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Hercules Grytpype Thynne

  • Saturday 30th March 2019, 11:53pm
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Just finished Disc One of the 28 (:S) box set - not as scary as I remember (of course), but enjoyable and the last episode on Disc One "The Lonely" has, surprisingly, Jean Marsh ("Wose", the head maid in Upstairs Downstairs) in it.
What was she doing on 1950s American TV.

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chipolata

  • Friday 5th April 2019, 9:36am
  • England
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Quote: Hercules Grytpype Thynne @ 5th March 2019, 4:30 PM

Having exhausted all the Alfred Hitchcock Presents TV series DVDs my wife and I have also fond memories of the original late 1950s Twilight Zone, so to celebrate our wedding anniversary she has OK'd me spending £50 on the box set of 28 discs totalling some 77 hours of TV.

You could say our TV viewing is sort of taken care of for the foreseeable future :D ..........................that is IF we both make it to the end of disc No. 28 without binge watching. :(

AND it's amazing how many famous people cut their teeth on this ground-breaking TV series.

Weirdly, I'm watching this exact same DVD at the moment. It's very enjoyable and has held up remarkably well.

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Hercules Grytpype Thynne

  • Friday 5th April 2019, 10:05am
  • England
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Quote: chipolata @ 5th April 2019, 9:36 AM

Weirdly, I'm watching this exact same DVD at the moment. It's very enjoyable and has held up remarkably well.

Yes, but have gone back to my Carry On box set now (I rotate them as otherwise for me a bit of the enjoyment is lost if I watch the same thing day in day out) in my "Box Set" DVD player - I have two on the go, the other one is my "Comedy Sitcom" DVD player, which is currently on Series 4 of Monty Python and I also rotate the two DVD players........................Yes I know, I live a sad life. Laughing out loud

But I digress. I also love the little bits of 1950s TV promos that are left on the discs, like the very brief Steve McQueen clip of his new cowboy series, and Rod Serling's hints at next week's show, which at the end of Disc One he said the next in the series (presumably on Disc Two - I haven't checked) is the only one I saved on VHS many, many years ago of Burgess Meredith the bibliophile who was the last man left on Earth after Armaggedon - excellent and I won't spoil the end for anyone!!

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Hercules Grytpype Thynne

  • Tuesday 16th April 2019, 11:26pm
  • England
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Sir John Betjeman - "Thank God It's Sunday".

Sheer delight! Could listen to that man read the telephone book and enjoy it. So English, so relaxing, so observational. Wonderful. :)

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Hercules Grytpype Thynne

  • Wednesday 1st May 2019, 12:04pm
  • England
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Watched the first prog. on the cheap DVD I bought of The Alma Cogan show (1960) - most enjoyable with a very young Adam Faith and a brilliant magician, which is what I primarily look for with these - those long forgotten specialist acts. The man poncing about twlddling a baton left a lot to be desired though!

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Billy Bunter

  • Thursday 2nd May 2019, 8:54am [Edited]
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Quote: Hercules Grytpype Thynne @ 1st May 2019, 12:04 PM

those long forgotten specialist acts.

I used to like the chap who hit himself on the head with a metal tray whle singing "Mule Train". Bob Blackman. They don't do acts like that an more!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CNLLT00AFU4

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Hercules Grytpype Thynne

  • Thursday 2nd May 2019, 9:14am
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There was an Australian (I think) juggler who was very good as he came on as though he didn't care for his act and the balls used to go off in different directions as he also bounced them on the floor and he would blame them for having a mind of there own. Very clever and funny, but can find no trace of him so always live in hope he will appear on some sort of DVD like this.

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Billy Bunter

  • Thursday 2nd May 2019, 11:03am [Edited]
  • The Sussex Coast, England
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Quote: Hercules Grytpype Thynne @ 2nd May 2019, 9:14 AM

There was an Australian (I think) juggler who was very good as he came on as though he didn't care for his act and the balls used to go off in different directions as he also bounced them on the floor and he would blame them for having a mind of there own. Very clever and funny, but can find no trace of him so always live in hope he will appear on some sort of DVD like this.

Not Albert Rebla (note the palindrome)? Although born in Britain, he moved to Australia at the outbreak of World War II and died there in the 1960s.

http://www.circopedia.org/Rebla_Video_(1938)

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Hercules Grytpype Thynne

  • Thursday 2nd May 2019, 11:17am
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Quote: Billy Bunter @ 2nd May 2019, 11:03 AM

Not Albert Rebla (note the palindrome)? Although born in Britain, he moved to Australia at the outbreak of World War II and died there in the 1960s.

http://www.circopedia.org/Rebla_Video_(1938)

Thought you had it there, but sadly no. Very similar but mostly juggling with balls which he would spin, throw away, they would come back to him and he would carry on after admonishing the stray ball. I see your Rebla also retired in 1940 and the man I saw on TV was in the early/mid 60s.
Really enjoyed Rebla's act though - like "my man", clever and very funny. Loved the box routine when he leaned on the edge of the table. Laughing out loud

Thanks for that though BB ! :D

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Hercules Grytpype Thynne

  • Thursday 2nd May 2019, 4:07pm
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Watched the second show now and it was better than the first in my opinion. Had The Everlys on it along with M&W (very good), Gary Miller (the Robin Hood theme - died too young in 1968) and a Glasgow lass Margo Henderson who was excellent with her singer impersonations.

This DVD is proving to be an absolute bargain!!

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Billy Bunter

  • Thursday 2nd May 2019, 6:06pm
  • The Sussex Coast, England
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Haven't watched my copy yet. Saving it for a special occasion (or occasions).

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Hercules Grytpype Thynne

  • Thursday 2nd May 2019, 11:09pm
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So enjoyable I "can't put it down" and watched Show 3 tonight. God, they take me way back to watching them with my Mum and her neighbour who was the first person in the road to get a TV, and a really modern one too. Both her and me Mum were big fans of Alma.
I won't spoil it with saying who was on then, but was reminded of Alma's sense of humour. Quite a gal!

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Billy Bunter

  • Friday 3rd May 2019, 4:59pm
  • The Sussex Coast, England
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Quote: Hercules Grytpype Thynne @ 2nd May 2019, 11:09 PM

I won't spoil it with saying who was on then, but was reminded of Alma's sense of humour. Quite a gal!

Eulogise away by all means as far as I'm concerned. Won't spoil my enjoyment of it when I come to watch it. Indeed, it will enhance the anticipation.

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Definitely Tarby

  • Friday 3rd May 2019, 5:18pm
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Put on my Commitments DVD last night and never get bored of the Irish humour and great music. The documentaries about how it was made is also interesting and it's funny how Johnny Murphy described himself as a kind of mentor to the rest of the cast who were all younger musicians with no acting experience but Alan Parker saw him as a bad influence who would keep them out late every night drinking. I don't think he ever told Johnny that and I doubt Johnny would have seen it on the documentary as he was probably in the pub.

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Hercules Grytpype Thynne

  • Monday 6th May 2019, 11:41pm
  • England
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Quote: Billy Bunter @ 3rd May 2019, 4:59 PM

Eulogise away by all means as far as I'm concerned. Won't spoil my enjoyment of it when I come to watch it. Indeed, it will enhance the anticipation.

3 & 4 weren't as good as the first two I thought - had Jack Douglas before he developed his " Wu-hey" character on one and Freddy Frinton doing his usual drunk on the other.

Bonus clips from the Cliff Richard Show and Lonnie Donegan Show were great, especially the latter as it also had Ray Ellington on it, which was a REAL treat for me! Just a shame they were just clips as would loved to have seen all of Lonnie's show.

Still, at a couple of quid, has to be one of the best bargains I've picked up on-line. :D