Friday, December 12, 2014

Classic TV: GE Theatre (1954)

General Electric Theatre was one of the most successful anthology series of the 50's, lasting into the early 60's. Future President Ronald Reagan served as host for the entirety of the series' 8 year TV run (it started on radio a year earlier), and there is some dispute as to how Reagan lost the gig. Some say it was political, having to do with remarks Reagan made against the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), one of GE's biggest clients. Ratings had nothing to do with GE Theatre ending in 1962, but rather the firestorm that Reagan created.

As part of our Countdown to Christmas, we're serving up a sample of a 1954 Christmas show, headlined by Fred Waring & the Pennsylvanians.......

The quibble I had was the fact that the set was being constructed in the middle of the show. Improvised? Maybe. Proper? No. At least Reagan only bookended the show.

Rating: B-.

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