Visit to a Small Planet is a 1960 Paramount Pictures comic science fiction film starring Jerry Lewis and based on a play by Gore Vidal. The picture was released on February 4, 1960. Visit to a Small Planet debuted as a television production, then was reworked as a Broadway play starring Cyril Ritchard and Eddie Mayehoff.
Here’s some of the better known shtick from one of the original TV funny men, Red Skelton.
Here’s a Christmas show from 1958, after Gracie Allen had retired for health reasons. This was nearly the last show, because the show just didn’t fly without Gracie.
The Pied Piper of Hamelin is a filmed 1957 ninety-minute musical color television special originally shown by NBC on November 26, 1957, as their Thanksgiving Day offering for that year. Based on the famous poem by Robert Browning and using the music of Edvard Grieg with special lyrics by Hal Stanley and Irving Taylor, it starred Van Johnson, Claude Rains (in his only singing and dancing role), Lori Nelson, Jim Backus, and Kay Starr.
Jack and the Beanstalk is a 1952 family comedy starring the comedy team of Abbott and Costello. It is a comic revision of the classic fairy tale. Like Gone with the Wind, the movie starts out monochrome and goes to color.
If they don’t find you handsome, may they find you handy. Here’s about 300 episodes of Red Green. Do you have enough duct tape?