TV Shows – 1950s

Adventures of Long John Silver, The

1 9 5 5 (Australia) 26 x 30 minute episodes In this Australian-made series, Long John Silver, his young cabinboy pal Jim Hawkins and their ship, the Faithful, were located on the island of Porto Bello on the Spanish Main, where they worked for British Governor Strong to thwart the advance of the perfidious Spaniards in the(...)

Adventures of Noddy, The

Adventures of Noddy, The

1 9 5 5 - 1 9 5 6 (UK) 33 x 15 minute episodes                                

Adventures Of Ozzie & Harriet, The

1 9 5 2 - 1 9 6 6 (USA) 435 x 25 minute episodes This show originated on CBS Radio between 1944 and 1954, where it was originally known as The Ozzie Nelson - Harriet Hilliard Show. On the original radio show the kids were played by actors as opposed to Ozzie and Harriet's real kids(...)

Adventures of Rin-Tin-Tin, The

1 9 5 4 - 1 9 5 9 (USA) 164 x 26 minute episodes In 1954, former silent screen canine character Rin-Tin-Tin was resurrected and became the star of this weekly, half-hour children's adventure series set in the late 1880s at an army outpost 'out West'. Rin-Tin-Tin, like his silent screen ancestor, was a magnificent(...)

Adventures of Robin Hood, The

1 9 5 5 - 1 9 5 8 (UK) 143 x 26 minute episodes The Adventures Of Robin Hood was made for the American market and one of Lew Grade's first big money-spinners. Richard Greene played the title role - robbing the rich and saving the poor for 143 episodes, after which he lived in semi-retirement.(...)

Adventures of Sir Lancelot, The

1 9 5 6 - 1 9 5 7 (UK) 30 x 25 minute episodes This costume action series related the glorious exploits of King Arthur's bravest knight and Queen Guinevere's champion, Sir Lancelot du Lac (brilliantined William Russell, pictured below with a washing-up glove on his head!). In the background was King Arthur, his famous(...)

Adventures of Superman, The

1 9 5 2 - 1 9 5 8 (USA) 104 x 30 minute episodes Originally invented as an Action comic character by Ohio duo Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster in 1938, Superman was transferred to US syndicated television in 1952, becoming one of the fledgeling medium's first hits. Episode one, 'Superman On Earth', provided a helpful genealogy: Born on(...)

Adventures of The Scarlet Pimpernel, The

1 9 5 5 - 1 9 5 6  (UK) 18 x 30 minute episodes "They seek him here, they seek him there . . ." Marius Goring starred as the swashbuckling hero, based on Baroness Orczy's famous tale. An apparent fop, Sir Percy Blakeney, donned rapier and disguises by the valise-full to help the poor persecuted(...)

Adventures of Twizzle, The

1 9 5 7 - 1 9 6 2 (UK) 52 x 15 minute episodes Twizzle, a toy boy with a Wee Willy Winkie hat and extendable legs and arms, meets a new toy golliwog in the toy shop. The golliwog is intrigued by Twizzle's legs and arms. The next day a bad-tempered girl enters the toy(...)

Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok, The

1 9 5 1 - 1 9 5 8 (USA)                      

Adventures of William Tell, The

1 9 5 8 (UK) 39 x 25 minute episodes The Adventures of William Tell was another of ITV's all-action productions which, although aimed primarily at young audiences, built up an adult following too. It starred Conrad Phillips in the title role - loosely based on Johann Von Schiller's tale about William Tell, an Alpine hero from(...)

African Patrol

1 9 5 7 - 1 9 5 9 (UK) British Patrol Inspector Paul Derek worked in the African bush as a jungle policeman, using his expert knowledge of East African safari country to keep the peace. It was his duty to thwart poachers and other criminals who disturbed the natural balance of the environment. The(...)

After Hours

1 9 5 8 - 1 9 5 9 (UK) 28 x 25 minute episodes After Hours reunited the co-star (Michael Bentine) and director (Dick Lester) of Yes, It's The Cathode Ray Tube Show! The humour was drawn from musical and sporting guests and, in particular, film and news sketches - a formula that Bentine would later hone for(...)

Alan Young Show, The

1 9 5 0 - 1 9 5 3 (USA) In 1950, when network television was still in its infancy in the US and radio ruled supreme as America's favourite home entertainment medium, a young Canadian comedian named Alan Young was recruited by the CBS network to appear on a new half-hour weekly television series. TV(...)

Alcoa Hour, The

1 9 5 5 - 1 9 5 7 (USA) One of the finest dramatic shows on US television at the time, this hour-long live series alternated with The Goodyear TV Playhouse between 1955 and 1957. Both were produced by Herbert Brodkin. One episode, No License To Kill, received such a tremendous audience response when it first aired on(...)

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