Max Liebman Presents

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Welcome to the Max Liebman Presents guide at TV Tome. Max Liebman Presents was a series of ambitious ninety minute "TV Spectaculars" that aired approximately twice a month on NBC for two seasons. During the 1954/55 season the show aired on both Saturday and Sunday. The Saturday show was usually a book musical, an adaptation of a Broadway show or an original musical. The Sunday shows were musical variety reviews. For the 1955/56 season the shows usually aired on Saturdays. This guide also includes other Max Liebman produced specials from this time period. Pictured is Betty Hutton who starred in "Satins and Spurs," the $300,000 production that launched the series. The series was sponsored by Oldsmobile, and the programs were done live, and in color, from the NBC Color Studio in Brooklyn, New York. Many of the writers, actors and musicians involved came directly to this show from Your Show of Shows. Max Liebman was the shows producer and often the director. Bill Hobin assisted with the production and direction. Neil Simon was one of the writers on most of the shows. Charles Sanford headed the music department, and James Starbuck and Rod Alexander were the choreographers. Alexander also appeared as a dancer in virtually every show, along with his wife and dance partner Bambi Linn. Both Starbuck and Alexander received Emmy nominations for their choreography. Black and white kinescopes of the all shows appear to have survived. On September 11, 2000 workers at the City Center office building in Manhattan pried open a closet on the sixth floor that had been sealed for forty years and discovered a treasure trove of Max Liebman scripts & memorabilia-including one of his toupees. Although no additional film was found, the closet contained dozens of scripts for the many shows he produced in the 1950's, The Admiral Broadway Revue, Your Show of Shows, Max Liebman Presents and Stanley, a 1956 sitcom starring Buddy Hackett and Carol Burnett. The materials went to the Library of Congress. UPDATE February 2004 - Apparently the closet was only sealed for twenty years, I recently heard from a gentleman who worked for Mr. Liebman at the time of his death in 1981, he writes: I was the one who locked that closed and threw those artifacts in there. The office lease was up and I had nowhere to put them so I put them there. The scripts were always there all I did was organize them. To this date, I still have the key!moreless
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