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The Magic Window
American Television ,1939-1953





ISBN 9780789015068
Published November 4, 2002 by Routledge
246 Pages

 
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First published in 2002. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Chapter 1. The Beginning of Everything
  • Television's Debut
  • The Jenkins Television System
  • RCA Television
  • Television's First Season
  • Test-Marketing in Newburgh
  • The FCC's First Report on TV
  • The Amber Light
  • Hearings in Washington
  • Chapter 2. A Torch of Hope
  • The Future Appears in Newburgh
  • The War in Europe
  • The 1940 Republican Convention
  • A Disappointing Fall
  • Debating TV's Future in 1941
  • Chapter 3. In a Troubled World
  • The 1941 FCC Hearings
  • The Beginning of Commercial TV
  • The Summer of 1941
  • The Buildup to War
  • Wartime Television
  • Schenectady's WRGB
  • Plans for Postwar TV
  • Television As a War Weapon
  • The Studios Reopen
  • TV's First Censored Program
  • Chapter 4. The Winds of Postwar
  • The Homefront TV War
  • The 1944 Conventions
  • TV Programs Blossom Again
  • Docket No. 6651
  • TV and the End of the War
  • Chapter 5. Turning the Corner
  • The Camera with the Eyes of a Cat
  • TV Begins in Washington
  • The Louis-Conn Fight
  • Hour Glass
  • The New Postwar Sets
  • The Bikini Bomb Explosion
  • Surveying the TV Viewer
  • The Emerging Genres
  • Drama in Washington
  • The First Color Telecasts
  • Integration on TV
  • The Second Wave of TV Stations
  • The “Split” TV Audience
  • Television and Women
  • Middlebrow Television
  • Chapter 6. From Boom to Berle
  • The 1947 World Series
  • Puppet Playhouse
  • The Expanding Network
  • The “Original Amateur” Network
  • “Miss Television of 1948”
  • “Mr. Television”
  • The 1948 Conventions
  • The Cold War on Television
  • CBS's Revival
  • The Big Freeze
  • The 1948 Election
  • Selling Sugar and Tobacco
  • Radio Takes Notice
  • Chapter 7. Conflicts in the Air
  • Kukla, Fran and Ollie
  • The Cultural Backlash Begins
  • Censoring TV's Contents
  • The “Golden Hope” and The Goldbergs
  • The Admiral Broadway Revue
  • The Berle Phenomenon
  • A Midseason Slump
  • Wrestling and Roller Derby
  • The 1949 World Series
  • The Chicago School of Television
  • Cavalcade of Stars
  • Hopalong Cassidy
  • The New Bomb and the “Red Scare”
  • Faye Emerson
  • TV's Effects on Children
  • Chapter 8. Comics and Communists
  • Your Show of Shows
  • The “Bandit Raid” on Korea
  • Red Channels
  • The Invasion of Comics
  • Jack Benny and Fred Allen
  • Groucho Marx and Martin and Lewis
  • Jackie Gleason and the Cavalcade of Stars
  • Truman and MacArthur
  • Expanding the Daily Schedule
  • Chapter 9. Linking Coast to Coast
  • Color TV Begins
  • The Crime Commission Hearings
  • Amos 'n' Andy
  • Hollywood and the Coast-to-Coast Link
  • The Birth of I Love Lucy
  • The “Hollywood Boom” Begins
  • The Today Show
  • New Hampshire and “Ike”
  • The Freeze Is Lifted
  • Lucy Takes Over
  • The 1952 Conventions
  • Congress and the Code
  • The FCC and Blacklisting
  • Dragnet
  • Live Drama from New York
  • Chapter 10. Liking Ike and Loving Lucy
  • The Checkers Speech
  • Lucy is Pregnant
  • Ozzie and Harriet
  • See It Now
  • The Birth and the Inauguration
  • The ABC-Paramount Merger
  • The End of the Du Mont Network
  • The End of the Beginning
  • Notes
  • Index
  • Reference Notes Included

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