California: New Role for Reagan

The studio set belonging to TV's Death Valley Days was furnished as a comfortable den, complete with bookcases and a crackling fire on the hearth. The man who paced back and forth as he spoke over TV to his fellow Californians was obviously used to being before the cameras. He smiled intermittently, carefully turned his head from left to right, delivered his lines with feeling. At 54, Ronald Reagan, who has ap peared in 50 movies, emceed a General Electric-sponsored dramatic series on TV and lately acted as host on Death...

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