Live drama series that was one of the best TV shows ever shown. Over 200 live plays covering all aspects of society were shown.
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Stars: Douglas Edwards, Sandy Becker, Bob Sherry
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The show featured original plays plus plays adapted from works.

Stars: Walter Matthau, David White, Constance Ford
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Drama
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Drama | Horror | Mystery
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Anthology series featuring both classic and modern sci-fi themes.

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Comedy | Drama
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Drama
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Drama
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Live psychological and murder mystery dramas and one of the first U.S. TV dramas to make effective use of background music.

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Drama
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Comedy
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Stars: Betty White, Bill Williams, Natalie Masters
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 Charlie Webb / ... (10 episodes, 1953-1961)
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 Anne Gaines / ... (9 episodes, 1954-1960)
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 Charlie Anders / ... (7 episodes, 1954-1960)
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 Alec GRaham / ... (7 episodes, 1956-1963)
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 Cissie Hampshire / ... (7 episodes, 1956-1963)
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 Lucy Chalmers / ... (7 episodes, 1960-1962)
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 Kathy / ... (6 episodes, 1958-1962)
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 Enoch McCabe / ... (6 episodes, 1954-1962)
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 Doc Randolph / ... (6 episodes, 1958-1962)
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 Jeremy Penlove / ... (6 episodes, 1958-1961)
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 Jim Walton / ... (6 episodes, 1959-1963)
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 Felicia / ... (5 episodes, 1954-1961)
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 D'Arnault-Olivier / ... (5 episodes, 1955-1958)
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 Dorothy Hilton / ... (5 episodes, 1953-1961)
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 Bartender / ... (5 episodes, 1954-1962)
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 Allie Gulliver / ... (5 episodes, 1954-1962)
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 Betty Coogan / ... (5 episodes, 1954-1961)
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 Edith Sealey / ... (5 episodes, 1954-1959)
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 Billy / ... (5 episodes, 1954-1958)
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 Al / ... (5 episodes, 1954-1957)
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 Bernard / ... (5 episodes, 1955-1960)
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 Ed Ritchie / ... (5 episodes, 1956-1963)
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 John West / ... (5 episodes, 1956-1962)
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 Henry Powers / ... (5 episodes, 1956-1961)
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 Ed / ... (5 episodes, 1959-1962)
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 Edna Huntington / ... (5 episodes, 1960-1963)
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 Lord Harton / ... (5 episodes, 1961-1963)
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Live drama series that was one of the best TV shows ever shown. Over 200 live plays covering all aspects of society were shown.

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great series
20 January 2003 | by See all my reviews

This is another outstanding example of the Golden Age of Television. These plays were usually adapted from novels or plays, but some were original scripts. You get to see Julie Harris in one of her many, many outstanding live tv roles in A Wind from the South, as a young Irish girl. Also there are adaptations of classics like Hedda Gabler with Talulah Bankhead in the title role. There is a wonderful adaptation of a Bret Harte story, with Franchot Tone as the town drunk, Jane Meadows as the town prostitute, and Teresa Wright as the lovely schoolmarm who makes it all work out well. This is like watching a play with these three great performers. Also there are comedies like The Man in Posession with Lilli Palmer and Rex Harrison when they were doing Broadway comedies. It is very funny. Then there are original dramas, like The Bogey Man with Celeste Holm and Robert Preston, a play about a trailor park; good performances, great atmosphere. I recently got to see The Thief with Paul Lukas, Mary Astor, and in a small role, but in the same year as his first two big movies, James Dean. It also features a great performance by Diana Lynn and it is very atmospheric of Europe at the turn of the 20th Century, with a sophistication that was rarely seen in American films of the time. Again, these plays are like watching plays of the time and are all highly enjoyable, with great actors in surprising parts; too bad there are not more of these to be found. Hopefully there are more in a vault somewhere!


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