"Madison Avenue Fever" is R. J. Thomas' comic documentary about the early days of television advertising. The 60-minute DVD is light-hearted look at the television advertising industry's birth, speedy growth, and powerful influence on the nation. Mid-20th Century sponsors went wild discovering this amazing, product-pushing machine, the likes of which they had never seen. The documentary mainly centers on the 1950s and 60s, an era dubbed "the Golden Age of Television," a time when baby boomers were being born and raised, TV sets were beginning to sell in the millions, and advertisers were rapidly flooding in to take advantage of the power of the wonder box, putting the radio industry on the verge of panic. Hosted by Mr. Thomas, the documentary features clips of some of the funniest, corniest, most colorful and most bizarre commercials ever made. A cold-inflicted Mr. Hyde is seen doing some over-the-top mugging for the camera in his laboratory just before he guzzles a smoky potion made of Alka-Seltzer Plus. Frankenstein and a pair of kids run, skip and dance through a haunted house before sitting down to a bowl of Alpha Bits. A knight on horseback races down a dirt road, hungry for battle, representing the strength of Ajax Laundry Detergent. A boy who brushes with Crest is absolutely exuberant when he learns he has no cavities after his regular check-up, and a sneaky Barney Fife, when he's supposed to be doing his daily exercises, tries to munch a bowl of Grapenuts cereal behind the unsuspecting Sheriff Taylor's back. The documentary features the stars of yesteryear in their best pitchman performances. Howdy Doody sells Tootsie Roll Pops, Phil Silvers pushes Camel Cigarettes and Ozzie Nelson spours his longtime love (to his hopelessly indifferent sons) of Puffed Wheat Cereal. Groucho Marx does a spot for his favorite car, the De Soto, while his brothers Chico and Harpo sell Prom Shampoo. And Bugs Bunny can be seen teaming up with the Monkees in a groovy musical spot to promote Koolaid.

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Back in the 1950s, when people would pack into the car and head down to the drive-in, they were sure to find some unusual stars on the screen. Giant lizards, leeches, wasps, and spiders caused mayhem of every kind in what were known as "B movies," second features that played along with the more respected and prestigious headliners. These thrillers are the subject of "The Day of the B Movie," R. J. Thomas' salute to (and spoof of) the beloved cheapies of yesteryear. Hosted by Mr. Thomas (sometimes as a B movie character himself,) "The Day of the B Movie" features clips of some of the funniest, corniest, most colorful, and most bizarre B movies ever made. A giant Gila Monster wages war on a small town and its' by-the-book sheriff. A ruthless sea monster stalks innocent swimmers. A castaway is bitten by a giant spider, turning him into the scariest-looking creature since the Wolfman. A nuclear explosion in the desert turns a brilliant scientist into a crazed beast. An alien who sports a helmet and is without a face puzzles prominent scientists, while a bewildered good ol' boy, after seeing a giant leech in the lake, tells his buddies, "I wouldn't touch that critter for all the money ever made. If you'd seen it, you wouldn't neither!" "These movies look so tame now," Mr. Thomas said. "But, back in the day, the audiences were terrified. There were a lot of Joanie Cunninghams screaming their heads off."

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