Classic TV: The 40s : Where is the forgotten 'Hour Glass' show?

Where is the forgotten 'Hour Glass' show?

I've read about one of the biggest successes of the early TV days, the first variety show called "The Hour Glass" from 1946, in which many popular movie stars of the time guest-starred. Now what's become of it, is it lost, or just forgotten, or just not 'hip' anymore?? Over here in Europe we'll probably never get a glimpse of it, but what about US stations, will they ever show it again? Has any of you ever watched it, and remembers something about it to tell us?

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You mean the 1946 TV series? Lost, except for a few stills and the audio portion of a few episodes.

Kinescoping wasn't available until October 1947, by which point (I think) the series had ended.

So, unless the TV signals are still traveling though space, there's no chance of ever seeing it again.

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Re: Where is the forgotten 'Hour Glass' show?

Great shame


Let's be realists, let's demand the impossible.

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Additional info: Reviewing an episode, Life magazine called it "funny but fuzzy", "well acted but poorly produced". Even so, I think many people today would want to see it, just to see the 1940s-era acts. Some later variety series of the 1940s do have surviving episodes, such as "The Morey Amsterdam Show", "The Swift Show", etc, but these are generally not available for viewing.

Here is a link to the article, which features two pages of still photographs of the series (starting at page 84):
http://books.google.com.au/books?id=ZEsEAAAAMBAJ&lpg=PP1&pg=PA 84&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q&f=false

If you wanna see a later 1940s variety show, I uploaded an episode of "Texaco Star Theater" from 22 March 1949 to the Internet Archive (I've already linked to this in another thread):
http://archive.org/details/TexacoStarTheater22March1949

Yes, it features Keye Luke!! Extremely rare to see an Asian performer on US TV in 1949.

Also, and again I've already linked to this on another thread, if you wanna see a 1947 variety show in action, here is a link to BBC's "Variety in Sepia", featuring a talented lady performing two songs:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J16UHcWbjS8

No, this was not the first time a "Black" performer appeared on TV. The earliest such appearance I know of, now lost, is a 1938 BBC production of "The Emperor Jones":
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0259292/

However there may have been earlier appearances. Who knows?

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Thank you very much for this very rare and precious information! Especially the 1946 "Time Magazine" takes you back to the atmosphere of the time...


Let's be realists, let's demand the impossible.

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There's also a review of the premiere of Hour Glass in The Billboard here, on page 20:
http://books.google.com.au/books?id=7xkEAAAAMBAJ&pg=PT57&dq=bi llboard+%22hour+glass%22+nbc&hl=en&sa=X&ei=tlztUo-ZH9e-sQS l2YCQAw&ved=0CDYQ6AEwAzgK#v=onepage&q=billboard%20%22hour%20gl ass%22%20nbc&f=false

For some reason, NBC made audio recordings of a lot of their early TV broadcasts. They reside at the Library of Congress. You can search to see what they have at their SONIC website:
http://www.loc.gov/rr/record/Soniccont.html

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Thank you very much for your links!


Let's be realists, let's demand the impossible.

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I've looked through reviews of many mid-1940s shows, and "Hour Glass", while historically important, was not well received at the time. By comparison Billboard gave much more positive reviews to "Will You Remember?" (1944-1945) and "Dr. Death" (1945).

In the opinion of the magazine though, some shows improved themselves over time. For example, Billboard panned the first episode of WABD's "Here's How" (1946) but gave the third episode a much more positive review. I don't know if that happened with "Hour Glass" though.




Do any episodes survive of 1950s Australian version of "What's My Line"?

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Here, have this treadmill of time.
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