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Some Interesting Facts In 1959

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1950-1959 was an exciting time period for television.  In the USA, B&W television exploded onto the scene at the beginning of the decade, mid-decade saw electronic color television and remote controls launched, and at the end of the decade the public witnessed some interesting styling changes and the introduction of transistorized television.  The toddler was becoming an adolescent.

Top Television shows in 1959

"The Untouchables" (First episode began October 15, 1959)

Based on the autobiographical book "The Untouchables" by Eliot Ness and Oscar Fraley, the series dealt with the experiences of Eliot Ness, a United States Federal agent, as he fought crime in Chicago during the 1930s with the help of a special team of agents handpicked for their incorruptibility. This special squad was nicknamed the Untouchables. The stories often revolved around his enmity with the criminal empire of Chicago mob boss Al Capone and Capone's successor, Frank "the Enforcer" Nitti, and many focused on crimes related to Prohibition. The show starred Robert Stack as Eliot Ness, and was narrated by Walter Winchell.  

The series had 118 episodes which ran 50 minutes each. Though the book it was based on chronicled the experiences of Ness and his cohorts over a span of time ranging from 1929 to 1933, some episodes stretched into 1934 and 1935 but the overwhelming majority of episodes were set in the early 1930s (for example, one episode, You Can't Pick the Number, begins with Winchell's words, "October 1932 ... the depths of the Depression").

The Shaggy Dog was one of the top movies in 1959 Produced by  Walt Disney. Shaggy Dog was about Wilby Daniels, a teenage boy who is transformed into a dog through shapeshifting. It starred Fred MacMurray,  a United States actor who appeared in more than 100 movies and a highly successful television series during a career that spanned nearly a half-century, starting in 1930 and extending into the 1970s....