Melody Street

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Melody Street
Starring Elliot Lawrence
Country of origin USA
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 20
Production
Running time 30 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel DuMont Television Network
Original run September 25, 1953 – February 5, 1954

Melody Street is an early American television series, hosted by Elliot Lawrence, which aired on the DuMont Television Network. The program aired Fridays at 8:30pm ET from September 25, 1953 to February 5, 1954. Each episode was 30 minutes long. One guest star was guitarist Tony Mottola.

Criticism[edit]

Melody Street was hampered by a small budget, even by 1950s standards. Later-day critics, such as Castleman and Podrazik (1982), have cited Melody Street, among other DuMont series, as one of the reasons fewer and fewer viewers tuned in to the ailing DuMont Network. They stated Melody Street was, like several other DuMont programs during the 1953-1954 season, "doomed from the start by third-rate scripts and cheap production" and pointed out that the program "required the performers to lip-sync other people's records."[1]

Episode status[edit]

Two complete episodes, January 1, 1954 and another 1954 episode, of the show survive at the UCLA Film and Television Archive, along with an excerpt from another episode.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Castleman, Harry; Walter J. Podrazik (1982). Watching TV: Four Decades of American Television. New York: McGraw-Hill. p. 87. ISBN 0-07-010269-4. 

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