Produced by the ABC as its television network was just getting off the ground, this program was one of the first dramatic series television to attract top-name actors and actresses. ... See full summary »

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1950   1949   1948  
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Produced by the ABC as its television network was just getting off the ground, this program was one of the first dramatic series television to attract top-name actors and actresses. Performing plays by such authors as Poe and Thurber, cast members included current well-known performers like Julie Harris and Cloris Leachman, as well as up-and-coming talents like Marlon Brando. The series was renamed "The Play's the Thing" midway through its final season. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Marlon Brando made his first television appearance in "I'm No Hero" on January 9, 1949. His next television appearance was in 1979. See more »

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