Light's Diamond Jubilee
|Light's Diamond Jubilee|
|Written by||Mark Twain
G. K. Chesterton
David O. Selznick
|Directed by||King Vidor
|Presented by||George Gobel|
Robert Benchley (archive footage)
Brandon De Wilde
Dwight D. Eisenhower
|Country of origin||United States|
|Producer(s)||David O. Selznick|
|Running time||120 mins.|
Light's Diamond Jubilee (1954) is a two-hour TV special aired on October 24, 1954 on all four U.S. television networks of the time, DuMont, CBS, NBC, and ABC. The special won a Primetime Emmy Award for Victor Young for Best Music for a Variety or Dramatic series.
The special was produced by David O. Selznick, had seven directors, and featured major stars of the day. The special was sponsored by General Electric in honor of the 75th anniversary of the invention of the incandescent light bulb by Thomas Edison. In 1929, a previous celebration of "light's golden jubilee" was produced by General Electric and created by PR pioneer Edward Bernays.
Robert Benchley's appearance was a segment from his MGM short film How to Raise a Baby (1938).
A copy of the CBS Television version of the broadcast, showing a copyright notice of Selznick Releasing Organization Inc., is in the collection of the UCLA Film and Television Archive. General Electric may hold a copy in its archives. The Library of Congress has copies available for viewing by appointment.
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- Light's Diamond Jubilee at IMDB
- Light's Diamond Jubilee at BFI Database
- Light's Diamond Jubilee at National Library of Australia