General Electric Theater

Season 9 Episode 16

The Gershwin Years

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Aired Unknown Jan 15, 1961 on CBS
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The Gershwin Years
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Adapted loosely from the book The Gershwin Years by Edward Jablonski, this 90-minute extravaganza attempted to tell the story of life in America between World War I and 1937 through the music of George Gershwin. Richard Rogers hosts this taped program which incorporates over 40 of Gershwin's compositions, with Rogers tying together the various segments from the "sights and sounds room" where paraphernalia from the era is displayed. One segment satirizes women voters and features Ethel Merman singing songs from "Let 'Em Eat Cake", "Of Thee I Sing" and "Strike Up the Band". Another highlights the early days of Hollywood and the movie industry. Along with Merman, the stars include Frank Sinatra, Julie London, Florence Henderson, Maurice Chevalier (who sings briefly and plugs his new autobiography), Ron Hussman and dancer Alvin Ailey.moreless

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