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TelevisionWeek Executive Editor Tom Gilbert joins our roster of bloggers with this forum all about classic television, where anything from "Leave It to Beaver" to "Malcolm in the Middle" is fair game for discussion. Reunion specials, DVD releases of classic shows, vintage commercials -- anything that's ever been telecast is the hot topic here.

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July 2008 Archives

Talk About Yer Product Placement

July 17, 2008 4:30 PM

"Find a wheel and it goes round, round, round!" Corny though it may be, I absolutely love this musical segment from a 1959 "The Lawrence Welk Show"—for a million reasons, including the unabashed wholesomeness of the Lennon Sisters. And, of course, the now-vanished Pacific Ocean Park. And isn't it utterly fabulous how it transmogrifies into the longest Dodge commercial ever, lyrics and all? If you're going to hit 'em over the head, at least entertain 'em.

You Get a Lot to Like

July 3, 2008 5:56 PM

I stumbled across this old (circa 1960) Marlboro cigarette commercial starring Julie London online the other day.

Dayum, that’s good stuff! Sex on wheels. Can you imagine anyone—producer or singer—taking the time and care to sell a product so artfully today? No wonder the Marlboro brand became firmly entrenched as a man’s cigarette. Talk about your propaganda. To hell with the health risks. When it comes to purveying evil, this is as good as anything Leni Riefenstahl ever did. I wonder how many teenage boys started smoking after seeing that?