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8 Classic Performances By Televisions First Screwball Television Personality! 3 Episodes Of "Take A Good Look", A Rare Episode Of "Kovacs On The Corner", General Electric Theater's "I Was A Bloodhound", A Rare Appearance In The TV Western "Shotgun Slade", A Great Appearance With Wife Edie Adams On "The Dinah Shore Chevy Show" And A Very Rare Episode Of "Silents Please"! 5 Hilarious Hours Packed Into 3 Dual Layer All Regions DVDs!
TAKE A GOOD LOOK #1
This excellent 1960 game show series was the original showcase for the short comedy clips with which most people acquainted with his later "Ernie Kovacs Show" series are familiar with. They were intended to provide wacky and obscure clues to the identities of guests appearing on this show. The panelists that appear in this episode are Cesar Romero, famed as "The Joker" of the "Batman" TV show, Jim Backus of "Mr. Magoo", and Zsa Zsa Gabor with her Pekinese dog appropriately named "Mr. Magoo". Ernie's guests include Miss America 1959 Mary Ann Mobley, who went on appear opposite Elvis in movies and independently on various 1960s era TV shows; an Olympic married couple comprised of American gold medal hammer thrower Harold Vincent Connolly and defector Czech gold medal discus thrower Olga Fikotová; and Harvard man Lothrop Withington Jr., responsible for starting the world's live goldfish-swallowing phenomenon on March 3, 1939. Throughout are the great "Step Up" Dutch Masters commercials that Ernie was famous for (29:23).
TAKE A GOOD LOOK #2
Panelists include Cesar Romero, Ernie's beautiful wife Edie Adams and Hans Conreid. Guests include Family Doctor of the Year and the sole woman reporter allowed to accompany and cover President Eisenhower's worldwide tour (28:39).
TAKE A GOOD LOOK #3
Panelists include Cesar Romero, Edie Adams and Hans Conreid. Guests include a champion female harness racer and a furniture factory owner who employs chimpanzees in his factory. Ernie's skits include his beloved character Percy Lovetonsils and features the Nairobi Trio performing "Solfeggio" (29:55).
I WAS A BLOODHOUND
This improbable and preposterous 1958 interspecial treat stars Ernie as a gumshoe who's talent is the ability to sniff out trouble - literally. Utilizing his superior olfactory powers, he follows the scent of a kidnapped elephant and returns the pachyderm to his prince of an Indian prince owner (26:08).
KOVACS ON THE CORNER (1952)
A rare 1952 recording of Ernie's seminal TV comedy series, broadcast live from the studios of WPTZ Philadelphia and distributed by kinescope to the rest of the NBC network, about the weird & wonderful goings-on in the neighborhood of "NBC's own television town" as seen from the streets and square about Ernie's front porch. Co-hosted by his stunning real-life wife Edie (credited as "Edythe") Adams, she performs great renditions of George Gershwin's "'S Wonderful" and Rodgers & Hammerstein's "It Might As Well Be Spring", and ably assists in a great joke commercial for "Food". Ernie gives advice to Alfred the invisible dog on how to resolve his troubles with an invisible cat named after a celebrated female African American dancer of the day, Tandaleo, then explains to Edie and the rest of the adult audience why only he and children are able to see either of them. "Swap Time" brings into the studio real-life folks from the WPTZ neighborhood to swap their unwanted items for the mystery unwanted items of their real-life neighbors. Neighborhood streetsweepers The Dave Appel Trio do a great performance of the jazz standard "Undecided" ("First you say you do ...And then you don't ...And then you say you will ...And then you won't ...You're undecided now ...So what are you gonna do?") and later do double duty as escaping gunman during an oddball "Yoo Hoo Time" commercial. The local cop on the beat gets serenaded by a Bessie Smith soundalike with "St. Louis Blues" when she's not doing singing chicken impressions. One can't find an earlier example of this TV show format, and rarely have any of the shows that follow in this tradition been so honestly and spontaneously funny - you can be sure the crew really were laughing out of sincere joy and gladness about what was being broadcast!
SHOTGUN SLADE (B&W, 25:51)
Ernie guest stars as a grizzled old gold prospector who gets caught up in a mining scandal in this rare pilot episode of the 1959 dark Western SHOTGUN SLADE.
DINAH SHORE CHEVY SHOW (1958, 59:24)
Not only do Ernie and Edie appear together at the crest of their independent and mutual careers in this now celebrated 1958 summer series, but the great Louis Prima and his lovely wife Keely Smith perform their act live & do they swing!
SILENTS PLEASE (B&W, 28:33)
Ernie was the host of this important show which sought to rekindle interest in the silent film pictures of his youth, utilizing musical and narrative audio accompaniment to the film in order to make the film accessible to modern audiences. In this episode: Rudolph Valentino in SON OF THE SHEIK.