Margaret Hamilton







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What's a
Fantasy Video
?


Note: The clips on this page usually have nothing to do with Maggie or The Wizard of Oz.

A "fantasy video" is not porn, so you can calm down...it's me experimenting, doing something to improve original footage or make it more interesting. For example, back in the 1960s, stereo TV was not around, so even though a stereo track may have been available everything was broadcast in mono. A fantasy video would be a clip in which that mono track is replaced with its identical stereo track, thus making it a lot more interesting to hear today. The Hullabaloo clips here are perfect examples.

A fantasy video could also be one in which I've taken the musical soundtrack, only ever recorded in mono, and used sophisticated software to isolate voices and instruments to create a "true" (but fake) stereo version. The Hertz commercial on this page is an example that turned out fairly well; the Juicy Fruit Gum commercial is a very mediocre example.

So there you have it: A fantasy video is like a this-is-how-it-coulda-been-done video or broadcast. Any time I've done this to a video, you'll see it marked as such in the description below and in the video's opening. Please do not post these videos anywhere, especially YouTube, or monitize them in any way. I do monitor this and will act accordingly.

Fantasy Video
: On the Flip Side Try to See It My Way, 7 December 1966


Third extremely rare color version from the television special, "Stage 67: On the Flip Side" Try to See It My Way, which aired 7 December 1966.

In this clip, Joanie Sommers--playing an angel who is temporarily on earth to help Nelson--is trying to persuade him to change his singing style so that he can be a musical success. Eventually, Nelson gives in.

To the best of my knowledge, there is no complete color version of this show in circulation anywhere. Stereo versions, as I've presented on this page, do not include the vocals as originally broadcast in 1966.

Placement of this video and audio on YouTube (or any other site) is not allowed.

Fantasy Video
: Carpenters Ticket To Ride, 13 February 1971


Exceptionally talented Karen and Richard Carpenter singing their classic version of Ticket To Ride on The Andy Williams Show, which aired 13 February 1971. Of course, Andy was featured in this song, and he seemed to enjoy the performance as much as we viewers did.

This particular clip was very hard to locate up until a few years ago. When a cleaner version was available, somebody practically ruined it with three or four intrusive watermarks throughout the entire performance.

I've removed those watermarks (the blurred areas are where they used to be); it's impossible to remove them without leaving behind residual effects. In addition, a stereo audio track has been added. Apparently, Richard Carpenter had possession of it. It sounds like the stereo instrumentals were recorded/added after this perfomance aired...I'm not sure. Placement of this video and audio on YouTube (or any other site) is not allowed.

Fantasy Video
: Juanita's Place, 7 December 1966


Second extremely rare color and mixed stereo clip from an ABC Stage 67 television special, On the Flip Side, starring Rick Nelson and Joanie Sommers.

The music in this special was by Burt Bacharach, and this song, Juanita's Place, was one of the best. You'll hear classic Bacharach style in the odd dance scene at the pre-disco-era hang-out. The weird violence (not really a dance fad back then) depicted in this scene was artistic commentary of the times: the Vietnam "war" was raging, there was a military draft in effect, kids were being needlessly slaughtered, and it was another era of human degradation, courtesy of the profiteers in the military-industrial complex.

Juanita was comedian Donna Jean Young, who had fleeting success in early TV shows (Laugh-In) and also recorded a comedy album. She died in 2010 at age 74.

Placement of this video and audio on YouTube (or any other site) is not allowed.

Fantasy Video
: On the Flip Side, 7 December 1966


Extremely rare color and mixed stereo clip from an ABC Stage 67 television special, On the Flip Side, starring Rick Nelson and Joanie Sommers. This show attained cult status by a relatively small group of fans, and for good reason: The music in it is superb, and the storyline absolutely reflected Rick Nelson's career history. The most oddball thing about the show was '60s favorite Joanie Sommers in a blonde wig...an awful choice but likely done to demonstrate her character's angelic origin.

The music in this special was by Burt Bacharach, and this particular show aired only once, in late 1966. If you go to that big site, you'll see that only black-and-white versions are available...and the quality is hands-down cruddy. To the best of my knowledge, only one color print of the show is known to exist, it's located in one place, and you must travel to that place in order to view the entire show.

At the beginning of this clip, I've included a (rare) color version of the Stage 67 opening, along with a portion of the opening credits to On the Flip Side. Placement of this video and audio on YouTube (or any other site) is not allowed.

Fantasy Video
: The Paper Chase Theme Song, 1979


One of the finer television shows of the mostly blah 1970s was The Paper Chase, with John Houseman and James Stephens. Because it was so good, the network--in its infinite wisdom--canceled it after only one season. It was picked up four years later by the Showtime network, but by then, the series had lost its freshness.

Seals and Crofts recorded a version of the opening credits (there were three or four versions over the life of the series), and it was the best (The First Years). But it was never released in stereo, pristine copies of the mono version don't exist, and we're left with whatever versions are preserved on the commercial DVD releases of the series...which are sub-standard.

I've taken the best extended audio possible, remixed it to produce stereo, and matched it to the video of the opening credits. Please don't: Placement of this video and audio on YouTube (or any other site) is not allowed.

Fantasy Video
: Chevrolet 1964


Here's the most famous and scariest Chevrolet TV ad (version 1...a rarer version 2 will follow in the future), filmed from a helicopter in 1963 flying at the top of Castleton Tower in Moab Utah. The model is Shirley Rumsey, she is scared out of her mind, and there is a mechanic hiding under her dress holding her ankles so that she wouldn't get blown out of the car and down...down...down. The car is just a stripped down shell: no motor, no innards.

I've enhanced the scratchy shrill audio track, reduced the voiceover reverb, added some stereo effects, and removed many of the artifacts from the film footage.

Yes, after the filming was completed, the winds kicked in, and it was not possible to airlift Shirley back down to earth. Contrary to many reports, no, she and her mechanic did not spend the night on top of Castleton Tower; after a couple of hours, the winds died down, and both humans were airlifted to safety. A do-over of this commercial was filmed in 1973, using a different model...I have a copy of that one, too, but it's in bad shape. Please don't: Placement of this video and audio on YouTube (or any other site) is not allowed.



Fantasy Video
: Mamas & Papas, 1966


It's impossible to find a clip like this one anywhere, because it doesn't exist. Only black-and-white versions are available, and they're all mono audio. From the 1960s television show, Hullabaloo, the Mamas and the Papas singing Nowhere Man.

The colorization was computer-generated, and it turned out pretty good, considering that I didn't tinker with it much at all. Even though Hullabaloo was broadcast in color, only two shows in color have survived. All the rest were destroyed; only black-and-white kinescopes remain...and they are all poor quality.

The audio was a much more complex problem because of the shrill, poor source material. The fake audience shrieking was toned down, there is some separation of voices (especially that of Cass), and the instrumentals have been enhanced with material external to the original clip...a process that was way too complicated. Please don't: Placement of this video and audio on YouTube (or any other site) is not allowed.

Fantasy Video
: Walk On By, Dionne Warwick, 196? (stereo remix)


This is not a rare clip; you can watch it on that big site. But this version has had most of the audio stripped away and a new stereo remix has been added.

The original audio is so annoyingly piercing and poorly done, it just didn't do anything for Dionne's performance, which is her best. I was able to lift her voice-only from the soundtrack and matched it up with stereo instrumentals. The result is impressive; in my opinion, it should have been done like this when first broadcast.

The audio isn't perfect; there is some bleedthrough during the exquisite dance sequence...it was impossible for me to remove all the artifacts. Still, the final result is exceptional, first-class, and Dionne's original vocals are a perfect match for the instrumentals. Please don't: Placement of this video and audio on YouTube (or any other site) is not allowed.

William Talman Anti-Smoking Mini Documentary, 1968


This video is 3 minutes, 20 seconds in length. I created it for one of my old websites several years ago. It has been upgraded with new audio.

In his day, back in the late 1950s and into the 1960s, everybody knew William Talman as the loser attorney on the TV show, Perry Mason. Both Talman and his third wife had their share of unwanted publicity back in the early '60s (you can look that one up yourself...it's kind of funny to me nowadays, especially since pot is legal where I live). Shortly after the show ended, Talman was diagnosed with lung cancer. He knew he didn't have long to live, and he wanted to make an anti-smoking television commercial, warning people that this could happen to them. He got his last wish, and he made the very first such PSA (Public Service Announcement) for broadcast.

This ad is impossible to find in mint condition; most of the copies available are discolored with age, losing their true colors. The copy I have was found many years ago on a VHS tape; its colors are still fairly well-preserved. Here is the PSA, presented in its entirety, at the end of the commentary.

Fantasy Video
: Hertz Commercial with The Hi-Lo's, 1964


Many people remember the catchy tune in the old Hertz rental-car commercials, with the guy descending into the car from above...let Hertz put YOU in the driver's seat...

There is an extended recording-studio scene of the making of this commercial in the motion picture, Good Neighbor Sam, and it features the sensational Hi-Lo's singing their famous jingle...in mono, not stereo.

I've taken that footage, diced and spliced it, converted the mono track into a "true" (but fake) stereo track, and put them all together. The video includes before and after versions...the black-and-white "before" video is just for effect, to enhance the experience. The end result is pretty cool...and it took what seemed like 152 years to create. Wear headphones. Please don't: Placement of this video and audio on YouTube (or any other site) is not allowed.

Fantasy Videos
: Hullabaloo (in color and stereo), 1965


Hullabaloo was a short-lived 1960s TV show for the younger generation. In its day, it was must-see television for teens and young adults.

Most people don't know that master copies of this show are long gone; ALL color shows except a handful are gone, and remaining shows are black-and-white kinescopes...most are poor quality. Both of the videos presented here are best-available color copies, and true stereo soundtracks have been added. Additionally, bass wav forms were isolated and enhanced, to give a richer experience (it's expecially noticeable in the Winters clip). In the opening show clip, the announcer's voice was extracted from the mono audio track and added to the stereo version. Wear headphones!

The same was done for this David Winters clip. David was the choreographer for the show (he died 23 April 2019 at age 80). Legendary Peter Matz and his orchestra provided the music. Winters' moves are incredibly precise and physically exhausting to watch; the background dancers are exceptional. I thought that the end result of this clip was amazing. Crank it up, and wear headphones! Please don't: Placement of these videos and audio on YouTube (or any other site) is not allowed.

Orange (Cellular) and the WWW, UK TV Ad, 2010


Cute television ad that was broadcast in the United Kingdom several years ago, by Orange, a cellphone company. The Wicked Witch of the West and her friend, Vicki, participate in a two-for-one movie theater offer sponsored by Orange.

When you see the WWW (apparently named Phyl) pal'ing around with her buddy, nonchalantly trying to do stuff together with the rest of society, it's just funny. Rachel, who plays the part of the witch, certainly looks and sounds the part.

There are several favorite bits in this clever ad, but I like the brief appearance of Toto...I'll bet many viewers missed the fleeting homage.

Fantasy Video
: Juicy Fruit Tree, 1976


Very rare television commercial from the mid-1970s. Although there were several variations of the Juicy Fruit Tree theme, I have been unable to locate this particular version anywhere on the web. My copy is a muddled-sounding, poor quality clip I found on a very old VHS tape decades ago. Other, better-quality variations of this theme have dated disco-sounding music...and worse.

The catchy tune in this ad got my attention when I first heard it. I attempted to convert it from mono to stereo, but the results are mediocre...disappointing, really. However, there is a general improvement in audio quality and a general separation of some sounds. It is impossible to have a success story like this when the source material is so poor to begin with. I tried. Please don't: Placement of this video and audio on YouTube (or any other site) is not allowed.

Fantasy Video
: Love Theme from Romeo & Juliet, Henri Mancini, 1973


Back in 1969, when Mancini released his version of the Love Theme, it not only zoomed to the top of pop charts, it became an enduring favorite. Oddly, there are few videos on the web showing Mancini playing this song, except for this one, which was never released on home video. It was broadcast on Julie Andrews' last show of the short-lived Julie Andrews Hour.

In this video, the mono soundtrack has been replaced with the stereo version. It is exactly sync'd with the video footage, so if it appears that Mancini is not aligned with his music, I have no explanation. This video was sourced from somebody who had access to professional recording equipment the evening it aired, back in 1973. What you see is about as good as over-the-air TV got back in those days. That's Julie, sitting in the background.