DEEP RETRO TV
Before Trump, America’s most notorious died blond was villain wrestler Gorgeous George who was resplendent in a pink fuzzy robe entering the ring before gouging the eyes of his opponent. I traveled down that rode lat night via YouTube and watched the Gorgeous one strut his stuff in the Chicago Inernational Arena. In the Zarkin household, we gathered around the Arvin with our TV dinners to see this permanent wave get mussed up.
SNOOKY LANSEN AND MORE
Saturday night was eagerly anticipated with KHQ/NBC showing kinescopes of Your Hit Parade. The episode from 1956 featured Dorothy Collins singing “The Wayward Wind” on a train. YHP did pantomimes to illustrate the hit songs, but they were annoying. Collins number would have worked better if she was hanging onto a tree in a Florida hurricane. The number one hit was the theme from “Picnic” that week and that was handled by the dancers. Other singers on the show were Snooky Lansen, Gisele McKenzie and Russell Arms. Raymond Scott led the orchestra. www.imdb.com/title/tt0042172/
CHUCK HESTON AS HEATHCLIFF
Continuing in the retro mode, last night I watched the 1950 Studio One “Wuthering Heights” with Charles Heston and others eating up the scenery. I continue in the Heston vintage performances today with “Ben Hur” at the Heights Theater. Studio One Westinghouse spokesperson Betty Furness was pushing a B&W TV that could be converted to color with an adapter in 1950. Seems suspicious to me.