Light's Diamond Jubilee

Light's Diamond Jubilee (1954) is a two-hour TV special that aired on October 24, 1954, on all four U.S. television networks of the time, DuMont, CBS, NBC, and ABC. The special won a Primetime Emmy Award for Victor Young for Best Music for a Variety or Dramatic series.[1]

Light's Diamond Jubilee
Written byMark Twain
G. K. Chesterton
John Steinbeck
David O. Selznick
Ben Hecht
Irwin Shaw
Max Shulman
Directed byKing Vidor
William Wellman
Norman Taurog
Christian Nyby
Roy Rowland
Alan Handley
Bud Yorkin
Presented byGeorge Gobel
StarringLauren Bacall
Robert Benchley (archive footage)
Joseph Cotten
Dorothy Dandridge
Kim Novak
David Niven
Debbie Reynolds
Judith Anderson
Helen Hayes
Brandon De Wilde
Eddie Fisher
Erin O'Brien-Moore
Walter Brennan
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Music byVictor Young
Country of originUnited States
Producer(s)David O. Selznick
Running time120 mins.
Original networkDuMont
Picture formatBlack-and-white
Audio formatMonaural

The special was produced by David O. Selznick, had seven directors, and featured major stars of the day. The special was sponsored by General Electric in honor of the 75th anniversary of the invention of the incandescent light bulb by Thomas Edison. In 1929, a previous celebration of "light's golden jubilee" was produced by General Electric and created by PR pioneer Edward Bernays.[2]

Robert Benchley's appearance was a segment from his MGM short film How to Raise a Baby (1938).

Episode status

A copy of the CBS Television version of the broadcast, showing a copyright notice of Selznick Releasing Organization Inc., is in the collection of the UCLA Film and Television Archive. General Electric may hold a copy in its archives. The Library of Congress has copies available for viewing by appointment.[3]

See also


  • David Weinstein, The Forgotten Network: DuMont and the Birth of American Television (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2004) ISBN 1-59213-245-6
  • Alex McNeil, Total Television, Fourth edition (New York: Penguin Books, 1980) ISBN 0-14-024916-8
  • Tim Brooks and Earle Marsh, The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network TV Shows, Third edition (New York: Ballantine Books, 1964) ISBN 0-345-31864-1


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