With Burr Tillstrom, Fran Allison
Producer: Beulah Zachary
Director: Lewis Gomowitz
60 Mins.; Mon. thru Fri., 5 p.m.
RCA-Victor Distributing Corp.
Jamboree", touted as the first 60-minute tele series on
a five-day sked, is cued to kids in the 6-16 bracket. RCA-Victor
dealers are urging youngsters to visit nabe stores and see the
show, idea being that small fry may wheedle mom and pop into
buying a receiver. All of which is smart promotion, even though
some double-crossing parents may buy another brand.
Kukla, a puppet voiced by Burr Tillstrom, emcees J.J., performing
on a stage that simulates screen in RCA receiver. Continuity
includes film shorts, animated cartoons, demonstration of juve
hobbies, and interviews by Fran Allison. Mail pull has kids
telling why they want a dog, with barker awarded weekly for
best letter. Miss Allison also appears with lost dog for possible
recognition by kid viewer.
Dialog, ad-libbed from an outline, ran smoothly. Miss Allison,
known to radio fans as Aunt Fanny of the "Breakfast Club",
is a veteran at off-the-cuff-repartee, while Tillstrom has been
puppet chattering for more than a decade.
Show, which preemed Oct. 14, seems tailor-made for a juve audience,
especially with format calling for grid stars and other kid
heroes in interview spot. Sponsor might well consider use of
dog trademark (His Master's Voice) somewhere in this stanza.