Ding Dong School
video of a complete broadcast
note: This "Ding Dong School" broadcast featuring
Dr. Frances Horwich as "Miss Frances" probably dates
from early in the show's run (perhaps 1952), since it is unsponsored.
The program was produced and directed by Reinald Warrenrath, Jr.
John Natale was the technical director. "Ding Dong School"
was produced under the general supervision of Judith
Miss Frances (Dr. Frances Horwich) greets her pupils at the beginning
of this "Ding Dong School" episode. The "Ding Dong
School" set was located, for most of the program's run, on
the state of the Studebaker Theater which NBC leased to supplement
its Merchandise Mart studio space.
View the broadcast
Part 1: Miss Frances rings the bell calling her class to
order (note also the somewhat primitive animation in the show's
open. Miss Frances introduces her guest, Lew Skalinder, who
demonstrates his string bass. (Lew Skalinder was an NBC staff
musician and an accomplished jazz artist who played with the
Van Damme Quintet.
Part 2: Miss Frances checks to see how her plants are growing
and she shows her students how to make a train out of show boxes
and string. She advises her pupils to observe rest periods during
the day (which might include a nap).
Part 3: Miss Frances gets down and dirty with finger paint.
Then she asks her students to bring their mothers to the television
so she can talk to them about the day's activities. (These daily
video "teacher-parent conferences were a "Ding Dong
School" signature). Closing credits and the NBC chimes
end the broadcast.
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