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    Peter Gunn

    Peter Gunn

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    NBC (ended 1961)
    Welcome to the Peter Gunn guide at tv.com. Mystery/Detective show "Peter Gunn" was telecast on NBC for two seasons moving over to ABC for it's third final season. Peter Gunn was a private detective in the film noir tradition. All of the shows were black and white and featured the music of Henry Mancini. The action of the show was closely tied to the musical score and you could usually tell what was happening on the screen by the music accompanying it. The show was set in and around Mother's Jazz Club in Los Angeles. Pete, as his friends called him, was often aided by police Lieutenant Jacoby. At the jazz club, Mother was joined as a regular character by Edie Hart, a jazz singer and Pete's girlfriend. Henry Mancini released an album called Music from Peter Gunn featuring the theme and music from this show. It won a Grammy award at the first Grammy award presentation. The Characters: Peter Gunn: The title character of the show. He's the hip, sophisticated version of the detectives of the past. All those that came after him looked back to him for inspiration. Edie Hart: Pete's girlfriend and a jazz singer at Mother's Jazz Club. Mother: The owner of Mother's Jazz Club and very protective of her friends. Lieutenant Jacoby: Pete's pal and informant from the police department. Recurring Characters: Barney: The bartender at Mother's Jazz Club. Emmett: The piano player at Mother's Jazz Club. Wilbur: The owner of the beatnik club. Sgt. Lee Davis: Desk sergeant at headquarters.moreless
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    Kraft Television Theatre

    Kraft Television Theatre

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    NBC (ended 1958)
    Welcome to The Kraft Television Theatre guide at TV.com. This live anthology drama series was the first weekly commercial network program. From May to December 1947, NBC aired the show on Wednesday, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.; for the rest of its run, it was broadcast on Wednesday, 9:00 to 10:00 p.m. From 1953 to 1955, another series of the same name was shown on ABC concurrently with the one on NBC. For a short time in 1958, the series abandoned its anthology format and ran with recurring characters and situations. From April to September 1958, the show was known as "Kraft Mystery Theatre." This program was a prestigious showcase for its sponsor, Kraft, winning many awards and becoming a Wednesday night institution. By the end of its run, more than 650 plays, drama and comedy productions, both original and adaptations for TV, had been presented. One of the most awarded episodes was "Patterns" written by Rod Serling and directed by Fielder Cook with performances from Ed Begley, Richard Kiley, Everett Sloane, Elizabeth Montgomery, and many others. To see any of these episodes is a virtual delight, with such performers as James Dean, Rod Steiger, Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Jack Lemmon, Grace Kelly, Lee Remick, Anthony Perkins, Helen Hayes, Cloris Leachman, John Newland, Anne Francis, Leslie Nielsen, Colleen Dewhurst, Jack Klugman, George C. Scott, Lee Grant, to name a few. A must see for everyone.moreless
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    Blue Peter

    Blue Peter

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    BBC
    Blue Peter is the longest running British childrens television show, celebrating it's fiftieth birthday in October 2008. The show airs as part of the CBBC strand of programming on BBC One on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 4.35pm. It is currently in it's 52nd series. The show began on October 16th 1958, and since then has gone through a cycle of 31 presenters, with Andy Akinwolere, Helen Skelton and Joel Defries currently presenting. The name Blue Peter comes from the blue and white flag which hoists a ship in port when it's getting ready to sail. The logo for the show is a blue and white boat designed by Tony Hart. Blue Peter badges are worn by presenters and different variations of the badge are awarded to both viewers and celebrity guests. The theme tune to the show is a take on the sea shanty Barnacle Bill and was originally composed by Ashworth Hope and has since been re-recorded ten times, the current version is orchestrated by Murray Gold. Throughout it's first series it ran for 15 minutes on Monday nights. From the 1960s until 1995, the show ran twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays, at 4.35pm until the mid 1970s, when it moved to 5.10pm. Throughout 1995 until 2001, three shows aired, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, in 2002 the show moved to 5pm and in 2007 remaining in the same time slot, shows aired on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. From September 2007, the show began airing twice a week and from February 2008 moved to it's current slot Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 4.35pm. The show has many features and traditions that it carry's from series to series. The show always features 'Blue Peter Pets', Petra the dog been the first. Their's been five dogs, seven cats, four tortoises and a parrot that have all appeared, before the current line up of two dogs - Mabel & Lucy, two cats - Socks & Cookie and a tortoise, Shelley. Another regular feature on the show is the 'Blue Peter Garden', based in the BBC Television Centre were Blue Peter is filmed, alot of features are based in the garden, so their's need for a regular Blue Peter gardener, Percy Thrower (who also originally designed the garden), Chris Crowder and Clare Bradley have all had the job, before Chris Collins took it on. The show has also made an appeal every year since the show began, these range from bring and buy sales been organised and endorsed by Blue Peter or to the more recent, Mission Nutrition campaign, helping kids eat better here and abroad.moreless
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    General Electric Theater

    General Electric Theater

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    CBS (ended 1962)
    General Electric Theater featured a mix of romance, comedy, adventure, tragedy, and fantasy. Occupying the cushy Sunday evening spot on CBS following the Toast of the Town/Ed Sullivan Show from 2/1/1953 to 5/27/1962, General Electric Theater presented top Hollywood and Broadway stars in dramatic roles. The first two seasons established the half-hour anthology format of adaptations of popular plays, short stories, novels, magazine fiction and motion pictures. The Eye of the Beholder, for example, a Hitchcock-like telefilm thriller starring Richard Conte and Martha Vickers, dramatized an artist's relationship with his model from differing, sometimes disturbing psychological perspectives. The addition of Ronald Reagan as program host commencing the third season (9/26/1954) reflected GE's decision to pursue a campaign of continuous, consistent company advertising. The Reagan role of program host and occasional actor brought continuity to disparate anthology offerings. The casting of Don Herbert of TV's "Mr. Wizard" fame in the role of "General Electric Progress Reporter" established a clear-cut company identity for commercials. Reagan, in the employ of the BBDO advertising agency, helped merchandise the concept within the company itself. The first of many promotional tours orchestrated by BBDO and the GE Department of Public Relations Services sent Reagan to twelve GE plant cities in November 1954 to promote the program idea, further his identity as spokesman, and become familiar with company people and products. By the time General Electric Theater concluded its eight-year run in 1962, Reagan claimed to have visited GE's 135 research and manufacturing facilities, and met some 250,000 individuals. In later years, Reagan's biographers would look back upon the tour and the platform it provided for the future President of the United States to sharpen his already considerable skill as a communicator. General Electric Theater left the air in 1962 in a welter of controversy surrounding the U.S. Justice Department's anti-trust investigation of MCA and the Screen Actors Guild talent waivers granted to MCA-Revue. The hint of scandal discounted Reagan's value as company spokesman and program host. As SAG president in the 1950s Reagan had, after all, signed the waivers, and later benefited from the arrangement as a General Electric Theater program producer himself. The suggestion of impropriety fueled Reagan's increasingly anti-government demeanor on tour, and his insistence upon producing and starring in episodes combating Communist subversion in the final season of General Electric Theater.moreless
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    Ford Theatre: All Star Theatre

    Ford Theatre: All Star Theatre

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    NBC (ended 1957)
    Welcome to the Ford Theatre: All Star Theatre episode guide at TV.com
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    Kukla, Fran and Ollie

    Kukla, Fran and Ollie

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    NBC (ended 1957)
    One of the first television puppet shows, originally designed for children, but soon watched by more adults than children. Burr Tillstrom created and performed all the characters, including Kukla, the leader of the troupe, and Ollie, a single-toothed dragon. Fran Allison was the usually the only human to appear onscreen. All shows in the 1950s were live and ad-libbed. The series returned in the 60s and 70s in taped formats.moreless
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    The Adventures of Robin Hood

    The Adventures of Robin Hood

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    CBS (ended 1958)
    The original Robin Hood series, intended primarily for children, featuring Robin of Locksley and his merry men in Sherwood Forest, who protect England from the evil machinations of Prince John and the Sheriff of Nottingham, while good King Richard is away at the Crusades. An unusual television series at the time in that it frequently re-used the same actors in different roles, or different actors in a recurring roles.moreless
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    Panorama

    Panorama

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    BBC
    With the first episode being broadcast on November 11, 1953, Panorama is the BBC's flagship current affairs programme and the longest-running public affairs TV programme in the world. Panorama's job is to investigate and uncover stories about Britain and the world. The range of stories that the programme covers is wide but the guiding principles for Panorama are always the same:
    • To make programmes with authority which make waves and withstand scrutiny.
    • To report the world we live in with a depth of understanding often missing in many other programmes.
    • To scrutinise the use and abuse of power, both public and private.
    • To get to stories first.
    • To make the stories we tell relevant, accessible and engaging for the audience.
    • To treat fairly the people with whom we deal.
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    The Dick Clark Saturday Night Beechnut Show

    The Dick Clark Saturday Night Beechnut Show

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    ABC (ended 1960)
    The Dick Clark Saturday Night Beechnut Show was Dick Clark's second attempt at a prime time show. His first, a prime-time version of American Bandstand, ran only 13 weeks. The Beechnut Show was much more successful lasting almost 3 years.

    The Dick Clark Saturday Night Beechnut Show was broadcast live Saturday nights from the Little Theatre in New York City. Every weekend, Dick Clark commuted from Philadelphia to NYC to do the "Beechnut" show. There was actually two shows done each Saturday. The first was a rehearsal show where the artists could sketch out their performances and Clark could line everything up. This would have a different audience then the second show which was the one that was televised.

    Beechnut Gum was actually picked up as a sponser for the third episode to the conclusion of the show's run. The artists that appeared usually "lip-synched" to their records. Very few actually performed live.

    This is the only show to be able to make the claim of having Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper as guests (though on different episodes). All three were killed together in a plane crash on February 3, 1959.

    Amazingly, Elvis Presley and Ricky Nelson, two of the biggest stars of the period, never appeared on the show.

    Dick Clark lost this show as a result of the payola scandal.

    Up until the mid 1980's, the only way you were able to see selected vintage clips from any of Dick Clark's shows was to wait until their American Bandstand anniversary shows which seemed to run every 5 years. The clips you would see would be around 4 to 5 seconds in duration! In 1986, Dick Clark Productions took a step in correcting this by issuing a commercial home video release of full length clips from the Dick Clark archives complete with intros and outros! The title was called "The Best Of Bandstand", however in the below track listing of the videos contents we see that all of the performance clips from Clark's shows were from his Saturday Night Beechnut Show! The only exception was Buddy Holly's performance of "Peggy Sue" which is live and from The Arthur Murray Show. Buddy Holly was on American Bandstand twice (August 26, 1957 and October 28, 1958) and on the Saturday Night Beechnut Show once (October 25, 1958) Yet, Dick Clark stated that "The only good piece of Buddy Holly footage was either lost or stolen sometime in the late '60's". Of course the obvious question everyone seems to ask is "So what about the bad footage!" So no Buddy Holly footage from any Dick Clark show was used in this video.

    In addition, the Dick Clark archives contends that no footage of Buddy Holly or Ritchie Valens exists in their vaults. Ritchie appeared on American Bandstand once (October 6, 1958) and The Beechnut Show once (December 27, 1958). A flag was raised when an intro to a Ritchie Valens / Dick Clark clip was used in the movie "La Bamba". The actual performance was recreated by Lou Diamond Phillips but Clark's intro seemed so real that this led to speculation that at least one clip of Ritchie existed and the intro was taken from it. However, it was stated by Clark's people to be a Dick Clark voice over to another intro.

    "The Best Of Bandstand" clips on the VHS home video:
    (1) Backstage at Bandstand footage - December 5, 1961
    (2) Bill Haley - "Rock Around The Clock" - February 20, 1960 - Episode # 106
    (3) Buddy Holly - "Peggy Sue" - December 28, 1957 (clip from an Arthur Murray Party TV special).
    (4) Jerry Lee Lewis - "Great Balls Of Fire" - February 15, 1958 Live - Episode # 1 [Credits at the end of the video tape give this date as February 14, 1958]
    (5) Sam Cooke - "You Send Me" - March 14, 1959 - Episode # 57
    (6) The Big Bopper - "Chantilly Lace" - September 20, 1958 - Episode # 32
    (7) The Silhouettes - "Get A Job" - March 8, 1958 - Episode # 4
    (8) Fabian - "Turn Me Loose" - March 7, 1959 - Episode # 56
    Dion and The Belmonts - "Teenager In Love" - April 4, 1959 - Episode # 60
    (9) The Fleetwood's - "Come Softly To Me" - March 14, 1959 - Episode # 57
    (10) Paul Anka - "Lonely Boy" - May 9, 1959 - Episode # 65
    (11) Mark Dinning - "Teen Angel" - January 23, 1960 - Episode # 102
    (12) The Everly Brothers - "Cathy's Clown" - July 9, 1960 - Episode # 126
    (13) Edd Brynes and Connie Stevens - "(Kookie Kookie) Lend Me Your Comb" - April 4, 1959 - Episode # 60
    (14) Chubby Checker - "The Twist" - August 6, 1960 - Episode # 130

    Ironically, the only clip from an American Bandstand show is not even a performance clip!

    Frustratingly, probably do to low sales figures, the Dick Clark archives never followed up with another volume of 1950's clips from their vaults. Nor have they ever officially released any complete episodes of "The Dick Clark Saturday Night Beechnut Show"moreless
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    The Life of Riley (1953)

    The Life of Riley (1953)

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    NBC (ended 1958)
    1313 Blue View Terrace, Los Angeles, California, the residence of the Riley Family: Chester, a riveter with Stevenson Aircraft and Associates; his wife Peggy; and their children, Babs and Junior. Riley worked in an aircraft plant in California, but viewers usually saw him at home, cheerfully disrupting life with his malapropisms and ill timed intervention into minor problem.moreless
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    The Lux Video Theatre

    The Lux Video Theatre

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    CBS (ended 1957)
    Welcome to The Lux Video Theatre guide at TV.com
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    Huckleberry Hound

    Huckleberry Hound

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    CBS (ended 1962)
    Huckleberry Hound is a blue-haired Southern dog with a fondness for the song, "My Darling, Clementine", and is a jack-of-all-trades cartoon star, appearing as a scientist (trying to neutralize a gigantic, thinking potato), a Scotland Yard detective (chasing Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in Victorian London or investigating reports of a mad scientist's Frankenstein-like weiner monster in early-1900s rural England), a Foreign Legion soldier (foiling a renegade Frenchman-turned-Arab), or a modern policeman (trying to subdue an impish ape named Wee Willie). Episodes of this television series begin and end with a Huckleberry cartoon. Sandwiched between them is a cartoon with two mischievous mice, Pixie and Dixie and a cantankerous cat named Mr. Jinks. Sometimes appearing in their stead in the middle cartoon was a free-spirited Hokey Wolf or the "smarter than the average" Yogi Bear.moreless
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    Golden Globe Awards

    Golden Globe Awards

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    NBC (Returning January 11th, 2015)
    Near the end of each year, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association gathers to recognize outstanding achievement in film and television. Nominees are announced in December, and the awards ceremony is held and televised in mid-January. It's one of television's most intimate, spontaneous, and fun events. The profits made from the Golden Globe Awards are donated to entertainment - related charities by the HFPA. The organization offers scholarships to budding entertainers and supports educational institutions educating people on film and television.moreless
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    Science Fiction Theatre

    Science Fiction Theatre

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    (ended 1957)
    Scientific speculation from the 1950s told in a science fiction format. That was the basis for this anthology of futuristic stories, hosted and narrated by Truman Bradley. The series speculated on such things as visitors from other planets, UFO incidents, space fight, espionage technology, and miracle drugs that could cure all ills. Stories of crackpots, who turn out to be visionaries, and eyewitnesses to the fantastic, fighting to be believed. The show also utilized experts as consultants to help keep the show within the known realm of the scientific possibilities speculated at the time.moreless
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    The Dinah Shore Chevy Show

    The Dinah Shore Chevy Show

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    NBC (ended 1962)
    The Dinah Shore Chevy Show premiered in 1956 as a series of monthly specials, the following season it became a weekly series filled with wonderful guests performing in skits, songs and dance. Dinah's warm and friendly style endeared her to all, that Southern charm and her talent won over a nation. The trademark theme song "See the U.S.A. in your Chevrolet" was followed by a resounding kiss "Mwah!" which she gave the audience at the end of each show.moreless
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    Tales of Tomorrow

    Tales of Tomorrow

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    ABC (ended 1953)
    Tales Of Tomorrow was a science fiction anthology program that aired on the American Broadcasting Company network between 1951 and 1953.
    The episodes aired live and featured the top sci-fi stories up until that time, with a total series run of 85 half hour episodes over two seasons.moreless
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    Fireside Theatre

    Fireside Theatre

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    NBC (ended 1955)
    Fireside Theatre was the first successful filmed drama series on television at a time when everything else on the networks was being produced live. The first brief "season" was one of experimentation, with shows of every type being tried, from brief filmed and live dramas to ballet to Broadway reviews. By the second season (the first full season), the series had settled on filmed episodes, generally fifteen minutes in length, that were paired together to fill a half-hour program. The subjects were primarily dramas, with mysteries and a few comedies thrown in. By the next season, the series was concentrating on full half-hour dramas. Since the West Coast was not yet connected to the national coaxial cables, Fireside Theatre was one of the networks' first series to originate from Hollywood. Many episodes were filmed at the Hal Roach Studios in California. The driving force behind the program was a one-man-band named Frank Wisbar. His "Frank Wisbar Productions" produced most of the series and was able to keep costs down because Wisbar often produced, wrote, directed and hosted the episodes himself. Whenever possible, he adapted public domain stories as scripts. Through mid-1951, the weekly cost of producing the series was a paltry $17,000. During the series' final two seasons, actor Gene Raymond was hired as host and starred as a performer in numerous episodes. Fireside was a top ten ratings hit for most of its run, airing in the cushy time slot following TV's biggest hit, Texaco Star Theater starring Milton Berle. By 1955, the ratings had begun to sag and the sponsor, Proctor & Gamble, decided to overhaul the program to such a degree that it became a totally new series. Jane Wyman Presents the Fireside Theatre is the program it became. Beginning in 1951, the 50-plus segments produced for the 1949-1950 season were repackaged as Royal Playhouse and sold into syndication. Other later episodes were syndicated under various titles including TV Theater and Theatre Time. They also turned up on the networks during the 1950s packaged together with reruns of other programs to air as a summer filler series with new titles.moreless
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    The Laurel and Hardy Show

    The Laurel and Hardy Show

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    (ended 1954)
    The Laurel and Hardy Show is a series of short silent films which later led into talking short films and feature movies with the progression in sound technology. The show revolves around the duo getting into various situations that are often a bit unrealistic and silly. The main focus is on the two disagreeing so often that it got them into trouble on more than one occasion.moreless
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    The Garry Moore Show

    The Garry Moore Show

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    CBS (ended 1967)
    The Garry Moore Show is a Red Wing Production from Bob Banner Associates Inc. and was a very successful variety program that featured the guests in light-hearted fun and antics. Showcasing musical themed sketches and from 1958 to 1963 the highlight of the show was "That Wonderful Year" with tributes and facts that were special to the year that was being celebrated. Allen Funt also had a segment of "Candid Camera". There was a rotating cast of regulars with Marion Lorne and Carol Burnett and one in particular Durward Kirby who was on Garry's previous series that ran in 1950 to 1951. This show ran twice: 9/30/58 - 6/16/64: Tuesdays at 10:00p 9/11/66 - 1/29/67: Sundays at 9:00pmoreless
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    Climax!

    Climax!

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    CBS (ended 1958)
    CLIMAX! a dramatic anthology series hosted by William Lundigan and co-hosted by Mary Costa, brought such introductions as James Bond in Casino Royale, Philip Marlowe in The Long Goodbye Leona Stevenson in Sorry, Wrong Number and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde to the small screen. Also known as Mystery Theatre, once a month from September 30, 1954 to April 17, 1958 Shower of Stars, a variety program aired in the Climax! timespot also hosted by William Lundigan then Jack Benny. Of special note, eleven of the Climax! scripts were sold to the movies. And each episode cost upward of $40,000. Climax! was first done live then film and later taped productions. 1955 EMMY nominations Best Actress: Ethel Barrymore (nominated)"The Thirteenth Chair". Best Actress: Dorothy McGuire (nominated)"The Gioconda Smile". Best Art Direction: James Dowell Vance (nominated) Best Written Dramatic: David Dortort (nominated)"An Error In Chemistry". 1956 EMMY nominations Best Producer: Martin Manulis (nominated) Best Director: John Frankenheimer (nominated)"Portrait in Celluloid". Best Dramatic Series: (nominated) Best Camerawork: A.J. Cunningham (nominated) Best Art Direction: James Dowell Vance (nominated) Best Television Adaptation: Rod Serling (nominated)"The Champion". 1957 EMMY nominations Best Series: - one hour or more (nominated) 1958 EMMY nominations Best Dramatic Anthology Series: (nominated) Best Art Direction: Beulah Frankel (nominated)moreless
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