Thursday, August 1, 2013

Monkey business: This video encapsulates everything you need to know about our new podcast

Make The Connection was a show hosted by Gene Rayburn (later of Match Game fame) that was broadcast on NBC in 1955 and filmed from the RCA Building at Rockefeller Center.

Please note all the classic hallmarks of early television: The blatant sponsorships, the chaos of live broadcasting, the celebrity panel, the live audience, a woman in a maternal but somewhat demeaning role (in this case, 'animal baby sitter'), and the weirdest star of the Golden Age of Television.

This forgotten show is probably best known for bringing a young actress to its panel by the name of Betty White (seen at the panel's far left).

 

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