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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Nominated for 14 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »
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The struggle of a lady's garment workers' organization to unionize a New York clothing sweat shop; the owner of which is determined to keep the union out of his business at any cost.

Directors: Vincent Sherman, Robert Aldrich
Stars: Lee J. Cobb, Kerwin Mathews, Gia Scala
The Big Knife (1955)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Hollywood actor Charles Castle is pressured by his studio boss into a criminal cover-up to protect his valuable career.

Director: Robert Aldrich
Stars: Jack Palance, Ida Lupino, Wendell Corey
The Rogues (1964–1965)
Adventure | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

The cousins St. Clair and Fleming are con-men so successful they no longer need to con. They can be persuaded, however, to use their skills: in a just cause, where a mark deserves it very, very much.

Stars: Robert Coote, Gig Young, Charles Boyer
Apache (1954)
Western
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Refusing to let himself be re-settled on a Florida reservation, Massai, an Apache warrior, escapes his captors and returns to his homeland to become a peaceful farmer.

Director: Robert Aldrich
Stars: Burt Lancaster, Jean Peters, John McIntire
Schlitz Playhouse (1951–1959)
Comedy | Drama
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Originally billed as Playhouse of the Stars this long running anthology series was originally presented live from New York. Irene Dunne was briefly the hostess in 1952 and the show frequently used Broadway performers in classic stories.

Stars: James Mason, Irene Dunne, Robert Paige
Drama | War | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

In 1941, Greek resistance entrusts an American journalist with a Greek double-agent secret list that must reach London and must not fall into Nazi hands.

Director: Robert Aldrich
Stars: Robert Mitchum, Stanley Baker, Elisabeth Müller
Action | Drama | Romance
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At the end of the Second World War six German ex-soldiers return to Berlin and set up as a bomb disposal group. The pressure of the dangerous work starts to affect them, the more so as they... See full summary »

Director: Robert Aldrich
Stars: Jack Palance, Jeff Chandler, Martine Carol
Cavalcade of America (1952–1957)
Drama
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Cavalcade of America documented historical events using stories of individual courage, initiative and achievement, often with feel-good dramatizations of the human spirit's triumph against all odds.

Stars: James Seay, Richard Gaines, Raymond Greenleaf
Hotel de Paree (1959–1960)
Western
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Sundance, a reformed gunslinger just released from prison, drifts into the town of Georgetown, CO. A tangle with the town villain ends up with Sundance being forced to shoot him, resulting ... See full summary »

Stars: Earl Holliman, Jeanette Nolan, Strother Martin
Attack (1956)
Drama | War | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

In 1945, an American Infantry company sets up an artillery observation post but tensions between captain Cooney and lieutenant Costa run high.

Director: Robert Aldrich
Stars: Jack Palance, Lee Marvin, Eddie Albert
Comedy | Drama | Music
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The show started in New York with Broadway actors. It then moved to Hollywood where Hollywood actors headed the cast.

Stars: Philip Carey, Laraine Day, Willis Bouchey
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 Willie Dante / ... (31 episodes, 1952-1956)
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 Ellen / ... (19 episodes, 1953-1956)
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 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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25 September 1952 (USA)  »

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(129 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The original four stars who were to appear in this show were Charles Boyer, Joel McCrea, Dick Powell and Rosalind Russell. McCrea and Russell pulled out soon after the company was formed and were replaced by Ida Lupino and David Niven. See more »

Crazy Credits

In episode 1.2, "Dante's Inferno," the character played by Regis Toomey is listed as "Lt. Wald," even though he is referred to in dialog several times as "Lt. Waldo." The role of Herb Vigran is identified there as "Monty Leeds," but in all subsequent episodes set in the titular nightclub the name is given as "Monte [no surname]." See more »

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Referenced in Death in Hollywood (1990) See more »

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Four Star Playhouse
5 October 2005 | by (Canada) – See 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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