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Screen Director's Playhouse (1955-1956)



Screen Director's Playhouse

(1955-1956)

Anthology / Drama

Screen Director's Playhouse was a popular radio and television anthology series which brought leading Hollywood actors to the NBC microphones beginning in 1949. The radio program broadcast adaptations of films, and original directors of the films were sometimes involved in the productions, although their participation was usually limited to introducing the radio adaptations, and a brief 'curtain call' with the cast and host at the end of the program. The series later had a brief run on television, focusing on original teleplays and several adaptations of famous short stories (such as Robert Louis Stevenson's "Markheim" which is included along with John Wayne‘s first TV dramatic performance in a story directed by Academy Award winner John Ford, Errol Flynn in his first TV dramatic role and a Christmas story directed by Academy Award winner for Going My Way  and the Bells of St. Mary - Leo McCarey).

The television version, produced and filmed at Hal Roach Studios, was broadcast for one season on NBC, under the sponsorship of Eastman Kodak, airing from October 5, 1955 to September 12, 1956 and have not been seen in over 50 years.  But there was one difference between the two versions of the program: while the radio program had presented only condensed versions of well-known plays and films, the television version presented mostly original dramas.

High Air starring William Bendix and Dennis Hopper directed by Allan Dwan

Claire starring George Montgomery and Angela Lansbury directed by Frank Tuttle

Markheim starring Ray Milland and Rod Steiger directed by Fred Zinnemann

Sword of Villon starring Errol Flynn directed by George Waggner

Prima Donna starring Jeanette MacDonald, Laraine Day and Leo Durocher directed by David Butler

Number 5 Checked Out starring Teresa Wright & Peter Lorre directed by Ida Lupino

The Silent Partner starring Joe E. Brown, Buster Keaton, Zasu Pitts and Bob Hope directed by George Marshall

Lincoln's Doctor's Dog starring Robert Ryan, Richard Long & Charles Bickford directed by H.C. Potter

Rookie of the Year starring John Wayne, Ward Bond, James Gleason, Vera Miles and Patrick Wayne directed by John Ford

Tom and Jerry starring Peter Lawford directed by Leo McCarey  




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