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    West Point Story

    West Point Story

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    CBS (ended 1958)
    Donald May stars as Cadet Charles C Thompson who is the host of this dramatic series about the US Military Academy ast West Point, New York. The series is based on actual people and events.moreless
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    Dotto

    Dotto

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    CBS (ended 1958)
    "Dotto" had two contestants guessing the identity of a famous person/place/thing that was outlined by a series of dots. Contestants answered questions that were worth points. A question was worth 5, 8, or 10 dots. If a player guessed right, the dots were connected. If the player guessed wrong, their opponent recieved the dots. When a player reached 25 connected dots, a clue was given to that player. At 35 dots, a second clue was given. The amount of money that player won was determined by the amount of dots that were unconnected. As a result of the infamous game show scandals of the 1950s, "Dotto" was the first show dropped, without warning, after the August 15, 1958 broadcast and replaced the following Monday with the show "Top Dollar."moreless
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    Place the Face

    Place the Face

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    CBS (ended 1955)
    In this game show, contestants had to identify people from their past that they had encountered during specific situations. They had a short time limit to "place the face." The show started out using everyday people as contestants, but soon featured celebrities. Throughout the game play the host offered comical clues to help the contestant and keep the audience entertained. This weekly prime-time game show was originally hosted by Jack Smith. Later Jack Bailey assumed hosting duties. Finally the job went to prolific game show host Bill Cullen.



    The show ended its run on CBS on August 26, 1954, but was picked up by NBC two weeks later. After just two months NBC cancelled the show, but brought it back in June 1955 as a summer series, with Cullen returning as host.



    During the show's run Bill Cullen lived in New York and traveled to Los Angeles to act as host.moreless
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    Ford Startime

    Ford Startime

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    NBC (ended 1960)
    Ford Startime (aka Lincoln-Mercury Startime) was an hour long, color anthology series sponsored by the automotive company. Music, variety and drama alternated in various programs over the course of the one season it aired. Many top stars appeared. Hubbell Robinson was the Executive Producer for the series which had a reported budget of 15 million dollars for the season. There was also a Canadian version of the series on the CBC that aired a few of the American programs in addition to their own productions.moreless
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    The Pepsi-Cola Playhouse

    The Pepsi-Cola Playhouse

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    ABC (ended 1955)
    The Pepsi Cola Playhouse was a one of many undistinguished half-hour dramatic anthologies which flourished on network television during the 1950s. The series was hosted by Arlene Dahl and then Anita Colby in its first season, then in its second season by Polly Bergen.moreless
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    amc

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    Miss America Pageant

    Miss America Pageant

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    ABC
    The most beautiful women in America face-off in this famous contest that rewards one outstanding woman for her overall beauty.
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    Wanted: Dead or Alive

    Wanted: Dead or Alive

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    CBS (ended 1961)
    Welcome to the Wanted: Dead or Alive guide at tv.com.

    Wanted: Dead or Alive originally aired in Black and white on CBS. The pilot aired on the series "Trackdown" in March 1958.
    Bounty hunter Josh Randall was unlike any bounty hunter, he usually gave half or all of his reward money to good causes. He was a gentlemen and very respectful of the elderly. He was a man of few words and seemed to lack emotion but he was adept at using his gun, not an ordinary gun but a .44-.40 sawed-off 1892 Winchester carbine which he had on his "Mare's Leig", BUT the cartridges in his belt were .45-.70! His catch phrase in almost every episode was "Let's Go" which he spoke softly and sounded more like les goo. A treasure one not to be missed, especially to see Mr. Cool himself, Steve McQueen.



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    Cheyenne

    Cheyenne

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    ABC (ended 1963)
    Cheyenne Bodie was a big man, a former army scout who went west after the American Civil War and drifted from job to job, here a cowboy, there a lawman, and always a larger-than-life hero.moreless
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    Playhouse 90

    Playhouse 90

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    CBS (ended 1960)
    The most ambitious and acclaimed of all the anthology series', Playhouse 90 was in a league of its own. "Requiem of a Heavyweight," written by Rod Serling, garnered numerous Emmys and remains one of the best live dramas. Each week the series aired a complete 90 minute live drama. The list of talents is amazing: John Frankenheimer, Arthur Hiller, John Brahm, Arthur Penn were a few of the directors. Every angle and every shot left an impact on the viewing public. It was a treasure of a show, that rare gem that lives on.moreless
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    Cavalcade of America

    Cavalcade of America

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    NBC (ended 1957)
    Cavalcade Of America was one of the most prestigious dramatic shows of network radio, sponsored for 18 years (1935-1953) by DuPont as a means of enhancing the company's image and bringing great events in American History to an audience of millions. In 1952 DuPont brought the Cavalcade to TV, and the same meticulously accurate stories of American heroes both famous and infamous as well as obscure, in historical periods ranging from colonial days to the Revolution to the early 1900's. In 1955, the format was modified to include comtemporary stories of overcoming adversity and showing courage. For the first season the program was seen every two weeks, alternating with Scott Music Hall. And in 1955 it changed its name to DuPont Cavalcade Theater and again in 1956 to DuPont Theater. An absolute treasure of a show a definite must see for all. *The photo is from the episode, "The Boy Nobody Wanted", starring Johnny Crawford.moreless
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    Judge Roy Bean

    Judge Roy Bean

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    (ended 1956)
    Set in the Texas town of Langtry just this side of the Pecos, there was only one law and his name was Judge Roy Bean. This color series held an audience in rapture in 1955-56 with Edgar Buchanan as Judge Roy Bean and Jackie Loughery as his niece Letty Bean.moreless
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    Camera Three

    Camera Three

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    CBS (ended 1980)
    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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    Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse

    Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse

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    CBS (ended 1960)
    Welcome to the Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse guide at TV.com.
    In mid-1958, Desi Arnaz proclaimed this new Desilu show as his "#1 baby", and promised Desilu Playhouse would include great hours of drama, comedy, and variety. His biggest selling point, however, was the creation of new hour long I Love Lucy episodes. Desilu had created 5 of the hour long specials for the 1957-58 season, and all were top rated. Westinghouse just lost their long running anthology show Studio One and was anxious to continue in the prime Monday time slot AND with high ratings promised by previous Lucy-Desi efforts. Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse was the result.
    The first show in late September was really just a Desilu special hosted by Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, mostly to tout the new Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse series and the upcoming premiere episode, Lucy Goes to Mexico. Westinghouse was undoubtedly pleased when the opening night placed the new show atop the ratings. Subsequent shows were less successful, but early on were a few notable entries. Rod Serling's Time Element was a ratings and critical smash, and was used as the pilot for his long running Twighlight Zone series. In early December, Lucille Ball starred in two segments in a row, K.O. Kitty and Lucy Makes Room for Danny, perhaps the most critically acclaimed of all the Lucy-Desi hours, and again placed Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse at the top. The see-saw ratings were par for the course during the shows first season, but due to Westinghouses substantial increase in appliance sales, the company renewed the show for another full season. In late April, Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse had another giant success with The Untouchables a two part episode that had the nation on the edge of its seats. Unfortunately, Arnaz may have sealed the fate of Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse when he sold The Untouchables to ABC instead of CBS. An unhappy CBS moved the show to a less desirable Friday night time slot for the upcoming 1959-1960 season, airing only bi-weekly.
    The premiere episode for the new season, a Milton Berle outing with Lucy and Desi, came in #7 for the week, but with declining quality of the new Lucy-Desi hours, a reliance on repeat Lucy shows, and the less desirable time slot, Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse slipped in the ratings. With the divorce of TV's reigning couple in March of 1960, both CBS & Westinghouse pulled the plug on the show at the end of the season.
    The Desilu Playhouse went into syndication that fall, minus the Lucy-Desi hours. In 1962, Desilu sold those 13 shows back to CBS for $750,000, which CBS re-ran as a summer series under the title The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour from 1962-1967.moreless
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    Candid Camera

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    ABC (ended 2004)
    Allen Funt got wise to the power of comedic humiliation in the Army. He was known to secretly tape record his fellow servicemen's complaints about the state of things and then broadcast the recordings on the Armed Forces Radio. Stunts like those led to his national radio show, called Candid Microphone, which debuted in 1948 and peppered radio waves time and again for thirty years. That radio show led to a TV show that after over 50 years continues on the PAX network, hosted by Peter Funt (Allen's son) and co-hosted by Dina Eastwood (wife of Clint Eastwood). -The first "reality" show. -The longest-running comedy show on TV. -The current version of the theme song (beginning in Nov. 1999) is sung by Little Richard. Broadcast History Armed Forces Radio / ABC-Radio - 1947 "Candid Microphone" ABC-TV - Aug. 1948, Sun. 8:00 – Oct. 1948, Wed. 8:30 – Nov. 1948, Fri. 8:00 NBC - May 1949, Sun. 7:30 (name changed to Candid Camera) July 1949, Thu. 9:00 CBS - Sept. 1949–Sept. 1950, Mon. 9:00 ABC - Aug. 1951 - May '52 NBC - June 1953, Tue. 9:30 – Aug. 1953, Wed. 10:00 CBS - 1959–1960 (a segment within The Garry Moore Show) CBS - Oct. 1960–Sept. 1967, Sun. 10:00 syndicated - 1974–'78 CBS - May 1990, Fri. 8:30 - Aug. '90 syndicated - 1991–'92 CBS - Feb. 1997, Fri. 8:30 – Jan. 2000, Sat. 8:30 – June 2000, Fri. 8:30 PAX - Jan. 2001, Sun. 7:00 (now 60 min.) June 2001, Wed. 8:00 – Jan. 2003, Sat. 8:00 – Oct. 2003, Sun. 7:00 – Jan. 2004, Sun. 6:00moreless
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    The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp

    The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp

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    ABC (ended 1961)
    The first of its kind...the original adult western. The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp was the first in a wave of new TV westerns aimed at adults (previous entries, such as The Cisco Kid and The Lone Ranger, were considered fodder for the after-school crowd). The show was then followed, in the same season, by Gunsmoke on CBS, Frontier on NBC and Wyatt's fellow ABC show Cheyenne. It was these four shows alone that started an incredible and unmatched phenomena that would see up to 28 new westerns premiering during the 1958 primetime TV season. But only a handful of them were able to dominate a few of the top 10 spots in the network ratings and Wyatt Earp was one of them. Wyatt Earp was inspired by the legendary events of the real life Frontier Marshal who lived from 1848 to 1929. The show followed Earp from his days as a Marshal in Ellsworth and then later Dodge City (this caused some confusion amongst viewers since Matt Dillion was the Marshal of Dodge City in Gunsmoke) and finally to the infamous Tombstone, Arizona. Along the way Wyatt would encounter such figures as John Wesley Hardin, the Thompson Brothers, Doc Holliday and Earp's brothers Virgil and Morgan. Bat Masterson would also appear before getting his own series (where he would be played a different actor). The show even featured the famous Buntline Special, a foot-long-barreled Colt .45 single-action revolver which many believe to be the kind of gun that the real Wyatt carried and was given to by Ned Buntline. The series would conclude in 1961, after six full seasons, with an epic five episode story that told of how Wyatt took on Old Man Clanton and the Ten Percent Gang in a final showdown at the O.K. Coral with the help of his brothers and Doc Holliday. The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp is not as well known today as most other classic westerns such as Gunsmoke and Bonanza simply because it didn't last as long and was not shot in color. But ask any baby boomer who grew up in front of the television during the '50s and they'll easily recall Wyatt Earp with fond memories. By today's standards, the series was rare in that Frederick Hazlitt Brennan, an author and playwright, didn't just write the first episode (based on the 1931 biography by Stuart N. Lake), he wrote the majority of the 226 episodes throughout the series' entire six season run. This Desilu production originally aired from 1955 to 1961 on ABC, Tuesdays at 8:30pm. Witness for yourself how well this superb series, starring Hugh O'Brian, still holds up by watching newly restored episodes on TV Land every weekend at 3pm. Recently Rerun Episodes: Feb 5 - Wyatt Earp Becomes a Marshall Feb 5 - Wyatt Earp Comes to Wichita Feb 6 - Dodge Gets a New Marshall Feb 6 - Wyatt Meets Doc Holliday Feb 12 - Time for All Good Men Feb 12 - Sweet Revenge Feb 13 - Wyatt Earp Rides Shotgun Feb 13 - One Feb 19 - Two Feb 19 - Three Feb 20 - Four Feb 20 - The Bounty Killer Feb 26 - The Mysterious Cowhand Feb 26 - King of the Frontier Feb 27 - Little Brother Feb 27 - Tombstone Mar 5 - Wells Fargo Calling Marshall Earp Mar 5 - A Murderer's Return Mar 6 - China Mary Mar 6 - Wyatt's Bitterest Enemy Upcoming Reruns Mar 12 - Old Slanders Never Die Mar 12 - Requiem for Old Man Clanton Mar 13 - Just Before the Battle Mar 13 - Gunfight at the O.K. Corral Currently no more episodes are scheduled. Theme Song I'll tell you a story a real true life story A tale of the Western frontier. The West, it was lawless, but one man was flawless and his is the story you'll hear. Wyatt Earp, Wyatt Earp, Brave courageous and bold. Long live his fame and long life his glory and long may his story be told. Well he cleaned up the country The old wild west country He made law and order prevail. And none can deny it The legend of Wyatt Forever will live on the trail. Wyatt Earp, Wyatt Earp, Brave courageous and bold. Long live his fame and long life his glory and long may his story be told. Lyrics by Harold Adamson Music by Harry Warren Performed by The Ken Darby Singers And Johnny Westernmoreless
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    Children in Need

    Children in Need

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    Children In Need is, in itself, a charity which raises money for unfortunate children in the UK.

    Although the show as we know it today didn't begin airing until November 1980. Various radio appeals on behalf of the charity had aired since 1927 and then 'The Childrens Hour Christmas Appeal' aired, on Christmas Day in 1955, starting off the Children In Need Television campaigns, in between then and 1979, many famous faces of the time took to raising money for the charity, by hosting short 5 minute appeals, called 'Children In Need of Care'. Terry Wogan who has presented all of the telethons since they started in 1980, began with 2 of these appeals in 1978 and 1979.

    Since November 1980, the BBC has broadcast the show as a telethon. The show was hosted by Terry Wogan, Esther Rantzen and Sue Lawley and unlike todays shows, were the shows are in 2 parts with a break for the news in between, was split into 6 parts around the schedule on the night.

    The shows star an amalgamation of hundreds of TV Stars, Celebrities, Comedians and Musicians work, as they all pull together to entertain the British public, making sure that the message of why they're doing it is regularily emphasised.

    Regular film inserts are featured showing stories from various needy children and how the viewers pledges can help them, alongside Celebrity supporters.

    The show like the BBC's other fundraising telethon Comic Relief is often helped by many shows from ITV & Channel 4, over the years. The casts of Emmerdale, Coronation Street, How Clean Is Your House?, Birds of a Feather and EastEnders have all contributed with special mini-episodes featured within the main show, over the years.

    The mascot of Children in Need Pudsey Bear first appeared in 1985 and he got his registered charity status in 1989.moreless
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    Music Hall

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    NBC (ended 1953)
    Music Hall, was a 30 minute bi-weekly live broadcast from New York City's Radio City Music Hall featuring various kinds of musical and comedy acts.
    Hosted by popular singer Patti Page, the show, also known as the Scott Music Hall because of it's principal sponsor Scott Tissues, alternated on the NBC network every other week in it's time slot with a similar program, Cavalcade Of America.
    This was Page's first launch into television, still somewhat of a novelty at the time, but would lead to her hosting three other shows, The Patti Page Show in 1955, The Big Record on CBS in 1957 and The Patti Page Oldsmobile Show on ABC in 1958, establishing her as the first musical entertainer to host television shows on all three of the networks of the day.
    According to the November 1, 1952 edition of Billboard Magazine, Page was threatening to quit the show after only two episodes because she was not happy with it's format. A quick meeting between her manager and the show's producers was able to keep her on.
    Scott Paper would eventually pull the show from NBC over a dispute about the time slot.moreless
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    Conflict

    Conflict

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    ABC (ended 1957)
    Warner Brothers Presents/Conflict was an action anthology series which in it's first season, featured 6 self-contained anthology segments plus three rotating series, Kings Row, Cheyenne and Casablanca.

    It's second season saw a name change for the series, the drop of two of the rotating shows, and the third, Cheyenne, went out on it's own but rotated the time slot every other week. The series' name was changed after ABC programming chief Robert Kitner complained that Warner's offerings for the previous season (Casablanca and Kings Row - the two shows Conflict replaced) lacked "conflict".

    Although Conflict wasn't successful (after one season ABC replaced it with Sugarfoot), two of its installments would lead to two long-running series.

    One episode introduced audiences to Detective Stu Bailey, a glamorous LA gumshoe played by Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. Stu Bailey would return as the lead character in 77 Sunset Strip.

    And another episode introduced a young actor named James Garner. Warners (and producer Roy Huggins) liked what they saw in Garner and decided to develop a new series around him entitled Maverick.moreless
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    December Bride

    December Bride

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    CBS (ended 1959)
    December Bride debuted in the fall of 1954 on CBS and centered around the life of the widow, Lily Ruskin. Lily Ruskin's life centered around her daughter, Ruth Henshaw and Ruth's husband Matt, with whom she lives with in Westwood, California. Stories often revolved around Ruth and Matt's attempts at pairing Lily up with suitable bachelors. Pete Porter was the next door neighbor who was married to the never seen Gladys but was finally seen in the form of Cara Williams in the December Bride, spinoff, Pete and Gladys which debuted in the fall of 1960. The series ended production after the 1958-1959 season but CBS aired reruns of December Bride in primetime from 1960 through 1961, most likely to promote the spinoff, Pete and Gladys.moreless
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