Studio One in Hollywood (1948–1958)
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A naive Schenectady shipping clerk comes to Manhattan with dreams of becoming a lyricist, befriends a one-hit wonder composer and meets the girl of his dreams.


Walter Hart


Gerald Goode (adapted by), George S. Kaufman (by) | 1 more credit »


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Episode credited cast:
Glenda Farrell ... Lucille Sears
Joshua Shelley Joshua Shelley ... Maxie Schwartz
Edward Andrews ... Paul Sears
Jean Carson ... Eileen Fletcher
Jack Lemmon ... Fred Stevens
Eva Marie Saint ... Edna Baker
Carl Kent ... the Waiter
Henry Lascoe ... Joe Hart
David Opatoshu ... Window Washer
Natalie Priest Natalie Priest ... Secretary
Philip Sterling ... Benny Lewis
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paul Brinson Paul Brinson ... Announcer (voice)
Betty Furness ... Herself - Commercial Spokesperson


A young songwriter from the Midwest comes to New York city to try his hand, but soon finds that his fellow tune smiths are somewhat jaded and cynical, though they take him into the fold, and when he composes a song that sells and becomes a hit, he's free to marry his girlfriend. Written by WesternOne

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Release Date:

22 June 1949 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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CBS Television Network See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Admirable early cut of Kaufman/Lardner comedy
15 November 2011 | by eschetic-2See all my reviews

George S. Kaufman and Ring Lardner opened their successful (a smash 273 performance run) just 20 days before "The Crash," but its jaundiced comic look at the music industry continued to entertain long afterward. The young Jack Lemon in this hour long cut was just starting to perfect his bewildered "duck out of water" persona which was spot-on for the young composer adrift in New York's Tin Pan Alley and trying to impress a sophisticated set of older composers - and women . . . and being taken advantage of by them.

Coming on 22 June 1949, this 19th episode of the first season of CBS's laudable decade-long dramatic series, cut the play down to half it's original length and obviously lost something in the process but essentially preserved the acid dipped satire of the piece. If some of the structural "niceties" have been so copied as to appear almost cliché today (they were not revelations even when the play was new) the play succeeds because of execution not innovation, and it does succeed.

Some years later, on 30 January 1974, PBS's Great Performances Series returned to the play in an 88 minute cut with a somewhat more grounded Jack Cassidy in the Jack Lemon role and Stephen Sondheim as the composer Maxie Schwartz! The show still worked and is today available on DVD from "The Broadway Theatre Archive." It works well in this Studio One version from 1949, and can be seen in a good print online at Archive.Org.

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