STUDS’ PLACE: LOST AND FOUND
Museum of Broadcast Communications
360 N. State St., Chicago, IL
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On September 5, you will have the first opportunity to see footage from four lost episodes of the seminal Chicago TV show Studs’ Place. Unseen for 60 years, these kinescope recordings of the live show were recently discovered in Terkel’s basement. This amazing find increases the total number of surviving episodes from eleven to fifteen.
Eleven of those episodes are held by Media Burn, and all are streaming online for free.
Hosts for the screening and discussion will be Studs’ friends for decades,
journalist Rick Kogan and documentarian Tom Weinberg.
Part of the wave of creative and original television programs known as the “Chicago School of Television,” Studs’ Place was broadcast live on NBC in 1950 and ABC in 1951. The cast included Studs Terkel as the proprietor, Studs; Beverly Younger as Grace, the waitress; and Win Stracke and Chet Roble as Win and Chet. There was no written script, with all dialogue improvised by the cast, with regular musical performances by Stracke and Roble. Because early television was broadcast live, very few programs were recorded and saved.
In addition to the lost episodes, you’ll get to hear jokes and stories from the Studs’ Place 40th anniversary reunion in 1989 featuring Studs Terkel, Beverly Younger, Win Stracke, producer Charlie Andrews, director Dan Petrie, and producer Sterling “Red” Quinlan. Terkel: “I thought [Studs’ Place] was the dumbest thing I had ever heard… but somehow they talked me into it.”
They don’t make TV like this anymore, so come spend a couple hours with these remarkable icons and take a peek inside Studs’ Place, everyone’s favorite restaurant “somewhere on the Near Northwest Side of Chicago.”
Presented by Media Burn Archive, Museum of Broadcast Communications and Studs Terkel Centenary Committee. Special thanks to Chicago Film Archives for restoration of the 60 year old films.