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|Soupy Sales In Living Black White |
Actors: Soupy Sales, Clyde Adler, Frank Nastasi, Maureen Bailey, Eugene Biscardi
Directors: Al Kassel, Arnee Nocks, Arthur Forrest
Genres: Comedy, Kids & Family, Television
Soupy Sales is a television legend and a baby boomer icon. A whole generation grew up watching Soupy on afternoon television. This collection is a true classic showcasing one of America's true comic geniuses in Living Blac... more »
The original Soupy Sales shows don't exist!
Edward Golick | Detroit, MI | 10/23/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Thought I'd clear up some of the confusion regarding the B/W Soupy shows. I'm a Detroit TV historian who has contributed to three books regarding Detroit television. In my archives I have puppeteer Clyde Adler's photos and memorabilia, including the original White Fang and Black Tooth puppets used on 12 O'Clock Comics, the original name of the Soupy Sales Show.
I'm sorry to say that the only complete Detroit Soupy show that has survived is the Jell-O pilot from 1958, which aired on the ABC affiliate stations. That show was shot on 2" Quad tape and the original is now in my possession. Soupy has no shows; neither does WXYZ-TV in Detroit. All tapes were used and reused until they wore out, then they were tossed- standard practice back then. If any other Detroit shows had survived, Clyde Adler, who was also a technician at the station, would have had copies.
It's a shame that so little of Soupy's early work exists, but those are the facts, folks!"
A True Icon of the Sixties
FLbeachbum | Ormond Beach, Florida United States | 10/18/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Soupy Sales was a preeminent influence of my childhood, and as such I don't have the heart to give "In Living Black & White" less than five stars. Also, I'd always heard that the tapes from the New York years were lost, but evidently (much to my delight), not ALL of them were.
Having said that, I must point out that this collection is somewhat choppy, and includes some moments which aren't Soupy's best. There are some overly long sketches, although it is a treat to actually SEE more of Frank Nastasi than I recall from the 60's. And there are a number of good features: interaction with the "man at the door", rockin' out with Pookie, a few scenes with White Fang, and tuning in the radio for the weather report. I did long to see/hear other things that are missing altogether: "Reba" & her husband in the stove, Peaches, the "Words of Wisdom". Also; surprisingly for a man who claims to have been hit by 19,000 of them, there aren't that many "pies" in this collection.
The information regarding this DVD is sketchy and confusing, so let me attempt to clarify a few things: these clips (most of them) are from Soupy's NY days in the mid 60's. The references posted regarding "Lunch with Soupy Sales" and "Saturday mornings" I believe refer to prior years, when Soupy was based in Detroit, and wore a black top hat along with his floppy bow tie. Those shows are not in evidence on this DVD.
But in conclusion - whatever the time frame, and however good/bad the features, Soupy Sales always leaves me wanting more."
A Genius at His Best
Kathy O'connell | Philadelphia, PA | 10/04/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
""In Living Black & White" features Soupy's Channel 5 New York shows from 1964-66. Frank Nastasi is White Fang, Pookie, and various guys at the door. I'm delighted that this set captures Frank's performances, since he was such a force on Soupy's show.
This set shows why people still have such wonderful memories of watching Soupy Sales on television. The man was brilliant!!
This is Soupy on TV the way he's meant to be seen----performing live. You really get a sense of the expressiveness and humor of the man. You can't stop watching him, whether he's interacting with White Fang or checking out the weather on "the ol' radio." Soupy Sales is one of the all-time great entertainers, and this dvd set will show new generations what us Baby Boomers discovered back when we watched him as kids. There's no budget; there aren't many sets. There's just a TV genius at work. And that's enough.
Bonus features include a song from Soupy & Donald O'Connor from a long-ago unsold pilot about a pair of vaudevillians."
Soupy Sales:In living Black and White
albert tydings | 02/17/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you were in New York between 1964-1966- Soupy Sales was king. His sense of humor which was deemed corny at the time has only grown in stature over the years. These episodes were before thought to be totally destroyed but some segments thankfully survived. His interaction with the man at the door is pure genius. This collection is a must. It makes you want to beg for more. Thanks Soupy"