Saturday, November 6, 2010
"Calvin and the Colonel" color clips
MCA-Universal syndicated "Calvin and the Colonel" worldwide all the way up to mid-1980s. Despite being available for so long, however, not many stations ran it.
Most bootleg copies in circulation came from black and white network prints so even today it's hard to find color footage. However somebody recently started selling color copies, which you can buy from this site. I bought one of the discs, which is where the following clips came from.
Here are the opening and closing. In ABC these were only used in the first six episodes but MCA decided to slap them into all 26 of them for syndication. The names in the credits are more or less the same in every episode (in the 2nd closing fewer artists were credited) but this practice made it seem that Joe Connelly and Bob Mosher did all the scripts. While they wrote most of the episodes there were a handful written by others, including Bob Ross and T. Hee.
Here's an actual episode clip, from The Colonel's Old Flame (first broadcast February 17, 1962). It was adapted from an Amos & Andy radio script Kingfish's Old Flame, Boo Boo Winters.
And finally, an assortment of screenshots.