and cartoons.
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on January 18, 2009
There are so many episodes on this DVD we still haven't seen them all. If you grew up in the 50's and 60's you will remember some of these shows and commercials. We really enjoyed taking a little step back in time. The video quality of some of these episodes is a little rough or I would have given it 5 stars.
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on November 25, 2013
Im so tired of people buying stuff that is clearly public domain material, then bitching about it. Just so you know.... these are not from original studio masters and no millions havent been dumped into remastering them. So yes some of the episodes are taken from the best available source. Some are better than others. ANother complaint I'm sick of is that the shows are just too old and you shouldnt bother, when the titles are clearly listed on the packaging. Yes clearly they are old shows. To me that is the joy in it. And the simple fact is, if these shows were not put out in this way, they would not be put out at all, and would basically be lost forever. So just because its not "remastered" from "original studio masters", does not lessen the enjoyment of these shows. If you're old enough to remember how tv used to be and miss it. And you're looking for some good christmas stuff to have on while you're doing holiday stuff around the house. This is a great product. It has a wide variey of programming. And the virtual firelace is very nice.
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on January 11, 2015
Note: You will find some titles reversed order between the disc label and the DVD on-screen menu.
For example, title listing under Liberace is reversed order on label vs on-screen DVD menu.
And a few other of the same reversed order, as well.
Below is the 4-disc listing going by the four DVD labels.

DISC ONE:

ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD
THE CHRISTMAS GOOSE

BOB CUMMINGS SHOW LOVE THAT BOB
GRANDPA'S CHRISTMAS VISIT

GEORGE BURNS & GRACIE ALLEN SHOW
GRACIE'S RELATIVES

CAPTAIN GALLANT OF THE FOREIGN LEGION
THE BOY WHO FOUND CHRISTMAS

DRAGNET
THE BIG LITTLE JESUS
THE BIG NEW YEAR
THE BIG 22 RIFLE FOR CHRISTMAS

DATE WITH THE ANGELS
SANTA'S HELPER

LUX THEATRE
HOLIDAY AFFAIR

LUX THEATRE
A STAR SHALL RISE

GE THEATRE
FRED WARING CHRISTMAS MUSIC

BONUS
VIRTUAL FIREPLACE

DISC TWO:

BEVERLY HILLBILLIES
CHRISTMAS AT THE CLAMPETTS
TURKEY DAY
HOME FOR CHRISTMAS
NO PLACE LIKE HOME

JACK BENNY PROGRAM
REMINISCING ABOUT LAST NEW YEAR'S EVE
CHRISTMAS SHOPPING
NEW YEAR'S EVE

SHERLOCK HOLMES
CHRISTMAS PUDDING

GRUEN GUILD PLAYHOUSE
JOE SANTA CLAUS

ROCKET SQUAD
CHRISTMAS CAPER
BLESSED EXPENSE

DEAR PHOEBE
CHRISTMAS SHOW

TELEPHONE TIME
A PICTURE OF THE MAGI

DISC THREE:

OZZIE AND HARRIET
LATE CHRISTMAS GIFT
BUST CHRISTMAS
THE CHRISTMAS TREE LOT
GIRL IN THE EMPORIUM
PIANO FOR THE FRATERNITY

COLGATE COMEDY HOUR
ABBOT AND COSTELLO CHRISTMAS 12/14/52

PETTICOAT JUNCTION
CANNONBALL CHRISTMAS

PAUL WINCHELL SHOW
JERRY MAHONEY

SCARLET PIMPERNEL
CHRISTMAS PRESENT

RED SKELTON
THE COP AND THE ANTHEM
FREDDIE AND THE YULETIDE DOLL

FAMILY DOCTOR
A TALE OF TWO CHRISTMASES

DISC FOUR:

CHARLES DICKENS
A CHRISTMAS CAROL

THE RUGGLES
CHRISTMAS EVE 1952

RAY BOLGER SHOW WHERE'S RAYMOND
CHRISTMAS SHOW

LIBERACE
CHRISTMAS SHOW
THANKSGIVING SHOW

ADVENTURES OF LONG JOHN SILVER
ORPAN'S CHRISTMAS

MEET CORLISS ARCHER
THE CHRISTMAS PRESENTS

ANNIE OAKLEY
SANTA CLAUS WEARS A GUN

SCREEN WRITERS PLAYHOUSE
A STRING OF BLUE BEADS

DUPONT THEATRE
BLESSED MIDNIGHT

FOUR STAR PLAYHOUSE
THE ANSWER

FOUR STAR PLAYHOUSE
THE GIFT

GE THEATRE
A CHILD IS BORN
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on December 4, 2012
Why, you ask, do these episodes look so yucky?

It's because these are supposedly "public domain" episodes that were not copyrighted, or copyrights weren't renewed accidentally by the original rights owners.

And so, these aren't made from master film sources, they are generally taken from beat up film or tape copies, many times sent to TV stations when the shows were syndicated around the country.

And that's because the company that put out this mess, has no access to the original master sources.

And anyone can legally copy and sell them, because they are not copyrighted.

The studios that have the original film masters won't let them out, unless they can modify the films in some minor way so they can get a new copyright. And in most cases it's too much work for stuff that's already the flooded the market in PD mode.

If you buy a video set of a show or shows that's owned and put out for sale by one of the major studios like Universal, Paramount or Warner Bros, you'll get the best quality from their original masters.

Unfortunately, this isn't that.
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on December 29, 2013
A baby boomer must have, with tons of product. I will admit I have only watched 10% of these shows and can't wait to view the rest, but I am delighted with what I have watched. Watching Jack Benny crackup at Mel Blanc is priceless, or when Jack announces that they have found a purse belonging to a Miss Mansfield, guess who walks onstage.
Jed can't shoot the Thanksgiving turkey because it wants to shake his hand. Meanwhile, over at Racket Squad, they have to arrest Santa. It goes on and on. At less than a dime a show, what do you need to know?
Total run time: 20hrs,53min.
BONUS: Virtual Fireplace
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on November 5, 2009
While the cover here clearly shows 51 episodes, the disc I received only had 48 episodes. The image quality is HORRIBLE. There was absolutley no attempt to clean up the film, which is a real shame. At one point, my Robin Hood Christmas Goose episode showed words across the screen that said something to the effect of adjusting calibration. (Uh, this is a dvd, no adjusting of VHS on my end!) As for the sound, the voice track was good.
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on January 3, 2014
I love all the old shows from when i was a kid. Brings back so many great memories long before tv started showing so much trash that i dont want my kids to see. Good wholesome fun. Loved them all . hours of shows on 4 long disks.we couldn't even watch them all in a week. there are even lots of shows that were way before my time. This set is like a window into the past.
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on July 31, 2014
I have often wished I had captured all the Christmas shows of various series as they occurred and had a collection such as these. Even though some of the shows were not ones I would have otherwise watched, the entire DVD is a good collection of various artists, types of shows and memorable scripts. If you enjoy Christmas, you'll like this DVD!
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