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(1948–1950)

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  • Produced by the ABC as its television network was just getting off the ground, this program was one of the first dramatic series television to attract top-name actors and actresses. Performing plays by such authors as Poe and Thurber, cast members included current well-known performers like Julie Harris and Cloris Leachman, as well as up-and-coming talents like Marlon Brando. The series was renamed "The Play's the Thing" midway through its final season.

  • The 56 episodes were adaptations of plays, stories, etc. by famous authors, e.g., Tennessee Williams, James Thurber, H.G. Wells, Ring Lardner, Edgar Allen Poe, Maxim Gorky, Ben Hecht, Oscar Wilde, Irwin Shaw, Stephen Vincent Benet, Thomas Hardy, William Saroyan, Erskine Caldwell, Bret Harte, etc.


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