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Playhouse 90 

Of the many anthology series, Playhouse 90 is considered the most ambitious with outstanding talent in front of the camera. Attracting top ranked directors and scripts it was often filmed live including the entire first season.
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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 18 wins & 36 nominations. See more awards »

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Richard Joy Richard Joy ...  Himself - Announcer / ... 63 episodes, 1956-1960
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Of the many anthology series, Playhouse 90 is considered the most ambitious with outstanding talent in front of the camera. Attracting top ranked directors and scripts it was often filmed live including the entire first season.

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USA

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English

Release Date:

4 October 1956 (USA) See more »

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Mono

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Black and White | Color (broadcast of "The Nutcracker")

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1.33 : 1
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The color broadcast of "The Nutcracker" was Playhouse 90's only color telecast, and CBS's only live color broadcast of 1958. See more »


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Song for a Summer Night
by Robert Allen
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What TV should be and now only can hope to be
11 January 2006 | by wolf008See all my reviews

Playhouse 90 featured some of the best that Television has ever presented. The dialogue, the acting, and of-course the writing are unparalleled.

Rod Sterling being one of the most accomplished and notable writers who worked on the series, won an Emmy for Requiem for a Heavyweight in the series first season in 1956. This episode was a testament to the quality and creativity that Playhouse 90 was committed to.

Unfortunately, we can only hope with extreme futility, for quality on par with Playhouse 90 from todays Hollywood. However, there is reminisce of this type of excellent writing from Independent filmmakers. Unfortunately, the independent filmmakers receive little fanfare and far less hype compared to their Hollywood counterparts.


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