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History of Hollywood Television

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Genesis of Television

The movie industry’s most prosperous and glamorous period spanned the Thirties and Forties, when movies were king.  But by 1948, the industry was staggering from a number of blows – some self inflicted. Theater attendance was down forty-five percent from war-time highs.  What occurred in the late 1940s was something no one in the entertainment industry had anticipated.  There was a newcomer on the block and its name was “television.

From 1946 to 1951, the number of television sets in American homes increased from 10,000 to more than 12 million, hastening the demise of the neighborhood movie houses and eliciting the wrath of movie people for wrecking such havoc on their industry. ...