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The Golden Age of Television

Notes from the Survivors

By (author) Max Wilk
Genres: Television
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Moyer Bell Ltd ,U.S., Wakefield, United States
Published: 1st Oct 1989
Dimensions: w 155mm h 230mm d 14mm
Weight: 395g
ISBN-10: 1559210001
ISBN-13: 9781559210003
Barcode No: 9781559210003

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An early TV writer and director, Wilk was in on many of the first scenes; here he drops all the well-known names and laments the lack of talent - especially of dramatists - in today's pre-recorded programming. Much seems familiar from other accounts: frantic improvisations, rewrites and deli sandwiches; weekly crises and disasters; the advent of videotape and an end to inspired ad libs. Wilk adds no special dimension although there are pleasant stories: the crazy gang at Your Show of Shows; vaudeville veterans Benny, Burns and Allen; the Gleason-Carney collaboration; Goodman-Todman game shows; Dave Garroway, Captain Kangaroo, and the long-running Lucy. A few surprise items: feminist Robin Morgan played daughter Dagmar's friend in I Remember Mama; actor James Dean excelled in Beat the Clock stunts; Estelle Parsons began as Dave Garroway's secretary. Anecdotes rerun from a less than-prime time. (Kirkus Reviews)