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The Ford Television Theatre 

This show started in New York City, with Broadway actors and actresses. It then moved to Hollywood, California, where Hollywood actors and actresses headed the cast.

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1957   1956   1955   1954   1953   1952  
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Philip Carey ...  Bill Adams / ... 10 episodes, 1953-1957
Laraine Day ...  Ann Crawford / ... 7 episodes, 1952-1957
Willis Bouchey ...  Arthur Collins / ... 7 episodes, 1953-1957
Thomas Mitchell ...  Elmo / ... 6 episodes, 1954-1957
Virginia Field ...  Alexandra Wrenn / ... 6 episodes, 1952-1956
Richard Denning ...  Barney Maddock / ... 6 episodes, 1953-1957
June Vincent ...  Claire / ... 6 episodes, 1953-1957
Helen Wallace ...  Miss Ames / ... 6 episodes, 1952-1957
Larry Parks ...  Dr. Lancaster / ... 5 episodes, 1954-1957
Horace McMahon ...  Benny Grew / ... 5 episodes, 1952-1956
William Leslie ...  Geoffrey Davis / ... 5 episodes, 1955-1957
Hank Patterson ...  Conductor / ... 5 episodes, 1952-1957
Teresa Wright ...  Alison Stevens / ... 5 episodes, 1953-1957
Scott Brady ...  Bob Hutchison / ... 5 episodes, 1953-1956
Kathryn Grant ...  Ann Clark / ... 5 episodes, 1955-1957
Lawrence Dobkin ...  Inspector Briand / ... 5 episodes, 1954-1956
Ray Walker ...  Mousie Todd / ... 5 episodes, 1952-1955
Robert Foulk ...  Ben / ... 5 episodes, 1953-1956
Frank Sully ...  Bartender / ... 5 episodes, 1952-1954
Lucy Marlow ...  Carol Farley / ... 5 episodes, 1954-1957
Jane Darwell ...  Christabel / ... 5 episodes, 1954-1955
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This show started in New York City, with Broadway actors and actresses. It then moved to Hollywood, California, where Hollywood actors and actresses headed the cast.

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Comedy | Drama | Music | Musical

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Trivia

Ronald Reagan and his future wife Nancy Reagan made their first professional appearances in season one, episode nineteen, "The First Born", on February 5, 1953. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Alfred Hitchcock Presents: A Look Back (2005) See more »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 October 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ford Theatre See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(195 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (1954-1956)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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