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The Continental (romatic readings, starring Renzo Cesana)

    (CBS Primetime, 1952;
     ABC Primetime, 1952 - 1953)

    [a suave Italian sat in a living room set, wearing his
     dinner jacket reading romantic poetry to the camera
     twice a week, just after the 11pm news, around bedtime;

     What might have seemed companionable on radio -- when a
     woman's romantic fantasy could make up the scene in her
     mind seemed a bit silly with this literal version on TV...
     (perhaps the pictures are better on radio :-) at any rate
     the idea of reading to people didn't work on the visual 
     medium of television despite the efforts of two networks;

     Perhaps it should have been a radio series instead...]


Theme 1: "I Kiss Your Hand, Madame" from the 1929 film "The Emperor Waltz"

    [This romantic ballad was originally a song in a German 
     operetta; it was first sung in English by Bing Crosby
     shortly after sound came to the movies; in 1953 this song
     was again featured in a film, "So This Is Love" with
     a hopeful young crooner singing it, named Merv Griffin;
     wonder whatever happened to him? :-)]

     Composers: music by Ralph Erwin (ASCAP)
               [professional name of Ralph Erwin Vogl],
                German lyric by Fritz Rotter (ASCAP);
                English lyric by Samuel M. ("Sam") Lewis (ASCAP) and
                Joseph Widow ("Joe") Young (ASCAP)

     Orig. Publisher: T. B. Harms, Inc. (ASCAP)

     1978 Publisher: Harms, Inc. (ASCAP)

     2001 Publisher: Harms, Inc. (ASCAP)
                         c/o Warner Bros., Inc.
                         a div. of Warner-Chappell Music, Inc.
                         of Los Angeles, CA

     Composition Date: 1928, on sheet music

     Copyright Date:
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Theme 2: "Don't Be Afraid (My Darling)"

    [aka: "Don't Be Afraid";

     THEME credit verified by TV theme collector R. Clark]

     Composers: Renzo Cesana (ASCAP),
                Edward R. White (ASCAP) and
                Maxwell Alexander ("Mack") Wolfson (ASCAP)

     1978 Publisher: Barton Music Corp. (ASCAP)

     2001 Publisher: Barton Music Corporation (ASCAP)
                         of Burbank, CA

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     Copyright Date:
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