Omnibus - Season 5

CBS (ended 1961)




Episode Guide

  • The Music of Johann Sebastian Bach
    Leonard Bernstein discusses Bach, with an extended excerpt from "The St. Matthew Passion", performed by members of the Schola Cantorum and the St. Thomas Boys Choir. Other illustrations will be performed by an orchestra, and by Bernstein himself at the piano and harpischord. The discussion will emphasize Bach's music as the culmination of nearly three centuries of musical history and will show the diversity of his appeal, jazz improvisations borrow Bach's techniques, he wrote quantities of church music, he wrote for organ, piano, harpischord. Bernstein will also illustrate Bach's techniques in harmony and counterpoint through the use of tunes familiar to viewers.moreless
  • The Trial of Lizzie Borden
    1) The first segment is a dramatization of the trial of Lizzie Borden with commentary by Joseph N. Welch. The re-creation of Lizzie Borden's sensational murder trial, taken from court records, is an intriguing puzzle included is testimony which might have sent the New England spinster to the gallows had the jury been permitted to hear it. 2) The second segment "The Fall River Legend" the agenda is Agnes De Mille's gripping ballet, "Fall River Legend," built around the symbolic aspects of the brutal Borden murders. With actors Richard Kiley, Katherine Bard and Robert Preston, and dancers Nora Kaye and Diana Adams on hand, this is an exciting, well integrated show.moreless
  • The Amelia Earhart Story
    1) The first segment "The Amelia Earhart Story" about noted flyer Earhart 'Lady Lindy' who disappeared on a flight over the Pacific in 1937, is dramatized. Meg Mundy has the title role. Burgess Meredith is narrator. The tale is told through the use of film clips, actual recordings, old pictures and actors. Much too talky, but still an interesting tribute to the lady who, when asked why she attempted her daring feats, always answered, because I want to." 2) The second segment of the show focuses on modern architecture via film taken at a current exhibit at. the New York Museum of Modern Art. There is also a satire on TV producing.moreless
  • The Trial of Captain Kidd
    Hot-tempered, ruthless, fiery, William Kidd was a respected sea-faring man. Later, in New York City, he was engaged by a group of British merchants to protect English merchant ships from pirates. But he took few prize vessels, there was mutiny aboard his ship, and in a brawl he killed the leader of the mutiny. At this point he turned pirate himseld, and made some large hauls. When he learned that criminal charges had been made against him, he returned to New York to clear himself. Kidd was transported back to England, in chains, placed on trial and in May 1701, hanged. There is considerable doubt that Kidd was given a fair trial, since his guilt would have implicated the highly placed men who originally hired him as a privateer.moreless
  • The Theatre Breaks Loose
    1) The first segment "The Theatre Breaks Loose" drama has reflected the structure of the theater. This is the thesis that critic Walter Kerr tries to demonstrate in one feature of today's show. He has written and narrates this chronicle of the theater from the Greeks to the present day. There will be excerpts from "Oedipus Rex" performed as the Greeks did it, and "Hamlet" and "Othello" in the style of the Elizabethan theater. The balcony scene from "Romeo and Juliet" is performed in Elizabethan style and as it would be done today. There will also be a performance of the scene as rewritten in the style of a playwright of today. 2) The second segment "Tennis, Everyone!" directed by Jack Sameth, written by Andy Lewis starring Tony Trabert and Gussie Moran. 3) The third segment "And Joy is My Witness" directed by Charles S. Dubin starring Pearl Lang and Bruce Marks.moreless
  • Shakespeare's Boyhood
    1) The first segment "Shakespeare's Boyhood" Boris Karloff narrates the journey back to the age of Shakespeare's boyhood with drama critic Walter Kerr commenting after the sketch. 2) The second segment "End of an Era" narrated by Cleveland Amory covers an era when American High Society lived and played in unparalleled luxury during the turn of the century. 3) The third segment will be a one-man show by French pantomime Jean-Louis Barrault in his presentation of Baptiste the sad clown.moreless
  • White Mane
    White Mane
    Episode 20
    1) The first segment "White Mane" the 1953 an award winning film and tells the story of how a boy gentles an untamable wild white stallion named White Mane. Produced and directed by Albert Lamorisse with commentary by James Agee. 2) The second segment "Combat" reports on the army's tests to determine combat potential starring E.G. Marshall. 3) The third segment has Senator John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts discussing the subject of fitness for combat service is being determined by a new series of tests developed by the U.S. Army. 4) The fourth segment is dedicated to film pioneer Robert Flaherty. You'll see moments of primitive live life in Samoa, scenes with fishermen on a rugged island off the Irish coast, and shots of Eskimos fighting for existence. Recordings made by Flaherty himself and interviews with his wife and such friends as director Fred Zinneman ("From Here to Eternity") help give an idea of the great moviemaker's philosophy.moreless
  • The Ballad of Baby Doe
    The tragic romance of Horace Tabor, powerful politician set in the silver-booming Colorado of the last quarter of the 19th century relates to the decline of the Tabor empire based on the shrewd judgment of Tabor's first wife.
  • The Louisiana Story
    The Louisiana Story
    Episode 18
    "The Louisiana Story" has won numerous international awards. It centers on a young boy (J.C. Boudreaux) and the bayou country. Two other films point up the contrast in American and British military parading at Shattuck military academy and before the queen.
  • The Big Wheel -- The Burlesque Entertainment of Yesterday
    1) The first segment Comedian-actor Bert Lahr performs in and narrates "The Big Wheel" a survey of the era of burlesque. Script by S.J. Perelman, there are typical acts of the period, the spielers, the dialect routines, the jugglers, etc. 2) The second segment "The Message" is a film on the fulility of war that was produced in England makes it's American debut.moreless
  • Lee at Gettysburg
    Lee at Gettysburg
    Episode 16
    Dramatization of the critical battle of the Civil War in terms of the characters of three of the Southern leaders. Lee's relationship with his generals in one of the fateful battles of American history produces controversy among the growing legion of Civil War tragedy.
  • After Wagner - What?
    Conductor Leonard Bernstein gives a unique study of modern music. Among the composers whose music will be considered are Prokofiev, Stravinsky, Schoenberg and Charles Ives. Also included is a discussion of John Cage's "Concerto for 12 Radios".
  • Oedipus, The King.
    Oedipus, The King.
    Episode 14
    Oedipus Tyrannus, or "Oedipus the Tyrant" as he was known, was prophesied that he would kill his father and marry his mother which would bring a plague to Thebes.
  • The Art of Choreography
    1) The first segment "The Art of Choreography" Agnes de Mille traces the history of choreography thru dance intrepretation. 2) The second segment "Gunmanship" with comedic duo Bob and Ray drawing one of their best-know characters to give an amusing and informative closeup on guns.
  • Madeline Visits Omnibus
    "Madeline" is the engaging little pupil in a French private school who appears at the head of a trail of 11 identically dressed classmates.
  • The Christmas Tie
    The Christmas Tie
    Episode 11
    1) The first segment "The Christmas Tie" is a William Saroyan Christmas tale about an elderly woman shopping for a tie, who stuffs her purse full of them. She gives the clerk a difficult time, when spotted by the floor walker she returns them with some advice to the young sales clerk. 2) The second segment "Drug Store, Sunday Noon" written by Horton Foote and directed by Andrew McCullough also starring Helen Hayes and Enid Markey. 3) 3) The third segment "The Spirit of Freedom" is a play about Sandor Szabo's flight from Communism. Adapted by Joseph Hurley and directed by Charles S. Dubin starring Sandor Szabo and his wife Kato Barczy.moreless
  • The Fine Art of Murder
    1) The first segment "The Fine Art of Murder" is a dramatization of a murder but not its solution. Solving it is up to a trio of famous detectives in this masterful whodunit. 2) The second segment "The Great Adventure" is another episode of the Swedish motion picture on the study of nature.moreless
  • A Man Without a Country
    1) The first segment "A Man Without a Country" story by Edward Everett Hale, starring Arthur Franz, Joseph Anthony, Joan Wetmore and others, about an American army lieutenant Philip Nolan, who renounces his country during a trial for treason and is consequently sentenced to spend the rest of his days at sea without so much as a word of news about the United States. 2) The second segment "Amicable Parting" is directed by Charles S. Dubin, written by George S. Kaufman and Leueen MacGrath, starring Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson. 3) The third segment is the exotic and strange rhythmic patterns of India's musical culture is pitted against that of an American jazz combo when Chatur Lai, famous drummer, sits in with some American musicians. 4) The fourth segment is a demonstration of the fine points of ice hockey playing.moreless
  • The Blue Motel
    The Blue Motel
    Episode 8
    It's the story of a Swede who is confined in a little Nebraska hotel by a blizzard. He is afraid that the other guests, though they appear to mean no harm, actually are looking for an excuse to kill him and his fear itself incites violence.
  • Plays of the Irish Renaissance
    The plays will include Lennox Robinson's "The Whiteheaded Boy" (1916) and "Is Life Worth Living" (1933), and Sean O'Casey's "Juno and the Paycock" (1924) and "The Plough and the Stars". John Millington Synge will be represented by his "Deirdre of the Sorrows" (1910).
  • School for Wives
    School for Wives
    Episode 6
    1) The first segment Moliere's "School For Wives" about a bachelor who wants to provide himself with an ideal wife, Arnolphe. He has had the girl educated from infancy in such a way as to keep her ignorant of the knowledge most young ladies possess. 2) The second segment originates from Princeton University, where coach Charley Caldwell and members of the football team review yesterday's game with Harvard. Bud Palmer narrates the geature which also includes a brief history of college football in the U.S.moreless
  • Let There be Farce
    Let There be Farce
    Episode 5
    1) The first segment "Let There Be Farce", a prize-winning comedy by a new Canadian playwright, Norman Walsh. Starring Judith Evelyn, Enid Markey and Jonathan Harris. 2) The second segment song stylist Eartha Kitt, recently back from a trip abroad, offers a selection of international folk songs. 3) The third segment is a look via news reel clips, at the Twenties.moreless
  • My Heart's in the Highland
    1) The first segment "My Heart's in the Highlands, the one-act play by William Saroyan first produced in 1938. It's the lyrical story of a poet who refuses to take a workaday job in order to rescue himself, his son and his Armenian mother-in-law from the dismal conditions in which they live. Starring Everett Sloane, James Daly, Richard Olsen, David J. Stewart, Eda Heineman, John McGovern, Marilyn Siegel, Frank Bolgerm, Charles Saari, Joseph Boland, Meridith Schoonover, Dennis Patrick. 2) The second segment "Almost All About Horses" ia how different kinds of horses are used for sport. Sportscaster Bud Palmer narrates. Written by Andy Lewis and directed by Hal Davis. 3) The third segment is part three of excerpts from "The Silent World", Jacques-Yves Cousteau and Louis Malle's film of underwater life.moreless
  • The Last Day of Manolete
    1) The first segment "The Last Day of Manolete", tells of the great Spanish bullfighter, recounted through the use of still photos. Barnaby Conrad, author of the novel "Bullfight", edited the selection. 2) The second segment "The Silent World" part two in a series of excerpts from Jacques Cousteau's documentary film of underwater life. 3) The third segment "The Stranger Left No Card", Alistair Cooke introduces George K. Arthur's Little Mystery film, made in England. Starring Alan Badel about an eccentric, bearded man who makes a strange entrance into a small town. Produced by George K. Arthur; directed by Wendy Toye ; written by Sidney Carroll, starring Alan Badel.moreless
  • Androcles and the Lion Part 2

    1) The first segment "Androcles and the Lion" adapted by Andrew K. Lewis and based on George Bernard Shaw's play is about a slave who is saved by the mercy of a lion. Starring Bert Lahr.

    2) The second segment "The Silent World" Louis Malle and Jacques Cousteau who screened his first undersea adventure on American television excerpts from the brilliant documentary about oceanic fish.

    3) The third segment has actor Christopher Plummer, choreographer Agnes DeMille and Leonard Bernstein exploring the field of musical comedy.

  • The American Musical Comedy
    A 90 minute essay on the development of American musical comedy from "The Black Crook" in 1896 to "My Fair Lady" written and narrated by Leonard Bernstein. The program thru narration and staging shows how musical comedy in this country grew from a bunch of unintegrated almost irrelevant songs, which had no connection with the plot into such highly organized musical plays as "South Pacific" where the songs tell the story or "On Your Toes" where the ballet "Slaughter on Tenth Avenue" is very much part of the plot.moreless