Archive for October 4th, 2011

LIVE DRAMA SERIES DEBUTED ON THIS DATE IN 1956

PLAYHOUSE 90 TITLE CARD
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Rod Serling

Playhouse 90 is a television anthology series that was telecast on CBS from
Thursday October 4, 1956 to May 18, 1960 for a total of 133 hour-and-a-half
episodes. It originated from CBS Television City in Los Angeles, Ca. The first  
show featured Rod Serling’s  Forbidden Area, an adaptation of  a novel by 
Pat Frank.  

Opening for the premiere of the second season

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Mickey Rooney (on table) in a scene from Rod Serling’s “The Comedian”, a 
Playhouse 90 production in February of 1957.

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RADIO SERIES DEBUTED ON THIS DAY IN 1948

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The Railroad Hour
was a radio series in which Hollywood musical dramas and comedies ,well-known operettas, and Broadway shows were featured. It was
broadcast on ABC from Monday October 4, 1948 as a 45-minute program and
was reduced to 30 minutes in 1949 till September 26, 1949. It then moved to
NBC for a run from October 3, 1949, until June 21, 1954. Singer-actor Gordon
MacRae starred along with guest co-stars like Doris Day and Jane Powell.The
announcer for the series was Marvin Miller (below).  

 

GORDON MACRAE AND DINAH SHORE

Gordon MacRae and guest star Dinah Shore

Marvin Miller (circa 1950s)

Marvin Miller

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U.S. PRESIDENT BORN ON THIS DATE IN 1822

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                                Rutherford Birchard Hayes

                        (October 4, 1822 – January 17, 1893)

Rutherford B. Hayes, born in Delaware, Ohio, was the 19th President of the United
States (1877-1881). As president, Hayes oversaw the end of what was known as
the Reconstruction Era and the United States’ entry into the Second Industrial
Revolution.

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REMEMBERING ~ CHARLTON HESTON

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                     (October 4, 1923 – April 5, 2008)

Charlton Heston (born John Charles Carter) was a legendary actor of film,
theater and television. His most well known roles include such films as The
Ten Commandments
(1956), Planet of the Apes (1968), classis epic Ben-Hur
(1959) for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor. He was president
of the National Rifle Association (NRA) from 1998 to 2003.

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Charlton Heston as Moses in The Ten Commandments

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NRA president Charlton Heston

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CELEBRATED SITCOM DEBUTED ON THIS DAY IN 1957

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Leave It to Beaver is a television sitcom written from a child’s point-of-view by Joe Connelly and Bob Mosher. These veterans of radio and early television were also
the creators of the show. The series had its debut on CBS on Friday October 4,
1957, and then moved to ABC the following year, ending its run on June 20, 1963.

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