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Goodyear Playhouse 

Goodyear Television Playhouse (original title)
The show featured original plays plus plays adapted from works.
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Complete series cast summary:
Walter Matthau ...  Julian / ... 7 episodes, 1952-1957
David White ...  Debataz / ... 6 episodes, 1951-1955
Constance Ford ...  Laura / ... 6 episodes, 1951-1955
Gene Lyons ...  Ben / ... 6 episodes, 1952-1956
Kim Stanley ...  Kay 6 episodes, 1952-1956
Philip Abbott ...  Eddie / ... 6 episodes, 1953-1957
E.G. Marshall ...  Michael Riordan / ... 6 episodes, 1953-1956
Betsy Palmer ...  Paula Ferris 6 episodes, 1954-1957
Geoffrey Lumb Geoffrey Lumb 5 episodes, 1951-1954
Lili Darvas Lili Darvas ...  Adeline Girard / ... 5 episodes, 1954-1957
Kathleen Maguire ...  Abby / ... 5 episodes, 1954-1957
Carmen Mathews ...  Diane Greene / ... 4 episodes, 1952-1956
Malcolm Brodrick Malcolm Brodrick ...  Junior / ... 4 episodes, 1955-1956
Katherine Squire Katherine Squire ...  Lola Swanson / ... 4 episodes, 1953-1956
Neva Patterson 4 episodes, 1952-1957
Eileen Heckart ...  Kate / ... 4 episodes, 1953-1955
Pat Hingle ...  Castleman / ... 4 episodes, 1955-1956
Ed Begley ...  Bernard Zysski / ... 3 episodes, 1953-1956
Herbert Berghof Herbert Berghof ...  Dr. Swanson / ... 3 episodes, 1952-1956
Frank Overton ...  Sam Reid / ... 3 episodes, 1952-1956
Addison Powell ...  Chester Wilson 3 episodes, 1952-1953
Stefan Gierasch 3 episodes, 1951-1956
Michael Gorrin ...  Mr. Schwartz 3 episodes, 1951-1956
Leslie Nielsen ...  Emperor Maximilian 3 episodes, 1951-1953
Maurice Burke Maurice Burke 3 episodes, 1951-1952
Edward Andrews ...  Herb Mayer / ... 3 episodes, 1952-1957
Cyril Ritchard ...  Kreton 3 episodes, 1952-1955
Gaby Rodgers 3 episodes, 1952-1955
Luis Van Rooten Luis Van Rooten ...  Dante 3 episodes, 1952-1955
Ernest Truex 3 episodes, 1952-1953
Marcel Hillaire 3 episodes, 1952
Peg Hillias Peg Hillias ...  Narrator 3 episodes, 1953-1957
Joe Mantell ...  Harry 3 episodes, 1953-1956
Ruth White ...  Ma / ... 3 episodes, 1953-1956
Larry Gates ...  The Husband 3 episodes, 1953-1955
J. Pat O'Malley ...  Uncle Jack 3 episodes, 1953-1955
Elaine Stritch ...  Guest Star 3 episodes, 1953-1955
Steven Hill ...  Mr. Frank 3 episodes, 1953-1954
Phyllis Kirk ...  Girl 3 episodes, 1953-1954
Roddy McDowall 3 episodes, 1954-1957
Tony Randall ...  Stan 3 episodes, 1954-1957
William Redfield ...  Howard Catlett / ... 3 episodes, 1954-1957
Peter Mark Richman ...  Larry / ... 3 episodes, 1954-1957
Martin Balsam ...  Perkins / ... 3 episodes, 1954-1956
Barbara Baxley ...  Mrs. Weeks 3 episodes, 1954-1956
Jack Warden ...  Dr. Max Binder / ... 3 episodes, 1954-1955
Ralph Bellamy ...  Hank Patten 3 episodes, 1955-1956
Jack Klugman ...  Pvt. Yarrow / ... 3 episodes, 1955-1956
William Traylor William Traylor ...  Milo 3 episodes, 1956-1957
Thomas A. Carlin Thomas A. Carlin ...  Bob Ford / ... 3 episodes, 1956
Edmon Ryan ...  Stanley Loring 2 episodes, 1951-1952
Haila Stoddard Haila Stoddard ...  Alix Clayton 2 episodes, 1952
Leona Powers Leona Powers 2 episodes, 1951-1952
John Connell ...  Lieutenant / ... 2 episodes, 1953-1956
Michael Strong 2 episodes, 1953-1956
Joseph Sweeney Joseph Sweeney ...  Mr. Barger 2 episodes, 1953
Werner Klemperer ...  The Young Man 2 episodes, 1951-1952
David Opatoshu ...  George 2 episodes, 1952-1955
Durward Kirby Durward Kirby ...  Himself - Announcer 2 episodes, 1952-1954
Patricia Fay Patricia Fay ...  Louise / ... 2 episodes, 1953-1954
Ann Dere Ann Dere ...  The Woman 2 episodes, 1952-1955
Laurence Hugo Laurence Hugo 2 episodes, 1951-1955
Julie Harris 2 episodes, 1951-1953
Gladys Klark Gladys Klark 2 episodes, 1951-1953
Addison Richards 2 episodes, 1951-1953
Wally Cox ...  Timothy Trundle 2 episodes, 1951-1952
Mike Kellin ...  Domiano 2 episodes, 1951-1952
Edith Meiser Edith Meiser 2 episodes, 1951-1952
Frank Sutton 2 episodes, 1951-1952
Ben Grauer Ben Grauer 2 episodes, 1951
John Laing John Laing ...  Himself - Announcer 2 episodes, 1951
John Cameron Swayze John Cameron Swayze ...  Goodyear Pitchman 2 episodes, 1951
John Baragrey ...  Donald Ladd 2 episodes, 1952-1957
John Beal ...  Adam Waring 2 episodes, 1952-1957
Russell Hardie ...  Norsen 2 episodes, 1952-1957
Judith Evelyn ...  Miss Mulford 2 episodes, 1952-1956
James Gregory 2 episodes, 1952-1956
Ralph Meeker 2 episodes, 1952-1956
Mark Daniels 2 episodes, 1952-1955
Frank Maxwell ...  Det. Raymond C. Schindler 2 episodes, 1952-1955
Edgar Stehli Edgar Stehli ...  Paul 2 episodes, 1952-1955
Roland Wood Roland Wood ...  Elevator Starter 2 episodes, 1952-1955
Pat Crowley 2 episodes, 1952-1954
Leora Dana 2 episodes, 1952-1954
Felicia Montealegre Felicia Montealegre ...  Empress Carlotta Amelia 2 episodes, 1952-1954
Harry Sheppard Harry Sheppard 2 episodes, 1952-1954
Sylvia Field 2 episodes, 1952-1953
Rod Steiger 2 episodes, 1952-1953
Maxine Stuart 2 episodes, 1952-1953
Frank Albertson 2 episodes, 1952
Harry Andrews ...  Juba 2 episodes, 1952
Parker Fennelly Parker Fennelly 2 episodes, 1952
Paul Langton 2 episodes, 1952
Darren McGavin 2 episodes, 1952
Gerald S. O'Loughlin 2 episodes, 1952
Edmund Purdom 2 episodes, 1952
Nita Talbot 2 episodes, 1952
Eddie Albert ...  Narrator / ... 2 episodes, 1953-1956
Ben Hammer 2 episodes, 1953-1956
Jessie Royce Landis 2 episodes, 1953-1956
Martin Newman Martin Newman ...  Davidson 2 episodes, 1953-1956
Sudie Bond 2 episodes, 1953-1955
Eva Gabor 2 episodes, 1953-1955
Cynthia Latham Cynthia Latham ...  Miss Teasdale 2 episodes, 1953-1955
Joan Lorring 2 episodes, 1953-1955
Mildred Dunnock 2 episodes, 1953-1954
Betty Field 2 episodes, 1953-1954
Rita Grapel Rita Grapel 2 episodes, 1953-1954
Eva Marie Saint ...  Frances Barclay 2 episodes, 1953-1954
Joe Boland Joe Boland 2 episodes, 1953
Joe De Santis 2 episodes, 1953
James Dunn 2 episodes, 1953
Norma Jane Marlow Norma Jane Marlow 2 episodes, 1953
Clifford Tatum Jr. 2 episodes, 1953
Enid Markey 2 episodes, 1954-1957
Rex Thompson 2 episodes, 1954-1957
Anthony Franciosa 2 episodes, 1954-1956
Bert Thorn Bert Thorn 2 episodes, 1954-1956
Kevin Coughlin ...  Duncan 2 episodes, 1954-1955
Robert P. Lieb Robert P. Lieb ...  Father 2 episodes, 1954-1955
Carol Veazie Carol Veazie ...  Mother Barker / ... 2 episodes, 1954-1955
Raymond Bramley Raymond Bramley 2 episodes, 1954
Kevin McCarthy 2 episodes, 1954
Jane Moultrie Jane Moultrie ...  Mrs. Mudd 2 episodes, 1954
Paul Newman ...  Mike 2 episodes, 1954
Janice Rule ...  Julie 2 episodes, 1954
Tirrell Barbery ...  Jane / ... 2 episodes, 1955-1957
James Daly 2 episodes, 1955-1957
Henry Lascoe ...  August Knapp / ... 2 episodes, 1955-1957
Theodore Bikel ...  Paul Laurent 2 episodes, 1955-1956
Josephine Brown ...  Miss Murgatroyd / ... 2 episodes, 1955-1956
Kenny Delmar Kenny Delmar 2 episodes, 1955-1956
Roy Fant Roy Fant ...  Old Man 2 episodes, 1955-1956
Pat Henning Pat Henning ...  Father / ... 2 episodes, 1955-1956
Michael Higgins ...  Dan O'Neill / ... 2 episodes, 1955-1956
Florence Stanley ...  Younger Woman 2 episodes, 1955-1956
Jessica Tandy ...  Leticia Blacklock / ... 2 episodes, 1955-1956
Edward Walsh Edward Walsh ...  Big Man / ... 2 episodes, 1955-1956
Edward Binns 2 episodes, 1955
Lee Philips ...  Pvt. Sanger 2 episodes, 1955
Gena Rowlands ...  Betty / ... 2 episodes, 1955
Patricia Barry ...  Grace Barre 2 episodes, 1956-1957
George Grizzard ...  Gene Austin / ... 2 episodes, 1956-1957
Biff McGuire 2 episodes, 1956-1957
Cathleen Nesbitt 2 episodes, 1956-1957
Jason Robards 2 episodes, 1956-1957
Martha Scott ...  Kate Douglas 2 episodes, 1956-1957
William Bendix ...  Tom Douglas 2 episodes, 1956
Rudy Bond Rudy Bond ...  Frank / ... 2 episodes, 1956
Tom Carlin Tom Carlin ...  Terry O'Neill 2 episodes, 1956
Andrew Duggan ...  Owen 2 episodes, 1956
Abigail Kellogg Abigail Kellogg ...  Jennifer Waring 2 episodes, 1957
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The show featured original plays plus plays adapted from works.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 October 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Goodyear Playhouse See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Production Co:

Showcase Productions See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Gore Vidal's "Visit to a Small Planet"
6 December 2003 | by F Gwynplaine MacIntyreSee all my reviews

'Goodyear Television Playhouse' was an anthology series with a low budget and poor production values; all the episodes were transmitted live from a small studio, and so the series favoured dramas which took place entirely indoors on minimal sets. This series aired fortnightly on NBC, alternating with 'The Philco Television Playhouse': basically the same series with a different sponsor.

The most notable episode of 'GTP' is 'Visit to a Small Planet' , a sardonic comedy scripted by Gore Vidal, which aired on 8 May 1955, starring Cyril Ritchard. This episode was so successful that Vidal later expanded it into a stage play, in which Ritchard starred on Broadway. It was also turned into a film, starring Jerry Lewis ... a casting which Vidal decried. I personally dislike Jerry Lewis, yet nothing he has ever done was as tasteless as Gore Vidal's screenplay for 'Caligula'.

'Small Planet' stars Ritchard as Kreton, a highly-advanced citizen of the future who has travelled yesterwards to study the pathetic humans of the Cold War era, gleefully provoking them to the brink of a nice little global nuclear holocaust. Kreton's base of operations is the suburban home of Roger Spelding, a pompous businessman. Spelding is played by Edward Andrews, a prolific character actor with an extremely narrow range: he basically gave the same performance throughout his career, yet Andrews was highly effective in that narrow range.

Dick York is impressive as the young man who hopes to marry Spelding's daughter. Unfortunately, York's character is named John Randolph: the same name as a real-life character actor who was an outspoken advocate of communist activities.

Due to the low budget and technical constraints of this period, most of the science-fictional events in 'Small Planet' happen offscreen. We see the Speldings' reactions as Kreton's spaceship lands in their front garden ... but we don't witness the landing itself, and we never see the spaceship. At one point, Kreton uses his psychokinetic abilities to make a rifle leap out of a soldier's hands and levitate past the Speldings' house. This is an amusing incident, but we can clearly see the wires enabling the rifle to 'fly'.

There is some clever dialogue when Kreton converses with the Spelding family's cat, and when he reveals his ability to see other people's thoughts in the form of colours: a combination of synaesthesia and telepathy. For all its technical faults, 'Visit to a Small Planet' is an intelligent and enjoyable comedy, worthy of revival on video. I hope that one day this story will be filmed as Gore Vidal originally wrote it.


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