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MANKA BROS. TELEVISION LIBRARY

VARIETY SHOWS (CONTINUED)

1960-1969

Manka Bros.: 55 Years Of Comedy Gold (1968) - MBS special hosted by Joey Levitch showcasing highlights from Manka Bros. first 55 years.

Mogan David's Starlight Showcase '67 (1967) - Up and comers perform for a chance to win $500 dollars in Mogan David wine.

A Puppet, A Pauper, A Pirate, A Poet (1966) - A weekly late night chat show starring A Puppet, A Pauper, A PIrate and A Poet. Their first guests were... A Pawn and A King.

D. Day = Doris Day! (1964) - Variety show hosted by Doris Day commemorating the 20th anniversay of the Normandy Invasion. Show featured skits and songs from the 1940s.

Dorm Crosby (1964) - A series which chronicled Norm Crosby's disastrous comedy tour of the Ivy League schools in the spring of 1963.

Manka Bros.: 50 Years Of Comedy Gold (1963) - MBS special hosted by Joey Levitch showcasing highlights from Manka Bros. first 50 years.

Newton Minnow's Vast Wasteland (1961) - After his inflammatory speech to the National Association of Broadcasters, the studio chief Harry Manka told Mr. Minnow to put his money where his mouth was. The result - Newton Minnow's Vast Wasteland - Manka Bros. most successful variety show to date - consisting of 30 minutes of the best monkey and juggling acts the country has to offer.

Callas & Callas: One Night Only (1960) - Maria Callas and Charlie Callas variety show. It lasted much longer than one night - four years longer!

 

1950-1959

Fred Halbert's Dream Orgy (1958) - On the heels of "Playboy After Dark," Vaudeville comedian Fred Halbert shows pictures and talks about the women he would have an orgy with if given the opportunity. [The show was canceled almost immediately and Fred Halbert was thrown in jail.]

Wilson And Woody (1954) - Ventriloquist act in which all jokes end with Woody, the dummy, being distracted. Wilson asks Woody a question that he fails to hear. "Woody?" "Woody?" "I bet he would..." was always the punch line. And America never got tired of it (until Woody's death in 1956).

 

1940-1949

Manka Bros.: 35 Years Of Laughs, Tears and More Laughs (1948) - Early TV variety show hosted by rising teenage star Joey Levitch - radio show featuring clips and some of the greatest moments in Manka Bros. Studios history.

Manka Bros.' Hour Of A Million Stars (1946) - Great stars from the stage and screen perform songs and skits.

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