A random list of nothing in particular, Part 2

by Thor-Delta | created - 26 May 2015 | updated - 22 Aug 2015 | Public

A random list of titles. This list serves no purpose. At the time of making this list, I had not seen any of the titles on the list, some of which are lost.

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1. Be My Guest (1961 TV Special)

60 min | Music

A live variety special.

Stars: Judy Banks, Sheila Bradley, John Broadway, Frank Camm

2. Joan Roberts Sings (1949–1950)

15 min | Music

A music program aired in a 15-minute time-slot. Joan Roberts sang songs accompanied by solovox-piano, and was also producer of the series.

Star: Joan Roberts

3. Numskull Jack (1937 TV Short)

10 min | Short, Family

In this live telecast, Paul Leyssac tells the story "Numskull Jack".

Star: Paul Leyssac

8. Shark Fishing at San Remo (1960 TV Movie)

30 min | Documentary

A live transmission from a shark fishing boat. Telecast was telerecorded and later repeated.

9. Melody Bar Ranch (1947– )

30 min | Music

A program of western music.

10. Apartment 3-C (1949–1950)

15 min | Comedy

A situation comedy about a married couple. It aired live, and aired in a 15-minute time-slot.

Stars: Barbara Gay, John Gay

11. The Jack Sterling Show (1949– )

30 min | Music, News, Talk-Show

In one of the earliest daytime series, Sterling reads the news and does interviews. Additionally, there was music by Max Showalter.

Stars: Jack Sterling, Max Showalter, Dick Boone

12. Free Sunday Orchestral Concert (1960 TV Special)

60 min | Music

A live presentation of music. "Colas Breugnon Ov.", "Variations on Waltzing Matilda", "Piano Concerto No. 1 in E Flat Major".

Stars: Raymond Fisher, Bernard Heinze, Sydney Symphony Orchestra

13. Dark Brown (1964 TV Movie)

45 min | Drama, Mystery

A television play aired in a 45-minute time-slot on non-commercial television (ABC), and set in the Victorian era. Jenny is confronted by a strange aunt while her husband is away.

Stars: Beverley Bates, Ray Dunlop, Betty Ross, Gwen Wheeler

14. William Clauson (1965– )

10 min | Short, Music

American singer William Clauson sings songs in this series recorded for Australian television.

Star: William Clauson

15. Let Me Read to You (1961– )

15 min | Short

Popular personality of Melbourne television, Eric Pearce, reads from popular works, in a series aired in a 15-minute time-slot on Sundays. Later, it aired in a 10-minute time-slot. The series was short-lived.

Star: Eric Pearce

16. Tomorrow's World (1959– )

20 min | Documentary

A series of educational telecasts for schools, done in a 20-minute time-slot, on subjects such as "power from the atom" and plankton.

17. The Tell-Tale Heart (1961 TV Movie)

25 min | Thriller

A ballet based on the Edgar Allen Poe story. A woman murders an old man and is haunted by the sound of his heart.

Stars: Colin Croft, John Foster, Ruth Galene, Max Hansen

19. Amelia Goes to the Ball (1966 TV Movie)

55 min | Musical

A vain woman and her efforts to attend the opening ball. Set in a European city during 1910.

Stars: Peter Baillie, John Brosnan, Rae Cocking, Pamela Coleman

20. Four-Star Talent Search (1949– )


A talent show aired locally in New York City.

Star: Joe Bolton

21. At Our House (1948–1949)

15 min | Comedy

A sitcom aired in a 15-minute time-slot, about a constantly bickering husband and wife.

Stars: Edie Dexter, Jim Dexter

22. Hits and Bits (1946– )

30 min | Comedy, Music

A live variety show, with singers, dancers, novelty acts, etc.

24. Auction Day (1964– )

30 min | Game-Show

The studio audience bids for items.

Stars: Ron Cadee, Larry K. Nixon

26. The House on the Corner (1957–1958)

10 min | Drama

A religious series aired in a 10-minute time-slot, about a couple and their teenage children.

Stars: Rosemary Barker, Harry Howlett

27. Strictly for Women (1957– )

5 min | Short

Information is scarce on this series. It may have featured demonstrations of the latest gadgets.

Star: Mitta Hamilton

28. Robert Pomie Ballet (1963–1964)

30 min

An occasional television series consisting of short ballets.

Star: Robert Pomié

29. She'll Be Right (1962 TV Movie)

60 min | Drama

Live television play. In a French mountain inn in 1962, an Englishman relates his WW2 story.

Stars: Julie Allen, Horst Bergfried, Syd Conabere, Agnes Dobson

30. Schools Take the Stage (1957 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary

Live telecast from Anzac Memorial, Hyde Park, Sydney.

31. Press Gang (1959 TV Movie)

30 min | Comedy

A live television revue, which was a satire on daily newspapers.

Stars: Diana Bell, Stuart Finch, Frank Gatliff, Joy Grisold

32. Rita (1959 TV Movie)

54 min | Musical

In this opera, a "widowed" woman remarries and later finds out her first husband is still alive.

Stars: Joe Jenkins, Rosalind Keene, Ereach Riley, Russell Smith

33. Open House (1949– )

30 min | Comedy, Music

A short-lived variety program.

Star: Joe Bolton

35. Science Today (1958– )

30 min | Documentary

An educational series for schools which aired live.

36. Gertrude Hintlian (1932– )

15 min | Music

A music program aired in a 15-minute time-slot on mechanical television, featuring violinist Gertrude Hintlian.

Star: Gertrude Hintlian

37. Harry Fries and His Musical Saw (1932– )

15 min | Music

A music program usually aired in a 15-minute time-slot. Harry Fries played the saw.

Star: Harry Fries

38. Museum of Models (1957 TV Movie)

45 min | Documentary

A live Sydney-aired telecast (kinescoped for Melbourne telecast), featuring a visit to the Technological Museum. Aired in a 45-minute time-slot.

39. A New House (1959 TV Movie)

20 min | Documentary

Educational telecast for children aired in a 20-minute time-slot.

Star: Margo Davis

40. A Bottle of Milk (1959 TV Movie)

20 min | Documentary

Educational telecast for children ages seven and eight, aired in a 20-minute time-slot.

Star: Val Marriott

41. Looking After Pets (1959 TV Movie)

30 min | Documentary

A program for seven and eight-year-olds, about the looking after of pets.

Star: Peter Geoffrey

42. Report from Rutgers (1953–1960)

30 min | Documentary

A series on televised lessons on various subjects, featuring professors from Rutgers University.

43. Talkie Songs (1932– )

15 min | Music

A music program aired in a 15-minute time-slot, and aired on mechanical television.

Stars: Saul Meriowitz, Sylvia Sherry

44. Seven Arts Quiz (1947– )

30 min | Game-Show

A panel game show featuring questions about the arts (such as music, theater, dancing, etc).

Star: Bill Slater

45. You'll Be Sorry (1947– )

30 min | Game-Show

An audience participation show.

Stars: Terry O'Sullivan, Beryl Wallace

46. Old Churches in a New Land (1960– )

30 min | Documentary

A set of two programmes about the work of orthodox churches in Australia.

47. Presenting Frances Foster (1949–1950)


A music program featuring singer Frances Foster, who sang various kinds of songs. She was accompanied by pianist Harry Miller.

Stars: Frances Foster, Harry Miller

48. Eden High School Band (1948 TV Short)

15 min | Short, Music

Broadcast from 10:00PM to 10:15PM, this was a broadcast featuring the Eden High School Band.

49. Posting a Letter (1959 TV Movie)

20 min | Family