Thursday, September 3, 2020

This Day in TV History: Saluting a film legend and burning off a pilot

50 years ago today, at 8:00 P.M., NBC reran the 1968 special Dear Mr. Gable. The hourlong tribute to the late screen legend, who died in 1960, is narrated by Burgess Meredith.  The presentation combines interviews with people knew him, movie clips, and home movies showing Gable and Carole Lombard.

Here is a look at Mary Lou Metzger singing "Dear Mr. Gable" on The Lawrence Welk Show in 1981:

40 years ago, on September 3, 1980, CBS led off the evening at 8 with Riding for the Pony Express, a failed pilot for a Western series. The show spotlights the action of two young men who...ride for the Pony Express. John Hammond, who would go on to star in The Blue and the Gray miniseries, co-stars with Harry Crosby.  Yes, Crosby is the son of...Kathryn Grant.  Oh, and Bing Crosby.

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