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Cultural highlights of 1950

Radio: US
New shows
• Dangerous Assignment (NBC, from 6 February). Thriller.
• The Hour of Decision (syndicated). Evangelical Christian series by Billy Graham.

Television: UK
New shows

• Andy Pandy (BBC, from 11 July). Filmed puppet show for young children.
• Children's Newsreel (BBC, from 23 April). News for children.
• Come Dancing (BBC, from 29 September). Competitive ballroom dancing.
• In the News (BBC, from 26 May). News.

Television: US
New shows

• Arthur Murray Party (ABC, from 20 July). Dance music; later on all other networks, including DuMont.
• Broadway Open House (from 29 May). First ‘chat show’ on US television, which evolves into the Tonight show.
• George Burns and Gracie Allen Show (McCadden Productions for CBS, from 12 October). Comedy. Broadcast live from New York for six shows before moving to Los Angeles and a fortnightly schedule. After the first two seasons the show is filmed. Series runs until 22 September 1958 and is a strong export item. McCadden was Burns' own company.
• Grand Ole Opry (from 30 September). Country music from Nashville.
• Robert Montgomery Presents (NBC, from 30 January). Drama; runs for seven seasons.
• What's My Line (Goodson-Todman Productions for CBS, from 2 February). Panel game. Initially in alternate weeks on Thursdays, then Wednesdays until becoming a weekly fixture on Sundays at 22:30 from 1 October. It runs for 18 seasons to 1967—a total of 876 episodes.
• You Bet Your Life (ABC). Quiz, compered by Groucho Marx, transferred from radio, on which it has been running since 1947. On television it runs until 1961.
• Your Hit Parade (NBC, from 10 July). Popular music, sponsored by Lucky Strike cigarettes; it runs for seven years, transferring later to CBS.
• Your Show of Shows (NBC, from 25 February). Variety and comedy, hosted by Sid Caesar.

Other media: Print
• Peanuts cartoon strip, drawn by Charles M Schultz, is published in nine US newspapers (from 2 October). At first called Li'l Folks, it is produced until 2000, for 10 months short of 50 years.
• The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, first of the Narnia Chronicles by C S Lewis, is published in England.

Other media: Theatre
• Guys and Dolls, musical based on Damon Runyon stories, opens on Broadway. A radio series, Damon Runyon Theater, had run throughout the previous year.
• La Cantatrice chauve (The Bald Prima Donna) by Eugθne Ionesco receives its first performance at Thιβtre des Noctambules in Paris on 11 May, ushering in the theatre of the absurd.


Chronomedia 1950

Page updated 13 October 2008
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