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THE ART OF ECCENTRIC DANCE: JACK STANFORD

Yesterday I posted the extraordinarily strange acrobatic comedy diving-board routine of Larry Griswold. It occurred to me that, beyond the athleticism involved in Griswold’s act, there was a comic style to the movements, all of which were clearly choreographed. I believe that it’s based on the wonderful and long-forgotten art

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LARRY GRISWOLD–THE DIVING BOARD COMEDIAN

If you’ve never seen gymnast and co-inventor of the trampoline Larry Griswold’s comedy diving act, drop everything you’re doing for the next four minutes and check it out. Griswold’s act–he plays a somewhat inebriated man who’s standing in for ‘Larry Griswold, Amateur Diving Champion’ who can’t make the show due

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SATURDAY STOOGE-FEST

‘Micro-Phonies’ (1945) is the 87th short film made by The Three Stooges for Columbia Pictures. It was photographed from Monday, June 4 through Thursday, June 7th ,1945, and was released on Thursday, November 15th of that year. It was the second Stooge short directed by Edward L. Bernds, though it

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PETULIA CLARK, HARRY BELEFONTE, STEVE BINDER AND ‘THE TOUCH’

The director behind the great dance show ‘Hullabaloo’ (see yesterday’s post) was Steve Binder. After the shows untimely (and unfathomable) cancellation, Binder went on to direct many high profile TV music specials, including Elvis Presley’s famous ‘comeback’ show. In 1968, NBC gave Petulia Clark her own special–she’d been a guest

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HULLABALOO KILLS

The dance show ‘Hullabaloo’, which aired on NBC from January 12 1965 to April 11, 1966, was arguably the best show of it’s kind–better than ‘Shindig’ in my humble opinion. If you’ve never seen it watch the above complete twenty-five minute episode which features a mind boggling line-up of guests–Sammy

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GROUCHO MEETS HONEY WEST?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRMrV-5lHZM Before ‘Honey West’ was a TV series (see previous two posts) it was a series of detective novels. The writer of these books was G.G. Fickling, a pseudonym for husband and wife writing team Gloria and Forest E. ‘Skip’ Fickling. (Try saying ‘Skip Fickling’ five times fast. I dare

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HONEY WEST (Part Deux)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zL6129bC4Ek In yesterday’s post about the forgotten but groundbreaking female detective show ‘Honey West’ I posited that perhaps the reason for the shows short one-season run was that audiences weren’t yet comfortable with a powerful female in a leading role doing work that typically is the province of men. Then

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HONEY WEST

Above is the title sequence from ‘Honey West’, a groud-breaking American crime drama that aired on ABC for only one season–September 17, 1965 to April 8, 1966. It was executive produced by Aaron Spelling and starred Anne Francis as TVs first female private detective. (Spelling’s first choice for the role

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SATURDAY STOOGE-FEST

‘Goof On The Roof’ is the Three Stooges 152nd short film made for Columbia Pictures. It was photographed from Monday, November 17th through Wednesday, November 19th, 1952 and was released a full year later on Thursday, December 3rd, 1953. The film is probably the most violent of any of the

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THE CANCELLED SHOWS OF THE MID-60s

To close out this weeks series of 1960s TV series promos (and revisitations of forgotten items) here’s a nine minute reel of forgotten and cancelled shows from the years 1963-67 roughly. Did you know there was a ‘Blondie’ TV series that flopped? I didn’t. ‘O.K. Crackerby’ is a famous flop

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