Donovans Reef is a 1963 American Technicolor film starring John Wayne. It was directed by John Ford and filmed on location on Kauai, the cast included Elizabeth Allen, Lee Marvin, Jack Warden, Dorothy Lamour, and Cesar Romero. The film marked the last time Ford and Wayne ever worked together on a project, Donovans Reef is a light-hearted movie. The film begins with Thomas Boats Gilhooley, an expatriate United States Navy veteran, when he realizes that the ship is passing by Haleakaloha, French Polynesia, and not actually stopping there, he jumps ship to swim to the island. Next, Michael Guns Donovan, another expatriate U. S. Navy veteran, dedhams three children are placed in Donovans care. The kids plans for a celebration of Donovans birthday on December 7 are shattered by the arrival of Gilhooley. The two vets meet in Donovans Reef, the owned by Donovan. Miss Amelia Dedham is a young lady of means from Boston. Her father is Doc Dedham, whom she has never met and she travels to Haleakaloha in hope of finding proof that Doc has violated an outdated morality clause in the will which would keep him from inheriting the stock and thus enable her to retain control.
When word reaches Haleakaloha that Miss Dedham is on the way, a scheme is concocted by Donovan, Gilhooley, de Lage is Haleakalohas French governor, who hopes to find a post somewhere else. Donovan is to pretend to be the father of Docs three children, until Doc comes back and can explain things to the prim, proper Boston lady. The plan is accepted by the oldest daughter, Leilani. The plan works, and Amelia is told that her father, with the help of the locals, the three men conducted a guerrilla war against the Japanese. She learns that her father built a hospital, and lives in a large house, a mystery develops as she enters the house and sees a portrait of a beautiful Polynesian woman in royal trappings. This was Docs wife, the mother of his children, Amelia is not told of the relationship, but she learns that the woman was named Manulani. Donovan mentions that Lukes mother had died in childbirth, too, is not as expected, as when she strips off her outdated swimming costume to reveal a tight swimsuit, challenges Donovan to a swimming race, and dives into the water.
They develop a truce, as de Lage tries to court Amelia, when Dr. Dedham returns and daughter meet for the first time. He has been told about the deception, and over dinner he explains that he was serving in World War II when his wife died
Brackens World is an American drama series broadcast on NBC from September 19,1969 to December 25,1970. The series was created and produced by Dorothy Kingsley, the Lettermen were featured on the theme song Worlds, singing lyrics composed for the Season 2 opening and closing credits. The series centers on a head of Century Studios and a group of up-and-coming starlets. When the second began, Leslie Nielsen joined the cast to portray Bracken. Other cast members included Elizabeth Allen, Dennis Cole, Jeanne Cooper, Peter Haskell, Linda Harrison, Karen Jensen, Madlyn Rhue, and Laraine Stephens. Guest stars who appeared in episodes of Brackens World included Jack Albertson, Anne Baxter, Joseph Campanella, Gary Collins, Shelley Fabares, Sally Field, Lee Grant. Carolyn Jones, Lee Majors, Monte Markham, Tim Matheson, Brackens World aired on Friday at 10,00 p. m. a day and time known as the Friday night death slot, and was cancelled 15 episodes into its second season. Had they done it like a drama and focused on the regular characters, co-star Linda Harrison said in a 2001 interview. NBC, wanted a one-hour contained show, so they would stock each episode with a big guest star, after a while, you run out of story.
Brackens Worlds last episode aired Friday,25 December 1970, Brackens World at the Internet Movie Database Brackens World at TV. com Brackens World at epguides. com
CBS is an American commercial broadcast television network that is a flagship property of CBS Corporation. The company is headquartered at the CBS Building in New York City with major facilities and operations in New York City. CBS is sometimes referred to as the Eye Network, in reference to the iconic logo. It has called the Tiffany Network, alluding to the perceived high quality of CBS programming during the tenure of William S. Paley. It can refer to some of CBSs first demonstrations of color television, the network has its origins in United Independent Broadcasters Inc. a collection of 16 radio stations that was purchased by Paley in 1928 and renamed the Columbia Broadcasting System. Under Paleys guidance, CBS would first become one of the largest radio networks in the United States, in 1974, CBS dropped its former full name and became known simply as CBS, Inc. In 2000, CBS came under the control of Viacom, which was formed as a spin-off of CBS in 1971, CBS Corporation is controlled by Sumner Redstone through National Amusements, which controls the current Viacom.
The television network has more than 240 owned-and-operated and affiliated stations throughout the United States. The origins of CBS date back to January 27,1927, Columbia Phonographic went on the air on September 18,1927, with a presentation by the Howard Barlow Orchestra from flagship station WOR in Newark, New Jersey, and fifteen affiliates. Operational costs were steep, particularly the payments to AT&T for use of its land lines, in early 1928 Judson sold the network to brothers Isaac and Leon Levy, owners of the networks Philadelphia affiliate WCAU, and their partner Jerome Louchenheim. With the record out of the picture, Paley quickly streamlined the corporate name to Columbia Broadcasting System. He believed in the power of advertising since his familys La Palina cigars had doubled their sales after young William convinced his elders to advertise on radio. By September 1928, Paley bought out the Louchenheim share of CBS, during Louchenheims brief regime, Columbia paid $410,000 to A. H.
Grebes Atlantic Broadcasting Company for a small Brooklyn station, WABC, which would become the networks flagship station. WABC was quickly upgraded, and the relocated to 860 kHz. The physical plant was relocated – to Steinway Hall on West 57th Street in Manhattan, by the turn of 1929, the network could boast to sponsors of having 47 affiliates. Paley moved right away to put his network on a financial footing. In the fall of 1928, he entered talks with Adolph Zukor of Paramount Pictures. The deal came to fruition in September 1929, Paramount acquired 49% of CBS in return for a block of its stock worth $3.8 million at the time
Combat! (TV series)
Combat. is an American television program that originally aired on ABC from 1962 until 1967. The show covered the lives of a squad of American soldiers fighting the Germans in France during World War II. The program starred Rick Jason as platoon leader Second Lieutenant Gil Hanley, the series was unusual in that Jason and Morrow would play the lead in alternating episodes. Premiered on ABC on October 2,1962, and was broadcast for five seasons, TVs longest-running World War II drama, Combat. The first four seasons, spanning 127 episodes, were produced in black and white, with the season,25 episodes long. The show was developed by Robert Pirosh, who wrote the pilot episode, according to Rick Jason, Our budgets for the first year, including pre-production and post-production, was $127,500. In the fifth year we delivered them for $183,000 and our time schedules were six shooting days. Therefore, on a week, we took a week. Here and there, a segment went to seven shooting days, Jason said of the working conditions, In the first year of the show, Vic and I were given dressing room suites in a building that hadnt been renovated in twenty-five years.
We had no dressing rooms on the outdoor sets, Vic went on strike the beginning of the second year and things got much better. Wesley Britton wrote, The producers and directors of the series went the mile for establishing credibility. Then and now, viewers see motion picture quality photography as in the long shots very unlike most network television of the period and they had military advisors on hand to look over scripts and maps. The cast couldnt shave during the five day shoots to help the beard continuity, except for occasional dialogue, for the most part when the Krauts or Gerrys spoke, they did so in German. Recurring Characters, Season 1 only Fletcher Fist as Cpl. /Pvt, brockmeyer 7 episodes Joby Baker as Pvt. Kelly 3 episodes John Considine as Pvt, wayne Temple Jr.2 episodes Arnold Meritt as Pvt. Jerome Crown 3 episodes Dennis Robertson as Pvt, mcCall, William Bryant made three guest appearances throughout the first four seasons. Throughout the whole series, Paul Busch portrayed multiple characters, conlan Carter was nominated for an Emmy in 1964 for his portrayal of PFC Doc Walton.
The majority of the guest stars appeared as additional squad members, in the first season, the little-known Ted Knight and Frank Gorshin made appearances
A soap opera, soap, or soapie, is a serial drama on television or radio that examines the lives of many characters, usually focusing on emotional relationships to the point of melodrama. The term soap opera originated from such dramas being typically sponsored by soap manufacturers in the past, the first serial considered to be a soap opera was Painted Dreams, which debuted on October 20,1930 on Chicago radio station WGN. The first nationally broadcast radio soap opera was Clara, Lu, and Em, a crucial element that defines the soap opera is the open-ended serial nature of the narrative, with stories spanning several episodes. One of the features that makes a television program a soap opera. While Spanish language telenovelas are sometimes called soap operas, telenovelas have conflicts that get resolved, but with soap operas each episode ends with a promise that the storyline is to be continued in another episode. You spend more time even with the characters, the apparent villains grow less apparently villainous.
Soap opera storylines run concurrently and lead into further developments, each episode may feature some of the shows current storylines, but not always all of them. Soap operas rarely bring all the current storylines to a conclusion at the same time, when one storyline ends, there are several other story threads at differing stages of development. Soap opera episodes typically end on some sort of cliffhanger, evening soap operas and those that air at a rate of one episode per week are more likely to feature the entire cast in each episode, and to represent all current storylines in each episode. Evening soap operas and serials that run for only part of the year tend to bring things to a dramatic end-of-season cliffhanger, the article explained that at that time, many prime time series lost money, while daytime serials earned profits several times more than their production costs. Fitting in with these characteristics, most soap operas follow the lives of a group of characters who live or work in a particular place, the storylines follow the day-to-day activities and personal relationships of these characters.
These elements may be found across the gamut of soap operas, Due to the prominence of English-language television, most soap-operas are completely English. In many soap operas, in particular daytime serials in the US, Soap operas from the United Kingdom and Australia tend to focus on more everyday characters and situations, and are frequently set in working class environments. Many of the soaps produced in two countries explore social realist storylines such as family discord, marriage breakdown or financial problems. This diverges from US soap operas where such comedy is rare, UK soap operas frequently make a claim to presenting reality or purport to have a realistic style. Romance, secret relationships, extramarital affairs, and genuine hate have been the basis for many soap opera storylines, in US daytime serials, the most popular soap opera characters, and the most popular storylines, often involved a romance of the sort presented in paperback romance novels. Crimes such as kidnapping and even murder may go unpunished if the perpetrator is to be retained in the ongoing story, Australian and UK soap operas feature a significant proportion of romance storylines.
In Russia, most popular serials explore the romantic quality of criminal and/or oligarch life, in soap opera storylines, previously unknown children and twins of established characters often emerge to upset and reinvigorate the set of relationships examined by the series
Hawaii is the 50th and most recent state to have joined the United States of America, having received statehood on August 21,1959. Hawaii is the only U. S. state located in Oceania and it is the northernmost island group in Polynesia, occupying most of an archipelago in the central Pacific Ocean. Hawaii is the only U. S. state not located in the Americas, the state encompasses nearly the entire volcanic Hawaiian archipelago, which comprises hundreds of islands spread over 1,500 miles. At the southeastern end of the archipelago, the eight main islands are—in order from northwest to southeast, Niʻihau, Kauaʻi, Oʻahu, Molokaʻi, Lānaʻi, Kahoʻolawe and the Island of Hawaiʻi. The last is the largest island in the group, it is called the Big Island or Hawaiʻi Island to avoid confusion with the state or archipelago. The archipelago is physiographically and ethnologically part of the Polynesian subregion of Oceania, Hawaii has over a million permanent residents, along with many visitors and U. S. military personnel.
Its capital is Honolulu on the island of Oʻahu, Hawaii is the 8th-smallest and the 11th-least populous, but the 13th-most densely populated of the fifty U. S. states. It is the state with an Asian plurality. The states coastline is about 750 miles long, the fourth longest in the U. S. after the coastlines of Alaska, the state of Hawaii derives its name from the name of its largest island, Hawaiʻi. A common Hawaiian explanation of the name of Hawaiʻi is that was named for Hawaiʻiloa and he is said to have discovered the islands when they were first settled. The Hawaiian language word Hawaiʻi is very similar to Proto-Polynesian *Sawaiki, cognates of Hawaiʻi are found in other Polynesian languages, including Māori and Samoan. According to linguists Pukui and Elbert, lsewhere in Polynesia, Hawaiʻi or a cognate is the name of the underworld or of the home, but in Hawaii. A somewhat divisive political issue arose in 1978 when the Constitution of the State of Hawaii added Hawaiian as an official state language.
The title of the constitution is The Constitution of the State of Hawaii. Article XV, Section 1 of the Constitution uses The State of Hawaii, diacritics were not used because the document, drafted in 1949, predates the use of the okina and the kahakō in modern Hawaiian orthography. The exact spelling of the name in the Hawaiian language is Hawaiʻi. In the Hawaii Admission Act that granted Hawaiian statehood, the government recognized Hawaii as the official state name. Official government publications and office titles, and the Seal of Hawaii use the spelling with no symbols for glottal stops or vowel length
Fishkill, New York
Fishkill is a village within the town of Fishkill in Dutchess County, New York, United States. The village population was 2,171 at the 2010 census and it is part of the Poughkeepsie–Newburgh–Middletown, NY Metropolitan Statistical Area as well as the larger New York–Newark–Bridgeport, NY-NJ-CT-PA Combined Statistical Area. The village is in the part of the town of Fishkill on U. S. Route 9. It is north of Interstate 84, NY52 is the main street. Fishkill is located in the territory of the Wappinger people. It was part of the Rombout Patent granted to Francis Rombouts, Gulian VerPlanck, the name Fishkill evolved from two Dutch words and kil. In 1714, Dutch immigrants settled in the area, the village of Fishkill was a significant crossroads in the overland transportation network in the 18th and 19th centuries. The Kings Highway, connecting Albany to New York City, intersected with an overland route from New England to the Hudson River. Among the first to occupy the land now within the limits were Johannes Ter Boss.
By 1716 the settlers wanted their own Dutch Reformed church so they would not have to cross the river to Kingston or New Paltz to worship, a congregation was established and the church building was finished in 1731. The first Dominie who arrived from the Netherlands in 1731 served churches in Poughkeepsie, the church was used as a military prison during the American Revolution. The fourth New York Provincial Congress met in the church in 1776, making Fishkill the state capital, Fishkill became part of one of the largest colonial military encampments during the Revolutionary War. General Washingtons aide-de-camp Alexander Hamilton took residence here, the Trinity Church, on Hopewell Avenue in the village, was organized in 1756 and the structure built in 1760. It was used as a hospital during the Revolutionary War, in 1871, construction began for a schoolhouse on Church Street. The site used for the schoolhouse belonged to the Fishkill Reformed Church and was used as pasture land for the pastors cow.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has an area of 0.89 square miles. U. S. Route 9 leads north 5 miles to Wappingers Falls, north 12 miles to Poughkeepsie, New York State Route 52 leads west 5 miles to Beacon and east 7 miles to the Taconic State Parkway in East Fishkill. Interstate 84 passes 1 mile south of the village, with access from Exit 12, via I-84 it is 7 miles west to Newburgh across the Hudson and 31 miles southeast to Danbury, Connecticut
The Twilight Zone (1959 TV series)
The Twilight Zone is an American science-fiction, psychological-supernatural horror anthology television series created by Rod Serling, which ran for five seasons on CBS from 1959 to 1964. Each story typically features a moral and a surprise ending, the series is notable for featuring both established stars and younger actors who would become more famous on. Serling served as producer and head writer, he wrote or co-wrote 92 of the shows 156 episodes. He was the shows host and narrator, delivering monologues at the beginning, Serlings opening and closing narrations usually summarize the episodes events encapsulating how and why the main character had entered the Twilight Zone. In 2016, it was ranked No.8 on Rolling Stones list of the 100 greatest shows of all time, in 2002, The Twilight Zone was ranked No.26 on TV Guides 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time. In 2013, the Writers Guild of America ranked it as the third best-written TV series ever, by the late 1950s, Rod Serling was a regular name in television.
His successful teleplays included Patterns and Requiem for a Heavyweight, but constant changes and edits made by the networks, in Requiem for a Heavyweight, the line Got a match. But according to comments in his 1957 anthology Patterns, Serling had been trying to delve into more controversial than his works of the early 1950s. Despite bad reviews, activists sent numerous letters and wires protesting the production, the script, was rejected and shelved for a year until Bert Granet discovered and produced it as an episode of Desilu Playhouse in 1958. The show was a success and enabled Serling to finally begin production on his anthology series. There is a dimension, beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity and it is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of mans fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination and it is an area which we call The Twilight Zone.
The Twilight Zone premiered the night of October 2,1959 and its the one series that I will let interfere with other plans, said Terry Turner for the Chicago Daily News. Even as the show proved popular to televisions critics, it struggled to find an audience of television viewers. CBS was banking on a rating of at least 21 or 22, the series future was jeopardized when its third episode, Mr. Denton on Doomsday earned a 16.3 rating. With one exception, the first season featured scripts written only by Rod Serling and these three were responsible for 127 of the 156 episodes in the series. Additionally, with one exception, Serling never appeared on camera during any first-season episode, Serling did appear on screen in Twilight Zone promotional spots plugging the following weeks episode – just not in the episodes themselves
Thriller (U.S. TV series)
Thriller is an American anthology television series that aired during the 1960–61 and 1961–62 seasons on NBC. The show featured host Boris Karloff introducing a mix of horror tales. Reruns currently air occasionally on the Decades television network, Thriller was created by Hubbell Robinson for MCAs Revue Studios. It was produced by Fletcher Markle, William Frye, and Maxwell Shane, among the many writers for the series were Robert Hardy Andrews, and Robert Bloch, who adapted a number of his own stories, notably The Weird Tailor. Child actress Beverly Washburn appeared in Parasite Mansion, Joan Tompkins appeared in The Cheaters, elizabeth Montgomery, Tom Poston, and John Carradine in Masquerade. Due to a number of TV stations that pre-empted Thriller in favor of local programs, the show premiered on September 13,1960 with the episode The Twisted Image. The second season of Thriller started on September 18,1961 with the episode What Beckoning Ghost. and had 30 episodes in the season, on August 31,2010, Image Entertainment released Thriller, The Complete Series on DVD in Region 1 for the first time.
The 14-disc set contains all 67 episodes and uncut, with new commentary tracks, in a brief review of its premiere, Time called it the hour-long bloodmobile. unpromising. In Danse Macabre, Stephen Kings 1981 history and critique of horror fiction, in a review of the anthologys 2010 DVD release, The Hollywood Reporter said Not all the episodes work, and the transfers can be a bit grainy. Each episode of the first season featured a specially composed score with the theme and majority of writing by Pete Rugolo with additional compositions by Jerry Goldsmith. In 1961 The Original Music of Thriller, composed and conducted by Rugolo was released on Bob Shads Time label, dark Horse Comics published an archive reprint of the series beginning in 2009. McFarland & Company published Alan Warrens This Is a Thriller, - An Episode Guide in 1996, an exhaustive account of the history of the show. Thriller at CVTA The Return of Andrew Bentley Public domain episode at the Internet Archive
Lee Marvin was an American film and television actor. Known for his voice and prematurely white hair, Marvin initially appeared in supporting roles, mostly villains, soldiers. From 1957 to 1960, he starred as Detective Lieutenant Frank Ballinger in the NBC crime series, M Squad. In 1966, he won awards, including an Academy Award for Best Actor, and Best Actor BAFTA. Marvin was born in New York City and he was the son of Lamont Waltman Marvin, an advertising executive and the head of the New York and New England Apple Institute. His mother was Courtenay Washington, a writer and beauty consultant. As with his brother, Robert, he was named in honor of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. His father was a descendant of Matthew Marvin, Sr. who emigrated from Great Bentley, England, in 1635. Marvin studied violin when he was young, as a teenager, Marvin spent weekends and spare time hunting deer, wild turkey, and bobwhite in the wilds of the then-uncharted Everglades. Marvin left school at 18 to enlist in the United States Marine Corps Reserve on August 12,1942 and he served with the 4th Marine Division in the Pacific Theater during World War II.
He was shot by gun fire, which severed his sciatic nerve. After over a year of treatment in naval hospitals, Marvin was given a medical discharge with the rank of private first class in 1945 at Philadelphia. Contrary to rumors, Marvin did not serve on Iwo Jima, receive a Navy Cross, or serve with actor and former Marine Bob Keeshan during World War II. After the war, while working as an assistant at a local community theatre in upstate New York. He began an amateur acting career in New York City. In 1950, Marvin moved to Hollywood and he found work in supporting roles, and from the beginning was cast in various war films. His debut was in Youre in the Navy Now, and in 1952, he appeared in films, including Don Siegels Duel at Silver Creek, Hangmans Knot. He played Gloria Grahames vicious boyfriend in Fritz Langs The Big Heat, Marvin had a small but memorable role in The Wild One opposite Marlon Brando, followed by Seminole and Gun Fury
Jersey City, New Jersey
Jersey City is the second-most-populous city in the U. S. state of New Jersey after Newark. It is the seat of Hudson County as well as the countys largest city. 7% from the 2010 United States Census, when the citys population was at 247,597, ranking the city the 75th-largest in the nation. Part of the New York metropolitan area, Jersey City is bounded on the east by the Hudson River and Upper New York Bay and on the west by the Hackensack River and Newark Bay. After a peak population of 316,715 measured in the 1930 Census, the land comprising what is now Jersey City was inhabited by the Lenape, a collection of tribes. After spending nine days surveying the area and meeting its inhabitants, by 1621, the Dutch West India Company was organized to manage this new territory and in June 1623, New Netherland became a Dutch province, with headquarters in New Amsterdam. Michael Reyniersz Pauw received a grant as patroon on the condition that he would establish a settlement of not fewer than fifty persons within four years.
He chose the west bank of the North River and purchased the land from the Lenape and this grant is dated November 22,1630 and is the earliest known conveyance for what are now Hoboken and Jersey City. Pauw, was a landlord who neglected to populate the area and was obliged to sell his holdings back to the Company in 1633. That year, a house was built at Communipaw for Jan Evertsen Bout, superintendent of the colony, during Kiefts War, approximately eighty Lenapes were killed by the Dutch in a massacre at Pavonia on the night of February 25,1643. Scattered communities of farmsteads characterized the Dutch settlements at Pavonia, Harsimus, Paulus Hook, Hoebuck and other lands behind Kil van Kull. The first village established on what is now Bergen Square in 1660, among the oldest surviving houses in Jersey City are the Newkirk House, the Van Vorst Farmhouse, and the Van Wagenen House. During the American Revolutionary War, the area was in the hands of the British who controlled New York, in the Battle of Paulus Hook Major Light Horse Harry Lee attacked a British fortification on August 19,1779.
During the 19th century, former slaves reached Jersey City on one of the four routes of the Underground Railroad that led to the city. The City of Jersey was incorporated by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on January 28,1820, from portions of Bergen Township, while the area was still a part of Bergen County. The city was reincorporated on January 23,1829, and again on February 22,1838, on February 22,1840, it became part of the newly created Hudson County. Soon after the Civil War, the idea arose of uniting all of the towns of Hudson County east of the Hackensack River into one municipality. A bill was approved by the legislature on April 2,1869. An element of the bill provide that only contiguous towns could be consolidated, while a majority of the voters across the county approved the merger, the only municipalities that had approved the consolidation plan and that adjoined Jersey City were Hudson City and Bergen City
The Jackie Gleason Show
The Jackie Gleason Show is the name of a series of American network television shows that starred Jackie Gleason, which ran from 1952 to 1970, in various forms. Gleasons first variety series was aired on the DuMont Television Network under the title Cavalcade of Stars which first aired June 4,1949, the shows first host was Jack Carter, who was followed by Jerry Lester. The show was broadcast live in front of a theater audience, Gleasons guests included New York-based performers of stage and screen, including Bert Wheeler and Dale, Patricia Morison and Vivian Blaine. Production values were modest, owing to DuMonts humble facilities and a thrifty sponsor, in 1952, CBS president William S. Paley offered Gleason a considerably higher salary. The series was retitled The Jackie Gleason Show and premiered on CBS Television on September 20,1952, Paley used the shows position on CBS to showcase artists like Frankie Laine, Frankie Avalon, Doris Day and teenage guitar prodigy Zane Ashton. A cameo appearance by CBS own orchestral accordionist John Serry Sr.
was arranged in 1953, at least 14 Gleason episodes survive at the Paley Center for Media. In his book The Forgotten Network, author David Weinstein mentions an unusual aspect of the DuMont network and he notes that while Drug Store Productions was technically the sponsor, they in turn sold the commercial air time to various companies and products. Weinstein notes this as an example of U. S. network television moving away from the single-sponsor system typical of the early 1950s. He quotes former DuMont executive Ted Bergmann describing the DuMont version as featuring six commercial breaks during the hour, the show typically opened with a monologue from Gleason, followed by sketch comedy involving Gleason and a number of regular performers and a musical interlude featuring the June Taylor Dancers. Stanley R. Sogg, late-night movie pitchman for Mother Fletchers products The series was a big hit for CBS, finishing at #8 in the Nielsen ratings for the 1953–1954 season and #2 in 1954–1955. The series won Emmys for Meadows as best supporting actress in 1955, Carney as best supporting actor in 1954 and 1955, and Taylor for choreography in 1955.
These were so popular that in 1955 Gleason suspended the variety format and filmed The Honeymooners as a regular sitcom, co-starring Carney, Audrey Meadows. Finishing 19th in the ratings, these 39 episodes were subsequently rerun constantly in syndication, often five nights a week and they are probably the most familiar body of work from 1950s television with the exception of I Love Lucy starring Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. The shows original variety format and title returned in September 1956, then, in October 1958, Gleason debuted a half-hour version of The Jackie Gleason Show, with Buddy Hackett as a sidekick, but it was short-lived, cancelled in January 1959. In 1962, Gleason returned to the variety format with his American Scene Magazine. The official title of the show was, The Jackie Gleason Show, American Scene was initially taped in New York City, after two seasons, production moved to Miami Beach, on Jackies insistence. Gleason would begin his monologue each week and be surprised by the flamboyant jackets worn by bandleader Sammy Spear, Ralph Kramden, Reggie Van Gleason, the Poor Soul, and the rest of Gleasons comic characters were regular attractions.
June Taylors chorus girl routines revived for the television generation the aerial pattern kaleidoscope formations made famous on film by Busby Berkeley, during this time, Gleasons show finished #17 for the 1962–1963 season, #15 for 1963–1964, #21 in 1964–1965 and #24 in 1965–1966