Monday, November 21, 2011

Christmas Gift DVD Suggestions From Booksteve Rarities # 1

With the holidays upon us, may we make some gift  suggestions for the pop culture connoisseur
from our shared DVD site? We have stuff I can guarantee you won't find, at least in quality as good, anywhere else! All this week, we'll be sharing some highlights here for your consideration. Today, we start with some rare television! Remember, unless otherwise marked, all single DVD's are only $7.00 each, with $6.00 postage no matter how many you order! http://oldtimeradiotapes.homestead.com/StevenSiteHome.html


GROUCHO MARX RARE TV PILOTS
In a January 1961 interview, Groucho was asked why he was shooting a pilot for a new show, with the classic YOU BET YOUR LIFE now off the air. Groucho answered, "I thought about not working, but the show gives me the only fun I have." With the series off the air and being rerun across America, Groucho Marx participated in three television shows that were actually pilots for proposed game shows that never made it to the air. "What Do You Want?" was filmed in January 1961. "Tell It To Groucho" was filmed in mid-1961. But the most unique television pilot is "The Plot Thickens" from 1963, with Groucho as a guest panelist - directed by William Castle and a script written by Robert Bloch! 


SID CAESAR: TELEVISION COLLECTION
A comic genius who had America laughing since the early 1950s. Over 40 of Sid Caesar's legendary sketches have been unearthed from vaults and now seen for the first time. Watch as supporting comedians Nanette Fabray, Carl Reiner, Imogene Coca and Howie Morris join in the fun. This is a seven-disc set.  $35.00

BLACK SADDLE: THE COMPLETE SERIES
The entire series, all 44 episodes, uncut and unedited on this ten-disc DVD set. A gunfighter turned lawyer tours the southwest after the Civil War. Stars Peter Breck, Anna Lisa and Russell Johnson. $50.00


BOB HOPE'S CHRISTMAS SHOWS
Two hour-long Christmas specials starring Bob Hope. December 24, 1950 with Eleanor Roosevelt and Lily Pons. December 28, 1956 broadcast from military base in Alaska, with guests Ginger Rogers, Peggy King and baseball legend Mickey Mantle.

THE BEARCATS: THE COMPLETE SERIES
Stars Rod Taylor as Hank Brackett and Dennis Cole as Johnny Reach. Includes all 13 episodes plus the pilot on this four disc box set. $20.00

DATE WITH THE ANGELS
Comedy sitcom with Betty White and Bill Williams in the starring leads. Some of these episodes have their original Plymouth commercials!  This six-disc set contains twenty classic episodes! $20.00

FANTASTIC JOURNEY : The Complete Series
A scientific expedition in the Atlantic Ocean becomes lost in the Bermuda Triangle and washes up on an uncharted island. They meet with travelers from other times, planets and dimensions who have also become trapped, and together they “slide: through portals from one dimension to the next hoping to find the one that leads home. Stars Roddy McDowall. This short-run television series only lasted a mere 10 episodes. This five-disc box set contains the complete series.  $30.00


HEY, LANDLORD!
Will Hutchins plays Woody, a landlord of a New York boarding house he inherited from his uncle, and then spent episode by episode solving other people's problems.  This rare 1966-67 situation comedy is now available on DVD including the following episodes. 
#14  "By the Sea . . . or at Least Rent It"  (December 18, 1966)
#16  "Go Directly to Jail"  (January 1, 1967)
#29  "Chech Your Wife, Sir?"  (April 9, 1967)
#20  "Stranger in the Night, Than in the Morning"  (January 29, 1967)

THE JACK PARR SHOW
This three-disc box set contains a moving tribute to the mundane, the engaging and the traditional interviews Jack Parr conducted over the years. Celebrity interviews include Richard Nixon, Bettie Davis, Bill Cosby, Richard Burrton, Judy Garland, Cassius Clay, Robert Kennedy, Hugh Downs, Dick Cavett, John F. Kennedy, Jonathan Winters, Woody Allen, Fidel Castro, and others. $20.00

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