Skip to comments.10 Rare/Lost tv shows of the 1960's (and their theme music)
Posted on 10/16/2010 7:57:12 PM PDT by DemforBush
A neat little video of some less well-remembered shows of the 1960's.
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Be interesting to see how many of these other FReepers remember. Especially the one with Mr. Roeper (Norman Fell) as a cop, LOL.
If the link gives you trouble, btw, here it is again:
Some shows need to be forgotten.
As a mere lad in the 1960’s the only one I remember is T.H.E. Cat and more faintly Johnny Staccato. The others...nada!
Suspense Theater is currently being shown on RTV (Channel 93 on Cox in Phoenix)
“Robert Loggia as (T)homas (H)ewitt (E)dward Cat.”
Ahhh, so THAT is what ‘T.H.E. Cat’ stands for!
Checkmate was a good one.
I wish any of these were MY theme song!
They’re all great, definitely. I’m most partial the Mr. Broadway theme, though. Because Dave Brubeck is the man, and so was Craig Stevens (Peter Gunn is one of my all time favorite tv shows).
I remember Checkmate, Burke’s Law, and T.H.E. Cat...Cat’s opening theme stuck with you...
Burke... Amos Burke....
Out of this group my favorite was Burke's Law. That was a cool show.
Anyone else remember East Side/West Side with George C Scott? Not on the list and not one of my favs but no one seems to remember it today.
Of all the old shows (non kiddie types) Peter Gunn was my fav!
FWIW I just finished watching the set of Route 66 episodes on DVD. Some of those, especially the first season, were dark! IIRC George Kennedy had a small part in the first episode.
Anyone else remember Honey West?
Wasn’t that Anne Francis and didn’t she have a mole on her left cheek? Or am I confusing her with someone else?
87th Precinct was only on the air for the 61-62 season. Norman Fells character was the jaded Det. Meyer Meyer.
And for some reason that show reminded me of 77 Sunset Strip.
Loved “East Side, West Side”, with music by Kenyon Hopkins. It’s not on DVD, unfortunately.
“Route 66” was also one of my faves, with music by Nelson Riddle. It only took a few decades for that to get to DVDs!
An episode was filmed in Pittsburgh and my mom and I went to see it. We were standing at Liberty and Stanwix for one scene and if you could look FAST you could see us in the crowd. Didn't find that on DVD...sigh.
East Side/West Side aired in the 63-64 season. It was an early effort at tackling social issues of the day (and today, for that matter) but the subject matter was too dark and depressing to overcome the star power of George C. Scott and Cicely Tyson.
I remember the opening of Suspense Theater (very creepy opening, IMHO). Didn’t watch the rest of them - I was a kid not interested in such shows but remember the names 87th, Checkmate, Amos Burke (later Burkes Law, starring Gene Barry who in his Bat Masterson and War of the Worlds days was one of the handsomest actors ever).
That Youtube includes some British shows, notably the Baron, by Terry Nation, creator of the Daleks, so that explains why some would be unmemorable here in the US!
I'm a Dr Who fan and didn't know that!
Wow, that’s reaching back. Adventures In Paradise ran from 59-62. It was created by James Michener but once he sold the idea he pulled out of the project. The central character was Captain Adam Troy played by Gardner McKay.
“Anyone else remember Honey West?”
Oh yes. A perfect 38. Isn’t that how it began? I must have been 10 but I remember that. She was very pretty Ann Francis, and I remember her on Twilight Zone episodes. Remember the one where she played a department store mannequin come to life?
“I remember Checkmate, Burkes Law, and T.H.E. Cat...Cats opening theme stuck with you”
Those are exactly the ones I remember, and I was a little kid when they were on t.v. I remember Sebastian Cabot in Checkmate, and I loved Burke’s Law for some reason, lol... good memories.
About a year ago I started an old time youtube tv theme thread too. This was one of the more interesting one I found. Apparently French Foreign Legion regiments were issued a 9 year old boy.
The Baron was filmed in Great Britain but only aired in the States for 6 months in 1966. John Mannering (The Baron), an American antiques dealer would be called in by MI-6 when an espionage case demanded his particular expertise.
Buster Crabbe and Cuffy! Along with Rin Tin Tin it was one of the shows I NEVER missed.
Does anyone remember a show - I don’t remember thee nae and can’t find any mention of it - that starred Richard Basehart (I think) as the head of anout post on the moon? It only lasted one summer season IIRC and was replaced by “Whirlybirds” and another show that featured skydivers. Or was it a western (Whiplash)?
Although I really did like Green Acres in the late 60's early 70's.
I recall both “Checkmate” and “Suspense Theater”, whose themes were written by John Williams back in the days when he was calling himself Johnny Williams.
Some great music there! The 60’s by far had the best theme music. My personal favorite was the Perry Mason Theme, but that Dave Brubeck in Mr. Broadway was great.
I do remember T.H.E. Cat, but none of those others.
Does anyone remember the show Eighth Man? All us kids used to watch it religiously after school. Somehow, that’s the anime show you never hear about.
The only three I remember seeing as a kid were Checkmate , Suspense Theater and Amos Burke . I lived in CT .
Tiki . I’ve got most of the shows on DVD , and very decent quality . Have an extra set of episodes if you are interested . Hawaiian Eye was an other fave and I have all eps. of the first 3 seasons ( with Eisley , Conrad and Williams ) on DVD . 4th season all went to hell with the intro of Troy Donahue .
I was thinking that maybe you were remembering Tom Corbett,Space Cadet from 50 to 55 but you said it only lasted a summer. Whirlybirds was a syndicated show from 57 to 60. That show and the one you’re trying to remember could both have been for a specific market and not on the networks. Was this a Saturday morning/afternoon event? I can tell you it’s not Richard Basehart you’re looking for, but there’s precious little information with which to work.
I remember the graphics from Suspense Theater and Gene Barry’s thing with the cigarette. Also Checkmate. None of the others. Funny, but my brain pulled up the name Coronet Blue. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kvof8Hvm3B0&feature=related I must have watched it because he was a hottie - lol.
Anybody remember the westerns- wagon train, gun smoke, paladin, Have gun will travel, Maverick, Bonanza, The Virginian, Rawhide?
My favorite really early series was Lost in Space and The Time Tunnel.
Honey West also has a pet Ocelot named Bruce and drove a black Jaguar XKE convertible.
Always thought that Robert Loggia was way too cool as THE Cat.
Amos Burke, Secret Agent was a miserably failed attempt to keep the Burke’s Law franchise alive.
Vaguely remember John Cassavettes as Johnny Stacatto. Same with Robert Lansing, et al in 87th Precinct. The more serious flip-side of Reinhold Weege’s later Barney Miller.
Don’t remember The Baron, though I did enjoy Checkmate.
Really miss David Susskind’s N.Y.P.D. with Jack Warden, Robert Hooks and a very young Frank Converse.
Peter Gunn was just untouchable with its Henry Mancici theme and scoring!
Supertrain - writing and acting just doesn’t get any better ;o)
supertrain - express to terror (episode one)
Nice, um, wheels.
ALL of them and another. Stagecoach was the syndicated show that I was trying to remember.
FWIW Bonanza still ahs a HUGE following. BonanzaBrand is a fan website I belong to. Some pretty interesing stuff HERE.
Bonanza's creator - David Dortort - passed earlier this year as did the last of the Cartwrights - Pernell Roberts.
Then there's Gunsmoke. A friend of mine and I watched that so many times we knew the dialoge. When we were at The Local Watering HOle we'd sometiems act out a scene from one of our fav episodes. It's the one where Bruce Dern is holding Miss Kitty=, Doc, Louie and a few others hostage at the Long Branch. Louie - the town drunk - is haveing booze withdrawl and Dern forces him to get in a corner, crawl across the floor and beg for a drink. Louie does it but after he gets the booze he reaches indside himself and puts it back. A slap in the face to the outlaw.