Sunday, December 14, 2014

TV episodes I watched last week (7 December to 13 December 2014)

7-December-2014

(re-watch) "Howdy Doody" - Episode originally broadcast 31 December 1952. Children's series. The episode varies from charming to awkward.



(re-watch) "Space: Beyond the Final Frontier" - Tigers in the Jungle. 1997. Documentary about the Europa rocket of the 1960s, and how it lead to the successful Ariane rockets of the 1980s.



(re-watch) "Space: Beyond the Final Frontier" - Fly Me to the Moon. 1997. Documentary about the unsuccessful first launch of the Ariane 5 rocket (which later proved to be very successful). The final minutes of the documentary suggests that Ariane 5 could be used to send men to the moon, which never did happen.


I am not certain whether "Space: Beyond the Final Frontier" is a TV series or a straight-to-video release. It is not listed on IMDb.



9-December-2014
"Space Station Live" - Episode originally aired at 3:00AM AEDT 9 December 2014 (but 11:00AM 8 December 2014 EST time). I viewed this via the online stream of NASA TV. Interesting, but very slow-paced. This episode includes some live views, and information about an experiment called "Project MERCCURI".





 

"Video File" - Episode originally broadcast 4:00AM AEDT 9 December 2014 (but 12:00AM 8 December 2014 EST time). A "NASA TV" program, I viewed this via the online stream of the channel. This episode begins with pictures and info on Mars. Theres's also info on the New Horizons mission with video of excited people as the spacecraft "wakes up" (dig the woman with blue-tinted moon), plus an animation of the spacecraft visiting Pluto (with artists impression of the planet), various views of the rocket that launched it (more excited people watching!) with less-than-perfect camera-work at times. There's also footage of the Orion launch and the Orion splash-down, which takes up the bulk of the hour-long presentation.



 

10-December-2014

"Space Station Live" - Episode originally aired at 3:00AM AEDT 10 December 2014 (but 11:00AM 9 December 2014 EST time). In this episode, there is an interesting discussion of "Cloud-Aerosol Transport System" (CATS) and live views of two astronauts fixing a spacesuit.



 

(re-watch) "Howdy Doody" - Episode originally broadcast 6 January 1953. Atmospheric scenes during the "Changing Island" segments.



 

13-December-2014

"Space Station Live" - Episode originally aired at 3:00AM AEDT 13 December 2014 (but 11:00AM 12 December 2014 EST time). This is a very interesting episode featuring fantastic live views of the Earth, plus an interesting interview regarding student experiments planned to launch soon. That said, the opening minutes of the episode were pretty dull.


Sunday, December 7, 2014

TV episodes I watched last week (30 November to 6 December 2014)

30 November 2014
"What's My Line?" - Episode originally broadcast 15 March 1953. Game show. There's something strangely atmospheric about this episode and others from the same period. (running time: approx 26 minutes)


"What's My Line?" - Episode originally broadcast 5 April 1953. Game show. Fun episode. (running time: approx 26 minutes)



1-December-2014
"What's My Line?" - Episode originally broadcast 19 April 1953. Game show. (running time: approx 25.5 minutes)



"What's My Line?" - Episode originally broadcast 26 April 1953. Game show. Fun episode. I like it (running time: approx 26 minutes)

 
"The Name's the Same" - Episode originally broadcast 13 August 1952. Game show. I found this on YouTube and enjoyed watching it. Very lively, funny show. (running time: approx 24 minutes)



3-December-2014
(re-watch) "Howdy Doody" - Episode originally broadcast 2 October 1950. Children's series. Very interesting episode, though with a too many commercials.


4-December-2014
TV film: A Dancer's World. Originally broadcast 1957. An interesting presentation of dancing which aired on public domain. Actually, quite entertaining. (running time: approx 30 minutes)


(re-watch) "Howdy Doody" - Episode originally broadcast 1 October 1952. Children's series. Entertaining episode of this series.


I watched some NASA TV, continuing after midnight. I stopped watching when it became clear Orion wasn't gonna be launched.


5-December-2014
I watched the NASA TV coverage of the Orion launch. However, a fault with the website meant I missed the lift-off itself. Nevertheless, still interesting.


6-December-2014
I watched the NASA TV coverage of the landing of Orion. Very interesting. A well-made presentation.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

TV episodes I watched last week (23 November to 29 November 2014)

Note: I viewed the episodes of "What's My Line?" via YouTube, as they were uploaded by a user with the name "What's My Line?".

23-November-2014
"What's My Line?" - Episode originally broadcast 4 March 1951. Game show. Entertaining episode of this popular series. Very good. (running time: approx 26 minutes, USA)


"What's My Line?" - Episode originally broadcast 18 March 1951. Game show. (running time: approx 26 minutes, USA)


"What's My Line?" - Episode originally broadcast 3 August 1952. Game show. (running time: approx 25 minutes, USA)


"What's My Line?" - Episode originally broadcast 10 August 1952. Game show. Someone suggested on YT that the show was rigged, but this is not the case. While comedian panelists were given gags, they weren't told the occupation of the contestant (the game consists of a celebrity panel trying to guess the occupation of the contestant through a series of "yes or no" questions. This may not such like much, but the panel make it very interesting, particularly when they have a contestants such an attractive female gas attendant, a man who sells skeletons, and a man who makes baby bibs, which are the three contestants in this episode. There's also a celebrity mystery guest, for which the panel is blindfolded). Actually, Goodson-Todman Productions never rigged their shows, unlike the infamous Barry-Enright. (running time: approx 26 minutes, USA)


"What's My Line?" - Episode originally broadcast 24 August 1952. Game show. Amusing episode. (running time: approx 26 minutes, USA)


"What's My Line?" - Episode originally broadcast 17 August 1952. Game show. I did not know there was a female baseball league at the time. (running time: approx 26 minutes, USA)


24-November-2014
"What's My Line?" - Episode originally broadcast 31 August 1952. Game show. Fun episode. (running time: approx 26 minutes, USA)


"What's My Line?" - Episode originally broadcast 7 September 1952. Game show. Hal Block is growing on me. Like a fungus! (running time: approx 26 minutes, USA)


"What's My Line?" - Episode originally broadcast 28 September 1952. Game show. Very funny episode. (running time: approx 26 minutes, USA) (note: episodes skipped because they are not on YouTube)


"What's My Line?" - Episode originally broadcast on 12 October 1952. Game show. This show is da bomb. Goodson-Todman rocks. (running time: approx 26 minutes, USA) (note: I skipped the previous episode, as I'm pretty sure I watched it last year)


25-November-2014
"What's My Line?" - Episode originally broadcast 9 November 1952. Game show. Good episode. (running time: approx 25 minutes, USA)


"What's My Line?" - Episode originally broadcast 16 November 1952. Game show. Amusing episode. This show is addictive. (running time: approx 25.5 minutes, USA)


"What's My Line?" - Episode originally broadcast 23 November 1952. Game show. Good episode. (running time: approx 26 minutes, USA)


"What's My Line?" - Episode originally broadcast 30 March 1952. Game show. A rare surviving episode from prior to August 1952 (which is when Goodson-Todman began regularly keeping a kinescope). Enjoyable, with much hilarity during the mystery guest segment (running time: approx 25.5 minutes, USA)


"What's My Line?" - Episode originally broadcast 7 December 1952. Game show. Unusual and very interesting episode! (running time: approx 25 minutes, USA)


"What's My Line?" - Episode originally broadcast 30 November 1952. Game show. (running time: approx 25 minutes, USA)


26-November-2014
"What's My Line?" - Episode originally broadcast 14 December 1952. Game show. I think I'm addicted to kinescopes. (running time: approx 26 minutes, USA)


"What's My Line?" - Episode originally broadcast 21 December 1952. Game show. Good episode. (running time: approx 25 minutes, USA)


"What's My Line?" - Episode originally broadcast 27 July 1952. Game show. Shame this episode is in really beat up shape (running time: approx 24 minutes, but the opening of the episode is missing. USA)


"What's My Line?" - Episode originally broadcast 28 December 1952. Game show. (running time: approx 26 minutes, USA)


(re-watch) - "Sense and Nonsense" - Episode originally broadcast 19 February 1954. Game show. I love the mix of charm, innocence and crass commercialism. Very entertaining episode of this WABD series, which is said to be the sole surviving episode.


27-November-2014
"Treasure Isle" - Episode from circa May 1968. Game show. OK game show, but I can imagine it getting tiresome after a while.


"What's My Line?" - Episode originally broadcast 4 January 1953. Game show. (running time: approx 26 minutes, USA)


"What's My Line?" - Episode originally broadcast 11 January 1953. Game show. (running time: approx 26 minutes, USA)


"What's My Line?" - Episode originally broadcast 18 January 1953. Game show. Very amusing episode! (running time: approx 26 minutes, USA)


"What's My Line?" - Episode originally broadcast 2 November 1952. Game show. (running time: approx 26 minutes, USA)


"What's My Line?" - Episode originally broadcast 25 January 1953. Game show. Margaret was hot.... (running time: approx 26 minutes, USA)


"What's My Line?" - Episode originally broadcast 1 February 1953. Game show. Episode I viewed was missing the opening minutes, and as such ran about 23 minutes. I can't get enough of this show, though it helps that I have a lot of free time on my hands and little else to do.


"What's My Line?" - Episode originally broadcast 8 February 1953. Game show. (running time: approx 26 minutes, USA)


28-November-2014
(re-watch) "Off the Record" - Episode originally broadcast 18 October 1951. Viewed via YouTube. Music. Primitive but charming program which aired in a 15-minute time-slot on DuMont's Washington DC station.


"Four Star Playhouse" - Fair Trial. Episode originally broadcast 10 February 1955. Anthology/drama. Interesting episode, but the ending is something of a let down. (running time: approx 25.5 minutes, USA)


"What's My Line?" - Episode originally broadcast 15 February 1953. Game show. (running time: approx 25.5 minutes, USA)


"What's My Line?" - Episode originally broadcast 22 February 1953. Game show. (running time: approx 26 minutes, USA)


"What's My Line?" - Episode originally broadcast 29 March 1953. Game show. Fun episode. (running time: approx 26 minutes, USA)


"What's My Line?" - Episode originally broadcast 1 March 1953. Game show. Fun episode. (running time: approx 26 minutes, USA)


29-November-2014
"Four Star Playhouse" - The Wallet. Episode originally broadcast 21 October 1954. Anthology/drama. Interesting and entertaining episode. (running time: approx 25 minutes, USA)


"Longines Chronoscope" - Episode originally broadcast 16 June 1952. Discussion/talk show. Viewed via copy downloaded from Internet Archive. Interesting conversation. (note: commercials intact in copy I saw, not sure about running time excluding commercials)


"The Squirrels" - The Bonus Scheme. Episode originally broadcast 16 December 1976. Sitcom. Fun episode of this long-forgotten but once-popular series. (running time: approx 25 minutes, UK)


"Longines Chronoscope" - Episode originally broadcast 21 May 1952. Discussion/talk show. Viewed via copy downloaded from Internet Archive. As part of my research into TV history, I needed to view some non-entertainment programming from the 1950s. So I watched this. (note: commercials intact in copy I saw, not sure about running time excluding commercials)


"What's My Line?" - Episode originally broadcast 8 March 1953. Game show. Very pleasant episode (running time: approx 26 minutes, USA)


"Four Star Playhouse" - To Whom It May Concern. Episode originally broadcast 4 June 1953. Anthology/drama. Surprisingly dark even for a series known for often presenting downbeat stories. (running time: approx 25 minutes, USA)

Sunday, November 23, 2014

TV episodes I watched last week (16 November to 22 November 2014)

16-November-2014
TV film: Neighbors. Originally broadcast 18 November 1971. Drama. Unusual to say the least. At times tough to watch, but very entertaining nevertheless. (running time: approx 53 minutes, USA)

17-November-2014
"The Squirrels" - Leap Frog. Episode originally broadcast 2 December 1976. Sitcom. Amusing episode, which I watched while eating that instant "just add boiling water" powdered soup. Made an interesting combination. (running time: approx 25 minutes, UK)


"The Squirrels" - The Cruise. Episode originally broadcast 9 December 1976. Sitcom. Amusing episode of this once-popular but now forgotten TV series. (running time: approx 24 minutes, UK)


22-November-2014
"What's My Line?" - Episode originally broadcast 16 February 1950. Game show. I viewed this episode via YouTube. This is very rough and primitive television, with botched camera angles and such, but it has a charm to it. The show did improve as time went on. Oddly enough, the episode aired without commercials. (running time: approx 28 minutes, USA)


"What's My Line?" - Episode originally broadcast 2 March 1950. Game show. I viewed this episode via YouTube. Less rough, less primitive than the previous episode, but still a bit awkward. Still fun though. (running time: approx 26 minutes, USA)


"What's My Line?" - Episode originally broadcast 12 April 1950. Game show. I viewed this via YouTube. This episode is a MAJOR improvement from the previous episodes (note: the previous episode, aired 16 March, is missing, believed lost). There's still some awkward elements, but even so, the resulting changes make for a much more entertaining show. (running time: approx 25 minutes, USA)


"What's My Line?" - Episode originally broadcast 15 October 1950. Game show. I viewed this via YouTube. Very entertaining episode. I like it. (running time: approx 26 minutes, USA) (also, I'd like to note that the episodes between the 12 April episode and the 15 October episode are lost. The exception is the 2 August 1950 episode, which is not available for viewing).

Sunday, November 16, 2014

TV episodes I watched last week (9 November to 15 November 2014)

TV programming:
9-November-2014

"Modern Marvels" - Engineering Disasters 5. Episode originally broadcast 30 December 2003. Documentary. (running time: approx 44 minutes, USA)


"Modern Marvels" - Engineering Disasters 6. Episode originally broadcast 28 April 2004. Documentary.  (running time: approx 45 minutes, USA)


(re-watch) "Mayday" aka "Air Emergency" aka "Air Crash Investigations" - Helicopter Down. No idea when broadcast. Entertaining episode, but I spotted some goofs. (running time: approx 50 minutes, Canada)


"Telephone Time" - Man with a Beard - Episode originally broadcast 15 April 1956. Anthology/drama. Very entertaining episode, but the direction is lacking, unusual since the director Roy Kellino also directed some of my favourite episodes of "Four Star Playhouse", which was a superior series. (running time: approx 25 minutes, USA)


"Homicide" - Self Defense. Episode originally broadcast. Crime drama. I normally like this series very much, but this episode is poorly-written and poorly-acted. (running time: approx 47 minutes, Australia)


10-November-2014
(re-watch) "Mayday" aka "Air Emergency" aka "Air Crash Investigations" - Death and Denial. Episode originally broadcast 2005. Documentary. What...the....hell? (running time: approx 50 minutes, Canada)


11-November-2014
"Telephone Time" - Recipe for Success. Episode originally broadcast 11 February 1958. Drama/anthology. I like the production style of this episode, with its sentimental background music. Quite enjoyable. (running time: approx 25 minutes, USA)


(re-watch) "Mayday" aka "Air Emergency" aka "Air Crash Investigations" - Kid in the Cockpit. Episode originally broadcast 2005. Documentary. What...the....hell? Could someone please explain this? I mean...really....a kid in the cockpit? Really.....? A faulty auto-pilot does not help matters either. No comment. (running time: approx 50 minutes, Canada)


(re-watch) "Mayday" aka "Air Emergency" aka "Air Crash Investigations" - Head-on Collision. Episode originally broadcast 16 August 2006. Documentary. (running time approx 50 minutes, Canada)


"The Squirrels" - The Renaissance. Episode originally broadcast 13 August 1976. Sitcom. Amusing episode. (running time: approx 25 minutes, UK)


"The Rag Trade" - Fixing the Rate. Episode originally broadcast 25 September 1977. Sitcom. Dated but entertaining. (running time: approx 26 minutes, UK)


"The Squirrels" - The X Factor. Episode originally broadcast 20 August 1976. Sitcom. Amusing, unusual episode with a novel storyline. (running time: approx 24 minutes, UK)


12-November-2014
(re-watch) "Mayday" aka "Air Emergency" aka "Air Crash Investigations" - [i]Collision Course [/i]. Episode originally broadcast 17 March 2006. Documentary. (running time: approx 50 minutes, Canada)


TV film: When Hell Freezes Over, I'll Skate. Originally broadcast 30 July 1979. Music. This presentation is a mix of music, poetry and dancing. It is unusual, and quite entertaining. (running time: approx 58 minutes, USA)


"Armchair Theatre" - Poor Cherry. Episode originally broadcast 9 September 1967. Anthology/drama. Very entertaining drama with some interesting ideas. (running time: approx 54 minutes, UK)


13-November-2014
"Telephone Time" - The Mountain That Moved. Episode originally broadcast 30 December 1956. Anthology/drama. Interesting story, but the script doesn't quite work. (running time: approx 25 minutes, USA)


TV film: The California Kid. Originally broadcast 25 September 1974. Drama. Interesting TV movie, though the 1950s setting is somewhat unconvincing. (running time: approx 73 minutes, USA)


14-November-2014
"The Squirrels" - The Weaker Sex. Episode originally broadcast 27 August 1976. Sitcom. Not a good episode. (running time: approx 25 minutes, UK)


"Van Dyke & Company" - Episode originally broadcast 18 November 1976. Variety. Good episode, very lively. (running time: approx 49 minutes, USA)


"The Rag Trade" - The Lunch Problem. Episode originally broadcast 2 October 1977. Sitcom. (running time: approx 26 minutes, UK)


15-November-2014
"The Squirrels" - The Snatch. Episode originally broadcast 25 November 1976. Sitcom. Amusing episode of this comedy series. (running time: approx 24 minutes, UK)


"It's Dark Outside" - The Grim World of the Brothers Tulk. Episode originally broadcast 3 January 1964. Crime drama. This is the first time I've seen this series. Not bad. Also interesting that they used the words "hell" and "bitch", two words you wouldn't hear in a U.S. series from the same period. (running time: approx 45 minutes, UK)

Films:
14-November-2014

The Steamroller and the Violin (1961) - 8/10. Interesting film, and I love the look of the colour film-stock.

During the week I made IMDb pages for a number of series, including early Australian TV series "Gaslight Music Hall" (1959-1960) and "Young Seven" (1957-1960), as well as early U.K. series "Josephine Terry's Kitchen" (1946-1947). I also made a page for a 1949 U.K. series titled "Authors in Focus", a 1947-1948 UK series titled "Viewers' Viewpoint", and a 1946-1947 U.K. series called "Quiz with Hale", among others. I hope I didn't mess up the submissions...my sources for info are of poor quality.