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Arthur Godfrey promotes Lipton Soups Nobody dominated the early days of television like Arthur Godfrey. He was immensely popular and immensely powerful. He was especially good at promoting his sponsors' products. He usually did live commercials without a script. Check out this example where he flogs Lipton Soups.
Tags: Arthur  Godfrey  Lipton  Soups 
Added: 30th September 2007
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Posted By: Lava1964
Julius LaRosa Sings This Is Heaven Probably from early 1953, Julius LaRosa sings This Is Heaven on Arthur Godfrey and His Friends. This guy has a great voice! Sadly today he is mostly remembered for being fired by Godfrey on the air later that year in one of broadcasting's most infamous moments.
Tags: Julius  LaRosa  Arthur  Godfrey 
Added: 24th November 2007
Views: 1796
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Posted By: Lava1964
McGuire Sisters Sing Picking Sweethearts The McGuire sisters sing 'Picking Sweethearts' on a 1953 episode of Arthur Godfrey and Friends.
Tags: Picking  Sweethearts  McGuire  Sisters 
Added: 3rd March 2009
Views: 1536
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Posted By: Lava1964
Arthur Godfrey On Whats My Line The most watched person on television, Arthur Godfrey, appears as a mystery challenger on What's My Line on March 30, 1952. Most young people have never even heard of Godfrey, but he was huge in his heyday.
Tags: Whats  My  Line  Arthur  Godfrey 
Added: 2nd May 2008
Views: 1418
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Posted By: Lava1964
Arthur Godfrey Fires Julius LaRosa On October 19, 1953, the most powerful man in broadcasting, Arthur Godfrey, surprised everyone by firing popular singer Julius LaRosa on the air. This clip is from the Arthur Godfrey episode of the A&E series 'Biography.'
Tags: Arthur  Godfrey  firing  Julius  LaRosa 
Added: 27th May 2008
Views: 41301
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Posted By: Lava1964
Remembering Barbara McNair Barbara's big break came with a win on Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts. She soon became one of the country's most popular headliners and a guest. Sadly she died on February 4, 2007 of throat cancer.
Tags: Barbara  McNair  Arthur  Godfrey 
Added: 21st August 2009
Views: 1268
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Posted By: Old Fart
Boston Bruins - 1972 Stanley Cup Champs I posted this on the CBC News website in Canada following the Boston Bruins' Stanley Cup championship on June 15, 2011. It got such a wonderful response that I thought I'd share it here too: It had been 14,279 days since captain Johnny Bucyk hoisted the Boston Bruins' last Stanley Cup on May 11, 1972. To put things in perspective... Richard Nixon was in the White House. America still had combat troops in Vietnam. If you bought a quarter's worth of candy, you could get sick eating it all. Pitchers still batted in the American League. There was no such thing as rap music or punk rock. Nobody considered the possibility of terrorist attacks at the Olympics. The NHL had 14 teams. Few players wore helmets. Some goalies didn't wear masks. Nobody seriously thought hockey players from the USSR were good. There were hardly any McDonald's Restaurants in Canada. There were very few Tim Hortons either. Archie Bunker was in his heyday. Television sets had rabbit ears. Nobody thought the world was in peril from global warming or climate change or whatever they're calling it this week. Lotteries were illegal in Canada. Arthur Godfrey Time had still been on the radio two weeks earlier. Calculators could perform four functions and cost $179. Most people had rotary telephones. Forget about DVD players--VCRs didn't exist. The idea of bottled water would have been laughable. Computers were enormous things that occupied entire rooms and did simple calculations using punch cards. Hardware meant hammers and wrenches. Software didn't mean anything. People still sent telegrams. Life Magazine was still around. Canada still had the death penalty. O.J. Simpson was a hero. The Lord's Prayer was recited in public schools. Nobody thought it was wrong. A new car cost $2500. Hockey cards were a dime a pack--and they came with pink bubble gum covered in powdered sugar. Bobby Orr was the greatest player in the NHL. (Thirty-nine years later he's still the greatest of all time.).
Tags: hockey  Boston  Bruins  1972  Stanley  Cup 
Added: 16th June 2011
Views: 3268
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Posted By: Lava1964
Boogie - Canadian Disco TV Show This show definitely belongs in a time capsule: Boogie--billed as "Canada's hippest TV Show"-- was a 1970s program produced by City-TV, an independent Toronto station. It was a weekly, low-budget show designed to capitalize on the disco craze. Every week it featured local dancers, disco fashion shows, and a dance competition. R. Paul Godfrey was its host. When disco died, it died too. Boogie was largely forgotten until it was resurrected in campy reruns as Retro Boogie Dance Party in the early 2000s on MuchMusic, a Canadian cable music channel.
Tags: Boogie  disco  dancing  TV  Canada 
Added: 23rd August 2015
Views: 3821
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Posted By: Lava1964
The New Monkees - 1987 Sitcom Flop The original sitcom The Monkees aired on NBC for two seasons (1966 to 1968). Along with winning an Emmy for best sitcom of 1966, the original Monkees were responsible for several top 40 hit songs, including I'm a Believer, Last Train to Clarksville, and Pleasant Valley Sunday. A very successful nostalgic twentieth anniversary reunion tour by the group in 1986 wrongly convinced some folks in the syndicated TV world that the time was ripe for a second Monkees series to be produced for a new generation. It was a spectacular failure. Like the first Monkees series, extensive tryouts were held to find four actors to play the roles. Unlike the first series, only actors with proven musical abilities were considered. In the end the four main cast members of The New Monkees were Marty Ross, Dino Kovas, Larry Saltis, and Jared Chandler. On the show, the band lived in a large mansion with a butler named Manford (played by Gordon Oas-Heim). The mansion had numerous unexplored rooms and was the main source of the lads' adventures. Instead of a normal kitchen and dining room, the house featured a full diner with a waitress named Rita (played by former exercise instructor Bess Motta of 20 Minute Workout fame). Also present in the mansion was a talking computer called Helen (voiced by Lynnie Godfrey) who used to work for the Defense Department but found that she preferred rock music over missiles. The plots routinely forced the audience to suspend reality. One episode had Larry falling asleep on a copy machine--resulting in numerous Larry clones creating chaos throughout the mansion. Neither sitcom nor music fans ever took to the show nor to the lone album the group produced. Disappointing ratings caused the show to be cancelled after just 13 episodes even though 22 episodes were scheduled to be produced for the first season. Mickey Dolenz, the drummer in the original group, said he wasn't at all surprised The New Monkees bombed. Invoking a Star Trek analogy, Dolenz likened it to "giving another actor pointy ears and expecting viewers to accept him as Mr. Spock." Moreover, the four original Monkees sued Columbia Television Pictures for using the group's name. The case was settled out of court. Bit of trivia: Russell Johnson (most famous for playing the role of the Professor on Gilligan's Island) was the only person to appear on both Monkees series. The New Monkees has never been made available on DVD.
Tags: New  Monkees  sitcom  flop 
Added: 9th November 2015
Views: 1157
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Posted By: Lava1964

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