Camera Three

CBS (ended 1980)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 24 : Ep 17

    Rodion Shchedrin

    Aired 1/14/79

  • S 24 : Ep 16

    Paul Mellon: One Man's England

    Aired 12/31/78

  • S 24 : Ep 15

    Songs from Flora the Red Menace

    Aired 12/24/78

  • S 24 : Ep 14

    Andrei Serban

    Aired 12/17/78

  • S 24 : Ep 13

    Nouvelles Aventures

    Aired 12/10/78

  • Cast & Crew
  • James Macandrew


  • CBS Chamber Orchestra


  • Susan Oliver

    Dewey Dell

  • Norman Walker


  • Arlene Saunders


  • show Description
  • Camera Three started out as an obscure program that was seen locally in New York before going national on January 22, 1956. It was a daring program with a cultural flavor displaying the arts in all forms from plays to poetry, to music and faith. Airing on CBS Sunday mornings at 11:30 and other places even earlier it was a daring concept hosted by James Macandrew a type of experimentation taking people into different worlds and lifestyles and lasting 24 years on television. Camera Three was an expression of that small and goodly company of directors, producers, writers, technicians, actors and musicians who pump fresh blood into the channels of television. Without them the industry's creativity would soon disappear. Starting out as local New York City program, Camera Three premiered on Saturday, May 16th, 1953 as a co-production between WCBS-TV and the State Education Department of the University of the State of New York, with James Macandrew as the Host and Moderator. The program ran from 2-2:45PM and it's panel of experts covered all manner of topics, from Shakespeare to economics and everything in between. In April of 1954 it won a Peabody Award in the Television Education category, shared with with station KNXT in Los Angeles for its Cavalcade of Books series. The series dramatized classic works of literature, including Herman Melville's "Moby Dick", Edgar Allen Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart", and over the course of eight weeks in November and December of 1955, Dostoevsky's "Crime and Punishment". In September of 1978, the network announced that it was cancelling Camera Three, alongside Lamp Unto My Feet and Look Up and Live, to make room for a ninety-minute news show called "Sunday Morning". It was last shown on Sunday, January 21st, 1979. In July of 1979, however, it was announced that PBS, through Boston's WGBH station, would revive Camera Three. It premiered at 9:30PM on Thursday, October 4th, 1979, although individual PBS affiliates presumably could air it other times as well. From October of 1979 to July of 1980, PBS aired 40 episodes of Camera Three, 24 repeats and 16 new episodes. Most sources give July 10th, 1980 as the last broadcast but it was still being shown in early 1983.moreless

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Notes (190)

    • Canadian born actor John Drainie plays the only role in this one-man show.

    • Based on the short story by Feodor Dostoevsky.

    • Based on a story by Ivan S. Turgenev.

    • Born in 1920 Yuriko Kikuchi was a dancer/choreographer who went by the stage name of just Yuriko.

    • Jo Mapes was a recent winner on Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts.

    • Camera Three was pre-empted on April 1st, 1956 for a special Easter Mass Service by Rev. Francis P. Sayre Jr. and the Rev. Angus Don.

    • This was actor Robert Lansing's TV debut.

    • This episode was re-staged for Camera Three in 1965.

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    Trivia (8)

    • Tenor Loren Driscoll made his operatic debut in 1954 with Verdi's "Falstaff". He performed from 1962-1985 with the German Opera House in Berlin.

    • Lost Hearts was also part of BBC's "A Ghost Story For Christmas" series in 1973.

    • Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has said that her strongest influence has been that of author T.H. White (Terence Hanbury White 1906-1964).

    • Beverly Owen is a classically trained actress known for having played Marilyn Munster in the first season of The Munsters.

    • TIME Magazine, 1963. Hallelujah the Hills is a gloriously funny and far-out farce about two great big overgrown boy scouts who pratfall in love with the same girl. The weirdest, wooziest, wackiest screen comedy, a slapstick poem, an intellectual hellzapoppin, a gloriously fresh experiment and experience in the cinema of the absurd, the first cubistic comedy of the new world cinema."

    • Adolfas Mekas founded Film Culture, the magazine of independent cinema, in 1954.

    • Appearing throughout the four-part series are: Paolo Soleri (architect, philosopher) Stewart Udall (former Secretary of Interior) Kenneth Gibson (Mayor of Newark, N.J.) Alvin Toffler (author, "Future Shock", etc., scientist) Arthur C. Clarke (author, "2001: A Space Odyssey", etc.). Jan Stolwijk, professor of Environmental physiology at Yale University Architect Moshe Safdie.

    • Hitchcock long ago adopted as his own the aim of Dickens' Fat Boy: "I want to make your flesh creep." He is the acknowledged master of thrillers. Beyond that, he has a brilliant visual sense, a distinctive Hitchcockian style. Francois Truffaut, the French filmmaker, places him "among such artists of anxiety as Kafka, Destoyevsky and Poe."

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  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • Camera Three is very nice. I want to see the show again and again. So i give the rating as 10. Very nice picture.I must have watched this 10 times already.

    By aratillearay16, Apr 13, 2006