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Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer... and Theater Five?
CBS is running the 1964 special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer on Monday, November 22, 2021 at 8pm ET
It was written by Romeo Muller, who wrote for Jack Benny and started to make his mark in early television on programs like Studio One.
Muller wrote 12 Theater Five scripts, most likely written in 1964 when Rudolph production was in full swing getting ready for its debut. He probably wrote the Rudolph script in 1963.
110 1965-01-01 Discotheque
135 1965-02-05 The Underdeveloped Nation
142 1965-02-16 A Little Game on Saturday Morning
149 1965-02-25 Toby's Wonderful Egg
150 1965-02-26 Little Girl, Little Girl
172 1965-03-30 Bright House, New House
192 1965-04-27 Lorna is a Strange Child
195 1965-04-30 Make My Name Clean
202 1965-05-11 Nightmare at 26,000 Feet
217 1965-06-01 Mama's Girl
229 1965-06-17 Country Boy (NOMINATED FOR A WRITERS GUILD ANNUAL AWARD)
245 1965-07-09 Ed's War
More details about Muller can be found at
Wikipedia states "Muller read his favorite and first Christmas story every year on Christmas Eve on New York radio station WGHQ"
That was near where he lived, about halfway between Albany and NYC in NY
It's doubtful they were recorded by the station -- I've never seen an aircheck
Nice story about the puppets used in the special https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/holiday-season-you-could-put-rudolph-under-christmas-tree-180976131/
Muller himself was a young puppeteer when he grew up in Long Island
Muller may have also acted in T5. Tracking that down in the series research....
Suspense resource page https://sites.google.com/view/suspense-collectors-companion
Suspense enhanced log https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/11XflGB-S18jQ8JPr4EV1C9aZsRM_3Dw4xlLpGqgpBiU/edit?usp=sharing
The Whistler complete log, presentations, and more https://sites.google.com/view/the-whistler-files
The Big Story Revealed! https://sites.google.com/view/thestoriesbehindthebigstory/
Casey, Crime Photographer episode analysis https://bluenotebulletin.blogspot.com/
For anyone that has a VPN the Rudolph classic is available at yts.am. This was a unique classic that you can never get tired of watching. Good old Burl Ives. "Happy Birthday everyone" quote from another xmas classic Frosty The Snowman.
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