Welcome to the 1956 edition of the “Shatner Year In Review.” At the end of each year covered in the review posts I will provide a summary as it relates to Shatner and his career, as well as display some key entertainment statistics.
1956 was a huge year for William Shatner, both personally and professionally. He appeared in his first Broadway production, spent his third and final summer as part of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival’s acting company, possibly had an affair that may have led to an illegitimate son (and certainly got me blocked on Twitter by Shatner), got married, moved to New York and got his first starring role on American television. Wow. Let’s review…
The appearances that I could find for Shatner are listed below in chronological order, and each links to my post about that appearance.
- Tamburlaine the Great (01/19/1956)
- On Camera – “Dreams” (04/28/1956)
- Stratford Festival
- Lamp Unto My Feet – September 1956?
- The Kaiser Aluminum Hour – “Mr. Finchley Versus the Bomb” (09/25/1956)
- Goodyear Television Playhouse – “All Summer Long” (10/28/1956)
- Omnibus – “School for Wives” (11/11/1956)
- The Kaiser Aluminum Hour – “Gwyneth” (12/18/1956)
The upcoming year of 1957 would have Shatner appear in only his second movie (although little seen and in what may be the very opposite of a flashy role), as well as appearing in a number of television shows in NYC…including an iconic appearance with Steve McQueen.
1956 – Selected Statistics
|1.||The Ten Commandments||Paramount||$43,000,000|
|2.||Around the World in 80 Days||United Artists||$23,120,000|
|4.||War and Peace||Paramount||$12,500,000|
|5.||The King and I||20th Century Fox||$9,000,000|
|6.||The Searchers||Warner Bros.||$8,500,000|
|7.||Bus Stop||20th Century Fox||$7,269,000|
|8.||The Girl Can’t Help It||20th Century Fox||$6,250,000|
|10.||Written on the Wind||Universal||$5,712,000|
Best Picture of 1956: Around the World in 80 Days
Best movie that I’ve seen from 1956 (of the ones listed above): Well…again and embarrassingly I haven’t seen many of these. I’ll go with James Dean’s final performance in Giant.
|1||I Love Lucy||CBS||43.7|
|2||The Ed Sullivan Show||38.4|
|3||General Electric Theater||36.9|
|4||The $64,000 Question||36.4|
|6||Alfred Hitchcock Presents||33.9|
|7||I’ve Got a Secret||32.7|
|9||The Perry Como Show||NBC||32.6|
|10||The Jack Benny Show||CBS||32.3|
- “Que Sera, Sera” -Doris Day
- “Heartbreak Hotel” – Elvis Presley
- “Hound Dog” – Elvis Presley
- “Blueberry Hill” – Fats Domino
- “Don’t Be Cruel” – Elvis Presley
Best 1956 song that I own: Well, as you can see from the Top 5 above, Elvis Presley fucking OWNED 1956. But…for my money the best song released that year was a little known Frank Sinatra number called “Can I Steal a Little Love.” Yes, Frank. You certainly may.
Runner-up for Best 1956 Song that I own: So much Presley here to choose from. I Got a Woman, Heartbreak Hotel, Blue Suede Shoes, Shake Rattle and Roll, My Baby Left Me, I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Cry (Over You), Long Tall Sally, Hound Dog, Love Me Tender…etc. Just go ahead and pick your favorite.
- My Fair Lady – Frederick Loewe
- Elvis Presley – Elvis Presley
- Songs for Swingin’ Lovers – Frank Sinatra
- Oklahoma! – Original Soundtrack
- Elvis – Elvis Presley
Best 1956 Album that I own: