General Electric Theater (1953–1962)

TV Series  -   -  Comedy | Drama
5.7
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.7/10 from 160 users  
Reviews: 5 user | 1 critic

Add a Plot

0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: October

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they are excited to see in October.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 761 titles
created 24 Mar 2012
 
list image
a list of 88 titles
created 15 Sep 2012
 
a list of 29 titles
created 18 Apr 2013
 
a list of 56 titles
created 4 months ago
 
a list of 27 titles
created 3 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: General Electric Theater (1953–1962)

General Electric Theater (1953–1962) on IMDb 5.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of General Electric Theater.

User Polls

Episodes

Seasons


Years



10   9   8   7   6   5   4   3   2   1  
1962   1961   1960   1959   … See all »
Nominated for 11 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Biography | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The story of legendary Notre Dame football player and coach Knute Rockne.

Directors: Lloyd Bacon, William K. Howard
Stars: Pat O'Brien, Gale Page, Ronald Reagan
Death Valley Days (1952–1970)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Western stories and legends based, and filmed, in and around Death Valley, CA. One of the longest-running Western series, originating on radio in the 1930s. The continuing sponsor was "20 Mule Team" Borax, a product mined in Death Valley.

Stars: Robert Taylor, Stanley Andrews, Don Haggerty
Giant (1956)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Sprawling epic covering the life of a Texas cattle rancher and his family and associates.

Director: George Stevens
Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean
The Sid Caesar Show (1963–1964)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Stars: Sid Caesar, Joey Forman, Gisele MacKenzie
Schlitz Playhouse (1951–1959)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Stars: James Mason, Irene Dunne, Hayden Rorke
Crossroads (1955–1957)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

The anthology series dramatized the lives of clergymen of all faiths and the problems they faced in both their professional and personal lives.

Stars: Frank J. Scannell, Douglass Dumbrille, Robert Carson
Danger (1950–1955)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Live psychological and murder mystery dramas and one of the first U.S. TV dramas to make effective use of background music.

Stars: Dick Stark, Edward Binns, Joseph Anthony
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Live drama series that was one of the best TV shows ever shown. Over 200 live plays covering all aspects of society were shown.

Stars: Richard Kiley, Betsy Palmer, Jeff Donnell
The Sid Caesar Show (TV Movie 1958)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Stars: Sid Caesar, Jeanne Bal, Art Carney
Alcoa Theatre (1957–1960)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

When The Alcoa Hour dramatic anthology series moved from Sunday night to Monday, both the name and the format were changed. Instead of having a completely different cast for each episode, ... See full summary »

Stars: Jack Lemmon, David Niven, Robert Ryan
At the Movies (TV Movie 1959)
Comedy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
Stars: Sid Caesar, Rod Alexander, Art Carney
Stanley (1956–1957)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.8/10 X  
Stars: Buddy Hackett, Carol Burnett, Paul Lynde
Edit

Cast

Complete series cast summary:
...
 Himself - Host / ... (261 episodes, 1954-1962)
Edit

Storyline

Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

1 February 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

G.E. Theater  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(200 episodes)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Featured in Making the Boys (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Progress
(Closing theme)
by Elmer Bernstein
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Lou Costello's dramatic role
26 August 2002 | by (Minffordd, North Wales) – See all my reviews

"General Electric Theater" was one of the many excellent anthology series during the Golden Age of American television. It's easy to see why corporate sponsors often inserted their names into the titles of these series: the episodes were often of a high standard, catering for an intelligent audience.

"G.E. Theater" was hosted by Ronald Reagan, at a time when his acting career had hit a slump and he was mulling a career change. More than any other acting role, Reagan's stint as host of "G.E. Theater" (and corporate spokesman for General Electric) was instrumental in his political career. While this series was in production, General Electric sent Reagan to make personal appearances at G.E. factories all over the United States. Reagan met the factory employees and listened to their concerns, getting to meet the public (and taking an interest in their problems) as he never was able to do during his years as a second-string leading man at Warner Brothers. These experiences inspired him to run for public office.

This posting relates specifically to "Blaze of Glory", an above-average episode of "General Electric Theater" which aired in 1958, starring Lou Costello in a rare dramatic role, following his break-up with Bud Abbott. The split-up of Abbott & Costello had been one of the most vicious and acrimonious split-ups in show-biz history (which is saying a great deal), and Costello was now making a creditable effort to continue his career in a different direction. Unfortunately, he was a difficult type to cast in dramatic roles ... but he gives an excellent performance here.

"Blaze of Glory" stars Lou Costello as a bumbling plumber (slightly more intelligent than his usual comedy roles) who is sent to a hotel suite to repair a leaky pipe. But the suite is now occupied by a gang of crooks planning their latest robbery. The leader of the crooks (with a poncy foreign name) is played by Jonathan Harris: this was a few years before Harris played Dr Zachary Smith on "Lost in Space", yet Harris's performance here is almost exactly the same as his Dr Smith. Harris is meant to be playing a Moriarty-style criminal genius, but he's not very believable. Even less believable are the no-talent actors who play his deeze-dem-doze henchmen.

Harris and his henchmen are planning their next caper. When plumber Costello accidentally overhears their plans, he tries to slip out ... but clumsily makes his presence known. Harris and the other crooks capture Costello, planning to kill him. In a fairly implausible climax, Costello manages to outwit Harris and turn the tables on him, capturing all the crooks single-handed.

The script is pretty bad, far below the usual high standard for "General Electric Theater". But Lou Costello turns in an excellent performance with this poor material, and almost single-handedly elevates it to excellence. It's a shame that he got so few chances to play dramatic roles. On the strength of Costello's performance, I highly recommend "Blaze of Glory" ... not just to Abbott & Costello fans, but to everyone interested in drama from the Golden Age of television.


11 of 13 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Sammy Davis Jr. in The Patsy bobgamache444
GE Theater Episodes - rrockwell124516
The Patsy egreenmachine
Episode : MR. BLUE OCEAN 1954 NormaBates88
'I'm a Fool' philosophymom
g.e.theatre, 'the 1st hundred years' episode wgadamsjr
Discuss General Electric Theater (1953) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page