The Seven Lively Arts

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The Seven Lively Arts
Maureen Stapleton Jason Robards Seven Lively Arts 1958.jpg
Jason Robards and Maureen Stapleton in "Blast at Centralia #5"
GenreAnthology
Directed byMel Ferrer
George Roy Hill
Sidney Lumet
Norm Nowicki
Presented byJohn Crosby
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Production
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time44 mins.
Release
Picture formatBlack-and-white
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseNovember 3, 1957 (1957-11-03)

The Seven Lively Arts is an American anthology series that aired on Sunday afternoons in 1957 on CBS television. The series was executive produced by John Houseman, and hosted by New York Herald Tribune critic John Crosby. Alfredo Antonini served as the musical director for several episodes.[1] The title was taken from the influential book of the same name written by the cultural critic Gilbert Seldes, in which he argued that the low arts (comics, vaudeville) deserved as much critical attention as the high arts (opera, literature). The eleven programs produced were—not in order:

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