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ANDY'S GANG Vol. 1 starring Andy Devine
This first  volume features "The Lone Keta" followed by "The Elephant Pit".
(A-643 )  B & W ....................approximately 55 minutes total......$14.98 plus shipping and handling


ANDY'S GANG Vol. 2 starring Andy Devine

On this volume are "The Camp Baby" and "The Man Eater of Jog".
(A-644 ) B & W .....................approximately 55 minutes total ....$14.98 plus shipping and handling.


EDGAR BERGAN & CHARLIE McCARTHY: Lost TV Episodes
Here are two early episodes sponsored by Coca Cola company. Edgar Bergan stars with his troup of characters including Charley McCarthy, Mortimer Snerd, Effie Klinker and Podine Puffington. Real life performers include Dianna Lynn, Dorothy Kirsten, Jim Backus, the Wiere Brothers and Ray Noble and his Orchestra. From November 23, 1950, the Thanksgiving Show. Then from April 27th, 1951 an episode entitled "The Ghost Town".
(A-525 ) B & W ........... approximately 1 hour total..........................................$19.98

THE Best of CAPTAIN KANGAROO
This compilation begins with a show from January 18th, 1964. Upset because Bunny Rabbit has been tricking him out of carrots, the Captain tries to save his remaining supply by disguising himself as his second cousin Orville Willowby, the great sports enthusiast. In the Process, Mr. Greenjeans falls victim to the Captain's disguise and is involved in Orville's display of sporting expertise. Sheriff Lariat Sam and his horse observe "keep bent Saddle Clean week". However badlands Meeney has a machine that produces super seeds to grow giant exploding tomatoes to ruin the town. His assistant, J. Skulking Bushwhack, wants a promotion; and just who is the new villain in town? Find out in a cartoon adventure entitled "The Mark of Zero".
Then, the Captain greets guitarist Roy Smeck for another visit to the treasure house to demonstrate four fretted instruments: the Hawaiian Guitar, Spanish Guitar, Ukulele and Banjo. Roy plays "Blue Hawaii", "Dark Eyes", "Tea For Two", "The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise", Volga Boatman", "Tiger Rag" and a tunes associated with classic Warner Brothers Looney Tunes "the Merry Go-Round Broke Down".
The musical fun continues with a group of banjos playing at "The Banjo Picker's Ball".
For a finale, Captain presents an appearance by Captain Roland Tiebor and his trained seals Candy and Sweet Pea. The two seals perform several stunts, including a horn-tooting sequence.
The next offering is a color short where the Captain reads a children's story. The final sequence is another musical showcase this time with Skitch Henderson, Doc Severinson and others playing blues, Dixieland, jazz, marches, etc. Mr. Greenjeans plays the bass fiddle with the group!
(A-866) B & W .......approximately 90 minutes.........................$19.98 plus s&h


CAPTAIN KANGAROO - Live at the Hollywood Bowl
Here is a special broadcast from October 8, 1960 of the classic children's programming icon that ran on TV for 30 years. With a Hollywood Philharmonic Orchestra, and thousands of kids and their parents seated at the sunny Hollywood Bowl, Captain Kangaroo hosts various styles of music from the Poet & Peasant Overture (The Lone Ranger Theme) to holiday songs including March of the Wooden Soldiers from Babes In Toyland (look at Keeshan dressed up as a soldier dancing!) and also showcases individual musical instruments.
(A-865) B & W ......approximately 55 minutes...............................$19.98 plus s&h




CAPTAIN GALLANT OF THE FOREIGN LEGION  1956
It's Buster Crabbe in the French Foreign Legion, with his actual son Cullen Crabbe as Cuffy.  Also starring Al Fuzzy Knight as Private Fuzzy.  A fine adventure series.  Enjoy: FLAMING HOOP with all the original commercials, and SHIFTING SANDS
(A-00-MC4)   B & W ...............  57 minutes..................$19.95 plus S & H

CAPTAIN GALLANT OF THE FOREIGN LEGION  VOL. 2  1956
More adventure with Buster Crabbe as Captain Michael Gallant, commander in the North African French Foreign Legion.  Cullen Crabbe plays Cuffy, the orphan son of a fallen Legionnaire.  Cullen is Buster's son in real life.  Al Fuzzy Knight plays the lovable and comical Private Fuzzy. HAND OF FATIMA and   DR. LEGIONNAIRE.
(A-00-MC163) B & W ...............55 minutes...............$19.95 plus S & H


CAPTAIN MIDNIGHT

This series began as a popular radio series before television. Naturally when television came in it was adapted for children's entertainment during the years 1954 through 1956. It starred Richard Webb as the captain.
(A-393-E) B & W ..............................$14.98 plus shipping and handling|


CHARLEY McCARTHY'S HAUNT
A special Technicolor treat from 1950 directed by Robert Florey who's credits include over 60 motion pictures ranging from the Marx Brothers to Bela Lugosi films. Edgar Bergan and Charlie McCarthy star in this story which concerns safety on the job and at home. The careless people in a small town are haunted by the ghost of Charlie McCarthy when they put themselves in potential danger! Finally they can't stand it any longer. Along with Mortimer Snerd, veteran character actors Don Wilson (The Jack Benny Show), Richard Travis, Olin Howlin and Noreen Nash appear. As an additional treat, a comedy routine from Stage door Canteen is included. Also included are selections from "Letter of Introduction" with Edgar and Charlie in a storyline that mirrors the true story of Edgar Bergan's rise to fam.
(A-379-E) Color and B & W............approximately 1 hour.....$20.00 plus shipping and handling


CHICAGO ARCHIVES : The Best of Chicago Television
From the late 40's on, Chicago was an anchor for many national as well as local TV productions. This specially produced overview has a look at such varied subjects as Dave Garroway's Today Show, children's programming, sports highlights (and  lowlights), local news, commercials, bloopers and more. Highlights include Garfield Goose, Bozo, Clutch Cargo, Tom Terrific, Kukla Fran & Ollie, Cubs, Sox, Blackhawks, Bears, Bulls highlights. Horror films show openings, promos and ads.
(A-639 ) Color and B & W ...........2 hours.................................$12.98 plus shipping and handling


CIRCUS TIME
Paul Winchell and Jerry Mahoney host a variety show with a circus flavor that has the added benefit of some name acts like The Diamonds singing and Janek & Arno serpent dance. But the big treat is BUSTER KEATON and his wife Eleanor in one of his famous vaudeville skits performed before a live audience.
(A-356) B & W ......... 1 hour........................................................$14.98 plus shipping and handling



 

SUPER CIRCUS Vol. 1  Claude Kirchiner & Mary Hartline
It's a children's trip to the early days of television from the early 50's with all the original cast members! Claude Kirchiner, Mary Hartline, and clowns Cliffy, Skampy and Nicky. A host of Vaudeville and circus performers including animals, acrobats, jugglers and clowns. Original commercials done live by the cast members as well!
(A-252)
B & W ..approximately 90 minutes .........DVD or VHS...........$19.98 plus shipping and handling

SUPER CIRCUS Vol. 2  Claude Kirchiner & Mary Hartline
It's a children's trip to the early days of television from the early 50's with all the original cast members! Claude Kirchiner, Mary Hartline, and clowns Cliffy, Skampy and Nicky. A host of Vaudeville and circus performers including animals, acrobats, jugglers and clowns. Original Kellogs breakfast cereal commercials done live by the cast members as well! Plus a bonus commercial by George "Superman" Reeves for Kellogs as he starts his day at  home with his favorite Kellogs cereal then demonstrates his judo exercises to keep him in condition.
(A-489)
B & W ..approximately 90 minutes .........DVD or VHS...........$19.98 plus shipping and handling

CIRCUS SIT-COMS
Two sit-coms from the golden age of television are featured here with a Circus flavor to it. The "ADVENTURES OF OZZIE AND HARRIET" from 1960 on ABC has the Nelsons in a circus story. Also featured is "THE TROUBLE WITH FATHER" from 1953 titled "The Day the Circus Came to Town" starring Stuart Erwin.
(A-253-E) B & W ....................approximately 55 minutes.....................$19.98 plus shipping and handling
 

HOWDY DOODY
This selection features a Christmas show from December 25th, 1953. Also and Easter broadcast from April 13, 1957. As an added bonus a color show from September 24, 1960.
(A-647 ) B & W and Color.........approximately 2 hours total...........$14.98 plus shipping and handling
 

THE HOWDY DOODY SHOW (1948) and THE GABBY HAYES SHOW (1950). 
THE HOWDY DOODY SHOW (PUPPET PLAYHOUSE) NBC It's 5:30 and time for a circus of fun. Sing "It's Howdy Doody Time" with the Peanut Gallery. See a super duper old time movie with Buffalo Bob narrating it. Clarabell, games, an early TV delight. This popular series aired 2,543 times from 1947 to 1960. A "live" telecast. THE GABBY HAYES SHOW (THE QUAKER OATS SHOW) ABC Lovable Gabby sings the Quaker Oats song for you. Then he sits down with his two young friends and spins tale of outlaw Sam Bass for them. This "live" presentation stars Andrew Duggan and Wright King, and is sure to be a favorite.  
(A-00-MC095) .....B & W ..................................60 minutes ..................................................$19.95 plus S & H
 

THE HOWDY DOODY MEMORIES (1958, 1955)
Visit with Buffalo Bob, Clarabell, Chief Thundercloud, Princess Summer-Fall-Winter-Spring, Phineas T. Bluster, and other favorite characters in these complete TV shows..  Our first selection has Mr. Bluster scheming to take over Doodyville.  The second program features a special guest appearance by that lovable old cowboy, Gabby Hayes.  Donít miss the Howdy Doody Comic, a cartoon serial adventure. 
(A-00-MC067) ......B & W ...............................55 minutes .................................  $19.95  plus S & H

JOHNNY JUPITER (1953).
This rare science fiction sitcom started on the Dumont station, then moved to ABC when Dumont closed. Wright King plays Duckweather, a general store clerk who invents an interplanetary television and discovers the delightful (puppet) inhabitants of the planet Jupiter, including Johnny Jupiter and his pal Reject the Robot.  DUCKWEATHER'S TV SHOP  TV sets get fixed all right--Jupiterian style!  THE PROFESSOR  Guest star Ross Martin (of Wild, Wild West fame), plays a nutty professor hired to speak at a womensí' club. Laughs and gags abound when the real professor doesn't show up.
One show is complete with M&M candy commercials.
(A-00-MC062) ...........B & W .......................58 minutes .............................. $19.95 plus S & H


MAGIC GARDEN and SEE YOU AT THE POLLS
The Magic Garden was an Easter Seals fund-raiser with Edgar Bergan and Charlie McCarthy along with Jerry Colonna, Lassie, The Andrews Sisters, Joan Collins, Jimmie Rogers and many others. Another all-star grouping is "SEE YOU AT THE POLLS" which was designed to get out the people to vote. It's a remarkable and entertaining show wit Jimmy Durante, Donald O'Connor, Ethel Merman, Bing Crosby, Bob Hope and others. Several segments are missing but the show is so rare it would be a shame to shelve it.
(A-395-E) B & W ....................approximately 50 minutes.......................$20.00 plus shipping and handling


MAGIC RANCH & ACROBAT RANCH

This was a Saturday morning kids' show from Chicago on ABC in 1961. Hosted by Don Allen, his guests this particular show were professional and amateur magicians. The next show is "ACROBAT RANCH" from 1950 on ABC. It was one of the first network children's shows to be aired on a Saturday. Hosted by Jack Stillwell, it was broadcast live from Chicago. Kids competed in games and stunts.
(A-420-E) B & W ...............approximately 55 minutes total....$20.00 plus shipping and handling

 

Rocky Jones Space Ranger
Interplanetary adventure starring Richard Crane as Rocky, beautiful Sally Mansfield as Vena, and Scotty Beckett as Winky. BEYOND THE CURTAIN OF SPACE Rocky and Winky's mission is to save a scientist held against his will on a hostile planet, with their new assistant, Vena. This is the FIRST feature length adventure of the series.
(A-00-MC085) ......72 minutes........... $19.95 plus Shipping & Handling

Rocky Jones Space Ranger Vol. 2 (1953)
Interplanetary adventure starring Richard Crane as Rocky, beautiful Sally Mansfield as Vena, and Scotty Beckett as Winky. In BOBBY'S COMET, Mysterious missiles sent from one of Jupiter's moon are crashing into Earth. Rocky and the crew land on and explore this forbidden world to find the source of destruction. 72 minutes
(A-00-MC86) ...........72 minutes................. $19.95 plus S  &  H

Rocky Jones Space Ranger Vol. 3 (1954)
Fight interplanetary evil with Richard Crane as Rocky Jones, chief of the Space Rangers in the 21st century. Lovely Sally Mansfield plays Rocky's assistant Vena Ray. Scotty Beckett is Winky, Rocky's comical sidekick. It's the Space Rangers against devious space pirates in the three part episode PIRATES OF PRAH.
(A-00-MC87) ................ approx 78 minutes .........$19.95 plus S & H

Rocky Jones Space Ranger Vol. 4
More interplanetary action with Richard Crane as Rocky, beautiful Sally Mansfield as Vena, and Scotty Beckett as Winky.  ESCAPE INTO SPACE A racketeer dealing in "tarantula weed" is saved from his crippled spaceship by Rocky and his crew. They visit the planet Fornax where a Halloween type celebration invokes a confession from the superstitious criminal.  KIP'S PRIVATE WAR A convicted criminal's son finds respect for the law by rescuing Rocky and the crew from Pinto Vortando, a tyrant of universal proportions.
(A-00-MC147) ...................approx 1 hour .................... $19.95 plus S & H

Rocky Jones Space Ranger   Vol. 5  FORBIDDEN MOON
Rocky, crew, and the professor (Maurice Cass) explore the Forbidden Moon, a place from where no one has returned. They must find the antidote for a terrible sickness that Agar, the ruler of Medina, has unknowingly released on his own planet. Agar believes he can harness the sickness, which would give him power over the entire universe!
(A-00-MC149) ...................approx 78 minutes ................ $19.95 plus S & H


Rocky Jones Space Ranger Vol. 6
  ROCKY'S ODYSSEY
Rocky & crew visit the strange inhabitants from the two moons Posito and Negato who are unwilling to live in peace with each other. Don't miss Rocky's plight as he is caught under the spell of the terrible "Negato Music" which turns people mad! Can out two fisted interplanetary heroes become diplomats? 78 minutes
(A-00-MC150) ....................approx 78 minutes ...................$19.95 plus S & H

Rocky Jones Space Ranger Vol. 7 CRASH OF THE MOONS
Two moons, Posito and Ophiucius, are on a collision course. Rocky and crew fight all odds, including a hideous gas chamber, to rescue the inhabitants of the moons before they crash. Guest star John Banner.
(A-00-MC151) .....................78 minutes ................... $19.95 plus S & H

Rocky Jones Space Ranger   Vol. 8  1954
Outer space adventure stars Richard Crane as Rocky, with Sally Mansfield as Vena, Bobby Lyden as Bobby, and Scott Becket as Winky. SILVER NEEDLE IN THE SKY Cleolanta, wicked ruler of the planet Ophiucius, is at it again! Since nobody invited her to the interplanetary peace conference, she decides to suffocate Rocky and all the ambassadors. Maybe the invitation was lost in the mail?
(A-00-MC264) ....................78 minutes....................$19.95 plus S & H

TOM CORBETT, SPACE CADET 1952
"Kellogg's Pep, the build up wheat cereal invites you to rocket into the future with- TOM CORBETT... SPACE CADET" This series delighted children for close to 5 years on virtually all the networks in the 50's. Frankie Thomas Jr. stars as Tom Corbett, with Al Markim and Jan Merlin. Four 15 minute shows complete with commercials. One chapter involves landing a damaged spaceship on Mars, among other adventures. Order No:
(A-00-MC285)......................60 minutes. ........................$19.95  plus S & H

SPEAKING OF ANIMALS VOLUME #1 1945-1948
This cute and comical series of short subjects produced for theaters in the 1940's is a clever mixture of live action and animation. Jerry Fairbanks produced these films for Paramount with wisecracking animals in all kinds of situations, with animated mouths so it looks like they are talking! These films were very popular on children's television shows in the 1950's and into the 1960's, until color took over the airwaves. Lots of hilarious one liners, as the narrator sets the joke up, and the animal delivers the punch line. Six comical extravaganzas covering life on a farm to newspaper headlines. HILL-BILLIES, STORK CRAZY, POOCH PARADE, THE POST WAR ERA, COUNTRY LIFE and AS HEADLINERS
(A-00-MC156)....................60 minutes  $19.95


SPEAKING OF
AnIMALS VOLUME #2 1947-1949
More "Selected Short Subjects" from the theater and television screen with those wisecracking animals! AS OUR FRIENDS, THEY'RE NOT SO DUMB, THE GNU LOOK, HOCUS FOCUS, HOME SWEET HOME and MEET THE CHAMP. These shorts cover animal intelligence, fashion, photo sessions, animal judging, lifestyles, and so much more Cute people fashions, gags, cheesecake, and laughs too!
(A-00-MC157).............60 minutes............ $19.95

 

Speaking of Animals Vol. 3 1941-1948
A delightful selection of Paramount shorts with wisecracking animals in all kinds of situations, with animated mouths so they talk to you! This volume includes: DOWN ON THE FARM , IN THE WILD, IN LOVE , DOG CRAZY, 'TAIN'T SO, CALLING ALL ANIMALS.
(A-00-MC226) .......................approximately 60 minutes................. $19.95 plus S & H

 

A-1 Video remembers Lew Anderson
 In our series of dedications, we remember Lew Anderson, better known as CLARABELL THE CLOWN from Howdy Doody.  Yeah.......I know what SOME of you are thinking.........didn't Howdy go off the air a long time ago?  YES....he did....BUT Clarabell lived on for many more years AFTER Howdy Doody. 
  He was a musician by trade and a fine Jazz composer and arranger.  There WAS more to life for Lew than Howdy Doody.  He led his own Jazz Band LEW ANDERSON'S ALL AMERICAN JAZZ BAND with some of the greatest jazz players of all time.  Many of them were  pit men from many Broadway shows and they would get together with Lew  to just jam and play the music they really loved.......contemporary jazz. 
But Clarabell didn't die when the Howdy show died.  Eventually Lew got to play Clarabell all over again in the late 1970's when Howdy was revived with brand new shows straight from Florida for 120  episodes more.  After THAT went off the air, Lew made many personal appearances with Buffalo Bob Smith at shopping malls, TV shows, and Lew got a chance to be the clown once again at many of our Doodyville Historical Society conventions.  At the last two that I got a chance to host, he played once again opposite Howdy in two shows that I had written especially for the conventions.  The last one was in October of 2004 and was the last time as far as I know that he actually portrayed Clarabell.  He was such a pro that I didn't even have to tell him what to do.  All I told him was to be in the scene with Howdy and Princess "Summerfallwinterspring" (yes.....the PUPPET).  He was perfect and he fell into the old routine as if he had NEVER left it.
  Lew was a man of many talents, but if someone had asked him if he would ever want to be remembered as something OTHER than Clarabell.....I think Lew would have said no.......he was very much at home as Clarabell......as if he was BORN to play him.......kind, gentle, cute..........JUST the way Lew was in real life.  A LOT of baby boomers lost someone very precious to them when Lew passed away in May.......a lot of very good memories of their childhood past.  For ME.......that childhood friendship NEVER left me........he
was a good friend and I shall miss him very much!
Jack Roth


 


Lew "Clarabell" Anderson appeared as Clarabell for the final time in 2004 at the Doodyville historical Society Convention in New York.

Jack Roth with Lew "Clarabell" Anderson and "Buffalo Bob" Smith at an earlier convention of the Doodyville Historical Society

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