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Episode from Kukla, Fran And Ollie 1948 - 1957
Kukla, Fran And Ollie debuted as a local Chicago show entitled Junior Jamboree and was renamed in 1948 when the installation of a coaxial cable linking the East Coast to the Midwest expanded its broadcast range. Established radio star Fran Allison played herself on the show as the perfect counterbalance to the antics of the puppets, and her uncanny ability to ad-lib allowed the show to run completely unscripted and unrehearsed.
Kukla, Fran And Ollie featured the creations of Burr Tillstrom, considered one of the greats in puppet history. He voiced and performed all of the puppet characters on the show and is credited with creating the puppeteering technique of watching the action on a small monitor while performing the characters, a practice still in use today.
Episode from Howdy Doody 1947 - 1960
Howdy Doody evolved from The Triple B Ranch, a radio program that featured the voice of "Buffalo" Bob Smith as himself and a character named Elmer who opened the show by saying "Howdy Doody.Read more ›
I also had a problem with the information that the box "mimics what TV of that era did and starts out with the simplest shows for the smallest kids, then progresses to shows for older kids." Kukla, Fran and Ollie was a "prime time" show for much of its run, appearing 5 days a week at 7 pm eastern. It's contemporary Howdy Doody ran in the afternoon. Yet Shout Factory includes it first on Disc 1 as a show for young children, followed by Howdy Doody. Kids enjoyed the puppetry of KFO, but it also included among its fans people like Tallulah Bankhead, Adlai Stevenson and Lillian Gish. None of whom could be called a child. One only has to look at the show itself to see that it has a much more sophisticated premise than other "kid" shows like Howdy or Rootie Kazootie. How many children (or adults, for that matter) in the 20th or 21st century could tell you what "high brow" or "low brow" meant (hint: it has nothing to do with hairstyle or plastic surgery!)? Yet the background of this episode of this "kid show" is Kukla and Fran trying to figure out the meaning of a Life magazine article on cultural classifications.Read more ›
This is a fairly good selection of that programming. The quality is perfectly watchable, and my only regret if they they didn't produce a whole series of .these .
In this collection , there are episodes are included from such shows as
Kukla, Fran & Ollie..Howdy Doody..Lassie..Annie Oakley..Flash Gordon..
Ding Dong School..Time For Beany (Puppet version of the cartoon Beany and Cecil)..The Paul Winchell Show..The Roy Rogers Show (with Dale Evens too)..Captain Z-RO..The Rootie Kazootie Club..Winky Dink & You..Super Circus..Andy's (Andy Devine) Gang..The Cisco Kid..Sky King..The Magic Clown..Kids & Company..Juvenile Jury...The Pinky Lee Show..Sheena, Queen of the Jungle.(Other critics have given details on the episodes) This saturday morning fare that i used to love. Why cant they do that these days..or at least rerun them.
Remember these shows were from the late 1950's -early 1960's, they are remastered the best they could be.
So is it worth it, GAWD YES!!!!!!It is great old tv which is good stuff to watch
Bennet Pomerantz AUDIOWORLD
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If you remember these shows it's wonderful. If you were too young to remember it might not be as good.Published 1 month ago by RC
Stars tell the story... AS advertised and described in listing. Color is correct. Size is appropriate. Easy to handle. Smells great. Delivered to me close to what I needed.Published 22 months ago by Loverboy33333
Feel the mood of the era. My sisters watched this stuff. I bought it in honor of my older sis who is now gone too soon.Published on November 13, 2013 by Ms thang