Harry S. Truman still serves as United States President without a Vice-President after being elevated to the position when Franklin D. Roosevelt died. This year was groundbreaking on many fronts: The Hollywood "Black List" was created by The House on Un-American Activities and Jackie Robinson became the first African-American to join Major League Baseball and with the Brooklyn Dodgers, his team battled the New York Yankees in the first televised World Series. The microwave is invented and the surviving diary of a young German girl, Anneliese Marie Frank, whose family hid from Nazi persecution, was published. It is 1947.
The title page in the A Streetcar Named Desire Playbill.
Marlon Brando's bio in "The Who's Who."
In the Playbill, among advertisements for cars (the "barrel-chested Fireball power" of Buick, "GM's Hydra-Matic Drive" of the new Oldsmobile), Little Lulu shilling Kleenex, women's fashion, Eastern Air Lines, perfume, cigarettes ("My Wild Irish Rose" star Alan Hale pushing Chesterfields) and plenty of alcohol (Dinah Shore endorsing Schaefer as "Finest beer I ever tasted!") is a full-page public service announcement featuring Bob Hope and Bing Crosby, who suggest U.S. savings bonds as a Christmas gift.
A portion of an ad for U.S. Savings Bonds with Bing Crosby and Bob Hope.
Part of the "Theatre Quiz" feature.
Williams' work would lose the Tony Award for play to Thomas Heggen and Joshua Logan's Mister Roberts, but would earn its lead actress Tandy her first of four honors and go on to earn the playwright the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Brando, Hunter and Malden would reprise their roles with Vivien Leigh joining the cast for the 1951 Kazan-directed film (each but Brando would earn an Academy Award for their performance.)