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Four Star Playhouse 

This show featured four rotating stars, Charles Boyer, David Niven, Ida Lupino, and Dick Powell in individual episodes consisting of everything from comedy to drama.
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1956   1955   1954   1953   1952  
Nominated for 14 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
David Niven ...  Adams / ... 33 episodes, 1952-1956
Dick Powell ...  Willie Dante / ... 31 episodes, 1952-1956
Charles Boyer ...  Paul / ... 30 episodes, 1952-1956
Ida Lupino ...  Ellen / ... 19 episodes, 1953-1956
Herb Vigran ...  Monte / ... 14 episodes, 1952-1956
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This show featured four rotating stars, Charles Boyer, David Niven, Ida Lupino, and Dick Powell in individual episodes consisting of everything from comedy to drama.

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Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

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English

Release Date:

25 September 1952 (USA) See more »

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Star Performance See more »

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Four Star Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(129 episodes)

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Mono (RCA Sound System)| Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The series is mentioned on I Love Lucy (1951) by Charles Boyer on season five, episode nineteen, "Lucy Meets Charles Boyer". See more »

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Alternate Versions

The syndicated rerun version of the episode "The House Always Wins" (4/28/1955), also used for at least one video release, is missing Jack Benny's cameo appearance. See more »

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Four Star Playhouse
5 October 2005 | by epaul27See all my reviews

I remember several episodes of Four Star Playhouse from 1953-54. Ida Lupino was in one of them called "The green Dress" or something like that. It scared the blazes out of me. In it, Ida Lupino starred as a housewife murdered by her husband. She was pushed down a flight of stairs and broke her neck. Later, she returned to haunt him as an apparition at the top of the stairs, wearing the same green dress that she died in. I was five or six years old at the time of viewing this. Guess you could say it stuck in my mind! The other episode was the story of a woman who was being exploited by relatives for money. They were attempting to drive her mad or cause her suicide. The story unfolds as this young woman is looking for a new place to live. Her calculating uncle and aunt show her a renovated apartment that they know of. She is shown in, and while she is distracted, the sinister couple slips out and locks the door. Eventually this young woman becomes quite desperate as all the doors and windows are locked,the phone is disconnected, and nobody can hear her banging on the door. One scene shows her opening a closet door only to be greeted by the site of a hanging rope noose. She gets revenge by tricking her adversaries inside and locking the door on them.

I was too young at the time to be a movie critic. In retrospect however, I think these were classics that shouldn't be missed by those who love unique,unsettling dramas.


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