This live dramatic series featured original stories and adaptations of novels, plays, et cetera during its eight year run. During the first year, the show was sponsored by the Actor's ... See full summary »
Walter Cronkite hosted the reenactments of historical events. Shows included "The Landing of the Hindenburg", "The Salem Witchcraft Trials", "The Gettysburg Address", "The Fall of Troy", and "The Scuttling of the Graf Spee".
Originally billed as "Playhouse of the Stars" this long running anthology series was originally presented live from New York City. Irene Dunne was briefly the hostess in 1952, and the show frequently used Broadway performers in classic stories.
A fine live early TV version of Mark Harris' novel. Given the limitations of a television studio,and doing a show "live",this is a bona fide homerun! Newman is great as Henry "author" Wiggen's,star lefthanded pitcher for the NY Mammoths,who takes the teams dying 3rd string catcher under his wing. Newman does a great adlib at the programs opening when he tosses a scrap of paper towards a wastebasket and misses,saying: "Hell of a pitcher I am,I can't even hit the trash can!"
That scrap of paper is the ONLY miss in this fine dramatization of one of the great baseball novels ever written. Too bad nobody has ever filmed the other two novels in Harris' trilogy about Henry Wiggens!And Newman i
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