TV Guide 365: Saturday, December 5th, 1964

TV Guide 365: 1964-1965 explores the 1964-1965 television season through listings published in TV Guide. Each day I’ll post listings for the corresponding day from the 1964-1965 season, with complete cast and guest cast details for obscure, short-lived shows.

Saturday, December 5th, 1964

During the Forties, one of the zaniest radio shows on the air was “It Pays to Be Ignorant.” Tonight, Jayne Mansfield, Professor Irwin Corey and Frank Fontaine join Jackie in a re-creation of the show. Jackie also welcome actress Sheree North, who joins him in a sketch on Christmas shopping. June Taylor dancers, Sammy Spear orchestra. (60 min.)

[COLOR] “The Lady and the Dolphin,” first of two parts. A congressional fact-finding delegation was expected at Coral Key–but Porter didn’t expect a congresswoman.

“Keeper of the Purple Twilight.” Ikar, an inquisitive creature from another world who doesn’t know hat emotions are, makes a deal with research scientist Eric Plummer: He will exchange valuable formulas for Eric’s ability to experience feelings. Script: Milton Krims. (60 min.)

8:00 MR. MAGOO–Cartoons (NBC)
[COLOR] In the conclusion of “Robin Hood,” a four-part story, Robin saves King Richard from an assassin’s arrow.

The skipper unearths a statue of a native devil god that he’s sure is an evil omen. Sure enough, there’s an earthquake for a starter.

One glimpse of a visitor to the Jones farm sends Seldom into a faint–the visitor is none other than his former wife Dodie. Kentucky: Dennis Weaver. Seldom: Harry Morgan. Ike: Rickey Der. Annie: Cherylene Lee.
Guest Cast
Dodie Whipple …………… Carole Cook
Dr. Fang …………… H. T. Tsiang
Wanda …………… Joan Lemmo
Abe …………… Joseph Ruskin
Jack …………… Jack Catron
Les …………… Loren Janes

Highlights include “Swiss Boy Shoe Dance” (Barbara Boylan, Bobby Burgess); “Hi-Lili, Hi-Lo” (Lennon Sisters); “Let It Snow” (Cathy Lennon, Dick Dale); “Falling in Love with Love” (Norma Zimmer); and “The Little Shoemaker” (Jack Imel, Lennon Sisters). (Live; 60 min.)

9:00 MR. BROADWAY–Drama (CBS)
“Bad Little Rich Girl.” Heiress Mary Beth Warren isn’t quite as philanthropic as her late father, and she has decided to withdraw support of the boys camp financed by her father. Mike: Craig Stevens. Hank: Horace McMahon. Toki: Lani Miyazaki. (60 min.)
Guest Cast
Mary Beth Warren …………… Diana van der Vlis
Harold Draper …………… Shepperd Strudwick
John Chambers …………… Larry Pennell
Don …………… John Horn
Walter Hart …………… Herbert Voland
Paul Bradley …………… James Little
Fyodor …………… Alexis Dolinoff

[COLOR] Saturday Night at the Movies: “Bad Day at Black Rock.” (1954) John J. Macreedy gets a hostile reception when he arrives in the isolated desert town of Black Rock to find the father of the nisei soldier who saved his life during World War II. Directed by John Sturgess. Following the movie at 10:45 P.M., Dennis Weaver and Michael Landon get together for a 15-minute version of “Match Game,” with Gene Rayburn as guest. (Two hours)

Phil Harris is the host and his guests include Ginger Rogers; comedian Bill Dana; the McGuire sisters, who do a medley of their hits; singer Gary Crosby; the Jubilee Four vocal group, Dwight Moore and His Mongrels; and the Merkys, acrobats. Mitchell Ayres orchestra. (60 min.)

10:00 GUNSMOKE–Western (CBS)
People are wrong in thinking that Dan Collins highhandedly killed four outlaws, but he decides to live with the lie and bask in the adoration bestowed on him. (60 min.)


TV Guide, December 5, 1964 (Volume 12, Number 49, Issue #610) [Western New England Edition] *Read my review of this issue*

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3 Replies to “TV Guide 365: Saturday, December 5th, 1964”

  1. What happened to Friday the 4th? On a different note, the Match Game special sounds interesting! Back then, it was common for networks to create filler when a movie ran short! Fun Fact: Michael Landon would also appear on ’70’s MG!

  2. Did Art Carney play “Heiress Mary Beth Warren” on MR. BROADWAY? I suspect that Rosemary Forsythe played her instead of playing “John Chambers”. That’s 1 of TVG’s more interesting typos.

    1. Yikes. I just dug out this issue to see what happened. Don’t blame TV Guide, blame me. I think I copied and pasted from another episode (maybe of a different show?) and then changed the character names but not the actor names. It’s fixed now.

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