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 »
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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 Court-Martial of Captain Wycliff'). Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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26 September 1961 (USA)  »

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Aaron Spelling produced and wrote some of the shows. Spelling would later become one of the most successful producers in TV history, with credits that included The Love Boat (1977), Charlie's Angels (1976) and Dynasty (1981). See more »

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Spoofed in Car 54, Where Are You?: One Sleepy People (1962) See more »

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A wonderful series of shows, featuring The Rogues.
23 November 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Dick Powell Theatre was released on video cassette in 1985 by RKO Home Video. The best feature in the series is a murder mystery entitled, "Who Killed Julie Greer"? The cast includes Dick Powell, Nick Adams, Ralph Bellamy, Lloyd Bridges, Jack Carson, Carolyn Jones, Mickey Rooney, Ronald Reagan and Kay Thompson. Powell stars as Inspector Burke, later portrayed in a separate series by Gene Barry. The Rogues featured stories with David Niven, Charles Boyer and Gig Young alternating as the male lead. Robert Coote and Gladys Cooper were supporting players.

The series also featured the comedian Milton Berle in a rare dramatic appearance... a hard luck professional card dealer in: DOYLE AGAINST THE HOUSE.

The tapes were recorded in black and white and ran 52 minutes.


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