It has been another great week in the world of rare television footage on the internet.
Your Hit Parade with The Raymond Scott Quintet - Usually the domain of safe crooning and other forms of sanitized pop music, this 1955 episode of Your Hit Parade has WFMU favorite Raymond Scott performing his most famous composition, the unforgettable Powerhouse. Scott's wife was one of the regulars on the show.
Search For Tomorrow with Don Knotts - You've probably figured out by now that I'm a bit Don nuts. Even the worst piece of crud is made worthwhile with Furley on the screen. So this find was a serious treat. It's Don Knotts' very first television appearance. He has zero lines and has been cast in a dramatic role. He plays a convalescent in this soap opera, and even though he is supposed to be on death's door, it's hard not to laugh.
The Mike Douglas Show with co-host Bobby Darin - Mike Douglas regularly employed the novelty of a week-long celebrity co-host in the nineteen seventies, the most famous being the stint with John & Yoko. It's a concept that could inject a lot of life into the talk shows of today (Kimmel has done it a few times with Zach Galifianakis by his side). Somebody was swell enough to post a week's worth of these shows done with Bobby Darin. Guests over the course of the week include Little Richard, Rex Reed, Peter Lawford and a pair of Baltimore housewives representing the Maryland film censor. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.
Jeopardy with Mel Brooks - Art Flemming's producers were pretty cheeky when they planned for their 2000th episode of Jeopardy in 1973. For their milestone they brought on the 2000 year old man, Mel Brooks. Check out the full half-hour of what is a fascinating time capsule.
Playboy After Dark with guest Mort Sahl - For some reason old Mort Sahl appearances are few and far between on the internet, despite his vast cult following and his regular appearances on The Tonight Show, The Ed Sullivan Show and What's My Line? Here's one that made its way onto my computer last night, although it isn't exactly his best.
More Goodies of Bygone TV:
Dick Van Dyke Show Outtake Reel
M*A*S*H Outtake Reel
Senor Wences and Richard Pryor on The Ed Sullivan Show
Forty episodes of Car 54 Where Are You?
The Tonight Show Hosted by Jerry Lewis
Ten Minutes of the 1967 Steve Allen Show
Early Eighties Christian Ventriloquism takes on Pornography