Screen Directors Playhouse (1955–1956)

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Arthur Q. Bryan ...
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 1st Gambler / ... (3 episodes, 1955-1956)
Macdonald Carey ...
 Gil Foster / ... (2 episodes, 1956)
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 Joe Mahoney / ... (2 episodes, 1955-1956)
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 Lucius Morley / ... (2 episodes, 1955-1956)
Barbara Morrison ...
 Mrs. Gimingham / ... (2 episodes, 1955-1956)
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 Dr. Archie McCawlly / ... (2 episodes, 1956)
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 June Foster / ... (2 episodes, 1956)
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 Edwin Stanton / ... (2 episodes, 1955)
Jacqueline deWit ...
 Emmy / ... (2 episodes, 1955-1956)
Emlen Davies ...
 Mrs. Cole / ... (2 episodes, 1955-1956)
Eilene Janssen ...
 Girl / ... (2 episodes, 1955-1956)
Hal Baylor ...
 Man with Bends / ... (2 episodes, 1956)
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 Lawyer / ... (2 episodes, 1955-1956)
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 Gen. Lafferty / ... (2 episodes, 1956)
William Forrest ...
 Mr. Green / ... (2 episodes, 1955)
Roy Glenn ...
 Bootblack / ... (2 episodes, 1955)
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 John Wayne / ... (2 episodes, 1955-1956)
Clem Bevans ...
 Jessup / ... (2 episodes, 1956)
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 Howard Barnes / ... (2 episodes, 1955-1956)
Howard Wendell ...
 1st Senator / ... (2 episodes, 1955-1956)
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 Bill / ... (2 episodes, 1956)
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 Collier / ... (2 episodes, 1955-1956)
Sol Gorss ...
 2nd. Bully / ... (2 episodes, 1956)
Diane Jergens ...
 Sue Stradler / ... (2 episodes, 1956)
Vernon Rich ...
 Court Clerk / ... (2 episodes, 1955-1956)
Tay Garnett ...
 Himself / ... (2 episodes, 1956)
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Deserves a Revival
21 January 2011 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Thanks TMC for reviving this long neglected anthology series. I think I've seen enough representative entries to pick out some notable series features.

By and large, the episodes are very well produced, especially for early TV. Outdoor locations are generally used instead of exterior sets; costuming is movie-grade quality; and casting is of name performers (e.g. John Wayne, Jeanette Mac Donald) or up-and-comers (e.g. Dennis Hopper, Rod Steiger). Also, for this old-movie fan, it's fun seeing the real people behind the well-known director names—each entry being directed by a well-known movie director (e.g. John Ford, Leo McCarey, Frank Borzage) making a cameo appearance. The formats run the gamut from melodramas to musicals, and though the story quality can vary—as it does for any series—the standards appear pretty high for the time. This is also a period when the snobbish barrier between doing movies and doing TV is beginning to break down. All in all, however, I'm curious why the program was cancelled after only one season. I suspect there's a bigger story to this than just the ratings. Anyway, I hope TMC runs more episodes. The appeal here is entertainment as well as historical.


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