Lost Laughs of ’50s and ’60s Television: Thirty Sitcoms That Faded Off Screen

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McFarland, Mar 25, 2010 - Performing Arts - 248 pages
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Originally broadcast on American television between 1952 and 1969, the 30 situation comedies in this work are seldom seen today and receive only brief and often incomplete and inaccurate mentions in most reference sources. Yet these sitcoms (including Angel, The Governor and J.J., It’s a Great Life, I’m Dickens ... He’s Fenster and Wendy and Me), and the stories of the talented people who made them, are an integral part of television history. With a complete list of production credits and rare publicity stills, this volume, based on multiple screenings of episodes, corrects other sources and expand our knowledge of television history.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Angel
5
The Bill Dana Show
12
The Governor and JJ
20
The Great Gildersleeve
27
Grindl
33
Happy
40
Hennesey
47
Meet Mr McNutley The Ray Milland Show
120
The Mickey Rooney Show
128
Mr Adams and Eve
136
Mr Terrific
143
Mrs G Goes to College The Gertrude Berg Show
149
My Hero
157
OK Crackerby
164
Occasional Wife
171

Hey Jeannie The Jeannie Carson Show
54
How to Marry a Millionaire
61
Ichabod and Me
67
Im Dickens Hes Fenster
74
Its a Great Life
80
Its About Time
87
The Jim Backus Show
94
Love on a Rooftop
100
Margie
107
McKeever and the Colonel
113
The Peoples Choice
178
Pete and Gladys
186
Peter Loves Mary
194
The Tom Ewell Show
202
Wendy and Me
208
Appendix
215
Chapter Notes
217
Bibliography
225
Index
227
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David C. Tucker is the author of numerous books about classic film and television history. He blogs at www.davidctucker.blogspot.com. A retired public library administrator, he lives outside Atlanta, Georgia.

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