A fire in a run-down tenement building injures young Joey Rogers. Wealthy passerby Peter Cortlant rushes the boy and his attractive older sister Mary to the hospital and pays the medical ... See full summary »
Live dramatic shows featuring Hollywood stars. Initially, the show was a thirty-minute weekly show, but when it moved to NBC in August 1954, the show was extended to sixty minutes, and the ... See full summary »
This was an anthology series that presented a different story and different set of characters on each episode. It ran from 1954 to 1958 and featured Casino Royale of James Bond fame that lead to a feature film of the same name.
This live dramatic series featured original stories and adaptations of novels, plays, et cetera during its eight year run. During the first year, the show was sponsored by the Actor's ... See full summary »
Walter Cronkite hosted the reenactments of historical events. Shows included "The Landing of the Hindenburg", "The Salem Witchcraft Trials", "The Gettysburg Address", "The Fall of Troy", and "The Scuttling of the Graf Spee".
Originally billed as "Playhouse of the Stars" this long running anthology series was originally presented live from New York City. Irene Dunne was briefly the hostess in 1952, and the show frequently used Broadway performers in classic stories.
John Frankenheimer liked to say that this was the most aptly-named show on television, and insisted that, by the time he began working on it as an Assistant Director, the network was mostly assigning segments to directors they wanted to fire. The idea was that the pressure of work would cause these directors either to come up with inferior work, which would be used as an excuse for dismissal, or else force them to resign. He also claimed he was sometimes bribed by these directors to do most of their work for them, so that they would look good to their bosses. Eventually, or so he told many interviewers, one director became hysterical during the live broadcast and he, Frankenheimer, had to knock him out and take over the full handling of the show to prevent catastrophe. This led to his being promoted to full-time director at the age of twenty-four. See more »
The 34 year old Roald Dahl was enlisted to bring to the screen his short story, 'A Dip in the Pool', in this series which was directed by Yul Brynner before he shot to fame as an actor in 'The King and I'. The short story has a natural home in the episodic serial like this.
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