/ 1950 - 1953
early TV days, when a series wasn't sponsored by cigarettes, it was often
brought to you by booze or beer.
in 1950 was still radio's sleazy step-child, viewed by the mainstream
media the way the internet is presented on TV today. For instance, the
movie studios would never allow a television set to be seen anywhere in
their films unless it was key to the plot. And it almost never was.
Murray starred in the very first commercial TV broadcast in 1930. He was
also well-known as the guy with the Hollywood Home Movies, a popular
film feature that displayed Tinsel Town's biggest stars in their natural
habitat. These silent movies served as a rare glimpse into the private
lives of super-stars like Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Clark Gable, Marilyn
Monroe and Mae West; Ken Murray seemed to be friends with everyone in
1950, CBS gave Ken Murray a primetime Saturday night variety show - but
production values being what they were at the time, the whole thing was
a slapdash affair.
Ken Murray Budweiser Show was like an early version of The Man
Show, hardly highbrow entertainment. Darla Hood (the babe from the
Our Gang comedies all grown up), the Glamourlovelies (more eye
candy) and Joe Besser (The Three Stooges) were regulars during
the first season.
this episode, one of the few preserved from the show's three-year run,
Ken and his sidekick are seen knocking back a couple of brewskies to start
off the telecast. This being 1950, instead of talking about women's breasts,
they're discussing coffee table nick-nacks and where to buy them. Later,
it's on to a rousing salute to the U.S. Air Force, as World War Two was
still fresh in everyone's mind.
end the Armed Forces tribute, Murray welcomed Colonel
Paul Tibbets, who piloted the Enola Gay, the airplane that dropped
an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan on August 6, 1945. Now that
was a brave stunt!
next time you're watching Jackass or American Gladiator
or some sports stunt show, and you see a guy jump a car, set himself on
fire, eat a bucket of worms or whatever, think about Col. Paul Tibbetts
- who took off in a 1940's era airplane, flew it over the ocean with the
biggest bomb ever made shoved up his ass, dropped that mega-bomb on target
and - here's the best part - made it back alive! And by doing so, he ended
a World War.
did YOU accomplish today?
the clip, the host seems to lose control of the show toward the end and
wants to hold on to Col. Tibbets for dear life. This time it's Ken Murray
who's doing the bombing - cue the Clydesdales!
his B-29 on the first tactical nuclear strike in history, Col. Paul Tibbets
went on to a distinguished career and retired as a General. He died in
Murray went on to be a guest on just about every variety and talk show
in the 50s and 60s (once again with his Hollywood Home Movies) in addition
to small acting roles on sitcoms. In 1979 he edited his fabled Hollywood
home movies into an anthology called 'Ken Murray's Shooting Stars.' He
died in 1988.