Backstage at the Spa Theater (1947)

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Backstage at the Spa Theater

Broadcast 7:20pm – 7:30pm, Wednesday, August 6, 1947

Lugosi made his debut TV appearance on the opening episode of WRGB’s Backstage at the Spa Theater. Filmed at General Electric’s TV studio, the ten- minute programme featured him plugging his appearance in a production of Arsenic and Old Lace which was playing that week at the Spa Summer Theater in Saratoga Springs, New York. You can read a review of the production here: 1947: Arsenic and Old Lace


Schenectady Gazette, August 6, 1947

Saratoga Summer Theater Stars Will Be Televised Here

Stars of each week’s Saratoga summer theater presentation will make personal appearances in ten-minute television programs over WRGB on Wednesday evenings at 7:20 p.m. The series will open tonight with Bela Lugosi, well known horror man of the movies who is playing the lead in “Arsenic and Old Lace”, before the cameras in General Electric’s television studios.

The schedule for the next three weeks will be:

Edward Everett Horton, playing in “Springtime for Henry” on Aug. 23.

Zasu Pitts, playing in “The Late Christopher Bean” on Aug. 20.

Faye Emerson, playing in “Profile” on Aug. 27

This series, known as “Backstage at the Spa Theater,” will be directed by Duff-Brown and arranged by Ted Beeb. John Huntington, manager of the Spa theater, is expected to accompany Bela Lugosi and take part in the inaugural program tonight.

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