Documentary dramas - plays that were based on true stories, were the forte of Armstrong Circle Theater. Many movie actors and actresses got their start here.




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Complete series cast summary:
Douglas Edwards ...
 Himself - Host / ... (70 episodes, 1957-1961)
Sandy Becker ...
 Himself - Host (41 episodes, 1954-1955)
Bob Sherry ...
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John Cameron Swayze ...
 Himself - Host (36 episodes, 1955-1957)
Joe Ripley ...
 Himself - Host (33 episodes, 1952-1953)


Running for almost thirteen years, this dramatic anthology series featured many well-know actors and actresses, as well as a number who would later go on to become stars. Originally, the program presented dramas written by contemporary writers on a number of subjects, but later in its run it changed to documentary-style dramas on subjects ranging from espionage and the history of Russian communism to the dangers of medical and insurance fraud. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <>

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In the late 1960s, Armstrong Circle Theatre was temporarily revived, but not as a weekly anthology series of docudramas. Instead, it presented, over a period of about two years, four special programs, all adaptations of classic Broadway shows. "Brigadoon", "Carousel", and "Kiss Me Kate" all starred Robert Goulet (with different leading ladies), and "Kismet" starred José Ferrer in his only televised appearance in a Broadway musical. See more »


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Dean effective in early tv drama
23 December 2002 | by (Putney, VT) – See all my reviews

Gene Lockhart stars as an old irishman, longing to win the lottery to return home, in THE BELLS OF COCKAIGNE, a half hour drama, co-starring James Dean. Dean is effective as a young husband and father, who needs money to move to a dry climate in order to aid his ailing son. When Lockhart wins the lottery with a lucky number at the same time, Dean loses his pay in a poker game, Lockhart slips him the lucky lottery number, aiding the young couple as he simultaneously gives up his dream of returning to Ireland. Lockhart is fine. The DVD release of this production states it is an hour long, but it is not. It's 30 minutes. It's paired with the 1957 documentary THE JAMES DEAN STORY.

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