1984 (Westinghouse Studio One)

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On the set of the CBS anthology TV series Westinghouse Studio One's production of 1984. L-R: scenic designer Kim Swados, Norma Crane, Eddie Albert, and director Paul Nickell
Episode no.Season 6
Episode 1
Directed byPaul Nickell
Written by William Templeton
Featured music Alfredo Antonini
Original air dateSeptember 21, 1953 (1953-09-21)
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"1984" is an episode of the American television series Westinghouse Studio One broadcast September 21, 1953, on CBS. Starring Eddie Albert, Norma Crane and Lorne Greene, it was the first adaptation of George Orwell's 1949 novel Nineteen Eighty-Four . [1]


Production and transmission

The adaptation was written by William Templeton, directed by Paul Nickell, and produced by Felix Jackson for the CBS Westinghouse Studio One series. Music was by Alfredo Antonini and the title drawing was by Dong Kingman. Broadcast on September 21, 1953, it was the first screen adaptation of the novel. Running to just under 50 minutes, it is a much-shortened version of the novel's narrative, with some changes, such as the character of Emmanuel Goldstein being changed to "Cassandra". Templeton co-wrote the 1956 film version, in which the character was similarly renamed as "Cellador". An uncredited Martin Landau is very briefly glimpsed in one scene. [2]


DVD release

In 2008, Koch Vision released the Studio One Anthology, containing "1984" and 16 other episodes from the series, as well as an interview with director Paul Nickell.

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