Treasures From TV Land - Sat. May 5 - 8PM

My Favorite Martian episode presented courtesy of
Jack Chertok Television in association with
Free Comic Book Day
Oddball Films presents Treasures From TV Land. Whether it was a commercial or a sitcom, commercials or a variety show, most television production prior to the late 1970s was made on 16mm. This program features rare, weird and wonderful vintage TV screened from 16mm film prints. Highlights include excerpts from The Debbie Reynolds Show featuring the multi-talented leading lady in the skit A Date With Debbie (1960); Season 3 episode 31 of My Favorite Martian titled My Nut Cup Runneth Over (1966) about a squirrel accidentally transformed into a human; Some Like It Hot (1961), the un-aired, lost TV pilot for a series based on the classic Billy Wilder film; and clips from the queen of TV comedy Lucille Ball's shows I Love Lucy and The Lucy Show. Plus! Television Land (1971) brilliantly edited visual history of the great communicator, and loads of kooky vintage TV commercials. 

Date: Saturday, May 5th, 2012 at 8PM
Venue: Oddball Films, 275 Capp Street, San Francisco
Admission: $10 - Limited Seating RSVP to or 415-558-8117


A Date With Debbie - excerpt (b+w, 1960)

In 1960, the multi-talented Debbie Reynolds signed a 3-year contract with ABC to produce a yearly TV special.  The debut features the brilliant Carl Reiner, a sensational performance of “This Here” by the Cannonball Adderley Quintet, and some fine singing, dancing and formidable comedy from Ms. Reynolds.

My Favorite Martian (b+w, 1966)  
Idiotic and hilarious series featuring a young Bill Bixby (who went on to further cheese-o-rama stardom in The Incredible Hulk) as Tim O’Hara and future Fast Times at Ridgemont High’s “Mr. Hand”- Ray Whalston as “Uncle Martin”, the sarcastic Martian.  Entitled “My Nutcup Runneth Over”, this episode from April, 1966 features Hal England as a squirrel who’s been changed into a human being (dubbed Red Squirrelton) by Uncle Martin’s malfunctioning molecular reassembler.  Hijinks ensue. Print presented courtesy of Jack Chertok Television in association with Free Comic Book Day.

Television Land (color/b+w, 1971) 
Brilliant, impressionistic, narration-free history of Television utilizing original clips, similar to the Oddball Films favorite “The Car of Your Dreams”. Directed by Charles Braverman, the snappy montage is divided into three sections: entertainment, news and commercials.

Some Like It Hot (b+w, 1961)  
Super rare TV pilot (un-sold and un-aired) attempted to franchise the all time classic Billy Wilder film as a weekly program.  Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis appear at the opening before undergoing plastic surgery (the mob is still after them), re-emerging as “look-alikes” Vic Damone and Dick Patterson.  For some reason, they continue to dress in drag and play with the all-girl band… Tina Louise (of Gilligan’s Isle fame) replaces Marylin Monroe and a bit part by George “I wish my brother George was here” Liberace.