Hosted the "Maxwell House Good News" program "Behind the Scenes of the Making of The Wizard of Oz
(1939)". This marked the first time that songs from the film were ever performed on radio and, because this program was broadcast two months before the film's actual release, it also marked the first time that most of the public ...
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[asked why he returned to television in the late 1960s] Films were already changing into what they are today when I became "available" in 1962. The kind of role I was supposedly best suited for -- light romantic comedy leads -- no longer existed. There wasn't a place for me. Feature films, you might say, passed me by.
Today, those who fondly recall him in the archetypal 1950s family sitcom Father Knows Best
(1954) may be surprised to learn that when the series debuted in 1954, the show did so poorly in the ratings that CBS canceled it in March of 1955. A flood of protests came from viewers insisting that the show be reinstated. The show was moved to an earlier time, and it gradually became a hit.