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Strange-TV-Haunting-Shows

Updated on January 24, 2015

Jeepers, creepers, where did they get those strange TV shows.

Growing up in the last 40s and 50s, I have seen my share of television. Over the years, some have been extremely fun to watch. Others, well, you wonder where the writers were. I would have preferred to see more of what I heard on the radio when I was a kid. The Inner Sanctum Mysteries, Orson Welles "War of the Worlds" , and a few others come to mind. We did get, thankfully, Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone.

But the 1950s and 1960s brought us such things as: My Mother The Car, Topper, The Addams Family, Mr. Ed, Bewitched, Casper, The Munsters, I Dream of Jeannie. Of course, as you can tell by the picture to the left of this module, Tales of the Crypt, which came much later.

For fun, we will review these TV highlights and the actors and actresses who performed and created these characters.

Ghosts or ?

Did you watch haunting TV like Topper and The Munsters?

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SOME OF TVs CRAZIES

Number 9 on the list here is probably the most scariest!

TOPPER

Ghost Show

Topper

10/9/1953 - 9/30/1955 CBS

Black and White

30 minutes - 78 total episodes

Based on Thorne Smith's book

Topper Cast

Leo G. Carroll as Cosmo Topper

Anne Jeffreys as Marion Kerby

Robert Sterling as George Kerby

Lee Patrick as Henrietta Topper Thurston Hall as Mr. Schuyler

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Leo Gratten Carroll (25 October 1892 - 16 October 1972) was an English-born actor. He was best known for his roles in several Hitchcock films and The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and Topper.

My Mother the Car

#4 on TVs Most Crazies. (videos above)

Starring Jerry Van Dyke

Voices of Ann Sothern

Jerry Van Dyke" (born July 27, 1931) is an American comedian and actor. He is the younger brother of comedian and actor Dick Van Dyke, and made his acting debut on The Dick Van Dyke Show with several guest appearances as Rob Petrie's brother, Stacey.

Ann Sothern (January 22, 1909 - March 15, 2001) was an American film and television actress whose career spanned six decades. In 1965, she was heard as the voice of Gladys Crabtree (the car) in the short-lived series My Mother the Car, which co-starred Jerry Van Dyke.

Mr. Ed

Horse of Course

Mister Ed is an American television situation comedy produced by Filmways that first aired in syndication from January 5 to July 2, 1961 and then on CBS from October 1, 1961 to February 6, 1966. Mister Ed was the first series ever to debut as a mid-season replacement.

The stars of the show are Mister Ed, an intelligent palomino horse who could talk ("played" by gelding Bamboo Harvester and voiced by Allan Lane), and his owner, an eccentric and enormously klutzy architect named Wilbur Post (portrayed by Alan Young). Alan Young (born November 19, 1919) is an English-Canadian actor, best known for his television role in Mister Ed and as the voice of Scrooge McDuck. During the 1940s and 1950s he starred in his own shows on radio and television.

Allan "Rocky" Lane (September 22, 1909 - October 27, 1973) was a studio leading man and the star of many cowboy B-movies in the 1940s and 1950s. He appeared in more than 125 films and TV shows in a career lasting from 1929 to 1966. He also did the voice of the talking horse on the television series Mister Ed, beginning in 1961.

Much of the program's humor stemmed from the fact Mister Ed would speak only to Wilbur, as well as Ed's notoriety as a troublemaker. According to the show's producer, Arthur Lubin, Young was chosen as the lead character because he "just seemed like the sort of guy a horse would talk to." Lubin, a friend of Mae West, scored a coup by persuading the screen icon to guest star in one episode.

BEWITCHED

Bewitched is an American situation comedy originally broadcast for eight seasons on ABC from 1964 to 1972, starring Elizabeth Montgomery, Dick York (1964-1969), Dick Sargent (1969-1972), Agnes Moorehead and David White. The show is about a witch who marries a mortal and tries to lead the life of a typical suburban housewife. Bewitched continues to be seen throughout the world in syndication and on DVD and was the longest-running supernatural-themed sitcom of the 1960s-1970s era.

Richard Allen "Dick" York (September 4, 1928 - February 20, 1992) was an American actor. He is best remembered for his role as the first Darrin Stephens on the ABC television fantasy sitcom Bewitched. His most well known motion picture role was, arguably, as teacher Bertram Cates in the 1960 film Inherit The Wind.

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Dick Sargent (April 19, 1930 - July 8, 1994) was an American actor, notable as the second actor to portray Darrin Stephens on the television series Bewitched. The actor took the name Dick Sargent from a Saturday Evening Post illustrator/artist of the same name.

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Elizabeth Victoria Montgomery (April 15, 1933 - May 18, 1995) was an American film and television actress whose career spanned five decades. She is best perhaps remembered for her roles as Samantha Stephens in Bewitched, as Ellen Harrod in A Case of Rape and as Lizzie Borden in The Legend of Lizzie Borden.

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Agnes Robertson Moorehead (December 6, 1900 - April 30, 1974) was an American actress.[1] Although she began with the Mercury Theatre, appeared in more than seventy films beginning with Citizen Kane and on dozens of television shows during a career that spanned more than thirty years, Moorehead is most widely known to modern audiences for her role as the witch Endora in the series Bewitched.

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David White (April 4, 1916 - November 27, 1990) was an American stage, film and television actor. His television credits include the role of Larry Tate in Bewitched, which he played from 1964 until 1972.

Point of interest: He married actress Mary Welch, by whom he had a son, Jonathan White (July 14, 1955 - December 21, 1988). Jonathan White was murdered at the age of 33, a victim of the 1988 terrorist bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. In 1958, Mary Welch White died during a second childbirth though their daughter lived.

Source: Wikipedia

TV FIRSTS - Do You Remember......

photo credit:Toon Tracker

Cecil was a talking sea serpent created by Disney?

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The Spooktacular New Adventures of Casper

The Spooktacular New Adventures of Casper (also known as simply Casper) was an animated television spin-off of the feature film Casper, which, in turn, was based on the Harvey Comics character of Casper the Friendly Ghost.

The Friendly Ghost, the first Noveltoon to feature Casper, was released by Paramount in 1945 with a few differences from the book. In the cartoon adaptation, Casper is a cute ghost-child with a New York accent, who prefers making friends with people instead of scaring them (Casper used to scare people but got tired of it all).

source: Wikipedia

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Do you know Casper's last name? Mc Fadden. All respectable ghosts have two names.

The Addams Family

The Addams Family is an American television series based on the characters in Charles Addams' New Yorker cartoons. The 30-minute series was shot in black-and-white and aired for two seasons in 64 installments on ABC from September 18, 1964 to April 8, 1966. It is often compared to its working-class rival, The Munsters, which ran for the same two seasons and achieved somewhat higher Nielsen ratings. The Addams Family ranked 23rd in its first season, with a 23.9 rating. The show is the first adaptation of the characters to feature The Addams Family Theme.

It was originally produced by Filmways, Inc. at General Service Studios in Hollywood, California. Successor company MGM Television (via The Program Exchange for broadcast syndication, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment for home video/DVD) owns the rights to the show. At one point, distribution rights were licensed to Worldvision Enterprises.

Source: Wikipedia

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Adopted from a cartoon strip published in The New Yorker between 1938 and Addams's (cartoon artist Charles Addams) 1988 death. First TV series, 1964 - 1966. The TV series ran 2 seasons with the Munsters.

1998-1999 = The New Addams Family: Carolyn Jones, John Astin, Jackie Coogan, and Ted Cassidy

The movie, The Addams Family started: Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia and Christopher Lloyd.

The Munsters

The Munsters is a 1960s American family television sitcom depicting the home life of a family of monsters. It starred Fred Gwynne as Herman Munster and Yvonne De Carlo as his wife, Lily Munster. The series was a satire of both traditional monster movies and popular family entertainment of the era, such as Leave It to Beaver. It ran concurrently with The Addams Family. Although the Addamses were well-to-do, the Munsters were a more blue-collar family.[2]

credit: Wikipedia

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The Munsters = 1964 to 1966 staring Fred Guynne, Yvonne De Carlo and Al Lewis.

Do You Really Know The Actor? - Fred Gwynne

Check these out:

It's Easy To See Why

A Chocolate Moose For Dinner

The Battle of The Frogs and Mice

Gwynne was multi-talented; he wrote and illustrated children's books.

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Ghost Rider in the Sky

Do stop in. I don't bite. I just want to hear from you.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Yes I was drawn to the supernatural shows the and now. I am trying to locate any old 50s 60s or even 40s tv series.I loved one step beyond but cannot get all of the episodes. It is in the public domain too.