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Fractured Flickers of 1963

Take old movies, throw away any soundtracks, and add your own voices and sound effects to create comedy masterpieces. - IMDb

Jay Ward, the man behind Rocky and Bullwinkle, Hoppity Hooper, and other animated comedies of the 1960's, produced only one live-action show, this the short-lived Fractured Flickers of 1963. Hosted by actor Hans Conreid, himself a peerless voice artist, Fractured Flickers was another work of Ward's genius, the basis of which was to take old silent movies, cobble them together, and overlay them with off-the-wall dialogue produced by his stable of voice artists. The results were often hysterically funny, and even better, the show introduced its audience to old films that they would otherwise likely never see.

Sadly, like Hoppity Hooper, the show lasted just one season. Rumor is that the movie industry did not take kindly to Jay Ward's treatment of their properties and exerted influence to have the show canceled. There must be some truth in this, for I can't imagine why such a brilliant comedy would live for just so short a while.

Below is embedded a full episode typical of its kind. All episodes are available in one venue or another on the internet, and of course are available for purchase on DVD. It should surprise no one that I own the complete set.

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