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Holiday TV Classics - 49 Holiday TV Episodes - Tin

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49 episodes of holiday-themed programming from some of your favorite classic television shows!.  You’ll truly enjoy the holidays with the likes of Jack Benny, Liberace, Bob Cummings, Betty White, Ozzie & Harriet Nelson, Raymond Burr and many others.  Sit back and relax with the family while you watch such classic shows as The Adventures of Long John Silver, The Beverly Hillbillies, The Red Skelton Show, Dragnet, Sherlock Holmes and Racket Squad. Celebrate the season with you favorite television stars and shows!

Contents:

Disc 1

The Adventures of Robin Hood

This classic television series ran from 1955 to 1960, featuring the tales of Robin Hood and his band of Merry Men. Richard Greene stars as our gallant hero who fought the forces of the evil Prince John, his local official the Sheriff of Nottingham and any aristocrat or ne’er-do-well who threatened the common people and loyal subjects of King Richard. Robin and his band lived in the shelter of Sherwood Forest, fighting their foes and hoping for the day when their beloved King Richard will return from the Crusades to rule once again.

Starring Richard Greene, Patricia Driscoll, Alan Wheatley

(1955 – 1960) B&W 30 Minutes episodes Unrated

Episode:

  1. The Christmas Goose

The Bob Cummings Show (Love That Bob)

In this classic comedy series, which ran from 1955 to 1959, comedian Bob Cummings was a bachelor photographer who tried to woo his models as well as support his widowed sister Margaret (Rosemary DeCamp) and nephew Chuck (Dwayne Hickman). Cummings was aided in his studio by his loyal assistant Schultzy (Ann B. Davis), while taking photos of his models such as Ingrid Goude (Miss Sweden 1956). 

Starring Bob Cummings, Rosemary DeCamp, Ann B. Davis

(1955 – 1959) B&W 30 Minute episodes Unrated

Episode:

  1. Grandpa’s Christmas Visit

The George Burns & Gracie Allen Show

This comic staple was a mainstay on CBS for nine seasons and was a perfect format for the talents of George Burns and Gracie Allen, who brought their successful stage act first to the radio and then eventually to the small screen. The series centered on the comedic adventures of Gracie and her neighbor Blanche which exasperated to no end their husbands, George and Harry. Many aspects of the show can be seen in the situation comedies that have come since this program long left the air.

Starring George Burns, Gracie Allen, Bea Benaderet

(1950 – 1958) B&W 30 Minute episodes Unrated

Episode:

  1. Gracie’s Relatives

Captain Gallant of the Foreign Legion

This exciting adventure show from the 1950’s featured silver screen star Buster Crabbe as the commander of a Foreign Legion outpost far off in the desert. These weekly tales of danger and suspense also starred Buster’s son Cullen, who sometimes was the cause of all the excitement.

Starring Buster Crabbe, Fuzzy Knight, Cullen Crabbe

(1955 – 1957) B&W 30 Minute episodes Unrated

 Episode:

  1. The Boy Who Found Christmas

Dragnet 

Taking the successful radio program to the new medium of television, Dragnet was famous for its use of actual Los Angeles Police Department case files. Jack Webb portrays Sgt. Joe Friday, who works the dayshift with his partners on a variety of interesting cases. This program was reincarnated in 1967; eight years after its first television series had ended, with Jack Webb reprising his role of Sgt. Joe Friday.

Starring Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, Harry Bartell

(1951 – 1959) B&W 30 Minute episodes Unrated

Episodes:

  1. The Big Little Jesus
  2. The Big New Year
  3. The Big .22 Rifle for Christmas

Date with the Angels

This early comedy featured Betty White as a well-meaning housewife who seems to get into trouble whether it is her fault or not.  As with any program, our star is able to get everything resolved satisfactory by the end of the episode. An entertaining show for everyone!

Starring Betty White, Bill Williams, Natalie Masters

(1957 – 1958) B&W 30 Minute episodes Unrated

Episode:

  1. Santa’s Helper

Lux Video Theatre

This weekly dramatic series featured appearances by some of the greatest actors and actresses of its time.  Each episode was a unique story and offered an opportunity for the finest of the silver screen to come into America’s homes each week.

Starring Otto Kruger, Ken Carpenter, Walter Brennan

(1952 – 1957) B&W 60 Minute episodes Unrated

Episode:

  1. Holiday Affair

A Star Shall Rise

This program features the story of the birth of Jesus and the subsequent visit to him by the Three Wise Men.  Raymond Burr headlines this excellent cast as they present this timeless tale to audiences young and old.

Starring Raymond Burr, John Crawford, Richard Hale

(1952) B&W 30 Minutes Unrated

General Electric Theater

This classic weekly NBC series was hosted by Ronald Reagan and featured an array of stars and performers in a variety of programs.  From comedy to musical to dramatic, each weekly show was a special treat for the audience.  Performers from the stage, the screen and radio all brought their best to America’s living rooms.

Starring Ronald Reagan

(1953 - 1962) B&W 30 Minutes Unrated

Episode:

  1. Fred Waring Christmas Music

Yule Log

Disc 2

The Beverly Hillbillies

Jed Clampett is a simple backwoodsman who strikes it rich, when an oil gusher springs up on his land, making him a millionaire overnight. Listening to his relatives, Jed decides to give his family a fresh start in Beverly Hills, where all the rich people live. Taking his daughter Elly May, nephew Jethro Bodine and his mother-in-law Granny with him, Jed meets with and moves in next door to Mr. Drysdale, the president of the Commerce Bank, where Jed keeps his money and Mr. Drysdale will do anything to keep it there. Watch the misadventures of this backwoods family trying to live in the big city but sticking to their rural ways!

Starring Buddy Ebsen, Irene Ryan, Max Baer, Donna Douglas

(1962 – 1971) B&W 30 Minute episodes Unrated

Episodes:

  1. Christmas with the Clampetts
  2. Home for the Holidays
  3. No Place Like Home
  4. Turkey Day

The Jack Benny Program

Star of Vaudeville, Radio and the Big Screen, Jack Benny brought his highly-successful radio program to the small screen in 1950 and the show ran until 1965.  Along for the ride were his famous cast of co-stars including Eddie “Rochester” Anderson, Don Wilson, Dennis Day and Mary Livingstone, who all shared in the fun and misadventures of their famous boss.   Whether dealing with his love of money, his perpetual age of 39 or his beloved Maxwell automobile, Jack Benny and his gang entertained one and all!

Starring Jack Benny, Eddie “Rochester” Anderson, Don Wilson

(1950 – 1965) B&W 30 Minute episodes Unrated

Episodes:

  1. Christmas Shopping with Jack
  2. New Years Variety Show
  3. Reminiscing about Last New Year’s Eve

Sherlock Holmes

This show was produced in France and featured Ronald Howard as the great detective Sherlock Holmes, with Howard Marion-Crawford assuming the role of Holmes’ faithful partner Dr. Watson. This crime-fighting duo solved case after cases on a weekly basis to the delight of audiences everywhere, featuring some of the famous stories from the pen of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, as well as new cases written for the show.

Starring Ronald Howard, Howard Marion-Crawford

(1954 - 1955) B&W 30 Minute episodes Unrated

Episode:

  1. The Case of the Christmas Pudding

Gruen Guild Playhouse

This dramatic series was featured weekly on the ABC and the DuMont networks in the early 1950’s.  Each episode was a self-contained story featuring some of early television’s best stars.

Starring Ray Montgomery, Sigrid Gurie, Maria Palmer

(1951 – 1952) B&W 30 Minute episodes Unrated

Episode:

  1. Joe Santa Claus

Racket Squad

One of television's first classic crime shows, Racket Squad starred Reed Hadley as Captain John Braddock, tireless investigator for San Francisco's Racket Squad, who tracked down a wide variety of flimflammers and con artists. Based on actual cases, the show’s realistic approach to police work set a new standard for crime dramas. This half hour show was produced by Hal Roach, Jr., and Carroll Case., and was twice nominated for an Emmy award as Best Mystery Series.

Starring Reed Hadley, Hugh Beaumont, Willie Best

(1951 – 1953) B&W 30 Minute episodes Unrated

Episodes:

  1. The Christmas Caper
  2. Blessed Expense

Dear Phoebe

This 1950’s comedy features Peter Lawford as a newspaper columnist who answers letters from the love-lourned under the pen name of “Phoebe”. Unfortunately, our columnist has better success with his readers than what he has in his own life.

Starring Peter Lawford, Charles Lane, Marcia Henderson

(1954 – 1955) B&W 30 Minute episodes Unrated

Episode:

  1. The Christmas Show

Telephone Time

This unique program from the 1950’s featured tales from the pen of author John Nesbitt, who also served as host of the program.  Each program was a unique story unto itself and provided the best in entertainment for its viewers by covering a wide range of topics.

Starring John Nesbitt, Frank Baxter, Nestor Paiva

(1956 – 1958) B&W 30 Minute episodes Unrated

Episode:

  1. A Picture of the Magi

 

Disc 3

The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet

The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet starring Ozzie, Harriet, David and Ricky Nelson, is television’s longest running situation comedy. America watched as this active middle-class American family grew up. Created, directed and written by Ozzie Nelson. The house viewers see is an exact replica of the house the Nelsons owned in real life. The one mystique on the series was Ozzie’s source of income—he was only seen hanging around the house!  Stories revolve primarily around the four Nelsons, with a notable neighbor, Thorny Thornberry, who can be counted on to offer Ozzie ill-timed advice. As the series progressed, and the boys began to date, a succession of friends began to appear.  The show that aired on April 10, 1957, featured son Ricky singing I’m Walkin (Fats Domino hit). It became a million selling record and Ricky started a career as a rock and roll star.

Starring Ozzie, Harriet, David and Ricky Nelson

(1952-1966) B&W 30 Minute episodes Unrated

Episodes:

  1. Busy Christmas
  2. The Christmas Tree Lot
  3. The Girl in the Emporium
  4. The Late Christmas Gift
  5. Piano for the Fraternity

Colgate Comedy Hour

This classic television program from the 1950’s featured a rotating series of hosts for this entertaining musical variety program.  This staple of NBC’s Sunday night line-up featured performances by some of the brightest stars of stage, screen and television.

Starring Bud Abbott, Lou Costello

(1950 – 1955) B&W 60 Minute episodes Unrated

Episode:

  1. Christmas 1952

Petticoat Junction

The Shady Rest Hotel run by Kate Bradley (Bea Benaderet) is the setting for this charming comedy from the 1960’s. Created by the same people who made The Beverly Hillbillies, this “down-home” comedy ran for seven seasons on CBS before the network jettison their “hick” programming for more “sophisticated” shows. You’ll laugh at the misadventures of Kate, Uncle Joe, Billy Jo, Bobby Jo and Betty Jo!

Starring Bea Benaderet, Edgar Buchanan, Linda Henning

(1963 – 1970) B&W 30 Minute episodes Unrated

Episode:

  1. Cannonball Christmas

The Paul Winchell Show

Comedian/ventriloquist Paul Winchell and his pals Jerry Mahoney and Knucklehead Smith were the stars of a NBC variety in the 1950’s.  This unique program featured musical acts, comedy skits and a quiz portion to the show that featured the many talents of host Winchell.

Starring Paul Winchell, Jerry Mahoney, Knucklehead Smith

(1950 – 1954) B&W 30 Minute episodes Unrated

Episode:

  1. Holiday Show

The Scarlet Pimpernel

Sir Percy Blakeney is an English aristocrat leading a double life, by day he’s an effete aristocrat and by night he’s the Scarlet Pimpernel, rescuing French nobles from the clutches of the French revolution under Robespierre's Reign of Terror.  Not even his wife suspects that Blakeney is the Scarlet Pimpernel, in this exciting adventure program from the 1950’s.

Starring Marius Goring, Stanley Van Beers

(1955) B&W 30 Minute episodes Unrated

Episode:

  1. The Christmas Present

 

The Red Skelton Show

This weekly variety program ran for over 20 years and showcased the remarkable talents of the host, Red Skelton, and his numerous guests from the stage and screen. Classic characters created by Skelton that were weekly staples on the show included Freddie the Freeloader, Clem Kadiddlehopper, Col. San Fernando Red, Sheriff Deadeye and Cauliflower McPugg. Skelton shared the stage with such classic stars as Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, Jerry Lewis, Martha Raye, Jackie Coogan and Boris Karloff.

Starring Red Skelton

(1951 – 1971) B&W/Color 30 Minute episodes Unrated

Episodes:

  1. The Cop and the Anthem
  2. Freddie and the Yuletide Doll

The Doctor

This medical anthology series from the early 1950’s featured stories of human drama with a medical slant. Not only did the programs deal with physical maladies but also emotional and mental issues surrounding the conditions covered in each story.

Starring Robert McMurray, Margaret Hayes, Janie Alexander

(1952 - 1953) B&W 30 Minute episodes Unrated

Episode:

  1. A Tale of Two Christmases

Disc 4

The Christmas Carol

This early television adaptation of the Charles Dickens’ classic tale featured legendary actor Vincent Price as your narrator.  Our story centers upon miserly Ebenezer Scrooge and his haunting on Christmas Eve by his deceased business partner Jacob Marley, who warns him to change his ways otherwise a fate worst than his will be waiting for him.

Starring Vincent Price, Taylor Holmes, Nelson Leigh

(1949) B&W 25 Minutes Unrated

The Ruggles

Charles Ruggles is the patriarch of this television family where he and his wife must endure one funny situation after another, usually at the hands of one of their four children. A wholesome program with life lessons for the children and comedic entertainment for everyone.

Starring Charles Ruggles, Jimmy Hawkins, Margaret Kerry

(1949 – 1952) B&W 30 Minute episodes Unrated

Episode:

  1. Christmas Eve (1952)

The Ray Bolger Show (Where’s Raymond?)

This classic 1950 program featured vaudevillian and screen legend Ray Bolger in a weekly comedy program.  This show allowed Bolger to show off his dancing and comedic talents for everyone to enjoy.

Starring Ray Bolger, Claire Du Brey, Peter Graves

(1953 – 1955) B&W 30 Minute episodes Unrated

Episode:

  1. The Christmas Show

The Liberace Show

Liberace, everyone’s favorite piano player, was a mainstay of American television for seventeen years. His flamboyant flair for showmanship and his masterful arrangements brought thrills to his viewers each week.  Prior to his extended engagements in Las Vegas, fans were able to watch Liberace appeared weekly in their own living room. 

Starring Liberace

(1952 – 1969) B&W 30 Minute episodes Unrated

Episodes:

  1. The Christmas Show
  2. The Thanksgiving Show

The Adventures of Long John Silver

This 1950’s television program features the continued tales of Robert Louis Stevenson’s’ literary creation, one-legged pirate Long John Silver.  Robert Newton stars as the pirate who will do the right thing if it means he’ll still benefit from it financially.  After his adventures with Jim Hawkins on Treasure Island, Silver has moved to a small port where he keeps busy with his various schemes while trying to move from pirate to respectable citizen.

Starring Robert Newton, Connie Gilchrist, Kit Taylor

(1955) Color 30 Minutes episodes Unrated

Episode:

  1. The Orphan’s Christmas

 Meet Corliss Archer

The Archers are a typical American family with the teenage daughter Corliss finding herself the center of attention.  Involved with Corliss’ misadventures is her boyfriend Dex, who always seems to get under the skin of Corliss’ father. A wholesome and fun family program for everyone to enjoy!

Starring Ann Baker, Robert Ellis, Mary Brian

(1954 – 1955) B&W 30 Minute episodes Unrated

Episode:

  1. Christmas Show

Annie Oakley

One of the fastest guns in the west, Annie Oakley used her skills to help her friend, Deputy Sheriff Lofty Craig, maintain the peace in the town of Diablo.  Along on her adventures, Annie’s little brother Tagg was sometimes as much of a cause of trouble as he was an aid to Annie and Deputy Craig.

Starring Gail Davis, Jimmy Hawkins, Brad Johnson

(1954 – 1956) B&W 30 Minute episodes Unrated

Episode:

  1. Santa Claus Wears a Gun

 

Screen Writers Playhouse – A String of Blue Beads

This holiday classic from the early 1950’s is the story of a happily-married man who must face the tragedy of his wife’s death on Christmas Eve. Despair fills the man’s life after his beloved’s passing until a chance encounter with a young girl offers the opportunity to renew his spirit.

Starring Louis Jourdan, Ellen Cobb-Hill

(1954) Color 30 Minute episodes Unrated

Dupont Theatre

Again, the 1950’s were known for its live-action dramatic productions that were broadcast into everyone’s home. This series featured a who’s who of stars from radio and the big screen, all eager to show you the best their talents could offer.

Starring Frances Bavier, Maureen O’ Sullivan, Thomas Mitchell

(1952 – 1957) B&W 30 Minute episodes Unrated

Episode:

  1. The Blessed Midnight

Four Star Playhouse

This TV show ran from 1952 to 1956 and had a format featuring four rotating stars, Charles Boyer, David Niven, Ida Lupino and Dick Powell. The four stars performed in individual episodes, varying from comedy to drama, with the unknown aspect of what each week’s show theme was going to be adding to the charm and excitement of the program. This program attracted great talent on and off the screen, with such well-known people as writer Blake Edwards, directors Robert Florey, Robert Aldrich and Tay Garnett, as well as stars Merle Oberon, Broderick Crawford, Lee Van Cleef and Dorothy Malone.

Starring Charles Boyer, David Niven, Ida Lupino, Dick Powell

(1952 - 1956) B&W 30 Minute episodes Unrated

Episodes:

  1. The Answer
  2. The Gift

General Electric Theater

This classic weekly NBC series was hosted by Ronald Reagan and featured an array of stars and performers in a variety of  programs.  From comedy to musical to dramatic, each weekly show was a special treat for the audience.  Performers from the stage, the screen and radio all brought their best to America’s living rooms.

Starring Ronald Reagan

(1953 - 1962) B&W 30 Minutes Unrated

Episode:

  1. A Child is Born

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