A daily anthology show, featuring original material, as well as adaptations of literary classics.
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A young man tries to escape the South Side of 1920s Chicago.

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Stars: John Vivyan, Ross Martin, Tom Brown
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 Himself - Host / ... 572 episodes, 1955-1958
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A daily anthology show, featuring original material, as well as adaptations of literary classics.

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The show was performed live, but there were at least two exceptions. "The Iceman" was filmed in 1957, and so was the second version of "From the Desk of Margaret Tydings". Both productions aired in 1958. See more »

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One of the great TV shows of the Fifties
29 December 2011 | by See all my reviews

When I was a teenager, I used to watch Matinée Theater almost every day during summer vacation on KPRC-TV in Houston Texas. The quality of the show was amazing, considering that NBC produced a live one hour drama every day, and it was in color! Like most families in the fifties, we couldn't afford a color TV set, but I could walk down to the local Joske's department store and see it on a color TV set. Even though I was only a kid, I could tell that these shows were outstanding, and they often featured well known stars. It is unfortunate that many of those live shows were not preserved, especially the early color productions.


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