Radio: The Week in Review

Filmed TV last week easily outdistanced live television. The most impressive triumph was Sir Laurence Olivier's Richard III, which justified NBC's cultural gamble by capturing a huge audience (estimated, perhaps too optimistically, at 45 million viewers) and holding them for three hours, despite the involved plot and the soaring but often obscure language.

CBS checked in with Ed Murrow's filmed 1½-hour See It Now, devoted to Arab-Israeli tensions. The report from Egypt, handled by Howard K. Smith, was particularly chilling as Arab after Arab stepped up to blame the U.S. for all the troubles in the Middle East and to chant fanatically...

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