Classic TV: The 40s : First female TV directors….in the 1940s. Yes.

First female TV directors….in the 1940s. Yes.

Two of the earliest female TV directors: Beulah Zachary and Fran Harris

Both worked for WBKB in Chicago. Both have an incomplete filmography on IMDb. Most of WBKB's live "one-off" drama output of the 1940s isn't listed on IMDb.

Critical response varied. Billboard magazine panned "Bright Star Shining", but gave a rather positive review of "Perfect Ending", both directed by Fran Harris.

When it comes to Beulah Zachary's output, Billboard gave a mixed review of "Sham" (panning the cast but praising the direction) and gave a mixed review of "The Dark Cellar" (panning the direction but praising the cast).

Here's a 1948 review of Zachary's "Ladies in Retirement", panning the cast but praising the direction (and also on the page is an interesting article about FM radio in Detroit...in 1948, FM radio was just as much in its infancy as TV was):
http://books.google.com.au/books?id=tkUEAAAAMBAJ&pg=PT10&dq=%2 2beulah+zachary%22+wbkb+ladies+retirement&hl=en&sa=X&ei=Iv w1VI-wGtCm8AXrzoLoCQ&ved=0CCwQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=%22beulah%20z achary%22%20wbkb%20ladies%20retirement&f=false

Beulah Zachary also directed actual theatre, and was later producer of "Kukla, Fran and Ollie"


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Re: First female TV directors….in the 1940s. Yes.

Hi JeiceWarrior another one who started directing in 1949 was the actress Ida Lupino.

Re: First female TV directors….in the 1940s. Yes.

Last year I watched some shorts directed by a French director named Alice Guy, who directed in the very early silent era (her first films came out in the 1890s)

Female directors of any kind are rare in the first half of the 20th century, let alone female TV directors. Film or TV, their pioneering efforts deserve more recognition




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