December 24, 2018

What's on TV? Wednesday, December 25, 1957

It's Christmas Day, 1957, and there's plenty of festive programming to help make for a relaxing day. Many of the regularly scheduled serials are being shown; I'd suspect they might be filler episodes in which not much happens (other than cast members celebrating the holiday themselves), so that anyone missing their story today wouldn't find themselves behind on the storyline. Anyway, enjoy; this week's listings are from Cleveland, with Akron, Youngstown, and Erie thrown in as part of the deal.




 3  KYW (NBC)

    MORNING   

    7:00
TODAY—Garroway

    8:55
NEWS—Tom Haley

    9:00
CASH ON THE LINE—Quiz
“We’re Rich Again” (1934)

  10:25
WINDOW—Women

  10:30
TREASURE HUNT—Quiz

  11:00
CHRISTMAS DAY SERVICE—Washington   SPECIAL 

  AFTERNOON 

  12:00
TIC TAC DOUGH—Quiz

  12:30
IT COULD BE YOU

    1:00
MOVIE—Drama
“David Copperfield” (1934)

    3:00
MATINEE THEATER   SPECIAL    COLOR 
“Amahl and the Night Visitors”

    4:00
QUEEN FOR A DAY

    4:45
MODERN ROMANCES

    5:00
DEAR PHOEBE—Comedy

    5:30
POPEYE—Kids

     EVENING    

    6:00
SIX O’CLOCK ADVENTURE

    6:55
NEWS—Pete French

    7:00
CAPT. DAVID GRIEF—Adventure

    7:30
WAGON TRAIN—Western

    8:30
FATHER KNOWS BEST

    9:00
KRAFT THEATRE   COLOR 
“The Other Wise Man”

  10:00
THIS IS YOUR LIFE

  10:30
MEN OF ANNAPOLIS—Drama

  11:00
NEWS—Pete French

  11:10
WEATHER—Joe Finan

  11:15
SPORTS—Bob Neal

  11:20
MOVIE—Musical Comedy
“Babes in Arms” (1939)

Sportscaster Bob Neal is no relation to the Bob Neal who's been a fixture on TBS and TNT for years. This Bob Neal also did sideline reporting for college football on ABC and CBS.


 5  WEWS (ABC)

    MORNING   

    8:55
NEWS—Court Stanton

    9:00
FUN FARM—Kids

    9:30
PAIGE PALMER—Woman

  10:00
MOVIE—Comedy
“Dreaming” (English; 1945)

  11:00
CHRISTMAS CHOIRS—Music

  AFTERNOON 

  12:00
NEWS—Court Stanton

  12:05
NOON SHOW—Kids

    1:00
ONE O’CLOCK CLUB—Variety

    2:00
STU ERWIN—Comedy

    2:30
BEULAH—Comedy

    3:00
AMERICAN BANDSTAND
Guest: Santa Claus

    3:30
DO YOU TRUST YOUR WIFE?—Quiz

    4:00
AMERICAN BANDSTAND—Music
Guest: Mike Pedicine

    5:00
WILD BILL HICKOK

    5:30
MICKEY MOUSE CLUB

     EVENING    

    6:00
CAPT. PENNY—Kids

    6:30
NEWS—Dorothy Fuldheim

    6:45
WEATHER—Bill Prentice

    6:50
SPORTS—Wilcox, Penfound

    7:00
O. HENRY PLAYHOUSE—Drama

    7:30
DISNEYLAND
“Dumbo”

    8:30
TOMBSTONE TERRITORY

    9:00
OZZIE AND HARRIET

    9:30
WALTER WINCHELL FILE
“The Steep Hill”

  10:00
BISHOP SHEEN   SPECIAL 
“Christmas and the Peace You Are Looking For”

  10:45
TELESPORTS DIGEST—Sports

  11:00
NEWS—John B. Hughes

  11:15
TONIGHT—Jack Paar

    1:00
NEWS—Bill Prentice

The 3:00 p.m. edition of American Bandstand is the show's annual Christmas party. It's only right that Santa is one of the guests.


 8  WJW (CBS)

    MORNING   

    8:00
CAPTAIN KANGAROO—Kids

    8:45
HOW THE ANIMALS DISCOVERED CHRISTMAS

  10:00
GARRY MOORE—Variety

  10:30
ARTHUR GODFREY

  11:30
STRIKE IT RICH—Quiz

  AFTERNOON 

  12:00
HOTEL COSMOPOLITAN

  12:15
LOVE OF LIFE—Serial

  12:30
SEARCH FOR TOMORROW

  12:45
GUIDING LIGHT—Serial

    1:00
MOVIE—Drama
“Miracle on 34th Street” (1947)

    2:30
HOUSE PARTY

    3:00
BIG PAYOFF—Quiz

    3:30
VERDICT IS YOURS

    4:00
BRIGHTER DAY—Serial

    4:15
SECRET STORM—Serial

    4:30
EDGE OF NIGHT—Serial

    5:00
AS THE WORLD TURNS—Serial

    5:30
BEAT THE CLOCK—Games

     EVENING    

    6:00
THE STAR SHALL RISE

    6:30
THE LITTLEST ANGEL

    6:40
CLEVELAND TODAY

    6:45
NEWS—Doug Edwards

    7:00
SAN FRANCISCO BEAT—Police

    7:30
I LOVE LUCY—Comedy

    8:00
BIG RECORD—Music
Guests: Terry Moore, Lloyd Nolan, Gene Austin, Sammy Kaye, Paul Anka, Danny and the Juniors

    9:00
MILLIONAIRE—Drama

    9:30
I’VE GOT A SECRET

  10:00
CIRCLE THEATER
“The Shepherd of Paris”

  11:00
NEWS—Warren Guthrie

  11:10
SPORTS—John Fitzgerald

  11:15
WEATHER—Ken Armstrong

  11:20
MOVIE—Drama
“I’ll Be Seeing You” (1944)

  12:45
Movie—To Be Announced

Terry Moore (aka Mrs. Howard Hughes) and Lloyd Nolan are movie stars, and Gene Austin and Sammy Kaye are stars of the past. That leaves young Paul Anka, who appears to have quite a future ahead of him. 


12 WICU (ERIE, PA) (ABC-NBC)

    MORNING   

    7:00
TODAY—Garroway

    8:45
YOUR CHURCH—Religion

    9:00
MOVIE—To Be Announced

  10:00
ARLENE FRANCIS—Variety

  10:30
TREASURE HUNT—Quiz

  11:00
CHRISTMAS DAY SERVICE—Washington   SPECIAL 

  AFTERNOON 

  12:00
TIC TAC DOUGH—Quiz

  12:30
IT COULD BE YOU

    1:00
YOUR OWN HOME

    1:15
TEX AND JINX—Interviews

    1:30
HOWARD MILLER   COLOR 

    2:30
BRIDE AND GROOM

    3:00
MATINEE THEATER   SPECIAL    COLOR 
“Amahl and the Night Visitors”

    4:00
QUEEN FOR A DAY

    4:45
MODERN ROMANCES

    5:00
WILD BILL HICKOK

    5:30
MICKEY MOUSE CLUB

     EVENING    

    6:00
CANDY CANE LANE

    6:30
SPORTS, NEWS, WEATHER

    6:45
NEWS—Huntley, Brinkley

    7:00
REAL McCOYS—Comedy

    7:30
WAGON TRAIN—Western

    8:30
FATHER KNOWS BEST

    9:00
KRAFT THEATRE   COLOR 
“The Other Wise Man”

  10:00
BISHOP SHEEN   SPECIAL 
“Christmas and the Peace You Are Looking For”

  10:45
FAMOUS FIGHTS—Sports

  11:00
NEWS, SPORTS

  11:30
TONIGHT—Jack Paar

"The Other Wise Man," based on the much-loved short story by Henry Van Dyke, is the moving story of Artaban, the "fourth" wise man, who for various reasons is unable to catch up with his three compatriots, and spends the rest of his life searching for the Christ. Richard Kiley is Artaban, and the incomparable Alexander Scourby narrates.


21 WFMJ (YOUNGSTOWN) (NBC)

    MORNING   

    7:00
TODAY—Garroway

    9:00
ADELAIDE SNYDER—Woman

  10:00
ARLENE FRANCIS—Variety

  10:30
TREASURE HUNT—Quiz

  11:00
CHRISTMAS DAY SERVICE—Washington   SPECIAL 

  AFTERNOON 

  12:00
TIC TAC DOUGH—Quiz

  12:30
IT COULD BE YOU

    1:15
KITCHEN CORNER—Mariner

    2:00
HOWARD MILLER   COLOR 

    2:30
BRIDE AND GROOM

    3:00
MATINEE THEATER   SPECIAL    COLOR 
“Amahl and the Night Visitors”

    4:00
QUEEN FOR A DAY

    4:45
MODERN ROMANCES

    5:00
FUN HOUSE GANG—Kids

    5:45
POPEYE—Kids

     EVENING    

    6:30
SPORTS, NEWS, WEATHER

    6:45
NEWS—Huntley, Brinkley

    7:00
MAINSTREET YOUNGSTOWN

    7:30
WAGON TRAIN—Western

    8:30
FATHER KNOWS BEST

    9:00
KRAFT THEATRE   COLOR 
“The Other Wise Man”

  10:00
THIS IS YOUR LIFE

  10:30
BADGE 714—Jack Webb

  11:00
NEWS, SPORTS

  11:20
TRAVELS IN SPACE

  11:30
TONIGHT—Jack Paar

I believe I've mentioned this before, but the Christmas service at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. was always a lovely Christmas morning tradition. It was shown nationally on NBC and in syndication from 1953 to 2010, and it's streamed on the Cathedral's website even today. Unfortunate that there doesn't seem to be any room for it on TV today. It's followed later in the day by Amahl and the Night Visitors, and then "The Other Wise Man"—what a good day of programs.


27 WKBN (YOUNGSTOWN) (CBS-ABC)

    MORNING   

    8:00
CAPTAIN KANGAROO—Kids

    8:45
CARTOON CLASSICS

    9:00
CAPTAIN KANGAROO—Kids

    9:45
CARTOON CLASSICS

  10:00
GARRY MOORE—Variety

  10:30
ARTHUR GODFREY

  11:30
STRIKE IT RICH—Quiz

  AFTERNOON 

  12:00
CARTOON CARNIVAL

  12:15
LOVE OF LIFE—Serial

  12:30
MOVIE—Comedy
“It’s a Pleasure” (1945)

    2:00
BEAT THE CLOCK—Games

    2:30
HOUSE PARTY

    3:00
BIG PAYOFF—Quiz

    3:30
VERDICT IS YOURS

    4:00
CARTOON CLASSICS

    4:15
SECRET STORM—Serial

    4:30
GRIZZLY PETE—Adventure

     EVENING    

    6:00
MY LITTLE MARGIE—Comedy

    6:30
SPORTS, NEWS, WEATHER

    6:45
NEWS—Doug Edwards

    7:00
CITY DETECTIVE—Police

    7:30
I LOVE LUCY—Comedy

    8:00
BIG RECORD—Music
Guests: Terry Moore, Lloyd Nolan, Gene Austin, Sammy Kaye, Paul Anka, Danny and the Juniors

    9:00
MILLIONAIRE—Drama

    9:30
I’VE GOT A SECRET

  10:00
CIRCLE THEATER
“The Shepherd of Paris”

  11:00
NEWS—Warren Guthrie

  11:15
MOVIE—Comedy
“Good Sam” (1948)

Captain Kangaroo twice in two hours? I can't believe it's a typo, since it's that way every day of the week. They must have had a good reason—anyone out there with a good idea?


35 WSEE (ERIE, PA) (CBS)

    MORNING   

    9:00
CAPTAIN KANGAROO—Kids

    9:30
NEWS—Hottelet

  10:00
GARRY MOORE—Variety

  10:30
ARTHUR GODFREY

  11:30
STRIKE IT RICH—Quiz

  AFTERNOON 

  12:00
HOTEL COSMOPOLITAN

  12:15
LOVE OF LIFE—Serial

  12:30
SEARCH FOR TOMORROW

  12:45
GUIDING LIGHT—Serial

    1:00
HY YAPLE—Variety

    1:30
AS THE WORLD TURNS

    2:00
BEAT THE CLOCK—Games

    2:30
HOUSE PARTY

    3:00
BIG PAYOFF—Quiz

    3:30
VERDICT IS YOURS

    4:00
BRIGHTER DAY—Serial

    4:15
SECRET STORM—Serial

    4:30
EDGE OF NIGHT—Serial

    5:00
MOVIE—Western
“Triggerman” (1948)

     EVENING    

    6:00
POPEYE—Kids

    6:30
RANGE RIDER—Western

    7:00
NEWS—Doug Edwards

    7:30
RED SKELTON—Comedy

    8:00
BIG RECORD—Music
Guests: Terry Moore, Lloyd Nolan, Gene Austin, Sammy Kaye, Paul Anka, Danny and the Juniors

    9:00
MILLIONAIRE—Drama

    9:30
I’VE GOT A SECRET

  10:00
CIRCLE THEATER
“The Shepherd of Paris”

  11:00
NEWS, SPORTS

  11:15
MOVIE—Drama
“Heidi” (1937)

I think we can be sure that the 11:15 p.m. showing of Heidi isn't going to be interrupted for football.


45 WKST (YOUNGSTOWN) (ABC)

  AFTERNOON 

    3:00
AMERICAN BANDSTAND
Guest: Santa Claus

    3:30
DO YOU TRUST YOUR WIFE?—Quiz

    4:00
AMERICAN BANDSTAND—Music
Guest: Mike Pedicine

    5:00
WILD BILL HICKOK

    5:30
MICKEY MOUSE CLUB

     EVENING    

    6:00
NEWS, WEATHER, SPORTS

    6:45
AMOS ‘N’ ANDY—Comedy

    7:15
NEWS—John Daly

    7:30
DISNEYLAND
“Dumbo”

    8:30
TOMBSTONE TERRITORY

    9:00
OZZIE AND HARRIET

    9:30
WALTER WINCHELL FILE
“The Steep Hill”

  10:00
BISHOP SHEEN   SPECIAL 
“Christmas and the Peace You Are Looking For”

  10:45
NEWS, WEATHER, SPORTS

  11:00
PARIS PRECINCT—Police

  11:30
FILM DRAMA

I'd imagine this might have been the television premiere of Dumbo, though I'll happily stand to be corrected; if true, it must have been a big deal for one of Disney's more beloved short cartoons. Would it be unfair of me to prefer it to the new one coming out, site unseen?


49 WAKR (AKRON) (ABC)

  AFTERNOON 

    1:00
MOVIE—Drama
“Miracle on 34th Street” (1947)

    2:30
MOVIE—Drama
“The Man I Married” (1940)

    4:00
AMERICAN BANDSTAND—Music
Guest: Mike Pedicine

    5:00
MOVIE—Western
“Six Gun Man” (1946)

     EVENING    

    6:00
LOONEY TUNES—Cartoons

    6:40
SPORTS, NEWS, WEATHER

    7:15
NEWS—John Daly

    7:30
DUFFY’S TAVERN—Comedy

    8:00
SCOTLAND YARD

    8:30
MOVIE—Comedy
“The Cockeyed Miracle” (1946)

  10:00
BISHOP SHEEN   SPECIAL 
“Christmas and the Peace You Are Looking For”

  10:30
LIFE WITH ELIZABETH

  11:00
MOVIE—Drama
“Red Dust” (1932)

Bishop Sheen's special Christmas message is broadcast live from New York, replacing ABC's regular Wednesday night fight. The topic tonight refers to the anxieties that so many felt in the late '50s; the threat of nuclear war, disease, juvenile delinquency, Communism. That episode doesn't appear to exist, at least on YouTube; why not watch this one instead? The message is still a powerful one. TV  

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