GENERAL ELECTRIC THEATRE - Ronald Reagan - Volume 1

GENERAL ELECTRIC THEATRE hosted and starring Ronald Reagan


The television version of the program, produced by MCA-TV/Revue, was broadcast every Sunday evening at 9:00pm, EST, beginning February 1, 1953 and ending May 27, 1962. Each of the television episodes was an adaptation of a novel, short story, play, film, or magazine fiction.

On September 26, 1954, Ronald Reagan debuted as the only host of the program. GE added a host to provide continuity in the anthology format. After four months, the show reached the Top Ten in the Nielsen ratings.

The show made the already well-known Reagan, who had appeared in many films as a "second lead" throughout his career, wealthy, due to his part ownership of the show. After eight years as host, Reagan estimated he had visited 135 GE research and manufacturing facilities, and met over a quarter-million people. During that time he would also speak at other forums such as Rotary clubs and Moose lodges, presenting views on economic progress that in form and content were often similar to what he said in introductions, segues and closing comments on the show as a spokesman for GE. Reagan, who would later be known as "The Great Communicator" because of his oratorical prowess, often credited these engagements as helping him develop his public speaking abilities.

SET #1 (26 SHOWS) - What a line up of stars - James Dean, Alan Ladd, Jack Benny, Natalie Wood, Myrna Loy, Groucho Marx, Ernie Kovacs and of course - Ronald Reagan.

COMMITTED starring Alan Ladd
THE MARTYR starring Ronald Reagan and Lee Marvin
STAKE MY LIFE starring Howard Duff & Steve Brodie
LET IT RAIN starring Ronald Reagan
FEATHERTOP starring Natalie Wood
GOOD BY MY LOVE starring Ronald Reagan and Anne Baxter
TEN TAYS IN THE SUN starring Ed Wynn & Andy Devine
PROSPERS OLD LADY starring Ronald Reagan and Ethel Barrymore
BIG BREAK starring Johnny Ray
IT GIVES ME GREAT PLEASURE starring Mryna Loy,  Zachary Scott & Robert Preston
INTO THE NIGHT starring Ruth Roman,  Eddie Albert & Dane Clark
THE GOLDEN KEY starring Joe E. Brown
THE HONEST MAN starring Jack Benny
DOCTOR OF PAWNEE KILL starring Lee Marvin and Kevin McCarthy
THE HOLD OUT starring Groucho Marx and Dennis Hopper
JOURNEY TO A WEDDING starring Gene Tierney
NOBODY’S CHILD starring Ronald Reagan, Diane Brewster, Evelyn Rudie & Sheilah Graham
EASTER GIFT starring Macdonald Carey
ENEMIES starring Joseph Cotton
DON’T LET IT THROW YOU starring Dick Shawn and Gloria Grahame
CRIME OF DAPHNE RUTLEDGE starring Angela Lansbury & Hugh Marlowe
I WAS A BLOODHOUND starring Ernie Kovacs
I’M A FOOL starring Eddie Albert and James Dean
MAKING IT TOGETHER a musical salute to General Electric
WITH MALICE TOWARD ONE starring Bette Davis

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