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  1. dontpanicbobby

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    With the cheesiest set possible (walls and pictures on the wall rattle when a door is slammed) these shows could pull you in regardless of being in Black and White.
     

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    Considering how sparse TV budgets were in those early days they are lucky the walls weren't simply a sheet over a frame. ;)


    One of these days, Alice!! :D
     
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    I was thinking Perry Mason but The Honeymooners will do. Quality television. :)
     
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    For those early days I think the most sturdy sets were built for the panel/game shows, like "To Tell The Truth," "What's My Line," etc. Part of the reason might be that the panelists were mostly very well known and loved by at least the American public, so they didn't want to cheap out on their environment. Or risk a faux-wall falling on them. ;)
     
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    Rod Serling did not tolerate anything shody for the Twilight Zone.
     
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    True, though TZ was *seriously* late 50s TV, and there was more money available by that time. Still pennies by today's standards, of course, but multiples of what had been available just a few years previous.
     
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    Early '50s shows, like I Love Lucy, certainly didn't suffer from cheap sets. Comparing their apartments to the Kramdens' is like night and day! :eek:
     
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    Bang...ZOOM!!
     
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    Can it core a apple?
     
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    Yes, it can core a apple.

    Another one of Ralph's get-rich-quick schemes! :rolleyes:
     
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    I didn't think anyone would get that! Here's another one off the top of my head:

    SHE'S A BLABBERMOUTH! A BLABBERMOOOOOOOOOOOOUTH!
     
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    I was all caught up in The Untouchables and well remember lobbying long and hard weekly to win the opportunity to stay up past 9 PM to watch the program. Alfred Hitchcock Presents and Twilight Zone did more than control my horizontal and vertical too. Another show, but short lived was Alcoa Presents. Everyone watched Gunsmoke and Death Valley Days.
     
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    Ha ha, I love it. :D

    It's one of the best Honeymooners episodes for cheap sets!
    Hmmmm... I'm not placing it. There are SO MANY possibilities... :thinking:
     
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    [QUOTE="MoodyBlues, post: 7888057, member: 409292"

    Hmmmm... I'm not placing it. There are SO MANY possibilities... :thinking:[/QUOTE]

    Ralph gets really aggravated about his mother-in-law, who really rides him hard. He means to apologize on recording to Alice but gets carried away and calls her a blabbermouth.
     
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    Got it! :D
     
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    That was "The Outer Limtits" @olbriar
     
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    I was close. :)
     
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    Just needed "M appeal" but it wasn't that decades innovation anyway @olbriar.
     
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    We didn't have a TV until the late fifties. It was quite the entertainment source. I won my first bicycle from a locally hosted cartoon programming show. TV not only entertained but opened my eyes to a world that I had never imagined existed.
     
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    It wasn't Bozo was it?
    You seem more Howdy Doody to me @olbriar
     
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    My husband, who is seven years older than me, remembers getting their first TV in the '50s. It was a big deal! Families would gather around their set, wait for it to warm up, its picture would appear, and they'd all happily watch the same show. Together. Nightly.

    I remember my grandmother having a remote control for her circa 1960 TV set. It had two horizontal buttons, one for changing channels and one for adjusting the volume. You'd press down on their left or right ends to make them work.

    One day I turned the volume WAY UP, as in blasting, and got so upset and scared, I couldn't figure out how to turn it down. My mother and grandmother came running from the back of the house...
    That must have been amazing!
    Same here. Much of it was awesome, but the nightly news, day after day, brought horrifying images of Vietnam to my living room. That did something to me. :(
     
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    Can it "Core A Apple?" Famous!!!!

     
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