TV one-offs, specials, pilots, TV movies etc in my collectionby 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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1. Toscanini: The Television Concerts, Vol. 3 - Brahms: Double Concerto, Hungarian Dance No. 1, Liebeslieder Waltzes (1948 TV Special)
55 min | Music
Star: Arturo Toscanini
2. Toscanini: The Television Concerts, Vol. 4 - Music of Mozart, Dvorak and Wagner (1948 TV Special)
55 min | Documentary, Music
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 »
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 »
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 »
The running time is odd as it as an unsold pilot. (digital copy)
7. Toscanini: The Television Concerts, Vol. 6 - Brahms: Symphony No.1/Weber: Euryanthe Overture (1951 TV Special)
55 min | Music
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 »
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.
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 »
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.
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.
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 »
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 »
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.
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 »
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 »
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.
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.
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 »
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 »
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!
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.
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 »
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 »
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.
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.
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 »
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.
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 »
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.
46. The Girl Most Likely to... (1973 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 64 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama