Comedy (1952 - 53)
Bright Star, also called the Irene Dunne and Fred
MacMurray Show, used big film stars to add to the appeal
of the show and gain listeners.
Irene DunnBest known for her films with Cary Grant, Irene Dunne left
film action in 1952 to save her legacy as "Hollywood's First
Lady. She had been nominated for five Academy awards in such
films as "The Awful Truth and "Love Affair, but failed to
win the award.
Later President Eisenhower chose her to be
the alternate U.N. delegate of the General Assembly in 1959. Though a prolific film actor through the 1930s and 1940s,
Fred MacMurray is best known as Steve Douglas the patriarch
on "My Three Sons (1960-1972). A personal friend of Walt
Disney, MacMurray starred in many Disney films including "The
Shaggy Dog, "The Absent Minded Professor, and "Son of Flubber.
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Lasting only one season, Bright Star is about Susan Armstrong
(Dunne) the editor of a struggling newspaper the Hillsdale Morning
Star. MacMurray plays George Harvey an idealist star reporter
who often conflicts with his editor over stories. MacMurray
and Dunne have a good rapport as both have excellent comedic
timing. Overall, this is a charming show that will delight fans
of both Fred MacMurray and Irene Dunne.