Hollywood Screen Test

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Hollywood Screen Test
Genre Talent show
Presented by Bert Lytell
Neil Hamilton
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 5
Producer(s) Lester Lewis
Mort Lewis
Running time 30 minutes
Original network ABC
Picture format Black-and-white
Audio format Monaural
Original release April 15, 1948 (1948-04-15) – May 1, 1953 (1953-05-01)

Hollywood Screen Test is an American talent show which aired on ABC from 1948 to 1953.

Production background[edit]

Originally the show aired on Sundays at 8pm ET. In later seasons, the show aired on Saturdays at 7:30pm ET and Mondays at 7:30pm ET.

The series was the first network series broadcast on ABC-TV, which started TV broadcasting in April 1948.[1]

Debuting on 15 April 1948, and hosted first by Bert Lytell and then Neil Hamilton, Hollywood Screen Test sought to give exposure to many up-and-coming actors who were looking for their big break. The relatively unknown actors would be picked to guest star on the show, then they would have half-hour scenes of dialogue with established stage and screen actors.

Many stars were discovered on Hollywood Screen Test, including Grace Kelly, Jack Klugman, Pernell Roberts, and Jack Lemmon.

Episode status[edit]

Six episodes are in the collection of the UCLA Film and Television Archive.[2]

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