TELEVISION: Oldest Alive

On any other show, the script might have spelled disaster. There was the ambitious momma, dead set on getting daughter into show business—but with enough maternal instinct left over to mother a stray coyote, a spinster tourist and a Mexican wetback with a guitar. There was also the expected, easygoing dad, a navy officer son-in-law sore at momma's machinations, and a happy ending. But somehow, on the U.S. Steel Hour (CBS) last week, the thin substance of The Pink Burro stiffened into a commendable show.

During its six years (146 shows) on TV, the Steel Hour (produced by the Theatre...

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