|Once upon a time, a junkman had a dream...
gonna build a spaceship, go to the moon, salvage all the junk that's up
there, bring it back and sell it."
So he put together
a team. An ex-astronaut...a fuel expert...they built a rocketship...
And they went to the moon. Who knows what they'll do next?
1 was a
short-lived television series but I have never forgotten it.
You may remember it as "that show where a guy built a spaceship out of
junk and flew to the moon". Well, it began as a two-hour television
movie aired in January, 1979 starring Andy Griffith as Harry Broderick,
the proprieter of Jettison Scrap and Salvage Company.
as Harry Broderick
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He was a junkman with an extraordinary dream...to salvage the junk left
on the moon by the Apollo moon expeditions in the 1960's and 70's. The
subsequent series followed the adventures of Harry and his crew as they undertook various salvage
and business ventures. I was a young teenager at
the time Salvage 1 aired. Looking back, the show's charm lay in its
positive outlook on life (that everyday people can do extraordinary
things) and in the characters.
Although Salvage 1 was sometimes embarrassingly bad (i.e."Confederate
Gold"), there were almost always some wonderful character moments. I
enjoyed the imaginative fun of the show; evident in the whimsical theme
music, the thrown-together design of the spaceship Vulture
and the portrayal of Harry Broderick
by Andy Griffith, who
is one of my sentimental favorite actors. The original two hour pilot/
movie, "Salvage" is undoubtedly the best of all the episodes. After
all, as it has been noted, where can you go after you've been to the
moon? That may be why the show only lasted a little over half a season.
However, I remember it fondly to this day. Please browse the site!
There are lots of treasures to be found here. I hope you enjoy this
look back at Salvage 1.
If you have
any Salvage 1 material you would like to contribute to this site,
please contact me. I am interested in pictures, interviews, scripts,
frame captures and personal recollections.
Salvage 1 Yahoo
A Salvage 1 e-mail group has been created for fans of the show. Join in
and post some messages. Go here:
Salvage Yahoo Group.
1998 by GHL
Updated September 17, 2009