Thursday, October 14, 2010

The First All-Woman TV Show

You didn't even know there was one, did you?  That's OK, neither did I.  This one only caught my eye because of the nifty name.  "The Ina Ray Hutton Show"!  I realize there have been performers with less euphonious names, but Ina Ray Hutton is in a glamour-less category of its own. They weren't  kidding around with the all-female bit.  This variety show centered on Ina Ray Hutton and Her All-Girl Band.  Ina Ray conducted, sang, danced.  And you know all the guests were women, including Rose Marie and crossword mainstay Yma Sumac.  The show was subtitled 'No Men Allowed'.  That wouldn't fly today but neither would 'All-Girl Band'.  The show only lasted from July-September 1956 so you'd think its existence wouldn't even be noted.  But you have not met the mighty mighty Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows.  There may be no show too obscure for its pages.  Or too oddly named.

Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows

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