Saturday, June 29, 2024

Inside the Guide: TV Guide 50 years ago (June 29-July 5, 1974 Part 1)

Let's go inside the Guide once more with a deep dive into this issue that tube watchers consulted 50 years ago today!

My copy is a Northern California edition. First up, as mag fans know, is Saturday. That's 50 years ago today!

One thing that amuses me early on when looking at the listings: At 9:00, they just list CARTOON, not bothering to list it as a Scooby movie, and look at this description:

"In animated form." Thanks for clarifying that!

Interesting to me: From 10:00-11:00, all network cartoons have live-action tie-ins, with Trek, My Favorite Martian, Brady KidsI Dream of Jeannie, Rick Springfield, and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (indirectly) appearing. 11:00 has a Superstar Saturday Movie adaptation of Gidget with David Lander as a voice.

I note that two stations, not at the same time, have Bowery Boys movies on this morning. That's a great tradition that was gone for years until TCM picked up the films again.

It Pays to Be Ignorant, also on this Saturday, is one of the best titles ever. It began in Old Time Radio as a panel game show with celebrities, and this short-lived adaptation for TV aired in syndication for one season. Joe Flynn hosted with regulars Charles Nelson Reilly, Jo Anne Worley, and Billy Baxter. What a cast! 

Kind of odd to think of this happening today, but a Democratic Party telethon airs much of the night on CBS.

Next week, the mag pays tribute to Lucy:

One of the notable broadcasts tonight is the film Sweet Charity.

Tomorrow we will take a quick look at Sunday, June 30, along with our usual Top Ten!

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