Revue Studios was founded in 1943 as Revue Productions by MCA (Music Corporation of America) as a producer of live radio programs. Revue's first association with television dates back to the NBC anthology show Armour Theatre, which debuted on that network on September 6, 1950.
Revue was a prolific producer of many classic TV shows for the American networks in the 1950s and early-1960s. Some of the most well-known shows made by Revue were the sitcoms Leave It to Beaver and Bachelor Father, the comedy show The Jack Benny Program, the suspense anthology Alfred Hitchcock Presents, the Western shows Tales of Wells Fargo, Laramie, The Adventures of Kit Carson, Wagon Train and (for its first season) The Virginian, and the crime dramas State Trooper, City Detective and the original Mike Hammer. In 1957, parent company MCA created the dummy company EMKA Ltd., through which it purchased most of the pre-1950 Paramount Pictures theatrical library for TV distribution; one of the Paramount films purchased by EMKA, the 1946 film version of the novel The Virginian, later served as one of the bases for the creation of the Western series of the same name.
In 1958, MCA bought the Universal Studios film lot from Universal Pictures and renamed it, along with their TV production company, as Revue Studios. That same year, Revue introduced its iconic closing logo jingle, a loud orchestral horn fanfare composed and arranged by Stanley Wilson and Juan Garcia Esquivel  (a jingle which was later carried over to successor company Universal Television,  as well as used by MCA for its syndication division MCA TV ). In 1962, MCA dissolved its original talent agency business in order to purchase Universal Pictures, so as to avoid issues with the American antitrust laws of the period. A year after the Universal acquisition, in 1963, MCA replaced the Revue Studios logo with a modified version of the previous Revue logo replacing the "Filmed in Hollywood at Revue Studios" tag with "Filmed at Universal City" in the same design, then replaced that logo in 1964 with the zooming Universal globe and the title "Filmed at the studios of Universal City"; however, all television shows copyrighted under the Revue Productions name until 1966, when it was officially renamed Universal Television (in its first incarnation).