'Howdy Doody' heads to DVD

Mill Creek will release 40-episode collection

Mill Creek Entertainment has cut a deal with NBC Universal to release 40 of 126 licensed episodes of "The Howdy Doody Show."

It marks the first time the classic children's television show, which went on the air in 1947, has been available on DVD. Mill Creek will release the initial 40-episode collection, in a five-disc boxed set, on Nov. 4. A total of nine DVD compilations are planned.