General Electric Theater: Season 10, Episode 14

Tippy-Top (17 Dec. 1961)

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Young Randy's insistence that his invisible friend Tippy-Top is real causes friction between his mother and the man she intends to marry. Mom humors her son, but Bob wants to convince the boy that his best buddy is imaginary.

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Tippy-Top
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Young Randy's insistence that his invisible friend Tippy-Top is real causes friction between his mother and the man she intends to marry. Mom humors her son, but Bob wants to convince the boy that his best buddy is imaginary.

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Tippy And Me
Written by Sidney Michaels and Mark Sandrich Jr.
Performed by Red Buttons and Ron Howard
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Red Buttons' death reminds me...
14 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I, too, was compelled to remember this episode when I heard of the death of Red Buttons, a wonderful entertainer who needs to be seen more often in his film and TV roles.

I never saw the entire episode: parts of it were featured in a movie whose name I have forgotten--the protagonist was trying to remember who Tippy-Top was, and there were several flashbacks to Ronny Howard singing in the bathtub: "I love Tippy-Top, Tippy-Top loves me," and having conversations with Red Buttons who wore some sort of sailor outfit.

Anthology series like "GE Theatre," "Omnibus," and "Armstrong Circle Theatre" were an important cultural aspect of the "Golden Age" of TV, and it would be a real service to the public to show them--complete with original commercials--today. It was, I think, on "Armstrong Circle Theatre," for example, that I first saw Aeschylus' "Agamemnon," sitting in my Grandma's living room in 1956 or 7. Pretty heady stuff for a 7-year-old, but I still remember it, as well as that "live TV look." The chorus was unseen, portrayed by a slide of masks.

These early TV shows that arouse such vivid memories need to be revisited.


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