Paul Winchell

Paul Winchell

Born: December 21, 1922
Died: June 24, 2005
in New York City, New York, USA
Born Paul Wilchinsky on December 21, 1922, the son of Sol and Clara Wilchinsky, Paul Winchell grew up to be the most beloved ventriloquist of American children. Ironically, as famous as Paul was, his dummy, Jerry Mahoney, was probably more famous. Not since Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy in the previous two decades had a ventriloquist and his dummy known equal celebrity.

Entering the spotlight on the Edward Bowes "Original Amateur Hour" (1948), he began working soon after in a review show in which Major Bowes would showcase the winners of his radio program. He started his television career on the CBS program The Bigelow Show (1948) in 1948; The Paul Winchell Show (1950), originally called "The Spiedel Show," in 1950; and, finally, the best-known of his shows Winchell-Mahoney Time (1965). With a clubhouse premise, his dummies Jerry Mahoney and Knucklehead Smiff--another of Paul's characters--as the clubhouse leaders, and the music of the bandleader Milton Delugg. A new innovation of Winchell's was to replace the dummy's hands with those of puppeteers who were hidden behind the dummies in a crate. Winch also played many serous dramatic roles on television without his dummy sidekicks.

What may be even more famous is that he created the voice of Tigger for the Walt Disney Company's "Winnie The Pooh" motion-picture series, based on the famous books by A.A. Milne. He played the role behind the scenes until 1999, when he was replaced by Jim Cummings, who also voiced Pooh from the time that Sterling Holloway died. He was also the voice of many other world-famous cartoon characters.

A little-known fact about Winchell is that he was one of the original inventors of an artificial heart--years before the first successful transplant with such of a device--an automobile that runs on battery power, a method for breeding tilapia, and many other inventions that are still around today.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: MeanDean

Movies for Paul Winchell...

Dr. Seuss on the Loose
Title: Dr. Seuss on the Loose
Character: Sneetches / Sam-I-Am / Green Eggs and Ham Hater (voice)
Released: August 12, 2008
Type: Movie
The pressure to conform, the inevitability of change, and the resistance to trying something new form the basis for the usual madcap adventures associated with the creative mind of Dr. Seuss. "Dr. Seuss on the Loose" builds upon three short stories - "The Sneetches," "The Zax" and "Green Eggs and Ham" - to create a thematic trio that explores the often fickle and flexible world of attitudes.
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Growing up with Winnie the Pooh: Love & Friendship
Title: Growing up with Winnie the Pooh: Love & Friendship
Character: Tigger
Released: May 23, 2006
Type: Movie
Join Winnie the Pooh and his pals as they learn about love and friendship in four whimsical animated tales that include "A Very, Very Large Animal," in which Piglet discovers that being small doesn't mean you can't have a big heart. In other stories, the gang realizes that a Tigger with no stripes is still a Tigger inside. The collection also features the adventures "Tigger's Shoes" and "No Rabbit's a Fortress," a bonus game and a sing-along song.
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Growing Up with Winnie the Pooh: A Great Day Of Discovery
Title: Growing Up with Winnie the Pooh: A Great Day Of Discovery
Character: Tigger
Released: February 8, 2005
Type: Movie
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The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh: The Story Behind the Masterpiece
Title: The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh: The Story Behind the Masterpiece
Character: Himself - Voice of 'Tigger'
Released: May 7, 2002
Type: Movie
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh: The Story Behind the Masterpiece is a behind-the-scenes documentary narrated by Corey Burton on the making of The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. It was originally made to commemorate the film's 20th anniversary, and was included with the film's subsequent home video releases. The special was made in 1996 by TV is OK Productions and was directed by Harry Arends.
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Winnie the Pooh: A Valentine for You
Title: Winnie the Pooh: A Valentine for You
Character: Tigger
Released: February 12, 1999
Type: Movie
After Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, and Rabbit see Christopher Robin making a valentine for -- gasp! -- a girl, they find he's been bitten by a "Smitten" and is lovesick! Worried that he'll no longer have time for them, and hoping a second bite from the love bug will cure him, they set out on a wild adventure to capture the Smitten. This wonderful story, filled with magic and whimsy, and sweetened with three new songs, reminds us all that the heart is big and always has plenty of room for friends -- old and new.
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A Winnie the Pooh Thanksgiving
Title: A Winnie the Pooh Thanksgiving
Character: Tigger (voice)
Released: November 22, 1998
Type: Movie
It's Thanksgiving time in the Hundred Acre Wood and Winnie the Pooh and all his friends bring food for the big dinner. Piglet brings acorns, Pooh brings honey, Owl brings biscuits, Gopher brings lemonade, and Tigger brings ice cream. But then, Rabbit walks in and tells them their Thanksgiving dinner was unacceptable and informs them that a real Thanksgiving dinner includes turkey, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie, so Pooh and his friends set out to find those very items.
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Pooh's Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin
Title: Pooh's Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin
Character: Tigger (voice)
Released: August 5, 1997
Type: Movie
A full length animated film for all the family to enjoy. Pooh gets confused when Christopher Robin leaves him a note to say that he has gone back to school after the holidays. So Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, Eeyore and Rabbit go in search of Christopher Robin which leads to a big adventure.
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Winnie the Pooh: Un-Valentine's Day
Title: Winnie the Pooh: Un-Valentine's Day
Character: Tigger
Released: January 10, 1995
Type: Movie
It's the time of year when Pooh and his pals like to show how much they care. But Rabbit insists they cancel Valentine's Day because of the flood of cards that littered the Hundred Acre Wood last year! Reluctantly, everyone agrees, until someone anonymously sends Pooh a pot of honey.
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Winnie the Pooh: Pooh Party
Title: Winnie the Pooh: Pooh Party
Character: Tigger (voice)
Released: February 15, 1994
Type: Movie
Pooh Party is the fourth volume of the Winnie the Pooh Playtime series. Episodes included: Party Poohper A Bird in the Hand A Pooh Day Afternoon
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Winnie the Pooh & Christmas Too
Title: Winnie the Pooh & Christmas Too
Character: Tigger (voice)
Released: December 14, 1991
Type: Movie
Pooh is so busy gathering up his friends' wish lists for Santa that he forgets to include his own. After retrieving the list and adding his own desires, he realizes he's late getting it where it needs to go. Off he goes to the North Pole on Christmas Eve, with pals Eeyore, Tigger, Piglet, Rabbit, and Christopher Robin missing him
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Title: Wake, Rattle, and Roll
Released: September 17, 1990
Type: TV
Wake, Rattle, and Roll is a live-action/animated television show produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions and Four Point Entertainment that premiered in the fall of 1990. The show's title was inspired by the song "Shake, Rattle and Roll". After its single season on the air in syndication, Wake, Rattle, and Roll moved exclusively to The Disney Channel under the title Jump, Rattle, and Roll. It has also been screened on Network Ten in Australia while the animated segments were broadcast on ITV in the UK as part of the short running Saturday morning children's programme TV Mayhem.
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Title: The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Character: Tigger (voice)
Released: September 10, 1988
Type: TV
The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh is an American animated children's television series produced by Walt Disney Television that ran from 1988 to 1991, inspired by A. A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh stories. It has been released on VHS and DVD.
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Yogi Bear and the Magical Flight of the Spruce Goose
Title: Yogi Bear and the Magical Flight of the Spruce Goose
Released: December 18, 1987
Type: Movie
Yogi and the gang mistakenly board the famous Howard Hughes' plane The Spruce Goose. They accidentally start the plane, so they decide to take it for a spin, helping animals and people along the way.
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Title: Yogi's Treasure Hunt
Character: Dick Dastardly (voice)
Released: September 15, 1985
Type: TV
Yogi's Treasure Hunt is a cartoon series first aired in 1985 as part of the weekend/weekday morning programming block, The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera. It is the fourth incarnation of Hanna-Barbera's Yogi Bear.
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Title: Disney's Adventures of the Gummi Bears
Character: Zummi Gummi (voice)
Released: September 14, 1985
Type: TV
Join the world’s sweetest heroes for high adventure in a mystical land of giants and wizards, ogres and dragons, and wondrous creatures both good and evil. Meet Gruffi, Zummi, Cubbi, Grammi, Tummi, Sunni, and all the legendary Gummis as they laugh, play, foil dastardly plots, and fight for what's right.
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The Smurfic Games
Title: The Smurfic Games
Character: Gargamel (voice)
Released: May 20, 1984
Type: Movie
The Smurfs engage in athletic competition to settle a dispute between both ends of the village over misquoted compound words, which turns deadly when the medal Clumsy is awarded actually causes an earthquake.
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My Smurfy Valentine
Title: My Smurfy Valentine
Character: Gargamel (voice)
Released: February 13, 1983
Type: Movie
What could be more smurfy than spending Valentine's Day with the most lovable little blue creatures in all of the forest? In this half-hour animated special from Hanna-Barbera, the residents of Smurf Village cheerfully await Cupid's arrival ... but evil lurks nearby. Can Cupid's arrow make a dent in the stone-hard heart of Gargamel, the evil wizard? Will Smurfette's Prince Smurfing ever arrive?
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Winnie the Pooh and a Day for Eeyore
Title: Winnie the Pooh and a Day for Eeyore
Character: Tigger (voice)
Released: January 1, 1983
Type: Movie
Winnie the Pooh and friends decide to throw a birthday celebration for gloomy, old Eeyore.
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The Smurfs Christmas Special
Title: The Smurfs Christmas Special
Character: Gargamel (voice)
Released: December 13, 1982
Type: Movie
The Smurfs come to the rescue of two children and their grandfather when an evil mysterious stranger shows up and causes their sleigh to turn over, forcing them to seek help and inadvertently bring Gargamel in on the action.
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The Smurfs Springtime Special
Title: The Smurfs Springtime Special
Character: Gargamel (voice)
Released: April 7, 1982
Type: Movie
The evil wizard Gargamel--who hates spring because it makes the Smurfs happy, and he hates happy--devises a scheme to put Mother Nature to sleep.
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The Flintstones: Wind-Up Wilma
Title: The Flintstones: Wind-Up Wilma
Character: Umpire / Thief / Reporter (voice)
Released: October 4, 1981
Type: Movie
Wilma is a celebrity when she gets a shot at the big leagues and becomes a pitcher for the Bedrock Dodgers after nailing a couple of robbers with a melon at the grocery store; however, she and Fred argue over her ambition to pitch for the team because Fred thinks a woman's place is in the home.
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Title: The Smurfs
Character: Gargamel (voice)
Released: September 12, 1981
Type: TV
Classic Saturday-morning cartoon series featuring magical blue elf-like creatures called Smurfs. The Smurfs, named for their personalities, inhabit a village of mushroom houses in an enchanted forest. These loveable creatures are led by Papa Smurf and live carefree... except for one major threat to their existance: Gargamel, an evil but inept wizard who lives in a stone-built house in the forest; and his feline companion, the equally nasty Azrael.
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Title: Spider-Man
Released: September 12, 1981
Type: TV
Spider-Man is an American animated TV series based on the popular Marvel Comics character of the same name.
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Title: Trollkins
Released: September 12, 1981
Type: TV
Trollkins is a 1981 animated series produced by Hanna-Barbera that aired for one season on CBS. The show was inspired from The Dukes of Hazard and the Troll Dolls. Essentially a cross between The Smurfs and The Dukes of Hazard, it followed the adventures of Blitz, Pixlee, and Flooky.
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The Fox and the Hound
Title: The Fox and the Hound
Character: Boomer (voice)
Released: July 10, 1981
Type: Movie
When a feisty little fox named Tod is adopted into a farm family, he quickly becomes friends with a fun and adorable hound puppy named Copper. Life is full of hilarious adventures until Copper is expected to take on his role as a hunting dog -- and the object of his search is his best friend!
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Title: Heathcliff
Released: October 4, 1980
Type: TV
Heathcliff is an animated TV series that debuted on October 4, 1980. It was the first series based on the Heathcliff comic strip and was produced by Ruby-Spears Productions. It ran until September 18, 1982 with a total of 25 episodes, under two different names.
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Title: Shake, Rattle, and Roll
Released: September 10, 1977
Type: TV
Shake, Rattle, and Roll is one of the six short segments part of the CB Bears animated comedy television series produced by Hanna-Barbera which aired on NBC from September 10 to December 3, 1977. Shake, Rattle and Roll are three ghosts who run a hotel for ghosts and other supernatural creatures. Their workplace hijinks are sometimes disrupted by self-proclaimed "ghost exterminator" Sidney Merciless who wants to rid the world of ghosts.
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Title: The Robonic Stooges
Released: September 10, 1977
Type: TV
The Robonic Stooges was a 30-minute Saturday morning animated series featuring the characters of The Three Stooges in new roles as clumsy crime-fighting bionic superheroes. It was developed by Norman Maurer and produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions from September 10, 1977, to March 18, 1978, on CBS and contained two segments, The Robonic Stooges and Woofer & Wimper, Dog Detectives. The Robonic Stooges originally aired as a segment on The Skatebirds from September 10, 1977, to December 24, 1977, on CBS. When CBS canceled The Skatebirds in early 1978, the trio was given their own half-hour timeslot which ran for 16 episodes.
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The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Title: The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Character: Tigger (voice)
Released: March 11, 1977
Type: Movie
Whether we’re young or forever young at heart, the Hundred Acre Wood calls to that place in each of us that still believes in magic. Join pals Pooh, Piglet, Kanga, Roo, Owl, Rabbit, Tigger and Christopher Robin as they enjoy their days together and sing their way through adventures.
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Title: Clue Club
Released: August 14, 1976
Type: TV
Clue Club is a 30-minute Saturday morning animated series produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions from August 14, 1976 to September 3, 1977 on CBS. Clue Club only had one season’s worth of first-run episodes produced, which were shown on Saturday mornings on CBS. In the fall of 1977, cut-down versions of the half-hour episodes of Clue Club appeared under the new title Woofer & Wimper, Dog Detectives to showcase the show's basset and bloodhound which aired as a segment on the CBS Saturday morning package program The Skatebirds from September 10, 1977 to January 28, 1978. When The Skatebirds was cancelled in early 1978, Woofer & Wimper, Dog Detectives re-appeared as a segment alongside The Robonic Stooges on their half-hour show, also on CBS. The full-length versions of Clue Club returned to CBS on Sunday mornings from September 1978 to September 1979, concluding the show’s original network run. After a mid-1980s revival on USA Cartoon Express, it has since resurfaced on Cartoon Network and Boomerang.
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The Tiny Tree
Title: The Tiny Tree
Character: Turtle
Released: December 14, 1975
Type: Movie
A little girl is injured in an accident and confined to a wheelchair. When Christmas arrives, the forest animals decorate a small tree outside her window to give her a happy holiday.
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Title: Joe Forrester
Released: September 9, 1975
Type: TV
Joe Forrester is an American Crime/Drama TV series, starring Lloyd Bridges.
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Title: The Oddball Couple
Released: September 6, 1975
Type: TV
The Oddball Couple was an animated half hour Saturday morning show that ran on the ABC TV network from September 6, 1975 to September 3, 1977. The show was a production of DePatie-Freleng Enterprises in association with Paramount Television and was an animated homage to the Neil Simon play-turned movie-turned hit TV series The Odd Couple, which was ironic because this series premiered the same year that the show to which it paid homage was canceled by ABC. The show initially aired at 11:30am ET the first season and was switched to 12 Noon ET the following season.
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The Man from Clover Grove
Title: The Man from Clover Grove
Character: Jefferson Swickle
Released: January 1, 1975
Type: Movie
A poor farmer, always inventing things. A lot don't work but the toys he makes brings joy to the children at the local orphanage.
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Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too
Title: Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too
Character: Tigger (voice)
Released: September 20, 1974
Type: Movie
Rabbit is tired of Tigger always bouncing him, so he get's Pooh and Piglet together to come up with an idea to get the bounce out of Tigger. Rabbit suggests they take him into the middle of nowhere and leave him overnight. The idea backfires and Rabbit, Piglet and Pooh find themselves lost, but Pooh's tummy guides them home. Then, Tigger and Roo go out for a bounce and get caught in a tree, which Tigger is too afraid to get out of, and Rabbit makes Tigger promise that if they help get Tigger down, that Tigger can never bounce again. So Tigger is rescued and feels sad that he can no longer bounce, but everyone, including Rabbit, agrees they liked the old bouncy Tigger better.
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Title: Wheelie and the Chopper Bunch
Character: Revs/Captain Tough (voice)
Released: September 7, 1974
Type: TV
Wheelie and the Chopper Bunch is a 30-minute cartoon produced by Hanna-Barbera which aired for one season on NBC from September 7, 1974 to August 30, 1975. It aired on Saturday morning from 8:30-9:00 am, opposite the popular The Bugs Bunny Show. 39 six-minute installments of the show were made. In the 80s, repeats were shown on USA Cartoon Express and later resurfaced on Cartoon Network and Boomerang. Since the show aired on NBC, Wheelie sometimes "imitated" the network's trademark "chimes". This was the first and only Hanna-Barbera series that has no humans and animals in it.
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Title: Hong Kong Phooey
Released: September 7, 1974
Type: TV
Hong Kong Phooey is a 16-episode Hanna-Barbera animated series that first aired on ABC Saturday morning from September 7, 1974 to December 21, 1974. It was a parody of kung fu shows and movies of the time. The main character Hong Kong Phooey is a clownishly clumsy secret alter ego of Penrod "Penry" Pooch, working at a police station as a "mild-mannered" janitor under the glare of Sergeant Flint. He transforms himself into Hong Kong Phooey upon running into a magic filing cabinet despite always getting stuck - and unstuck by his cat Spot - and once transformed, gets equipped with the "Phooeymobile" vehicle that transforms itself into a boat, a plane, or a telephone booth depending on the circumstances. He fights crime relying on his copy of The Hong Kong Book of Kung Fu, but he succeeds only thanks to his cat Spot who provides a solution to the challenges or they are solved by himself as result of a comically unintended side effect of his conscious efforts. Background was designed by Lorraine Andrina and Richard Khim.
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Title: Goober and the Ghost Chasers
Released: September 8, 1973
Type: TV
Goober and the Ghost Chasers is a Saturday morning cartoon produced by Hanna-Barbera and animated by the Eric Porter Studios in Australia, which aired on ABC from September 8, 1973 to August 30, 1975. A total of 16 half-hour episodes of Goober and the Ghost Chasers were produced. The show's episodes were later serialized as part of the syndicated weekday series Fred Flintstone and Friends in 1977. On cable, it was shown as part of USA Cartoon Express and later on Boomerang.
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Blue Aces Wild
Title: Blue Aces Wild
Character: Wizard (voice)
Released: May 16, 1973
Type: Movie
Feeling down about his reptilian appearance, Blue Racer wonders what it would be like to instead be a bird. Just then, a wizard appears out of thin air in need of some snake sweat for a magical potion. Blue Racer refuses to help, but the wizard entices him by offering to grant him three wishes. Intrigued, Blue Racer wishes he had wings. The wizard obliges, but a little courting escapade, an encounter with Crazylegs Crane, and the rescue of a small chick make Blue Racer realize that life as a winged blue snake isn't all it's cracked up to be.
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Killarney Blarney
Title: Killarney Blarney
Character: Jamie / Timmy (voice)
Released: May 16, 1973
Type: Movie
The shipwrecked Blue Racer spots an island and also spots two mischievous leprechauns giving the fast blue snake hard time.
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The Banana Splits in Hocus Pocus Park
Title: The Banana Splits in Hocus Pocus Park
Character: Fleegle / Tree (voice)
Released: November 25, 1972
Type: Movie
A girl named Susie goes to an amusement park and are greeted by a couple of costumed tour guides, The Banana Splits who take her on a tour of the park. In another realm a witch sees Susie and wants to make her a witch so she lures her into her realm. The Splits follow her and discover a world of magic. They try to rescue Susie from the witch and are aided by a couple of bickering wizards, Hocus and Pocus.
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Title: Ghost Story
Released: September 15, 1972
Type: TV
Ghost Story is an American television anthology series that aired for one season on NBC from 1972 to 1973. Executive-produced by William Castle, Ghost Story initially featured supernatural entities such as ghosts, vampires, and witches. By midseason, low ratings led to a title change and a shift -- for the most part -- away from paranormal themes.
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Title: McMillan & Wife
Released: September 17, 1971
Type: TV
McMillan & Wife is a lighthearted American police procedural that aired on NBC from September 17, 1971 to April 24, 1977. Starring Rock Hudson and Susan Saint James in the title roles, the series premiered in 90-minute episodes as part of the wheel series NBC Mystery Movie, in rotation with Columbo and McCloud. Initially airing on Wednesday night, the original line-up was shifted to Sundays in the second season, where it aired for the rest of its run. This was the first element to be created specially for the Mystery Movie strand.
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Title: Help!... It's the Hair Bear Bunch!
Released: September 11, 1971
Type: TV
Help!... It's the Hair Bear Bunch! is a Saturday morning cartoon, produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions in 1971 for CBS.
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The Aristocats
Title: The Aristocats
Character: Chinese Cat
Released: December 24, 1970
Type: Movie
When Madame Adelaide Bonfamille leaves her fortune to Duchess and her children—Bonfamille’s beloved family of cats—the butler plots to steal the money and kidnaps the legatees, leaving them out on a country road. All seems lost until the wily Thomas O’Malley Cat and his jazz-playing alley cats come to the aristocats’ rescue.
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Which Way to the Front?
Title: Which Way to the Front?
Character: Schroeder
Released: September 4, 1970
Type: Movie
Brendan Byers III (Jerry Lewis), one of the richest men in America, has been pronounced 4-F and can't serve his country in its war against Hitler. Byers does not takes "No" for an answer and recruits other 4-F's to fight against Hitler.
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Title: Nanny and the Professor
Released: January 21, 1970
Type: TV
Nanny and the Professor is an American fantasy situation comedy created by AJ Carothers and Thomas L. Miller for 20th Century Fox Television. During pre-production, the proposed title was Nanny Will Do.
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Title: Love, American Style
Character: Dale
Released: September 29, 1969
Type: TV
Love, American Style is a comedic television anthology
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Title: The Brady Bunch
Released: September 26, 1969
Type: TV
When widower Mike Brady marries a lovely lady widow Carol Ann, their two families become one. These are the misadventures of this new couple, their six children, a dog named Tiger, and quirky housekeeper Alice.
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Title: The Perils of Penelope Pitstop
Released: September 13, 1969
Type: TV
The Perils of Penelope Pitstop is an American animated television series produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions that premiered on CBS on September 13, 1969. The show lasted two full seasons, with a total of 17 half-hour episodes produced and released, the last first-run episode airing on January 17, 1970. Repeats aired until September 4, 1971. It is a spin-off of the Wacky Races cartoon, reprising the characters of Penelope Pitstop and the Anthill Mob. This show airs reruns on Cartoon Network classic channel Boomerang.
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Title: Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines
Character: (voice)
Released: September 13, 1969
Type: TV
Dick Dastardly and his snickering canine co-pilot Muttley plot to stop Yankee Doodle Pigeon aboard their World War I flying machines.
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Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day
Title: Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day
Character: Tigger (voice)
Released: December 20, 1968
Type: Movie
Winnie the Pooh and his friends experience high winds, heavy rains, and a flood in Hundred Acre Wood.
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Title: Here's Lucy
Released: September 23, 1968
Type: TV
Here's Lucy is Lucille Ball's third network television sitcom. It ran on CBS from 1968 to 1974.
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Title: Wacky Races
Character: Clyde (voice)
Released: September 14, 1968
Type: TV
Wacky Races is an American animated television series produced by Hanna-Barbera. The series, inspired by the 1965 slapstick comedy film The Great Race, features 11 different cars racing against each other in various road rallies throughout North America, with each driver hoping to win the title of the "World's Wackiest Racer." Wacky Races ran on CBS from September 14, 1968, to January 4, 1969. Seventeen episodes were produced, with each episode featuring two different races. The cartoon had an unusually large number of regular characters, with twenty-three people and animals spread among the 11 race cars. Reruns of the series currently air several times a day on Cartoon Network's classic animation network Boomerang.
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Title: The Banana Splits Adventure Hour
Released: September 7, 1968
Type: TV
The Banana Splits Adventure Hour was an hour-long, packaged television variety program featuring The Banana Splits, a fictional rock band composed of four funny animal characters. The series was produced by Hanna-Barbera, and ran for 31 episodes on NBC Saturday mornings, from September 7, 1968, to September 5, 1970.
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Title: Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In
Released: January 22, 1968
Type: TV
Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In is an American sketch comedy television program that ran for 140 episodes from January 22, 1968, to March 12, 1973, on the NBC television network. It was hosted by comedians Dan Rowan and Dick Martin and featured, at various times, Chelsea Brown, Johnny Brown, Ruth Buzzi, Judy Carne, Richard Dawson, Henry Gibson, Teresa Graves, Goldie Hawn, Arte Johnson, Larry Hovis, Jeremy Lloyd, Dave Madden, Pigmeat Markham, Gary Owens, Pamela Rodgers, Barbara Sharma, Alan Sues, Lily Tomlin and Jo Anne Worley. Laugh-In originally aired as a one-time special on September 9, 1967 and was such a success that it was brought back as a series, replacing The Man from U.N.C.L.E. on Mondays at 8 pm. The title of the show was a play on the "love-ins" or "be-ins" of the 1960s hippie culture, terms that were, in turn, derived from "sit-ins", common in protests associated with civil rights and anti-war demonstrations of the time. In 2002, Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In was ranked #42 on TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time.
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Title: The Dean Martin Show
Released: September 16, 1965
Type: TV
The Dean Martin Show, also known as The Dean Martin Variety Show, is a TV variety-comedy series that ran from 1965 to 1974 for 264 episodes. It was broadcast by NBC and hosted by entertainer Dean Martin. The theme song to the series was his 1964 hit "Everybody Loves Somebody."
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Title: The Hollywood Palace
Released: January 4, 1964
Type: TV
The Hollywood Palace is an hour-long American television variety show that was broadcast weekly on ABC from January 4, 1964 to February 7, 1970. Originally titled The Saturday Night Hollywood Palace, it began as a mid-season replacement for The Jerry Lewis Show, another variety show which had lasted only three months. It was staged in Hollywood at the former Hollywood Playhouse on Vine Street, which was renamed The Hollywood Palace during the show's duration and is today known as Avalon Hollywood. A little-known starlet named Raquel Welch was cast during the first season as the "Billboard Girl", who placed the names of the acts on a placard.
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Title: The Lucy Show
Released: October 1, 1962
Type: TV
The Lucy Show is an American sitcom that aired on CBS from 1962–68. It was Lucille Ball's follow-up to I Love Lucy. A significant change in cast and premise for the 1965–66 season divides the program into two distinct eras; aside from Ball, only Gale Gordon, who joined the program for its second season, remained. For the first three seasons, Vivian Vance was the co-star. The earliest scripts were entitled The Lucille Ball Show, but when this title was declined, producers thought of calling the show This Is Lucy or The New Adventures of Lucy, before deciding on the title The Lucy Show. Ball won consecutive Emmy Awards as Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for the series' final two seasons, 1966–67 and 1967–68.
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Title: The Beverly Hillbillies
Released: September 26, 1962
Type: TV
The Beverly Hillbillies is an American situation comedy originally broadcast for nine seasons on CBS from 1962 to 1971, starring Buddy Ebsen, Irene Ryan, Donna Douglas, and Max Baer, Jr. The series is about a poor backwoods family transplanted to Beverly Hills, California, after striking oil on their land. A Filmways production created by writer Paul Henning, it is the first in a genre of "fish out of water" themed television shows, and was followed by other Henning-inspired country-cousin series on CBS. In 1963, Henning introduced Petticoat Junction, and in 1965 he reversed the rags to riches model for Green Acres. The show paved the way for later culture-conflict programs such as The Jeffersons, McCloud, The Nanny, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and Doc. Panned by many entertainment critics of its time, it quickly became a huge ratings success for most of its nine-year run on CBS. The Beverly Hillbillies ranked among the top twenty most watched programs on television for eight of its nine seasons, twice ranking as the number one series of the year, with a number of episodes that remain among the most watched television episodes of all time. The ongoing popularity of the series spawned a 1993 film remake by 20th Century Fox.
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Stop! Look! and Laugh!
Title: Stop! Look! and Laugh!
Character: Paul Winchell - Ventriloquist
Released: January 7, 1960
Type: Movie
Moe, Larry and Curly (The Three Stooges) appear in short subjects linked by ventriloquist Paul Winchell and his dummies.
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Title: 77 Sunset Strip
Released: October 10, 1958
Type: TV
77 Sunset Strip is an hour-length American television private detective series created by Roy Huggins and starring Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., Roger Smith, and Edd Byrnes. The show was the subject of an ownership battle between Roy Huggins and Warner Brothers, which was the proximate cause of Huggins' departure from the studio. The series was based on novels and short stories written by Huggins prior to his arrival at Warner, but, as a matter of legal record, derived from a brief Caribbean theatrical release of its pilot, Girl on the Run. The show ran from 1958 to 1964.
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Title: The Donna Reed Show
Released: September 24, 1958
Type: TV
The Donna Reed Show is an American situation comedy starring Donna Reed as the upper-middle-class housewife Donna Stone. Carl Betz co-stars as her pediatrician husband Dr. Alex Stone, and Shelley Fabares and Paul Petersen as their teenage children, Mary and Jeff. The show originally aired on ABC from September 24, 1958 to March 19, 1966. When Fabares left the show in 1963, Petersen's little sister, Patty Petersen, joined the cast as adopted daughter Trisha. Patty Petersen had first appeared in the episode, "A Way of Her Own", on January 31, 1963. Bob Crane and Ann McCrea appeared in the last seasons as the Kelseys, friends of the Stones, and Darryl Richard became a near regular as Smitty, Jeff's best buddy. The show featured a variety of celebrity guests including Esther Williams as a famous dress designer, baseball superstars Don Drysdale and Willie Mays as themselves, teen heartthrob James Darren as a pop singer with the measles, canine superstar Lassie as herself, and young Jay North of CBS's Dennis the Menace. The series was created by William S. Roberts and developed by Reed and her then husband, producer Tony Owen. Episodes revolved around typical family problems of the period such as firing a clumsy housekeeper, throwing a retirement bash for a colleague, and finding quality time away from the children. Edgy themes such as women's rights and freedom of the press were occasionally explored.
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Title: Perry Mason
Released: September 21, 1957
Type: TV
The cases of master criminal defense attorney Perry Mason and his staff who handled the most difficult of cases in the aid of the innocent.
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Title: Circus Time
Released: October 4, 1956
Type: TV
Circus Time was a variety program presented in the United States by television network ABC as part of its 1956-57 season. Circus Time was not an actual circus broadcast but rather a circus-themed program, in which both traditional circus acts and more traditional mainstream forms of entertainment were presented. The host, or "ringmaster" in the show's parlance, was ventriloquist Paul Winchell, who was "assisted" by his dummies Jerry Mahoney and Knucklehead Smiff. Mainstream musical guests appearing on the program at times included Mickey and Sylvia and the Dell Vikings.
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Title: The Paul Winchell Show
Character: Host
Released: September 18, 1950
Type: TV
The Paul Winchell Show, or The Paul Winchell and Jerry Mahoney Show, was a variety program which aired on NBC prime time from 1950 to 1954, starring ventriloquist Paul Winchell and his dummy, Jerry Mahoney.
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Title: The Colgate Comedy Hour
Released: September 10, 1950
Type: TV
The Colgate Comedy Hour is an American comedy-musical variety series that aired live on the NBC network from 1950 to 1955. The show starred many notable comedians and entertainers of the era, including Eddie Cantor, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, Fred Allen, Donald O'Connor, Bud Abbott and Lou Costello, Bob Hope, Jimmy Durante, Ray Bolger, Gordon MacRae, Ben Blue, Robert Paige, Tony Curtis, Burt Lancaster, Broadway dancer Wayne Lamb and Spike Jones and His City Slickers.
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Title: Your Show of Shows
Released: February 25, 1950
Type: TV
Your Show of Shows was a live 90-minute variety show that was broadcast weekly in the United States on NBC, from February 25, 1950, until June 5, 1954, featuring Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca. Other featured performers were Carl Reiner, Howard Morris, Bill Hayes, Judy Johnson, The Hamilton Trio and the soprano Marguerite Piazza. José Ferrer made several guest appearances on the series. The series was telecast from the now-demolished International Theatre at 5 Columbus Circle and the Century Theater, now demolished, in New York. During 2002, Your Show of Shows was ranked #30 on TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time.
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Title: Lights Out
Released: July 19, 1949
Type: TV
Lights Out was an extremely popular American old-time radio program, an early example of a network series devoted mostly to horror and the supernatural, predating Suspense and Inner Sanctum. Versions of Lights Out aired on different networks, at various times, from January 1934 to the summer of 1947 and the series eventually made the transition to television. In 1946, NBC Television brought Lights Out to TV in a series of four specials, broadcast live and produced by Fred Coe, who also contributed three of the scripts. NBC asked Cooper to write the script for the premiere, "First Person Singular", which is told entirely from the point of view of an unseen murderer who kills his obnoxious wife and winds up being executed. Variety gave this first episode a rave review ("undoubtedly one of the best dramatic shows yet seen on a television screen"), but Lights Out did not become a regular NBC-TV series until 1949.
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Title: The Bigelow Show
Released: October 14, 1948
Type: TV
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Title: The Ed Sullivan Show
Released: June 20, 1948
Type: TV
The Ed Sullivan Show is an American TV variety show that originally ran on CBS from Sunday June 20, 1948 to Sunday June 6, 1971, and was hosted by New York entertainment columnist Ed Sullivan. It was replaced in September 1971 by the CBS Sunday Night Movie, which ran only one season and was eventually replaced by other shows. In 2002, The Ed Sullivan Show was ranked #15 on TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time.
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Everything's on Ice
Title: Everything's on Ice
Character: Voice of Dummy
Released: October 5, 1939
Type: Movie
Comedy about a little girl who's uncle makes her an ice skating star, only to take all of her money.
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Title: Misterjaw
Character: Fearless Freddy the Shark Hunter (voice)
Released: December 31, 1969
Type: TV
Misterjaw is a 34-episode made-for-television cartoon series, produced at DePatie-Freleng Enterprises in 1976 for The Pink Panther and Friends television series on NBC.