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You Asked For It - Volumes 1 & 2 (2-DVD)


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  • Actors: Art Baker
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Alpha Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 24, 2008
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B001AOW6RA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,442 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A wonderful snapshot of what Americans were curious about in the 50s, ""You Asked For It"" debuted in 1950 and continued offering its special ""believe-it-or-not"" brand of entertainment on ABC until 1959. Attempts were made to revive the show in the 1980s and 90s, but were unsuccessful in capturing the wide-eyed wonder and innocence of the original series. Each week for nearly a decade, inquiring viewers from all over the country wrote in requesting to see the strange and bizarre. The show's producers delivered it all, from the sublime to the ridiculous, the heart-lifting to the heart-stopping, and everything in between!

Episode 1: A wrestling chimpanzee; jive pianist Ivory Joe Hunter; secrets of card sharps and more!

Episode 2: A diver wrestling an octopus; a theremin soloist; movie special effects demonstrations; lost relatives found; Comedian El Brendel!

Episode 3: A Hindu fakir on a bed of nails; a man shot wearing a bullet-proof vest; carnival game conmen; a classic French clown act; baseball player Babe Dahlgren remembers Lou Gehrig!

Episode 4: An Eskimo building an igloo; America's tallest man; largest star sapphire in the world; singer Arthur Lee Simpkins; a deadly python attack; silent movie stars; a log-rolling contest!

Episode 5: Pin-up models that come to life; award-winning canaries; Hawaiian cowboys; and an ""Our Gang"" cast reunion!

Episode 6: A race between an abacus and an electric calculator; phony spiritualists exposed; Calypso Joe; and TV wrestler Gorgeous George using his brains!

Episode 7: Nevarre the Fire-Eater; touring the homes of Hollywood Stars; Mr. America; Aunt Nelly of Knott's Berry Farm; World Champion horseshoe pitching; and Buddy Ebsen dances with sister Vilma!

Episode 8: Maldo the Escape Artist; a German Oompah Band; milking poisonous snakes; world's largest collection of miniatures; and a recreation of the Sullivan/La Savant fight in Paris!

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Uthai_H on June 26, 2013
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I used to watch "(The New)YOU ASKED FOR IT"1981version when I was young.But "YOU ASKED FOR IT"1950 version.I hadn't been born yet.I just watched this 2-Disc DVD from Amazon.There were many dangerous shows in the 1951version such as "US national archery champion Stan Overby shot an apple off his assistant's head" or "Reed Parham wrestled a giant anaconda",etc. Was the show originally broadcast live? If so,accidents could happen at any time.other interesting episodes,for example "phony spiritualists exposed" were very useful to many people ,and "A race between a Chinese abacus (Suanpan)and an electric calculator" where the winner was the calculator. According to Wikipedia,Japanese abacus (Soroban) beat an electric calculator on November 12, 1946.(one year after World War II ) A contest was held in Tokyo between the Japanese abacus, used by Kiyoshi Matsuzaki, and an electric calculator, operated by US Army Private Thomas Nathan Wood.The abacus won. I wonder why nobody,in 1951,asked for this race again on TV. Can any knowledgeable historian answer this question? Maybe in the next time review.
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