I mentioned in an earlier post Timeless Media’s upcoming M Squad release and how this big honkin’ DVD set was to contain 100 episodes from the 1957-60 cult crime drama. TVShowsOnDVD.com has a bulletin asking any individual with access to the missing seventeen episodes (in any format) to help Timeless fill in the gaps…so if you’ve been collecting them and storing them in your basement, get in touch with them tuit de suite. They’ve also got a similar request for missing episodes of The Texan, the vintage Western series starring Rory Calhoun that aired on CBS from 1958-60; Timeless is planning on bringing this show to DVD as well.
Also from TVShowsOnDVD.com: an interesting story about how future Mister Ed releases might be hampered by the news that the estate of children’s author Walter R. Brooks—who created the talking-horse in a short story, “Ed Takes the Pledge”—is taking MGM to court for failing to pay royalties for VHS/DVD sales. Brooks’ widow, Dorothy, sold the rights to the chatty equine to director-producer Arthur Lubin (who directed many of the “Francis the Talking Mule” films) in 1959 for a 25% stake and apparently MGM forgot about the Widder’s cut when they inherited the property from Orion. (Might not be a bad idea to snap up the Mister Ed DVDs that are already out there—but avoid Mister Ed’s Barnyard Favorites, since it’s just a single disc culled from the first release, The Best of Mister Ed, Volume 1.)
With the first of each month comes a brand spanking-new (it even has that new CD smell) Premier Collection from First Generation Radio Archives, and this month FGRA is featuring Amos ‘n’ Andy: Volume 4—the last in a series of successful releases featuring the early half-hour sitcom years of one of old-time radio’s best-remembered programs. Harlan and the gang are also rolling out two new Radio Legends releases, one of which I slapped together some nouns and verbs for the liner notes, Casey, Crime Photographer: Volume 1. (The other is a second volume of Dragnet programs—which any true fan will have to order as quickly as possible.) Remember: when you go with First Generation, you go with quality.