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Five classic action-packed television shows from the 1950s.


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  • Actors: Edmund Lowe, Paula Drew, George Pembroke, Norman Budd, Virginia Christine
  • Directors: Arnold Wester, Bernard Girard, George Blair, Lewis R. Foster
  • Writers: Bernard Girard, Arthur Hoerl, Don Brinkley, Fred W. Kline
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Alpha Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 30, 2009
  • Run Time: 141 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002BEXFGE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,608 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By David Bassler on October 31, 2010
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Lost TV Shows of the 50s features two episodes from 1950s detective programs and three unsold television pilots, all of them well-done little adventures.

The first episode, "Mark of the Octopus" from Sea Hunt (1958), aired early in the show's first season. Scuba diver Mike Nelson (played by Lloyd Bridges) is asked by the Coast Guard to investigate when two maritime geologists disappear under puzzling circumstances. The mystery deepens when one of the bodies washes up on the beach with marks that appear to be made by a gigantic octopus. Featured in the cast are Steve Mitchell, Willis Bouchey and Mari Aldon. This episode escaped into public domain long ago and is included in many other DVD sets.

Front Page Detective (1951) was a short-lived series that ran on Dumont for several seasons. Newspaper columnist David Chase (Edmund Lowe) investigated various forms of murder and mayhem as grist for his articles and was aided, reluctantly, by Lt. George Andrews (George Pembroke), his friend on the local police force. In this episode, "The Little Black Book", Chase is beset by criminals trying to recover a small leather notebook that details extensive criminal activities - but Chase can't tell them where to find it because it was never in his possession. In addition to Pembroke, the episode co-stars Joe Besser, Jean Willes and James Craven with Pamela Duncan as Chase's wise-cracking secretary, Dorabelle.

The crimes depicted in the three unsold pilots are as wide-ranging as the locales the plots are set in. The first pilot, "Beach Patrol" was filmed in 1959 and starred Alex Nicol as Lt. Roy Cahill, a police detective called in to assist the local life guard service investigate a murder that took place on a boat less than a quarter-mile from the beach.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By DavidJohnStock on September 21, 2010
I found this little collection of 5 episodes quite interesting,
apart from the "lost" Sea Hunt episode which for me at least is not lost as I possess
4 years of that show.
The ones that interest me are:
"Beach Patrol" 1959 starring Alex Nichol and Russ Conway, this turned out to be an
unsold Pilot with some Detective work on and under the water.
"Front Page Detective" 1951 starring Edmund Lowe ... "Presenting an unusual story of
love and mystery on Front Page Detective"... about newspaper columnist David Chase.
"Alarm" 1954 starring Richard Arlen as a fire investigator.
"Assignment Mexico" 1956 starring Peggie Castle as a travel agent assisting a dashing chief of
police in Mexico "Oficina De Seguridad Federal
Diputado Comisionado
Juan Diez" ......... on his door.
I suppose I enjoyed "Front Page Detective" most of all for its relaxed form of acting,
searching for an important black book, with a middle aged star for a change.
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