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Lux Video Theatre
LUX VIDEO THEATRE is an American television anthology series that was produced from 1950 until 1957. The series presented both comedy and drama in original teleplays , as well as abridged adaptations of films and plays. CONTENTS * 1 Overview * 2 Notable guest stars * 3 References * 4 External links OVERVIEWThe Lux Video Theatre
Lux Video Theatre
was a spin-off from the successful Lux Radio Theater series broadcast on the NBC
NBC
Blue Network (1934-1935) and CBS (1935–55). Lux Video Theatre
Lux Video Theatre
began as a live 30-minute Monday evening CBS
CBS
series on October 2, 1950, switching to Thursday nights during August, 1951. In September 1953, the show relocated from New York to Hollywood. In August 1954, it moved to NBC
NBC
as an hour-long show on Thursday nights, telecast until September 12, 1957
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Charles Bronson
CHARLES BRONSON (born CHARLES DENNIS BUCHINSKY; Lithuanian : Karolis Dionyzas Bučinskis; November 3, 1921 – August 30, 2003) was an American actor. He starred in films such as Once Upon a Time in the West , The Magnificent Seven , The Dirty Dozen , The Great Escape , Rider on the Rain , The Mechanic , and the Death Wish series . He was often cast in the role of a police officer , gunfighter , or vigilante in revenge-oriented plot lines. He had long collaborations with film directors Michael Winner and J. Lee Thompson . In 1965, he was featured as Major Wolenski in Battle of the Bulge
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Nelson Eddy
NELSON ACKERMAN EDDY (June 29, 1901 – March 6, 1967) was an American singer and actor who appeared in 19 musical films during the 1930s and 1940s, as well as in opera and on the concert stage, radio, television, and in nightclubs . A classically trained baritone , he is best remembered for the eight films in which he costarred with soprano Jeanette MacDonald . He was one of the first "crossover" stars, a superstar appealing both to shrieking bobby soxers and opera purists, and in his heyday, he was the highest paid singer in the world. During his 40-year career, he earned three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (one each for film, recording, and radio), left his footprints in the wet concrete at Grauman\'s Chinese Theater , earned three gold records , and was invited to sing at the third inauguration of U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt
Franklin D. Roosevelt
in 1941
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Hoagy Carmichael
HOWARD HOAGLAND "HOAGY" CARMICHAEL (November 22, 1899 – December 27, 1981) was an American composer, pianist, singer, actor, and bandleader. American composer and author, Alec Wilder , described Carmichael as the "most talented, inventive, sophisticated and jazz-oriented of all the great craftsmen" of pop songs in the first half of the twentieth century. Carmichael is one of the most successful of the Tin Pan Alley
Tin Pan Alley
songwriters of the 1930s, and was among the first singer-songwriters in the age of mass media to utilize new communication technologies, such as television and the use of electronic microphones and sound recordings. Carmichael composed several hundred songs, including fifty that achieved hit record status
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Walter Brennan
WALTER ANDREW BRENNAN (July 25, 1894 – September 21, 1974) was an American actor. He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1936, 1938, and 1940, making him one of only three male actors to win three Academy Awards . CONTENTS * 1 Early life * 2 Career * 3 Personal life * 4 Death * 5 Legacy * 6 Discography * 6.1 Albums * 6.2 Singles * 7 Academy Awards * 8 Filmography * 9 Television * 10 See also * 11 References * 12 External links EARLY LIFEBrennan was born in Lynn, Massachusetts
Lynn, Massachusetts
, less than two miles from his family's home in Swampscott, Massachusetts
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Ernest Borgnine
ERNEST BORGNINE (/ˈbɔːrɡnaɪn/ ; born ERMES EFFRON BORGNINO (Italian pronunciation: ); January 24, 1917 – July 8, 2012) was an American actor and voice actor whose career spanned over six decades. He was noted for his gruff but calm voice, Machiavellian eyebrows, and gap-toothed Cheshire cat grin. A popular performer, he had also appeared as a guest on numerous talk shows and as a panelist on several game shows. Borgnine's film career began in 1951, and included supporting roles in China Corsair (1951), From Here to Eternity
From Here to Eternity
(1953), Vera Cruz (1954) and Bad Day at Black Rock (1955). He also played the unconventional lead in many films, winning the Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Actor for Marty (1955)
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Paul Douglas (actor)
PAUL DOUGLAS FLEISCHER (April 11, 1907 − September 11, 1959) was an American actor. CONTENTS * 1 Early years * 2 Career * 3 Personal life * 4 Death * 5 Filmography * 6 Radio appearances * 7 References * 8 External links EARLY YEARSDouglas was born PAUL DOUGLAS FLEISCHER in Philadelphia
Philadelphia
, Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
, the son of Margaret (Douglas) and William Paul Fleischer. He attended Yale University
Yale University
and participated in dramatics as a student there. CAREERDouglas worked originally as an announcer for CBS
CBS
radio station WCAU in Philadelphia, relocating to network headquarters in New York in 1934. Douglas co-hosted CBS's popular swing music program, The Saturday Night Swing Club, from 1936 to 1939
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Joan Blondell
ROSE JOAN BLONDELL (August 30, 1906 – December 25, 1979) was an American actress who performed in movies and on television for half a century. She began her career in vaudeville . After winning a beauty pageant, Blondell embarked upon a film career. Establishing herself as a sexy, wisecracking blonde, she was a Pre-Code staple of Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
pictures, and appeared in more than 100 movies and television productions. She was most active in films during the 1930s, and during this time, she co-starred with Glenda Farrell in nine films, in which the duo portrayed gold diggers. Blondell continued acting in major film roles for the rest of her life, often in small character roles or supporting television roles. She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
for her work in The Blue Veil (1951)
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Anthology Series
An ANTHOLOGY SERIES is a radio or television series that presents a different story and a different set of characters in each episode or season /series. These usually have a different cast each week, but several series in the past, such as Four Star Playhouse , employed a permanent troupe of character actors who would appear in a different drama each week. Some anthology series, such as Studio One , began on radio and then expanded to television
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Art Carney
ARTHUR WILLIAM MATTHEW "ART" CARNEY (November 4, 1918 – November 9, 2003) was an American actor in film , stage , television and radio . He is best known for playing sewer worker Ed Norton opposite Jackie Gleason 's Ralph Kramden in the sitcom The Honeymooners , and for winning the Academy Award for Best Actor
Actor
for his role in Harry and Tonto . CONTENTS * 1 Early life * 2 Career * 2.1 Radio * 2.2 Television * 2.3 Recordings * 2.4 Films * 2.5 Broadway * 3 Personal life * 4 Death * 4.1 Drugs and alcohol * 5 Filmography * 6 Awards and tributes * 7 References * 8 External links EARLY LIFECarney, youngest of six sons (Jack, Ned, Robert, Fred, Phil, and Art) was born in Mount Vernon, New York
Mount Vernon, New York
, the son of Helen (née Farrell) and Edward Michael Carney, who was a newspaper man and publicist
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Jack Carson
JOHN ELMER "JACK" CARSON (October 27, 1910 – January 2, 1963) was a Canadian-born American-based film actor. Carson was one of the most popular character actors during the "golden age of Hollywood
Hollywood
", with a film career spanning the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. Though he was primarily used in supporting roles for comic relief , his work in films such as Mildred Pierce (1945) and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958) displayed his mastery of "straight" dramatic actor roles as well. He worked for RKO and MGM
MGM
(cast opposite Myrna Loy and William Powell in Love Crazy ), but most of his memorable work was for Warner Brothers
Warner Brothers
. His trademark character was the wisecracking know-it-all , typically and inevitably undone by his own smug cockiness
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Bing Crosby
HARRY LILLIS "BING" CROSBY JR. (May 3, 1903 – October 14, 1977) was an American singer and actor. Crosby's trademark warm bass-baritone voice made him the best-selling recording artist of the 20th century, having sold over one billion records, tapes, compact discs and digital downloads around the world. The first multimedia star, from 1931 to 1954 Crosby was a leader in record sales, radio ratings, and motion picture grosses. His early career coincided with technical recording innovations such as the microphone. This allowed him to develop a laid-back, intimate singing style that influenced many of the popular male singers who followed him, including Perry Como
Perry Como
, Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra
, Dick Haymes , and Dean Martin . Yank magazine said that he was the person who had done the most for American soldiers' morale during World War II
World War II

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Robert Cummings
CHARLES CLARENCE ROBERT ORVILLE CUMMINGS, known as BOB CUMMINGS (June 9, 1910 – December 2, 1990), was an American film and television actor known mainly for his roles in comedy films such as The Devil and Miss Jones (1941) and Princess O\'Rourke (1943), but was also effective in dramatic films , especially two of Alfred Hitchcock
Alfred Hitchcock
's thrillers , Saboteur (1942) and Dial M for Murder (1954). Cummings received five Primetime Emmy Award nominations, and won the Primetime Emmy Award for Best Actor in a Single Performance in 1955. On February 8, 1960, he received two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
Hollywood Walk of Fame
for his contributions to the motion picture and television industries. The motion picture star is at 6816 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood Boulevard
, the television star is on 1718 Vine Street
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Joanne Dru
JOANNE DRU (January 31, 1922 – September 10, 1996) was an American film and television actress, known for such films as Red River and All the King\'s Men . CONTENTS * 1 Career * 2 Personal life * 3 Death * 4 Selected filmography * 5 Radio appearances * 6 References * 7 Further reading * 8 External links CAREERBorn as JOAN LETITIA LACOCK in Logan, West Virginia , Dru came to New York City
New York City
in 1940 at the age of eighteen. After finding employment as a model , she was chosen by Al Jolson to appear in the cast of his Broadway show Hold On to Your Hats . When she moved to Hollywood
Hollywood
, she found work in the theater . Dru was spotted by a talent scout and made her first film appearance in Abie\'s Irish Rose (1946). Over the next decade, Dru appeared frequently in films and on television
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Broderick Crawford
WILLIAM BRODERICK CRAWFORD (December 9, 1911 – April 26, 1986) was an American stage, film, radio, and TV actor, often cast in tough-guy roles and best known for his portrayal of Willie Stark in All the King\'s Men and for his starring role as Chief Dan Matthews in the television series Highway Patrol (1955-1959). CONTENTS * 1 Early life * 2 Acting career * 3 Personal life * 4 Death * 5 Filmography * 6 Radio appearances * 7 References * 8 External links EARLY LIFECrawford was born in Philadelphia
Philadelphia
, Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
, to Lester Crawford and Helen Broderick , who were both vaudeville performers, as his grandparents had been. Lester appeared in films in the 1920s and 1930s. Helen had a career in Hollywood comedies, including a memorable appearance as Madge in the classic musical Top Hat and as Mabel Anderson in the Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers film Swing Time
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Jackie Cooper
JOHN COOPER, JR. (September 15, 1922 – May 3, 2011), known as JACKIE COOPER, was an American actor, television director, producer and executive. He was a child actor who managed to make the transition to an adult career. Cooper was the first child actor to receive an Academy Award
Academy Award
nomination. At age nine, he was also the youngest performer to have been nominated for an Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Actor in a Leading Role—an honor that he received for the film Skippy (1931). For nearly 50 years, Cooper remained the youngest Oscar nominee in any category, until he was surpassed by Justin Henry 's nomination, at age eight, in the Supporting Actor category for Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
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