Thursday, September 30, 2010

Studio One: Sentence of Death/The Night America Trembled

Studio One: Sentence of Death/The Night America Trembled
[DVD Sentence]

Studio One, sponsored by Westinghouse, offered a wide variety of dramas. Each week families gathered around their black and white television sets and turned the dial to CBS to watch live plays. Many future well-known TV and movie actors appeared in these episodes. This disk contains two shows: Sentence of Death and The Night America Trembled. Sentence of Death is the story of a young man (James Dean) who was in the wrong place at the wrong time. The only thing that saved him from a death sentence was the steadfast insistence of one of the eyewitnesses (Betsy Palmer) that the police had arrested the wrong man. The Night America Trembled is a recreation of the night in 1938 when the radio play, War of the Worlds was broadcast. Edward R Murrow narrated the story. They alternated between showing scenes of the actors working in the radio studio, Ed Asner was one of the actors, and the panicked citizens. Warren Beatty, in one of his earliest roles, was a card-playing college student. James Colburn made his debut in this drama. TV shows such as Studio One are a stroll down memory lane for those of us who crowded around our TV sets during the Golden Age of Television. -- recommended by Donna G. - Virtual Services Department

[Also available in VHS format.]

[ Internet Movie Database entry for Studio One ]

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