Omnibus

Season 2 Episode 24

Three Sketches

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Aired Sunday 4:00 PM Mar 14, 1954 on CBS
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1) The first segment "Three Sketches" has London comedienne and Broadway star Hermione Gingold featured in three short comical sketches. The first "Conquest" with Cyril Ritchard as two mountain climbers who argue about who reached the summit first. The second "Hats" has Hermione visiting a hat shop. The third "Cello Lesson" Hermione presents a portion of her Broadway hit, "Almanac". 2) The second segment "Shoot the Nets" is a Dutch film that won the Robert Flagherty Award for best European documentary in 1953. It traces the activities of Dutch herring fishermen as they bring in the first catch of the season. Produced and directed by Herman van der Horst. 3) The third segment "The New York Times" with Host Alistair Cooke visiting the central offices of the most comprehensive newspaper in the business as Omnibus documents the multiplicity of activities in preparing a morning edition, in this case the March 22, 1954 issue. Coverage includes numerous activities and interviews with staff members in the central news room, the teletype room as we preview James Reston's story, the composing room, layout presentations and the assembly of dummy plates. Of most interest is the editor's daily news conference as they review significant news to be included and stressed. Alistair Cooke concludes by interviewing the TIMES publisher and president Louis Sulzberger. 4) The fourth segment "The Gambler, The Nun and the Radio, adapted from Ernest Hemingway's short story featuring Geraldine Fitzgerald and Harry Townes. It is the story of a nun who desires to be a saint and a Mexican gambler who aits his murderer as he recovers in a hospital.moreless

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