Friday, February 14, 2014

Fifty Years Ago Today: "The Jar"

It was fifty years ago today... one of the most popular Ray Bradbury adaptations was aired for the first time: "The Jar" on The Alfred Hitchcock Hour. Here's a full-page ad for that first broadcast. Click the image to enlarge.

I have blogged about "The Jar" several times before: click here to read more.


Jack Seabrook said...

Very cool! What magazine is the ad from?

Phil said...

Hi Jack. It's from DAILY VARIETY. I had always assumed CBS had paid for the ad, but it's really a promotion for Buttram, and his agent is mentioned... so maybe the agent paid for it.

Jack Seabrook said...

That's interesting. I wonder if this helped him get the role on Green Acres. I don't know if the timing is right. I'm sure you know this, but I seem to recall a half page writeup in TV Guide at the time the show aired as well. Boy, what I would give for digital access to old TV Guides!

Phil said...

No, I didn't know about the TV GUIDE article. I'll have to see if I can locate it somewhere.

I don't know much about GREEN ACRES (a show which isn't known here in the UK), but since "The Jar" was early 1964 and GREEN ACRES started September 1965, I would think the timing was exactly right for the one to have affected the other.