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You Asked For It Volume 1

Viewers odd requests are answered in four episodes of this renowned "Believe It Or Not"- type show.
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 57 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released: November 29, 2005
  • Originally Released: 1950
  • Label: Alpha Video
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Starring Art Baker

Description by OLDIES.com:

A wonderful snapshot of what Americans were curious about in the 50s, "You Asked For It" debuted in 1950 and continued offering its special "believe-it-or-not" brand of entertainment on ABC until 1959. Attempts were made to revive the show in the 1980s and 90s, but were unsuccessful in capturing the wide-eyed wonder and innocence of the original series. Each week for nearly a decade, inquiring viewers from all over the country wrote in requesting to see the strange and bizarre. The show's producers delivered it all, from the sublime to the ridiculous, the heart-lifting to the heart-stopping, and everything in between!

Episode 1: A wrestling chimpanzee; jive pianist Ivory Joe Hunter; secrets of card sharps and more!

Episode 2: A diver wrestling an octopus; a theremin soloist; movie special effects demonstrations; lost relatives found; Comedian El Brendel!

Episode 3: A Hindu fakir on a bed of nails; a man shot wearing a bullet-proof vest; carnival game conmen; a classic French clown act; baseball player Babe Dahlgren remembers Lou Gehrig!

Episode 4: An Eskimo building an igloo; America's tallest man; largest star sapphire in the world; singer Arthur Lee Simpkins; a deadly python attack; silent movie stars; a log-rolling contest!

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Customer Rating: Rating 4.4
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Rating 4.0 Charming Classic TV Movie Lover: from mount dandenong, Victoria AU -- March, 17, 2008

While this show may sound trashy, It's actually a tasteful, classy, and charming TV series showing what 1950's america was interested in. While parts of it are dated, Much of it is quite enjoyable. I wish some network/channel would re-run old programs like this (Perhaps PBS), which are entertaining and smart. The only bad thing is that the 4th episode on the disc is a little weaker than the rest, But it is still very enjoyable. Recommended to those who enjoy the lesser-known delights of 50's TV.


Rating 4.0 You Asked For It Movie Lover: from Rehoboth, MA US -- April, 29, 2006

I had forgotten about this TV series until I found it in your catalog listing. I had also forgotten how entertaining the series was. Thanks
for digging this old stuff up.


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  • Sales Rank: 2,596
  • UPC: 089218492197
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