Studio 57

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Studio 57
Also known as Heinz Studio 57
Genre Anthology
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Production
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 25 mins.
Broadcast
Original channel DuMont (1954-1955)
Syndication (1955-1956)
Picture format Black-and-white
Audio format Monaural
Original run September 21, 1954 (1954-09-21) – 1956

Studio 57 (also known as Heinz Studio 57) is an American anthology series that was broadcast on the now-defunct DuMont Television Network from September 1954 to September 1955, and in syndication from 1955 to 1956.

"It's a Small World", the pilot episode of the series Leave It To Beaver was broadcast on the show on April 23, 1957.[1]

Overview[edit]

The program was a filmed anthology television series sponsored by Heinz 57 and produced by Revue Studios. The program aired on the DuMont network from September 21, 1954 to September 6, 1955,[2] making it "one of the last regularly scheduled series ever carried on the crumbling DuMont network".[3] (Only What's the Story and boxing matches aired on DuMont afterwards). Studio 57 aired in first-run syndication from 1955 to 1956.[2]

It was exported to Australia during the late-1950s, aired under the title Whitehall Playhouse.

Criticism[edit]

Television historians Tim Brooks and Earle Marsh describe the scripts for Studio 57 as bland. DuMont lacked the budgets of CBS or NBC and hence relied on cost-cutting measures, including the use of unknown actors to star in network programs. Among these then-unknown actors were Hugh O'Brian and Natalie Wood.[3] Other DuMont-aired episodes included actors such as Robert Armstrong,[4] Jean Byron,[5] Lon Chaney Jr.,[6] Andy Clyde,[7] Carolyn Jones,[8] Brian Keith,[9] Charles Coburn,[10] Olive Sturgess,[11] and DeForest Kelley.[12]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "It's A Small World". incredibletvandmovies.com. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  2. ^ a b McNeil, Alex (1996). Total Television (4th ed.), p. 797. New York: Penguin Books. ISBN 0-14-024916-8
  3. ^ a b Brooks, Tim; Marsh, Earle (2007). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network Cable and TV Shows, 1946-Present (9th ed.). New York: Ballantine. p. 1322. ISBN 978-0-345-49773-4.
  4. ^ "Secret Message" at the Internet Movie Database
  5. ^ "The Last Day on Earth" at the Internet Movie Database
  6. ^ Lon Chaney Jr. at the Internet Movie Database
  7. ^ Andy Clyde at the Internet Movie Database
  8. ^ "The Black Sheep's Daughter" at the Internet Movie Database
  9. ^ Brian Keith at the Internet Movie Database
  10. ^ "Sam" at the Internet Movie Database
  11. ^ Olive Sturgess at the Internet Movie Database
  12. ^ DeForest Kelley at the Internet Movie Database

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