The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse (1948–1956)
"The Philco Television Playhouse" (original title)

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Bert Lytell ...
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Jay Jackson ...
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This live dramatic series featured original stories and adaptations of novels, plays, etc. during it's eight year run. During the first year, the show was sponsored by the Actor's Equity Association and featured adaptations of Broadway plays and musicals: Bert Lytell, the former president of the Association, acted as host. During the second season, an agreement was made with the Book-of-the-Month Club and the plays were adaptations of current novels. Starting in the third season, the TV plays were adaptations of plays, novels, dramas, etc. by known and unknown authors. The title of the show was changed to "Repertory Theatre" (1949) for episodes 1.29 to 1.31 and "Arena Theatre" (1949) for episodes 1.32 to 1.38. Effective with episode 1.39, the original title was used. Starting with the fourth season, this show alternated weekly with "The Goodyear Theatre" (1951); starting in the eighth season, this program alternated with "The Goodyear Theatre" (1951) and "The ALCOA Hour" (1955). Written by J.E. McKillop <jack-mckillop@worldnet.att.net>

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During the first season, the show had three names: "The Philco Television Playhouse" for episodes 1.1 through 1.28; "Repertory Theatre" for episodes 1.29 through 1.31; "Arena Theatre" for episodes 1.32 through 1.38; and finally, starting with episode 1.39, the original name, "The Philco Television Playhouse," was restored. See more »

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It really was the Golden Age of Television.
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As we enter Y2K, it's good to look back on such terrific programs as The Philco Television Playhouse (so named for a time when one sponsor would pick up the whole tab for the series), when the production people strove for excellence, to do the very best they could on the air for their audience, and when actual thought and attention to the on-screen activities was mandatory. (It was for programs such as this that the "TV Dinner" was created, for better or worse. But at least there was something then to attract our continuous attention.) Philco Television Playhouse and the other anthologies of the day were very, very good television, indeed.


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