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Matinee Theatre (TV Series 1955–1958) Poster

(1955–1958)

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The show was performed live, but there were at least two exceptions. "The Iceman" was filmed in 1957, and so was the second version of "From the Desk of Margaret Tydings". Both productions aired in 1958.
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Some stories were produced more than once. For instance, there were two versions of "Wuthering Heights" (both live), and two versions of "From the Desk of Margaret Tydings" (one live, one filmed).
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When John Conte was notified that this show would be cancelled, he asked the television audience to try and help keep the program on the air by sending in one dollar to keep this show on the air. People sent in their dollar bills, but to no avail. The network cancelled the show, and Mr. Conte returned all the money to the television audience. John Conte was absent for one or more of the live programs, and Richard Conte substituted as the host. The program was on for an hour every day at 3 p.m. Eastern Time.
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The first full-hour Monday through Friday color television drama series in the United States. It was shown live 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern Time.
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