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It’s not E.G. Marshall and Robert Reed…but beggars can’t be choosers


Many apologies, cartooners, for allowing the blog to go dark for the past few weeks; there has been much outside activity here at Rancho Yesteryear—notably some extracurricular projects plus preparations for an event that looks like it’s shaping up to become what I have decided to label The Great DVD Purge of 2019.  This one won’t be quite as epic as eBay forays in the past…but I find myself running out of room here in the bedroom portion of the ‘rents’ and my little domicile, and am hoping to have some items up for sale soon. 
dean-jerry-colgateLet me push one or two things off my plate before I promise to have some reviews up on the blog the rest of this week.  You may remember in a previous post my extolling the virtues of Folk TV, a channel that we’re currently receiving on our DISH satellite system.  They’ve added a little more variety to their lineup, and no one was more relieved than I to discover that their reruns of The Jerry Lewis Show have apparently been put on pause for the moment.  Instead, the good people at Folk are showing repeats of The Colgate Comedy Hour on Saturday and Sunday nights, featuring Mr. Lewis and his one-time partner Dean Martin.  Another Saturday night addition is Thriller—not the 1960-62 anthology series hosted by beloved Thrilling Days of Yesteryear idol Boris Karloff (though this would seem to be contradicted by the “Shows” tab on their webpage), but the 1973-76 UK program that some of you may recall fondly aired on ABC’s Wide World of Entertainment (and later on The CBS Late Movie) in the 1970s. 
my-little-margieI had made plans to DVR the Thriller series for later disc transferal…but discovered that the first installment (“Lady Killer”) was shorn of its closing credits, a Folk TV practice that I have to admit infuriates the hell out of me.  They do that quite often with their bodacious supply of The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet reruns (they also omit the opening credits on occasion), and have continued the practice with My Little Margie, which the channel runs in a two-hour block after Thriller.  (A good many of the Margies are from the first season—when it was a summer replacement for I Love Lucy—which were made available last year on a DVD collection from Reel Vault, so I don’t fret about that too much.)  If their Facebook page is to be believed, they are apparently going to be adding The Prisoner to their lineup soon…so if they crop the opening/closing credits on that show it’s really going to suck.  (The “Shows” tab mentions I Married Joan, too—I’ll be looking forward to that.) 
A1617-08Folk TV apparently has exhausted their run of Public Defender—which I was kind of bummed about (they cut off opening/closing credits on these, too) until I was asked by ClassicFlix to whip up some notes for the back of an upcoming April 23rd release of the series’ first season as part of the company’s “Silver Series” label.  There are umpteen releases of Defender available from other labels (it’s in the public domain, which means Alpha Video has been on it like ants on a picnic) but the CF set is the first official home video release, and will feature all 26 episodes from the show’s inaugural season—culled from the Hal Roach Studio masters.  If you’re like me and get a hearty giggle out of those MGM “Crime Does Not Pay” shorts (which I’m hoping to bring back to the blog someday) you’ll flip for Public Defender, I gar-ron-tee.  

One of the highlights from Public Defender’s first season is “The Clown”; OTR veteran Alan Reed (with George Nader at left) is a fourth-rate burlesque jester who’s having trouble with his j.d. son Bobby Ellis (who played both Henry Aldrich and Meet Corliss Archer’s Dexter Franklin on TV).

Normal blogging will resume Wednesday with a double feature you’re not going to want to miss as part of TDOY’s “Adventures in Blu-ray” series…plus stick around till the end of the week because there’s a fabulous prize giveaway in the works, too. 

3 thoughts on “It’s not E.G. Marshall and Robert Reed…but beggars can’t be choosers

  1. I’ve ordered the Classic Flix Public Defenders set (1st season) on your suggestion.
    We don’t have Folk TV on our Charter cable system, but I certainly can’t understand why the opening credits would be removed from a series. I suppose it is more commercial time, but for what appears to be a lot of PD offerings, it seems foolish. A “local” St. Louis station used to run the opening credits for classic movies after the movie was over – they thought it gave the pictures a more modern look. It didn’t.
    Glad, always, when you return to the blog.

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    1. I have noticed that when folks post copyrighted shows on YouTube that they tinker with the credits — maybe they think this will stave off any potential “cease and desist” notices, I can’t be sure. Folk TV used to run PUBLIC DEFENDER in an hour-long block weekdays and my only guess is that they eliminated the opening credits on the second episode to make folks think the series actually ran for one hour.

      It is a perplexing situation, to be sure — particularly when many of the prints of those shows aren’t in too sad of shape.


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