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Mister Peepers - The TV Series (1952)

Wally Cox , Marion Lorne  |  NR |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Wally Cox, Marion Lorne, Patricia Benoit, Tony Randall, Joseph Foley
  • Writers: David Swift
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Black & White, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: S'more Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 9, 2007
  • Run Time: 30 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000JJSL6W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #244,697 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Mister Peepers - The TV Series" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 26 episodes on four  discs
  • Pilot episode
  • Wally Cox on Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In
  • Dom Deluise interview about Wally Cox
  • Mister Peepers Family Tree
  • Wally Cox bio
  • Photo gallery
  • Mister Peepers trivia

Editorial Reviews

Mr. Peepers (Wally Cox) is a shy science teacher at Jefferson Junior High... but what makes Mr. Peepers so unique is that, although he seems to be mild mannered, easily bullied, baffled and befuddled by every day life, he has the strength of his convictions to ensure his life is fulfilled and that no matter what, he prevails. Because of that, he becomes an "every man," a man we can identify with and aspire to be like.

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74 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Early Television Sitcom makes it to DVD November 15, 2005
Format:DVD
In the late 1940s and early 1950s, much of television production was broadcast live and, prior to a nationwide feed, kinescopes (films of live broadcasts from television monitors) were made as a way to broadcast shows at a later date in different parts of the country and, in some cases, for later syndication purposes. Unfortunately, many of the kinescopes from early television shows were either lost or destroyed and, consequently, a good portion of early American television history has been lost to the ages. Thankfully, this is not the case with "Mister Peepers," one of television's earliest weekly situation comedies. Supposedly, 102 episodes out of a total series production of 127 reside at the UCLA Film & Television Archive and, from this collection, comes this first TV-on-DVD release from S'more Entertainment, a new DVD releasing company.

This set includes the first 26 episodes of the series along with the series' pilot, which features an unbilled Walter Matthau in the role of "Mr. Burr," Jefferson Junior High's coach (Matthau would not become a series regular). In addition to Matthau, the series featured up-and-coming stars like Tony Randall and Jack Warden. Marion Lorne, later "Aunt Clara" in "Bewitched," is also in the cast. But the show really belongs to Wally Cox. Unlike the cynical and often tasteless humor found in many modern sitcoms, there's a "kinder, gentler" humor found in "Mister Peepers," and Cox is just perfect in the role of Robinson Peepers, the good-hearted science teacher. Technically, the shows are crude when compared to modern day productions. While very watchable, there are some scratches and film specks from time-to-time (one of the early episodes has a bad scratch for a long portion) and there is noticeable audio hiss present on some episodes.
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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Adults only March 9, 2007
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This is an absolutely delightful, subtle, and twee comedy from the year 1952. It will prove odd to many juveniles; there are no car chases, explosions, four letter words, or sex scenes. You have to pay attention to the dialogue, which is spoken not shouted. Mr. Peepers is a gentle and kind junior high science teacher, and the world seems to get the better of him...but not for long. Wally Cox is one of a kind, and so is Marion Lorne, who plays the principal's wife. Tony Randall and Jack Warden make guest appearances in these live performances, and they are entertaining. But in every episode, Cox is the focus, and his low-key humor can't be matched by anyone...at any time. This is wonderful television from a much kinder and quieter era.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Sadly, someone really did screw up in the packaging of this one; my first set was a mess with mislabelled disks and two with the same episodes, meaning seven episodes were missing; I got a replacement from Amazon and it was fine -- except for some reason there was an extra fifth disk that was a copy of another one. That's why I am giving the set four stars. So check your disks when you get your set, but then...

Savor one of the very few fifties sitcoms that holds up (and even though I'm an I LOVE LUCY fan, even that show is getting so old that the fascination is increasingly anthropological rather than a true, direct delight in the "wacky" goings on). PEEPERS has the sweet fifties-whimsical tone of GERALD MCBOING BOING or HAROLD AND THE PURPLE CRAYON. Wally Cox's portrayal is, in its way, a kind of less tortured proto-Stephen Wright.

And then you get a young Tony Randall (or Anthony Randall, as he is first billed) using his stage smarts to breathe incredible life into the character of Peepers' colleague and friend. In addition, the unearthing of these shows means that anyone who has ever loved Marion Lorne as Aunt Clara on BEWITCHED or enjoyed her memorable turn as the mother in STRANGERS ON A TRAIN now gets two-dozen-plus new performances by her; her dithery shtick steals many an episode. (Peepers: "Have a good weekend!" Lorne: "Oh, yes, we will, we will ... we're having artichokes!")

And even in this first season, we get to watch the budding romance between Peepers and the school nurse. Patricia Benoit's Miss Remington, with her early-Mia-Farrow short haircut and a fetching bit of an overbite, comes off as a quietly sexy small-town girl, and her eternal solicitous gaze at Peepers seems utterly plausible and warms the heart.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Beware of defects!!! January 20, 2006
By Carroll
Format:DVD
I purchased this set twice and the first disc was so scratched that it would not play. I exchanged it and the same thing happened again. Someone else complained of same problem. The manufacturer should have better quality control. I will try purchasing at a later date, but I wonder how responsive seller will be. Too bad as I looked forward to seeing this wonderful series once again.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MR. PEEPERS 4 DVD set March 21, 2006
By BOOKSY
Format:DVD
The sound quality of the FIRST of 4 DVDs is sometimes a little rough, but once you have cranked up your volume to full-blast, you CAN hear it quite well, and this is a series worth hearing. Mr. Peepers is one of the most charming TV characters of all time, and the series has aged well. I was impressed with the quality of most of these 4 DVDs, considering they were printed from kinescopes, and delighted with the humor, characterizations and WIT. Charming altogether. I only wish that ALL the episodes were available for purchase. THAT would really be a treasure. But then, this is already a little treasure.....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Useful Episode Guide
MISTER PEEPERS - DVD EPISODE GUIDE

SEASON ONE - VOLUME ONE

07/03/52 - Mr. Peepers' new career at Jefferson Jr. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Peter C
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent nostalgia piece
My whole family loved Mr. Peepers when it was first presented in the early days of TV and we were sad it lasted for such a short while. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Steve Groves
5.0 out of 5 stars SEEK AND YE SHALL FIND
Couldt beleive one of my all time favorites was available. Most were kinescopes which vary in quality. Read more
Published 12 months ago by phillyd9
5.0 out of 5 stars Mr. Peepers
It's enjoyable for a senior citizen to revisit some of the simple pleasures from her childhood. The sound isn't always great, but the copyright is 1952, so I don't expect... Read more
Published 14 months ago by BAW
5.0 out of 5 stars PEEPERS A KEEPER
I received this in the mail promptly and in good condition I was surprised to be able to find this series. Thank you for carrying Mr. Peepers.
Published 18 months ago by Denise Poast
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite Enjoyable
Being familiar with kinescopes and having read the earlier reviews, I was concerned that the technical quality of these DVD's might not be very good. Read more
Published on May 31, 2011 by Carol the Dabbler
4.0 out of 5 stars Memories
Mr. Peepers was a favorite of my family. My sister loved Wally Cox and all the characters in this show, so I gave it to her as a gift. Read more
Published on February 11, 2011 by Patricia R
2.0 out of 5 stars Recording Quality Ruins Experience
The 1950's precursor to videotape, Kinescope, was employed recording this show, and that's unfortunate because there are profound soundtrack and image quality issues throughout. Read more
Published on December 18, 2010 by C. A. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars HELP SAVE MISTER PEEPERS!!!!!
I have both Mr. Peepers volume one
and two on DVD. I loved this endearing
show, so I emailed S'more Entertainment
( info@smoreent. Read more
Published on January 10, 2010 by Rev Dr John Benjamin Tatum DD PhD
1.0 out of 5 stars Ho Hum
I was dissapointed in the quality of the video. I realize it may just be that it is from the early days of TV. Read more
Published on February 14, 2009 by Donald S. Scott
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