Category Archives: 1950s

‘The Eating Contest’ episode airs on ‘You’ll Never Get Rich’ 60 years ago this hour (Nov 15 1955)


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(Tuesday, November 15, 1955, 8:00-8:30 p.m. EST) — Bilko discovers that the G.I. he’s sponsoring in an eating contest only eats when he’s miserable on tonight’s episode of the CBS sitcom television series You’ll Never Get Rich.

In 1997, TV Guide ranked this episode number 53 on its “100 Greatest Episodes of All Time” list.

‘Better Living Through TV’ episode airs on ‘The Honeymooners’ 60 years ago this hour (Nov 12 1955)


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(Saturday, November 12, 1955, 8:00 p.m. EST) — Ralph devises a get-rich-quick scheme: selling Handy Housewife Helpers on TV on tonight’s episode of the CBS sitcom television series The Honeymooners.

In 2009, TV Guide ranked this episode number 7 on its “100 Greatest Episodes of All Time” list.

‘Rebel Without a Cause’ opens in New York City 60 years ago this hour (Oct 26 1955)


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(Wednesday, October 26, 1955, 9:30 a.m. EST)Rebel Without a Cause, a drama film about an alienated teenager who tries to handle life’s troubles and an apron-wearing dad, opened this morning at the Astor in New York City.

Directed by Nicholas Ray, the film starred James Dean (who had died in a car crash Sept. 30, 1955), Natalie Wood and Sal Mineo.

‘Oklahoma!’ premieres in New York City 60 years ago tonight (Oct 10 1955)


Video: 'Oklahoma!' trailer

(Monday, October 10, 1955, evening EDT)Oklahoma!, a musical film based on the 1943 stage musical Oklahoma!, written by composer Richard Rodgers and lyricist/librettist Oscar Hammerstein II, premiered tonight before an invitation-only audience at the Rivoli Theatre in New York.

Directed by Fred Zinnemann, the film starred Gordon MacRae, Gloria Grahame. Gene Nelson, Charlotte Greenwood, Rod Steiger, Eddie Albert, James Whitmore and Shirley Jones. It was the first feature film photographed in the Todd-AO 70 mm widescreen process.