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Re: Golden Age TV tonight on TCM
It is a shame that there is no room in present day TV for the anthology TV show. Everything now has to be series with recurring characters. Or they are movies, primarily the domain of cable channels. Each teleplay had some kernal of truth, a slice of life to portray. If the sets and the technical aspects of the productions were cheesey by today's standards, they weren't to a generation whose only comparisons were to stage (which tv's sets resembled) and cinema. The acting, by way of contrast, was generally first rate. I was happy to see a couple of those Dean pieces. Finally, I got a hoot out of seeing Robert Montgomery breaking the fourth wall of the Thanksgiving play, by coming onto the set to greet the players still in character hile the end credits were rolling.
From thirty feet away she looked like a lot of class. From ten feet away she looked like something made up to be seen from thirty feet away.
--Phillip Marlowe, "The High Window"