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A wonderful musical set in the mind of a boy's imagination brought to life by the talents of Karloff, Gleason, O'Brian, Paige, Lahr, and Hamilton. Great song and dance routines. The theme ... See full summary »

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I'm An Ordinary Man
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Legendary Television Documentary
14 July 2010 | by (warren michigan) – See all my reviews

Charles and Ray Eames were indeed renaissance people. As most people know, they came up with wonderful furniture designs and made beautiful short films, mostly on math and science. Their one extended venture into the TV medium was a masterpiece. It was a visually inventive, star studded, two hour documentary released in 1960 and devoted to recounting the splendor and silliness of the recently ended fifties. It included animation, musical segments, and short shorts narrated by people like Henry Fonda, Jackie Gleason and Leora Dana. It won a prime time Emmy as best variety program (AND won the Peabody Award.) and was praised by Newton Minow in his famous "vast wasteland' speech excoriating the dullness and silliness of mainstream TV. It now exists only in specialized archives. Like My World and Welcome to it and Orson Welles' The Fountain of Youth it was a brilliant example of what can be done to expand the horizons of the all too often mediocre TV medium.


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