New Series 1953
Loretta Young, Danny Thomas, Topper
Make Room For Daddy (1953–1964). Danny Thomas starred in this Desilu production using the same 3 camera method as I Love Lucy and the same theme, the family life of a night club entertainer. The name of the show changed in 1957 to The Danny Thomas Show. It also starred
Jean Hagen as his wife, Sherry Jackson as daughter Terry and
Rusty Hamer as son Rusty. Majorie Lord and Angela Cartwright replaced the wife and daughter in 1957. Make Room for Daddy.
Life of Riley (1953–1958) - Starring William Bendix in this working class family comedy. Production issues put a halt to the successful but short lived 1949-50 series which starred Jackie Gleason. The 1953 series starred Marjorie Reynolds, Tom D'Andrea, Gloria Blondell, Lugene Sanders and Wesley Morgan. The popular catch phrase of both the 1040's radio show and TV show was "What a revoltin' development this is!" The Life of Riley
Topper (1953-1955) - Starring Leo G. Carroll as the stuffy banker Cosmo Topper who has the ability to see a family of ghosts who lived in his house before him. Also starring Lee Patrick, Robert Sterling, Anne Jeffreys and the brandy carrying St. Bernard Neil. Topper TV series
Romper Room (1953–1994) - Franchise and syndication meant there were many local and regional programs, though Nancy Claster played the original Miss Nancy in the home studio version in Baltimore. The show began with a Mattel Jack in the box playing Pop goes the weasel, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance and of course the Do Bee and the Don't Bee. Romper Room.
1. I Love Lucy
Series End 1953
Victory at Sea (1952–1953).
Television News 1953
Winky-Dink and You was an innovative Saturday morning children's show in which kids would send away for the Winky Dink magic screen for 50 cents that would fit over the tv screen and with special crayons trace what ever the grown up Jack Barry would draw on the screen. Though popular it lasted only until 1957 over fear of children absorbing radiation too close to the screen. Winky Dink and You.
Julius LaRosa on Arthur Godfrey
Arthur Godfrey had his popular televised Talent Scout show and the Arthur Godfrey Show on both radio and television. He made a star of young heart throb singer Julius LaRosa. When LaRose failed to show up for a dancing lesson, Godfrey fired him on the air. It was down hill from then on for Godfrey who lost his down home persona and was the butt of two movies at the time, Elia Kazan' A Face in the Crowd (Lonesome Rhodes) and Jose Ferrer's The Great Man. Julius LaRosa fired by Arthur Godfrey
The Emmy's 1953 - 1954
Best Dramatic Program: U.S. Steel Hour
TV Guide Schedule 1953
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