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The Golden Age of TV Comedy
The Golden Age of TV Comedy
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Television
NR     2006     11hr 10min

The Golden Age of TV Comedy The 1950s were the Golden Age of Television and, in particular, comedy. Variety shows boasted such pioneers as Sid Caesar, Milton Berle, Steve Allen, and Ernie Kovacs. The new medium also spaw...  more »


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Genres: Comedy, Drama, Television
Sub-Genres: Comedy, Drama, Comedy, Drama
Studio: Passport
Format: DVD - Black and White,Full Screen
DVD Release Date: 04/04/2006
Release Year: 2006
Run Time: 11hr 10min
Screens: Black and White,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 5
SwapaDVD Credits: 5
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
Edition: Box set
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Twenty-five 1950's TV sitcom episodes
Annie Van Auken | Planet Earth | 02/29/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

"THE GOLDEN AGE OF TV COMEDY is an unusual DVD set of both common and rarely-seen televison sitcoms. For fans of vintage TV shows, also recommended is TV FAVORITES MEGAPACK 100 Episodes Collection.


BEULAH-- Radio and TV program about an African-American cook/housekeeper was a television contemporary of "Amos 'n Andy." Both shows were criticized for racial stereotyping yet "Beulah" was never boycotted the way "Amos.." was. A total of 87 installments appeared on ABC from 10/3/50 to 12/23/52. Cast included Ethel Waters (Beulah), Dooley Wilson ("Sam" in Casablanca) and Butterfly McQueen ("Gone With the Wind").

DUFFY'S TAVERN-- Ed Gardner played Brooklynite "Archie" on both radio and TV in this precursor to Jackie Gleason's "Joe the Bartender" sketches and "Archie Bunker's Place." Also appearing as the popular "Finnegan" was Alan Reed (aka Fred Flintstone). "Duffy's" was produced by Hal Roach Studios. A total of 39 syndicated episodes were broadcast, beginning 1/6/54.

GEORGE BURNS & GRACIE ALLEN SHOW-- The long-running radio classic came to CBS-TV 10/12/50 for eight seasons, ending only due to Gracie's failing health. George and zany Gracie's next door neighbors were Blanche and Harry Morton. Situations usually revolved around these four characters.

THE JACK BENNY PROGRAM-- Benny's popular self-titled sit-com aired on radio and TV for over 30 years with few cast changes. His televison show often recycled radio scripts and featured almost every movie, radio and TV celebrity of that era. Cast included Jack's wife Mary Livingstone, Eddie Anderson ("Rochester"), singer Dennis Day and announcer Don Wilson.

JACKSON AND JILL-- A now-obscure series that ran four seasons, starting in 1949. Starred Todd Karns and Helen Chapman.

LIFE WITH ELIZABETH-- A gentle domestic sit-com that starred Betty White. Elizabeth and husband Alvin were the "parents" of a 185-lb. St Bernard and a little Pekinese dog. A total of 145 syndicated chapters aired between 10/7/53 and 9/1/55.

LOVE THAT BOB-- Syndicated title of "The Bob Cummings Show." Fashion fotog/playboy lives with sister "Margaret" (Rosemary DeCamp) and nephew "Chuck" (Dwayne Hickman). "Schultzy" (Ann B. Davis) is his lovestruck office girl. Bob is also pursued by "Pamela" (Nancy Kulp- Jane Hathaway on The Beverly Hillbillies). Aired 4 seasons and was an early network jumper.

THE PEOPLE'S CHOICE-- The real star of this Jackie Cooper sitcom was Cleo the talking bassett hound. Premise: City councilman and ornithologist Socrates Miller (Cooper) secretly weds the daughter of Mayor Peoples (thus the series name). The couple tries to hide the marriage from her father. Show aired three seasons and 104 episodes on NBC-TV, beginning Oct. '56.

TROUBLE WITH FATHER-- Humorous tales of a high school principal (Stu Erwin), his wife and two daughters. Ran for 130 episodes and 4 seasons on ABC-TV, from 10/21/50 to 4/13/55.

(Includes episode numbers, titles, airdates and guest stars, where available.)

The George Burns & Gracie Allen Show:
(_#1) The Kleebob Card Game (PREMIERE-10/12/50) - The Skylarks/Henry Jones
(#12) The Income Tax Man (3/1/51) - Frank Jaquet/Joseph Kearns
(_#5) Gracie's Checking Account (12/7/50) - Danny Taxi/Bert Soran

(#38) Beulah and the Stuffed Shirts (6/19/51)
(#12) Beulah Meets The Eel (12/19/50) - Arthur Kohl/Louis Van Rooten/Casey Allen

Trouble With Father:
(_#23) Black Saturday (3/24/51) (Stu builds a do-it-yourself dishwasher)
(_#99) Nothing Like a Friend (5/15/53)
(_#53) Hate That Love Seat (10/19/51) (Stu thinks family vacation money was spent on a chair)
(_#58) Father Does His Homework (11/23/51)
(#124) The French Influence (3/2/55) - Maurice Marsac

Jackson and Jill:
Model Mixup (?/49)
It's Ridiculous (?/53)
Who's Who (?/53)

Duffy's Tavern:
(_#3) Archie Gets Engaged (1/54) - Barbara Morrison/Veda Ann Borg
(#14) Archie's Singing Contest (?) - Mary Beth Hughes/Fritz Feld/Aileen Carlyle

Life With Elizabeth:
(_#1) Skulking Day (10/7/53)
(_#2) Episode 2 (10/14/21)
(_#3) Episode 3 (10/21/53)
(_#4) Episode 4 (10/28/53)

(#39) George's Old Flame (7/2/54) - James Seay/Frances Rafferty/Mira McKinney

The Jack Benny Program:
(#23) Irene Dunne Show (12/6/53) - Irene Dunne/Vincent Price
(#17) Fred Allen Show (4/19/53) - Fred Allen/Eddie Cantor
(#26) Jack Dream's He's Married to Mary (2/7/54)

The People's Choice:
(#30) Sock and the Proxy Marriage (4/26/56)

Love That Bob:
(#145) Bob Butters Beck - Beck Butters Better (12/2/58) - George Burns"