Ford Star Jubilee

CBS (ended 1956)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 1 : Ep 12

    The Wizard of Oz

    Aired 11/3/56

  • S 1 : Ep 11

    You're The Top

    Aired 10/6/56

  • S 1 : Ep 10

    A Bell For Adano

    Aired 6/2/56

  • S 1 : Ep 9

    This Happy Breed

    Aired 5/5/56

  • S 1 : Ep 8

    Twentieth Century

    Aired 4/7/56

  • Cast & Crew
  • Keenan Wynn

    Owen O'Malley

  • William Schallert

  • Orson Welles

    Oscar Jaffe

  • Barry Sullivan

    Lt. Barney Greenwald

  • Debbie Reynolds


  • show Description
  • Ford Star Jubilee was a live, ninety minute, color spectacular that aired once a month on Saturday nights on CBS for, basically, one season. Sponsored by the Ford Motor Company the shows featured top of the line talent in front of, and behind, the camera. The shows were done live from New York or the CBS Television City Color Studios in Hollywood, CA. The program was nominated for an Emmy as Best Variety Series. In spite of the talent and cost involved the specials did not receive high enough ratings to satisfy Ford and CBS-especially CBS who had to preempt Gunsmoke every time it aired. After two shows in the fall of 1956 they pulled the plug. The last show was the first TV broadcast of the classic film The Wizard of Oz.moreless

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  • Trivia & Quotes
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    • Mitsuko Sawamura was a twelve year old Japanese singer of American songs. She was in Hollywood to appear in The Teahouse of the August Moon and Meet Me in Las Vegas for MGM.

    • Coward was paid $450,000 to write, direct and act in three shows for this series. The other two were Blithe Spirit and This Happy Breed. Coward, Martin and Camarata were nominated for an Emmy for the original song "Together With Music" as Outstanding Musical Contribution.

    • Robert Altman directed a remake for TV that aired May 8, 1988 with Brad Davis as Queeg.

    • TV version of the 1954 Herman Wouk Broadway play with the original cast except for Henry Fonda and John Hodiak who were replaced by Barry Sullivan and Frank Lovejoy. This program won Emmy Awards for Lloyd Nolan (Best Actor In A Single Performance), Franklin J. Schaffner (Best Director-Live Series) and Schaffner and Paul Gregory (Best Television Adaptation). Barry Sullivan was also nominated for Best Actor and the program for Best Single Program Of The Year.

    • A soundtrack album of the show was released as a two record set in 1976 by Mark 56 Records #741.

    • Columbia Pictures released a film version in 1954 called "The Caine Mutiny" with Humphrey Bogart as Queeg. It was based on Wouk's novel and not a direct adaptation of the play.

    • Also done on NBC (05/12/46) and (12/07/66).

    • Adapted by Coward from his 1941 West End play. Natwick was nominated for an Emmy as Best Actress In A Supporting Role. She reprised her role from the original 1941 Broadway production along with Philip Tonge.

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    • An understudy-double for Barry Sullivan in the CBS-TV live episode (1955) of Caine Mutiny Court Martial was M. C. Stevens.

    • Ford Star Jubilee, sponsored by the Ford Motor Company, was William S. Paley's answer for CBS Television to produce a spectacular color live program content to answer the NBC Network's 90 minute "live color spectacular special Producer's Showcase" presented by the National Broadcasting Company once a month.

    • This was actress Julie Andrews first U.S. television performance.

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