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The Cleveland Press • TV Showtime | June 28, 1974
Flag waving is a 4th dimension
Elizabeth Baur, the Showtime cover girl who appears as Officer Fran Belding on the Ironside series, serves as a reminder that Thursday is July 4 — a holiday that will not go unheralded by the various TV stations and networks.
The big attraction that night will be NBC’s Stars and Stripes Show (10, Ch. 3), an annual patriotic offering originating from Oklahoma City, Okla.
The program, which will be taped Sunday in that city’s Myriad Convention Center, will have Bob Hope, Dionne Warwick, Tennessee Ernie Ford, the Mike Curb Congregation, Miss America (Rebecca Ann King), the Westchester Wranglerettes and the Texas Boys’ Choir. Audiences for this program will be wearing red, white and blue—a requisite for admission.
The American Revolution also will be getting an honorable mention that day. Public Broadcasting will present “A Birthday Story,” a half-hour program showing that chapter in American History as interpreted by children’s drawings (8, Ch. 25).
This is also the day CBS inaugurates the first of 732 one-minute programs to commemorate the U.S. Bicentennial. The first, to be narrated by Charlton Heston, will deal with George Washington’s reaction over the closing of Boston harbour by the British (8:58, Ch. 8). These segments will be interspersed among CBS’ regular programming now through 1976.
Two movie perennials, appropriate for the occasion, also will make return engagements. They are James Cagney’s 1942 film, “Yankee Doodle Dandy” (8, Ch. 43) and Clifton Webb’s “Stars and Stripes Forever” (9, Ch. 61), released in 1952.
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