When you think of PBS, what comes to mind? Sesame Street, Nova, Masterpiece Theatre, Electric Company, and so on. In 1980, the network decided to do something about that.
Matinee at the Bijou was an anthology series that sought to recapture the spirit of Saturday afternoons (or mornings) spent at the movie theatre back in the day. In a compact 90 minute package, Matinee mixed together long forgotten cartoons, short subjects, serials, and features, all of them in the public domain. Actor-singer Rudy Vallee performed the show's title song, but, sad to say, that isn't available on YouTube right now.
Plans were afoot as much as 2 years ago to revive the series, with Debbie Reynolds as series host, but as of this writing, it appears the revival is in turnaround, which is a shame, because in its heyday (1980-5), Matinee was a terrific alternative to sports programming and other syndicated fare.
Charlie McHenry offers up a piece of Matinee's past, with Spike Jones and his group performing "Pass the Biscuits, Mirandy", from 1942. I think there will be a plug at the end of the video for the above mentioned revival........