This live series featured adaptations of other works (novels, plays, etc.) plus original works for the show. It was primarily dramas but a few musicals also were presented. The show is ... See full summary »
Luis Van Rooten,
Walter Cronkite hosted the reenactments of historical events. Shows included "The Landing of the Hindenburg", "The Salem Witchcraft Trials", "The Gettysburg Address", "The Fall of Troy", and "The Scuttling of the Graf Spee".
Live dramatic shows featuring Hollywood stars. Initially, the show was a 30-minute weekly show but when it moved to NBC in August 1954, the show was extended to 60-minutes and the plays ... See full summary »
Lights Out is an extremely popular American old-time radio program, an early example of a network series devoted mostly to horror and the supernatural, predating Suspense and Inner Sanctum.... See full summary »
Based on a popular radio series, each show tells a different reporter's Big Story, a true story selected from newspapers across the United States. Comments from the actual reporter open and... See full summary »
I am astounded by the entire concept of this series. From the very early days of television, before videotaping, these were broadcast LIVE (including commercials). I find them to be a very intriguing look at our past, both as a broadcasting technology and as a national time-capsule. The commercials are *informative* as well as marketing. And they are all LIVE.
That puts these into the category of an hour-log "Play". The stories are top-notch, and the production is great (considering the technology available at the time). Only some of the later broadcasts are available on video because most were lost since there was no adequate recording medium at the time.
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