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GE True
Also known as General Electric True
Genre Anthology
Written by Harold Jack Bloom
Otis Carney
John Kneubuhl
Lou Morheim
Dean Riesner
Michael Zagor
Directed by William Conrad
Robert M. Leeds
Jack Webb
Presented by Jack Webb
Narrated by Jack Webb
Country of origin  United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 33
Executive producer(s) Jack Webb
Producer(s) Michael Meshekoff
Cinematography Daniel L. Fapp
Bert Glennon
Carl E. Guthrie
Harold E. Stine
Running time 30 mins. (approx)
Original channel CBS
Picture format Black-and-white
Audio format Monaural
Original run September 30, 1962 – May 26, 1963

GE True (also known as General Electric True) is an American anthology series sponsored by General Electric. Broadcast on CBS, the series presented stories previously published in True magazine. Articles from the magazine were adapted to TV by Gene Roddenberry and other screenwriters.

Jack Webb produced and hosted the 33 episodes during his stint as head of Warner Bros. Television. GE True ran from September 30, 1962 until May 26, 1963, with reruns reairing through September 1963.



Each episode, the show had a unique opening: A huge "True" sign, apparently five stories tall, darkened and was seen in deep shadows. Jack Webb announced, "This is True!" Strong symphonic music included timpani rhythms, followed by the majestic opening theme. The True sign became brightly lit as Jack Webb walked alongside the illuminated sign in an off-stage direction. A classic quotation from such writers as Daniel Webster then appeared.

In an overview of the 1962 TV season, Time noted:

Jack ("dum-de-dum-dum") Webb is back. This time he is retelling stories from the files of True magazine. The first one was set on a hospital ship off Okinawa, where a doctor operated on a marine who had a live and sensitive shell in his body capable of blowing a six-foot hole in a steel deck. It was a hell of a moment, but Webb sank it. "At 1830 hours exactly," he intoned, "the operation began on a human bomb dead center in the circle of death." He hosts the program in an echo-chambered voice, while he stands beside the word TRUE, spelled out in block letters 22 feet high, or roughly ten times as tall as Jack Webb. [1]

The series occupied the same time slot as General Electric Theater had held on CBS Sunday evenings (9:00 PM ET) from 1953 until September 1962, thus adding to the diminished identity of GE True and some factual confusions. Several episodes of the series were directed by William Conrad. Reruns of the series were later syndicated under the title True.

Guest stars

Guest stars on the series included:


Episode # Episode title Original airdate
1-1 "Circle of Death" September 30, 1962
1-2 "V-Victor 5" October 7, 1962
1-3 "Harris Vs. Castro" October 14, 1962
1-4 "Code Name: Christopher (Part 1)" October 21, 1962
1-5 "Code Name: Christopher (Part 2)" October 28, 1962
1-6 "The Handmade Private" November 4, 1962
1-7 "The Last Day" November 11, 1962
1-8 "Man With a Suitcase" November 18, 1962
1-9 "Mile Long Shot To Kill" November 25, 1962
1-10 "Cheating Cheaters" December 2, 1962
1-11 "UXB (Unexploded Bomb)" December 9, 1962
1-12 "The Wrong Nickel" December 16, 1962
1-13 "The Amateurs" December 30, 1962
1-14 "Open Season" January 6, 1963
1-15 "Defendant: Clarence Darrow" January 13, 1963
1-16 "O.S.I." January 20, 1963
1-17 "Firebug" January 27, 1963
1-18 "Little Richard" February 3, 1963
1-19 "Escape (Part 1)" February 10, 1963
1-20 "Escape (Part 2)" February 17, 1963
1-21 "The Moonshiners" February 24, 1963
1-22 "Security Risk" March 3, 1963
1-23 "The Black Robed Ghost" March 10, 1963
1-24 "Ordeal" March 17, 1963
1-25 "Pattern for Espionage" March 24, 1963
1-26 "The Tenth Mona Lisa" March 31, 1963
1-27 "Gertie The Great" April 14, 1963
1-28 "Black Market" April 21, 1963
1-29 "Nitro" April 28, 1963
1-30 "Heydrich (Part 1)" May 5, 1963
1-31 "Heydrich (Part 2)" May 12, 1963
1-32 "Commando" May 19, 1963
1-33 "Five Tickets to Hell" May 26, 1963


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