1950s

Listings 

Fables of La Fontaine

French producer Marc Gaudart was responsible for this series of fifteen minute fables with animal characters, based on stories by the 17th century poet La Fontaine. The films employed the talents of animals from the farm of Lorna Jackson in Mount Albert, Ontario. Gaudart set the animals--most the small, relatively tame kind, such as parrots, frogs, cats ...

Original Airdates1958
TypeSeries

Family Circle, The

Patrick Watson was the producer of this Sunday afternoon series of half-hour programs for the CBC, although the films that were broadcast came from Crawley Films and the National Film Board. The program examined the development and behaviour of children, through film and discussion. The program often included discussions with Joyce Wry and Donald Ritch ...

Original Airdates1957
TypeSeries

Farmer on Trial

A wide variety of facts about farming, about the farmer's role in the economy, and about the prospects for the future of agricultural enterprise were presented in dramatic form in four half-hour telecasts written by Charles E. Israel. The series comprised of 4 half-hour programs.

Original Airdates1958
TypeSeries

Feature of the Week

This Sunday morning series presented one hour films, such as Angela, The Moody Arctic Expedition, Driftwood (presented over two weeks), King of Kings, and Thunder Rock.

Original Airdates1954
TypeSeries

Festival d'ete

This CBC summer festival was a half-hour broadcast of vocal music and dance. Selections included El Amor Brujo; Le Pauvre matelot; Down in the Valley; Le Combat et madrigaux; and The Marriage.

Original Airdates1954
TypeSeries

Fighting Words

★★★★

Fighting Words In CBC's Fighting Words, panelists tried to divine the author of a passage by discussing its meaning and style. The panelists then further discussed the merits of the passage, its author, and their values. Starting November 1959, the show suspended its regular format and aired a conversation between Cohen and a special guest. In 1970, Cohen revi ...

Original Airdates1953-1962; 1970; 1982
TypeSeries

First Performance

In First Performance, an annual short-run series of ninety minute productions, the CBC presented television plays especially commissioned as part of the Canada Savings Bond promotional campaign.

Original Airdates1956-1958
TypeSeries

Floor Show

A summer replacement, Floor Show took place in a nightclub setting, and presented music by Canada's premier dance bands of the 1950s, including orchestras led by Bobby Gimby, Chicho Valle, Art Hallman, and Mart Kenney. It also featured regular performances by dancer Alan Lund. The show's host was Monty Hall, then a Toronto radio announcer making his fir ...

Original Airdates1953
TypeSeries

Focus

A half-hour summer show on CBC, Focus concentrated on sociological issues such as peace of mind, women, and job discrimination.

Original Airdates1954
TypeSeries

Focus on Ottawa

Focus on Ottawa was a series of programs on institutions in Ottawa and Hull. Terry Kielty was the host.

Original Airdates1959
TypeSeries

Folio

★★★★½

Folio Folio followed Scope and preceded Festival as CBC's flagship program for quality drama and musical performance. Folio presented original Canadian stories and adaptations of classic plays and productions.

AkaCBC Folio
Original Airdates1955-1959
TypeSeries

Folk Songs

Folk Songs was a weekly CBC broadcast of folk music aimed at a young audience. The first half of the thirty minute program featured Alan Mills and the second half was devoted to performances by his guests. In September 1955, after thirty-eight shows, Grace Bartholomew took over the duties as the program's host, and the show shortened to a quarter-hour.

Original Airdates1954-1955
TypeSeries

Follow Me

Produced on film in Vancouver, this fifteen minute program gave tours of places of interest in British Columbia. The films, made for children, included a child as a guide to places such as the Vancouver International Airport, the telephone company, or the post office. In one program, singer Ed McCurdy and his two sons visited a tugboat dock.

Original Airdates1958-1960
TypeSeries

Football Huddle

Jack Wells and Blue Bomber coach Bud Grant showed filmed highlights of the most recent Bomber games, and commented on the plays and strategy that won or lost the games. There were also interesting weekly guests. Viewers were invited to send in questions on football, which were answered on the show. Producers George Kent, Frank Rasler

Original Airdates1956-1961
TypeSeries

Four Corners, The

Eight half-hour shows for the summer of 1957, The Four Corners was a series of subjective travel essays by Canadians. Leo Rampen talked about Paris, using his own drawings. Writer and editor Kildare Dobbs discussed his childhood in Ireland and Tanganyika, using music, film, and his own poetry. Alan Brown provided a portrait of Spain through the traditio ...

Original Airdates1957
TypeMiniseries

Four Faces of Man

Four Faces of Man was a series of 4 half-hour broadcasts on Thailand, Sarawak, Singapore, and Japan,.

Original Airdates1958
TypeSeries

Four for the Show

Four for the Show was an early musical variety show, which starred Libby Morris, Shirley Harmer, George Murray, Billy O'Connor, and a band led by Bert Niosi. The series lasted only a few months, and most of the regulars moved over to The Big Revue.

Original Airdates1952-1953
TypeSeries

Friendly Giant, The

★★★★

Friendly Giant, The Bob Homme, as the good-natured Friendly Giant, introduces children to books and helps them see how these can answer their questions and enrich their everyday living. Puppets Jerome the Giraffe and Rusty the Rooster, a good story, a bit of music and relaxed conversation and laughter, make up each 15-minute program. From 1958 until 1985, Homme wrote an ...

Original Airdates1958-1985
TypeSeries

Frigidaire Entertains

Byng Whittaker and Frosia Gregory were the hosts for this half-hour, musical variety show, which had the format of a masked ball. The three Niosi brothers, Bert, Joe, and Johnny, provided music, as did the orchestra, conducted by Jimmy Namaro.

Original Airdates1954-1955
TypeSeries

Frontiers

Frontiers, a series of documentaries produced at the National Film Board replaced The Candid Eye in the television lineup. The films outlined recent developments in fields such as science, medicine, and industry. In the half-hour, Sunday afternoon slot, the network aired: Conquest of Cold, in two parts; Northern Town; Prairie Bonanza, which dealt with t ...

Original Airdates1959
TypeSeries

Like Us On Facebook



Log In

Donate with PayPal

Please consider a donation to assist us in maintaining this website.

For an in-depth look at CBC programs (1952-82),
visit
Blaine Allan's directory
.