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The Ford 50th Anniversary Show (1953)


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Credited cast:
Marian Anderson Marian Anderson ... Herself
Theda Bara ... (archive footage)
Charles Chaplin ... (archive footage)
Winston Churchill ... Himself (archive footage)
Wally Cox ... Himself
Bing Crosby ... Himself
Marie Dressler ... (archive footage)
Eddie Fisher ... Himself
Henry Ford II Henry Ford II ... Himself
Greta Garbo ... (archive footage)
John Gilbert ... (archive footage)
Oscar Hammerstein II ... Himself
Leland Hayward Leland Hayward ... Himself
Anna Held ... (archive footage)
Al Jolson ... (archive footage)


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15 June 1953 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The program was the first so-called "Television Spectacular". Ford presented the show without commercial interruption. It is believed to be the first time that Edward R. Murrow appeared on NBC in a professional capacity. Also, in 1953, it was necessary for Ford to buy time on two networks to ensure maximum coverage of US TV households - at the time, neither CBS nor NBC reached 100% of them. See more »


Featured in The 1st TV Academy Hall of Fame (1984) See more »


I'm Always Chasing Rainbows
Music by Harry Carroll
Lyrics by Joseph McCarthy
Performed as part of a medley
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The Ford 50th Anniversary Show
22 October 2004 | by radioman63See all my reviews

This two-hour program is a look back at the history of the United States and the world up to 1953. Presented by Ford Motor Company on the occasion of their 50th Anniversary. Hosted by Edward R. Murrow and Oscar Hammerstein who discuss historic events, trends, and personalities that have changed the world in the past 50 years. Musical numbers by Ethel Merman and Mary Martin, who together sing a great medley of tunes near the program's end. Marian Anderson also appears and sings. Several musical dance numbers. Mary Martin and Oscar Hammerstein appear in an excerpt from Thorton Wilder's play "Our Town". Lowell Thomas appears in a segment about old-time radio. Brief musical appearances by Rudy Vallee, Bing Crosby (on film), Frank Sinatra (on film) and Eddie Fisher. Wally Cox appears in several comedic skits. Kukla and Ollie, Burr Tilstrom's puppets, also appear and introduce segments. Produced by Leland Hayward who introduces the program and appears in the end to introduce Henry Ford II, who closes the program with a hope for peace and prosperity in the future. This live, two-hour program aired on both NBC and CBS at the same time, June 15, 1953, 9-11 PM EDT.

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