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Television: The First Fifty Years (1999)

Video | 120 min | Documentary

Trace the history of television and its impact on American culture with clips, newsreels, and exclusive interviews from television greats like Walter Cronkite, Carol Burnett, and Jay Leno.
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Eddie Albert
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