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  • Actors: Burr Tillstrom, Fran Allison, June Lockhart, Dave Garroway, Marlin Perkins
  • Directors: Lewis "Gommy" Gomavitz
  • Producers: Beulah Zachary
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Studio: n/a
  • Run Time: 300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0046IEOR2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,907 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The Kuklapolitan Players and their creator, Burr Tillstrom, are back in the first DVD of the earliest episodes of the Peabody and Emmy-award-winning series.

Order from The Burr Tillstrom Copyright Trust to receive the latest edition of Volume 1, which contains higher quality re-transfers of certain episodes not seen in the earlier editions of Vol. 1 sold by other sellers.

KFO is unique in television history: a live, ad-libbed, daily puppet show watched by more adults than children. Filled with references to the theater, opera, and current events, it counted Orson Welles, Katharine Hepburn, John Steinbeck, Tallulah Bankhead, and Adlai Stevenson among its many adult fans.

Burr Tillstrom's ability to create over a dozen distinct characters (he was the only puppeteer) and his rapport with Fran Allison were essential to the show's humor and believability.

The 20 black-and-white kinescopes in the set have undergone extensive audio and video restoration to provide the best possible presentation.

All episodes are presented complete and uncut, with commercials included. For a list of the episodes in the set, visit kukla.tv

The Washington Post
"The most authentically classic episodes are being released and they are, encouragingly, as wonderful as a former fan is likely to remember them."

The New York Times
"Irresistibly appealing...the Kuklapolitans must have seemed like welcome emissaries from a world where violence was unknown, and tensions could be resolved with the nuzzle of a felt nose. They scarcely seem less so now."

DVD Talk
"This is a great set that will hopefully find its way into a lot of DVD collections. Highly recommended."

TV Worth Watching
"This simple show couldn't be wittier or more clever. What a surprise delight!"

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I was really impressed with the quality of the audio and video restoration of these kinescopes.
RJ
Vaguely remembered KFO from my youth but viewing it now is an absolute joy as an adult!
Paolo

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By LT Bob on November 23, 2010
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The DVD is nothing less than priceless!! To see these programs again after 60 years is beyond words. I actually remember some of the segments. Many hours went into restoring the old kinescopes resulting in great pictures and sound. You don't have to have been raised in Chicago to enjoy this DVD. A true treasure of early television.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By G. Checketts on January 18, 2011
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This set is really a joy to watch. Honestly, this HAS to have been one of the hardest to see of all the early television classics. I've loved "Kukla, Fran and Ollie" since I watched the later color version of their show in the 70s, and I've sought out what's been made available over the years-- which, as others have noted, has been precious little. Let's hope this DVD helps make this show less undeservingly rare. There's humanity, wit, spontaneity, and charm to burn in this set, and being able to watch such a big chunk of episodes really hits home what a genius this Burr Tillstrom was.

The episodes are all top notch. The selection chosen for this set gives you a really good cross section not only of the range of types of episodes they did, but also how the show evolved as it adapted to different time formats. The songs are all terrific. The fact that the show lasted for 10 years in it's initial run is a testament to the repartee between Burr Tillstrom and Fran Allison, but just as entertaining is the interaction between the Kuklapolitans and the mostly unseen crew who you can frequently hear laughing off-screen. The look of early kinescopes is what it is, and a lot of care has clearly gone into making these DVDs looks as good as they do (I can testify they look considerably better than any the very few episodes that have been available out there, in fact.)

For all it's antiquated technology, these shows really hold their own when stacked up against modern TV shows--even the best of them. Even though we're now living in a time when there's quite a lot of live television on the air again, we take it as a given that people are reading their lines off of a teleprompter and that the viewing experience is going to be heavily edited one.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By History Man VINE VOICE on January 5, 2011
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Just got the new DVD set yesterday and am knocked out by the sound and picture restoration. Incredible job! Really takes me back. This was probably one of the first things I ever saw on TV back in the late 40s and early 50s, along with Hopalong Cassidy movies. KFO was, perhaps, the greatest improv "group" of all time! I don't think Burr and Fran ever used a script. Many thanks for bringing these shows back in such grand style!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By bern on January 4, 2011
I've been hoping for decades that these programs would come to light again. The DVD set, a huge restoration project, holds hours and hours of joy. The shows are timeless, conjured up spontaneously by the humanity, skill, and wit of Burr and Fran. The love and music in their beautiful, good hearts fill the stage. Watching again 60 years later, I notice how much "Kukla, Fran and Ollie" has been imitated by shows and entertainers that followed. I realize too how much it influenced my life - it was my first experience of theater. The Kuklapolitans not only lift your spirit, they let you in close, remind you of your own originality, and give you courage to wear your heart on your sleeve.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By RJ on February 27, 2011
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I was really impressed with the quality of the audio and video restoration of these kinescopes. As a result, there is nothing interfering with these great episodes of KF&O. Even if you're too young to remember when this show aired, it is a wonderful look at early television.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By elmugre on May 25, 2011
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The Kukla, Fran & Ollie DVD is excellent. Simply watching the first of the 20 kinescopes was payback for the cost! Love those Kuklapolitan Players!!!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Leslie A. Lang on January 15, 2011
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What a delight to see Kukla, Ollie, and Fran Allison again. They are still adorable after all these years. It was interesting to note how much of the humor would have gone over the head of 8, 9 and 10 year olds. The crew had a good time and the kids loved it too. Highly recommeded if you're an over 60 kid.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Margaret L. Porter on January 1, 2011
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This is a wonderful album. It's like taking a time capsule back in time. It has been restored beautifully. Ive allready watched it multiple times
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