Betty Hutton starred in TV's first color "spectacular", 'Satins and Spurs (1954) (TV)', which debuted on September 12, 1954. It was a 90-minute musical comedy produced by Max Liebman. She played a rodeo queen who falls for a magazine writer, played by Kevin McCarthy. Reactions by critics and viewers were so negative that she announced her retirement from show business (one of the many times.) See more »
Betty Hutton entertains enough in Satins and Spurs
After abruptly leaving Paramount, Betty Hutton decided to try her luck on a live TV musical on NBC. This was one of the few productions to be broadcast in color at the time but only a black-and-white kinescope exists of this now. She plays a rodeo star being photographed for Life magazine by Kevin McCarthy. He tries to change her but then falls for her as she is. The songs are by Jay Livingston & Ray Evans and Betty knocks the park out of many of them including one that mentions the new sound called Rock 'n' Roll! Yes, her personality can be overwhelming but if you like her that way, this should be enjoyable enough for her fans. So on that a note, Satins and Spurs should be worth a look. P.S. Her hubby of the time, Charles O'Curran, was one of the directors.
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