Coke / Coca Cola - ca 1950’s

Commercials

In the early days of live TV programming commercials were an integral part of the program with program announcers, commercial spokesmen or even the stars themselves plugging the sponsors products.

The Coca Cola Corporation entered the nascent television market rather tentatively, sponsoring Edgar Bergen’s first foray in the medium, followed by their sponsorship of “Coke Time”, a fifteen minute musical variety program that with “The Camel News Caravan” filled out a half hour. 

Coca Cola would later help sponsor the “Disneyland” tv series and “The Adventures of Kit Carson” among others.    These shots are predominately from the few surviving episodes of the “Coke Time” series with announcer Fred Robbins serving as the commercial spokesman.  The spots would often run about two minutes in those days. 

The slogans were “Coke Refreshes” and “The Pause that Refreshes”. 

Speedy Alka Seltzer - 1954 - 1964

Commercial Icon

Running Time:  30 to 60 seconds

Slogans:

  • It’s Speedy Alka Seltzer for fast relief today
  • Relief is Just swallow away
  • Plop, plop, fizz, fizz oh, what a relief it is.

Note:  Veteran silent star Buster Keaton made a series of Alka Seltzer commercials during the 1950’s alongside Speedy

Pepsodent - ca 1950’s

Commercial

Running Time:  60 seconds

Jingle:  “You’ll wonder where the yellow went when you brush your teeth with Pepsodent.”

Notes:

  • Irium - Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
  • I..M..P. - Isoluble Meta-Phosphate

Brylcreem - ca 1950’s

Commercial

Running Time:  60 seconds

Jingle:  “Brylcreem, a little Dab’ll Do Ya!  They’ll love to run their fingers through your hair.”

        

The Californians - NBC - 9/4/1957 - 5/26/1959

Western (54 episodes)

Running Time:  30 minutes

Stars:

  • Adam Kennedy - Dion Patrick
  • Richard Coogan - Matthew Wayne
  • Carole Matthews - Wilma Fansler
  • Art Fleming - Jeremy Pitt
  • Herbert Rudley - Sam Brennan
  • Sean McClory - Jack McGivern
  • Nan Leslie - Martha McGivern
  • Howard Caine - Schaab

MGM Parade  - ABC  - 9/14/1955 - 5/2/1956

Documentary (34 episodes)

Running Time:  30 minutes

Hosts:

  • George Murphy (1955-1956)
  • Walter Pidgeon (1956)

Casablanca - ABC - 9/27/1955 - 4/24/1956

Drama (10 episodes)  Part of the series Warner Brothers Presents

Running Time:  60 minutes

Stars:

  • Charles McGraw - Rick Blaine
  • Marcel Dalio - Captain Renaud
  • Michael Fox - Sacha
  • Dan Seymour - Ferrari
  • Clarence Muse - Sam
  • Ludwig Stossel - Ludwig

The Woody Woodpecker Show

  • ABC - 9/3/1957 - 9/25/1958
  • Syndicated - 1958 - 1966
  • NBC - 9/12/1970 - 9/2/1972
  • NBC - 9/11/1976 - 9/3/1977
  • Syndicated - 1987 - 1997
  • Cartoon Network - 1997 - 1998
  • Teletoon Retro - 2011 - Present

Animated Features

Running Time:  30 minutes

Original Host/Narrator - Walter Lantz

Voices:

  • Mel Blanc - Woody Woodpecker (1940-1941)
  • Grace Stafford - Woody Woodpecker / Miranda Panda
  • Daws Butler - Chilly Willy / Smedley / Andy Panda / Gabby Gator / others
  • Paul Frees - Wally Walrus (1953 - 1961) / others
  • June Foray - Knothead / Splinter
  • Dallas McKennon - Buzz Buzzard / Willoughby / others

The Joseph Cotten Show - CBS - 7/6/1959 - 9/21/1959

Anthology / Summer Replacement (10 episodes)

Running Time:  30 minutes

Hosted by Joseph Cotten

The Bigelow Theatre / The Bigelow-Sanford Theatre / Hollywood Half Hour / Marquee Theater    12/10/1950 - 12/27/1951

  • CBS (27 episodes) - 1950-1951
  • DuMont (15 episodes) - 1951

Anthology