I get a lot of e-mails from people asking me about television shows, made-for-TV movies or miniseries they remember from years or even decades past. I try to answer each question as best I can. Every now and then I like to pull out a few e-mails to answer here at Television Obscurities for everyone to enjoy. Keep reading for today’s questions and answers.
I am searching for two film shorts that aired on CBS September 14 & 15 1967. CBS aired the movie “The Great Escape” over those two nights and at the end of Parts 1 & 2 (Thursday & Friday) they aired two films that I have been looking for for a long time. I was wondering if you could help me track them down or even the names of these films.
I thought for sure this was going to be an impossible question to answer so imagine my surprise when I found an article in The Hartford Courant that included the titles of the two short films in question.
Both parts of The Great Escape were scheduled to air from 9-11PM and to fill the two hours, CBS needed some filler. The first part aired on Thursday, September 14th, 1967 and was followed by a five-minute short film called The Do-It-Yourself Cartoon Kit. The color short was originally released in 1961 and featured animation by Bob Godfrey. The complete short isn’t available online but here’s an excerpt:
The second half of The Great Escape aired on Friday, September 15th, 1967 and was followed by a 1964 short film called Rainshower. The 15-minute film included absolutely no narration. It was produced by Dimension Films and distributed by Churchill Films. Here’s the full short courtesy of the Internet Archive:
Millions of viewers watched The Do-It-Yourself Cartoon Kit and Rainshower. The second half of The Great Escape was the highest-rated program for the week of September 11-17th, 1967. The first half ranked second.
I am trying to find out when the Beatles theatrical film A Hard Day’s Night first aired on a U.S. TV network. I believe it may have been NBC in either 1966 or 1967. Do you have an actual air date? Thanks.
A Hard Day’s Night was The Beatles first film. It hit theaters in 1964. NBC aired the film as a special presentation on Tuesday, October 24th, 1967 from 7:30-9:15PM, pre-empting I Dream of Jeannie and The Jerry Lewis Show. Because the film was in black and white, the regular NBC peacock animation could not be used. In its place, a special animated opening with a penguin was substituted:
It was a double feature for NBC that night, with the 1960 Jerry Lewis film Cinderfella airing from 9:15-11PM as an installment of NBC Tuesday Night at the Movies.
“New show get no brass rings.” Broadcasting. 2 Oct. 1967: 60.
“Two-Part Film to Get Support of 2 ‘Shorts’.” Hartford Courant. 10 Sep. 1967: 13G.