. . . runs just 26 minutes, 12.2 seconds, since all the original ads have been excised. (It's a sad commentary on what today's sheep-like TV viewers are willing to tolerate that in 1955 American citizens only had to put up with 7 minutes, 34 seconds of mindless corporate drivel per hour, while today's lemmings must sit through nearly half an hour of brain debris per hour, if this 1955 show is a typical example. That is, poor people do--the rich have fancy and expensive means of skipping the ads targeted at those "beneath them.") Judy Garland is on screen here for 2 minutes, 5 seconds to sing one song. Next, a Readers Digest condensed version of the entire Reginald Owen version of A CHR1STMAS CAROL is presented. (Why kill all the suspense BEFORE re-release, with a whole new generation of viewers born since 1938?) Finally, Ann Blyth and Vic Damone spend another two minutes singing a song from Kismet. As Tiny Tim would say, before North Korea's Deity had to give prior approval to all American movie scripts, "God bless us, each and everyone."
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