Ruthie on the Telephone

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Ruthie on the Telephone
Genre Comedy
Starring Ruth Gilbert
Phillip Reed
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 5 minutes
Original network CBS Television
Picture format Black-and-white
Audio format Monaural
Original release August 7 (1949-08-07) – November 5, 1949 (1949-11-05)

Ruthie on the Telephone is an American comedy television series that was broadcast on the CBS Television network at 7:55pm ET from August 7 to November 5, 1949.[1]

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.[2]


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