Omnibus - Season 4

CBS (ended 1961)




Episode Guide

  • The Court Martial of Billy Mitchell
    1) The first segment "The Court Martial of Billy Mitchell" is the unrevealed official transcript of the court-martial of Col. William (Billy) Mitchell is revealed. An authentic re-enactment of some of the proceedings which led to the court-martial of the air service hero. With a cast of 45 performers, the dramatization of the trial held in the closing month of 1925 is presented. Testimony heard in the presentation was organized for the program by E. J. Kahn, stall writer for The New Yorker, on commission from the Ford Foundation's TV-Radio Workshop. 2) The second segment "How the F-100 Got It's Tail" deals with the jet plane test pilots who checked out the manuevers of the jet.moreless
  • Harvard University Remote
    An examination of the role that the modern university-college plays in American life is explored. Appearing will be Dr. D.W. Barry Wood, former All-American football star, now a vice president and surgeon of Johns Hopkins University, conductor Leonard Bernstein, U.S. Senators Leverell Saltonstall and John F. Kennedy, skating champion Tenley Albright, Dr. Nathan M. Pusey president of Harvard will also guest from the Cambridge, Mass University.moreless
  • The Better Half
    The Better Half
    Episode 21
    1) The first segment "The Better Half" based on Noel Coward's play is about an unhappy married couple with the husband about to have an affair with his wife's best friend. The wife however is aware of their flirtation and encourages them to have an affair. Being an honorable man he refuses to engage in the affair. 2) The second segment "The Museum That Jack Built" takes a visual essay on clouds, at the Boston Museum of Science with Dr. Suess helping guide the tour.moreless
  • With Liberty and Justice for All
    This is the third and last in the series on the U.S. Constitution. This episode emphasizes the role of the Federal Judiciary in protecting civil liberties. Narrated by attorney Joseph N. Welch.
  • The Art of Ballet
    The Art of Ballet
    Episode 19
    1) The first segment "The Art of Ballet" takes a look at dance with famed choreographer Agnes De Mille and a cast of 26 dancers show the evolution of ballet. Andre Eglevesky, James Mitchell and other dancers will demonstrate modern and classical ballet. 2) The second segment "The Boyhood of William Shakespeare" is sketch on the Bard's early life by Walter Kerr & Alfred Harbage. 3) The third segment E. Power Biggs will bring his portable organ to the studio for a musical program.moreless
  • One Nation Indivisible
    1) "One Nation Indivisible" presents the second of the three-part examination of the U.S. Constitution with guide attorney Joseph N. Welch, shows the country's struggle for unity during the 19th century.
  • Mr. Lincoln
    Mr. Lincoln
    Episode 17
    A traditional Lincoln Day showing of a feature length film on the early life of Abraham Lincoln. This is a condensation of the five-part documentary produced by the Ford Foundation.
  • One Nation
    One Nation
    Episode 16
    The first segment is the first of a 3-part dramatic expository study of the United States Constitution. Hosted by Joseph N. Welch the famed Boston attorney. The program focuses on the document which galvanized 13 states into the Union and held that Union together in the face of repeated attempts to divide it.moreless
  • Minds Over Manners
    Minds Over Manners
    Episode 15
    1) The first segment "Minds Over Manners" is a series three dramatic vignettes illustrating the changes in American customs and manners, using January 29, 1856, January 29, 1906 and the present as examples. Starring are the husband and wife team Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy. 2) The second segment is a demonstration by boxer Sugar Ray Robinson who shows the finer points of boxing from Stillman's gym.moreless
  • The Great Forgery
    The Great Forgery
    Episode 14
    1) The first segment "The Great Forgery" is the story of four Americans who forged bills of credit and bilked the Bank of England of a fortune in English money. 2) The second segment is part 1 of "The Great Adventure" Arne Sucksdorff's film about the story of nature and life.moreless
  • Dear Brutus
    Dear Brutus
    Episode 13
    The fantasy about a woman who fantasizes about having a daughter. The tale unfolds in this midsummernight fantasy when eight people disappear into a magical wood to life a different life for one night.
  • The Best Year in History of the World
    1) The first segment "The Best Year in the History of the Whole World" is a humorous play by William Saroyan starring Orson Bean, Alice Pearce and Paul Hartman. 2) The second segment is an appearance of the Azuma Kabuki dancers who appear in the native dance-art-drama form of Japan.
  • Handel's Messiah
    Handel's Messiah
    Episode 11
    For this special Christmas program, Leonard Bernstein conducts the Symphony of the Air and the 40 voice Schola Canotorum will be featured with soloist William Warfield, Gloria Lane and Adele Addison, directed by Hugh Ross.
  • Salome
    Episode 10
    The Princess Salome is bored with her stepfather and his court. Hearing the voice of the prophet Jochanaan from the confines of the prison chamber Salome turns her wiles on Narraboth the Captain of the Guards to gain access to Jochanaan whose deathly pallor fascinates her. 2) Also a segment with Anna Russell and English concert comedienne.moreless
  • The Royal Game
    The Royal Game
    Episode 9
    1) The first segment "The Royal Game" about a chess-obsessed man finds that the cruise he's taken with his wife is populated with European chess champions. 2) The second segment "Jack Be Normal" written by Arnold Sundgard starring Darren McGavin, Dickie Olsen and Ed Binns. Deals with the question "What is a Normal Child?"moreless
  • The Art of Conducting
    1) The first segment "The Art of Conducting" is demonstrated by Leonard Bernstein and the many interpretations of different musical instruments, their intonations and vibrato aspects. 2) The second segment "American Boyhood" with an interview with the Rev. Dr. Harry Emerson Fosdick. 3) The third segment is a demonstration of the Harlem Globetrotters.moreless
  • She Stoops to Conquer
    A complicated story finds the upper-class Miss Hardcastle smitten with young Marlow. When she learns he is ill at ease with ladies, she poses as a barmaid, thus stooping to conquer.
  • American Boyhoods, Captain John M. Ellicott
    1) The first segment is another episode in the American Boyhoods series, Captain John M. Ellicott, 96, in a filmed interview with his daughter. Captain Ellicott reminisces about the Civil War, the assassination of Lincoln and the Spanish-American War. At the time of his death, which occured shortly after the interview was filmed, Captain Ellicott was the oldest living graduate of Annapolis. 2) The second segment comic actor Art Carney performs a comedy monologue. 3) The third segment are scenes from Gilbert and Sullivan's "The Pirates of Penzance" by D'Oyly Carte Opera Company.moreless
  • Toby and the Tall Corn
    1) The first segment is a re-broadcast of "Toby and the Tall Corn", the prize-winning film showing the impact on a midwestern town of the arrival of a troupe of traveling players, featuring the Toby Players headed by Neil Schaffner. 2) The second segment is Antonio and his Spanish Ballet Company perform for the first half of the show in this his first American TV appearance. 3) The third segment "Excursion House" shows the housing boom in America.moreless
  • Advice to Bathers
    Advice to Bathers
    Episode 4
    1) The first segment "Advice to Bathers" is devoted to advice offered by that lovely bathing instructress Esther Williams. She has help from Robert Kiphuth and the Yale swimming team and a few members of the Walter Reed swimming team. The history of swimming is covered once over lightly, and some modern strokes are demonstrated with Esther Williams dressed in an old-fashioned bathing suit, shows some amusing and painless info on swimming and how it got started with reference to Greek mythology. The Yale University pool is the scene of this live pickup. 2) The second segment of the show is in the nature of advice to actors, since the popular team of Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy is seen applying makeup for, and then performing a variety of roles in famous theatrical courtship scenes, one from "Pride and Prejudice" and "Mornings at Seven".moreless
  • The Adams House
    The Adams House
    Episode 3
    1) The first segment "The Adams House" is the fourth in a series about five generations of the Adams family with a visit to the 200-year-old home of John Quincy Adams. 2) The second segment "Television Magic" takes a look at new 'live' television techniques. 3) The third segment "Bow Bells" a Cockney's view of London. 4) The fourth segment "Survival in the Bush" a man survives in the Canadian wilderness with a knife as his only weapon.moreless
  • The Jazz World
    The Jazz World
    Episode 2
    1) The first segment "The Jazz World" composer-conductor-pianist Leonard Bernstein comments about the origin and meaning of jazz and is helped considerably by the presence of some good jazz side-men. 2) The second segment writer William Saroyan narrates "Famous America Boyhoods" starring Sal Mineo and Pat De Simone in scenes from Saroyan's boyhood.moreless
  • The Birth of Modern Times
    The program begins with the Renaissance period in 1492 with Charlton Heston and Betsy Von Furstenberg showing modern man's awakening to art, music and letters. Senior writer Robert Coughlan of LIFE magazine and an authority on the period will seek to recreate the color of the year 1492 when the Renaissance reached its peak in ideas, discoveries, inventions, politics and the arts. Future plans include subjects as various as the Battle of Gettysburg, the art of William Shakespeare and the hydrophilia of Esther Williams.moreless