1950s

Listings 

Sky, The

CBC Vancouver weatherman Bob Fortune was host and storyteller on this program on astronomy, astrology and weather.

Original Airdates1958
TypeSeries

Small Fry Frolics

★★★★

Small Fry Frolics This was a quiz and party program for children. It included a game in which children asked questions of experts from different professions, and other play activities. Originally a radio show called Small Types Club, with Byng Whitteker as host, it returned to radio after its television run.

AkaChildren's Corner
Original Airdates1952-1956
TypeSeries

So This is French

John Pratt hosted this half-hour CBC program which ran in the summer of 1955.

Original Airdates1955
TypeSeries

Song Shop, The

Tuesdays on CBC-TV young viewers got a chance to visit a rather intriguing shop in Ottawa. It was called The Song Shop and it was an old curiosity shop operated by folk singer Tom Kines. The shop was crammed with interesting odds and ends which set Kines a-strummin' his guitar and singing nostalgically of the memories they bring.

Original Airdates1958
TypeSeries

Songs from Everywhere

★★★★

A fixture of CBC television's first years, Ed McCurdy starred in this half-hour musical program, on which he and his guests sang folk songs.

Original Airdates1953
TypeSeries

Songs with Evelyn Pasen

Evelyn Pasen was accompanied by Gordon Kushner in this fifteen-minute program of music.

Original Airdates1954
TypeSeries

Space Command

★★★★

Space Command Frank Anderson was a young adventurer working for Space Command, an international organization working to explore and colonize space.

Original Airdates1953-1954
TypeSeries

Speaking French

★★★★★

Professor Jean-Paul Vinay of the University of Montreal was the teacher for this language instruction series. Vinay tried to teach in an entertaining fashion and in the early years of the broadcast, he also used graphic illustrations, flip cards and puppets. The series started in 1955, on the local Montreal and Toronto stations, and expanded its covera ...

Original Airdates1955-1964
TypeSeries

Speaking of Pets

Audrey Laurie and Jeff Hogwood were co-hosts of this half-hour series from Montreal dealing with the training, raising and general care of various pets including cats, fish, dogs and birds.

AkaPet Show
Original Airdates1959
TypeSeries

Spectrum

A series of half-hour dramas from Vancouver, Spectrum appeared during the summer of 1958. It premiered with an early story by Paul St. Pierre, The Window of Namko. Other plays included The Choice, by Ernest Langford; A Small Revolution, by Paul Power; His Place In Life, by David Gray; Oh, Dream of Fair Islands, also by Langford; two stories by Len Peter ...

Original Airdates1958
TypeSeries

Sportfolio

Toronto sports broadcaster Dave Price interviewed athletes and sports stars on this fifteen-minute, local segment of the DuMont network's broadcast, Wrestling As You Like It, from the USA. The name of the show was originally titled simply Dave Price.

AkaDave Price
Original Airdates1953-1954
TypeSeries

Sportstime!

Sportstime! Sportstime! was a CBC program from Toronto designed for sports-minded boys and girls, with Doug Maxwell as host. Each program was devoted to one sport. Sportstime! was scheduled for 13 weeks, and was intended to encourage participation in individual and team sports among the 8-to-14-year-old group.

Original Airdates1957
TypeSeries

Spotlight

Spotlight Spotlight featured interviews with interesting people visiting Winnipeg or taking part in the city's many activities. As well, Insp. Neil Clarke of the Winnipeg traffic division appeared for 15 minutes a week to explain the intricacies of Manitoba traffic laws in a way the layman — even a non-driver — could understand, and Cpl. W. S. Greenlay of the RCM ...

Original Airdates1954-1963
TypeSeries

Stampede Wrestling

★★★★½

Stampede Wrestling Stampede Wrestling was operated by Stu Hart between 1948 and 1984, when his son Bruce took over. Stampede, a member of the National Wrestling Alliance until about 1982, was acquired by the World Wrestling Federation in 1984, who took most of the top talents away from the promotion and developed into the major professional wrestling promotion it is today ...

Original Airdates1957-2000
TypeSeries

Startime

Sponsored by Ford of Canada, Ford Startime was one of CBC's titles for its prestige, ninety minute drama and variety series, replacing Folio. The broadcast coincided with the NBC series of the same title, and the CBC carried a number of the U.S. programs. The first Canadian production in the series was, ironically, a U.S. play, Arthur Miller's The Cruci ...

AkaFord Startime
Original Airdates1959-1960
TypeSeries

Stevie-O

Stevie-O Stevie-O was Steve Woodman, who hosted this fifteen-minute CBC program of a mixture of cartoons and conversation every Tuesday afternoon for 13 weeks. The cartoons were animated films, but "Stevie-O" did his own animation when he talked to his friends— a small select circle of wooden-headed puppet companions.

Original Airdates1958
TypeSeries

Stock Car Races

The CBC featured remote broadcasts of stock car racing from the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto as summer programming.

Original Airdates1953-1954
TypeSeries

Stopwatch and Listen

Stopwatch and Listen was actually a CBC-TV adaptation of an adventurous comedy and variety program transmitted on the radio network the year before. Production staff and performers rehearsed the programs extensively over a two week period before telecast dates for these half-hour mock documentaries. The show was pulled from the air after only six episod ...

Original Airdates1952
TypeSeries

Story Book

A fifteen minute CBC broadcast with Beth Gillanders, Story Book replaced her previous television reading for children, Hidden Pages.

Original Airdates1955-1956
TypeSeries

Stu Davis Show, The

★★★★

Stu Davis Show, The Popular cowboy troubadour, Stu Davis starred in this quarter-hour country music series produced in Winnipeg in the 1950's and Edmonton in the 1960's. It was carried nationally on the CBC network in 1966.

AkaStu Davis Ranch
Original Airdates1956-1958; 1963-1966
TypeSeries

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