1950s

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Long View of Canadian History, A

★

For this two part series on Canadian history, the CBC filmed a five and a half hour discussion between two University of Toronto professors: Donald Creighton, of the history department, well known for his biography of Sir John A. Macdonald, and Paul Fox, of the department of political science, who appeared regularly on CBC television. The resulting two ...

Original Airdates1959
TypeMiniseries

Look for the Silver Lining

Look for the Silver Lining was a unique show from CKGN TV-10 in North Bay, ON. It was hosted by a blind TV announcer and a polio wheel-chair victim.

AkaThe Silver Lining Show
Original Airdates1957-1965
TypeSeries

Looking at Art

Looking at Art, a 30-minute program from Vancouver, included interviews with artist Jack Shadbolt on the British collection at the Vancouver Art Gallery, and with Cliff Robinson on stage design.

Original Airdates1954
TypeSeries

Maggie Muggins

★★★★

Maggie Muggins Maggie Muggins was a freckle-faced girl in a gingham dress, with her red hair pulled back in two long pigtails. Her stories had been heard on CBC radio and in print for years before Maggie and her friends in the meadow materialized on television on CBC in 1955. Maggie played with friends like Fitzgerald Fieldmouse and Grandmother Frog. When she was c ...

Original Airdates1955-1962
TypeSeries

Magic

An early Montreal television production, this broadcast featured a professional magician and an audience of twelve children.

Original Airdates1952
TypeSeries

Magic of Music, The

Violinist and conductor Eugene Kash introduced children to the instruments of the orchestra and their history, and concepts in musical theory to develop young people's general knowledge and appreciation of music in this half-hour program.

Original Airdates1955-1958
TypeSeries

Make a Match

A game show produced by CBC Montreal, Make a Match ran every other week, alternating with House Party. It matched a panel of four, composed of a married man, a married woman, a single man, and a single woman, against a group of seven people made up of three married couples and a man or woman in disguise. (Got that?) The panel, after a series of question ...

Original Airdates1954-1955
TypeSeries

Man from Tomorrow, The

★★★★

Man from Tomorrow, The The Man From Tomorrow was a fifteen minute adventure show for children. Melpar, a visitor from the furture, meets two boys of today: Nick, the son of a famous scientist, now dead; and Nick's friend, Sam. Melpar took them on adventures in time and space. Kitty Marcuse - writer

Original Airdates1958
TypeSeries

Marion Clarke Show, The

Marion Clarke, the winner of Chatelaine magazine's "Spring Beauty Week" contest, was given her own show on the CBC, but appears to have only lasted 3 days. The program aired May 24-26, 1954.

Original Airdates1954
TypeSeries

Marsh Phimister Show, The

The Marsh Phimister Show was a five-week music series from Winnipeg. Each program saluted a famous composer, told the story behind his success, and presented colourful interpretations of his most popular songs. Marsh Phimister told the stories behind the hits and introduced the performers.

Original Airdates1959
TypeSeries

Mary Liz Show, The

Mary Liz Show, The Of special interest to women was the the weekly afternoon program, The Mary Liz Show originally on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and later on, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday on CBWT in Winnipeg. With Mary Elizabeth Bayer as hostess, The Mary Liz Show was designed to mirror the Winnipeg community, its people, places and projects. The program debuted Jan 29, 1 ...

AkaClose-Up
Original Airdates1957-1960
TypeSeries

Matinee Party

Monty Hall and Rosemary Boxer hosted this weekly, one hour variety show. Hall introduced guest performers and commercials, and Boxer demonstrated exercises. Other regulars included singers Terry Dale and Wally Koster, comic actor Larry Mann, and keyboard player Lou Snider. The program was produced at Toronto's Eaton Auditorium.

Original Airdates1953-1954
TypeSeries

Meet Lorraine

A musical half hour from Vancouver, Meet Lorraine introduced band singer Lorraine McAllister, with Chris Gage on piano, Stan Johnson on bass, and Jimmy Wightman on drums.

Original Airdates1958-1959
TypeSeries

Meet Mr. X

Meet Mr. X was a half hour children's show, produced in Ottawa. The story of mankind was told for children by Prof. Carter Storr with the aid of cartoons.

Original Airdates1958
TypeSeries

Memo to Champlain

★★½

Memo to Champlain The completion of the CBC network link from Sydney, N.S. to Victoria was heralded with this special broadcast July 1, 1958. Memo to Champlain was the CBC's first live coast-to-coast TV transmission. The 90-minute bilingual program featured CBC hosts Joyce Davidson and René Lévesque following Canada's history since the landing of explorer Samuel de Champ ...

Original Airdates1958
TypeSpecial

Midsummer Theatre, A

Most of the 10 half-hour A Midsummer Theatre plays were written specially for the series by well-known Canadian writers, including M. Charles Cohen, Joseph Schull and Mac Shoub. The plays deal with a variety of human experience, from fear and violence to the muted discords of love, as well as some comic situations. Produced at CBC Montreal. Ken Davey ...

Original Airdates1958
TypeSeries

Moods in Music

Produced in Winnipeg, this half-hour broadcast presented music by Eric Wild and his orchestra on alternate Tuesdays. Each show featured a selection of musical numbers that represented a particular mood.

Original Airdates1958
TypeSeries

Moonlight Bay

★★★

Jack Creley played a maitre d'hotel and Carol Starkman a social hostess in Moonlight Bay, a variety series which replaced Cross-Canada Hit Parade in the summer of 1957. Moonlight Bay Lodge was the setting and the "good old days" was the theme. The Lodge was typical of the quiet old-time summer resorts. Radio commentator Bruce Smith made his TV debut as ...

Original Airdates1957
TypeSeries

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