50’s CLASSIC TV VOL. 1 - OLSEN and JOHNSON

John Sigvard "Ole" Olsen and Harold Ogden "Chic" Johnson were zany American comedians of vaudeville, radio, the Broadway stage, motion pictures and television. Their shows were noted for their crazy blackout gags and orchestrated mayhem ("anything can happen, and it probably will"). Their most famous concept, Hellzapoppin', has become show-business shorthand for freewheeling, anything-goes comedy; it enjoyed a lengthy run on Broadway and spawned a movie version.

In 1949 NBC Television hired Olsen and Johnson to star in an ambitious variety show, Fireball Fun for All. It was hard to adapt Olsen and Johnson's unpredictable, prop-laden humor to a rigid time slot. Surviving kinescopes of the expensive, short-lived show demonstrate just how hard everyone tried to recapture the old, large-scale Hellzapoppin' magic under the limitations of live television. Later the team tried TV again, appearing semi-regularly on NBC's All-Star Revue

This extremely rare DVD offers examples of this classic comedy teams humor in a kinescope from October 27, 1949 with Bill Hayes in their FIREBALL FUN FOR ALL or better known as “HELLZAPOPPIN FOR TV” hour long variety show and their rare ALL STAR REVIEW - which is another hour long variety special from FEBRUARY 2, 1952.

50’s CLASSIC TV VOL. 1 - OLSEN and JOHNSON
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