Music & Entertainment 1953 Style. The Magazines And I Book. Chapter 12, Part 3.

November 28, 2021

Music and Entertainment Magazines … is the 12th chapter from the serialized book I am writing on the magazines of 1953, specifically March 1953, the month I was born.  This is chapter 12 part three.  Feel free to back track for chapters one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten and eleven in previous blogs.  Enjoy.

In March 1953 magazines that covered music and entertainment offered a great service to fans by providing current gossip of their favorite actors, singers, heartthrobs, many song lyrics and melodies, plus other pertinent information for people clamoring to be in-the-know. 

We have to remember that at this time, television was still in its infancy, basically still a “talking piece of furniture” that many were trying to adjust to and get to know. And while TV Guide was published in April 1953, and was a very big title, it did have regional predecessors that covered the infant television scene before the launch of the national edition on April 3, 1953. 

Music and entertainment magazines were the eyes and ears for fans, doing what the Internet and television does today for many people. In March 1953 there was a “channel” for every aspect of a fan’s interest, from honing their own musicality by learning lyrics to their favorite songs to enhancing their knowledge of popular movies and their stars. Magazines were the Internet of the times once again…and March 1953 had some of the best.

Let’s take a look, shall we?


Movie Pix was a bimonthly magazine that was published by Astro Distributing Corporation and offered up great photographs of all the Hollywood legends and stars. From Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner to Rory Calhoun, this entertainment magazine had the pictures you must see and the stories you must read if you were a Hollywood fan.

The February/March 1953 issue had Betty Grable and her notorious legs on the cover, taking a bubble bath in an old-fashioned ornate bathtub. The stories inside featured Ava Gardner, Donald O’Connor, Gregory Peck and a host of others. Celebrity entertainment at its best.


This magazine had the inimitable F. Orlin Tremaine as its editor in chief. Tremaine had been the editor for the influential Astounding Stories for many years. Movie Play was yet another celebrity title that offered film reviews, information on television, fashion and gossip that couldn’t be missed. 

The March 1953 issue had Piper Laurie and her “Lucky Bunny” on the cover and proclaimed that it was open season on Hollywood Bachelors. And of course ten years with Elizabeth Taylor was a given. One just had to read the magazine cover to cover. 


Ideal Publishing and William Cotton couldn’t be outdone when it came to the Hollywood celebrity magazines as Movie Stars Parade was another of their titles. With the tagline: the magazine for smart young moviegoers, the magazine’s mission was to be savvy and upbeat, interviewing and photographing everyone who was anyone in Hollywood.

The March 1953 edition had Ann Blyth on the cover and declared they had the man who knew her best inside the covers. Another star confesses her angst over why men jilt her. It’s a bit of a repeat performance here with some of the other celeb titles, but there seemed to be room for one more. 


Another bimonthly magazine devoted to the world of movies and movie stars, Movie World was published by Interstate Publishing Corp. in New York City under the editorship of Bessie Little and publisher Martin Goodman.  In her letter from the editor Ms. Little encourages the magazine readers to stay interested in films by buying the sister publications of Movie WorldScreen Stars and Filmland.

Movie World describes itself as “Hollywood’s Intimate All-Picture Magazine,” and the March 1953 features Doris Day, staring in the movie “April in Paris,” on the cover. However the big cover line, touts Marilyn Monroe’s own glamour secrets in addition to Lana’s greatest love. The magazine was divided into four sections: Hollywood Hilites, Hollywood Works, Hollywood Plays, and Hollywood at Home.


This magazine was founded by songwriter Al Vann and Choral Director Fred Waring in 1943, although only Vann was listed as publisher and advertising director. Vann had been a young Broadway actor and composed several songs throughout his lifetime: “Forever More,” “I Never Care About Tomorrow,” and “Old Man Moon.” The magazine was a look at the world of music from an educational viewpoint, in fact music educator Ennis Davis was the magazine’s editor.

The March 1953 issue was filled with articles about church festivals in Atlanta, the lowdown on orchestras, and movies and music. It had a musical crossword and a music quiz. Just a fun and informative magazine with an educational slant that couldn’t be ignored, yet didn’t make it stodgy at all. 


Joining together, many western music teachers associations, such as in Arizona, Oregon and Washington State, were featured in this educational tool used to inform and instruct on musicians of Western America. Founded in 1945, the magazine was `inspirational in connecting music teachers out west.

The March/April 1953 issue had Californian and Mezzo-Soprano Ruth Reynolds on its cover, a Coronado native who made a name for herself in the musical world during the ‘40s and ‘50s. There were letters from Europe and music and book reviews, along with all kinds of ads for music classes, pianos and other things of musical interest. The issue had a savvy look and a nice feel to only be 15 pages.

To be continued…

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