Many of us Baby Boomers will refer to our love for television
because we were part of the generation that had [for the first
time] Gilligan’s Island, Green Acres, Bewitched, Route 66,
I Dream of Jeannie, The Munsters, The Addams Family, The
Monkees, Petticoat Junction, The Beverly Hillbillies, Star Trek,
Lost in Space, The Time Tunnel The Green Hornet and Batman.
Now you can see most of these on syndication on many channels.
I personally also loved the variety shows, such as, The Red Skelton
Hour, The Dean Martin Show, The Andy Williams Show, The Glen
Campbell Goodtime Hour, The Flip Wilson Show, Laugh In, The
Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour and so many more. They all had
great comedy, dancing and music.
NBC began showing recently released theatrical movies in the early
60s with their series called Saturday Night at the Movies. The other
two networks quickly followed suit and had their own “Night at
Some of the movies I remember watching were Cheaper By
The Dozen, With A Song in My Heart, The Day the Earth
Stood Still, Beneath the 12 Mile Reef, The Seven Year Itch,
The Diary of Anne Frank, A Man Called Peter, and others.
For a more complete list of movies that NBC aired for
Saturday Night at the Movies check out Wikipedia.
I remember vividly watching Susan Hayward sing to Robert
Wagner in “With A Song in My Heart.” [1952, IMDB]
My sister was off someplace for FHA [Future Homemakers
of America] and Mom & I were watching this movie together.
I got real emotional thinking about my sister and hoping
she wasn’t late because of a car crash [Ms Hayward’s character was crippled due to a plane crash]. I cried a bit. Hey, I was only 8.
As I continue with more podcasts in the future I will be sharing my memories of
my favorite films and actors. like Cary Grant, William Powell, Myrna Loy,
Humphrey Bogart and so many more. It’s going to be fun.