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On the Air
The Backward Glance
This Year in Television Was Marked
By Achievements and Peccadillos
By Harry MacArthur
This final Sunday of the
year is traditionally the one i
when the achlevments and
peccadillos of the past 12
months are examined. In
broadcasting it might make
better sense to schedule this
chore on a fiscal basis and do
it in the summer, after one
season has ended and before
the next has begun. You won’t
find anybody around here
flying in the face of tradition,
Besides, everybody else is
passing out awards and the
act appears to be too much
fun to stay out of. So it will be
this last Sunday in 1954 for
the bouquets and brickbats.
Here, without further ado,
they are:
Best thing that’s happened
to Television Yet: “Disney
land.” on ABC-TV. A pictor
ial genius, whether the pic
tures are cartoons, of actors
or of nature in the almost
raw, Walt Disney also is en
dowed with imagination
marked by both wit and
cfearm. He has an uncanny
change of pace, too, and his
television programs so far have
been an unfailing source of
A Pair From Evans
Best Television Drama:
Maurice Evans’ Shakespearean
pro d u ctions on NBC-TV’s
“Hall of Fame.” The year,
though you may not have
realized it, saw two of these—
an exciting “Richard LL” last
January and a most forceful
“Macbeth” a-few weeks ago.
In each he showed increasing
awareness of how to best use
the television tools to bring
Shakespeare to home viewers.
Best New Television Per
sonality: NBC-TV’s George
Gobel, who is not really new
except to the television audi-'
ence, and who has introduced
a welcome touch of quiet and
a sort of sane insanity to TV
Best Telefilm Series: An
award in this field is a surprise
even to the bestower, but the
CBS-TV "Halls of Ivy” made
it. This is literate comedy
and Ronald Colman and Be
nita Hume make the language
sound like music.
Best Recovery of the Year:
Steve Allen, who did one of
the worst shows of all time on
the debut of NBC-TV’s “To-
TV Has Given Roxanne Head Start on Film Stardom
And It May Lose .
Her to Movies
After Her First
By James Powers
A bright new star in the
Hollywood galaxy is not un
usual but one already known
to millions of potential fans
is something new and special.
Credit the age of television
for the fact that a meltingly
beautiful blond with green
* eyes and one memorable
name. Roxanne, is already
familiar to countless Amer
icans. ' {
Roxanne, who has Just com
pleted her first motion picture
stint, loves Hollywood but im
mediately hurried back to her
first love—TV—which she
finds most rewarding.
"I would love to come back
to Hollywood—it’s every girl’s
dream.” she said in her first
Interview on completing her
first movie. “But there is such
a marvelous feeling about
- in TV.
“You get the feeling of
knowing people wherever you
go. Os having friends in
towns and cities where you
have never been. TV seems
to have such an immediate
and intimate contact
people. I love it.”
TV may have lost Roxanne,
however, based on early re
ports of her work in the
Charles K. Feldman-Billy
Wilder production of the
Broadway hit. “The Seven
Year Itch," for 20th Century-
The movie stars Tom Ewell
and another notable blond,
Marilyn Monroe.
“But my scenes are good.**
said Roxanne. “I think my
fans and friends will remem
ber me.”
Advance reports on the film
are enthusiastic over the work
of the young Minneapolis
born former model. Roxanne,
real name polores Rosedale,
plays one of the several dream
sequences in the film with
Ewell. It is a takeoff on the
famed lovemaking “scene on
the beach” in “From Here to
Eternity” between Burt Lan
caster and Deborah Kerr.
Roxanne has interesting and
individual reasons for liking
“I would like to work here,”
she said, “because it is such a
serious place. Every one here
works pictures, talks pictures,
lives pictures. I like that. To
believe in something and give
yourself wholeheartedly to it.”
Tim slim (5-foot . 7-inch
120-pound) blond beautiful
has turned oat to be strikingly
photogenic—which will come
' as no surprise to those who
knew her even back in the
days when she was a Student
night” and who now make*
an hour-and-a-half pass so
quickly that 1 a.m. is hero
before anybody needs it.
There were fascinating as
pects of the TV year which
may not be honored anywhere
else, even by the Peabody
committee. They should not
go’ unnoted, though, and if the
TV editor had suitable scrolls
he would pass them out, for
the reasons noted, to the fol
For Extreme Naivette in the
Face of Human Nature: . That
fellow at the British Broad
casting Corp., who told the
viewers that the upcoming
production of George Orwell’s
“1984” would shock the day
lights out of the young, the
old and the faint of heart, ex
pecting them not to watch.
New Critical Not*
For the Most Intriguing New
Note in TV Criticism: Philip
Hamburger of the New Yorker
magazine. It was he who re
cently (in the issue of Decem
ber 13) undertook an analysis
of Ed Sullivan’s smile. This is
the same magazine which re
cently reported the various
ways in which men notice that
the years are passing—those
policemen who used to be adult
towers of strength are now
pink-cheeked boys, for instance
—and one more can be added
to the list. Nothing makes the
years heavier to a TV critic
who used to know Ed Sullivan
fes Old Stony Face than an
analysis of Ed Sullivan’s smile.
For Most Innocently Be
coming Involved in a Squab
ble: “This Is Show Business,”
which lost both of its sponsors
when the one advertising elec
tric razors and “no messy
lather” and the one advertis
ing a “new lather bomb” de
cided they were incompatible.
For Most Alarming Note of
the Year: Bob Foreman, New
York advertising man, who as
serted that color television was
exciting no matter what was
televised, even if it's two eggs
For the Most Startling
Award of Any Year: The Byl
vania Television Awards Com
mittee’s selection of “The
Medic” to rank alongside “Vic
tory at Sea,” the only other
program it ever called the best
on TV.
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at Minneapolis Central High
“Be sure and mention Joe
Martin in anything you write
about me.” Instructed Roxanne
to the interviewer, giving gen
erous credit where she felt it
was due. It was Joe Martin,
a Minneapolis commercial
artist and photographer, who
first saw her striking poten
“Joe changed my name for
me and introduced me to
Harry Conover.” Roxanne
Conover, the model’s agent,
persuaded the natural blond
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IN COLOR CAMERA’S EYE—Patrice Munsel, Metropolitan
Opera soprano, will sing the title role today when Franz Lehar’s
“The Merry Widow” is televised in full color on Omnibus
(WTOP-TV, 5 p.m.).
Dateline Washington
Moving Time Is at Hand
First Week of 1955 Will See Changes
In Several Program Schedules
Tuesday night is not the
only night that is going to
surprise you on Channel 9 the
first week of 1955. Some other
changes of schedule are
planned by WTOP-TV, almost
all involving half-hour filmed
Starting on January 3, for
instance, will be a daily half
hour at 6 p.m. with the over
all title of “Action.” It seems
apt enough. On Monday,
Wednesday and Friday “The
Range Rider” will be riding the
Channel 9 range. “Joe Pa
looka” will take aver Tuesdays
and “Terry and the Pirates”
On Saturday of this same
week, something titled “Cap
tain Nine of the International
beauty to come to New York.
She did fashion modeling for
a time but was ambitious for
more serious things. She even
, tually gained fame on two TV
shows, first “Winner Take All”
and currently "Beat the
“Roxanne is definitely a new
type,” said a studio spokesman
who preferred to remain
anonymous, an understand
able desire considering the
many other actresses under
contract to the studio..
“This little lady is the new
type of star, refined, educated.
Police” will be installed in the
6:30-to-7 p.m. slot.
The Sunday programming at
WTOP-TV will be juggled a
bit, too, starting one week from
today. That comedy series
which had Robert Cummings
Impersonating a zany named
Beanblossom, titled “My Hero,”
is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sun
days, followed by “Amos ’n
Andy” at 3:30 p.m.
This will leave Mr. Cum
mings removed by a margin of
seven - and - one - half hours
from competing with himself.
The new “Bob Cummings
Show” also will start January
2, this on WRC-TV at 10:30
Now there’s one more ad
dition to the Sunday schedule
beautiful in a gentle and lady
like way,” he added. “She
has sex appeal but in a nice
Roxanne studied art and
considered becoming an artist
herself before being persuaded
to take her place on the
model’s stand. She has studied
acting and done work in the
legitimate theater.
She waa married March 13,
1954, to Thomas F. Roddy, a
budding industrialist and by
no coincidence a native of
Minnesota also.
(BaletMd hr th* .Marta ArarteM
Kawsposar Alllane*.)
AND THIS IS $6 MILLION—It may be an inexpensive flat in
a walk-up, but it is what a motor car manufacturer agreed
this past week to rent for $6 million for the next two years.
There’s an option clause permitting the lease to be taken up
for a third year for another $3 million. It is, of course, “The
And Save (I
This Is Your
| Weekly
I Television j
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9 mmmiimmimmmm
on WTOP-TV and that will
wrap it up for today. As of
January 2, the Sunday "Late
Show” will be dropped, Boris
Karloff’s “Colonel March”
series Installed in the 11:30
p.m. niche.
More Changes
This same first week in Jan
uary will bring some altera
tions in the WMAL-TV sched
ule, too, involving the daily
at-11 pm. period. The station
is bringing up some heavy am
muition to get seriously into
the competition for the late
night Audience. The biggest
gun of the battery is Bryson
Rash, ABC White House Cor
respondent and special events
director for WMAL-TV. He’ll
return to 11 pm. Monday
through Friday with a 10-
minute nightly newscast.
This will necessitate a time
change for two other Monday
through-Friday features on
Channel 7. “Weather With
Aletha” (Agee, of course) will
move to 11:10-11:15, followed
by “Sports With Bill Malone”
at 11:15-11:20. “Seven Star
Theater” will start at 11:20
‘Programs and Peoplt
| George Flax, who used to
handle press relations for
WTTG, has been made Wash
ington editor of TV Program
Week. That’s the forthcoming
publication launched by Curtis
after an examination of the
TV Guide circulation figures.
. , . Tomorrow’s program on
the Greater Washington Edu
cational Television Associa
tion's pilot series (WMAL-TV
—Monday. 9 p.m.) will be pro
duced by the National Gallery
of Art. “Holland As Seen
Through the Eyes of Rem
brandt” .is the program’s title,
and Dr. Raymond Stites, the
Gallery’s educational director,
will show viewers some of the
famed paintings hung there.
. . . Billy Johnson of WTOP
TV will Join Red Foley, Ernest
Tubbs and others at a New
'Year’s Eve Country and West
ern Style Music festivity at
Cline Arena. Country and
Western Style Music is what
the people who make it prefer
to call hillbilly music. . . .
More than “50 million televi
sion viewers in the United
States and its possessions will
see the colorful activities of
the United States Army in the
film presentation, ‘Military
District of Washington.’” the
Army predicts. It’s the 104th
program in “The Big Picture,”
weekly TV series of the De
partment of the Army. Some
what fewer than 50 million
viewers will have a chance to
see it here today at 8:30 pm.
and Sunday, January 9, at
3:30 pm., over WMAL-TV
In the usual progression in the
business world a man moves
up a notch when the man
above him moves up a notch,
but Bob Adams cculdn’t wart.
Assistant to Cody Pfanstiehl
at WTOP from 1949 to 1951.
Mr. Adams left tb go with
WOL, later moved to the NBC
stations here. Now Mr. Pfan
stiehl is becoming director of
public relations for WTOP,
Inc., and his old assistant is
taking his old job, director of
* promotion for WTOP-TV.
Viewing TV
The Nelsons Have One Advantage
Being a Real Family/ Too, Their Television Family Avoids
Situations That Are Too Wild or Exaggerated
By Hal Humphrey
Ozzie Nelson, the man of the
house on ABC-TV’s family
comedy show, “Adventures of
Ozzie and Harriet,” resents
critics who class all TV hus
bands as stupid oafs without
sense enough to get In out of
the rain.
“There is a tendency on the
part of critics to lump these
family shows together, giving
their readers the idea all
such shows have idiot hus
bands with Phi Beta Kappa
wives,” complains Ozzie.
I’m sure there was nothing
personal intended by Ozzie,
despite the fact that I am one
of those who have commented
on IQ disparity between TV
husbands and wives.
Ozzie does admit that a good
many male breadwinners on
these family comedies are con
siderably below par In the
brain department, but denies
that he is one of them.
According to Ozzie, the
Nelsons have an advantage
over most other TV families
because it is the same family
in real life. He and Harriet
meticulously watch the scripts
to make sure that the situa-
Today's Programs on Television I
Hiahliahts Sunday, December 26, 1954
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9:30, WTOP <9)-Now and tfS HSiST I
Then: Christmas in Shake- «4»j ~•• IHIt Dll * |
speare’s day. its fiitk w**t* t« km* V**’ " '&
11:30, WRC (4)—Watch Mr. 1 . .. . -sunny Tuft*
Wizard: Mysteries of elec- 1 ;J| rr ?. i,l .V* ** “ Berten mw
tricity. *4» Simday Fltykaat* faatkall Iwißy Tkaatar
1:00, WRC (4)—Youth Wants <1:11 “T«ic*UMa cimUrt •««*
to Know: Senator Kefauver. Z « lliM |
2:00, WTTG (s)—Football: —fiSSTfiSi *»«•«»*•'«»' 1
Cleveland Browns vs. De- ' .. » .. •• "Diriai |
trolt Lions. v J :30 AatrleM Ftraa "" ll« Pieter* Rteete*
2:30, WTOP (9)—Face the ** ” ” " " " " fa.Wri».
Nation: Harold Stassen. temtte m Piit* ter Ttiiy * e jSSJa? " !
3:30, WRC (4) American QjM zn frrft Inicktr Flicker* c*ll*i*Prn* l,,rct
Forum: “A Forecast for >4O •• •• •• " ciafar****
1955,” discussed by Senators jg jjanflSi Nippite oklw~ite bur Circa* teinii i
Wiley and Sparkman, roj ” ” " „, .. " " »iiit*ii cask* |
George Meany, president. J** swiitm u«i»*mty §
JSdeS United States ~Sf **«*>*«o«.h,
Chamber of Commerce. 4'J* Rltm Fitti rar»* fhiic prasacitM YnArarttr*
4:30, WMAL (7) College ,« (Weatan Draarc) »w tewt Tkaatar Tin " ” 1
Press Conference: Syed :M Faapla Art Faaay MHIIa* Dallar Maria fa* Atkt* Far It iattia f
Amjad Ah. Pakistan’s Am- 7«« " ” " " —.. ...1
bassador to the U. S. I r '"" 1 nmrm** ika mt n
4:30, WTOP (9)—The Search: ciaiteTHtw MOitea Niter Matt* Fllikt Naatar inia faiaTaf tSTtaii !
Study of earthquakes at - - u tniiri*
Fordham University. » » « n luuitert Htmitn* 01*1*10
5:00, WMAL (7)—Super Cir- « - » " " * " Cl * c ! l i'*’ T
cus: A double perch-pole if ttinidwi 'pi«ylimm **<ky m**. Stttctin wntar wi*eii*ii liattri* Tkaater
act and unicycle jugglers. ij:is •'«**, sin, «•*" l* " _ _ H*riit»a
5:00, WTOP (9) Omnibus: #=* US A. Mwlmttcr Ute ■««»0 ■«» •k*r» > soil «•» Fawita nayfcw*
Soprano Patrice Munsel _J* fissriss
stars in “The Merry Wi- t*ratt*Y«»«* ,r »*Mk*Swk fatewlUaan M
dow.” 10:10 Tk* Naatar TktUaaWaK Draw Paanta Wkat'i My Ka*
5:00, WRC (4)—Hall Os Fame: IW ,«J - • U«l« Hiywarl Fakiic Praiatater - ”
“The Joyful Tydings,” the ,« iFßSwriparti taalay Raw SHCiir iiirca Star tkaatar Sawii Waatkar
story of how William Tyn- ja .« Spartti Filai Sit* Off “Harrltaa# at Saart* *******
dale translated the Bible || >M Mater* Marrlaga” I P««rl« Wir Tka lata >**■
from Latin to English. * JL" Cadt sattatray _ “
5:30, WTTG (5) —Georgetown tti*o JiricSFfSSS I *»*»* *tar Fkaatw <ym Ute »ka*
Forum: “Quest *nd their families go on~a oTso. WTOP (9)—Playhouse:
- j ski safari. The romantic story of an
s:3 n’ JJ?,nt«m ) t^faSl groUnd: 8:00 > WTOP of the attractive New England
Communism to Itidy. Town: Billy De Wolfe. Cab school teacher is portrayed
«:00, WRC <4)—Meet the Calloway. Joan Weber, Her- in “The Waltz,” starring
mlone Gin « old and » P«- Anne Bancroft.
g-30 Sp 111. view oi tbe film “ Not “ A 14:00, WMAL (7)—Break the
= Therr- The of thl Stranger.” Bank: The sum la $1,500.
Bill of - Comedy 10:00. WTOP (9) - Father
25 1788. Hour: An ice show with Knows Best: Robert Young
!•©§* WMAL (71—You Asked Barbara Ann Scott and a is forced to sit all night
for It- A Hindu balancer, supporting cast of 50. with a sick sparrow,
a mud wrestling match and 9:00, WTOP (9)—Electric 19:30, WMAL (7)—Drew Pear
a speed boat spectacle in Theater: A canon crippled son: New time.
Cypress Gardens. with paralysis watches his 11:00, WMAL (7)—Seven Star
7:00, WTTG (s)—Million Dol- parish being taken over by Theater: Cecil Kellaway
lar Movie: Orson Welles in an ovenealous young priest, stars in “Hurricane at Pil
“Macbeth.” in “The White Steed.” star- grim Hill,” the comedy
7:30, WMAL (7)—Playhouse: ring Barry Fitzgerald. about a Westerner who dis-
Wffliam Gargan stars in 9:00, WRC (4)—'Television rupts a staid Massachusetts
"Lost Lullaby,” the story of Playhouse: A stage-struck town,
a detective’s search for a girl fails to make the grade 11:30, WTOP <•)«—'The late
long lost boy. In "Run, Girl, Run,” with Show: Donald Cook stars
7:30, WRC (4)—Mr. Peepers: Lee Ann Meriwether (Miss in "The Spanish Cape Mys
Hdneymooners,” now part of Jackie Gleason’s Saturday night
hour oh CBS-TV, with Gleason in a typical argument with
Audrey Meadows, while Art Carnejr and Joyce Randolph look
on. The half-hour show probably will be a Saturday night
telefilm next fall, for the sponsor dropping Milton Berio.
tions do not become too wild
•or exaggerated.
The Nelsons’ own home life
furnishes Ozzie with ideas for .
many of their shows, giving it
a flavor that is lacking in sim
ilar family TV series.
“Harriet has a real advan
tage as the mother, because
she is dealing with her own
boys,” Ozzie says. “When a
' situation calls for her to re
primand David or Ricky, she
knows instinctively how far
she can go without alienating
the audience.”
Ozzie points out that the off
spring on some family shows
are ’precocious to the extent
that they frequently make
both ma and pa look like grade
A jerks.
Getting back to his own role
as father and husband, Ozzie
believes he plays it as close to
real life as possible.
“Don’t forget that lots of
guys like it when their wives
soft-soap them into something.
For example, we all like to kid
ourselves into thinking we pro
posed, but most of us know
that it’s the girl who calls the
turn on that one,” explains
He doesn’t feel that this
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business of a female outsmart
ing her mate necessarily makes
him a dummy, and even takes
the stand that the audience
expects it.
In a sense, Ozzie’s point here
is proved by the way some
viewers react to his apparent
lack of a Job. You might say
that a guy who doesn’t work
must have more than the
modicum of gray matter. But
this irritates some of the
show’s fans.
Letters come in demanding
to know why he doesn’t work,
or never even mentions havlpg
a vocation of some kind.
“When we first decided to
do the TV show I was goiftg
to be a druggest,” Ozzie re
calls. “But pinning me down
to a certain job would have
confined the number of situa
tions also, and the sponsor
worried about this, too.”
On their radio series years
ago Ozzie was an orchestra
leader, his real life profession
at that time. But when he de
cided to do TV, there already
was a family comedy which had
the husband leading a band—
fellow by the name of Deal
(Copyright 1054. Mirror EnterprUe* Co.»

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