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Stars: John Abbott, Don Beddoe, Sara Berner
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 Himself - Host (4 episodes, 1955-1956)
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 Dr, Merriam / ... (4 episodes, 1955-1957)
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 Clovis / ... (4 episodes, 1955-1957)
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 Doberman / ... (4 episodes, 1956-1957)
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 Governor / ... (3 episodes, 1956)
Johnny Washbrook ...
 Danny Morgan / ... (3 episodes, 1955-1957)
Harry Carter ...
 Himself / ... (3 episodes, 1955-1956)
Robert Griffin ...
 Bartender / ... (3 episodes, 1955-1957)
Frank Sully ...
 Jake / ... (3 episodes, 1955-1957)
Richard Collier ...
 Todd / ... (3 episodes, 1955-1957)
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 Alderson / ... (3 episodes, 1955-1957)
Noel Drayton ...
 Alfred Bridges / ... (3 episodes, 1955-1956)
Philip Tonge ...
 Buzzy Loring / ... (3 episodes, 1955-1956)
Katherine Warren ...
 Amelia Newcombe / ... (3 episodes, 1955-1956)
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 Governor's Wife / ... (3 episodes, 1956)
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 Doris Walker / ... (2 episodes, 1955-1956)
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 Cicero / ... (2 episodes, 1956)
Gavin Muir ...
 Harry / ... (2 episodes, 1956)
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 Miss Prossy / ... (2 episodes, 1955-1957)
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 Fred Gaily / ... (2 episodes, 1955-1956)
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 Barney Fowler / ... (2 episodes, 1956-1957)
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 Dr. Benson / ... (2 episodes, 1955-1956)
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 Ephraim Strong / ... (2 episodes, 1956-1957)
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 Callicott / ... (2 episodes, 1955-1956)
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 Sgt. Pickens / ... (2 episodes, 1956-1957)
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 Dan Chancellor / ... (2 episodes, 1956-1957)
Jim Hayward ...
 Charlie / ... (2 episodes, 1957)
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 Mr. Macy / ... (2 episodes, 1955-1956)
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 Dr. Pierce / ... (2 episodes, 1955-1957)
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 First Brother / ... (2 episodes, 1956-1957)
Dan Riss ...
 Doc MacGowen / ... (2 episodes, 1956-1957)
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 Jackson / ... (2 episodes, 1956-1957)
Herb Vigran ...
 Joe / ... (2 episodes, 1955-1957)
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 Clark / ... (2 episodes, 1956-1957)
Louis Towers ...
 Jackie / ... (2 episodes, 1955-1956)
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 John Apley / ... (2 episodes, 1955-1957)
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 Ben Macready / ... (2 episodes, 1955-1957)
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 Boyle / ... (2 episodes, 1955-1957)
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 Christina Bradley / ... (2 episodes, 1955-1957)
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 Abigail Clay / ... (2 episodes, 1955-1957)
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 Adam Clay / ... (2 episodes, 1955-1957)
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 Bartlett / ... (2 episodes, 1955-1957)
Barbara Woodell ...
 Mary Elgin / ... (2 episodes, 1955-1957)
Than Wyenn ...
 Freddie Ames / ... (2 episodes, 1955-1957)
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 Farley / ... (2 episodes, 1955-1956)
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 Marcia Bridges / ... (2 episodes, 1955-1956)
Jess Kirkpatrick ...
 Draftsman #1 / ... (2 episodes, 1955-1956)
Joy Lafleur ...
 Ethel / ... (2 episodes, 1955-1956)
Doris Lloyd ...
 Lady Beatrice / ... (2 episodes, 1955-1956)
Joey Ray ...
 Tribune Reporter (2 episodes, 1955-1956)
Gerald Oliver Smith ...
 Bates / ... (2 episodes, 1955-1956)
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 Captain McCrea / ... (2 episodes, 1955-1956)
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 Wade Connors (2 episodes, 1955-1956)
Howard Wendell ...
 Hotel Manager / ... (2 episodes, 1955-1956)
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 Captain Robert Wilton / ... (2 episodes, 1955-1956)
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 Robert Cosick (2 episodes, 1955)
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 Aikens / ... (2 episodes, 1956-1957)
Paul Birch ...
 John Albertson / ... (2 episodes, 1956-1957)
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 Prosecutor / ... (2 episodes, 1956-1957)
Lisa Golm ...
 Tessie Vardosch / ... (2 episodes, 1956-1957)
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 Al Neavins / ... (2 episodes, 1956-1957)
Paul McGuire ...
 Dispatch Rider (2 episodes, 1956-1957)
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 Ferguson / ... (2 episodes, 1956-1957)
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 Max / ... (2 episodes, 1956-1957)
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 Charley / ... (2 episodes, 1956-1957)
Jack Rice ...
 Mr. Robinson (2 episodes, 1956-1957)
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 Angelo / ... (2 episodes, 1956-1957)
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 Kate as a Girl / ... (2 episodes, 1956-1957)
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 Herself / ... (2 episodes, 1956)
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 Harold / ... (2 episodes, 1956)
Todd Ferrell ...
 Mark King / ... (2 episodes, 1956)
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 Joan Byrnes / ... (2 episodes, 1956)
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 Maid / ... (2 episodes, 1956)
Herbert Lytton ...
 Court Clerk / ... (2 episodes, 1956)
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 Alan Byrnes / ... (2 episodes, 1956)
Marilyn Saris ...
 Maria / ... (2 episodes, 1956)
Irene Seidner ...
 Mrs. Schneider / ... (2 episodes, 1956)
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 George Wixted / ... (2 episodes, 1957)
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 Malatta / ... (2 episodes, 1957)
Lloyd Corrigan ...
 Capt. Sam / ... (2 episodes, 1957)
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 Poker Player / ... (2 episodes, 1957)
Sydney Smith ...
 Dewey Roberts / ... (2 episodes, 1957)
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An Anthology of mini-features, new productions largely consisted of hasty retreads of successful Fox movies.

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(37 episodes)

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| (Westrex Recording System) (season 2)| (RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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Definitely a fascinating curiosity, but...
14 March 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This long-lost series has been remastered and restored, and is currently being shown on the Fox Movie Channel under the new title "Hour of Stars". It is a fascinating curio made up of one-hour condensations of 20th Century-Fox's biggest hit films, with entirely different casts. (There are unproduced scripts featured on this series as well.) The scripts, photography, and camera angles on these hour-long shows are virtually identical to those in the films they are based on. Although this is part of what makes this series so fascinating, and although it raises the level of writing and photography far above that in the average TV series, this is unfortunately where the resemblance ends, at least judging from the episode I caught last night.

The episode was entitled "Operation Cicero", and was adapted from the hit 1952 spy film "5 Fingers". It had one advantage over the original in that the main supporting role of Moisewitch, Cicero's contact man, was played by none other than Peter Lorre, who naturally walked away with the acting honors. But the episode was compromised by the fatal miscasting of Ricardo Montalban (of all people) in the role of Diello, the traitorous valet played so memorably in the film by James Mason. Montalban may be a great Khan in "Star Trek", but he is the last person one would ever imagine playing a dryly cynical spy who is willing to betray the Allied cause in WWII just for money and his own amusement. He brings almost none of the nuances that Mason brought to his portrayal.

The other actors in this episode are not miscast, but strictly unmemorable in comparison to those in "5 Fingers". The only other actor who can stand comparison with his movie counterpart is Alan Napier (Alfred the butler in TV's "Batman"), who plays Travers, the British intelligence agent played in "5 Fingers" by Michael Rennie.

There will be more episodes in this series, and they will certainly be of interest as early TV artifacts, but if you expect the same experience that you had in seeing the original films they are based on, you might be disappointed. The impression this series gives is similar to that of watching a touring company of a Broadway show when you have already seen the original Broadway production.


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