Nothing Sacred, 1937
Fascinating movie co-starring Margaret playing her usual spinster character, only this time as a drugstore shopkeeper. And it was filmed two years
before The Wizard of Oz
...in early Technicolor. According to Wikipedia, it was the first screwball comedy
filmed in color.
Here she is in a brief comedic exchange with reporter Wally Cook, played by dashing Fredric March. One minute of opening credits is included.
A String Of Blue Beads, 1953
Here is Maggie playing a serious role in a color
television pilot that was never aired and never sold to a network. A very young Louis Jourdan is in the starring role. The fact that it was made in 1953 and is in color is astounding, since color TV was absolutely new in this country and few people owned one. This pilot was a Christmas show, was well acted, and had a very good, heartwarming storyline.
Gunsmoke Outtake, 1973
Most of this clip is the footage used in the broadcast; it's at the end where Edsel Pry's outtake occurs. Maggie guest-starred on this popular Western-themed show, and was pretty much in character playing the role of fussbudget again. This time, she gets locked in a new safe, where she sits for quite some time before Matt is able to get the combination to open the thing. Miss Pry was none too happy about it.
Safety Plate Glass, 1957
Early commercial featuring Maggie playing a no-nonsense New Englander again, this time promoting Safety Plate glass, which was installed on GM Oldsmobile cars. This ad may have appeared in theaters instead of on television.
Lays Potato Chips, Bert Lahr, 1960s
Even the Cowardly Lion got into commercials in the 1960s. Bert Lahr starred in quite a few betcha-can't-eat-just-one ads for Lays Potato Chips. This particular one, with Lahr as the Devil, was very popular back in the '60s. However, it's nearly impossible to find a good copy of this ad today.
This copy is from a very old VHS tape I had, which is missing. I had captured it to computer (2003?) using a very early (and inferior) capturing device. That capture is the only one appearing on YouTube...and it was hijacked from one of my sites many years ago. Very bad video quality, but a rare ad.
The Paul Lynde Halloween Special, 1976
Long thought to be lost forever after only one over-the-air broadcast, a master tape of The Paul Lynde Halloween Special
was discovered in the mid-2000s, and released on DVD by Smore. Now, alas, that DVD is out-of-print. This special, with guest stars Margaret Hamilton, Billie Hayes, and Florence Henderson also introduced KISS to the world.
In this clip, Maggie reprises her WWW role, but you can tell that she is unable to do the witch's famous cackle. Billie Hayes, however, totally makes up for it, and it's hilarious.