BOOKS: HOW GOLDEN WAS IT?

SERIOUS DRAMA DOMINATED '50S FILMS AND TV. TWO BIOGRAPHIES RECALL THE GLOW OF THAT VANISHED ERA

Ah, the '50s! Sci-fi mutants, horror comic books and the birth of rock 'n' roll. But that was just kid stuff, the teen taste that eventually took over pop culture. The prevailing tone on '50s movie and TV screens was adult, earnest, upper-middlebrow. Dozens of hourlong teledramas probed modern and historical topics each week. At movie theaters people found that for every social problem, Hollywood had not a solution but a script. Are you looking for the Golden Age of Television? You'll find it in the work of Fred Coe. You want to send a movie message? Call Stanley Kramer.

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