Monday, January 26, 2009

And Now, A Word From Our Sponsor

Here is the late Jack Narz, from a 1958 telecast of the nighttime version of Dotto, extolling the vitues of Fab detergent.

The nighttime version of Dotto aired on NBC, while the far more successful daytime version aired on CBS. Colgate (which made Fab detergent) cancelled sponsorship of the show and the respective networks took Dotto off the air in the wake of allegations of the quiz show being rigged.

Jack hosted both versions

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Time For Perry, Folks!

Here is a 1952 CBS telecast of the old 15-minute Perry Como Show, with Perry, along with the Fontaine Sisters, commercials for Chesterfield cigarettes, and Perry's special guest (and fellow RCA Victor recording artist), country music legend Hank Snow!

The Como show aired on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 7:45 PM Eastern Time on CBS until 1955, when the network eliminated the news-and-music half hour slot (7:30-8:00 PM), this in the wake of ABC's huge success with Disneyland. NBC did not eliminate their 15-minute musical-variety early evening shows until 1957. As for Perry, following the elimination of his early-evening CBS telecasts, he moved over to NBC to star in what would be a hugely successful hour-long Saturday night show, before moving to Wednesday nights (in 1959) to take over the Kraft Music Hall.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Here's That Wild And Crazy Concertmaster

Here, on this 1956 telecast of the Lawrence Welk Show, is lead violinist Dick Kesner performing "Indian Love Call" on his Stradivarius violin. But not before trying to become the Sid Caesar of the ABC Network.

I wonder if Steve Martin saw this.