Friday, December 18, 2020

What Might've Been: The 20th Century Fox Hour (1955)

 Anthology shows were a thing in the early years of television. Most had the sponsor's name in the title. In the case of our next entry, it was a case of a major studio making the most of its available resources.

The 20th Century Fox Hour was one of the studio's first television entries, airing on CBS, and alternating with another anthology series, The US Steel Hour, which we'll discuss another time. However, this series lasted just two seasons, and was repackaged in syndication as the Hour of Stars. When Fox Movie Channel exhumed the series many years later, they opted to use the Hour of Stars title, perhaps because it wouldn't be so obvious.

With Christmas a week away, here is a compacted adaptation of "Miracle on 34th Street", produced 8 years after the original film. Thomas Mitchell ("Gone With The Wind", "It's a Wonderful Life") and MacDonald Carey (10 years before Days of Our Lives) headline.

No rating. Just a public service.

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