Classic TV: The 60s : Serious question about THE DINAH SHORE CHEVY SHOW--answers appreciated!

Serious question about THE DINAH SHORE CHEVY SHOW--answers appreciated!

The following is being re-posted from the 1950s TV board, in the hopes that someone here might know the answer too:

I know this wasn't Dinah Shore's first show, and that before this one, she had a 15 minute program broadcast in black and white. But I want to know about this particular program – THE DINAH SHORE CHEVY SHOW, that started in 1956 and ended in 1962 and 1963.

What I really want to know about it is – was it always broadcast in color from day one? I ask because I just started seeing it on the JEWISH LIFE NETWORK, and I was struck by how "live" it felt, being in color, it almost felt like it was happening today – just with lot of classier people who knew how to talk, act, and dress better. I loved seeing it in color – and the episodes I watched were from early 1960.

I've done some YouTube searches, and found a mix of episodes that are in color and black and white. So you might be thinking that answers my question, but it actually doesn't, because come to find out, a lot of shows that are seen in black and white were actually broadcast in color originally.

For example, THE JACK BENNY PROGRAM special that he did in the 1960s with The Beach Boys was in color, but when I watched it on THE JEWISH LIFE NETWORK, it was in black and white – despite the fact that Jack Benny himself mentioned within the program that they were broadcasting "in living color".

I will be sad if I find out that a lot of the color episodes of this wonderful, beautiful program are now lost, and that all which survives are black-and-white kinescopes. And anyway, wasn't kinescope out of fashion by the mid-1950s? Didn't all the shows convert to film by then, following the example of I LOVE LUCY?

If anybody has any information on this, I would really like to know. Because silly as it may sound, as much as I love THE DINAH SHORE CHEVY SHOW now, this is really praying on my mind!

Please excuse typos/funny wording; I use speech-recognition that doesn't always recognize!

Re: Serious question about THE DINAH SHORE CHEVY SHOW--answers appreciat

Hey Romance,

While I certainly remember Dinah Shore (most fondly), I do not remember seeing her show in color, perhaps because our first color television was not purchased until about 1971. If you Google The Dinah Shore Chevy Show, there is a fair amount of information about Shore's shows and that some were in color as you noted.

Best wishes,
Dave Wile



Re: Serious question about THE DINAH SHORE CHEVY SHOW--answers appreciat

1. Variety shows were virtually never shot on film. They were live, or later on were live-on-tape. The only variety shows that come to mind that were shot on film were "The Frankie Laine Show" (1954-1955), "Florian Zabach" and "Liberace". Those series had a "canned" feeling to them, and would have been better if they had been live.

2. Kinescopes continued being made well into the 1960s and even into the 1970s.

3. The Dinah Shore Chevy Show was always broadcast in colour. But colour video-tape was expensive and tended to be re-used. Also, the show began in 1956, and colour video-tape was not invented until 1958.

4. Kinescopes are much easier to digitise than video tape and also much less likely to deteriorate. Video-tapes look better when new, but 60 years later often can look a lot worse and are often completely unplayable.


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Re: Serious question about THE DINAH SHORE CHEVY SHOW--answers appreciated!

The Dinah Shore Chevy Show aired in color from its 10/5/56 debut. Seen Live on the east coast, it was shot on 35mm color film for the west. After use, the films were sent to Kodak Labs for cash credit. Only 16mm Black & White copies were retained by NBC for legal department reference and artist requested duplicates. NBC began the disposal of these films as early as 1971. NBC began video use on 2 inch quad tape in 1957. These tapes were erased and used several times. The earliest surviving Color Chevy show was recorded on 11/9/58 & aired on 5/3/59. Miss Shore retained color tape copies of all shows aired January'59 to June '61 as well as her 16 NBC specials from October 1961 to June 1963. -"JIM TV"-
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