The Boston Globe from Boston, Massachusetts on January 14, 1962 · 48
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Forty-Eight THE BOSTON SUNDAY GLOBE JANUARY 14, 1962 Happy Coincidence SAN DIEGO (AP) In answering t help-wanted ad, Val McCashen dialed the wrong number. He got Bill Sharp's Hillcrest Auto Supply. Turned cut that Sharp did happen to need a man, though. McCashen was hired. "Wasteland" or Just Waste of Time? Majority of TV Shows Rated Not Worth Watching in 1961 FINAL CLEARANCE ON CUR iSemi-Annual ALE A were 16.95 to 22.95 Yes. a wide assortment of oxfords, straps, step- ins, and pumps have been reduced from regular stock to save you up to $10.15 a pair. Just twice , yearly are we able to offer these spectacular values. All smart up to the minute styles in the newest leathers and colors. Naturally, each and every one has the Coward supporting features you love. Sizes 4 to 11, widths AAAA-EE. Not all sizes in every style, of courscSorry, no mail, phone or GOD. orders. AH sales final. Coward Shoe for men, women, and children 35 West St., Boston Mon. & Wed. 'til 8:30 P.M. 102 Cmtnl St., Wclleslty Caolidgi Corner, Brooklim S52 Main St, WinchisUr 0pin Friday til I p.m. 4 SHAIN By PERCY SHAIN Boston Globe TV Critic Was it really the "vast wasteland" that FCC boss Newton Minow called it in that fighting speech some months ago? The answer, in this final summing up of the television year, must be "Well, . not really, but close enough to be uncomfortable." Let statistics tell the story. I The year's output of television columns by this reviewer ; included reports of 727 shows. Of these, only 68, or fewer than 1 in 10, received 4-star ratings. Another 221 got 3 stars, which meant that under 40 percent of the programs appraised were rated "good or excellent The vast majority, 354, fell in the 2 -star category and 84 were in the lowest lexicon. And this was after a conscious effort to watch only the more promising efforts that came on. Think of all the clinkers I missed or didn't bother to comment on! The year as a whole, there-; fore, must be counted a dis-', appointing one, despite the i efforts to uplift the product : that were noticeable after : Minow issued his withering Indictment Nevertheless, there were some memorable telecasts and a few promising trends. The documentaries kept improving and the topnotch ones were more frequent. (Unfortunately, they didn't get the audience they deserved). i The new anthologies spawned a few first-rate dramas not many, but at least there was a start toward re versing the trend that has been the blight of TV. Comedy Corn Flourished Sadly, the viewer ratings i didn't go hand in hand with MlPSTt Stores WE GIVE M : GREEN ! VSTAMPS, WE GIVE Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday Only! WE EM I GREEN I VSTAMPa the quality. Some of the finest series (like David Bnnkley's Journal' and Show of the Week") were in treuUe because of low Nielsen scores. Even highly rated antholo gies like the UicK Lowell Show," (called the "hit of the year" by the . nation's best known critic) and "Alcoa Premiere" failed to approach the audience figure of the sage brush staples and aomedy corn that dot the week's program' ming. The public service shows, of course, nave naa to ngnt tnis lassitude for years. And it is interesting to note that the network have taken dia metrically opposite views in their efforts to perk up interest in this part of the program ming. CBS has tried to build a following by definite slotting a documentary every Thursday night at 10. NBC believes in hitting from all directions, bidding for new viewers by inserting its "fact shows" at irregular intervals, even though it often means preempting popular entertainment fixtures. ABC has been somewhere in between, spotting its "actuals'; in various segments put witn a pattern of some regularity. Which method is best? no one can answer that definitely, j Perhaps ABC is on the right, track by trying to play it both ways. Certainly it has made some inroads in the documentary and news picture in which it was so weak a year ago, though it has a long way to go beiore it can catch up with "CBS Re ports" and of late NBC White JPaper" (particularly after the latter's recent stirring "Khrushchev and Berlin") in consistent excellence. j The CBS series is my an-! time champ in this department It probably garnered more 4-star ratings than any other show on the air (challenged only by Leonard Bernstein's two series) and in putting such outstanding personages as Wal-j ter Lippman, Carl Sandburg: and ex-President Eisenhower, before its cameras, it manu-j factured more than its share' of news beats. I l Hm a9lJ iwJttitjrij L- im PLtSBtTTS OLIVIER STEVENS DONALD HABB1S BAINES never fated to finish anything. Among the half-hour con tenders, the year's best, in the field of tragedy was The Stone Boy" on "Robert Her-ridge Theater," a Ch. 2 feature: in the field of comedy, the introductory episode of the Van Dyke Show" and the No, 2 segment of "Car 54, Where Are You?": in the field of humor. Red Skelton's Christ mas Show. The surprise hits of the sea son were the two medical series, "Dr. Kildare" and "Ben Casey," which of course means that we'll get an avalanche of such skeins next year, just as we got a bunch of cartoons this year (none of which were worth very much) because "The Flintstones" did so well last season. Which only goes to show that one year's successes may be another year's flops. . - There was another trend. Old movies became the basis of two new anthologies ("Theater 62" and "Golden Showcase"); were lugged over bodily to become another weekly feature ("Saturday Night at the Movies"); and spawned more new series ("Bus Stop," "Father of the Bride," "Dr. Kildare,") to add to the likes of "Lassie," "National Velvet," "The Third Man," "Naked City," etc. The First Casualty There was also a surge of biographies (Hope, Billy Graham, Al Smith, Will Rogers, Rudolph Valentino) with even more to come, particularly when Ch. 7 starts running its new series, ' .Perspective on Greatness," and David Walper starts marketing his half-hour biographical series. The success of "Sing Along with Mitch" will mean more musical shows in the future, particularly in the popular idiom. Fred Waring scored such a resounding hit in his Christmas eve program that he is in line for regular ap pearances. , Also coming Is a new batch of war drama based on the second world conflict The first major casualties of the new season were the "Steve Allen Show" and "The Investigators." Allen found out that people aren't ready to laugh at 7:30 (all the comedi ans are on late: Newhart, Skelton, Moore, Benny). Several other limping entries are soon to follow them, the "Roaring 20's," "Father of the Bride," "Follow the Sun," the Bob Cummings Show. And even some of the more venerable entries are starting to sag, notably "The Untouchables," "G.E. Theater" and "Have Gun, Will Travel," none of which will be back next season. The comeback of the year was that of the NBC network which --wwr lagging last - iA viewing; popularity last yeai (except for its news shows) and is challenging CBS fo first place this season. Itj moves were all the right ones, .ProDably the two top-rated shows of the year, audience1 wise, are its "Bonanza" (shift ed from Saturday to Sunday) and "Wagon Train," although it will lose the latter to ABC next Fall. Now a number of other programs are trying the shiftiei to see if it will work: "Diclj Van Dyke," "Mrs. G. Goes ta College" (soon to be Called th "Gertrude Berg Show.' 3 'Straightway," "Top Cat," etc.) une Diggest lurorer nationally, that ugly "Bus Stop" episode with Fabian; locally that "Biography of a Bookie Joint" documentary that gave: this city another , black eye. And Boston didn't get to see either of them. i So "banned in Boston" has come to have a new meaning and application. HOW TO F15HT 4 & BR03CKIT1S ATTACKS At to first din of heilng. short breath, or coughing from recurring Bronchial Asthma er Bronchitis, stark taklnc New. quick sctint MKNDAOO. 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Locally, WBZ's "The Complex Community," .was. generally a high grade effort . . - - iii 4 The best dramas oi tne yeai ; That's fairly easy. The most satisfying in all respects was- "Victoria Re-gina," the shining story of a revered British queen which may give "Hall of Fame" its second Emmy In as many years (last year it was "Macbeth") and may catapult both Julie Harris and James Donald into the top acting awards. From the standpoint of Henth and development and sustained drive David Suss- kind's two-hour "Power and the Glory," a rare and daring rframa of redemption laid in anti-clerical Mexico, starring T.aurence Olivier, whom some have called the world's best actor, is another worthy con tender for honors. Nothing else approached these two efforts, though "Westinghouse Presents" scored high with "The Dis-nnsspssed." a courtroom drama of distinction revolving around the Indians' fight to be recognized as human beings. The "Power and the Glory" teleplay was part of a memorable nieht that produced three 4-star shows (the others were the Bob Hope biography lead ing off the "world ot . . ." series and "20th Century's" visit to Hungary five years after the revolt). fWe Reserve fh Right to limit Quantities) :er X Now Dig Savings on Dig Sizes . Giant Thrift Sale Ends Saturday ! ( HoDullOS SUdflGuipS All Bonus Stamp Items are Clearly Displayed and Identified NO COUPONS NEEDED - BUY ALL YOU WANT I bulb? -jfimmj VE GIVE GREEN 2 That Were Great There were several double 4-star days, the one coming most clearly to mind being the dazzling day in February when we were given "Time Remembered" with a scintil lating cast and "String of Beads" with Jane Fonda, two superior plays. Tops in anthologies was the Powell Show." Tops in com edy was the "Danny Kaye Show." The best series with continuing characters, story wise, was "The Defenders." 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