Atomic TV Thanksgiving Special

Atomic TV serves up a turkey of an episode… While the rest of the family fights over the white meat we go for the carcass and gizzards with leftovers that no one else would ever touch.

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Atomic TV Thanksgiving Special from Atomic TV on Vimeo.



Jerry Butler’s Turkey Stuffing
Adult film star Jerry Butler shares his special recipe and unique technique for stuffing a turkey. (ADULTS ONLY)

Holiday Bonus!

Aint We Having Fun? aka The Turkey Film
In honor of Thanksgiving, Jeff Krulik shares a short by filmmaker Chuck Statler.

Liberace’s Thanksgiving
(, 1954)
Liberace winks at the camera, reminisces about the past, and sends a turkey to its doom, performing “Turkey In The Straw” and “Shine On Harvest Moon” in 1954.

Jerky Turkey
(, 1945)
The Pilgrims land at Plymouth Rock and found a colony. A very large number of Pilgrims can be seen standing in line… for their cigarette rations. A Pilgrim goes hunting for Thanksgiving dinner. He meets a black market turkey. A Home Front cartoon by Tex Avery.

A Day of Thanksgiving
(, 1951)
This film relates the experiences of a middle-class American family when they are stimulated to review the things for which they are thankful.

Hellman’s Mayonnaise Commercial
(, 1980s)

Macy’s 1959 Thanksgiving Day Parade
(from William Newman on Vimeo)

Macy’s 1939 Thanksgiving Day Parade
(from Tom Pappalardo on Vimeo)

Calvin and the Colonel: Thanksgiving Dinner
(, 1961)


WKRP “As God as my witness, I thought turkeys could fly” Thanksgiving

Hochschild-Kohn Thanksgiving Toytown Parade, Baltimore, 1961
(from Youtube by Kevin Mueller)

“Random Universe Tours + Services / Esthetic Research League” 1983 Thanksgiving Parade
(from Youtube by tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE)

“For the Thanksgiving Day Parade in BalTimOre, MD, in 1983, a large group of artists & musicians (mainly) operating under the name of “Random Universe Tours + Services / Esthetic Research League” organized a parade contingent that incorporated experimental music, political protest, & Thanksgiving references, amongst other things. When it was our turn to join the parade, the extremely hostile sports coach coordinating the parade said we had too many people & he split us into 3 groups. For some stupid reason or another one of these 3 groups was then ordered to leave the parade by the same hostile person – supposedly b/c they deviated from their assigned order. It was our impression that he either didn’t like our anti-military message or the parading of a live turkey in a cage or some such. That same group then rejoined the end of the parade. An article was then written by a News American reporter for the front page of Section C of their Sunday, November 20, 1983 newspaper. The article was entitled “Anti-nuclear floats flagged down during holiday parade”. Alas, there was some miscommunication & the RUTS/ERL group corrected the article’s political spin by explaining that “It is true that the spirit of our presentation was pro-fun and anti-imperialist/militarist. It is oversimplistic to classify us as only anti-nuclear. In fact, the floats that were removed were the least political of the bunch.” This statement of ours, alas, got the reporter in trouble – wch wasn’t our intention. I’m one of the 2 “Reagans” walking on baby dolls w/ the ‘Thanksgiving Prayer’ banner that reads: “Give us this day a conquered nation so many more may suffer starvation”. The footage presented here was shot by John Ellsberry & edited by tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE. Unfortunately, it only shows 2 of the 3 groups.”
— November 26, 2013 notes from tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE

Retro photos of Baltimore’s Thanksgiving Toytown Parade
(“The Darkroom”, Baltimore Sun, 11/25/2015)

The well-known Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York started in 1924, and Baltimore’s Toytown parade followed in November 1936.

Most years, the parade would start at Museum and Wyman Park drives near the Baltimore Museum of Art and would travel south on Maryland Avenue or Charles Street.

The parade made its way downtown to the flagship Hochschild department store at Howard and Lexington streets – the heart of Baltimore’s shopping district at the time. The parade was made up of assorted floats, a jumble of balloons, bands and, of course, Mr. and Mrs. Santa Clause.

Continue reading at the Baltimore Sun.

1947 Thanksgiving Toytown Parade, Baltimore MD
(8mm ,11-26-1947)
From the Nickel Family Home Movie Archives

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