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22Dec/120

You Ought to Be On DVD: And the Rest

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We've covered a lot of ground in this series on TV programs and movies that should be on DVD and aren't.  In this one, I'll try and wrap everything up with other miscellaneous movies and TV series that haven't gotten a deserved DVD release:


The Dr. Kildare series has perhaps been noteworthy. The Kildare series starring Lew Ayers and the continuing Gillespie series starring Lionel Barrymore that was made after MGM dropped Ayers due to his Conscientious Objector status in World War II. Also missing from an official release is the Dr. Kildare TV series starring Richard Chamberlain which ran for five season. This popular franchise featured some of the finest actors of their periods and had 30 years of popularity. So what gives with the lack official DVD releases? All that is available are two Kildare films that have lapsed into the public domain.

In addition, another medical drama that ran five seasons, Ben Casey didn't receive a DVD release even though the series was nominated for several emmys during its run, picked up a couple, and enjoys a 7.4 rating on IMDB. 

Another medical based series (this one set against the back drop of war) was reccomended by one of my Facebook fans for a DVD release. China Beach rate from 1988-91 and enjoys a solid 7.9 rating on IMBD. The release has been held up by disputes over music rights, but hopefully there can be sufficient demand to resolve this.

Finally, one series I should have mentioned previously that occurred to me after I wrote the appropriate post was "The New Dragnet." This is not to be confused with the Dick Wolf produced "LA Dragnet" but rather the 1989-91 syndicated Dragnet series. The program was temporarily viewable on Hulu and I saw quite a few episodes. It's true the budgets weren't high and the actors weren't big name but the series did a servicable job bringing Dragnet into the late 1980s with good interaction between the two leads and well-crafted stories that seemed a good fit for Dragnet. Yes, it has a new jazzy 1980s opening and yes, it's not the same without Jack Webb, but it is serviceable and for the Dragnet fans who have seen everything else, the series would be a great way to feed the hunger for a little more classic procedural action.

If you have any TV shows or movies that you'd like to see on DVD that aren't, leave your comments.

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21Dec/120

EP0825: Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Magnolia and Honeysuckle Matter

John Lund

Johnny investigates a fire at a paper plant that led to the death of a secretary.

Original Air Date: April 13, 1954

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20Dec/120

EP0824:Sherlock Holmes: The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle

A lost Christmas goose puts Sherlock Holmes on the trail of a jewel thief with the freedom of an innocent man lying in the balance.

Original Air Date: December 26, 1948

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19Dec/120

EP0823: Let George Do It: The Christmas Letter

Bob Bailey

A soldiers writes George to ask him to visit a girl and take her out on Christmas Eve. George is dismayed to find her about to fall for a known hustler.

Original Air Date: December 24, 1951

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18Dec/120

EP0822: A Life in Your Hands:The Final Curtain Call

An over the hill actress is murdered and her unfaithful husband is accused.

Original Air Date: June 7, 1949

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17Dec/120

EP0821: Frank Race: The Adventure of the Roughneck’s Will

Tom Collins
An old man creates will that invites murder.

Original Air Date: July 30, 1949

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16Dec/120

Video Theater 035: Decoy: Stranglehold

Casey Jones (Beverly Garland) is called in to befriend a young woman when police suspect that her boyfriend is behind a strangulation.

Originally Aired: 1957 (Episode 1)

16Dec/120

Radio’s Most Essential People Countdown: #36-#34

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36) Red Skelton-

Red SkeltonThe comedian best known for creating characters such as The Mean Widdle Kid and Clem Kadiddlehopper began first on radio before he hit television.  He was discovered by Rudy Valee and his first major starring role in radio came on Avalon Time in 1939, and then in 1941 he landed his own titular program which he would maintain until 1953 (with the exception of service in World War II before leaving radio for good for the new frontier of television. Skelton's comedy affected the wider culture as character catch phrases like, "We dood it" entered the popular lexicon. Skelton at times was a challenger to Bob Hope in the ratings numbers, as he remained popular at radio's zenith. In addition to his legendary style of comedy, Skelton's program served as a launching pad for the career of two promising younger named Ozzie and Harriet.


35) Glenn Miller

The great band leader was responsible for such hits such as, "Midnight Serenade" and "Chatanooga Choo Choo" made a great impact on radio in his all too short life. Miller was just beginning to enjoy his success. In 1938, his career took a turn and for four years he was a rising star in music. However, in 1942, the war hit  Miller could have avoided military service. At 38, he was too old to be taken to the draft. However, he opted to enter the Army with the full time passion of bringing the highest quality music to American Servicemen. He led the AAF orchestra and the fruits of his efforts can be heard in the program I Sustain the Wings. He performed more than 800 times in England in 1944.  Tragically, Major Glenn Miller's plane disappeared over the English channel and music and radio lost one of its truly great stars.

34) Norman Corwin

Corwin wrote some of the most important and memorable radio writers. He was known for great stories written around the time of World War II such as We Hold These Truths and On a Note of Triumph but he was more versatile than that. He could be whimsical as in his pla "The Plot to Overthrow Christmas" and downright absurd as he was in "Murder at Studio One."  He could turn write epic adaptations of Old Testaments stories or muse on the foibles of modern man. He was a poet and one of those who utilized the medium of radio in ways that were unique to medium. Corwin touched the hearts and souls of Americans in ways that no other radio writer did.

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15Dec/120

Telefilm Review: Hercule Poirot’s Christmas

In Hercule Poirot's Christmas, The patriarch of a wealthy family  named Simeon Lee calls the whole family together again for Christmas. Most of the family are suspicious of the wicked old man and of each other. He also calls for Poirot  for help, which comes in handy as the old scoundrel is murdered.

The mystery by Agatha Christie remains exquisite. It's a classic locked room case with the requisite number of surprises and twists and turns around every corner, and of course more than one person who isn't quite what they seem. Performances by David Suchet and Phillip Jackson  great chemistry anchor great performances all around.

However, the telefilm's greatness as art comes from its brilliant ability to juxtapose the beauty of a traditional English Christmas with the ugliness of Simeon Lee and his warring family, as well as the ugliness of the murder. It makes for a wonderful contrast, which when taken with the great mystery makes it a must-view for fans of Poirot.

Rating: 5.0 out of 5.0

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14Dec/120

EP0820: Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Sulfur and Brimstone Matter

John Lund

Johnny investigates sabotage and murder at the construction site of a hydro electric dam in Venezuela.

Original Air Date: April 6, 1954

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