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Monday, December 12, 2016

The Dick Van Dyke Show In Color.

CBS aired 2 episodes back to back of colorized episodes of the Dick Van Dyke Show.
I always loved the Van Dyke Show.
And I love colorization.
As long as it's a reasonably good paint job.
This certainly was, and I wish there was more of it.
If it only gets what is now generations of people who would never look at anything in black-and-white to look at this wonderful show and see what they are missing.
But it doesn't enhance my enjoyment of it one bit.
With the Van Dyke Show, they had me at "Capri Pants".
And that was over fifty years ago.
I think I would have enjoyed it just as much if I had stumbled it on "Nick at Nite" in black and white.
I sort of lost interest in the middle of it, except of course for the capri-pants, which were black, anyway.
But I've had some wonderful experiences with colorization when it first came out.
"Casablanca" didn't lose a thing.
Neither did "The Maltese Falcon".
Neither did "It's A Wonderful Life".
"Yankee Doodle Dandy" is a far better movie in color.
It should have been made that way to begin with.
Somebody was too cheap.
I did see a horrible version of "A Night At The Opera", but that was only because it had a rotten paint job.  It looked like it was done with pastels.
The "purists" had no trouble pocketing the residuals when their color movies showed up on TV before there was color TV in wide use, so most people's exposure to them was in black and white.
So where was the outcry then?
Of course, there are things that shouldn't be touched:
"Citizen Kane",  "Raging Bull",  any of Woody Allen's movies that were made in black and white,
but I would love to see a colorized version of "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre".
You might disagree, but that's me.
The technology seems to have improved today.
I wish there was more of an audience for it.
Meanwhile, the Decades channel ran a weekend binge of Sergeant Bilko, in glorious black-and-white.
Much more satisfying.
A much higher batting average of great episodes, and a much higher slugging average.
It remains the best sitcom ever.
They almost never missed.


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  1. this show was never a favorite of mine, but i throughly enjoyed the shows & the colorization. you're
    absolutely right with regards to certain films & their makers intent, but something like this show? color away!

  2. I very much enjoyed the two Dick Van Dyke Shows in color. Wish my dad were still around to see it. He was head-over-heels in love with Mary Tyler Moore, and never missed the show in its first run. However, the best part of that show is the funny content, so b&W suits me just fine, and I laugh just as hard. Some years ago, however, I saw the colorized version of Miracle on 34th Street, and it was cool to see Santa in his bright red suit. Have a very Merry Hanukkah, Mark! Happy Holidays to all!

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Hi. I am, according to my Wikipedia entry,(which I did not create) a noted television writer, playwright, screenwriter, and occasional actor. You can Google me or go to the IMDB to get my credits, and you can come here to get my opinions on things, which I'll try to express eloquently. Hopefully I'll succeed. You can also e-mail me at Perhaps my biggest claim to fame is being responsible, for about six months in 1975, while Head Writer for the "Happy Days" TV series, for Americans saying to each other "Sit on it."