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Ripley's Believe It or Not! 

Strange occurrences, odd historical facts and unusual artistic and social activities are explored.




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1985   1984   1983   1982  
Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. See more awards »


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Complete series cast summary:
Jack Palance ...  Himself - Host 6 episodes, 1982-1985
Holly Palance ...  Herself / ... 4 episodes, 1982-1984


Based on the travels and discoveries of oddity-hunter Ripley, this show looked at the people, places and events that made up the stranger side of human history. Subjects have included Nikola Tesla, The Bermuda Triangle, The Elephant Man, and Mad King Ludwig. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Release Date:

1982 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jack Palance and crew were escorted out of Tombstone, AZ by the Sheriff after refusing to sign autograph for local waitress while filming an episode there. See more »


Referenced in Night Court: Baby Talk (1987) See more »

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Fine ABC Documentary Series That Belongs On DVD
19 December 2005 | by gerrythreeSee all my reviews

Ripley's Believe It or Not with Jack Palance was a quality show. Jack Palance would travel all over the world for his on-site introductions to show segments. It is another of the missing TV shows that belong on DVD. The first season was the best. In season two, when Holly Palance came in as co-host, the writing and production staff was cut, from the credits I saw on the shows I taped from the series. Jimmy Sangster, of Hammer Film Studio fame, was one member of the writing team in season one and part of season two, before the apparent budget cutbacks. The closing credits show the effort that went into this show, credits crammed with the names of professionals who worked on this documentary series. I have read that the budget for this show was $1.5 million per episode, a lot of money in the early 80s. All that money bought a lot of photographers, negative cutters and support staff then. The segments on the shows varied from the serious (the WW2 man who wasn't there) to the goofy (supposedly Jack Palance, in an ape suit, riding around Las Vegas in an open air convertible prior to introducing the Marquis performing chimps). ABC should reissue season one of this show on DVD.

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