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 Posted:   Sep 4, 2013 - 6:39 AM   
 By:   (Member)   (Member)

Amongst the 1950's and the early 1960's shows, which are your favorite ones and why?

 
 Posted:   Sep 4, 2013 - 7:39 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

The Twilight Zone would be my favorite. Particularly the first season which had such beautiful photography. Without sounding like a DVD review, the saturated blacks and brilliant lighting make even the most mundane episode--though the first season has very few of those--magnificent to watch.

Gunsmoke, though never a riveting program imo--I prefer the "liberal" (and always in color) Bonanza. Gunsmoke as a half-hour show was superior to its later one-hour length, though I like the first couple of hour-long seasons. Gunsmoke wasn't afraid to have a downbeat ending, either, which I like.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 4, 2013 - 8:46 AM   
 By:   (Member)   (Member)

The Twilight Zone has a great look indeed but also The Untouchables' first season.
But my number one monochrome remains The Outer Limits thanks to Conrad Hall and William Fraker.
Stoney Burke also look good thanks to Ted McCord and Conrad Hall.
Thriller has its share of greatness.
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea has a beautiful first season in monochrome.

 
 Posted:   Sep 4, 2013 - 9:11 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

How could I forgot Johnny Staccato??? John Cassavetes was great and he directed some of the episodes. The show also had content not common in other shows of the day.

Here's my enthusiastic thread on Staccato:

http://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=74828&forumID=1&archive=0

 
 Posted:   Sep 4, 2013 - 11:37 AM   
 By:   Scott M (Oldsmith)   (Member)

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea's first season, agreed. Beautifully done. Richard Basehart was at his best on the series.

Lost in Space's first season. Wonderful cinematography, much more serious overall than the rest with fresher plots and solid performances. Great music also.

The Fugitive: wonderfully shot and written, with a roster of some of the best actors on television,

12 O'Clock High: same as above.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 4, 2013 - 12:09 PM   
 By:   tex1272   (Member)

I have enjoyed watching NAKED CITY on Me TV.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 4, 2013 - 12:21 PM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

As a kid Lost in Space is locked in the memory as bw.

the others that stuck were addams family, rifleman, Rawhide and steve mcqueens Bounty hunter.

 
 Posted:   Sep 4, 2013 - 12:56 PM   
 By:   mark ford   (Member)

THE OUTER LIMITS.

In this case one of the reasons I love the showe was because it was shot in gloriously stylish cinematic-esque b&w. Deep focus, dutch angles, great noirish shadowing and unnerving hand held shots sum up much of the great cinematography from this show. Add to that Dominic Frontiere's music (my favorite all time TV music) and generally solid and mature sci-fi/horror stories and this is the one for me.

Could say just about the same thing for THRILLER. Add season one of LOST IN SPACE to the list. And throw in THE AVENGERS, although the b&w cinematography was not really noteworthy, I just loved the show.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 4, 2013 - 1:00 PM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

good shout mark, how could i not think instantly of Outer limits.

 
 Posted:   Sep 4, 2013 - 2:06 PM   
 By:   Gary S.   (Member)

Well let's see, aside from those mentioned

Peter Gunn
Burke's Law
The Dick Van Dyke Show
The Burns and Allen Show
The Jack Benny Show
Your Show of Shows
I've Got a Secret
To Tell the Truth
What's My Line
You Bet Your Life
I Love Lucy
Cheyenne
Bat Masterson
Wyatt Earp
Maverick
Combat
The Untouchables
Perry Mason
The Andy Griffith Show

All remarkable in their own way


 
 
 Posted:   Sep 4, 2013 - 2:20 PM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

i forgot one that has stood the test of time in a remarkable way, and that i never tire of.
i only hav to catch a few seconds of an episode and i have to keep watching to the end.

Phil Silvers Bilko.

 
 Posted:   Sep 4, 2013 - 4:10 PM   
 By:   Gary S.   (Member)

i forgot one that has stood the test of time in a remarkable way, and that i never tire of.
i only hav to catch a few seconds of an episode and i have to keep watching to the end.

Phil Silvers Bilko.


My list wasn't exhaustive, I'd add Bilko as well.

 
 Posted:   Sep 4, 2013 - 4:32 PM   
 By:   Adam B.   (Member)

Another vote for The Outer Limits. When I'm watching the DVD episodes it's as if I'm back in the sixties seeing them for the first time. That's part of the fun.

 
 Posted:   Sep 4, 2013 - 5:19 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Were there any western shows from this era where the cinematography was on the same level as the movie "Blood on the Moon"? That is the most beautifully photographed black and white western movie I have ever seen.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 4, 2013 - 5:49 PM   
 By:   paulw   (Member)

The Untouchables' for me but up until 1973 everything was black and white in my country..

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 5, 2013 - 2:20 AM   
 By:   (Member)   (Member)

"Danger Man", starring Patrick McGoohan.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJc-Eh9jFlE

"Doctor Who", starring Patrick Troughton.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cIr5ybomd48

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 5, 2013 - 3:07 AM   
 By:   Graham S. Watt   (Member)

Another vote for THE OUTER LIMITS. Great show overall, and with very particularly stylised photography.

 
 Posted:   Sep 5, 2013 - 3:41 AM   
 By:   OnlyGoodMusic   (Member)

Mr. Ed ("A horse is a horse, of course, of course. And no one would talk to a horse, of course. That is, of course, unless the horse is the famous Mr. Ed.")

77 Sunset Strip ("The street that wears a fancy label, That's glorified in song and fable. The most exciting people pass you by, including a private eye.")

Perry Mason bored me to death. A never ending talk-a-thon with an expressionless lead actor.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 5, 2013 - 4:58 AM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

The Untouchables' for me but up until 1973 everything was black and white in my country..

Thats a good point. We were one of the first in my road to get a colour telly in 1969.
They were nearly all rentals then. It was a Baird from Granada Rentals!
Back in those days there was always a t.v campaign pushing for colour t.vs ahead of big sports events, eg 68mexico olympics and 70 world cup.

Danger man is a good shout.

and early Dads Army was b/w too.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 5, 2013 - 5:16 AM   
 By:   (Member)   (Member)

Were there any western shows from this era where the cinematography was on the same level as the movie "Blood on the Moon"? That is the most beautifully photographed black and white western movie I have ever seen.


Jimbo,

Wait for June 2014 when Paramount will release the odd season 7 of "Rawhide" produced by Bruce Geller alias Mr. Mission: Impossible. Then and only then, we'll see the results of revisionist Geller on "Rawhide" which may breed interesting photography.

I advise you to read this comprehensive blog about "Rawhide" done by an expert.
http://classictvhistory.wordpress.com/2010/03/12/what-we-talk-about-when-we-talk-about-rawhide/

 
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