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The Golden Age Of Television (2009, original release: 1953)


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Published: [United States] : Criterion Collection, [2009]
Series: Criterion collection.
Edition:  Fullscreen
Description:  3 videodiscs (478 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (34 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm.)
ISBN/ISSN: 9786315610967, 9781604651782, 1604651784,
Language:  English

Booklet featuring an essay by curator Ron Simon and his extensive liner notes on each program

No time for sergeants based on the novel by Mac Hyman. Bang the drum slowly from the book by Mark Harris. The comedian from a novelette by Ernest Lehman

Kinescopes of the original live productions; curated by PBS for the series The golden age of television

Special features: Disc 1. Introduction to Marty hosted by Eva Marie Saint and interviews with Rod Steiger, Nancy Marchand, Betsy Palmer, Delbert Mann; Audio commentary for Marty by director Delbert Mann; Introduction to Patterns hosted by Keenan Wynn and interviews with Richard Kiley, Fielder Cook; Introduction to No time for sergeants hosted by Roddy McDowall. Disc 2. Introduction to A wind from the South hosted by Merv Griffin interviewing Julie Harris, Donald Woods, James Costigan; Introduction to Bang the drum slowly hosted by Cliff Robertson and interviews with Albert Salmi, Dan Petrie, Arnold Schulman, Rudy Bond, George Peppard; Audio commentary for Bang the drum slowly by director Daniel Petrie; Introduction for Requiem for a heavyweight hosted by Jack Klugman and interviews with Ralph Nelson, Martin Manulis, Jack Palance, Keenan Wynn; Audio commentary for Requiem for a heavyweight by director Ralph Nelson. Disc 3. Introduction to The comedian hosted by Carl Reiner and interviews with John Frankeheimer, Mickey Rooney, Mel Tormé, Kim Hunter; Audio commentary for The comedian by director John Frankenheimer; Interview excerpts with director John Frankenheimer (early 1980s); Introduction to Days of wine and roses hosted by Julie Harris and interviews with John Frankenheimer, JP Miller, Cliff Robertson, Piper Laurie

Marty: Rod Steiger, Nancy Marchand, Esther Minciotti, Augusta Ciolli, Joe Mantell, Betsy Palmer, Lee Philips, Rossana San Marco, Nehemiah Persoff, Howard Caine, Don Gordon, Andrew Gerado ; announced by Durward Kirby

Patterns: Joanna Roos, Jack Arthur, Victoria Ward, Elizabeth Montgomery, Sybil Baker, Shirley Standlee, Everett Sloane, Richard Kiley, June Dayton, Elizabeth Wilson, Theodore Newton, Ed Begley, Jack Livesey, Ronnie Welsh

No time for sergeants: Andy Griffith, Harry Clark, Robert Emhardt, Eddie Le Roy, Alexander Clark, Arthur Storch, Bob Hastings, G. Albert Smith, Joe Brown, Jr., Adnia Rice, Thomas Volk, George Kilroy

A wind from the South: Julie Harris, Donald Woods, Haila Stoddard, Michael Higgins, Lawrence Fletcher, James Congdon, Mary Michael, Farrell Pelly, Grania O'Malley

Bang the drum slowly: Paul Newman, Albert Salmi, Rudy Bond, Barbara Babcock, Clu Gulager, Arch Johnson, Georgann Johnson, John McGovern, George Peppard, Bert Remsen

Requiem for a heavyweight: Jack Palance, Keenan Wynn, Kim Hunter, Ed Wynn

The comedian: Mickey Rooney, Kim Hunter, Edmond O'Brien, Mel Tormé, Whit Bissell, King Donovan, Eddie Ryder, H.M. Wynant, Mike Ross

Days of wine and roses: Cliff Robertson, Piper Laurie, Charles Bickford, Malcolm Atterbury, Dick Elliott, Mimi Gibson, Sterling Hayden, Marc Lawrence, Martha Wentworth

Marty was originally broadcast May 24, 1953 on Goodyear Television Playhouse; Patterns was originally broadcast Jan. 12, 1955 on Kraft Television Theatre; No time for sergeants was originally broadcast March 15, 1955 on the United States Steel Hour; A wind from the South was originally broadcast Sept. 14, 1955 on the United States Steel Hour; Bang the drum slowly was originally broadcast Sept. 26, 1956 on the United States Steel Hour; Requiem for a heavyweight was originally broadcast Oct. 11, 1956 on Playhouse 90; Comedian was originally broadcast Feb. 14, 1957 on Playhouse 90; Days of wine and roses was originally broadcast Oct. 2, 1958 on Playhouse 90

The hugely popular live American television plays of the 1950s have become the stuff of legend. Combining elements of theater, radio, and filmmaking, they were produced at a moment when TV technology was growing more mobile and art was being made accessible to a newly suburban postwar demographic. These astonishingly choreographed, brilliantly acted, and socially progressive "teleplays" constituted an artistic high for the medium, bringing Broadway-quality drama to all of America

MPAA rating: Not rated

DVD; region 1, NTSC; fullscreen (1.33:1) presentation; Dolby digital mono


Marty / Patterns / No time for sergeants / A wind from the South / Bang the drum slowly / Requiem for a heavyweight / Comedian / Days of wine and roses / Disc 1. (1953 ; 52 min.) ; (1955 ; 53 min.) ; (1955 ; 50 min.) -- Disc 2. (1955 ; 51 min.) ; (1956 ; 52 min.) ; (1956 ; 73 min.) -- Disc 3. (1957 ; 74 min.) ; (1958 ; 80 min.) television play by Paddy Chayefsky ; produced by Fred Coe ; directed by Delbert Mann written by Rod Serling ; directed by Fielder Cook written for television by Ira Levin ; produced by the Theatre Guild ; directed by Alex Segal written for television by James Costigan ; directed by Daniel Petrie ; produced by the Theatre Guild a production of the Theater Guild ; directed by Daniel Petrie ; adapted by Arnold Schulman directed by Ralph Nelson ; produced by Martin Manulis ; written by Rod Serling ; Playhouse 90 written by Rod Serling ; directed by John Frankenheimer ; produced by Martin Manulis ; Playhouse 90 written by JP Miller ; directed by John Frankenheimer ; produced by Fred Coe ; Playhouse 90 Related Searches:
Television plays.
Feature films.
Televised plays.
Fiction television programs.
Live television programs.
Television adaptations.
Television comedies.
Sports television programs.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Kinescope films.
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Additional Credits:
Chayefsky, Paddy, 1923-1981, author of screenplay
Coe, Fred, 1914-1979, producer
Mann, Delbert, 1920-2007, director
Serling, Rod, 1924-1975, author of screenplay
Cook, Fielder, 1923-2003, director
Levin, Ira, 1929-2007, author of screenplay
Segal, Alex, 1915-1977, director
Costigan, James, 1928-2007, author of screenplay
Petrie, Daniel, director
Schulman, Arnold, author of screenplay
Nelson, Ralph, 1916-1987, director
Manulis, Martin, 1915-2007, producer
Frankenheimer, John, 1930-2002, director
Miller, J. P. 1919-2001, author of screenplay (James Pinckney),
Steiger, Rod, 1925-2002, actor
Marchand, Nancy, 1928-2000, actor
Minciotti, Esther, 1888-1962, actor
Ciolli, Augusta, 1901-1967, actor
Mantell, Joe, 1915-2010, actor
Palmer, Betsy, actor
Philips, Lee, 1927-1999, actor
San Marco, Rossana, actor
Persoff, Nehemiah, 1919- actor
Caine, Howard, actor
Gordon, Don, 1926-2017, actor
Roos, Joanna, 1901-1989, actor
Arthur, Jack, actor
Ward, Victoria, 1914-1957, actor
Montgomery, Elizabeth, 1933-1995, actor
Baker, Sybil, actor
Standlee, Shirley, actor
Sloane, Everett, 1909-1965, actor
Kiley, Richard, actor
Dayton, June, actor
Wilson, Elizabeth, 1921-2015, actor
Newton, Theodore, 1904-1963, actor
Begley, Ed, 1901-1970, actor
Livesey, Jack, 1901-1961, actor
Welsh, Ronnie, actor
Griffith, Andy, 1926-2012, actor
Clark, Harry, 1911-1956, actor
Emhardt, Robert, 1914-1994, actor
LeRoy, Eddie, 1932-1998, actor
Clark, Alexander, 1901-1995, actor
Storch, Arthur, 1925-2013, actor
Hastings, Bob, 1925-2014, actor
Smith, G. Albert, 1898-1959, actor
Harris, Julie, 1925-2013, actor
Woods, Donald, 1906-1998, actor
Stoddard, Haila, actor
Higgins, Michael, 1920-2008, actor
Fletcher, Lawrence, 1904-1970, actor
Congdon, James, actor
Newman, Paul, 1925-2008, actor
Salmi, Albert, actor
Bond, Rudy, 1912-1982, actor
Babcock, Barbara, 1937- actor
Gulager, Clu, actor
Johnson, Arch, 1923- actor
Johnson, Georgann, actor
Peppard, George, actor
Remsen, Bert, 1925-1999, actor
Palance, Jack, 1919-2006, actor
Wynn, Keenan, 1916-1986, actor
Hunter, Kim, 1922-2002, actor
Wynn, Ed, 1886-1966, actor
Rooney, Mickey, actor
O'Brien, Edmond, 1915-1985, actor
Tormé, Mel, 1925-1999, actor
Bissell, Whit, 1909-1996, actor
Donovan, King, actor
Ryder, Eddie, actor
Wynant, H. M., actor
Ross, Mike, actor
Robertson, Cliff, 1923-2011, actor
Laurie, Piper, 1932- actor
Bickford, Charles, 1891-1967, actor
Atterbury, Malcolm, 1907-1992, actor
Elliott, Dick, 1886-1961, actor
Gibson, Mimi, actor
Hayden, Sterling, 1916-1986, actor
Lawrence, Marc, 1910-2005, actor
Wentworth, Martha, 1889-1974, actor
Hyman, Mac, 1923-1963.
Harris, Mark, 1922-2007.
Lehman, Ernest, 1915-2005.
Theatre Guild.
Criterion Collection (Firm)

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