Fireside Theatre

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  • Genre(s): Drama
  • Release year: 1949
Fireside Theatre, a.k.a. Jane Wyman Presents, is an American anthology drama series that ran on NBC from 1949 to 1958, and was the first successful filmed series on American television. Productions were low budget and often based on public domain... read more

Fireside Theatre, a.k.a. Jane Wyman Presents, is an American anthology drama series that ran on NBC from 1949 to 1958, and was the first successful filmed series on American television. Productions were low budget and often based on public domain stories or written by freelance writers such as Rod Serling. While it was panned by critics, it remained in the top ten most popular shows for most of its run. It predated the other major pioneer of filmed TV in America, I Love Lucy, by two years. Jacques Tourneur has directed in 1956 three episodes, A Hero Return, Kirsti, and The Mirror.

Original Release

04/05/1949 on NBC

US Release

04/05/1949

Cast

Frank Wisbar Host
Gene Raymond Host
Gene Raymond Self - Host
Gene Raymond Host / Self - Host
Gene Raymond Self - Host / Host
John Mitchum (as Jack Mitchum)
Stephen Roberts (as Steve Roberts)
Kenneth Harvey (as Ken Harvey)
Robert Foulk (as Bob Foulk)
William Pullen (as Bill Pullen)
(see additional cast & crew)
# Title Air Date
1 Crusade Without Conscience Tuesday, 07 September 1954
2 Smoke and Fire Tuesday, 14 September 1954
3 Second Elopement Tuesday, 21 September 1954
4 Afraid to Live Tuesday, 28 September 1954
5 Member of the Jury Tuesday, 05 October 1954
6 The Reign of Amelika Joe Tuesday, 12 October 1954
7 The Man Who Sold Himself Tuesday, 19 October 1954
8 The Wife Who Lived Twice Tuesday, 26 October 1954
9 Thank You, Dr. Russell Tuesday, 02 November 1954
10 Lost Perspective Tuesday, 09 November 1954
11 Girl Not Wanted Tuesday, 16 November 1954
12 The Last Hat Tuesday, 23 November 1954
13 Three Missions West Tuesday, 30 November 1954
14 His Father's Keeper Tuesday, 07 December 1954
15 The Mural Tuesday, 14 December 1954
16 Our Son Tuesday, 21 December 1954
17 A Mother's Duty Tuesday, 28 December 1954
18 The Indiscreet Mrs. Jarvis Tuesday, 04 January 1955
19 Sergeant Sullivan Speaking Tuesday, 11 January 1955
20 The Double Life of Barney Peters Tuesday, 18 January 1955
21 Not Captain Material Tuesday, 25 January 1955
22 Brian Tuesday, 01 February 1955
23 Mr. Onion Tuesday, 08 February 1955
24 No Place to Live Tuesday, 15 February 1955
25 Marked for Death Tuesday, 22 February 1955
26 Return in Triumph Tuesday, 01 March 1955
27 The Poachers Tuesday, 08 March 1955
28 No Time for Susan Tuesday, 15 March 1955
29 The Failure Tuesday, 22 March 1955
30 It's Easy to Get Ahead Tuesday, 29 March 1955
31 Not the Marrying Kind Tuesday, 05 April 1955
32 The Blessing of the Pets Tuesday, 12 April 1955
33 Luxurious Ladies Tuesday, 19 April 1955
34 Bitter Grapes Tuesday, 26 April 1955
35 The Innocent and the Guilty Tuesday, 03 May 1955
36 Cheese Champion Tuesday, 10 May 1955
37 Night of Terror Tuesday, 17 May 1955
38 A Dream for Jimmy Tuesday, 24 May 1955
39 The 99th Day Tuesday, 31 May 1955
40 Murderer's Wife Tuesday, 07 June 1955
41 The Man Who Liked to Kill Tuesday, 14 June 1955
42 A Ring for Nell Tuesday, 21 June 1955
43 An Argument with Death Tuesday, 28 June 1955
44 Argument with Death Tuesday, 28 June 1955
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Directors

Frank Wisbar, John Reinhardt, William Cameron Menzies, Jack Bernhard, Gordon Duff, Robert Angus, Laurence Schwab Jr., Charles Frank

Writers

David Victor, Herbert Little Jr., Margaret Buell Wilder, Bret Harte, Brenda Weisberg, Eugene Vale, Wells Root, Charles Bennett, James Gunn, David Dortort, John Francis Larkin, D.A. Jowitt, John Reinhardt, Thomas Haines, Brewster Morgan, John Sheppard, Michael Foster, Hagar Wilde, Forrest Kleinman, Frank Mitchell Dazey, David Lord, Agnes Christine Johnston, Gwen Bagni, Lawrence L. Goldman, Nathaniel Curtis, Sam Rolfe, Elwood Ullman, Houston Branch, John Bagni, Jack Natteford, Frank Wisbar, Octavus Roy Cohen, Dana Burnet, Merwin Gerard, Cyril Hume, Lindsay Hardy, Josef Mischel, Joyce Cook, F.M. Davison, Spencer Raymond, Doris Jowitt, Marion Cooper, Anne Homer Warner, Ray Vernon, John W. Vandercook, Margaret McDonell, Anne Morrison Chapin, Edith Martin, Leon Ware, Arnold Lipp, Frank O'Rourke, Joseph Cochran, George Zuckerman, Catherine Turney, William R. Cox, Thomson Burtis, Frederick Kohner, Harry Gerstad, Wilkie Collins, John Kneubuhl, Seeleg Lester, Raphael Hayes, Malvin Wald, Jack Bernhard, James Edwards, Curt Siodmak, Ray Bradbury, Lawrence Taylor, Bruce Lester, Arch Oboler, Larry Williams, Frank D. Gilroy, William Faulkner, Elizabeth Meehan, William F. Leicester, Edgar Allan Poe, Leonard Lee, Fred Freiberger, Shirley Warde, Shirley Jackson, Gerry Day, H.C. Bunner, Herb Meadow, Stuart Palmer, Robert L. Richards, Geoffrey Chaucer, M.M. Musselman, Norman Jacob, Wilbur S. Peacock, Samuel R. Golding, Sol Stein, Jack Laird, Virginia M. Cooke, Lester Atwell, Susan Glaspell, Agatha Christie, August Strindberg, Adele Comandini, Joseph Petracca, Curtis Kenyon, Shimon Wincelberg, Charles Dickens, Ernest Kinoy, Harold Jack Bloom, Richard De Roy, Arnold Belgard, Sol Shor, Thelma Robinson, Norman Katkov, Alfred Lewis Levitt, Eleanore Griffin, Arthur St. Claire, Jack Jacobs, Stuart Jerome, John Hawkins, Ward Hawkins, Don Tracy, Louis Paul, David Boehm, Bruce Marshall, Gertrude Atherton, David V. Robison, James Ronald, James Atlee Phillips, Jacland Marmur, Robert D. Neff, Ray Spencer, Philip Clark, Charles Bonner, Ferrin Frazier, William Hopson, Beatrice Joy Chute, Richard Harding Davis, Paul Horgan, Harriet Prescott Spofford, Perceval Gibbon, MacGowan Cooke, Jean Becket, V.R. Shaw, Leslie Urbach, Samuel B. Harrison, Anthony Trollope, Leonora Mattingly Weber, Harold Joyce, Catherine Barrett, William Ard, Roderick MacLeish, Fritz Falkenstein, Anne Wormser, Herbert Rosenfeld, Richard G. Hubler, Paul Bracken, G. Wallace Umphrey, Robert Harari, Edward Everett Hale, Ruby Wiley, Sophie Kerr, Charles Frank, Edward Thompson, David Swift, Jerry Anson, Jesse M. Watkins, Richard Heubler, Louis. L. Amour, Gilbert Thomas, Stephen Preston, Edwin Lanham, Charles Mercer, Joe Pagano, Gabrielle Windsor, Jack Harvey, Byard Bowen, Frank Bentick, Hannah Smith, Edmund Ware, Roderick Lull, Everett Webber, Olga Webber, Madeline Thompson, Anne West, Margaret Craven, Susan Weyer, Thomas Holmes, Mark Hager, Frances Ensign Greene, Catherine Burney, Samuel Taylor

Cast

Frank Wisbar Host
Gene Raymond Host
Gene Raymond Self - Host
Gene Raymond Host / Self - Host
Gene Raymond Self - Host / Host
John Mitchum (as Jack Mitchum)
Stephen Roberts (as Steve Roberts)
Kenneth Harvey (as Ken Harvey)
Robert Foulk (as Bob Foulk)
William Pullen (as Bill Pullen)
Frank Wisbar Host / Self - Host
Robert Ellis (as Bob Ellis)
Ginny Jackson (as Virginia Jackson)
Frank Wisbar Narrator
Frank Wisbar Self - Host / Host
Sherry Jackson Little Girl
Robert B. Williams (as Robert Williams)
William F. Leicester (as William Lester)
Paul E. Burns (as Paul Burns)
George Givot George

Producers

Editors

Holbrook N. Todd, Roy V. Livingston, Herbert L. Strock

1951EmmyBest Dramatic Show Nominated
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