The story begins at the height of Gleason's career. He has it all: women, wealth, and extraordinary power. But he is haunted by memories of his childhood. Gleason spends his formative years entering amateur contests, performing in sleazy night spots. Along the way, he steals gags from the best comics in town and finds love with Genevieve, a dancer whom he marries. But Gleason isn't the ideal husband or even a responsible father as he abandons his family to answer the call of Hollywood. Brash, arrogant, and egotistical, he alienates his directors and the man who discovers him. When he ends up back in New York, Gleason gets one of those rare second chances in the new medium of television, creating some of its most unforgettable characters. But even as Gleason becomes the talk of the tube, his life - ruled by demons of rage, booze, and insecurity - unravels.
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The second scene shows preparations for the "Honeymooners" broadcast at what is labeled "CBS Studios, New York City 1955." For the half hour "Honeymooners" episodes, Gleason returned to the Dumont Network, his original network, to produce the shows (while CBS carried the shows) in order to use their Electronicam system with cameras that broadcast a live TV image and simultaneously filmed the program. "Stage Show," which Gleason produced for the other half of the hour, did not originate from the same theater but was aired from what is now The Ed Sullivan Theater (Studio 50). There was no "CBS Studios" at the time. Shows with a studio audience originated from various theaters in the mid-town theater district and other programs originated from an upper level space over the waiting room at Grand Central Terminal. See more
References The Jackie Gleason Show
13 October 2002 (USA)
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Gleason: The Jackie Gleason Story
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