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Playhouse 90 (1956–1961)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Stars: Richard Joy, Charles Bickford, Kim Hunter
Alcoa Premiere (1961–1963)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Hosted by famous dancer/actor Fred Astaire, this series presented a new drama with each week's episode. Unlike some of the earlier drama series, which tended either toward classics or ... See full summary »

Stars: Fred Astaire, Keir Dullea, Paul Comi
Goodyear Theatre (1957–1960)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Stars: Robert Ryan, David Niven, Jane Powell
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Marshal Tyrone and the Silver Kid form an uneasy alliance against a gang of claim jumpers.

Director: Don Siegel
Stars: Audie Murphy, Faith Domergue, Stephen McNally
Comedy | Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

The show started in New York with Broadway actors. It then moved to Hollywood where Hollywood actors headed the cast.

Stars: Philip Carey, Laraine Day, Willis Bouchey
Matinee Theatre (1955–1958)
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

A daily anthology show, featuring orginal material, as well as adaptations of literary classics.

Stars: John Conte, Johnny Crawford, Sarah Churchill
One Step Beyond (1959–1961)
Drama | Fantasy | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Produced at the same time as the more well-known Twilight Zone, this series fed the nation's growing interest in paranormal suspense in a different way. Rather than creating fictional ... See full summary »

Stars: John Newland, Robert Douglas, Olan Soule
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

In the 1950s, Arizona deputy sheriff Les Martin is pressured by his community to solve a string of mysterious murders around a mining ghost town in Grand Canyon.

Director: Don Siegel
Stars: Cornel Wilde, Victoria Shaw, Mickey Shaughnessy
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

When 2 detectives steal $80,000 from a dead robber, one of them suffers from a guilty conscience which could lead to murder.

Director: Don Siegel
Stars: Ida Lupino, Steve Cochran, Howard Duff
Flaming Star (1960)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

West Texas in the years after the Civil War is an uneasy meeting ground of two cultures, one white. The other native American. Elvis portrays Pacer Burton. The son of a white rancher (John ... See full summary »

Director: Don Siegel
Stars: Elvis Presley, Barbara Eden, Steve Forrest
The Verdict (1946)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

After an innocent man is executed in a case he was responsible for, a Scotland Yard superintendent finds himself investigating the murder of his key witness.

Director: Don Siegel
Stars: Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, Joan Lorring
The Alcoa Hour (1955–1957)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

This live series featured adaptations of other works (novels, plays, etc.) plus original works for the show. It was primarily dramas but a few musicals also were presented. The show is ... See full summary »

Stars: Luis Van Rooten, Loïs Bolton, Robert Emhardt
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 O'Brien (2 episodes, 1957)
Henry Hunter
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 Spencer (2 episodes, 1958-1959)
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 Thief (2 episodes, 1958-1959)
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When The Alcoa Hour dramatic anthology series moved from Sunday night to Monday, both the name and the format were changed. Instead of having a completely different cast for each episode, the series now used a set group of actors who would appear repeatedly throughout the series in various roles. While most of the productions were serious dramas, a few comedies were also included in the mix. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Predictable fare, well made with starry cast
9 December 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Also known as 'Turn of Fate', this series presents mysteries and stories with a twist - a kind of 1950s Tales of the Unexpected. With stars such as David Niven, Jane Powell, and Robert Ryan, the quality of the acting is high - the stories somewhat easy to work out, but entertaining nonetheless.

The prints currently airing on TV are sharp and clear so it's likely some restoration has been done; the quality of this series also proves that the 1950s were indeed a golden age for American television, when stage and movie stars alike were embracing the medium.

Turn of Fate is well worth half an hour of anyone's time and the stories and situations are varied enough for several episodes to be watched without the viewer getting bored.


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