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Series cast summary:
Walter Matthau ...  Narrator / ... 8 episodes, 1962-1964
Frank McGee Frank McGee ...  Narrator / ... 5 episodes, 1963-1964
Art Carney ...  Gerald Q. Wert / ... 3 episodes, 1962-1964
Dane Clark ...  Narrator / ... 3 episodes, 1962-1963
Vincent Gardenia ...  Defense Counsel / ... 3 episodes, 1962-1963
Milton Selzer ...  Billy Noonan / ... 3 episodes, 1962-1963
Gene Wilder ...  Muller / ... 3 episodes, 1962-1963
James Daly ...  Albert / ... 3 episodes, 1963-1964
John McGiver ...  C.P. Ballinger / ... 2 episodes, 1962-1964
John Megna ...  Jackie / ... 2 episodes, 1962-1963
Andrew Duggan ...  Ambassador Marshall / ... 2 episodes, 1961-1964
Barbara Cook ...  Herself 2 episodes, 1961-1962
Dorothy Loudon Dorothy Loudon ...  Herself 2 episodes, 1961-1962
Audrey Meadows ...  Constance / ... 2 episodes, 1961-1962
Danny Meehan Danny Meehan ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1961-1962
Russell Collins ...  Struycken / ... 2 episodes, 1961
Peter Falk ...  Collucci / ... 2 episodes, 1962-1964
Arthur Kennedy ...  Colin Ryan / ... 2 episodes, 1962-1964
John Mills ...  Davies / ... 2 episodes, 1962-1964
Franchot Tone ...  Inspector / ... 2 episodes, 1962-1964
Finlay Currie ...  O'Connell / ... 2 episodes, 1962-1963
Claude Rains ...  Baron van der Zost / ... 2 episodes, 1962-1963
Michael Tolan ...  Carter / ... 2 episodes, 1962-1963
John Abbott ...  Vanderkamp 2 episodes, 1962
Dana Andrews ...  Commander Jason Vanning / ... 2 episodes, 1962
William Hickey ...  Clerk 2 episodes, 1962
Paul Lambert ...  James Cavanaugh 2 episodes, 1962
Paul Mazursky ...  Lou Pugliese 2 episodes, 1962
William Phipps ...  William 'Whitey' Johnson 2 episodes, 1962
Gerald Price Gerald Price ...  Eugene 'Gino' Carbonne 2 episodes, 1962
Howard St. John ...  Crazy Horse Kid / ... 2 episodes, 1962
Larry Hagman ...  Boyd / ... 2 episodes, 1963-1964
Gerald Hiken Gerald Hiken ...  Lionel Baker / ... 2 episodes, 1963-1964
Fred Gwynne ...  William Hallowell Magee 1 episode, 1962
Bruce Gordon ...  Bland 1 episode, 1962
Teresa Wright ...  Mary 1 episode, 1962
Jayne Meadows ...  Myra 1 episode, 1962
Zachary Scott ...  Otto Habershaw 1 episode, 1962
Loring Smith Loring Smith ...  Hayden 1 episode, 1962
Roland Winters ...  Henry Drummond 1 episode, 1962
Pat Stanley Pat Stanley ...  Mary 1 episode, 1962
Parker Fennelly Parker Fennelly ...  Quimby 1 episode, 1962
Arthur Hughes ...  Wally Buford 1 episode, 1962
Dana Elcar ...  Dennis Wilcox 1 episode, 1962
Mort Marshall Mort Marshall ...  Max 1 episode, 1962
James Berwick James Berwick ...  Sam 1 episode, 1962
Anita Dangler Anita Dangler ...  Mrs. Rhodes 1 episode, 1962
James Greene ...  Peters 1 episode, 1962
William Hansen William Hansen ...  Doctor Scully 1 episode, 1962
Mary Boylan Mary Boylan ...  Mrs. Quimby 1 episode, 1962
Allen Collins Allen Collins ...  Jason Crawford 1 episode, 1962
Roger C. Carmel ...  The Owner 1 episode, 1962
Keith Carsey Keith Carsey ...  Pete 1 episode, 1962
Joe E. Ross ...  Chief Kennedy 1 episode, 1962
Paul Sparer Paul Sparer ...  Coach Driver 1 episode, 1962
Edie Adams ...  Herself 1 episode, 1961
Henry 'Red' Allen Henry 'Red' Allen ...  Himself 1 episode, 1961
Harold Arlen Harold Arlen ...  Himself 1 episode, 1961
Lil Armstrong Lil Armstrong ...  Herself 1 episode, 1961
Buster Bailey Buster Bailey ...  Himself 1 episode, 1961
La Vern Baker La Vern Baker ...  Herself 1 episode, 1961
Mae Barnes ...  Herself 1 episode, 1961
Count Basie ...  Himself 1 episode, 1961
Jack Benny ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1961
Milton Berle ...  Himself 1 episode, 1961
Joe E. Brown ...  Himself 1 episode, 1961
Carol Burnett ...  Narrator 1 episode, 1961
George Burns ...  Himself - Narrator 1 episode, 1961
Eddie Condon ...  Himself 1 episode, 1961
Joan Crawford ...  Herself - Hostess 1 episode, 1961
Bing Crosby ...  Narrator 2 episodes, 1961
Vic Damone ...  Himself 1 episode, 1961
Blossom Dearie Blossom Dearie ...  Herself 1 episode, 1961
Dwight D. Eisenhower ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1961-1962
Fred Waring and His Pennsylvanians ...  Themselves 1 episode, 1961
Bud Freeman Bud Freeman ...  Himself 1 episode, 1961
Martin Gabel ...  DiLuca 1 episode, 1961
Eva Gabor ...  Herself 1 episode, 1961
Rube Goldberg Rube Goldberg ...  Himself 1 episode, 1961
Eydie Gormé ...  Herself 1 episode, 1961
Merv Griffin ...  Himself 1 episode, 1961
Johnny Guarnieri Johnny Guarnieri ...  Himself 1 episode, 1961
Bob Haggart Bob Haggart ...  Himself 1 episode, 1961
Bill Hayes ...  Himself 1 episode, 1961
Tom Helmore ...  Osborne 1 episode, 1961
Skitch Henderson ...  Himself - Bandleader 1 episode, 1961
Bob Hope ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1961
Lena Horne ...  Herself 1 episode, 1961
Chet Huntley Chet Huntley ...  Himself - Narrator 1 episode, 1961
Jack Irwin Jack Irwin ...  Himself 1 episode, 1961
Danny Kaye ...  Himself 1 episode, 1961
Randy Kraft Randy Kraft ...  Carlin 1 episode, 1961
Gene Krupa ...  Himself 1 episode, 1961
Frances Langford ...  Herself 1 episode, 1961
Steve Lawrence ...  Himself 1 episode, 1961
Peggy Lee ...  Herself 1 episode, 1961
Mark Lenard 1 episode, 1961
Jerry Lester Jerry Lester ...  Janusz 1 episode, 1961
Meade 'Lux' Lewis Meade 'Lux' Lewis ...  Himself 1 episode, 1961
Frank Lovejoy ...  Major Ludwig Gesner 1 episode, 1961
Marilyn Lovell Marilyn Lovell ...  Herself 1 episode, 1961
Groucho Marx ...  Himself - Narrator 2 episodes, 1961
Harpo Marx ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1961
Elsa Maxwell ...  Herself 1 episode, 1961
Jimmy McPartland Jimmy McPartland ...  Himself 1 episode, 1961
Mitch Miller ...  Himself 1 episode, 1961
Garry Moore Garry Moore ...  Himself, Narrator 1 episode, 1961
Merle Oberon ...  Herself 1 episode, 1961
The Paterson New Jersey East High School Marching Band The Paterson New Jersey East High School Marching Band ...  Themselves 1 episode, 1961
Dick Powell ...  Himself 1 episode, 1961
Debbie Reynolds ...  Herself 1 episode, 1961
Cesar Romero ...  Lukas 1 episode, 1961
Pee Wee Russell Pee Wee Russell ...  Himself 1 episode, 1961
Blossom Seeley ...  Herself 1 episode, 1961
Sandy Smith Sandy Smith 1 episode, 1961
Joanie Sommers ...  Herself 1 episode, 1961
Robert Strauss ...  Cab Driver 1 episode, 1961
Enzo Stuarti Enzo Stuarti ...  Girard 1 episode, 1961
John William Sublett John William Sublett ...  Himself 1 episode, 1961
Jack Teagarden ...  Himself 1 episode, 1961
Danny Thomas ...  Himself 1 episode, 1961
Paul Tripp Paul Tripp 1 episode, 1961
Harry S. Truman ...  Himself 1 episode, 1961
Jayne Turner Jayne Turner ...  Herself 1 episode, 1961
Monique van Vooren ...  Krys 1 episode, 1961
Fred Waring ...  Himself 1 episode, 1961
Paul Weston Paul Weston ...  Himself 1 episode, 1961
John Alderman ...  Richard Thaelman 1 episode, 1962
E.J. André ...  Father Jose 1 episode, 1962
Ina Balin ...  Drusilla 1 episode, 1962
John Baragrey ...  Judge Advocate 1 episode, 1962
Richard Basehart ...  Narrator 1 episode, 1962
Neville Brand ...  Sergeant 1 episode, 1962
Burt Brinckerhoff Burt Brinckerhoff ...  Carl Richter 1 episode, 1962
Richard Brooks ...  Himself 1 episode, 1962
Robert Burr Robert Burr ...  Police Commissioner Stryker 1 episode, 1962
Alan Casley Alan Casley ...  Policeman 1 episode, 1962
Oleg Cassini ...  Himself 1 episode, 1962
Walter Chadwick Walter Chadwick ...  Himself 1 episode, 1962
Lonny Chapman ...  Seaman Cromwell 1 episode, 1962
Madeleine Christie Madeleine Christie ...  Mrs. Law 1 episode, 1962
Julian Claman Julian Claman ...  Himself - Narrator 1 episode, 1962
Anita Colby ...  Herself 1 episode, 1962
Miriam Colon ...  Marina 1 episode, 1962
Richard Conte ...  Captain 1 episode, 1962
Eugene Corcoran Eugene Corcoran ...  Himself 1 episode, 1962
Staats Cotsworth Staats Cotsworth ...  Commandant Matthew Wayde 1 episode, 1962
Norma Crane ...  Anne Allen 1 episode, 1962
Robert Cummings ...  Alabama 1 episode, 1962
Thayer David ...  Gerald Wolters 1 episode, 1962
Ruby Dee ...  Herself 1 episode, 1962
Keir Dullea ...  Lieutenant 1 episode, 1962
Archie Duncan Archie Duncan ...  Reverend Law 1 episode, 1962
Jimmy Durante ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1961-1962
George Duvivier George Duvivier ...  Himself - musician 1 episode, 1962
Richard Eastman Richard Eastman ...  Great Elder 1 episode, 1962
Hugh Evans Hugh Evans ...  Malcolm Hodden 1 episode, 1962
Douglas Fairbanks Jr. ...  Hans Harben 1 episode, 1962
John Farragher John Farragher ...  Himself 1 episode, 1962
Ronald Fraser ...  Dr. James Mathers 1 episode, 1962
Zsa Zsa Gabor ...  Herself 1 episode, 1962
Patrick Gallagher ...  Kid Sailor 1 episode, 1962
Greer Garson ...  Juliette Harben 1 episode, 1962
Gerry Mulligan Quartet Gerry Mulligan Quartet ...  Themselves 1 episode, 1962
Alice Ghostley ...  Herself 1 episode, 1962
Jennifer Gillespie Jennifer Gillespie ...  Lolita 1 episode, 1962
Hermione Gingold ...  Herself - Co-Host 1 episode, 1962
Lillian Gish ...  Herself 1 episode, 1962
The Great Wallendas The Great Wallendas ...  Themselves 1 episode, 1962
Philippe Halsman Philippe Halsman ...  Himself 1 episode, 1962
Paula Hayden Paula Hayden ...  Herself 1 episode, 1962
Peter Lind Hayes ...  Himself - Host 1 episode, 1962
Edith Head ...  Herself 1 episode, 1962
Betty Henderson Betty Henderson ...  Mrs. Maclaren 1 episode, 1962
James Hurst James Hurst ...  Himself 1 episode, 1962
Eugene Iglesias ...  Pedro 1 episode, 1962
Lester James Lester James ...  Himself 1 episode, 1962
Osie Johnson Osie Johnson ...  Himself - musician 1 episode, 1962
Emmett Kelly ...  Narrator 1 episode, 1962
Moultrie Kelsall ...  Dr. Usher 1 episode, 1962
Alexander King Alexander King ...  Himself 1 episode, 1962
Robert Lansing ...  Sgt. Mooney 1 episode, 1962
Robert Loggia ...  Kiki 1 episode, 1962
Elizabeth MacLennan Elizabeth MacLennan ...  Jean Law 1 episode, 1962
Nancy Marchand ...  Edna Rawley 1 episode, 1962
Arnold Marlé Arnold Marlé ...  Art Critic 1 episode, 1962
Lee Marvin ...  Juan de Nuñez 1 episode, 1962
Murray Matheson ...  Commissioner Thompson 1 episode, 1962
Frank McHugh ...  The Hub Tub Kid 1 episode, 1962
William McMahon William McMahon ...  Himself 1 episode, 1962
Sal Mineo ...  Coke 1 episode, 1962
Vincente Minnelli ...  Himself 1 episode, 1962
Martin Mulder Martin Mulder ...  Himself 1 episode, 1962
Ken Murray ...  Narrator 1 episode, 1962
Lois Nettleton ...  Jennifer Graham 1 episode, 1962
La Norma La Norma ...  Herself 1 episode, 1962
Margaret O'Brien ...  Elsa Thaelman 1 episode, 1962
Frank Olegario ...  Dr. Chatterjee 1 episode, 1962
Cliff Osmond ...  Frank Bruno 1 episode, 1962
Katherine Anne Porter Katherine Anne Porter ...  Herself 1 episode, 1962
Cyril Ritchard ...  Himself - Host / ... 1 episode, 1962
Edward G. Robinson ...  Narrator 2 episodes, 1961-1962
Eileen Rodgers Eileen Rodgers ...  Herself 1 episode, 1962
Gaby Rodgers ...  Marie Maasdijk 1 episode, 1962
Fred J. Scollay Fred J. Scollay ...  Prosecuting Attorney 1 episode, 1962
Richard Shepard Richard Shepard ...  Captain 1 episode, 1962
Everett Sloane ...  Private 1 episode, 1962
John Smolko John Smolko ...  Himself 1 episode, 1962
Maureen Stapleton ...  Professor Gretchen Anna Thaelman 1 episode, 1962
Rod Taylor ...  Robert Shannon 1 episode, 1962
Harry Townes ...  Mr. Allen 1 episode, 1962
Robert Walker Jr. ...  Cadet Philip Cantrell 1 episode, 1962
Wally Westmore Wally Westmore ...  Himself 1 episode, 1962
Kathleen Widdoes Kathleen Widdoes ...  Kathy Allen 1 episode, 1962
Blanche Yurka 1 episode, 1962
Eddie Albert ...  Frank Foster 1 episode, 1963
Robert Alda ...  Ben Caulder 1 episode, 1963
C.K. Alexander C.K. Alexander ...  Himself 1 episode, 1963
Frieda Altman Frieda Altman 1 episode, 1963
Jeanne Richey Amacker Jeanne Richey Amacker ...  Herself 1 episode, 1963
Joseph Andrews Joseph Andrews ...  Himself 1 episode, 1963
Joseph Anthony Joseph Anthony ...  Himself 1 episode, 1963
Jeri Archer Jeri Archer ...  Mrs. Webster 1 episode, 1963
Lauren Bacall ...  Lorraine Boswell 1 episode, 1963
Thomas Barbour Thomas Barbour ...  O.O. Peck 1 episode, 1963
Leslie Barnett Leslie Barnett ...  Himself 1 episode, 1963
Nancy Barrett ...  Inga 1 episode, 1963
Ed Begley ...  John Moore 1 episode, 1963
Harry Bell Harry Bell ...  Himself 1 episode, 1963
Shelley Berman ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1961-1963
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17 September 1961 (USA) See more »

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Narrator: Why, they even say that old Ben Franklin wasn't allowed to write the Declaration of Independence for fear he'd put a joke in it.
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An Interesting Example of the Anthology Series of the 1950s and Early 1960s
17 November 2005 | by theowinthropSee all my reviews

It is really rare when a middle aged man can recall what he was doing nearly half a century earlier on a particular day when he was only 6. On September 17, 1961 my family went (it was a Sunday) upstate to West Point, where we visited the military academy and museum. When we returned that night to Queens, I was anxious that we get home by a certain time - I wanted to see a new program. It was THE DUPONT SHOW OF THE WEEK, a new anthology series. And the first episode was a history of American humor, with a narration by George Burns. I recall some parts of it - there was a silent film clip of Weber and Fields among other bits (not, interestingly enough, their verbal scene in "Lilian Russell"). Whether Burns wrote his narration I can't tell. Probably not, but his delivery was perfect. I keep wondering if the show's impact was really big, because a few years later there was a kind of reference to it on the original "Dick Van Dyke Show" when Rob Petrie gets involved with a television special about American humor. I remember that the old tune "Pony Boy" was used as background music - especially when showing Will Rogers. The episode was rerun in the summer of 1962.

I don't remember if my family watched the show consistently. Probably not. But looking at the casts of the show I can't avoid noting how many great stars appeared (some close to the end of their lives) on it. Claude Rains, Franchot Tone, Brian Donleavy, Greer Garson, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. all appeared in episodes. How good these were I can't recall, because I don't remember watching them all.

A few stand in my mind. It was the age of "Car 54 Where Are You?", and I watched (June 24, 1962) Fred Gwynne and Joe E. Ross (with Jayne Meadows) in a one hour version of George M. Cohan's comedy SEVEN KEYS TO BALDPATE. I know I thought it was amusing, but I only recall Ross as a crooked (and dumb) police chief, planning to run off with stolen money to Montreal (and asking a surprised Gwynne how to spell Montreal). My memories of two other comedies is stronger.

JEREMY RABBIT, THE SECRET AVENGER (April 5, 1965) was a play about Mr. Rabbit, a foe of the crime syndicate, who goes after it's leaders (Jim Bacchus, Brian Donleavy, Walter Matthau, and Carolyn Jones), who have been stonewalling a government investigation (like the Kefauver hearings) under Franchot Tone. Each of these criminals has a weakness. Donleavy (known as "Cheese") has the world's most perfect dentures, which he takes thoroughly good care of. He's electrocuted with his new electric tooth brush. Matthau, a golf enthusiast, is blown up by an exploding golf ball. Jones, a vain mob moll (a la Virginia Hill) is having a mud pack which turns out to be not mud but quick drying cement. Bacchus, a hypochondriac, is poisoned (with his bodyguard) at the conclusion. Each time Rabbit (Frank Gorshin) is the killer - using one of his disguises. In the conclusion he is assisted by his next door neighbor who loves him (Jennifer West).

The last one I recall was THE MISSING BANK OF RUPERT X. HUMPERDINK, with Gerald Hiken and John McGiver. McGiver is having business and wife problems. But he has a way out. Years before, when on a toot, he put a huge of money in a bank in a small Midwestern town under an assumed name. Problem is he can't recall, although he knows the town, the name he used. It turns out to be Rupert X. Humperdink, but the account (lying dormant and growing over the years with interest) has been used by Hiken, a bank employee, as a source for cash that is needed by poor people in the town. McGiver's arrival in the town is the signal for problems for Hiken (but will McGiver manage to get the remnant of the cash before his wife, Meg Myles, shows up - or before the IRS shows up?).

As you can see the show was a grab bag, and (perhaps if seen today) would not be as good as my youthful memories suggest. But it has to have some reasonably interesting moments in it's different episodes. Certainly the first one about American Comedy, or the one on March 18, 1962 (narrated by Edward G. Robinson) about criminals in the 1920s and 1930s, might be worth another look. Perhaps these episodes still exist somewhere. If so, maybe it is time to release them again.


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