Sunday, May 9, 2010

Robin Hood Comics And The TV Show

Robin Hood 1
The show was on channel 2 on Monday, from crazy about tv
Nearly every show that appeared in the U.S. in the mid 1950s had to have a sponsor that would support the entire show! The Adventures of Robin Hood's sponsor was the "Wild Root Hair Oil Company". The Adventures of Robin Hood had a pretty decent time slot when it premiered in 1955. It began CBS's Monday Night schedule at 7:30PM and was followed by "The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show" at 8:00, "Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts" at 8:30, "I Love Lucy" at 9:00, "December Bride" at 9:30, and "Studio One" at 10:00! At the time that this series appeared in the U.S., a Congressional committee was investigating suspected Communists in the entertainment industry. The writers responsible for most of the first season's scripts on the Adventures of Robin Hood TV show were Ring Lardner Jr. and Ian McLellan Hunter. They had already been "blacklisted" by that committee and weren't allowed to participate in any project that would air in the U.S. The series' producers were well aware of that fact but refused to participate in the firing of anyone based on their political views. Lardner and McLellan did have to resort to using different pseudonyms every few episodes so that the series would be allowed to air in the U.S.

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