Museum Of Broadcast Communications, Media Burn Archive To Air Studs' Place Episodes Not Seen In 60 Years
By Chuck Sudo in Arts & Entertainment on Aug 20, 2012 8:45PM
Phil Lord, Win Stracke and Studs Terkel on the set of Studs's Place.
The chemistry between the four was so palpable, Terkel said, that many viewers believed Studs’ Place was an actual diner, and the program is often listed along with Kukla, Fran and Ollie, Marlin Perkins’s Zoo Parade, and Garroway at Large as the first wave of classic Chicago television.
The Media Burn Archive recently came into possession of seven episodes of Studs’ Place, courtesy of Terkel’s son, Dan Terkell. Media Burn’s Tom Weinberg told Chicagoist that four of these episodes, from 1950 and 51, have not been seen in over 60 years.
“Dan found these while cleaning out (Studs’s and wife Ida’s) basement after Studs died in 2008,” Weinberg said. The episodes were filmed on 16 mm kinescope directly from the video monitors while the episodes aired live. The kinescopes were in pristine condition (”they’ve been in their canisters all this time,” Weinberg said) so transferring them to video was simple.
Weinberg enlisted the assistance of Chicago Film Archives to transfer and digitize them. The four episodes are now set to be viewed at the Museum of Broadcast Communications Sept. 5 from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Weinberg also said the museum will air a 1989 reunion of the cast of Studs’ Place, all as part of the Studs Terkel Centenary celebration.
“This is a great opportunity to see how live, unscripted television worked in the infancy of the medium,” Weinberg said. Chicago tribune staffer Rick Kogan will interview Weinberg about the discovery of the episodes and Studs’ life.