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Why this is the Golden Age of television

Discussion in 'TV Show Talk' started by TomCat, Jan 29, 2013.

  1. Rich

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    The guy who played Captain Video really wrecked his career by playing that part. I remember reading how hard it was for him to get a job after the show ran it's course. First case of stereotyping I ever heard of.

    Tom Corbett, Space Cadet was a good show too. The books were better, but that's usually the case.

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  2. SayWhat?

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    Not necessarily less violent, but less graphic. Westerns and cop shows had a lot of shooting, but didn't show blood splattering and body parts flying. I remember a statement somewhere that at one time they could show the shot fired and the subject down, but couldn't show the moment of impact.


    The one thing I find unbelievable in Lawman is some of the women. I don't imagine too many female saloonkeepers in the old west looked like Lily Merrill (Peggy Castle).


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  3. Rich

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    It was the fights that got me. I really thought that was real.


    I thought Miss Kitty on Gunsmoke was appropriate at the time, but that show does not seem to stand the test of time very well and that was one of my very favorite shows.

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    Do you mean 'typecasting'?
     
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    There was a lot more going on than that. Listeners, using their own respective imaginations, were busy creating imagery on the screens of their minds, of the action and descriptions they were hearing on the radio -- or, at least, I was. Too bad tv has diminished the need for that ability.

    We gathered, yes, but I don't recall anyone donning their "finery" for the event. As I recall, it was a 'come as you are' happening.
     
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    Charlie McCarthy is the character Edgar Bergen is most associated with, but he had a couple of others, most notably Mortimer Snerd.

    Candice Bergen has claimed that, when she was growing up, Charlie McCarthy had a bigger "bedroom" than she did. :D
     
  7. Rich

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    Meant stereotyped. From dictionary.com: to characterize or regard as a stereotype: The actor has been stereotyped as a villain.

    I should have used "typecasting", would have been clearer, but all I could think of at the time was "stereotyping", which, while not wrong, is not as clear as typecasting.

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  8. Rich

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    I know. I was doing the same thing.

    I lived for the first 6 years of my life in Newark, NJ, in a German neighborhood which kinda had a dress code for gatherings. Suits, vests and ties for the men, dresses and hats for the women. Obviously, a different cultural experience.

    Newark was like a mini NYC at that time. No problems walking the streets at night. Nice place to go to the movies and stuff like that. I even have a picture of my grandfather and great uncle and I on a fishing boat and both of them had only taken their suit jackets off. Both were fishing in dress slacks, white dress shirts and ties.

    Then, my father bought a house in a small town on Raritan Bay in NJ. What a difference! Nobody visited anybody in the manner they did in Newark. Everybody was buying TVs and stayed home to watch them. Took me a while to adapt.

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    Ah! I thought it was Mortimer Snerd. Could not remember the name.

    I read some of the things she said about growing up and it sounded like a rivalry between her and the puppets.

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    I don't know if this is a classic, but it sure is ancient ;)

    Jack Lord's Stoney Burke coming to DVD

    Jack Lord played some sort of rodeo cowboy, but the show lasted one season and featured 32 episodes.

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    The thing that made it a golden age for me was the LIVE theater presentations (at least for us lucky East-coasters) from great American playwrights featuring actors like James Dean and Paul Newman. Kraft Playhouse, Playhouse 90, I Remember Mama--all LIVE--and on Sunday, LIVE broadcasts from NYC featuring Leonard Bernstein.

    Thing about the live stuff was, there were lots of screwups, actors forgot their lines, boom shadows got into frame, bad switching happened, lighting goofs, bangs and booms happened off-screen, etc. But that made it all the better!

    Jeez, we sure did kill a heap o Native Americans on TV back then. I think we're still living that down today!
     
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  13. Paul Secic

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    You must have METV in your DMA. We had it & AntennaTV, on two stations but they took them off.
     
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    We had a Hoffman TV that my mother won on Queen for a Day. It had a remote control with one button.
     
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    Wow, that is interesting. Did she win it on the Mutual Radio Network show or after the show moved to TV running from 1956 to 1964?
     
  16. Paul Secic

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    No she was on the TV version in 1957.
     
  17. Maruuk

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    We had a 23" Stromberg-Carlson. My buddy next door had a 12" Capehart, big mass of dark wood and doors that opened to reveal the screen. TVs were furniture.

    Even a 1-button remote control was super advanced! The first channel-changing remotes were all mechanical. Made huge clunking noises.
     
  18. SayWhat?

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    That's because some of them struck a tuning fork.
     
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    Well, right now, I have all three; MeTV, Antenna and RTV but none of them are really full time. The stations preempt quite a bit for other programming.

    But like I've mentioned before, I also have TCT Family that runs a lot of older B&W stuff among their bible thumping.
     
  20. Maruuk

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    First remotes were wired. Then the Zenith ultrasonic unit re-invented the genre. Now I've got 5 remotes with hundreds of buttons.
     

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