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General Electric Theater (dramatic anthology)

     [originally: "General Electric Theatre of the Air";
      Syndicated title "Star Showcase"]

     (CBS Primetime, 1953 - 1962)

     [Originated on CBS Radio on July 9, 1953 as a summer replacement
      series for the Bing Crosby Show with a radio theme by Wilbur Hatch;
      
      Produced on Film/Tape by Revue Productions beginning in 1954, with
      Ronald Reagan as host also starting in 1954]


Theme 1 (1953 - 54): Arch of Light / Dome of Light, from the "Structural Music" library, Vol. 16 #459 & #460

    [confirmed in the composer's cue sheets and licensing agreements;
     this piece was constructed to be used as an Opening ("Arch") and
     Closing ("Dome"); This same THEME was ALSO used for a time as the 
     End Credits theme on the syndicated version of "Waterfront".]

     Composer: Alexander Laszlo (ASCAP)

     Orig. Publisher: Guild Publications of California (ASCAP)

     1999  Publisher: Alexander Publications (ASCAP) o/b/o the
                         Regents of the University of California

     Copyright Date (Vol. 16:) July 10, 1952; Ep 63 675.

     Renewal Date ("Arch of Light":) Dec. 1, 1980; RE-78-018.
     Renewal Date ("Dome of Light":) Dec. 1, 1980; RE-78-023.

     Recordings:


Theme 2 (circa 1954): "General Electric Theater Theme"

     Composer: Lyn Murray (ASCAP)
             [pseudonym of Lionel Breeze]

     1978 Publisher: Robbins Music Corp. (ASCAP)

     1999 Publisher: EMI/Robbins Catalog, Inc. (ASCAP)

     Copyright Date:
     Renewal   Date:

     Recordings:


Open Theme 3: "General Electric Theater Open"

    [confirmed by publisher as THEME for "G E Theater"]

     Composer: Morris Mamorsky (ASCAP)

     1978 Publisher: Broude Brothers Limited (ASCAP)

     1999 Publisher: Broude Brothers Limited (ASCAP)

     Copyright Date:
     Renewal   Date:

     Recordings:


Close Theme 3: "March Of Progress"

     Composer: Morris Mamorsky (ASCAP)

     1978 Publisher: Broude Brothers Limited (ASCAP)

     1999 Publisher: Broude Brothers Limited (ASCAP)
 
     Copyright Date: 
     Renewal   Date:

     Recordings:


Open Theme 4: "G E Theme 1"

    [This short opening signature may have been used behind
     the General Electric Logo introducing some programs]

     Composer: Jack Shaindlin (BMI)

     1978 Publisher:

     1999 Publisher: EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc. (BMI)
                         Cinemusic Division,
                         c/o EMI Music Publishing, Inc.
                         New York, NY

     Copyright Date:
     Renewal   Date:

     Recordings:


Theme 5: "General Electric Theater"

    [possible aka: "Symbol M T";

     mentioned in Patillo, who erroneously credits it as the
     THEME for all of the first 7 seasons. Composition confirmed 
     in correspondence with Thompson Family in June, 1999.]

     Composer: Robert Lamar ("Bob") Thompson (ASCAP)

     1978 Publisher: Morley Music Co. (ASCAP)

     1999 Publisher: Morley Music Co. (ASCAP)
                         c/o MPL Communications, Inc.
                         New York, NY

     Copyright Date: [not found in a search at the LC]
     Renewal   Date:

     Recordings:


Open Theme 6: "G E Theatre Emblem"

    [Above is title on manuscript filed for copyright;
     aka: "Emblem" on Soundtrack LP;
     aka: "G E Theater Opening";

     used on the air circa 1958 - 1960, according to Gelfand]

     Composer: Elmer Bernstein (ASCAP/BMI)

     1978 Publisher: Bernal Music, Inc. (ASCAP)

     1999 Publisher: Bernal Music, Inc. (ASCAP),
                        c/o Freedman, Broder & Angen,
                        Santa Monica, CA

     Copyright Date: Jul 20, 1959; Eu 585 981.
     Renewal   Date:

     Recordings:
          LP: "Themes from the General Electric Theater" (1959)
               Columbia CL-1395/CS-8190
               Soundtrack recording, conducted by E. Bernstein


Close Theme 7: "Progress"

    [Above is title as filed for copyright;
     aka: "G E Theater Finale";
     used circa 1958 - 1960, according to Gelfand]

     Composer: Elmer Bernstein (ASCAP/BMI)

     1978 Publisher: Alaska Music Co., Inc. (ASCAP)
     1999 Publisher: MCA/Northern Music Company (ASCAP)

     Copyright Date: Aug. 12, 1959; Eu 590 464.
     Renewal   Date:

     Recordings:
          LP: "Themes from the General Electric Theater" (1959)
               Columbia CL-1395/CS-8190
               Soundtrack recording, conducted by E. Bernstein


Theme 8: "G E Theater Logo"

    [aka: "G E Theater Theme" (the Logo is the introductory 
     fanfare behind the graphic logo of the sponsor or studio.)

     Used circa 1961, according to Gelfand; "new theme" according
     to collector Ray Clark]

     Composer: Stanley J. Wilson (ASCAP/BMI)

     1978 Publisher: Hawaii Music Co, Inc. (BMI)

     1999 Publisher: Duchess-Hawaii Music (BMI)

     Copyright Date: Aug 16, 1961; Eu 683 441.
     Renewal   Date: Dec 28, 1989; RE 460 580.

     Recordings:
          LP: "Theme from Ben Casey" (1962)
               Carlton 143
               Valjean, pianist with orchestra

          LP: "TV's Top Themes" (1962)
               Mercury MG-20706/SR-60706
               Pete Rugolo and his orchestra

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