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General Electric Theater was a half-hour CBS television anthology broadcast every Sunday evening beginning February 1, 1953 and ending May 27, 1962. Each of its 200 episodes was an adaptation of a short story, novel, play, film, or other work of fiction. The program was sponsored by General Electric's Department of Public Relations Services.

Ronald Reagan became the show's only host on September 26, 1954; GE added a host to provide continuity, which was absent due to its anthology format. After four months, the show reached the top ten in the Nielsen Ratings; it also regularly outrated I Love Lucy in the 9-9:30pm time slot.

The show made Reagan wealthy and famous: wealthy, due to his part ownership of the show, and famous, due not only to its ratings, but to his constant touring to promote the show. After eight years as host, Reagan estimated he had visited 135 GE research and manufacturing facilities, and met over a quarter-million people. During that time he would also speak at other fora such as Rotary International clubs and Royal Order of Moose lodges, presenting views on economic progress that in form and content were often similar to what he said in introductions, segues and closing comments on the show as a spokesman for GE.

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> Airing History & Information 
Last Airing Sep 16, 1962
Premiere February 1, 1953
Episodes 200
Network CBS
Format/Time Black & White / 30 Minutes
Country United States
Upcoming Airs Not currently airing
 
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Ronald Reagan....   Himself - Host (1954-1962)
Lee Marvin....   Joe Kittridge / Sid Benton (7 episodes)
Virginia Gregg....   Mamie / Sybil (5 episodes)
Joan Fontaine....   Melanie Langdon / Countess Irene Forelli (5 episodes)
Edgar Buchanan....   Preacher Bailey / Timothy Dwight (6 episodes)
Don Herbert....   Progress Reporter

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