What Movie Stars Have You Watched on Vintage TV Recently?

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What Movie Stars Have You Watched on Vintage TV Recently?

PostTue Aug 22, 2017 12:00 pm

Been meaning to start a thread here on this subject for awhile, similar to the "recent views" of silent and talkies - which classic movie stars have you watched on vintage tv shows recently? Can be of course over tv broadcast, internet, dvds, etc.

The Decades channel is available in a city about 90 minutes away from me, I can pull it in most nights but not always and often not a whole show which can make for frustrated viewing. But I've see some great stuff recently on it, notably several LAUGH IN episodes, a number of which feature movie legends in not only cameos as featured guest star. I watched this show is a as a kid and of course most of the racy jokes went over my head at the time (I'm not sure that would necessarily be the case today with today's eight or nine year olds). I was delighted to see Rita Hayworth's episode in which she made multiple appearances cracking wise ("Back in 1951 you couldn't say the word 'virgin' in films; in today's movies you can't find one") and even singing with the femme cast with everybody decked out as Sadie Thompson (earthier than Hayworth's original characterization to be sure). She also had some good quips in a running sketch as a caustic nurse and had a fun sketch with Lily Tomlin in her "tasteful lady" character" as they sipped tea daintily and bashed the uncouth broads on the show (I remember the sketch from 1971 and never knew it was with Hayworth - heck, I didn't even know who Rita was at the time and wouldn't for at least another seven years). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbNn_NkwEhQ

I've also seen everyone from Greer Garson (looking gorgeous) to Edward G. Robinson appear in the various blackout skits on the show over the last two weeks.

Also on this channel was something called "The Achievers" which apparently is a low-budget clip show from the 1990's consisting of public domain footage and trailers. An episode about Gloria Swanson (not listed on IMDb but a yahoo search pulls it up from the producers where it can be yours on dvd for a rather pricey $99) had little rare footage other than a 1936 newsreel with Gloria at the racetrack presenting trophies with Joan Crawford (Barbara Stanwyck is also briefly seen) and some short color footage of Gloria in the 1970's talking to the camera about De Mille. The episode ends with what appears to be Super 8 footage of Gloria signing copies of her autobiography in 1980. Typical production for this sort of thing although what stands out was the print quality was much better than the norm including clips from Indiscreet (probably an extended trailer) and fairly rare The Loves of Sunya.
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Re: What Movie Stars Have You Watched on Vintage TV Recently

PostTue Sep 26, 2017 10:31 pm

One of the joys of being a vintage TV buff is discovering the vintage film stars, who tend to pop up when you least expect them to.

Sometimes it's a forlorn silent star, picking up a few dollars doing a tiny role in a 1950s cheapie. Betty Blythe turns up in a Racket Squad, Creighton Hale did a Highway Patrol, etc.

Sometimes it's very much the opposite, and the star gets a real showcase. Bette Davis and Joan Crawford each did a 90-minute episode of The Virginian (not together in the same one, unfortunately!); Luise Rainer starred in an episode of Combat! of all things, with Ramon Novarro thrown in as an added attraction.

Sometimes the star looks surprisingly good, like Richard Arlen in at least a couple episodes of Lawman, and Robert Armstrong in a Cheyenne, both looking only slightly older and heavier than in their heyday.

Sometimes the star's appearance makes you gasp: Mickey Daniels had lost some teeth by the time he turned up in a 1951 You Asked For It Our Gang reunion, and Allen Jenkins had lost a few when he turned up on Adam-12 in 1971. I could swear Victory Jory was missing some in a 1959 Rawhide role. Oh, and the less said about Bette Davis' legs in her Late Night with David Letterman appearance, the better.

Sometimes you discover odd pairings, as when the elderly Snub Pollard shares a scene with the young Robert Redford on Tate in 1960, or when Jane Fonda and James Mason compete on Password in 1962.

Anyway, you get the point. If you really love the stars of vintage Hollywood.... and you don't watch vintage TV... you're missing out!
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Re: What Movie Stars Have You Watched on Vintage TV Recently

PostWed Sep 27, 2017 12:16 am

It's very hard for us in Oz to see anything old on the telly. Most of us get TV off the air from the 4 commercial networks and the two Govt. networks and they don't ever dip into the archive. Pay TV has a version of TCM but it is now playing pictures creeping up in to what I would call "fairly recently" - i.e., 1970's and '80's. Since we have had digital broadcasting, a lot of subsidiary channels of the networks have opened, and those not showing continuous advertisments, show old television shows - but nothing old enough to feature any of the "big names".

Sometimes though, we might have an opportunity to see a special such as a collection of old Sir Michael Parkinson interviews he did in London with all the old big stars, but these are proving rarer and rarer because it is the belief of the bigwigs running TV that no-one in the audience would know who all these people are now.

In one Parky interview he had Gloria Swanson and Dame Edna Everage on together. This was immortalised by Dame Edna coming out with "I never had a silent period".
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Re: What Movie Stars Have You Watched on Vintage TV Recently

PostMon Oct 02, 2017 10:58 am

I've been watching several episodes of the Alfred Hitchcock tv series and the ones starring Lillian Gish and Gloria Swanson are among the best things they ever did in the sound era. On the other hand, the Bette Davis episode was so blah I'm surprised she accepted it.

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