An anthology of mini-features, new productions largely consisted of hasty retreads of successful 20th Century Fox movies.
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Nominated for 4 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Joseph Cotten ...  Himself - Host 4 episodes, 1955-1956
Jesse White ...  Doberman / ... 4 episodes, 1956-1957
Carl Benton Reid ...  Dr, Merriam / ... 4 episodes, 1955-1957
Grandon Rhodes ...  Capt. Stanley / ... 4 episodes, 1955-1957
Robert Foulk ...  Clovis / ... 4 episodes, 1955-1957
Richard Collier Richard Collier ...  Todd / ... 3 episodes, 1955-1957
Alan Napier ...  Governor / ... 3 episodes, 1956
Harry Carter ...  Himself / ... 3 episodes, 1955-1956
Frank Sully ...  Jake / ... 3 episodes, 1955-1957
Johnny Washbrook Johnny Washbrook ...  Danny Morgan / ... 3 episodes, 1955-1957
Doris Lloyd ...  Lady Beatrice / ... 3 episodes, 1955-1956
Willis Bouchey ...  Alderson / ... 3 episodes, 1955-1957
Eleanor Audley ...  Governor's Wife / ... 3 episodes, 1956
Robert Griffin ...  Bartender / ... 3 episodes, 1955-1957
Noel Drayton Noel Drayton ...  Alfred Bridges / ... 3 episodes, 1955-1956
Philip Tonge ...  Buzzy Loring / ... 3 episodes, 1955-1956
Katherine Warren ...  Amelia Newcombe / ... 3 episodes, 1955-1956
Teresa Wright ...  Doris Walker / ... 2 episodes, 1955-1956
Ricardo Montalban ...  Cicero / ... 2 episodes, 1956
Eduard Franz ...  Dr. Benson / ... 2 episodes, 1955-1956
Gavin Muir ...  Harry / ... 2 episodes, 1956
Maudie Prickett ...  Miss Prossy / ... 2 episodes, 1955-1957
Joey Ray Joey Ray ...  Tribune Reporter 2 episodes, 1955-1956
Macdonald Carey ...  Fred Gaily / ... 2 episodes, 1955-1956
Cameron Mitchell ...  Donald Martin / ... 2 episodes, 1955
Richard Conte ...  Barney Fowler / ... 2 episodes, 1956-1957
Mark Damon ...  Harold / ... 2 episodes, 1956
Regis Toomey ...  Ephraim Strong / ... 2 episodes, 1956-1957
Carolyn Jones ...  Marcia Bridges / ... 2 episodes, 1955-1956
Ray Collins ...  Callicott / ... 2 episodes, 1955-1956
James Griffith ...  Sgt. Pickens / ... 2 episodes, 1956-1957
Roy Roberts ...  Dan Chancellor / ... 2 episodes, 1956-1957
Alan Hale Jr. ...  Boyle / ... 2 episodes, 1955-1957
Beverly Washburn ...  Kate as a Girl / ... 2 episodes, 1956-1957
Jim Hayward Jim Hayward ...  Charlie / ... 2 episodes, 1957
Barbara Woodell ...  Mary Elgin / ... 2 episodes, 1955-1957
Don Beddoe ...  Mr. Macy / ... 2 episodes, 1955-1956
Whit Bissell ...  Dr. Pierce / ... 2 episodes, 1955-1957
Mort Mills ...  First Brother / ... 2 episodes, 1956-1957
Dan Riss ...  Doc MacGowen / ... 2 episodes, 1956-1957
Howard Wendell Howard Wendell ...  Hotel Manager / ... 2 episodes, 1955-1956
John Cliff ...  Jackson / ... 2 episodes, 1956-1957
Herb Vigran ...  Joe / ... 2 episodes, 1955-1957
Richard Crane ...  Clark / ... 2 episodes, 1956-1957
Clark Howat ...  Farley / ... 2 episodes, 1955-1956
Than Wyenn Than Wyenn ...  Freddie Ames / ... 2 episodes, 1955-1957
Jack Rice Jack Rice ...  Mr. Robinson 2 episodes, 1956-1957
Louis Towers Louis Towers ...  Jackie / ... 2 episodes, 1955-1956
Jess Kirkpatrick ...  Draftsman #1 / ... 2 episodes, 1955-1956
Barry Coe ...  John Apley / ... 2 episodes, 1955-1957
Arthur Franz ...  Ben Macready / ... 2 episodes, 1955-1957
Kipp Hamilton ...  Christina Bradley / ... 2 episodes, 1955-1957
Ann Harding ...  Abigail Clay / ... 2 episodes, 1955-1957
Craig Hill ...  Adam Clay / ... 2 episodes, 1955-1957
Ray Teal ...  Bartlett / ... 2 episodes, 1955-1957
Joy Lafleur Joy Lafleur ...  Ethel / ... 2 episodes, 1955-1956
Gerald Oliver Smith Gerald Oliver Smith ...  Bates / ... 2 episodes, 1955-1956
Torin Thatcher ...  Captain McCrea / ... 2 episodes, 1955-1956
Robert Wagner ...  Gil Carter / ... 2 episodes, 1955-1956
Michael Wilding ...  Captain Robert Wilton / ... 2 episodes, 1955-1956
Trevor Bardette ...  Aikens / ... 2 episodes, 1956-1957
Paul Birch ...  John Albertson / ... 2 episodes, 1956-1957
Walter Coy ...  Prosecutor / ... 2 episodes, 1956-1957
Lisa Golm Lisa Golm ...  Tessie Vardosch / ... 2 episodes, 1956-1957
Harry Harvey ...  Al Neavins / ... 2 episodes, 1956-1957
Paul McGuire Paul McGuire ...  Dispatch Rider 2 episodes, 1956-1957
Jerry Paris ...  Ferguson / ... 2 episodes, 1956-1957
Barney Phillips ...  Max / ... 2 episodes, 1956-1957
Denver Pyle ...  Charley / ... 2 episodes, 1956-1957
George E. Stone ...  Angelo / ... 2 episodes, 1956-1957
Gail Bonney ...  Herself / ... 2 episodes, 1956
Todd Ferrell Todd Ferrell ...  Mark King / ... 2 episodes, 1956
Nina Foch ...  Joan Byrnes / ... 2 episodes, 1956
Queenie Leonard ...  Maid / ... 2 episodes, 1956
Herbert Lytton ...  Court Clerk / ... 2 episodes, 1956
Gary Merrill ...  Alan Byrnes / ... 2 episodes, 1956
Marilyn Saris Marilyn Saris ...  Maria / ... 2 episodes, 1956
Irene Seidner Irene Seidner ...  Mrs. Schneider / ... 2 episodes, 1956
Parley Baer ...  George Wixted / ... 2 episodes, 1957
William Challee ...  Malatta / ... 2 episodes, 1957
Lloyd Corrigan ...  Capt. Sam / ... 2 episodes, 1957
Benny Rubin ...  Poker Player / ... 2 episodes, 1957
Sydney Smith ...  Dewey Roberts / ... 2 episodes, 1957
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An anthology of mini-features, new productions largely consisted of hasty retreads of successful 20th Century Fox movies.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 October 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hour of Stars See more »

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Runtime:

(37 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (Westrex Recording System) (season 2)| Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This series has been remastered and restored, and has been showing on the Fox Movie Channel since 2002 as "Hour of Stars". See more »

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Definitely a fascinating curiosity, but...
14 March 2002 | by Albert Sanchez MorenoSee all my reviews

This long-lost series has been remastered and restored, and is currently being shown on the Fox Movie Channel under the new title "Hour of Stars". It is a fascinating curio made up of one-hour condensations of 20th Century-Fox's biggest hit films, with entirely different casts. (There are unproduced scripts featured on this series as well.) The scripts, photography, and camera angles on these hour-long shows are virtually identical to those in the films they are based on. Although this is part of what makes this series so fascinating, and although it raises the level of writing and photography far above that in the average TV series, this is unfortunately where the resemblance ends, at least judging from the episode I caught last night.

The episode was entitled "Operation Cicero", and was adapted from the hit 1952 spy film "5 Fingers". It had one advantage over the original in that the main supporting role of Moisewitch, Cicero's contact man, was played by none other than Peter Lorre, who naturally walked away with the acting honors. But the episode was compromised by the fatal miscasting of Ricardo Montalban (of all people) in the role of Diello, the traitorous valet played so memorably in the film by James Mason. Montalban may be a great Khan in "Star Trek", but he is the last person one would ever imagine playing a dryly cynical spy who is willing to betray the Allied cause in WWII just for money and his own amusement. He brings almost none of the nuances that Mason brought to his portrayal.

The other actors in this episode are not miscast, but strictly unmemorable in comparison to those in "5 Fingers". The only other actor who can stand comparison with his movie counterpart is Alan Napier (Alfred the butler in TV's "Batman"), who plays Travers, the British intelligence agent played in "5 Fingers" by Michael Rennie.

There will be more episodes in this series, and they will certainly be of interest as early TV artifacts, but if you expect the same experience that you had in seeing the original films they are based on, you might be disappointed. The impression this series gives is similar to that of watching a touring company of a Broadway show when you have already seen the original Broadway production.


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