Archive for the ‘From the Collection’ Category

“If You Look for the Helpers, You’ll Know That There’s Hope”

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

There are things that happen in this world that we sometimes just don’t understand. The attacks on 9/11. The tragedy at Newtown. The recent bombings at the Boston Marathon. Lives are lost, questions go unanswered, and it’s easy to lose faith in humanity when such heart-breaking acts of violence continue to occur.

As we seek to make sense of what we’re seeing on the news, many have referred to Mr. Rogers’ sage advice to “look for the helpers” in times of tragedies. In his 1999 Archive interview, the man who taught us to embrace the world of make-believe also taught us how to hold on to hope when bad things happen in the real world:

Look for the helpers, everyone. Stay safe.

- by Adrienne Faillace

Lon Chaney, Jr. in "Frankenstein" on "Tales of Tomorrow" — Famed "Live" Production that Chaney thought was the Dress Rehearsal

Saturday, October 31st, 2009


Tales of Tomorrow (1951-53) is described by the Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows as “one of TV’s earliest adult science-fiction series.” These days, the series is known for early performances by such up-and-coming stars as James Dean and Leslie Nielsen, and later performances by such Hollywood legends as Boris Karloff and Sylvia Sidney.

With biopic Amelia currently in theaters, take a look at Veronica Lake as lost aviatrix “Paula Bennett” on Tales of Tomorrow: “Flight Overdue” (airdate: 3/28/52). Lake made over two dozen appearances on TV in the early 1950s as her Hollywood career waned. On this episode of Tales of Tomorrow, she appears as a short-haired brunette– a switch from her blond ‘peek-a-boo curl’ image.

One of the series’ most notable shows was Lon Chaney, Jr. in “Frankenstein” (airdate: 1/18/52). Chaney gives an excellent performance as the Monster, despite the fact that he notoriously thought that the “live” show was the dress rehearsal and at times doesn’t destroy breakaway chairs– saving them for the “real” show. Moments can be seen at 12:01 (where he makes a comment right at the camera during his exit) and at 14:47 (“miming” how he would break a chair). Below, from the Internet Archive, is the infamous production.

Lighting Director Imero Fiorentino, who began his career at ABC in the early ’50s, recalled in his Archive of American Television interview another incident that occurred on Tales of Tomorrow in a “live” broadcast, during one of the show’s famed openings.

Link to the Internet Archive’s extensive collection of Tales of Tomorrow episodes (41 of the 84 series episodes).

From the Collection: Robert Culp on "I Spy"

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

Actor/Writer Robert Culp on the creation of I Spy.

Click here to watch the premiere episode, “So Long, Patrick Henry” (airdate: 9/15/65; written by Robert Culp) and other season one episodes of I Spy at You Tube’s Classic Shows.

I Spy at the Museum of Broadcast Communications’ Encyclopedia of Television.

I Spy page on Wikipedia.

I Spy on IMDb.

From the Collection: Leonard Nimoy on the creation of the "Vulcan Salute" on "Star Trek"

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

From the Archive of American Television’s Interview collection, Leonard Nimoy describes inventing the “Vulcan Salute,” first seen on the original series episode “Amok Time.”

“The Vulcan Salute” page on Wikipedia.

Watch “Amok Time” on YouTube’s Classic TV Shows (look for the Vulcan Salute at 27:45).