Category Archives: Television 1950s

‘Perry Mason’ series debuts on CBS-TV 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Sep 21 1957)


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(Saturday, September 21, 1957, 7:30-8:30 p.m EDT)Perry Mason, a legal mystery-drama about a fictional Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer, premiered tonight on CBS-TV, starring Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale, William Hopper, William Talman and Ray Collins. Continue reading ‘Perry Mason’ series debuts on CBS-TV 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Sep 21 1957)

‘American Bandstand,’ hosted by Dick Clark, makes its network debut on ABC 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Aug 5 1957)


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(Monday, August 5, 1957, 3:00-4:30 p.m EDT) — The teenage dance television show American Bandstand, hosted by Dick Clark, made its network debut today on ABC. Continue reading ‘American Bandstand,’ hosted by Dick Clark, makes its network debut on ABC 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Aug 5 1957)

The Everly Brothers perform on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’ 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Aug 4 1957)


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(Sunday, August 4, 1957, 8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT) — The Everly Brothers performed “Bye, Bye Love” and “Hey Doll Baby” on tonight’s edition of the CBS-TV variety show The Ed Sullivan Show live from CBS Studio No. 50 in New York City, with Dan Dailey as guest host. Continue reading The Everly Brothers perform on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’ 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Aug 4 1957)

Jack Paar debuts as host of NBC’s ‘Tonight’ show 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (July 29 1957)


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(Monday, July 29, 1957, 11:15 p.m. EDT) — The new version of Tonight, starring Jack Paar, debuted tonight on NBC television with guests Helen O’Connell, Johnny Johnston, Stanley Holloway and Franklin Pangborn from Studio 6B at the RCA Building in New York. Continue reading Jack Paar debuts as host of NBC’s ‘Tonight’ show 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (July 29 1957)

Gene Kelly performs on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’ 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Jun 23 1957)


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(Sunday, June 23, 1957, 8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT) — Gene Kelly promoted his film The Happy Road on tonight’s edition of the CBS-TV variety show The Ed Sullivan Show live from the Marine Amphitheater at Jones Beach, Long Island, New York. Continue reading Gene Kelly performs on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’ 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Jun 23 1957)

Jayne Mansfield performs on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’ 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (May 26 1957)


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(Sunday, May 26, 1957, 8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT) — Jayne Mansfield played the violin on tonight’s live edition of the CBS-TV variety show The Ed Sullivan Show from CBS Studio No. 50 in New York City. Continue reading Jayne Mansfield performs on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’ 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (May 26 1957)

‘Cinderella’ musical starring Julie Andrews airs live in color on CBS 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Mar 31 1957)


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(Sunday, March 31, 1957, 8:00-9:30 p.m. EST) — The original version of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s TV musical Cinderella, starring Julie Andrews, was broadcast tonight live in the Eastern, Central and Mountain time zones in both black and white and compatible color; the West Coast received a delayed black and white-only broadcast starting at 8:00pm Pacific time. Continue reading ‘Cinderella’ musical starring Julie Andrews airs live in color on CBS 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Mar 31 1957)

‘Around the World in 80 Days’ wins Best Motion Picture at 29th Academy Awards 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Mar 27 1957)


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(Wednesday, March 27, 1957, 7:30-10:38 p.m. PST)Around the World in 80 Days, an American epic adventure-comedy film about a Victorian gentleman who bets that he can beat the world’s record for circling the globe, won five Oscars tonight at the 29th Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Continue reading ‘Around the World in 80 Days’ wins Best Motion Picture at 29th Academy Awards 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Mar 27 1957)

‘Playhouse 90’ and ‘Caesar’s Hour’ big winners at Emmy Awards 60 years ago this hour (Mar 16 1957)

(Saturday, March 16, 1957, 6:00-7:30 p.m. PST) — Drama and comedy split honors tonight at the 9th Primetime Emmy Awards with the comedy feature Caesar’s Hour winning five of the major honors and the dramatic one-time performance of Requiem for a Heavyweight won an equal number (if an award to Playhouse 90, producer of Requiem, is counted, the dramatic play was the top winner, with six Emmys). Continue reading ‘Playhouse 90’ and ‘Caesar’s Hour’ big winners at Emmy Awards 60 years ago this hour (Mar 16 1957)

‘With a Little Bit O’ Luck’ from ‘My Fair Lady’ performed on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’ 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Mar 3 1957)


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(Sunday, March 3, 1957, 8:00-9:00 p.m. EST) — Stanley Holloway, Gordon Dilworth and Rod McLennan performed “With a Little Bit O’ Luck” from from My Fair Lady on tonight’s live edition of the CBS-TV variety show The Ed Sullivan Show from CBS Studio No. 50 in New York City.