The Martha Wright Show

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The Martha Wright Show
Genre Variety
Starring Martha Wright
Theme music composer Bobby Hackett
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
Production
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 15 minutes
Release
Original channel ABC
Picture format Black-and-white
Audio format Monaural
Original release April 18, 1954 – December 5, 1954
Chronology
Preceded by The Walter Winchell Show (9 pm EST, 1954-1955)
Followed by Soldier Parade (9:30 p.m. EST, 1954-1955)

The Martha Wright Show is a 15-minute musical variety program starring singer and actress Martha Wright which aired at 9:15 pm EST on ABC television from April 18 to December 5, 1954.[1] The program was also known as The Packard Showroom for its sponsor, Packard automobiles.[2]

Joining Wright, a native of Seattle, Washington State, in her short-lived program were pianists Norman Paris, who wrote the theme song for the CBS game show I've Got a Secret, and trumpet player Bobby Hackett and his band. The Martha Wright Show replaced The Jane Pickens Show, which returned in July 1954, as Wright resumed her program in that time slot in September for a final three-month run. Jane Pickens Langley, a native of Macon, Georgia, was another vocalist of that era.[3]

Wright's series followed The Walter Winchell Show and aired opposite Ronald W. Reagan's General Electric Theater on CBS and the pair of NBC's alternating anthology series, Goodyear Television Playhouse and The Philco Television Playhouse.[4]


References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Martha Wright Show". tvtango.com. Retrieved May 5, 2011. 
  2. ^ Alex McNeil, Total Television, p. 638
  3. ^ Earle Marsh and Tim Brooks, The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Programs, 1946-Present,';' p. 744
  4. ^ McNeil, Total Television, appendix, network television schedule