Powell served as host and, in early shows at least, occasional star in this dramatic anthology. It was his last television series and contained his last filmed acting (episode: 'The ... See full summary »
Originally billed as Playhouse of the Stars this long running anthology series was originally presented live from New York. Irene Dunne was briefly the hostess in 1952 and the show frequently used Broadway performers in classic stories.
About a year ago I was able to see a bunch of these and they are quite excellent. June appears in less than half of them, I think there were about 60 and she was in maybe 20 of them. But she is in the hosting part in the beginning, similar to Loretta Young and also Barbara Stanwyck in her short lived show. Anyway, June looks fancy and does a nice introduction in each one. The ones she was in are actually pretty good. The show obviously had a high budget as the acting guests are all big actors and the scripts are pretty good. The ones June acts in are a bit out of the ordinary for her, but still firmly in her image. The comedy ones remind us she was an excellent comic actress, in particular one in which she plays a lady lawyer. She spars quite well in court. The others have big name guests, including a particularly nice one with Ann Blyth in which she is very good and one with Anne Baxter and Dean Stockwell and they were excellent as well. Unfortunately did not get to see the Jane Powell or Irene Dunne episodes and would have liked to. But if you have ever wondered if this show was any good, it is.
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