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20 August 1955 (USA) See more »
A TV Show where Andy, with a studio audience full of loud screaming kids, would show movies. At the... See more »
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I don't know if this is really a spoiler, but I loved that show and enjoyed describing what I could remember of it. See more (16 total) »


 (Series Cast Summary - 4 of 10)

Andy Devine ... Himself - Host (3 episodes, 1957-1959)
Paul Cavanagh (2 episodes, 1955-1957)
Nino Marcel (2 episodes, 1955-1957)

Vito Scotti (2 episodes, 1955-1957)

Series Directed by
Frank Ferrin (2 episodes, 1955-1957)
Series Writing credits
Frank Ferrin (2 episodes, 1955-1957)

Series Produced by
Frank Ferrin .... producer (2 episodes, 1955-1960)
Series Original Music by
Dakshinamoorthy (1 episode, 1955)
Series Cinematography by
Alan Stensvold (2 episodes, 1955-1957)
Series Film Editing by
Lyle Boyer (2 episodes, 1955-1957)
Series Sound Department
Willard Nico .... sound (1 episode, 1955)
Series Other crew
Ellis Dungan .... indian producer (1 episode, 1955)

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Additional Details

30 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Did You Know?

Before Andy Devine took over this show in 1955 it was known as "Smilin' Ed McConnell and his Buster Brown Gang". It started as a radio show and moved to television in 1951 and ran until 1954 when McConnell died. Devine then took over the show in 1955 with essentially the same format.See more »
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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
I don't know if this is really a spoiler, but I loved that show and enjoyed describing what I could remember of it., 18 September 2006
Author: aighaid from United States

I loved this show, even before Andy Devine, but especially after he began hosting. I heard rumors, as an adult, that Uncle Ed, host of Uncle Ed's Gang(?), the previous host, did a Face-in-the-Crowd stunt and was instantly unemployed, but I have also read that he died in 1955 of a heart attack, at which time Andy Devine replaced him.

As young as I was, I found it confusing that the "new" host appeared to be on a very old show, old set, and with the same children I had seen the week before. The kids in the audience were unchanged over the years--the same laughing and screaming kids appeared with Andy who had appeared with Uncle Ed! I think those children were filmed in the 40s at a movie theater! Every episode featured two (possibly animatronic) animals. One was Midnight, the cat (who did not meow--he/she uttered a long, rising 'Nice,' whenever the camera was close). The other was Squeakie, the mouse (for some reason, I always want to call him Mousie) who generally made life difficult for Midnight, did not talk, but usually did something 'daring' and distracting while Midnight performed some impossible act (playing the violin, while wearing a tutu, was my favorite, all the while circled by Mousie on a motorcycle).

Froggy made me laugh out loud as he usually bested first Uncle Ed and then Andy, appearing in a puff of smoke after the audience was urged to call out, "Froggy, pluck your magic twanger." (After Ed disappeared, Andy made the call.) Froggy stood on a column to bring him to the level of the host, couldn't be made to do anything he didn't want to do, tricked and manipulated the host in every way possible, and then disappeared in another puff of smoke, to my delight.

Every week we were treated to an episode of "Jungle Boy," (I think that's what it was called). The actor looked a lot like Sabu, but I can't remember the actual name of the serial and its actors--two boys who had adventures in the Indian jungle--sometimes dodging wild elephants and tigers, eventually besting the villain--man or animal.

Even the commercials were fantastic--a little boy and his dog who lived in a shoe--Buster Brown and his dog, Tige, (is that how it's spelled?). The dog looked like it might have been a brindle (hence the Tiger in his name) terrier, boxer, bull dog--something like that. His master, his hair cut in the Buster Brown bob, was always dressed in the classic Buster Brown suit for little boys so popular around the turn of the last century, with the ribbon trimmed hat. I hope I'm not making this up--it's so vivid in my memories. We certainly knew what brand of shoes we wanted when school started! I think I still remember the rhyme with which he began the commercial: "I'm Buster Brown. I live in a shoe! Here's my dog, Tige--he lives here, too!"

Apparently, I was one of very few children who watched early Saturday morning television--I have almost never met anyone who knows what I'm talking about, and I see a lot of disbelieving looks when I describe the show. Only one older adult, who revealed the mystery of Uncle Ed's disappearance, was at all familiar with the show.

I wish they'd show it once more or put it on DVD. The show was the same era as the Susie Snowflake animation that hasn't been seen (by anyone I know) since the 50s--I wonder if these shows exist anywhere.

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