Ruthie on the Telephone
|Ruthie on the Telephone|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|Running time||5 minutes|
|Original network||CBS Television|
|Original release||August 7– November 5, 1949|
The show, written by Goodman Ace and sponsored by Phillip Morris cigarettes, is perhaps most notable for the fact that each episode was only five minutes long, yet it was shown in a prime-time television slot. Ruthie on the Telephone was preceded by CBS Television News at 7:30pm ET, and by The Sonny Kendis Show at 7:45pm ET.
The series features a young lady, Ruthie (Ruth Gilbert), trying to convince a man, Richard (Phillip Reed) to love her via a telephone call. The series used a split-screen technique to depict the telephone conversation.
Billboard magazine called the show funny, and complimented the split-screen effect.
- "Brief and Important: "Ruthie" to Hang Up". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 61 (43): 5. 1949-10-22. ISSN 0006-2510.
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