finding old TV shows on Youtube


Recently I have stumbled across full episodes of old TV series on youtube.  I began with Combat, the World War II series with Vic Morrow and Rick Jason.

More recently I have found Richard Boone’s Have Gun Will Travel, perhaps my favourite western series (1957-63) (one totally hilarious show plot involved the rivalry between two small towns’ baseball teams and Boone’s character thought to be the only impartial man around because he was a non-resident of either burg was forced into being umpire),

The Wild, Wild West with Robert Conrad (1965-69) – concept was James Bond on horseback,

Reilly Ace of Spies with Sam Neil (1983 miniseries).

It is a treat to watch these full episodes.  One startling feature with Combat and The Wild Wild West, both series began with black and white film and later switched to colour as colour television sets became popular and families bought them for home use.

Combat had a terrific set of guest stars.  Guest stars appeared as squad members, French citizens or German soldiers. In the first season, the then little-known Ted Knight and Frank Gorshin made appearances. Notable guest stars included Lee MarvinRobert DuvallJames CoburnDwayne HickmanTelly Savalas,Luise RainerCharles BronsonRichard BasehartEddie AlbertJames CaanJeffrey HunterLeonard NimoyFrankie AvalonSal MineoBrandon De WildeTab HunterBeau BridgesJohn CassavetesRoddy McDowellMickey RooneyJames WhitmoreDennis HopperTom SkerrittHarry Dean StantonKeenan WynnRichard JaeckelFernando LamasRicardo MontalbanClaude AkinsWarren OatesNick AdamsJoan Hackett, Jack Lord and Dean Stockwell.

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Author: William J. Gibson

62 year old - writer/photographer Canadian, survived open heart surgery, received kidney transplant, sometimes dour, sometimes amusing, over six feet in height, severely follicle challemged

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