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Does anyone else watch old movies and TV shows for the old cars?

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There was a Twilight Zone marathon on last night- some of the 1960-63 shows.

In the four episodes I watched, saw: 1959 Country Squire wagon, 1959 Mercury (think it was a Montclair) 4D hardtop, early-50s Plymouth convertible, 1961 Ford police car.

I'll also admit to loving "Hazel", Bewitched" and whole host of others simply to see 1960s cars when they were new, and "Bonanza" for the new Chevy commercials. I think TV Land actually showed some episodes complete with period commercials many years ago. It was great.

Maybe if these idiot carmakers would go back to sponsoring and product-placing their cars in TV shows, sales might improve? It worked back then...

Or is there even a modern car made that could be placed front and center in a TV show and make people want to own it? Nah, they'd rather yap about electronic entertainment gadgets and financing options.

Other sightings?

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Perry Mason is on channel 26 (Fox) at noon during the week...awesome cars on the show.

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I vaguely remember a show called "Highway Patrol" which featured an actor named (Robert?) Preston. Every week he pulled a car over and solved a crime the driver was involved in. At the end of the show he would say,"Tell it to the judge". I would love to see that series again.

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I vaguely remember a show called "Highway Patrol" which featured an actor named (Robert?) Preston. Every week he pulled a car over and solved a crime the driver was involved in. At the end of the show he would say,"Tell it to the judge". I would love to see that series again.

Broderick Crawford is the guy I remember from "Highway Patrol".

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If you want to watch Highway Patrol, go here......

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Highway Patrol - Full Episodes and Clips streaming online - Hulu

I burned all the episodes on DVD. Tons of new old cars.........

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RTV network shows lots of 1960s and 70s shows, like Adam-12, Emergency, and Dragnet. Always cool to see the cars they pass on the street.

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I have seen the ole 51 buick in a few shows, last I remember was " A beautiful mind" I saw a few Buicks in there.I also like to watch " I dream of Jeannie" Ole Colonel Nelson (larry hagman) drove a nice 68 firebird, I hav a 68 fireird too so I like looking for old cars

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What breaks my heart is when you see some of these cars on television and you see some of those cars get wrecked. You see these cars get wrecked and think of the parts that got lost due to filming.

Even with the other shows, look at how many Trans Ams and Mopar police cars that got wrecked in Smokey and the Bandit. Let alone all of the other tv shows and movies.

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What breaks my heart is when you see some of these cars on television and you see some of those cars get wrecked. You see these cars get wrecked and think of the parts that got lost due to filming.

Even with the other shows, look at how many Trans Ams and Mopar police cars that got wrecked in Smokey and the Bandit. Let alone all of the other tv shows and movies.

I'm not so worried about it on old shows, since the cars were new then. Frankly, I'm not too worried about screaming chicken T/As, either. I do agree with you about new shows and movies, however. Why is it that every new movie needs to trash a number of 1960s musclecars. Keep in mind that for every one car you see on the screen, there are 3-6 cars built and trashed. I just refuse to pay money to watch those movies.

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Keiser31 is correct about "Highway Patrol".

Broderick Crawford was the headliner, but the Buicks, and later the Mercury models used by CHP were (in my opinion) the stars..............10-4?

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Hello,

They had "Mad,mad,mad world" (not sure how many mads) with Buddy Hackett and

Mickey Rooney (and half of Hollywood) on the other night.

Lots of early 60's cars & trucks. Good chase scenes if only the storyline wasn't so corny...

Thanks,

Joe

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Speaking about Twilight Zone wasn't there an episode about an antique car that was traded in and it caused it's new owner to never tell a lie which ruined the ability of the used car salesman to sell his "Low Mileage Creampuffs" ?

Howard Dennis

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Why is it that every new movie needs to trash a number of 1960s musclecars. Keep in mind that for every one car you see on the screen, there are 3-6 cars built and trashed. I just refuse to pay money to watch those movies.

The new Green Hornet movie destroyed 26 1964-1966 Imperials. The Mythbusters TV show on the movie destroyed another.:mad:

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My Three Sons, beginning about 1960 and starring Fred MacMurray as Steve Douglas along with the venerable William Frawley as 'Bub' first featured Chevrolets in the show and as the credits rolled after each episode. Steve must have gotten a promotion in his TV series career as an aerospace engineer when about 3 years into the series, Pontiac replaced Chevrolet. The Douglas clan always had wagons, at first, middle of the road Chevy's, later, top of the line Pontiacs. I'm sure 'Tramp', the family dog, appreciated the extra space of those swell GM wagons.

In retrospect the move up the ladder to Pontiac reflected accurately on our American lifestyle back then.

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Ward Cleaver started his show with Fords and ended with Plymouths. In one season he had a 57 Ford 4 door sedan and a 57 Ford 2dr HT.

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Sure do! On TMC there is a Three Stooges marathon. I'm certain I saw a 1941 Willys Coupe on one episode. I almost forgot what they looked like not made into a Gasser!

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I also watch for the cars and trucks... sometimes they really add to the story. Sad to say the prop cars are cheap props...even when they cost $50,000 each or more... sad to see old stuff get destroyed... but hollywood has done that since day one.:(

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Dave@Moon, you remember it well. The car was a Model A, I think, and it was sold to a certain eastern European Comrad of the Khrushchev type. He planned to tell all his comrades it was the latest thing in America so they would all love their new style car...haha

There was another TZ with a guy that had a 1924 Rickenbacker, but I don't remember the plot in that one.

Another had a Lancia or Lagonda, some European type car, very expensive, and the owner did not get along with machines. They didn't like him and the car finally does him in.

Then there was I Love Lucy, when they were going to California, and Fred bought a 1923 Cadillac touring for the trip, and Ricky had already bought a new Pontiac convertible, 1954, I think.

And, lest we forget tht Three Stooges....they're working in a gas station, and a Packard DCP pulls up with 3 professors in the back seat. Larry puts water in the gas tank, and Curly puts gas in the radiator, and Moe checks the water level with a match, and the car goes boom...looks like it is totally dismantled, and all parts are there. It had a flat raiator front, so it had to be 1931 or before. Maybe a 645, 745 or 845...though it had a Cadillac=looking hood ornament.... See them all and enjoy..B

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What breaks my heart is when you see some of these cars on television and you see some of those cars get wrecked. You see these cars get wrecked and think of the parts that got lost due to filming.

Even with the other shows, look at how many Trans Ams and Mopar police cars that got wrecked in Smokey and the Bandit. Let alone all of the other tv shows and movies.

It's always painful to see the cool older cars that get wrecked in the "opening crash scene" for the old series "ChiPS" (Erik Estrada and I forget the name of his partner; two California motorcycle cops).

The old "BS" (Barbara Streisand) movie "What's Up Doc," also has an amazing chase scene with many cool older cars involved (including some that get mercilessly wrecked, such as a vintage VW microbus).

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My Three Sons, beginning about 1960 and starring Fred MacMurray as Steve Douglas along with the venerable William Frawley as 'Bub' first featured Chevrolets in the show and as the credits rolled after each episode. Steve must have gotten a promotion in his TV series career as an aerospace engineer when about 3 years into the series, Pontiac replaced Chevrolet. The Douglas clan always had wagons, at first, middle of the road Chevy's, later, top of the line Pontiacs. I'm sure 'Tramp', the family dog, appreciated the extra space of those swell GM wagons.

In retrospect the move up the ladder to Pontiac reflected accurately on our American lifestyle back then.

I forgot to mention one more tidbit about My Three Sons and why we started to watch it from episode #1 in our household. Fred MacMurray went to high school in Beaver Dam, WI and so did my mom not too many years later. Fred, of course, went on to star in movies beginning in the late 30's. That made him about the biggest deal in that neck of the woods back in those days. My mother was flabergasted when 'Steve' in a line in the My Three Sons series mentions his high school as it was in real life, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin and did it repeatedly throughout the run of the series.

The early years of the series is now available on DVD. I get mine from NETFLIX. I have fond memories associated with many of those old episodes and can place myself back in those simpler times when I watch them.

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Then there was I Love Lucy, when they were going to California, and Fred bought a 1923 Cadillac touring for the trip, and Ricky had already bought a new Pontiac convertible, 1954, I think.

That Pontiac was a 1955. My brother has the model that was made after the show. It has the 4 characters sitting inside it. Pretty cool!

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Hello,

They had "Mad,mad,mad world" (not sure how many mads) with Buddy Hackett and

Mickey Rooney (and half of Hollywood) on the other night.

Lots of early 60's cars & trucks. Good chase scenes if only the storyline wasn't so corny...

Thanks,

Joe

This is a great movie if you want to look for old cars. Its more than corny but it was meant to be silly.

We watched this again a few nightss ago and it was the cars in the background and on the streets that interested me the most.

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I caught one episode of the TZ marathon with William Shatner and Pat Breslin. They get towed into a small town in a broken 57 Ford Sunliner Conv. There was also on TCM "The Time Machine" where Rod Taylor is almost vaporized in 1966 and there were some customized cars in there, 1 being a 51 Packard.

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Keiser31 is correct about "Highway Patrol".

Broderick Crawford was the headliner, but the Buicks, and later the Mercury models used by CHP were (in my opinion) the stars..............10-4?

Different strokes for different folks. Myself, I was partial to the Oldsmobile police cruisers!

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