Matinee Theatre

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Matinee Theater is an American anthology series that aired on NBC during the Golden Age of Television, from October 31, 1955, to June 27, 1958. Its name is often seen as Matinee Theatre.

Matinee Theater is an American anthology series that aired on NBC during the Golden Age of Television, from October 31, 1955, to June 27, 1958. Its name is often seen as Matinee Theatre.

Original Release

10/31/1955 on NBC

US Release

10/31/1955

Cast

John Conte Self - Host / Host
John Conte Self - Host
John Conte Host
Mary Scott Virginia
Peter Hanson Philip Nolan
Peter Hanson Fred Purdy
Michael Winkelman Jonathan
Wendy Winkelman Pamela
Joy Lafleur (as Victoria Ward)
Ben Welden Boss
(see additional cast & crew)
# Title Air Date
1 The Jewel Box Monday, 02 September 1957
2 Molly Morgan Tuesday, 03 September 1957
3 Woman Alone Wednesday, 04 September 1957
4 Among Strangers Thursday, 05 September 1957
5 The Broom and the Groom Friday, 06 September 1957
6 The Adjustable Mr. Willing Monday, 09 September 1957
7 Freedom Comes Later Tuesday, 10 September 1957
8 In the Fog Wednesday, 11 September 1957
9 Son of Thirty-Seven Fathers Thursday, 12 September 1957
10 Hand-Me-Down Friday, 13 September 1957
11 Emma Monday, 16 September 1957
12 The Personal Equation Tuesday, 17 September 1957
13 Night Cry Wednesday, 18 September 1957
14 Mysterious Disappearance Thursday, 19 September 1957
15 The Impersonal Touch Friday, 20 September 1957
16 The Story of Sarah Monday, 23 September 1957
17 The Waiting Swan Tuesday, 24 September 1957
18 One Mummy Too Many Wednesday, 25 September 1957
19 Hearthstones Thursday, 26 September 1957
20 The Reluctant Heiress Friday, 27 September 1957
21 Father Came Home Tuesday, 15 October 1957
22 Villa of the Angels Wednesday, 16 October 1957
23 The Tone of Time Thursday, 17 October 1957
24 Almost Any Man Will Do Friday, 18 October 1957
25 Sing for Me Monday, 21 October 1957
26 Run for the Money Tuesday, 22 October 1957
27 Crusade for Freedom Wednesday, 23 October 1957
28 The Glass Hill Thursday, 24 October 1957
29 Out of the Frying Pan Friday, 25 October 1957
30 The Last Stop Monday, 28 October 1957
31 The Weak and the Strong Tuesday, 29 October 1957
32 Nine-Finger Jack Wednesday, 30 October 1957
33 Elementals Thursday, 31 October 1957
34 A Plumber in Paradise Friday, 01 November 1957
35 Something About a Dollar Monday, 04 November 1957
36 Return in Winter Thursday, 07 November 1957
37 Grandmama and the Grandfather Clock Friday, 08 November 1957
38 Aesop and Rhodope Monday, 11 November 1957
39 All Over the World Tuesday, 12 November 1957
40 The Ransom of Sigmund Freud Wednesday, 13 November 1957
41 Iris Thursday, 14 November 1957
42 Remember Me Kindly Friday, 15 November 1957
43 Embassy House Monday, 18 November 1957
44 Witness to Murder Tuesday, 19 November 1957
45 The Johnson House Wednesday, 20 November 1957
46 Out of My Darkness Thursday, 21 November 1957
47 The Tender Leaves Friday, 22 November 1957
48 Cadenza Monday, 25 November 1957
49 Green Shores Tuesday, 26 November 1957
50 Daniel Webster and the Sea Serpent Friday, 29 November 1957
51 The Conversation Table Monday, 02 December 1957
52 The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg Wednesday, 04 December 1957
53 A Cloud for Jeni Friday, 06 December 1957
54 The Consul Monday, 09 December 1957
55 The Old Friend Tuesday, 10 December 1957
56 Give Me a Wand Wednesday, 11 December 1957
57 Black Sheep Run Thursday, 12 December 1957
58 Dark of the Moon Friday, 13 December 1957
59 The Gift and the Giver Monday, 16 December 1957
60 No Time for Comedy Tuesday, 17 December 1957
61 A Gentleman of Fortune Wednesday, 18 December 1957
62 The Gentleman Caller Thursday, 19 December 1957
63 In Twenty-Five Words or Less Monday, 23 December 1957
64 Sara Crewe Tuesday, 24 December 1957
65 Amahl and the Night Visitors Wednesday, 25 December 1957
66 The Little Minister Thursday, 26 December 1957
67 Daughter of Kings Tuesday, 31 December 1957
68 Survival Kit Thursday, 02 January 1958
69 A House with Golden Streets Friday, 03 January 1958
70 The Europeans Monday, 06 January 1958
71 The Collected Letters of Mr. Sage Tuesday, 07 January 1958
72 Two-Picture Deal Wednesday, 08 January 1958
73 The Great Obstacle Courtship Thursday, 09 January 1958
74 A Chance to Die Friday, 10 January 1958
75 Home on the Range Monday, 13 January 1958
76 The Makropoulos Incident Tuesday, 14 January 1958
77 More Than a Man Wednesday, 15 January 1958
78 Something Stolen, Something Blue Thursday, 16 January 1958
79 The Thunderbolt Friday, 17 January 1958
80 Daisy Mayme Monday, 20 January 1958
81 The Man Who Wanted to Hate Tuesday, 21 January 1958
82 The Golden Fleecing Wednesday, 22 January 1958
83 Forever and Ever Thursday, 23 January 1958
84 Decision Friday, 24 January 1958
85 Soldier's Boy Monday, 27 January 1958
86 The 10th Muse Thursday, 30 January 1958
87 Love Out of Town Friday, 31 January 1958
88 Cave-In Monday, 03 February 1958
89 The Iceman Tuesday, 04 February 1958
90 The Long, Long Laugh Wednesday, 05 February 1958
91 Charcoal Pink Monday, 10 February 1958
92 Monsieur Beaucaire Tuesday, 11 February 1958
93 Life Upon a Wicked Stage Wednesday, 12 February 1958
94 Without Fear or Favor Thursday, 13 February 1958
95 The Third Person Friday, 14 February 1958
96 Eden End Monday, 17 February 1958
97 Goodbye on Thursday Thursday, 20 February 1958
98 Marriage of Convenience Monday, 24 February 1958
99 The Suicide Club Tuesday, 25 February 1958
100 The Sixty-Fifth Floor Wednesday, 26 February 1958
101 The Hickory Heart Thursday, 27 February 1958
102 The Devil's Violin Friday, 28 February 1958
103 The Prophet Hosea Monday, 03 March 1958
104 The Vigilante Tuesday, 04 March 1958
105 Wednesday's Child Wednesday, 05 March 1958
106 Journey Into Darkness Thursday, 06 March 1958
107 Mrs. Moonlight Friday, 07 March 1958
108 The Mask of Venus Monday, 10 March 1958
109 With Love We Live Tuesday, 11 March 1958
110 You and I Wednesday, 12 March 1958
111 Career Angel Thursday, 13 March 1958
112 The Contingent Fee Friday, 14 March 1958
113 Anxious Night Tuesday, 18 March 1958
114 On Approval Wednesday, 19 March 1958
115 Dandy Dick Thursday, 20 March 1958
116 Hush, Mahala, Hush Friday, 21 March 1958
117 O'Rourke's House Tuesday, 25 March 1958
118 The Alleyway Wednesday, 26 March 1958
119 The Vagabond Thursday, 27 March 1958
120 The Silver Spider Friday, 28 March 1958
121 Design for Glory Tuesday, 01 April 1958
122 The Inspector General Wednesday, 02 April 1958
123 The Two Mrs. Carrolls Thursday, 03 April 1958
124 The Velvet Glove Friday, 04 April 1958
125 Death Takes a Holiday Tuesday, 08 April 1958
126 Man of the House Wednesday, 09 April 1958
127 A Case of Fear Thursday, 10 April 1958
128 Walk the Sky Friday, 11 April 1958
129 The Canterville Ghost Tuesday, 15 April 1958
130 Found Money Thursday, 17 April 1958
131 Washington Whispers Murder Friday, 18 April 1958
132 A Boy Grows Up Tuesday, 22 April 1958
133 The Phony Venus Wednesday, 23 April 1958
134 Some Blessed People Thursday, 24 April 1958
135 The Quiet Street Friday, 25 April 1958
136 Great Big Guy Tuesday, 29 April 1958
137 It Came from Out of Town Wednesday, 30 April 1958
138 Prosper's Old Mother Thursday, 01 May 1958
139 End of a Sentence Friday, 02 May 1958
140 Top Platter Tuesday, 06 May 1958
141 The Guest of Quesnay Wednesday, 07 May 1958
142 Good Housekeeping Thursday, 08 May 1958
143 Angel Street Friday, 09 May 1958
144 The Cause Monday, 12 May 1958
145 Much Ado About Nothing: Part 1 Tuesday, 20 May 1958
146 Much Ado About Nothing: Part 2 Wednesday, 21 May 1958
147 Day of Discoveries Thursday, 22 May 1958
148 The Young and the Fair Friday, 23 May 1958
149 The Riddle of Mary Murray Tuesday, 27 May 1958
150 The Gardenia Bush Wednesday, 28 May 1958
151 Button, Button Thursday, 29 May 1958
152 Hands Friday, 30 May 1958
153 The End of the Season Tuesday, 03 June 1958
154 Look Out for John Tucker Wednesday, 04 June 1958
155 The Road to Recovery Thursday, 05 June 1958
156 The Nightbird Crying Friday, 06 June 1958
157 The Story of Marcia Gordon Tuesday, 10 June 1958
158 Town in Turmoil Wednesday, 11 June 1958
159 Washington Square Thursday, 12 June 1958
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Directors

Lamont Johnson, Walter Grauman, Boris Sagal, Allan A. Buckhantz, Sherman Marks, Alan Cooke, Albert McCleery, Livia Granito, Alan Hanson, Arthur Hiller, Robert Ellis Miller, Dennis Patrick, Larry Schwab, Pace Woods, John Drew Barrymore, Laurence Schwab Jr., George Cahan, Tad Danielewski, Jim Jordan, Richard Goode, Alan Neuman

Writers

George Lowther, Helene Hanff, Theodore Apstein, Robert Esson, S.S. Schweitzer, Nicholas E. Baehr, Warner Law, Harold Gast, Robert Howard Lindsay, Anthony Spinner, Richard McCracken, Michael Dyne, Kathleen Lindsey, Betty Ulius, Elizabeth Hart, William McCleery, Ellen McCracken, Greer Johnson, Lois Jacoby, Henry James, Henry Misrock, Peggy Phillips, Nelia Gardner White, Robert Wallsten, Herman Goldberg, Will Schneider, Richard Wendley, Jerome Ross, Edith Wharton, Robert E. Thompson, H.R. Hays, Samson Raphaelson, William Templeton, Sheldon Stark, Marjorie Duhan Adler, Harold Callen, Jack Laird, Gail Ingram, Kay Arthur, Alan Cooke, John Van Druten, Robert J. Shaw, Elihu Winer, Doris Hursley, Frank Hursley, Dale Wasserman, Abby Mann, Alvin Boretz, Lawrence Hazard, Edgar Allan Poe, Jack Paritz, Mort Thaw, Frank Price, Robert Louis Stevenson, Stephen Vincent Benét, David Davidson, Mac Shoub, Ira Avery, Gertrude Schweitzer, George Bradshaw, William Mourne, David Lamson, Roy Hargrave, B.M. Atkinson Jr., Selwyn James, Arnold Rabin, Barbara Davidson, Rosemary Foster, Sophie Kerr, Sam Hall, Robert Carson, Rosemary Casey, Albert Meglin, Joan Cunningham, Thyra Samter Winslow, Robert Standish, Irving Phillips, Richard Harding Davis, Peggy Lamson, Roger Garis, Elaine Ryan, A.A. Milne, Jane Avery, Don Stanford, Booth Tarkington, Gladys Schmitt, Helen Cotton, A.B. Shiffrin, Charles Mergendahl, Michele Cousin, Edward Everett Hale, Peter Barry, Gene Feldman, Bob Duncan, Margaret Culkin Banning, Katherine Lindsay, Joseph Caldwell, Narda Stokes, Dodie Smith, Howard Berk, Fannie Hurst, Harriet Frank Jr., Alvin Sapinsley, Wilton Schiller, Max Wilk, Alfred Brenner, John Hawkins, Ward Hawkins, Albert McCleery, Doris Gilbert, John P. Marquand, William Shakespeare, Jane Austen, George Bernard Shaw, Arthur Wing Pinero, Sumner Locke Elliott, Robert Dozier, Wanda Duncan, Emily Brontë, H.G. Wells, Ellis St. Joseph, E. Jack Neuman, Oscar Wilde, Howard Rodman, Rod Serling, Thomas Job, Bob Barbash, Frank D. Gilroy, Donald Symington, Frank Craven, Gore Vidal, Emlyn Williams, Boris Sagal, Walter Grauman, Martin Donovan, Winston Churchill, Jack Lewis, Biff McGuire, Leonard Freeman, Alfred Ryder, Charles Lederer, Frank De Felitta, N. Richard Nash, Gerald Sanford, Barré Lyndon, Frances Hodgson Burnett, Karel Čapek, Steve Gethers, Lorenzo Semple Jr., Stafford Dickens, Tennessee Williams, David Chandler, Frederick J. Jackson, Therese Lewis, Zoe Akins, Frederick Lonsdale, John W. Bloch, Mark Twain, George Bruce, George Bellak, Harlan Ware, Will Lorin, Hal Hackady, Daphne Du Maurier, Charles Dickens, Robert Emmett, Paul Vincent Carroll, Adrian Spies, Marc Brandel, S.N. Behrman, Alexander Pushkin, A.J. Russell, Bernard C. Schoenfeld, Meyer Dolinsky, Guy de Maupassant, Sol Saks, Harry W. Junkin, Francis Swann, Arnold Schulman, Irwin Shaw, Meade Roberts, Shelley Smith, Ben Hecht, David Karp, J.B. Priestley, Aldous Huxley, Larry Williams, Eugene Francis, Philip Barry, Budd Schulberg, Newt Arnold, Luigi Pirandello, Walter Ferris, James Warner Bellah, Luther Reed, Marjorie Kellogg, Bernard Schubert, Robert Nathan, Sinclair Lewis, Peter Berneis, John Cecil Holm, Nelson Bond, Richard Kollmar, Judson O'Donnell, Arthur Arent, Sylvia Regan, William Kendall Clarke, Rod Coneybeare, Jean Kerr, Irve Tunick, James Thurber, Bret Harte, Dorothy Kilgallen, James Gould Cozzens, Nikolay Gogol, Benn W. Levy, Margaret Kennedy, Silvia Richards, Alice Duer Miller, Viña Delmar, John Boruff, Sonya Roberts, Franklin Barton, Irving Gaynor Neiman, Leonard Stadd, Leonard Kantor, Ralph Rose Jr., Stan Cutler, Dan Beaumont, William L. Stuart, Norman Jacob, Pearl S. Buck, Reginald Lawrence, Joseph Liss, Martha Wilkerson, Howard Gast, Glenn P. Wolfe, Ricky Zurex, Leo Guild, Herman Epstein, Carol Warner Gluck, Philip S. Goodman, Roger Marston, Alec Coppel, R.C. Sherriff, Herman Raucher, Paul Tabori, John Vlahos, Henrik Ibsen, Emmet Lavery, Louis S. Peterson, Irving Elman, Jay Presson Allen, Arnold M. Auerbach, John Steinbeck, Brenda Weisberg, I.A.R. Wylie, Keith Winter, Mary Shelley, Gian Carlo Menotti, Harry Julian Fink, Charlotte Brontë, George Baxt, Bram Stoker, Blanche Hanalis, Patrick Hamilton, J.M. Barrie, Ira Levin, Charlotte Armstrong, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mari Sandoz, George Eliot, Colette, Honoré de Balzac, Lennox Robinson, Bernard Slade, Leopold Atlas, Edmond Kelso, Lesley Storm, Josephine Lawrence, J.P. Miller, Louisa May Alcott, Jerome Kern, Hagar Wilde, Lynn Root, William Mendrek, Philip Barry Jr., Samuel W. Taylor, Mordaunt Shairp, Walter Black, Thomas Thompson, Nathaniel Benchley, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Vera Blackwell, Nedra Tyre, Eileen Mason, Christie Munro, N.R. Nash, Rachel Grieve, Jess Gregg, Ann Pinchot, Jean Clifford Raymond, Elizabeth Cadell, Marion C. Baker, Thelma Nurenberg, Betty Martin, Mary George Kochos, Anita Leslie, Stuart Dunham, Wood Fitchette, A.J. Richardson, Thyra Ferre Bjorn, Pamela F. Service, David Eynon, Allan Langdon Martin, George Meredith, Melba Redman, S.V.P. Rand, Aldyth Morris, Elswyth Thane, Andrew Rosenthal, Elsie Milnes, Kenneth Phillips Britton, Ted Prideaux, Stephen R. Callahan, Dean Harens, Seamus White, Joanna Brodkey, Francis Letton, Jenette Letton, Dorothy Rood Stewart, Naomi Lane Babson, Blanche Gregory, Mazo de la Roche, Donald Windham, Bob Rodgers, Robert Pollock, Jacob Hay, Robert James, Gerard Murray, Helen Taini, Jack Oleck, Dorothy R. Stewart, C.P. Breen, Carl Leo Gass, Lee Rogow, Burnham Carter, Nikki Justin, Melville Burke, Robert T. Nathe, James Hart, Melba Marlett, Daniel Morgan, Eileen Patrick, Lloyd Morris, Robert Mason Patrick, Robert Easton, Stuart Hawkins, Nancy Hale, Berry Grove, Ray Lukshis, Dorothy Tyler, Elaine Wolfe, A.L. Barker, Ann Elmo, James McConnaughey, Mary W. Ballard, Diana Tutton, Jack Wilson, Nicolas Winter, Joseph Di Reda, Stanley D. Schneider, Robert G. Deindorfer, Jay Albert, B.L. Hunter, Edward Hunt, Dick Lewine, Anna Marie Barlow, S. Brooke White, Sol Offsey, Dale Fife, Vivian Connell, Jean C. Beckett, Charles Cagle, William Kendall Clark, Charles Allen, Jim Davis, Robert Hare Powell, Kurt Singer, Matt Taylor, Hildegarde Dolson, Dick Moore, I.A.R. White, Mil Smith, Sidney Paine, Nathan Teitel, Demma Oldham, Charles Collins, Joseph Stocker, Bernice Kelly Harris, Robert John Corcoran, Isabel Landis, Joel Ross, Randal C. Burrell, Kenneth Evans, Marjorie Worthington, Tim Kelly, Eugene Raskin, Jan Cox Speas, Veronica Parker Jones, Maxine Wood, Leslie Ford, Lesley Conger, George Sumner Albee, Rachel Crothers, Guy de Vry, Isabella Taves, William MacLeod Raine, Bill Barrett, Frances Parkinson Keyes, Aurand Harris, Caleb Gray, Eve Greene, Joe Barry, Seymour Stern, Speed Lamkin, Margaret Cousins, Irving Richin, Terrence Kilpatrick, Theodore Ferro, Mathilde Ferro, James Elward, Mona Kent, Lois Landauer, William Brandon, Richard Stern, Claire Wallis, Jean Leslie, Bruce Kimes, William Altman, Lucille Duffy, Jacqueline Rhodes, Vance Bourjaily, Myna Lockwood, Martin Grupsmith, Zelda Popkin, Phyllis Duganne, Hila Colman, Joseph Shearing, William Kozlenko, Philip Freund, Paula Fox, Mikhail Rykoff, Virginia Rooks, Susan Glaspell, Philip Kalfur, Arthur Geller, Anthony Boucher, Elizabeth McFadden, Pamela Frankau, Robert Claborne, Martin Vale, Arthur Rabin, Harold Brodkey, James Truex, Armina Marshall, John H. Secondari, Jack Balch, Alberto Casella, Howard Richardson, Sheppard Kerman, Bertram Bloch, George Emerson Brewer Jr., Lemora Mattingly Weber, Mary Jane Waldo, Wilhelm Speyer, William Dinner, William Morum, Émile Zola, Lucy Cores, William Berney, William Noble, Ben Zavin, Arthur Cavanaugh, Anna Steese Richardson, Virginia Faulkner, Reita Lambert, Giraud Chester, George Kelly, James Carhardt, Matt Taylor, Robert Arthur, Mary Eunice McCarthy, James Blumgarten, Edwin Rutt, Charles Morgan, Oscar Schisgall, Lawrence Langner, Dorothy Canfield, Elizabeth Denham, Howard Lawrence Davis, Helen Root, Hans Kades, Eunice Luccock Corfman, Allen Swift, Dan Blue, Malcolm Shaw, Monique Jean, James Skardon, Frances Banks, Ross Claiborne

Cast

John Conte Self - Host / Host
John Conte Self - Host
John Conte Host
Mary Scott Virginia
Peter Hanson Philip Nolan
Peter Hanson Fred Purdy
Michael Winkelman Jonathan
Wendy Winkelman Pamela
Joy Lafleur (as Victoria Ward)
Ben Welden Boss
Kathy Garver Sally
Stephen Dunne (as Steve Dunne)
Cynthia O'Neal (as Cynthia Baxter)
Peggy McCay Jane Wilson
Will J. White Attendant
John Abbott Jasper Purdy
Rachel Ames (as Judith Ames)
Stephen Joyce Claudio
Robert Horton Benedick
Norma Moore Hero

Producers

Editors

Anthony Spinner, Frank Price, Helen Taini, Jay Freund, Rosemary Foster

1957Golden GlobeTelevision Achievement Won
1956EmmyBest Contributing to Daytime Programming Won
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