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Re: Weekend Treat - "Follow the Sun" The Dumbest Blonde – 1962 J Mansfield, B Keith
Theory here--as camera technology brought TV closer to film quality, there was a big rush to create more shows with location footage, followed swiftly by a notion that folks would lap up "exotic" locations--whether that meant the Far East, the South Pacific (often "dialed back" to that ultra-glamorous fiftieth United State...), or (even) Miami. TV moved away from its cramped square box psychology to selling sizzle and glamour--or at least it did in this odd little period of time from 1959 to 1964, when youthful swagger took hold (possibly even subliminally assisting JFK in ekeing out a Presidential victory).
There is an interesting discussion in K.A. Courdileone's book about masculinity in Cold War culture that dovetails with the phenomenon of high-flying virile young "supermen" living life at such a hyper-abundant level--and this is something that gets slammed up against a counterculture movement just a few years later...it's no wonder things became so schizoid in the USA as a result, eh?