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 »

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The Dick Powell Theatre (1961–1963)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Powell served as host and, in early shows at least, occasional star in this dramatic anthology. It was his last television series and contained his last filmed acting (episode: 'The ... See full summary »

Stars: Dick Powell, David Niven, June Allyson
The Informer (1935)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

In 1922, an Irish rebel informs on his friend, then feels doom closing in.

Director: John Ford
Stars: Victor McLaglen, Heather Angel, Preston Foster
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A tribute documentary on the most decorated U.S. Marine, General Lewis B. 'Chesty' Puller.

Director: John Ford
Stars: John Wayne, John Ford, Lewis B. Puller
Kraft Suspense Theatre (1963–1965)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Kraft Suspense Theater was a anthogy series that featured a new cast and stories each week. It shared it's time slot with Kraft Music Hall that aired approximately once a month.

Stars: David Lewis, Francis De Sales, Harry Townes
Stagecoach West (1960–1961)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Luke Perry and Simon Kane run a stagecoach line in the Old West, where they come across a wide variety of killers, robbers and ladies in distress. They are accompanied by Simon's young son ... See full summary »

Stars: Wayne Rogers, Robert Bray, Richard Eyer
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A story of two motorcycle racers, the inept, unsuspecting Little Faus (Micheal J.Pollard) and the opportunistic, womanizing Halsey Knox (Redford)

Director: Sidney J. Furie
Stars: Robert Redford, Michael J. Pollard, Lauren Hutton
Comedy | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

During World War II, two Americans are forced to bail out and parachute into a small German town. Herr Frick, being equal parts patriotic and lonely, keeps them as prisoners of war in his ... See full summary »

Director: Gottfried Reinhardt
Stars: Alec Guinness, Mike Connors, Paul Dahlke
Comedy | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Detective Guy Johnson's client, Willie Heywood is framed for murder and while Guy hides him so he can catch the real killer, both of them are nabbed by the police, tried, convicted and ... See full summary »

Director: W.S. Van Dyke
Stars: Claudette Colbert, James Stewart, Guy Kibbee
Drama | History | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

When the government agency fails to deliver even the meager supplies due by treaty to the proud Cheyenne tribe in their barren desert reserve, the starving Indians have taken more abuse ... See full summary »

Director: John Ford
Stars: Richard Widmark, Carroll Baker, Karl Malden
The Defenders (1961–1965)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

A Father-Son lawyer duo take a variety of cases that often deal with the important issues of the day.

Stars: E.G. Marshall, Robert Reed, Polly Rowles
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Frank Skeffington is an old Irish-American political boss, running for re-election as Mayor of of a US town for the last time.

Director: John Ford
Stars: Spencer Tracy, Jeffrey Hunter, Dianne Foster
The Law and Mr. Jones (1960–1962)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Abraham Lincoln Jones is a lawyer assisted by his law clerk, young C.E. Carruthers, and his secretary Marsha Spear. His cases usually did not involve violence but rather "white collar" ... See full summary »

Stars: James Whitmore, Janet De Gore, Conlan Carter
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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 toward light subject matter, this series often had powerful stories about painful or controversial subjects. Many big names got involved with this series, including actors like Charlton Heston and Lee Marvin, directors like John Ford, and writers like Ray Bradbury. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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