A daily anthology show, featuring original material, as well as adaptations of literary classics.
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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win. See more awards »
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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

A teenage boy panics and takes hostages when he thinks he's committed murder. Jack Nicholson's film debut as the juvenile delinquent.

Director: Jus Addiss
Stars: Harry Lauter, Jack Nicholson, Carolyn Mitchell
The Wild Ride (1960)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

A rebellious punk of the beat generation spends his days as an amateur dirt track driver in between partying and troublemaking. He eventually kidnaps his buddy's girlfriend, kills a few ... See full summary »

Director: Harvey Berman
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Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Unmarried teenage lovers turn to desperate measures after their clandestine tryst results in an unplanned pregnancy.

Director: Richard Rush
Stars: Jennifer West, Richard Evans, Warren Parker
Studs Lonigan (1960)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A young man tries to escape the South Side of 1920s Chicago.

Director: Irving Lerner
Stars: Christopher Knight, Frank Gorshin, Venetia Stevenson
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

A cowboy rides into a small town that is ruled with an iron fist by a corrupt Sheriff. He becomes involved with a pretty young town girl and some residents who are trying to oust the ... See full summary »

Director: John A. Bushelman
Stars: Kent Taylor, Diana Darrin, Jody McCrea
Mr. Lucky (1959–1960)
Comedy | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Mr. Lucky was an honest professional gambler who had won a plush floating casino, the ship Fortuna, and used it as his base of operations. Staying beyond the three-mile limit, where he ... See full summary »

Stars: John Vivyan, Ross Martin, Tom Brown
War | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

During World War II, a three man commando team places its trust in the hands of a band of Filipino resistants, as they try to knock out a Japanese communication center.

Director: Monte Hellman
Stars: Jimmie Rodgers, Jack Nicholson, John Hackett
Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Stolen diamonds spark a deadly drama involving a group of strangers in the Philippine jungle.

Director: Monte Hellman
Stars: Dewey Martin, Fay Spain, Jack Nicholson
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.8/10 X  

In a small, U.S. costal town, with many Spanish speakers, a motorcycle gang arrives on vacation. Also in town to try to reconnect with his pregnant girlfriend, Karen, is businessman Paul ... See full summary »

Director: Martin B. Cohen
Stars: Cameron Mitchell, Bruce Dern, Diane Ladd
Armstrong Circle Theatre (1950–1963)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

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.

Stars: Douglas Edwards, Sandy Becker, Bob Sherry
Ensign Pulver (1964)
Comedy | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Life becomes so harried after Ensign Pulver's prank, he and the Captain are swept off deck during a storm, ending up on a tropical island, a group of ship wrecked nurses, dancing natives, and one very big case of appendicitis.

Director: Joshua Logan
Stars: Robert Walker Jr., Burl Ives, Walter Matthau
Bronco (1958–1962)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A former confederate soldier wanders the old west, and meets such famous characters as Jesse James, Buffalo Bill Cody, and Theodore Roosevelt.

Stars: Ty Hardin, Robert Colbert, Mike Road
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When John Conte was notified that this show would be cancelled, he asked the television audience to try and help keep the program on the air by sending in one dollar to keep this show on the air. People sent in their dollar bills, but to no avail. The network cancelled the show, and Mr. Conte returned all the money to the television audience. John Conte was absent for one or more of the live programs, and Richard Conte substituted as the host. The program was on for an hour every day at 3 p.m. Eastern Time. 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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