Matinee Theater

Season 3 Episode 144

Angel Street

Aired Sunday 3:00 PM May 09, 1958 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Although Benny had already satirized the picture during a January 30, 1952 broadcast of his comedy show, Loew's Inc. and Hamilton argued that the 1953 production, titled Autolite, constituted "infringement and unfair competition." On September 21, 1954, Judge James C. Carter found in favor of Loew's Inc. and Hamilton, stating that Benny had not only burlesqued the picture, but had also "appropriated a substantial part of [the] film and therefore went beyond the bounds of license to comedians." Arguing that the lower court's ruling would create a "stifling effect on parody and burlesque," Benny's lawyers took the case to the U.S. Supreme Court in April 1957. On March 17, 1958, the Supreme Court upheld the lower court's decision by a split decision. (Justice William O. Douglas did not participate in the vote). Benny finally bought a seven-year license from M-G-M, which allowed the parody to be televised, and CBS aired Autolite on January 13, 1959.

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