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William Tell - The Complete Series [DVD] [1958]
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
I remember this television series from when I was a very small child. I probably bought the box set on the grounds of nostalgia but I am enjoying it all just as much now and it is nearly fifty years later. It's also good for spotting actors with bit parts who have gone on to bigger things. I am also impressed with the voice of David Whitfield who sings at the start and end of each episode.

A box set to take you back - well worth it, thanks Amazon
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on 19 September 2008
What I really like about this Boxed Set is the Quality of the Recording from a series 50 Years on...It feels as if it were made recently although in Black & White. Great Acting from Actors who became Household Names in the Future..For example I spotted " Michael Caine " to name but a few. I would recommend this boxed set to anybody who likes Nostalgia. They just don't make em like this anymore.
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
on 3 March 2006
I bought this because it was one of my favourite TV shows when first broadcast. Nearly 50 years later, I find it stands up very well, and still enjoy it. I always liked the way it was "tougher" than the obvious competition, "Robin Hood" (kids are bloodthirsty!). Watching it now, I find it well-written, with a good variety of plots, and some nice location filming (Snowdonia, I believe). It's also great fun spotting the guest stars (or not spotting - I failed to recognise Michael Caine).
I was puzzled by other comments about the music having been changed. On my DVDs, the "William Tell" theme song ("Come away, come away with William Tell...") is exactly as I remember it, and is the same as the 1959 recording I have of the theme. So are there two different versions of the DVDs - or did the show get broadcast with different themes at different times? (If anybody wants to compare notes, contact me via Ebay, username maryinoxford.)
I don't know how today's children would take to a black-and-white show with no special effects. But I'm very happy with the purchase.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon 7 October 2010
Compared to other TV adventure series of the same period, like Robin Hood, this programme has a more grittier feel to it. Conrad Phillips plays the hero of the title here, with the lovely Jennifer Jayne playing his wife. Constantly battling against the Austrian occupation of his Swiss homeland, Tell, ably supported by his wife, frequently clashes with the forces of big bad Lamberger Gessler (Willoughby Goddard) whilst always staying one step ahead of his enemies. 39 episodes make up this series, each episode is around 25 minutes long. Another great release by Network, how would we vintage TV fans manage without you.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 12 July 2009
We used to re-enact this stuff as kids. Good wholesome outdoor fun on warm sunny days. Didn't matter that we weren't in Switzerland, our imagination took us there.

Always thought William Tell had a more dangerous edge to it than say, Robin Hood. High mountain villages, narrow alpine passes, highly strung crossbows - you get the drift.

Watching the series again 50 years later I'm amazed how well the story lines gel. And of course Jennifer Jayne looks just as dishy as she did to a pre-pubescent boy all those years ago.

Shame only 39 episodes were produced. Highly recommended viewing for those with an adventurous streak.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 16 April 2008
Excellant - for its age - It was even better than I remembered as kid and still full of action - in the same vein as Robin Hood (Richard Greene). The theme song is also how I remember it.

Well worth the purchase price.

Ps Spot how they managed to shoot the bolt through the apple in the opening seqences
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Excellent item, arrived quickly and brand new still in its wrapping. Old 50, TV series which I used to enjoy ( and still do ) . The music brought back many memories as well as the series itself , similar to the Robin Hood tv series of the 50's.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 28 October 2012
Saw it when we got Southern TV in England at age 9 and loved it!

I really fancied William (Conrad Phillips) Tell's crossbow, the lovely blonde Hedda Tell (Jennifer Jayne) and tights, lol - I grew out of wanting tights!

Effectively 25min movies very well-produced, written and acted with lots of energy and humour.

When the English 'Network' boxset (all 39 eps) became cheaper than the American version (30 eps), my dithering was over and I went for it!

So should you. :-)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 28 March 2009
William Tell is a superb series, full of action, Conrad Phillips plays a reluctant freedom fighter, a good old retro goodie fighting the baddies. switzerland's answer to Robin Hood and its fantastic value as you get 39 episodes in the box set
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 10 August 2013
A happy revisiting of my innocent times when I watched this every week, believing that good would always overcome evil, etc. Somewhat dated now, and a bit twee, but well worth the money for those who enjoyed it 50+ years ago.
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