Four Star Playhouse

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Four Star Playhouse is an American television anthology series that ran from 1952 to 1956. Four Star Playhouse was owned by Four Star International. Its episodes ranged anywhere from surreal mysteries, such as "The Man on the Train", to light comedies,... read more

Four Star Playhouse is an American television anthology series that ran from 1952 to 1956. Four Star Playhouse was owned by Four Star International. Its episodes ranged anywhere from surreal mysteries, such as "The Man on the Train", to light comedies, such as "The Lost Silk Hat". The original premise was that Charles Boyer, Ida Lupino, David Niven, and Dick Powell would take turns starring in episodes. However, several other performers took the lead from time to time, including Ronald Colman and Joan Fontaine.

Original Release

09/25/1952 on CBS

US Release

09/25/1952

Cast

Natalie Wood Louise
Jack Benny Cautious Gambler
Angela Lansbury Joan Robinson
Charles Boyer Paul
David Niven Andy
Dick Powell Willie Dante
Herb Vigran Monte
Regis Toomey Lt. Manny Waldo
Les Raymaster Club Patron
Regis Toomey Police Lt. Manny Waldo
(see additional cast & crew)
# Title Air Date
1 The Firing Squad Thursday, 06 October 1955
2 Face of Danger Thursday, 13 October 1955
3 Let the Chips Fall Thursday, 20 October 1955
4 Full Circle Thursday, 27 October 1955
5 A Spray of Bullets Thursday, 03 November 1955
6 The Devil to Pay Thursday, 10 November 1955
7 Here Comes the Suit Thursday, 17 November 1955
8 Looking Glass House Thursday, 24 November 1955
9 Something Very Special Thursday, 01 December 1955
10 A Place Full of Strangers Thursday, 08 December 1955
11 One Way Out Thursday, 15 December 1955
12 Dark Meeting Thursday, 05 January 1956
13 Magic Night Thursday, 12 January 1956
14 Tunnel of Fear Thursday, 19 January 1956
15 High Stakes Thursday, 26 January 1956
16 The Listener Thursday, 02 February 1956
17 Safe Keeping Thursday, 09 February 1956
18 No Limit Thursday, 16 February 1956
19 Command Thursday, 23 February 1956
20 Once to Every Woman Thursday, 01 March 1956
21 Red Wine Thursday, 08 March 1956
22 To Die at Midnight Thursday, 15 March 1956
23 Desert Encounter Thursday, 22 March 1956
24 The Story of Emily Cameron Thursday, 29 March 1956
25 The Rites of Spring Thursday, 05 April 1956
26 Autumn Carousel Thursday, 12 April 1956
27 Wall of Bamboo Thursday, 19 April 1956
28 Touch and Go Thursday, 26 April 1956
29 A Long Way from Texas Thursday, 03 May 1956
30 That Woman Thursday, 10 May 1956
31 The Other Room Thursday, 17 May 1956
32 One Forty Two Thursday, 24 May 1956
33 Beneath the Surface Thursday, 31 May 1956
34 Watch the Sunset Thursday, 07 June 1956
35 Second Chance Thursday, 14 June 1956
36 Woman Afraid Thursday, 21 June 1956
37 The Stacked Deck Thursday, 28 June 1956
38 Distinguished Service Thursday, 05 July 1956
39 Yellowbelly Thursday, 12 July 1956
40 The Stand-In Thursday, 19 July 1956
41 Success Story Thursday, 26 July 1956
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Directors

Roy Kellino, Robert Florey, Richard Kinon, Blake Edwards, Robert Aldrich, William A. Seiter, Laslo Benedek, Frank McDonald, William Asher, Anton Leader, George Jenkins, Jules Bricken, Leslie Goodwins, Harry Horner, Lewis R. Foster, Christian Nyby, Peter Godfrey, James Neilson, William Cameron Menzies, Ida Lupino, Hal Walker, Don Weis

Writers

Gwen Bagni, John Bagni, Richard Carr, Frederick Brady, Blake Edwards, Seeleg Lester, Merwin Gerard, Frederick J. Lipp, Lawrence B. Marcus, James Bloodworth, Milton Merlin, Willard Wiener, Marc Brandel, László Görög, Ida Lupino, Roland Winters, D.D. Beauchamp, Herbert Abbott Spiro, Milton Geiger, Oscar Millard, Octavus Roy Cohen, Thelma Robinson, Thomas Phipps, Amory Hare, Robert Eggenweiler, John Bingham, Robert L. Hecker, Leonard St. Clair, Lord Dunsany, Herman Epstein, Elliot West, William Douglas Lansford, Ty Cobb, Mark Taylor, Ben Canfield, Dick Stenger, Rose Simon Kohn, Leroy H. Zehren, Ben Perry, Thomas Flanagan, Walter C. Brown, William Brandon, Clock Dailey, Mary Synon, Donald Hough, George Fass, Gertrude Fass, Barbara Merlin, Don Quinn, Charles Einstein, Louise Kennedy Mabie, Edwin Pugh, Albert Webster, Jackson Hill, Leonard Pruyn, Maxwell Maltz, Lorrie Frishman, Paul Elbogen, James Neal Harvey, Robert Standish, Irving Phillips, Gordon Malherbe Hillman, Lois T. Henderson, Colin McDougall, Dorothy M. Johnson, Douglass Welch, Leo Trelzger, Leo Trefzger, Jean C. Clark, Wally Kline, Bob Hannum, Leonard Freeman, Benita Hume, Coles Trapnell, Joyce Selznick, Cornell Woolrich, Eugene Vale, Kenneth Higgins, P.G. Wodehouse, DeWitt Bodeen, Montgomery Pittman, Jerome Epstein, Al C. Ward, Robert Dozier, Harold Shumate, Lawrence G. Blochman, Norman Paul, Stanley Niss, Muriel Roy Bolton, Jerome Gruskin, Charles Beaumont, Fred Schiller, Quinn Martin, W. Somerset Maugham, Michael Fessier, Lou Rusoff, Anthony Coldeway, Elick Moll, Oliver Crawford, Harold Swanton, Don Ettlinger, Frank L. Moss, Arthur Weiss, William Bowers, Buck Houghton, Robert Wells, Leslie Stevens, Ronald Colman

Cast

Producers

Editors

Samuel E. Beetley, Roland Gross, Lester Orlebeck, Frank Doyle, Desmond Marquette, Chandler House, Jean Ravel, Sherman Todd

1957EmmyBest Continuing Performance by an Actor in a Dramatic Series Nominated
1957EmmyBest Continuing Performance by an Actor in a Dramatic Series Nominated
1957EmmyBest Continuing Performance by an Actress in a Dramatic Series Nominated
1957EmmyBest Cinematography for Television Nominated
1957EmmyBest Editing of a Film for Television Nominated
1956EmmyBest Art Direction - Film Series Nominated
1956EmmyBest Cinematography for Television Nominated
1956EmmyBest Editing of a Television Film Nominated
1955EmmyBest Actor in a Single Performance Nominated
1955EmmyBest Dramatic Series Nominated
1955EmmyBest Direction Nominated
1955EmmyBest Written Dramatic Material Nominated
1955EmmyBest Television Film Editing Nominated
1955EmmyBest Art Direction of a Filmed Show Nominated
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