Alan Crofoot was the programmes host, introducing four parts in each episode. In the first part (Teletune) he narrated a fantasy story. In the second part (Port of Call) he presented films ...
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Alan Crofoot was the programmes host, introducing four parts in each episode. In the first part (Teletune) he narrated a fantasy story. In the second part (Port of Call) he presented films about children and events in other countries. The third part (Bag of Tricks) featured magic that was performed by Crofoot himself. And in the fourth part (Animal Farm) he told stories, that included characters such as Rupert the cat, Bessie the bunny and Kookie the kitten, all in a miniature farm/barnyard setting. Written by
Touching Children's Show From 1963- Tragic Death Of Host
I just saw an episode of this 22 min CBC kiddie show dubbed from a mediocre 16mm print to DVD and the enterprise was bizarre, fascinating and strangely touching. The host, portly opera star Alan Crofoot, never appeared on television again after the one-year run of this series, but gained popularity in the UK via reruns of the show in the late 1960's. While preparing for an opera in Dayton Ohio in 1979, Crofoot committed suicide at the age of 49. His powerful tenor voice, badly dubbed on Mr. Piper, was impressive, as was the charming attempt to incorporate incongruous short documentary films of the world's children along with a creaky in=house series of pets with human voices forced to undergo various perils to their obvious disdain. Mr. Piper is an amazing relic that reeks with that chilling early 60's TV feel, replete with faded color. The theme song, when first heard, can never be shaken. As an American, I was delighted to see an episode of this forgotten series that never screened in the USA. RIP Mr. Piper.......
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