A wonderful snapshot of what Americans were curious about in the 50s, "You Asked For It" debuted in 1950 and continued offering its special "believe-it-or-not" brand of entertainment on ABC until 1959. Each week, for nearly a decade, inquiring viewers from all over the country wrote in requesting to see the strange and bizarre. The show's producers delivered it all, from the sublime to the ridiculous, from the heart-lifting to the heart-stopping, and everything in between!
Episode 1: A wrestling chimpanzee; jive pianist Ivory Joe Hunter; secrets of card sharps and more!
Episode 2: A diver wrestling an octopus; a theremin soloist; movie special effects demonstrations; lost relatives found; comedian El Brendel!
Episode 3: A Hindu fakir on a bed of nails; a man shot wearing a bullet-proof vest; carnival game conmen; a classic French clown act; baseball player Babe Dahlgren remembers Lou Gehrig!
Episode 4: An Eskimo building an igloo; America's tallest man; largest star sapphire in the world; singer Arthur Lee Simpkins; a deadly python attack; silent movie stars; a log-rolling contest!
Episode 5: Pin-up models that come to life; award-winning canaries; Hawaiian cowboys; and an "Our Gang" cast reunion!
Episode 6: A race between an abacus and an electric calculator; phony spiritualists exposed; Calypso Joe; and TV wrestler Gorgeous George using his brains!
Episode 7: Nevarre the Fire-Eater; touring the homes of Hollywood Stars; Mr. America; Aunt Nelly of Knott's Berry Farm; World Champion horseshoe pitching; and Buddy Ebsen dances with sister Vilma!
Episode 8: Maldo the Escape Artist; a German Oompah Band; milking poisonous snakes; world's largest collection of miniatures; and a recreation of the Sullivan/La Savant fight in Paris!