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 Posted:   Jun 14, 2013 - 11:17 AM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

About the only early television show that intrigues me is "Mister Peepers" starring Wally Cox.

Part of the appeal to me is that it didn't seem to star a bunch of pretty people. They looked more like us.

http://www.sitcomsonline.com/photopost/data/1283/misterpeeperscast443206583.jpg

Has anyone seen the shows? Is it worth me searching out the dvds by some means to watch them? (They ain't in the local library, we can't do interlibrary loan on videos and I ain't a member of FartFlix....)


 
 Posted:   Jun 14, 2013 - 11:59 AM   
 By:   Mark R. Y.   (Member)

I wouldn't be surprised if the radio series is easier to find than the TV show. I think a good deal of the TV episodes were never saved.

 
 Posted:   Jun 14, 2013 - 12:21 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

I wouldn't be surprised if the radio series is easier to find than the TV show. I think a good deal of the TV episodes were never saved.

Mr. Peepers was not a radio series, from what I can tell. Maybe you're thinking of "Our Miss Brooks", another teacher TV series, which was on radio.

Mr. Peepers has made it to dvd: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mister_Peepers#DVD_release

 
 Posted:   Jun 14, 2013 - 12:44 PM   
 By:   Mark R. Y.   (Member)

Wow, apparently a little over 100 episodes still survive! That's cool - I'll have to try to find some. I've always wanted to see this show. smile

I am much more familiar with "Our Miss Brooks," of which I have several radio eps. I was under the impression that "Peepers" had been a radio show as well, but now I can't find any info that it was.

I see from the DVD Talk article that Walter Matthau was in an episode of "Peepers." That show alone would be worth seeking out. big grin

 
 Posted:   Jun 14, 2013 - 12:56 PM   
 By:   Recordman   (Member)

I saw this (live) show as a very young boy in the early 1950s and liked it. It was an unassuming little show about a junior high school teacher (Wally Cox) and his petty day to day funny foibles while trying to maintain a relationship with his budding girl friend. Cox's physical appearance always reminded me of the guy in the ads who got sand kicked in his face at the beach and couldn't do anything about it.
It was low key comedy but I always remembered it as the name" Mr. Peepers" became a long time catch phrase in describing persons of his appearance and milquetoast personality. When he married his girlfriend it was a major TV event at the time.

If you're looking for a simple and pleasant show...I hesitate to use the term "heartwarming" as that seems to have become a pejorative over the years...but that's what it is...heartwarming.
Mike

UPDATE:
Just realized that many would not know of the Charles Atlas body-building "sand in the face" ads. I saw most of them in comic books of the era.
So here's the typical ad:

 
 Posted:   Jun 14, 2013 - 2:03 PM   
 By:   Gary S.   (Member)

My favorite Wally Cox role aside from his voice work as Underdog was as the safecracker in the first episode of Mission Impossible. Of course his long run on Hollywood Squares was equally memorable.

 
 Posted:   Jun 14, 2013 - 2:33 PM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

Anybody else see "Mister Peepers" and think of this:
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x7ms7x_saturday-night-live-mr-peepers_fun

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 15, 2013 - 10:20 AM   
 By:   manderley   (Member)

Wally Cox is also quite amusing as one of the State Fair competition judges in the 1962 Pat Boone version of STATE FAIR.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 15, 2013 - 1:58 PM   
 By:   riotengine   (Member)

About the only early television show that intrigues me is "Mister Peepers" starring Wally Cox.


The Adventures Of Hiram Holliday sounds pretty intriguing. Only 23 episodes, but I'm betting that show is a mostly lost series. The premise made me think of Robert Redford's reader character from Three Days Of The Condor.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Adventures_of_Hiram_Holliday



Greg Espinoza

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 15, 2013 - 2:00 PM   
 By:   riotengine   (Member)


Mike

UPDATE:
Just realized that many would not know of the Charles Atlas body-building "sand in the face" ads. I saw most of them in comic books of the era.
So here's the typical ad:


The irony of this is Wally Cox was apparently an avid bodybuilder and was reputed to be quite athletic.

Greg Espinoza

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 15, 2013 - 4:53 PM   
 By:   filmusicnow   (Member)

Wally Cox was a good friend of Marlon Brando, who reportedly kept his ashes when Cox was cremated.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 16, 2013 - 6:44 AM   
 By:   vinylscrubber   (Member)

Boy, MR. PEEPERS. This is one that exists in jumbled, faded memories from my early childhood, age 4-7, including such long forgotten live shows as ATOM SQUAD, ROD BROWN OF THE ROCKET RANGERS.
SUPER CIRCUS, and the late afternoon KATE SMITH SHOW.

PEEPERS was my first exposure to the great Tony Randall who played Peeper's full-of-himself friend Harvey Weskitt. It also brought a kind of national fame to Marion Lorne as the ditzy Mrs. Gurney.
I was somewhat surprised years later when she turned up on my first tv viewing of Hitchcock's STRANGERS ON A TRAIN playing virtually the same character as Roberts Walker's spacey Mom.

Yes, PEEPERS was very much the product of a quieter, gentler time. We're fortunate to have Cox's
performances in films like FATE IS THE HUNTER and MORTURI to appreciate his range beyond PEEPERS.

 
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