Light's Diamond Jubilee (1954)


Marathon television spectacular celebrating the invention of the electric light, budgeted at $375,000 and transmitted across more than 350 TV stations. A combination of drama, comedy and music, the programme also featured extracts from pre-1950s features and film shorts (Selznick's 1938 The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, the 1938 Robert Benchley short How To Raise a Baby, and others). Musically, Eddie Fisher (`Sweetheart of Sigma Chi'), Dorothy Warenskjold (`Bless This House'), and Dorothy Dandridge (two numbers) presented songs; Victor Young both composed a special score and conducted. Joseph Cotten acted in the role of narrator of the proceedings. President Eisenhower gave a fireside chat just before the close.

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