Saturday in the 50s

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Saturday in the 50s

It was the age of the atom, and the dawn of Saturday morning as the original Baby Boomers tuned in to see Howdy Doody, Mighty Mouse Playhouse, and Kukla, Fran and Ollie.

Adventures in Numbers and Space
The Adventures of Cyclone Malone
The Adventures of Kit Carson
The Adventures of Pow Wow
The Adventures of Rin-Tin-Tin
The Adventures of Robin Hood
The Adventures of Superman
American Bandstand
Andy’s Gang
Annie Oakley
The Big Top
The Boing Boing Show
Bozo the Clown
Buck Rogers in the 25th Century
The Bullwinkle Show
Captain Gallant of the Foreign Legion
Captain Kangaroo
Captain Midnight
Captain Video
Captain Z-Ro
The Children’s Corner
Choose Up Sides
Circus Boy
Clutch Cargo
Colonel Bleep
Commando Cody
Crusader Rabbit
Ding Dong School
Farmer Al Falfa And His Terrytoons Pals
Funny Boners
The Gabby Hayes Show
The Gene Autry Show
The Gumby Show
Heckle and Jeckle
Hopalong Cassidy
Howdy Doody
Huckleberry Hound
Johnny Jupiter
Kukla, Fran and Ollie
The Little Rascals
The Lone Ranger (50’s)
Lucky Pup
M The Magic Cottage
The Mickey Mouse Club
Mighty Mouse Playhouse
Mr. I. Magination
The Paul Winchell and Jerry Mahoney Show
The Pinky Lee Show
Q Quick Draw McGraw
Quiz Kids
Ramar of the Jungle
Rocky and His Friends
Rocky Jones, Space Ranger
Romper Room
Rootie Kazootie
The Roy Rogers Show
Ruff and Reddy
The Sandy Becker Show
Sergeant Preston of the Yukon
Sheena, Queen of the Jungle
Sky King
Smilin’ Ed McConnell and His Buster Brown Gang (Andy’s Gang)
The Soupy Sales Show
Space Patrol
Spunky and Tadpole
Super Circus
Susan’s Show
Time For Beany
Tom Corbett, Space Cadet
Tom Terrific
Watch Mr. Wizard
The Whistling Wizard
Winky Dink and You
The Woody Woodpecker Show
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  1. Sadly,Another well known tv personality has left us.Radio/tv host and producer Dick Clark the second and best remembered mc of ABC TV’s”American Bandstand!”died today at his Southern,Cal. home. He was 82 and in failing health. He began his career as a western radio DJ in Utica,New York during his collage days..before he moved to Philadelphia,Pa. where he hosted numerious radio programs..before he mc’d the radio version of”Bandstand” on WFIL Radio. When The first host of the tv version of”Bandstand”:Bob Horn left the series..Mr.Clark took over the program and he mc’d the series for 31 years. He also hosted”Dick Clark’s Saturday Night Beachnut Show”on ABC TV from “The Little Theater”(now known as The New Helen Hayes Theater)on NYC Times Sq. briefly in 1959/1960.

    He went to host game shows like”The Object Is”,”The $10,000 Pyramid”,”The Krpton Factor” and he also hosted “The TV Blooper Specials”..which later evolved into”Dick Clark’s TV Bloopers and Practical Jokes” with former “Tonight Show”annoucer:Ed McMahon. Clark also mc’d two variety series”Dick Clark’s Live Wednesday”for NBC TV in the late 1970’s and “Dick Clark Live”on CBS TV in the 1980’s.

    He tried to revive “American Bandstand”first in national syndication in 1987..and later on The USA Cable TV Network in 1989..with a new host:David Hirsch..neither version of the series was successful and the program was finally cancelled in 1989.

    Clark also acted in two movies”Because They’re Young”with Michael Callan and James Darren and”The Young Doctors”with Fredric March,Ben Garzzara and Eddie Albert.And he played himself
    in”A Dream Is A Wish That Your Heart Makes”..a tv movie bio based upon Ms.Annette Funicello’s memoirs.

    He also produced many tv shows,specials and for a time..he was the director of”The United Cerbrial Palsy Weekend With The Stars Telethons”.

    Clark also found the time to write his memoirs”Rock,Roll And Remember”and he was profiled in some books about the history of “American Bandstand”.

    He was inducted into”The TV Hall Of Fame”and”The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame”..he also was honored by The Prime Time and Daytime Emmy Awards.

    His last regular tv series was”The Other Half” a daytime talk show..which he co-hosted with Mario Lopez and Danny Bonaduce for NBC TV.

    He was also the mc of “ABC TV’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve!”Tv specials for many years..his final public appearance was on the 2011/2012 edition of the show with Mr.Ryan Seacrest.

    • Kevin, I have a question I think you can answer. I was born in 1955 Brooklyn, NY and remember a kid’s show where the man stood behind a counter and I think he had a closet behind him. But what sticks in my head was that he had a room on his left that had a very large cardboard box that was big enough to have a man inside. He would get things from this box like if it was a soda machine that were in movie theaters at that time. Do you know what the show was. Someone suggested it was Johnny Jellybean. Can you help? Joe

      • Dear Joe,I don’t know of any kids tv show in NYC that used a box that could dispense items from the same manner as a vending machine? I’m sorry..I wished that I could be of more help to you.

  2. I found out that Mr.Clark didn’t die at his home..he actually passed away at St.Joesph’s Hospital in Burbank,Cal. My Apologies to the users of this site for any misinformation that I’ve submitted here.

  3. Question: I’ve got this nagging thought that there was some kind of character called the (something like this) Oogle Loogle Bird. Does anyone remember this?
    Thanks folks.

  4. Sadly..Gus(Cosmo)Allegretti..the head puppeteer and comedy assistant on “Captain Kangaroo”,”Mr.Mayor” and”Wake Up”passed away last month at his home in Az. He was 86 years old.

  5. I have been looking for a cartoon character that was known as Toodles the turtle. He was a turtle who was sent back in time by another older turtle that was a wizard. The Wizard would bring him back by saying….dreasle, drazzell, driazzel, drumn, time for this one to come home.

    • That was Tudor Turtle (or sometimes Tooter), who was sent back for information about events/people so they were sure to have it correct in history, or learn to how to do/fix something correctly.

      • “Tudor Turtle”didn’t go back in time for info about event and how to correct them..He went to see”Mr.Wizard The Lizard”to have his wishes fulfilled..but..they didn’t always work out the way that he wanted them to..and he would call to”Mr.Wizard”to help send him back.

  6. I’ve added a photo of Mr.Gene Rayburn leading the in a game on Goodson & Toddman’s only venture in creating and producing a kids tv game show:”Choose Up Sides!”for the NBC TV Network..I hope that you can add this photo to “The Choose Up Sides”page of your

  7. They left out the shows where the natives were always running thru the jungle in Africa being chased or chasing others. And I can’t remember the name of the show, but it’s not in the list. Not in the list of the 60’s Saturday morning shows either. Makes me wonder……

  8. I new version of “Wonderama”is now on syndicated’s taped before a studio audience of kids and the new host is singer:David Osmond of the Osmond Family..the show is seen on saturday evenings on WPIX TV Ch.11 in NYC.

  9. A new version of “Wonderama”is now on syndicated’s taped before a studio audience of kids and the new host is singer:David Osmond of the Osmond Family..the show is seen on saturday evenings on WPIX TV Ch.11 in NYC.

  10. I remember an elderly man who hosted the Popeye show who was the Captain before Jack McCarthy. When the old man missed a show, McCarthy hosted it as the First Mate. He came out dressed in a short-sleeved, striped shirt with a bandana around his neck. Eventually, he became Captain Jack McCarthy, replacing the old man as host of the show. Does anyone remember this?

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