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CBS Colorized I Love Lucy Christmas Special

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by Generic, Oct 23, 2013.

  1. Donbadabon

    Donbadabon Geocacher TCF Club

    Mar 5, 2002
    Franklin, TN
  2. trainman

    trainman Nice to see you

    Jan 29, 2001
    Looks like the color in this photo is faded to an extent, so it wasn't really that pink.
  3. tiassa

    tiassa Me --Avatar

    Jul 2, 2008
    They do turn up when Syfy does their TZ holiday marathons, so you might want to wait until after Thanksgiving and see what turns up then. I've seen several of them and they aren't as good, the extra time actually takes away from the Classic TZ "Twist ending". Note that when Rod Serling got a 1 hr network show (Night Gallery), he typicallly told 2 stories in the hour (and frequently they weren't 30 mins each.
  4. unitron

    unitron Active Member

    Apr 28, 2006
    semi-coastal NC
    Google "flying spot scanner".
  5. mattack

    mattack Well-Known Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    I guess I had only seen half hour reruns of Night Gallery.. I had thought it was a half hour show (though I *do* know that in syndication, they merged in an unrelated Gary Collins show).

    But also, IIRC, for "Night Gallery", he was basically JUST a hired host... not heavily involved with it like TZ.
  6. tiassa

    tiassa Me --Avatar

    Jul 2, 2008
    The "half hour" version of Night gallery was done for syndication purposes, and many of the segments from the hour long show were severely hacked up to make them fit
    I think Serling thought he was going to have the same amount of control as he did on TZ, but the suits at the network thought otherwise, and by the end of the 3rd season "Creative differences" ended the show (at least according to Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Night_Gallery)
  7. Donbadabon

    Donbadabon Geocacher TCF Club

    Mar 5, 2002
    Franklin, TN
    I liked seeing the Lucy Christmas special tonight in color. And for the flashback they used the original black and white.

    One thing I found interesting is that Santa brought and decorated the tree on Christmas Eve. Is that how that generation did it? I've never heard of that before.
  8. kimsan

    kimsan underling

    Jan 23, 2002
    I've only known one person who did that. Never heard of the tradition before or since until now.
  9. TomK

    TomK Active Member

    May 22, 2001
    In the movie 'The Bishop's Wife' (Cary Grant, Loretta Young, David Niven) the Christmas tree is purchased early but not delivered until Christmas Eve. Maybe it was the custom to wait late into December.
  10. gweempose

    gweempose Well-Known Member

    Mar 23, 2003
    Northbrook, IL
    I'm bummed that I forgot to record this. :(
  11. MScottC

    MScottC Member

    Sep 11, 2004
    Actually that was at least the second generation of film to television technology. Originally as early as the 50s (and maybe even the 40s) and for many years up into the 80s, maybe later in some markets, "film chains" were in play. They were basically a film projector pointed right into a TV camera. The 24 frames per second of film had to be converted to 30 frames or 60 fields per second of TV. This was done by a system called "3:2 pulldown" where one frame of film was transmitted on 3 fields of video, and the next frame of film was only transmitted with 2 fields. In many television facilities, three projectors, perhaps 1 16mm, one 35mm slide projector, and one super 8 projector, were pointed at a system of mirrors that would direct the light from one of the three projectors into the camera.
    Flying spot scanners only came into the mix in the early 80s if I remember correctly.
  12. TonyD79

    TonyD79 Well-Known Member

    Jan 4, 2002
    Columbia, MD
    When I was a kid (60s), there were some families that did their tree Christmas Eve and that was a minor topic of discussion about when different families did it. Those that did it were in the minority and I don't remember any saying Santa brought it. But then we didn't have Christmas stuff in stores until after thanksgiving.
  13. mrdbdigital

    mrdbdigital The TBS Archives TCF Club

    Feb 2, 2004
    Moultrie, GA
    In my entire broadcasting career, I have never seen or heard of anyone having a super 8 projector on a broadcast film chain. Only formats I have seen on a traditional camera film chain are slides, 16mm, and 35mm.
  14. jamesbobo

    jamesbobo with a grain of salt

    Jun 18, 2000
    The first thing I noticed was Ricky with a cigarette. You don't see too many smokers in sitcoms today.
  15. heySkippy

    heySkippy oldweakandpathetic

    Jul 2, 2001
    Sarasota, FL
    I watched a couple minutes at the beginning. The color is better than older efforts at colorization, but still jarringly unrealistic. Took me right out of the story.
  16. Donbadabon

    Donbadabon Geocacher TCF Club

    Mar 5, 2002
    Franklin, TN
    This is pretty cool. It is mixing the actual B&W footage filmed along with a color camera that looks like it was filmed from the crew.

  17. late for dinner

    late for dinner Past Expiration Date

    May 17, 2013
    My Wife and I enjoyed the memories. Color or not!

    I find it interesting when an old show comes up I ask her "did you watch that as a kid" and it turns out that we liked and disliked the same shows. Maybe we were meant for each other.
  18. sieglinde

    sieglinde Active Member

    Aug 11, 2002
    Sebastopol, CA
    Decorating the Christmas tree on Christmas Eve is a German custom (actually the Kris Kind does the decoration while the kids are asleep). My mother who is not German insisted that Christmas started December 1st and we had a tree for the normal American duration not my Dad's German tradition. :)
  19. Rkkeller

    Rkkeller Active Member

    May 13, 2004
    I have not seen Lucy in years, but did they look old as heck???

    I don't remember them being that old, but it has been years since I last saw the show.
  20. n548gxg

    n548gxg New Member

    Mar 7, 2003
    East Coast

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