Category Archives: 1950s

‘To Tell the Truth’ panel game show debuts on CBS-TV 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 18 1956)


Video: 'To Tell the Truth - PANEL: Dick Van Dyke, Mike Wallace (Dec 25, 1956) [W/ COMMERCIALS]'

(Tuesday, December 18, 1956, 9:00-9:30 p.m. EST)To Tell the Truth, an American television panel game show created by Bob Stewart and hosted by Bud Collyer (Mike Wallace hosted the pilot), premiered tonight on CBS-TV. Continue reading ‘To Tell the Truth’ panel game show debuts on CBS-TV 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 18 1956)

‘Baby Doll’ premieres in New York City 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 18 1956)


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(Tuesday, December 18, 1956, 8:30 p.m. EST)Baby Doll, an American black comedy and drama film about a child bride who holds her husband at bay while flirting with a sexy Italian farmer, premiered tonight at the Victoria Theater in New York City.

Directed by Elia Kazan, the film starred Karl Malden, Carroll Baker and Eli Wallach.

Cardinal warns Catholics to shun ‘Baby Doll’ film 60 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 16 1956)


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(Sunday, December 16, 1956) — Francis Cardinal Spellman, the Archbishop of New York, personally denounced the about-to-be released movie Baby Doll, an American black comedy and drama film about a child bride who holds her husband at bay while flirting with a sexy Italian farmer, saying Catholics would be committing a sin if they saw it.

Soviet, Hungarian teams battle in ‘Blood in the Water’ Olympic polo match 60 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 6 1956)


Video: 'Blood in the Water Match 1956'

(Thursday, December 6, 1956) — A violent water polo match known as the “Blood in the Water” match between Hungary and the USSR took place today during the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, Australia, against the backdrop of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. Continue reading Soviet, Hungarian teams battle in ‘Blood in the Water’ Olympic polo match 60 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 6 1956)

Presley, Cash, Lewis and Perkins ‘Million Dollar Quartet’ jam in Memphis studio 60 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 4 1956)


Video: 'Elvis Presley - Million Dollar Quartet [December 4, 1956]'

(Tuesday, December 4, 1956) — Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins made a series of impromptu recordings today at the Sun Record Studios in Memphis, Tennessee, released 25 years later under the title “The Million Dollar Quartet.” Continue reading Presley, Cash, Lewis and Perkins ‘Million Dollar Quartet’ jam in Memphis studio 60 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 4 1956)

‘Candide’ musical opens on Broadway 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 1 1956)


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(Saturday, December 1, 1956, 8:00 p.m. EST) — The Leonard Bernstein musical Candide, based on the story by Voltaire, opened tonight on Broadway at the Martin Beck Theatre — directed by Tyrone Guthrie and conducted by Samuel Krachmalnick. Continue reading ‘Candide’ musical opens on Broadway 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 1 1956)

‘Bells Are Ringing’ musical opens on Broadway 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 29 1956)


Video: 'Bells Are Ringing (Original Broadway Cast)' (16 videos)

(Thursday, November 29, 1956, 7:30 p.m. EST)Bells Are Ringing, a musical that revolves around Ella (Judy Holliday), who works at an answering service, and the characters that she meets there, opened tonight on Broadway at the Shubert Theatre, directed by Jerome Robbins and choreographed by Robbins and Bob Fosse.