Sunday, February 10, 2013

Rare Footage of Clarkesville Day:1966

I LOVE this rare FIRST PERFORMANCE footage for so many reasons.  It introduces itself in the first few moments as having been shot in La Jolla in 1966, before the premiere of the TV Show.  That was the day the town changed its name to Clarkesville, and the Boys realized just what they were getting themselves in for.  At least in terms of screaming fans.

FIRST of all, the film itself wasn't recorded with sound.  So someone decided to do something VERY creative with the music track.  Listen to it and try to figure out what song is playing and what they did!!*

Second: The film quality is TERRIBLE.  But actually, it is beautiful and completely suits the feeling.  This is what happens when the camera begin to experiment with drugs.  Black and white from the sixties, just as the world was changing.  This is not footage of "Leave it to Beaver".

Third: The spots near the end.  Danny Thomas introduces them.  He's a VERY famous vaudevillian.  From Lebanon.  Who had his own groundbreaking show in the 50's, called "Make Room for Daddy".  Father of "That Girl" Marlo Thomas. (Who was married to proto-talk show host Phil Donahue).  Mostly, for our purposes, Danny starred in a remake of "Jazz Singer".  As we have mentioned, Bert Rafelson's uncle, (Samson Raphaelson) wrote the original short story and play.

*Okay, Steppin Stone.  Played BACKWARDS! Too cool! Like "Strawberry Fields" by "those boys" (aka Beatles)  Here's the song, a clip that someone did with just music and lyrics.  Because they didn't HAVE videos back then.  Hey, the Beatles didn't even have a TV series!!

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