“Television’s Lost Classics Volume 2: Rare Pilots”— Looking Back

“Television’s Lost Classics Volume 2: Rare Pilots”

Looking Back

Amos Lassen

This is a special series of lost classic programs from the Golden Age of TV that have been restored by SabuCat Productions from the best archival film elements available in high definition, some of the programs have not been seen since they were originally broadcast. Volume Two features 4 half-hour lost pilots

“Cool and Lam” is directed by the great Val Lewton horror collaborator, Jacques Tourneur, and we have another version of “The Life of Riley,” this time with the Wolf Man’s great Lon Chaney, Jr. essaying Riley. A “Nero Wolfe” pilot features early William Shatner. ”Case of the Sure Thing” introduced the series “Rocket Squad.” The programs also contain the original advertising and we see how easy it was to get people to smoke.

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