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on December 12, 2008
This is a 4-disc set of 50's and early 60's era TV sit-coms, variety and drama for the Christmas season. An added bonus is a link on Disc One for a Virtual Fireplace that you can keep on the screen while listening to music,wrapping presents, trimming the tree, etc. Cozy.
This set is one of the best values I have seen anywhere for the price. Unbeatable. Curious that some reviewers are complaining about audio/video discrepancies. I have played through all of the discs several times and could not see or hear anything out of the ordinary. They are all in black and white, common in 50's TV, some shows are a little creaky, production-wise, but all the more charming, seeing these early TV holiday shows with a few creaks make them even more enjoyable.
Contents include 5 Christmas episodes of Ozzie and Harriet, 4 of the Beverly Hillbillies, also Christmas episodes of Red Skelton, Jack Benny, Dragnet, Burns and Allen, Abbot and Costello, Petticoat Junction. Variety and music shows, such as Liberace and Fred Waring. Drama shows include Four Star Playhouse, Dickens' A Christmas Carol with Vincent Price, even Sherlock Holmes and a Lux Theatre production of Holiday Affair. Many, many more. Other reviewers have included a complete listing here on Amazon. I was astounded to see original commercials included with some of the shows, giving it a real 50's feel! A wonderful step back in time! This is truly marvelous entertainment for the Christmas Season. Sit back with a mug of hot cocoa and some Christmas cookies, with the Christmas tree lights twinkling, curl up with the afghan and enjoy!!
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CONTENTS for HOLIDAY TV CLASSICS (one episode each, unless indicated)--

THE ADVENTURES OF LONG JOHN SILVER ("The Orphans' Christmas") (Australia-1955) - Robert Newton/Connie Gilchrist/Kit Taylor/Billy Kay/Grant Taylor
THE ADVENTURES OF OZZIE & HARRIET - 5 episodes
THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD
ANNIE OAKLEY ("Santa Claus Wears a Gun") (1956) - Gail Davis/Jimmy Hawkins/Brad Johnson/Stanley Andrews
THE BEVERLY HILLBILLIES - 4 episodes
THE BOB CUMMINGS SHOW ("Love That Bob")
CAPTAIN GALLANT OF THE FOREIGN LEGION ("The Little Boy Who Found Christmas") (1955) - Buster Crabbe/Cullen Crabbe
The Christmas Carol (1949) - Vincent Price (host)/Taylor Holmes/Patrick Whyte/Queenie Leonard/Jill St. John
DATE WITH THE ANGELS ("Santa's Helper") (1957) - Betty White/Bill Williams/Richard Deacon/Nancy Culp
DEAR PHOEBE ("The Christmas Show") (1954) - Peter Lawford/Marcia Henderson/Charles Lane/Jesse White/Jan Clayton
THE DOCTOR ("A Tale of Two Christmases") (1952) - Richard McMurray/Janie Alexander/Margaret Hayes/Raymond Bramley
DRAGNET - 3 episodes
DUPONT THEATRE (aka "Cavalcade of America")
FOUR STAR PLAYHOUSE - 2 episodes
GENERAL ELECTRIC THEATER ("A Child is Born") (1956) - Ronald Reagan/Nancy Davis/Patti Davis/Robert Middleton/Harve Presnell
GENERAL ELECTRIC THEATER ("Music For Christmas") (1954) - Ronald Reagan (host)/Fred Waring & his Pennsylvanians
THE GEORGE BURNS & GRACIE ALLEN SHOW
GRUEN GUILD PLAYHOUSE ("Joe Santa Claus") (1951) - Maria Palmer/Ray Montgomery/Housley Stevenson/Peter Brocco
THE JACK BENNY PROGRAM - 3 episodes
THE LIBERACE SHOW - 2 episodes
LUX VIDEO THEATER ("Holiday Affair") (1955) - Scott Brady/Phyllis Thaxter/Elliott Reid/George Baxter/Walter Brennan/Margaret O'Brien/Otto Kruger
MEET CORLISS ARCHER ("The Christmas Story") (1954) - Ann Baker/Mary Brian/John Eldredge/Robert Ellis/Vera Marshe
THE PAUL WINCHELL & JERRY MAHONEY SHOW
PETTICOAT JUNCTION
RACKET SQUAD - 2 episodes
THE RAY BOLGER SHOW (aka "Where's Raymond?") (1954)
THE RED SKELTON SHOW - 3 episodes
THE RUGGLES (1952) - Charles Ruggles/Erin O'Brien-Moore/Margaret Kerry/Tom Bernard
THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL ("The Christmas Present") (UK-1955) - Marius Goring/Anthony Newlands/Stanley Van Beers
SCREEN WRITERS PLAYHOUSE ("A String of Blue Beads") (pilot-1953) - Louis Jourdan/Margaret Hamilton/Ellen Cobb-Hill
SHERLOCK HOLMES (TV-1954) - Ronald Howard/Howard Marion-Crawford/Archie Duncan
A Star Shall Rise (1952) - Raymond Burr/Anthony Caruso/Morris Ankrum/Richard Hale/John Crawford
TELEPHONE TIME

Also recommended:
MILL CREEK's 21 hour, 4 DVD set HOLIDAY FAMILY FAVORITES features a mix of vintage TV shows, movies and cartoons.
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on January 18, 2009
There are so many episodes on this DVD we still haven't seen them all. If you grew up in the 50's and 60's you will remember some of these shows and commercials. We really enjoyed taking a little step back in time. The video quality of some of these episodes is a little rough or I would have given it 5 stars.
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on November 25, 2013
Im so tired of people buying stuff that is clearly public domain material, then bitching about it. Just so you know.... these are not from original studio masters and no millions havent been dumped into remastering them. So yes some of the episodes are taken from the best available source. Some are better than others. ANother complaint I'm sick of is that the shows are just too old and you shouldnt bother, when the titles are clearly listed on the packaging. Yes clearly they are old shows. To me that is the joy in it. And the simple fact is, if these shows were not put out in this way, they would not be put out at all, and would basically be lost forever. So just because its not "remastered" from "original studio masters", does not lessen the enjoyment of these shows. If you're old enough to remember how tv used to be and miss it. And you're looking for some good christmas stuff to have on while you're doing holiday stuff around the house. This is a great product. It has a wide variey of programming. And the virtual firelace is very nice.
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on January 11, 2015
Note: You will find some titles reversed order between the disc label and the DVD on-screen menu.
For example, title listing under Liberace is reversed order on label vs on-screen DVD menu.
And a few other of the same reversed order, as well.
Below is the 4-disc listing going by the four DVD labels.

DISC ONE:

ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD
THE CHRISTMAS GOOSE

BOB CUMMINGS SHOW LOVE THAT BOB
GRANDPA'S CHRISTMAS VISIT

GEORGE BURNS & GRACIE ALLEN SHOW
GRACIE'S RELATIVES

CAPTAIN GALLANT OF THE FOREIGN LEGION
THE BOY WHO FOUND CHRISTMAS

DRAGNET
THE BIG LITTLE JESUS
THE BIG NEW YEAR
THE BIG 22 RIFLE FOR CHRISTMAS

DATE WITH THE ANGELS
SANTA'S HELPER

LUX THEATRE
HOLIDAY AFFAIR

LUX THEATRE
A STAR SHALL RISE

GE THEATRE
FRED WARING CHRISTMAS MUSIC

BONUS
VIRTUAL FIREPLACE

DISC TWO:

BEVERLY HILLBILLIES
CHRISTMAS AT THE CLAMPETTS
TURKEY DAY
HOME FOR CHRISTMAS
NO PLACE LIKE HOME

JACK BENNY PROGRAM
REMINISCING ABOUT LAST NEW YEAR'S EVE
CHRISTMAS SHOPPING
NEW YEAR'S EVE

SHERLOCK HOLMES
CHRISTMAS PUDDING

GRUEN GUILD PLAYHOUSE
JOE SANTA CLAUS

ROCKET SQUAD
CHRISTMAS CAPER
BLESSED EXPENSE

DEAR PHOEBE
CHRISTMAS SHOW

TELEPHONE TIME
A PICTURE OF THE MAGI

DISC THREE:

OZZIE AND HARRIET
LATE CHRISTMAS GIFT
BUST CHRISTMAS
THE CHRISTMAS TREE LOT
GIRL IN THE EMPORIUM
PIANO FOR THE FRATERNITY

COLGATE COMEDY HOUR
ABBOT AND COSTELLO CHRISTMAS 12/14/52

PETTICOAT JUNCTION
CANNONBALL CHRISTMAS

PAUL WINCHELL SHOW
JERRY MAHONEY

SCARLET PIMPERNEL
CHRISTMAS PRESENT

RED SKELTON
THE COP AND THE ANTHEM
FREDDIE AND THE YULETIDE DOLL

FAMILY DOCTOR
A TALE OF TWO CHRISTMASES

DISC FOUR:

CHARLES DICKENS
A CHRISTMAS CAROL

THE RUGGLES
CHRISTMAS EVE 1952

RAY BOLGER SHOW WHERE'S RAYMOND
CHRISTMAS SHOW

LIBERACE
CHRISTMAS SHOW
THANKSGIVING SHOW

ADVENTURES OF LONG JOHN SILVER
ORPAN'S CHRISTMAS

MEET CORLISS ARCHER
THE CHRISTMAS PRESENTS

ANNIE OAKLEY
SANTA CLAUS WEARS A GUN

SCREEN WRITERS PLAYHOUSE
A STRING OF BLUE BEADS

DUPONT THEATRE
BLESSED MIDNIGHT

FOUR STAR PLAYHOUSE
THE ANSWER

FOUR STAR PLAYHOUSE
THE GIFT

GE THEATRE
A CHILD IS BORN
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on December 29, 2013
A baby boomer must have, with tons of product. I will admit I have only watched 10% of these shows and can't wait to view the rest, but I am delighted with what I have watched. Watching Jack Benny crackup at Mel Blanc is priceless, or when Jack announces that they have found a purse belonging to a Miss Mansfield, guess who walks onstage.
Jed can't shoot the Thanksgiving turkey because it wants to shake his hand. Meanwhile, over at Racket Squad, they have to arrest Santa. It goes on and on. At less than a dime a show, what do you need to know?
Total run time: 20hrs,53min.
BONUS: Virtual Fireplace
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon October 15, 2011
If you love both classic television and Christmas - then this Holiday Classics DVD by Mill Creek Entertainment is an 'essential' addition to your collection or as a stocking stuffer for that 'baby boomer' on your holiday gift list!.

With over twenty hours of holiday-themed old tv sit-coms from the 50's and 60's, you'll soon have all lovers of vintage television in the Holiday mood!

I must admit, in some of the early episodes of Holiday TV Classics, the picture quality is just okay - understandably improving with the 'newer' episodes (after all, this is true vintage television).

I took out one star for the weak video transfer in some of the earlier episodes.

At under $10, this 4 disc Holiday TV Classics DVD set is a perfect 'stocking stuffer'.

This Christmas, I am giving 'Holiday TV Classics' in lieu of Christmas cards to my older 'baby boomer' friends. They find the DVD discs more convenient than cloud servers.

ALSO RECOMMENDED DVD STOCKING STUFFERS:
TV Sets: Christmas Treats,TV Sets: Holiday Treats and, the 2011 release That 70s Show - Holiday Edition

Hope this review was helpful ...

HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE - Jeffrey A. (Jeff)
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on December 28, 2013
This is a good video set to play on Christmas Eve and Christmas. Each of the holiday episodes are heart warming and funny. The family can tune in to interesting television specials throughout the day without worrying about mature language and situations. I generally like to have this on while board games are being played. It just makes the whole house feel like Christmas.
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on January 3, 2014
I love all the old shows from when i was a kid. Brings back so many great memories long before tv started showing so much trash that i dont want my kids to see. Good wholesome fun. Loved them all . hours of shows on 4 long disks.we couldn't even watch them all in a week. there are even lots of shows that were way before my time. This set is like a window into the past.
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on October 4, 2015
If you love the Christmas Season, and classic Christmas television programs from through-out the 1950's and into the early 60's, than you will cherish this four-disc set containing nearly 21 hours of wholesome family entertainment that was produced during a time when God's name was spoken with reverence rather than taken in vain.
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