For many years, only the first half of the kinescope of the live 1954 TV version of "12 Angry Men" (shown as an episode of this series, and upon which the movie version (12 Angry Men (1957)) is based) was thought to survive, and had been in the possession of the Museum of Television & Radio since 1976. In 2003 a complete 16mm kinescope was discovered in the collection of Samuel Liebowitz (former defense attorney and judge) and was also acquired by the museum. See more »
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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