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Video clip of Mother's Little Network

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Mother's Little Network

Extent:
1 videoreel of 1 (29 1/2 min.) : sd., col. ; 2 in.
1 videoreel of 1 (15 min.) : sd., col. ; 2 in.
1 videoreel of 1 (15 min.) : sd., col. ; 2 in.
1 videoreel of 1 : sd., col. ; 2 in.
1 videocassette of 1 (Betacam SP) (29 1/2 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
1 videocassette of 1 (VHS) (29 1/2 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
1 videocassette of 1 (29 1/2 min.) : sd., col. ; 3/4 in.

Copyright Date:
1976

Copyright Holder:
WGBH Educational Foundation

Artists:
Fosselius, Ernie
Spiller, Nancy
Kahn, Tony
Reisman, Arnie
Bartlett, Dick

Background:
Based on earlier experiments created at the Workshop by several of the artists, this work was intended to function as a pilot.

Scope:
Includes several 2" masters, including samplers and the completed master. A Betacam SP preservation master and VHS and 3/4" screening copies of the complete program exist.

Billing itself as "the only show on PBS with no English host," this comic program presents several short skits. Many of these rely on visual gags. A tortilla falls onto a record turntable. Four hard-boiled detectives narrating a story from the wheel of a car turn out to be driving the same car. A flaming cheeseburger crashes into a miniature set. A lucky fisherman literally has fish flying out of the air at him. "Bionic Bag Boy" runs through the aisles of the supermarket. In a Psycho-esque shower scene a woman is pelted with cream pies. A character reminiscent of "Taxi Driver's" Travis Bickle gives a cab ride to a group of disgruntled stuffed animals in a skit entitled "Taxi Dermist." In a segment evocative of Mr. Rodgers neighborhood, "Mr. Ernie" takes of his sweater and shoes, continuing to strip down to his boxer shorts.

The Coasters provide musical entertainment in a guest spot. Their images are superimposed onto a set of coasters on a table laden with beer and popcorn.



Director:
Bartlett, Dick

Producers:
Barzyk, Fred
Tappan, Olivia (Associate Producer)

Coproducer:
New Television Workshop, WGBH

Editors:
Bartlett, Dick
Hanania, Barbara (Assistant Editor)
Moscu, Alex (Assistant Editor)

Funders:
Corporation for Public Broadcasting
Rockefeller Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts

Performers:
Fosselius, Ernie
Spiller, Nancy
Kahn, Tony
Reisman, Arnie
Bartlett, Dick
Connors, Elizabeth
Rousseau, Norman
Chamberlain, Jayne
Haydock, Roger
Weinstein, Cecil
Weinstein, Frances

Genres:
Comedies
Parodies





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