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Omnibus: Season 2: Episode 3 -- Shot live for the prestigious Omnibus series, Orson Welles mastefully plays the title role in the Shakespearean classic
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Omnibus: :  -- Clip: The music of J.S. Bach


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9 November 1952 (USA) See more »
Starting out as a live show from New York City, "Omnibus" was hosted by Alastair Cooke and featured... See more »
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Won 8 Primetime Emmys. Another 5 wins & 6 nominations See more »
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Alistair Cooke ... Himself - Host / ... (82 episodes, 1952-1961)

Series Directed by
Andrew McCullough (7 episodes, 1952-1956)
Norman Lloyd (5 episodes, 1952-1953)
Charles S. Dubin (4 episodes, 1955-1957)
Harry Horner (3 episodes, 1954)
Delbert Mann (3 episodes, 1956-1957)
Yul Brynner (2 episodes, 1953)
Richard Leacock (2 episodes, 1954-1957)
Elliot Silverstein (2 episodes, 1954-1956)
Seymour Robbie (2 episodes, 1955-1958)
Richard Dunlap (2 episodes, 1957)
William A. Graham (2 episodes, 1958-1961)
Series Writing credits
Leonard Bernstein (6 episodes, 1954-1958)
James Agee (5 episodes, 1952-1953)
William Saroyan (5 episodes, 1953-1956)
Robert Tallman (4 episodes, 1952-1953)
George Bernard Shaw (4 episodes, 1953-1956)
Arnold Schulman (4 episodes, 1953-1954)
James Lee (4 episodes, 1957-1960)
J.M. Barrie (3 episodes, 1952-1956)
John Steinbeck (3 episodes, 1954)
Ernest Hemingway (2 episodes, 1953)
Gore Vidal (2 episodes, 1954-1955)
Andy Lewis (2 episodes, 1956)

Series Produced by
William Spier .... producer (23 episodes, 1952-1953)
Robert Saudek .... producer / executive producer / ... (14 episodes, 1952-1961)
Paul Feigay .... associate producer (3 episodes, 1953-1954)
Brewster Morgan .... producer (3 episodes, 1954)
Eugene Solow .... producer (3 episodes, 1954)
Fred Rickey .... producer (2 episodes, 1953)
Series Original Music by
Virgil Thomson (2 episodes, 1953-1959)

Wladimir Selinsky (unknown episodes)
Series Cinematography by
Frederick Gately (3 episodes, 1954)
Series Film Editing by
Sherman A. Rose (3 episodes, 1954)
Arthur H. Nadel (2 episodes, 1954)
Series Casting by
Joe Scully (unknown episodes, 1952-1956)
Series Production Design by
Henry May (3 episodes, 1953-1958)
Series Art Direction by
Henry May (3 episodes, 1955-1957)
Series Set Decoration by
Gene Callahan (1 episode, 1953)
Series Costume Design by
Al Lehman (1 episode, 1956)
Saul Bolasni (1 episode, 1957)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Stanley Kubrick .... second unit director (1 episode, 1952)
Series Art Department
Georges Wakhévitch .... artistic consultant (1 episode, 1953)
Series Sound Department
Morgan Smith .... sound (1 episode, 1954)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Margolies .... electrician (1 episode, 1954)

Imero Fiorentino .... lighting director (unknown episodes)
Series Editorial Department
Mary V. Ahern .... feature editor (1 episode, 1954)
Penn Kimball .... feature editor (1 episode, 1954)
Andy Lewis .... feature editor (1 episode, 1954)
William F. Suchman .... feature editor (1 episode, 1954)
Series Music Department
Leonard Bernstein .... conductor: music lectures (6 episodes, 1954-1958)

Merrill Staton .... choral director (unknown episodes)
Series Other crew
Agnes de Mille .... choreographer (2 episodes, 1952-1956)

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55 min
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Egg Head Precursor of PBS, 3 January 2015
Author: John T. Ryan ( from United States

WE LEARNED LONG ago with the earliest days of this series that OMNIBUS (Ford Foundation, 1952-61)means all encompassing. We can testify from first hand experience that it was, indeed that. In a typical season, it covered Classical Music, theatre, film, history, scientific discoveries, technology, biology, archeology and paleontology. And that's just what we can recall from our own memory.

THE CREATIVE FORCE behind the program was Brit, Alistair Cooke. His mark is clearly evident throughout the series varying episodes. No matter the subject, there was no doubt that it was his version.

THIS WAS DEFINITELY Mr. Cooke's show, stem to stern and it showed. The British born journalist (in the best tradition and sense of the word) would later become a naturalized American citizen. Inspite of a very cultured and "high class" sounding accent, his pedigree originated in the Bourgoise Middle class with his folks running a bed & breakfast (no doubt a sort of FAWLTY TOWERS of its day).

AS WE HAVE previously stated, we believe that this Ford Foundation Sponsored creation may well have been the inspiration for the Public Broadcasting System. There does indeed appear to be some very convincing evidence to support our assertion. And this was long before the creation of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Corporation for Wasting Taxpayer$ Money.

NO SCHULTZ, NOT insertion!

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