First hour: Phil Gries discusses the upcoming premiere of his new documentary, Harlem School 1970, an inside look at a typical day at Community School No. 30M in Harlem, New York, where Phil taught for three years (1967-1970) before embarking on his forty-seven-year career as an award-winning cinematographer for film and television. An early example of “direct cinema,” Harlem School 1970 is also the only known feature-length documentary that was filmed inside an actual inner city public elementary school in the U.S. during the 1960s, 1970s or 1980s. Harlem School 1970 will be shown at The Paley Center for Media both in New York City and Los Angeles on Saturday, Feb. 24 and Sunday, Feb. 25 as part of Black History Month. For more information, go to https://www.paleycenter.org/weekend-screenings. If you happened to be a teacher or student at Community School No. 30M in Harlem, New York during the 1969-1970 school year (or know someone who is), Phil Gries would love to hear from you. You can contact Phil directly at (516) 656-3456 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also in this hour: Tony Figueroa, Donna Allen and This Week in TV History remember the 90th birthday of actor Jack Larson (Adventures of Superman) and the February 1953 appearance of Walt Disney on The Ed Sullivan Show that introduced audiences to the then-upcoming opening of the Disneyland amusement park. Second hour: Part 2 of our conversation with Chuck Harter, author of Mr. Novak: An Acclaimed Television Series. Topics include the changes in cast and format during the second season of Mr. Novak, which many believe hurt the series and ultimately led to its demise in 1965.
Chuck Harter is asking for your help on his latest project. Chuck is collaborating with Martin Grams Jr. on a book about Way Out, the half-hour horror anthology series hosted by Roald Dahl that aired for fourteen weeks on CBS in 1961. If you remember watching Way Out, Chuck and Martin would love to hear from you, as it is their intention to interview viewers about their memories of the show for inclusion in their book. For more information, you can email Chuck at email@example.com.