Pioneers of Primetime

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Studio: Paramount Home Video Release Date: 11/08/2005… More >>

Pioneers of Primetime

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5 Comments
  1. STOP right here. It’s a waste of time to go any further. The first review is SO right on! This DVD is much more about Vaudeville than TV (Period)
    Rating: 2 / 5

  2. Where is the prime time part of this documentary? They spent far too much time on radio and vaudeville. At one point I thought it was titled pioneers of vaudeville, not prime time television. Where are the producers, the directors, the technology? Where are the great children’s shows and the adventure shows? This documentary is nice as far as it goes, but it does not go very far at all. In fact any number of 1920s, 30s and 40s musicals had more about the anticidents of prime time television then this documentary did. The clips, the few they had were nice, otherwise save your money
    Rating: 3 / 5

  3. Interesting, though short, telling of the beginings and early evolvement of “must see TV”. All the early greats are here; Bearle, Skelton, Caeser, Ebsen, Hope, O’Conner, et al. Really wish this was longer. I received an advance copy and thoroughly enjoyed it. The program is approx 60 minutes with extras that include extended interviews. Now, I wish someone would produce a series on vaudeville.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  4. The Pioneers of Primetime has great production value, but is to short. The subject should really have been covered as a documentary not as an hour long show on the subject. The interviews with the Old Time stars where great, but should have dug deeper into this marvelous time in show business history. Though uncredited, I know the tremendous amount of work Steve Z did to bring this show about. Chin up! And as Red Skelton would say “May God bless!”
    Rating: 3 / 5

  5. I wish every kid would see videos like this so they would know where the comedy of today comes from and why, in many ways, the talent is not what it once was. I find it sad that nearly all of the people in this video have since passed on, but what a great way to remember them. I would have paid extra if they had included an hour or 2 of the actual interviews with the stars. As good as the edited documentary is, the source material must have been a lot of fun as well.

    Buy it, watch it with your kids and discuss what TV and Radio (Vaudeville) comedy meant to people during the Depression and WWII.
    Rating: 5 / 5

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