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General Electric Theater (1953-1962)



General Electric Theater

(1953-1962)

Anthology / Drama

30 minutes

Hosted by Ronald Reagan beginning in 1954

After being broadcast on radio from January to October, 1953, hosted by Ken Carpenter, General Electric Theater made the move to television where it aired in half-hour episodes on CBS from 1953 to 1962.

The program was an anthology series comprised of weekly episodes including adventure, comedy, fantasy, romance, tragedy and variety-type programs adapted from plays, short stories, novels, magazines and movies.

Originally not hosted, beginning in its second television season Ronald Reagan was added as the weekly host of the program.  The guest stars who appeared during the life of the program Nick Adams, Claude Akins, Eddie Albert, Leon Ames, Fred Astaire, Anne Baxter, Jack Benny, Whit Bissell, Ernest Borgnine, Ray BolgerWard Bond, Neville Brand, Francis X. Bushman, Red Buttons, Lee J. Cobb, Claudette Colbert, Ellen Corby, Joseph Cotten, Joan Crawford, Tony Curtis, James Dean, Richard Denning, Irene Dunne, Joan Fontaine, Cary Grant, Judy Garland, Alan Hale, Jr., William Holden, Boris Karloff, Alan Ladd, Michael Landon, Charles Laughton, E.G. Marshall, Lee Marvin, Groucho Marx, Fred MacMurray, Dorothy McGuire, Audie Murphy, Lloyd Nolan, George Sanders, James Stewart, Rod Taylor, Gene Tierney, Cornel Wilde, Natalie Wood and numerous others.


I'm a Fool (11/14/1954)

Directed by Don Medford

Narrated by Eddie Albert

Cast:

James Dean as The Boy 
Natalie Wood as Lucy 
Roy Glenn as Burt 
Eve March as Mother 
Leon Tyler as Wilbur 
Gloria Castillo as Elinor 
Fiona Hale as Mildred

The story of a young man who wants to experience the big city, meets and falls in love with a girl, but loses her when he pretends he is someone he is not.




Directors:
Actors: James Dean, Ronald Reagan, Natalie Wood
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