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The Original Amateur Hour
The Original Amateur Hour
Actors: Dennis James, Bob Shepard
Genres: Comedy, Kids & Family, Music Video & Concerts, Television
NR     2005     4hr 42min

Long before TV's "American Idol" became a mega-hit, there was one radio and television series that started the talent competition craze. It was called: "The Original Amateur Hour." Almost 50 major stars of movies, records,...  more »


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Actors: Dennis James, Bob Shepard
Genres: Comedy, Kids & Family, Music Video & Concerts, Television
Sub-Genres: Comedy, Family Films, Music Video & Concerts, Classic TV
Studio: Standing Room Only
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 10/18/2005
Original Release Date: 01/18/1948
Theatrical Release Date: 01/18/1948
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 4hr 42min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaDVD Credits: 2
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

A wonderful DVD set!
A. Fisher | Los Angeles, CA USA | 10/19/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This 2 DVD set is simply terrific. It brings back so many memories of the early days of TV and radio and showcases young performers like Frank Sinatra, Robert Klein, Ann-Margret and others long before they were stars. Pat Boone, who got his start on "The Original Amateur Hour" does a bang-up job as host on this must-have DVD. I would reccomend it to everyone for their home library and as a gift."
The Golden Age of TV lives on....
B. J. Lane | Levittown, PA United States | 06/24/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Before "American Idol" there was "The Original Amateur Hour," which in its glory days showcased talent the way it should be in this day and age...pure and simple - with no stupidity in sight. "Amateur Hour" did NOT have the glitz and glamour of today's talent shows - and (thank God) not even a Simon Cowell-esque personality.

Viewing this DVD brought back memories of watching the original series with the great Ted Mack (the revival with Willard Scott in 1992 did not even come close). What made it so enjoyable was seeing the first glimpses of stardom for the likes of Pat Boone, Ann-Margret, Connie Francis, Gladys Knight, Jose Feliciano, Raul Julia, and Irene Cara among others.

The only negative is that there should have been at least one or two more complete episodes (in this collection we get one from 1953 and one from 1970 - just before the series ended), and I hope that the next volume (more please) will be a little more extensive. Otherwise, this is a pleasant trip down TV's memory lane."