TV one-offs, specials, pilots, TV movies etc in my collection

by Thor-Delta | created - 06 Apr 2014 | updated - 12 Apr 2017 | Public

Television one-offs (such as specials, unsold pilots, TV movies etc) that are in my DVD and/or Blu-ray collection, as well as programs for which I have digital copies.

Please note that, while I have viewed most of the things on this list, I haven't viewed all of them. (Note: I had removed "What Now, Catherine Curtis" and "Happy Anniversary and Goodbye" because the disc broke. I have since acquired a new copy.)

The list is slightly incomplete because some of the TV one-offs in my DVD collection aren't listed on IMDb. (for example, "ABBA Special" from 1978, etc).

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3. Edgar Bergen with Charlie McCarthy (1950 TV Short)

Not Rated | 30 min | Short, Comedy, Music

In his first appearance on network television, Edgar Bergen hosts a Thanksgiving Day special featuring three of his partners in ventriloquism - Charlie McCarthy, Mortimer Snerd and Podine ... See full summary »

Director: Alan Dinehart | Stars: Edgar Bergen, Charlie McCarthy, Mortimer Snerd, Diana Lynn

Votes: 9

4. Let's Join Joanie (1950 TV Movie)

33 min | Comedy

Salesgirl Joanie tries to impress a handsome man by joining a fitness club.

Director: Dick Linkroum | Stars: Joan Davis, Hope Emerson, Joe Flynn, Joseph Kearns

Votes: 10

5. The Bogus Green (1951 TV Short)

22 min | Short, Crime, Drama

Advance man Brass McGannon is nearly arrested for passing counterfeit money while promoting his circus' next stop. Returning to the circus, he learns that the Treasury Department suspects ... See full summary »

Director: Lew Landers | Stars: Preston Foster, Martha Vickers, Don Beddoe, Clancy Cooper

Votes: 5

6. The Dagmar Story (1951 TV Movie)

33 min | Comedy, Drama

Beautiful young Dagmar is torn between getting married and supporting her family by signing to host a new television show. The putative program sponsor wants to meet Dagmar to determine if ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Doyle | Stars: Enid Markey, Robert Emhardt, Art Carney, Ben Lackland

Votes: 5

The running time is odd as it as an unsold pilot. (digital copy)

8. Toscanini: The Television Concerts, Vol. 7 - Music of Wagner (1951 TV Special)

55 min | Music

A second television concert of Wagner music conducted by Toscanini, in which a few of the selections played in the first concert are repeated.

Star: Arturo Toscanini

9. A Star Is Born World Premiere (1954 TV Short)

30 min | Short, News

Included on the DVD release of "A Star is Born" (1954), this is a live television broadcast of the world premiere. Described by various participants as the biggest world premiere in memory,... See full summary »

Stars: George Fisher, Rosemarie Stack, Paula Raymond, Amanda Blake

Votes: 118

11. Meet the Family (1954 TV Movie)

30 min | Comedy, Family

A man who works for a sporting supply company mistakenly orders surfboards instead of surf balls and has to find a way to sell them.

Director: Russell Hayden | Stars: Arthur Lake, Patricia Lake, Arthur Lake Jr., Hans Conried

Votes: 10

(digital copy)

12. Captain Fathom (1955 TV Movie)

26 min | Adventure

While traveling in enemy waters, Captain Fathom and his crew detect an anomalous reading of radioactivity. The submariners investigate and discover a huge bomb lying on the ocean bottom. ... See full summary »

Directors: Maurice Kline, Gustav Della Valle | Stars: Don Megowan, Richard H. Cutting, Barbara Wilson, Kenneth Tobey

Votes: 10

13. Here Comes Tobor (1957 TV Movie)

26 min | Sci-Fi

A young boy uses his esp to control a robot created by his wheel chair bound Uncle, and together they combat the forces of evil.

Director: Duke Goldstone | Stars: Tommy Terrell, Arthur Space, Bruce Cowling, Alan Reynolds

Votes: 21

14. The Pied Piper of Hamelin (1957 TV Movie)

Unrated | 89 min | Musical, Family, Fantasy

Overwhelmed by rats, a medieval town hires a magical piper who can rid the town of the pest in exchange for gold but the crooked mayor has no intention of honoring the deal.

Director: Bretaigne Windust | Stars: Van Johnson, Claude Rains, Lori Nelson, Jim Backus

Votes: 416

15. A Dancer's World (1957 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 31 min | Documentary, Music

Dancer, Choreographer, and Teacher Martha Graham offers insight into her theories about dance while the members of her world famous troupe display a number of their dance techniques in performance.

Director: Peter Glushanok | Stars: Lillian Biersteker, Robert Cohan, Miriam Cole, Martha Graham

Votes: 156

16. Counterspy (1958 TV Movie)

27 min | Adventure

When a massive Soviet battleship negotiates the treacherous Oslo harbor without a local pilot, American counterespionage agent David Harding suspects that the enemy has developed a secret ... See full summary »

Director: Ralph Murphy | Stars: Don Megowan, Brad Johnson, Gerald Milton, Phyllis Stanley

Votes: 9

18. Appalachian Spring (1958 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 32 min | Music

A filmed version of Aaron Copland's most famous ballet, with its original star, who also choreographed.

Director: Peter Glushanok | Stars: Miriam Cole, Martha Graham, Stuart Hodes, Helen McGehee

Votes: 149

19. The Gene Kelly Show (1959 TV Special)

60 min | Musical

Gene Kelly's first TV special finds him dancing with three European ballerinas; performing with two youngsters, Liza Minnelli & Cherylene Lee from "Flower Drum Song;" and dancing to a Carl ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Cates | Stars: Gene Kelly, Gerd Andersson, Claude Bessy, Hans Conried

Votes: 9

(digital copy)

20. The Slowest Gun in the West (1960 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 54 min | Comedy, Western

In Primrose, Arizona, no self-respecting gunfighter wants to ruin his reputation by killing the town's sheriff who's not only a coward but the slowest draw in the West too.

Director: Herschel Daugherty | Stars: Phil Silvers, Jack Benny, Ted de Corsia, Jack Elam

Votes: 100

21. Unsolved (1960 TV Movie)

27 min | Crime, Drama

Television series pilot for a proposed series that purported to show the circumstances behind a famous unsolved murder. The victim this time out is Martin 'Mugsy' Heidel, a West Coast ... See full summary »

Director: Charles R. Rondeau | Stars: Simon Oakland, Joe De Santis, Lisa Gaye, Steve Gravers

Votes: 10

22. Night Journey (1960)

Not Rated | 29 min | Documentary, Short

A dramatic retelling of the climactic scene from "Oedipus Rex" through interpretive dance and music.

Director: Alexander Hammid | Stars: Martha Graham, Bertram Ross, Paul Taylor, Helen McGehee

Votes: 131

23. Daddy-O (1961 TV Movie)

30 min | Comedy

A truck-driving singer named Phil meets a blonde bombshell when she tries to run his truck off the road. Guy meets girl again at a nightclub. They have a drag race. Meanwhile, Phil's best ... See full summary »

Director: Rod Amateau | Stars: Don DeFore, Lee Philips, Jean Byron, Jack Duffy

Votes: 9

24. Bobby Darin and Friends (1961 TV Special)

Not Rated | 52 min | Comedy, Music

Bobby Darin is joined by singer Joanie Sommers (in one of first television appearances) and veteran comedian Bob Hope in this musical-variety special.

Director: Bud Yorkin | Stars: Bobby Darin, Joanie Sommers, Billy May and His Orchestra, The Jud Conlon Singers

Votes: 14

digital copy

25. Here's Edie (1962 TV Special)

30 min | Comedy, Music

Edie Adams performs songs like "My Ship'' and "When My Sweetie Walks Down the Street."

Director: Barry Shear | Stars: Edie Adams, The Peter Matz Orchestra, André Previn, Dick Shawn

26. John Betjeman Goes by Train: King's Lynn to Hunstanton (1962 TV Short)

10 min | Documentary, Short

John Betjeman goes on a train journey from King's Lynn to Hunstanton in Norfolk, extolling the pleasures of traveling on a rural branch line.

Director: Malcolm Freegard | Star: John Betjeman

Votes: 27

27. Little Amy (1962 TV Movie)

30 min | Comedy

Nine-year-old Amy has decided that klutzy neighbor Arthur is the one she's going to marry. However, Arthur is too busy trying, and failing miserably, to get a place on the football team to ... See full summary »

Director: Sidney Lanfield | Stars: Debbie Megowan, William Leslie, Shary Marshall, Joy Ellison

Votes: 45

29. The Plot Thickens (1963 TV Special)

30 min | Short, Game-Show, Mystery

An unsold pilot for a game where four panelists in a set roughly resembling a court room sit opposite four suspects. They watch a film that runs about ten minutes showing a murder story. ... See full summary »

Directors: Robert Dwan, William D. Russell | Stars: Jack Linkletter, Stanley Ralph Ross, Jan Sterling, Groucho Marx

Votes: 19

30. Atomic Rulers (1965 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 83 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Super criminals are planning to infiltrate Earth with mass nuclear destruction! Only Starman can defend civilization by thwarting evil!

Directors: Koreyoshi Akasaka, Teruo Ishii, Akira Mitsuwa | Stars: Ken Utsui, Sachihiro Ohsawa, Junko Ikeuchi, Minako Yamada

Votes: 306

31. The Human Voice (1966 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 50 min | Drama

A monologue of a woman talking on the phone with her longterm lover who is about to marry another girl.

Director: Ted Kotcheff | Star: Ingrid Bergman

Votes: 250

33. An Enemy of the People (1966 TV Movie)

112 min | Drama

Set in a Norwegian hamlet, an idealistic physician discovers that the town's hot springs are contaminated. But with the community relying on the spa for tourist dollars, his warning to the powers that be fall on deaf ears.

Director: Paul Bogart | Stars: James Daly, Kate Reid, Philip Bosco, Tim Daly

Votes: 64

34. The Carol Channing Show (1966 TV Short)

38 min | Short

The failed pilot for a series starring Carol Channing, which was created by Desi Arnaz, and used some of the same writers on such classic Desilu series as I Love Lucy (1951), _"The Lucy how... See full summary »

Director: Desi Arnaz | Stars: Carol Channing, Richard Deacon, Jane Dulo, Jimmy Garrett

Votes: 17

35. How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 26 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

A grumpy hermit hatches a plan to steal Christmas from the Whos of Whoville.

Directors: Chuck Jones, Ben Washam | Stars: Boris Karloff, Thurl Ravenscroft, June Foray, Dal McKennon

Votes: 42,719

36. Meet Me in St. Louis (1966 TV Movie)

26 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

Based on the characters from the MGM hit of the same name, this TV pilot is about one day in the life of the Smith family. At the turn of the twentieth century, the family is throwing a ... See full summary »

Directors: Alan D. Courtney, Jeffrey Hayden | Stars: Shelley Fabares, Celeste Holm, Wesley Addy, Reta Shaw

Votes: 144

37. The Story of Making the Film They're a Weird Mob (1966)

54 min | Documentary

Documentary about the making of the film "They're a Weird Mob" about an Italian adjusting to life in Australia.

Director: Dennis Hill | Stars: Ed Devereaux, Dennis Hill, Peter Menzies, John O'Grady

Votes: 15

38. Death of a Salesman (1966 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama

An abridged award-winning television adaptation of a famous play about an aging travelling salesman who's on the verge of a nervous breakdown. His job is gone, and his family hates him for never being there. He tries mending things with them.

Director: Alex Segal | Stars: Stanley Adams, Edward Andrews, Lee J. Cobb, Albert Dekker

Votes: 516

39. Magical Mystery Tour (1967 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 55 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Musical

The Beatles charter a special bus for a surreal mystery tour.

Directors: George Harrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Bernard Knowles | Stars: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr

Votes: 6,447

40. Land's End (1968 TV Movie)

30 min | Adventure

The owner of a small Mexican hotel and the local sheriff assist travelers and natives in trouble.

Director: Desi Arnaz | Stars: Rory Calhoun, Gilbert Roland, Sonny Tufts, Martin Milner

Votes: 7

41. San Francisco Rock: A Night at the Family Dog (1970 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 58 min | Documentary, Music

This film is straight-ahead footage of Santana, the Grateful Dead, and the Jefferson Airplane playing at The Family Dog in 1970. Each band does two songs, followed by a jam at the end ... See full synopsis »

Director: Robert N. Zagone | Stars: Santana, Carlos Santana, Mike Carabello, David Brown

Votes: 41

42. How Awful About Allan (1970 TV Movie)

PG | 73 min | Thriller

After an eight-month stay in a mental hospital, a tormented man comes home to live with his sister; but a mysterious boarder may be trying to kill him.

Director: Curtis Harrington | Stars: Anthony Perkins, Julie Harris, Joan Hackett, Kent Smith

Votes: 692

43. Neighbors (1971 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 60 min | Drama

A provacative, emotion-packed drama about race relations in an all-white suburban community.

Director: Fielder Cook | Stars: Andrew Duggan, Raymond St. Jacques, Vikki Thomas, Cicely Tyson

Votes: 22

44. The Typists (1971 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 56 min | Drama

Law student Paul Cunningham arrives for his first day at a job typing advertisements where he meets supervising typist Miss Sylvia Payton, a day evolves fragmentedly showing many days of ... See full summary »

Director: Glenn Jordan | Stars: Anne Jackson, Eli Wallach, Adriana Shaw

Votes: 18

45. Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii (1973 TV Special)

87 min | Documentary, Music

A 1973 concert by Elvis Presley taped at the Convention Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. This was the first program to ever be beamed around the world by satellite.

Director: Marty Pasetta | Stars: Elvis Presley, James Burton, Jerry Scheff, Charlie Hodge

Votes: 1,181

46. The Girl Most Likely to... (1973 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 64 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama