Golden Age of Television: Notes from the Survivors

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Max Wilk, one of TVs first writers (who is now one of its foremost), has given us a touching memoir of the days when the mighty TV screen was indeed golden. Say what you will about TV, it has been, & is, undeniable our history. Whats left of the electronic artifacts of the mid-20th century tells a lot about ourselves. Wilk goes back to the days when TV began, back in 1947. He traces its first awkward steps, its flowering, & its departure, in the mid-50s, with the advent of videotape. He recalls such stars...
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Overview

Max Wilk, one of TVs first writers (who is now one of its foremost), has given us a touching memoir of the days when the mighty TV screen was indeed golden. Say what you will about TV, it has been, & is, undeniable our history. Whats left of the electronic artifacts of the mid-20th century tells a lot about ourselves. Wilk goes back to the days when TV began, back in 1947. He traces its first awkward steps, its flowering, & its departure, in the mid-50s, with the advent of videotape. He recalls such stars as Sid Caesar, Howdy Doody, Jack Benny, James Dean, Grace Kelly, Paul Newman, Art Carney & Jackie Gleason. Photos.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781559210003
  • Publisher: Moyer Bell
  • Publication date: 10/10/1989
  • Pages: 288

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2008

    The First Shark Ever Jumped

    'Golden Age' is in itself a timepiece. It's a compendium of overviews by veterans of TV's earliest big-time showcases, in which they compare the medium of their day, it's struggle and it's promise, to the Hollywood-eaten silver-screen sellout it became. At one time it was America's most astute and prolific authors and playrights collaborating feverishly to invent fresh material for live presentation several nights a week, but the general consensus from these viscerally integral writers, producers, comedians and newsmen of 1948 was that the filmed action-adventure and sitcom prime-time blocks of the Fred Silverman era of (then current day) 1976 were a sad coda to such a medium of hope. And some great, illustrative recollections in the process. If the early days of TV are your 'DaVinci Code', like mine, this is your history textbook.

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