The Adventures of Ozzie and HarrietA show that was on radio from 1944-1954and eventually got its own TV show. The show was about a musical family with Ozzie Nelson being the band leaders.The show was essentially the middle class ideal realised. Amos and AndyA television show that was based on the popular radio series. The episodes primarily featured Andy as the main character with Amos being the narrator, as well as making a few appearances.Situation comedy(vs. domestic comedy)Establishes difference between viewer and characterswe laugh at the charactersRacial stereotyping for comic effectthe show was built on demeaning black people.The Lone RangerA popular Westernseries that was on during the golden age of TV Westerns.It was essentially about the adventures of a mysterious masked cowboy.I Love LucySet in an apartment in the city. Pioneered the 3 camera setupFirst TV show shot on 35mm film, edited then broadcastfor higher production values and more variety.Starred an established radio actresswith more range for a dynamic performance.First show not started by a sponsorDisneylandBoth “I Love Lucy” and “Disneyland” were very successful compared to any live broadcasting. Made profit on reruns and international distributionVM100 study sheet 3, p. 17
The RiflemanA WesternTV show that ran from 1958 to 1963. The show starred Chuck Connorsas a wandering gun savvy cowboy who is followed by his son. Style of both domestic melodramaand Western action/spectacle.Western genrein its characters, setting, iconography and actionMelodramain its story of making a home and domestic relationsat the heart of the story (modelling “good” behaviour)Maverick (1957-62)6thranked show in 1958 and 19thranked show in 1959. Several other WB westerns Maverick starts as a conventional Western , but then becomes ironic after three episodes . Huggins: “…conventional western turned inside out” Huggins develops “Maverick” much like other Warner Bros westerns Some episodes were parodies of other westerns . Self conscious approach of the western genre . Mixing of genres o Detective +film noir o Voice-over narration o Femme fatale as damsel in distress o Plot twists o Low-key lighting POLITICS IN THE TELEVISION & FILM INDUSTRIES Blacklisting An illegal attempt to deny employment based on political beliefs and/or affiliations . This was one giant list of workers that prevented people from hiring or having their own job. House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC) In 1947, there were hearings by HUAC (The House Committee on Unamerican Activities) to investigate communist content in Hollywood films. There were congressional hearings.
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