TELEVISION: Top of the Week

¶ For 18 years on radio, the Bell Telephone Hour was a musical showpiece. Last week it plunged into TV, with superb results. As distinctively package-produced by Henry Jaffe (The Chevy Show, Shirley Temple Storybook), Bell's Adventures in Music, first of four NBC shows this season, tastefully allowed top artists to perform without interruption, even dispensed with an M.C. The cast: Actor Maurice Evans narrating for the uncanny Baird puppets (TIME, Dec. 29), Opera Star Renata Tebaldi (two exciting arias from Madame Butterfly), the piano team of Gold and Fizdale and members...

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