Dick Clark's Beechnut Show (NTSC DVD)


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Includes 4 full episodes of Dick Clark's Beechnut Show.  Great collection of original 1960's rock and roll TV performances.

The Dick Clark Saturday Night Beech-Nut Show was Dick Clark’s second attempt at a prime time show.  His first, a prime-time version of American Bandstand, ran only 13 weeks.  The Beech-Nut Show was much more successful, lasting almost 3 years.

The Dick Clark Saturday Night Beechnut Show was broadcast live from the Little Theatre In New York City.  Every weekend, Dick Clark commuted from Philadelphia to NYC to do the “Beech-Nut Show”.  There was actually two shows done each Saturday.  The first was a rehearsal show where the artists could sketch out their performances and Clark could line everything up.  This would have a different audience than the second show which was the one that was televised.

Beech-Nut Gum was actually picked up as a sponsor for the third episode to the conclusion of the show’s run.  The artists that appeared usually “lip-synched” to their records.  Very few actually performed live.  This is the only show to be able to make the claim of having Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper as guests (although on different episodes).  All three were killed together in a plane crash on February 3, 1959.  Amazingly, Elvis Presley and Ricky Nelson, two of the biggest stars of the period, never appeared on the show.

March-14-1959:  Musical guests include:  Sam Cooke “Everybody Likes To Cha-Cha-Cha”, “You Send Me”;  The Fleetwoods “Come Softly To Me”;  Lou Monte “The Italian Cowboy”;  Frankie Avalon “Venus”.  Dick displays gifts that he has received from audience members and asks about their favorite dances.  He does a bow and arrow demonstration and presents Frankie Avalon with a gold record and watch from Chancellor Records.

January-23-1960:  Musical guests include:  Jack Scott “What In The World’s Come Over You”; The Everly Brothers “Let It Be Me”, “Till I Kissed You”;  Mark Dinning “Teen Angel”;  Jimmy Jones “Handy Man”;  Robin Luke “Bad Boy”;  Rod Lauren “If I Had A Girl”; several others.

Dick talks about his making the Hollywood movie “Because They’re Young” and announces his special movie premiere contest.  He shows ”home movies” from on the movie set and asks a girl in the audience the type of “man” she goes for.

November-28-1959:  Musical guests include:  Gary Stytes “Starry Eyed”;  Bobby Freeman “Ebb Tide”;  Rob Lauren “If I Had A Girl”;  Lloyd Price “Won’t Cha Come Home”, “Come Into My Heart”;  Frankie Avalon “Why”, “Swinging On A Rainbow”.  Frankie is interviewed and discusses his work in the film “The Alamo” and why he’s growing his hair so long.  Dick talks with the kids in the audience about his recent book “Your Happiest Years”.

September-12-1959:  Musical guests include:  Neil Sedaka “Oh, Carol”;  Roberta Shore “Love At First Sight”;  Bobby Rydell “I Dig Girls”;  Paul Anka “Melodie D’Amour”, “Put Your Head On My Shoulder”.  Dick talks about making the film “Because They’re Young” and displays a collection of antique toys.  He presents Paul Anka with a gold record for his hit “Lonely Boy”.

BONUS MATERIAL:  Includes Theatrical Trailers and  rare 1950’s TV Commercials!

Video Quality: Quality varies from show to show, but is generally reasonably good quality for it's time, about an 8.0 using our website Quality Rating Table.
Running Length: 120 minutes
Disc Format: 1 NTSC DVD