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Spike Jones: The Legend (1957)

Spike Jones and the City Slickers , Doodles Weaver  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Spike Jones and the City Slickers, Doodles Weaver, Liberace, Helen Grayco
  • Format: Black & White, Collector's Edition, 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: Infinity Entertainment Group & SJ2 Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 30, 2007
  • Run Time: 340 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000V9KEHE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,628 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Spike Jones: The Legend" on IMDb

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Spike Jones, referred to by many as the "god father of music video mayhem," brought his special brand of notes and nuts to '50s network television. Sneezes, belches, coughs, razberries, tuned cowbells, auto horns, and gun-shots - along with the finest musicianship - made up Spike Jones' "Musical Depreciation Revue." The original bad boys of music directly influenced such musical iconoclasts as Stan Freberg, Ernie Kovacs, Frank Zappa and Weird Al Yankovic. Enjoy the zany antics of Spike Jones (who passed away in 1965) and the City Slickers in four of their most hilarious and memorable NBC television shows in this special four DVD collector's set. Includes the holiday favorite, "All I Want For Christmas is My Two Front Teeth," and Jones' million-selling version of "Cocktails for Two."

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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Golden Spike's Age of Television October 24, 2007
It's about time! There's been precious little available on DVD of Spike Jones and his City Slickers. Now, four hours of his 1951 and 1952 TV specials are available in this box set.

Spike toured America with his "Musical Depreciation Revue" in the 1940s and 50s. Those days are gone, of course. But these shows -- particularly the Feburary 1951 "Colgate Comedy Hour" -- is basically the one surviving documentation of what Spike's two hour stage show was like.

These shows were broadcast live. No editing or overdubbing was possible. Bloopers abound, as well as many spontanious moments. But that's not a bad thing. In fact, it's great fun -- a ride in a time machine back to early television and unique musical theatrics.

The original commercials (many featuring Spike and the gang) are left intact. (Yes, that's the voice of Jackson "Bluto" Beck on the Fab detergent commercial!) The original title cards and NBC network signoffs are here, too.

Keep in mind, the picture quality varies a lot from scene to scene. There was no videotape in those days, and the surviving film was made by pointing a 16mm camera at a black and white television monitor! Still, the transfers from film have been made with tender loving care, and are really quite watchable. I should add that if you were watching the show live, the picture was probably no better. Those out of focus shots were broadcast that way! This was 1950 technology, but it was "cutting edge" at the time!
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
It was a shock when I first saw this item suddenly come up for sale.This DVD set is what every Spiker(Spike Jones fan) has been waiting to see and I am sure will watch over and over again.It is to Spike Jones' son Spike Jones Jr. that we owe much of our gratitude for this most welcome release.He dug into the families' holdings and came up with some pretty impressive treasures in this set.
The "product description" above is a little misleading so let me please clarify what exactly this set contains.This set contains THREE DVDs and ONE CD ,FOUR discs in all.It contains four shows with Spike Jones(on two DVDs),one disc with extras and an audio CD containing two rare /40s radio pilot shows.
Let's look at the shows.
The first is A Colgate-Comedy Hour Show from Feb.1/51.It clocks in at about 59 mins. and includes the entire show with commercials.
"Laura"-Spike chases down a lady wielding a nasty "scimitar" while screaming the songs' title-
Spike and crew during one number completely go wild and demolish their own"instruments" then attack a cameraman and destroy his "camera"-
Announcer Mike Wallace,future TV newsman and journalist,makes an appearance-
"The Poet and Peasant Overture"-Includes some hilarious moments with super mugger Freddie Morgan-
Mrs.Laverne Pearson and her twiddling belt buckle!(got to see it to believe it)-She also sings "Glo-Worm" accompanied by Dick Morgan,with the band giving it it's typical special treatment!-
*A Classic Spike Jones quote from this show,which defines everything Spike Jones to a "T"*:
Spike tells Mrs.Pearson that in order to sing with them she would have to have some music.Much to his chagrin she quickly produces same and hands it to him.
"This is your music?
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spike Jones DVD brings back memories December 13, 2007
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I remember a lot of these shows from when I was a kid and seeing them again sure was wonderful. Spike Jones and his wacky band did some crazy things back then and this set has the best. The video quality is not as good as today's are, but then again this was recorded by placing a 16mm camera at a TV set and shooting as the show went out live. Kineoscope was recorded on a wire as tape recording had not been invented yet. But it's still very enjoyable watching. Package arrived in perfect shape and on time as well.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fans of Really Old Television will love this December 27, 2009
By Irv E.
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Anyone old enough to remember the Colgate Comedy Hour will appreciate this collection of kinescopes from that show. The Colgate Comedy Hour featured a variety of stars from the 40s and 50s. Spike Jones was a band leader, famous for his outrageous ripoff satires of popular songs of the era. Probably most famous for an anti-Hitler song "Der Fuhrer's Face", featured in a Walt Disney Cartoon, and a hit number "All I want for Christmas is my Two Front Teeth". These DVDs feature several full length Colgate Comedy Hour shows that he did, complete. They are silly, stupid, and hilarious!

As one would expect from kinescopes (the only means of saving live TV in those days--recording on film directly from a TV monitor), the quality of the video is not terribly great, but it's good enough to enjoy shows that would otherwise be gone forever. We're lucky to have these..the kinescopes of many of the great shows of the era were not preserved, and these are certainly watchable. Enjoy! I do.
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5.0 out of 5 stars There will never be another Spike Jones September 14, 2009
It's difficult to write this review, because I haven't stopped laughing since I put the first of the four excellent discs into my player. I've been a fan of Spike Jones since I was a kid, but being in Australia, we never got to see any of his TV appearances in the Colgate and other shows. These DVDs bring out the best of Spike's comic genius. The comedy sketches are a bit old fashioned and the rather 'in your face' commercials pushing tooth paste and cleaning agents in the Colgate shows we could do without, but the musical items are an absolute gem. Spike may have murdered the classics, but he and his masterful musicians provided an entertainment that the world desperately needs, moreso today than it ever did. Regardless of the commercials and comedy sketches which seem slow and ponderous by today's standards, the four discs in this pack are excellent value. If you don't get at least a dozen laughs out of all the discs, you'd better have your pulse checked.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spike Jones - YES!!!
There is NO WAY I'll ever convince you to like Spike Jones unless you have an open mind, a well developed sense of humor, and are willing to appreciate absolute mayhem as... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Radio Ross
5.0 out of 5 stars legendary!
this dvd set contains countless hours of comic musical mayhem at it's best. there is no one who does it better than spike jones and his gang...
Published 19 months ago by malte fulda
5.0 out of 5 stars Spike Jones Lives Again
Once again the spirited and rediculous Spike Jones Band can be seen and heard - to some of us "oldies," and hopefully to a bunch of "newbies," for our/their entertainment and... Read more
Published on April 24, 2011 by Bill Watts
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended!
This is a great collection of 4 TV variety show episodes from the master of musical depreciation! The kinescope transfers on all but the first episode are spectacular. Read more
Published on April 21, 2009 by John Bishop
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Stuff
Spike Jones The Legend is great mad cap fun. You will laugh untill it hurts. Spike and his band were great musicians and crazy wild comedians. Read more
Published on January 13, 2009 by S. Shepherd
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Gift For Grampy
Gave the set to my elderly father. He's been rockin' out to it ever since. I remember hearing his LPs when I was a little kid and laughing my silly head off. Great for grampa. Read more
Published on March 28, 2008 by E. Richards
5.0 out of 5 stars THE TITLE DOESN'T LIE!
Whether you are a long-time fan, or just discovering the genius of Spike Jones this is one boxed set you simply must have-"Spike Jones-The Legend" delivers. Read more
Published on March 15, 2008 by Tim Barnes
5.0 out of 5 stars AN ABSOLUTE DELIGHT!
This a treasure trove of Spike Jones material. Spike Jones was the only man alive who could play cowbells, gargle and chew gum at the same time. Read more
Published on January 16, 2008 by D. Beach
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