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Series cast summary:
...  Narrator / ... 8 episodes, 1962-1964
Frank McGee ...  Narrator / ... 5 episodes, 1963-1964
...  Gerald Q. Wert / ... 3 episodes, 1962-1964
...  Narrator / ... 3 episodes, 1962-1963
...  Defense Counsel / ... 3 episodes, 1962-1963
...  Billy Noonan / ... 3 episodes, 1962-1963
...  Muller / ... 3 episodes, 1962-1963
...  Albert / ... 3 episodes, 1963-1964
...  C.P. Ballinger / ... 2 episodes, 1962-1964
...  Jackie / ... 2 episodes, 1962-1963
...  Ambassador Marshall / ... 2 episodes, 1961-1964
...  Herself 2 episodes, 1961-1962
Dorothy Loudon ...  Herself 2 episodes, 1961-1962
...  Constance / ... 2 episodes, 1961-1962
Danny Meehan ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1961-1962
...  Struycken / ... 2 episodes, 1961
...  Collucci / ... 2 episodes, 1962-1964
...  Colin Ryan / ... 2 episodes, 1962-1964
...  Davies / ... 2 episodes, 1962-1964
...  Inspector / ... 2 episodes, 1962-1964
...  O'Connell / ... 2 episodes, 1962-1963
...  Baron van der Zost / ... 2 episodes, 1962-1963
...  Carter / ... 2 episodes, 1962-1963
...  Vanderkamp 2 episodes, 1962
...  Commander Jason Vanning / ... 2 episodes, 1962
...  Clerk 2 episodes, 1962
...  James Cavanaugh 2 episodes, 1962
...  Lou Pugliese 2 episodes, 1962
...  William 'Whitey' Johnson 2 episodes, 1962
Gerald Price ...  Eugene 'Gino' Carbonne 2 episodes, 1962
...  Crazy Horse Kid / ... 2 episodes, 1962
...  Boyd / ... 2 episodes, 1963-1964
Gerald Hiken ...  Lionel Baker / ... 2 episodes, 1963-1964
...  Mary 1 episode, 1962
...  Otto Habershaw 1 episode, 1962
...  Henry Drummond 1 episode, 1962
...  Wally Buford 1 episode, 1962
...  Dennis Wilcox 1 episode, 1962
James Berwick ...  Sam 1 episode, 1962
William Hansen ...  Doctor Scully 1 episode, 1962
Allen Collins ...  Jason Crawford 1 episode, 1962
Keith Carsey ...  Pete 1 episode, 1962
Paul Sparer ...  Coach Driver 1 episode, 1962
...  Herself 1 episode, 1961
Henry 'Red' Allen ...  Himself 1 episode, 1961
Harold Arlen ...  Himself 1 episode, 1961
Lil Armstrong ...  Herself 1 episode, 1961
Buster Bailey ...  Himself 1 episode, 1961
La Vern Baker ...  Herself 1 episode, 1961
...  Herself 1 episode, 1961
...  Himself 1 episode, 1961
...  Himself 2 episodes, 1961
...  Himself 1 episode, 1961
...  Himself 1 episode, 1961
...  Narrator 1 episode, 1961
...  Himself - Narrator 1 episode, 1961
...  Himself 1 episode, 1961
...  Herself - Hostess 1 episode, 1961
...  Narrator 2 episodes, 1961
...  Himself 1 episode, 1961
Blossom Dearie ...  Herself 1 episode, 1961
...  Himself 2 episodes, 1961-1962
...  Themselves 1 episode, 1961
Bud Freeman ...  Himself 1 episode, 1961
...  DiLuca 1 episode, 1961
...  Herself 1 episode, 1961
Rube Goldberg ...  Himself 1 episode, 1961
...  Herself 1 episode, 1961
...  Himself 1 episode, 1961
Johnny Guarnieri ...  Himself 1 episode, 1961
Bob Haggart ...  Himself 1 episode, 1961
...  Himself 1 episode, 1961
...  Osborne 1 episode, 1961
...  Himself - Bandleader 1 episode, 1961
...  Himself 2 episodes, 1961
...  Herself 1 episode, 1961
Chet Huntley ...  Himself - Narrator 1 episode, 1961
Jack Irwin ...  Himself 1 episode, 1961
...  Himself 1 episode, 1961
Randy Kraft ...  Carlin 1 episode, 1961
...  Himself 1 episode, 1961
...  Herself 1 episode, 1961
...  Himself 1 episode, 1961
...  Herself 1 episode, 1961
1 episode, 1961
Jerry Lester ...  Janusz 1 episode, 1961
Meade 'Lux' Lewis ...  Himself 1 episode, 1961
...  Major Ludwig Gesner 1 episode, 1961
Marilyn Lovell ...  Herself 1 episode, 1961
...  Himself - Narrator 2 episodes, 1961
...  Himself 2 episodes, 1961
...  Herself 1 episode, 1961
Jimmy McPartland ...  Himself 1 episode, 1961
...  Himself 1 episode, 1961
Garry Moore ...  Himself, Narrator 1 episode, 1961
...  Herself 1 episode, 1961
The Paterson New Jersey East High School Marching Band ...  Themselves 1 episode, 1961
...  Himself 1 episode, 1961
...  Herself 1 episode, 1961
...  Lukas 1 episode, 1961
Pee Wee Russell ...  Himself 1 episode, 1961
...  Herself 1 episode, 1961
Sandy Smith 1 episode, 1961
Joanie Sommers ...  Herself 1 episode, 1961
...  Cab Driver 1 episode, 1961
Enzo Stuarti ...  Girard 1 episode, 1961
John William Sublett ...  Himself 1 episode, 1961
...  Himself 1 episode, 1961
...  Himself 1 episode, 1961
Paul Tripp 1 episode, 1961
...  Himself 1 episode, 1961
Jayne Turner ...  Herself 1 episode, 1961
...  Krys 1 episode, 1961
...  Himself 1 episode, 1961
Paul Weston ...  Himself 1 episode, 1961
...  Richard Thaelman 1 episode, 1962
...  Father Jose 1 episode, 1962
...  Drusilla 1 episode, 1962
...  Judge Advocate 1 episode, 1962
...  Narrator 1 episode, 1962
...  Sergeant 1 episode, 1962
Burt Brinckerhoff ...  Carl Richter 1 episode, 1962
...  Himself 1 episode, 1962
Robert Burr ...  Police Commissioner Stryker 1 episode, 1962
Alan Casley ...  Policeman 1 episode, 1962
...  Himself 1 episode, 1962
Walter Chadwick ...  Himself 1 episode, 1962
...  Seaman Cromwell 1 episode, 1962
Madeleine Christie ...  Mrs. Law 1 episode, 1962
Julian Claman ...  Himself - Narrator 1 episode, 1962
...  Herself 1 episode, 1962
...  Marina 1 episode, 1962
...  Captain 1 episode, 1962
Eugene Corcoran ...  Himself 1 episode, 1962
Staats Cotsworth ...  Commandant Matthew Wayde 1 episode, 1962
...  Anne Allen 1 episode, 1962
...  Alabama 1 episode, 1962
...  Gerald Wolters 1 episode, 1962
...  Herself 1 episode, 1962
...  Lieutenant 1 episode, 1962
Archie Duncan ...  Reverend Law 1 episode, 1962
...  Himself 2 episodes, 1961-1962
George Duvivier ...  Himself - musician 1 episode, 1962
Richard Eastman ...  Great Elder 1 episode, 1962
Hugh Evans ...  Malcolm Hodden 1 episode, 1962
...  Hans Harben 1 episode, 1962
John Farragher ...  Himself 1 episode, 1962
Parker Fennelly 1 episode, 1962
...  Dr. James Mathers 1 episode, 1962
...  Herself 1 episode, 1962
...  Juliette Harben 1 episode, 1962
Gerry Mulligan Quartet ...  Themselves 1 episode, 1962
...  Herself 1 episode, 1962
Jennifer Gillespie ...  Lolita 1 episode, 1962
...  Herself - Co-Host 1 episode, 1962
...  Herself 1 episode, 1962
1 episode, 1962
The Great Wallendas ...  Themselves 1 episode, 1962
...  William Hallowell Magee 1 episode, 1962
Philippe Halsman ...  Himself 1 episode, 1962
Paula Hayden ...  Herself 1 episode, 1962
...  Himself - Host 1 episode, 1962
...  Herself 1 episode, 1962
Betty Henderson ...  Mrs. Maclaren 1 episode, 1962
James Hurst ...  Himself 1 episode, 1962
...  Pedro 1 episode, 1962
Lester James ...  Himself 1 episode, 1962
Osie Johnson ...  Himself - musician 1 episode, 1962
...  Narrator 1 episode, 1962
...  Dr. Usher 1 episode, 1962
Alexander King ...  Himself 1 episode, 1962
...  Sgt. Mooney 1 episode, 1962
...  Kiki 1 episode, 1962
Elizabeth MacLennan ...  Jean Law 1 episode, 1962
...  Edna Rawley 1 episode, 1962
Arnold Marlé ...  Art Critic 1 episode, 1962
Mort Marshall 1 episode, 1962
...  Juan de Nuñez 1 episode, 1962
...  Commissioner Thompson 1 episode, 1962
...  The Hub Tub Kid 1 episode, 1962
William McMahon ...  Himself 1 episode, 1962
...  Myra 1 episode, 1962
...  Coke 1 episode, 1962
...  Himself 1 episode, 1962
Martin Mulder ...  Himself 1 episode, 1962
...  Narrator 1 episode, 1962
...  Jennifer Graham 1 episode, 1962
La Norma ...  Herself 1 episode, 1962
...  Elsa Thaelman 1 episode, 1962
...  Dr. Chatterjee 1 episode, 1962
...  Frank Bruno 1 episode, 1962
Katherine Anne Porter ...  Herself 1 episode, 1962
...  Himself - Host / ... 1 episode, 1962
...  Narrator 2 episodes, 1961-1962
Eileen Rodgers ...  Herself 1 episode, 1962
...  Marie Maasdijk 1 episode, 1962
...  Chief Kennedy 1 episode, 1962
Fred J. Scollay ...  Prosecuting Attorney 1 episode, 1962
Richard Shepard ...  Captain 1 episode, 1962
...  Private 1 episode, 1962
Loring Smith 1 episode, 1962
John Smolko ...  Himself 1 episode, 1962
Pat Stanley ...  Mary 1 episode, 1962
...  Professor Gretchen Anna Thaelman 1 episode, 1962
...  Robert Shannon 1 episode, 1962
...  Mr. Allen 1 episode, 1962
...  Cadet Philip Cantrell 1 episode, 1962
Wally Westmore ...  Himself 1 episode, 1962
Kathleen Widdoes ...  Kathy Allen 1 episode, 1962
1 episode, 1962
...  Frank Foster 1 episode, 1963
...  Ben Caulder 1 episode, 1963
C.K. Alexander ...  Himself 1 episode, 1963
Frieda Altman 1 episode, 1963
Jeanne Richey Amacker ...  Herself 1 episode, 1963
Joseph Andrews ...  Himself 1 episode, 1963
Joseph Anthony ...  Himself 1 episode, 1963
Jeri Archer ...  Mrs. Webster 1 episode, 1963
...  Lorraine Boswell 1 episode, 1963
Thomas Barbour ...  O.O. Peck 1 episode, 1963
Leslie Barnett ...  Himself 1 episode, 1963
...  Inga 1 episode, 1963
...  John Moore 1 episode, 1963
Harry Bell ...  Himself 1 episode, 1963
...  Himself 2 episodes, 1961-1963
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[from opening monologue in Episode 1.1]
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 See 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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