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30 November 2013

Saturday matinees long ago let us escape from the ordinary world to the island of the Swiss Family Robinson or the mutinous decks of the Bounty. Why not, we thought, escape the usual fare here with Saturday matinees of our favorite photography films?

So we're pleased to present the tenth in our series of Saturday matinees today: David, the Sleuth from "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet."

The half-hour episode first aired on Nov. 18, 1959, showcasing some classic old cars in the background and quaint social customs like sharing records. It was the seventh show in the sitcom's eighth season.

According to the program notes:

In this episode of the ABC-TV sitcom "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet", David gets suspicious when he sees a man, who he thinks is pretending to have a arm injury, using his arm in at the bowling center. Hilarity ensues. This episode is complete with original commercials for Eastman Kodak, and the writers even managed to include photography into the show's plot line.

Those Christmas-themed Kodak commercials will bring a tear to your eye and not just for Kodak. You could buy a new camera for $5.95 and whole movie setup (camera and projector) for $78.25.

Don't let those numbers get to you, though. Adjusted for inflation, the camera would be $47.75 today. And that movie setup would be $628.01. Pretty close to what a digicam or a camcorder might have set you back yesterday.

But it's the camera in the show that we enjoyed. We won't spoil the plot with any revelations here, but let's just say the camera plays a starring role. Once Ricky remembers to put film in it, that is.

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