Television ached with growing pains.

In Hollywood, televisers and cinemen were trying to figure out a code of rights. Should movie houses be permitted to show telecasts, perhaps in place of the second feature? Should telecasters be allowed to show all movies? Should movie theaters charge extra for television shows?

No one had the answers yet. But moviemakers, who had once regarded television as a potential rival, to be watched warily, were now hustling to make special movies for television. Paramount Pictures was out in front. Already owner of two stations, it was planning...

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