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Matinee Theater

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Release Date 1958-06-13
Runtime 60 minutes
Genres Drama
Stars John Conte
Directors George Lowther, Albert McCleery

Matinee Theater is an American anthology series that aired on NBC during the Golden Age of Television, from 1955 to 1958. The series, which ran daily in the afternoon, was frequently live. It was produced by Albert McCleery, Darrell Ross, George Cahan and Frank Price with executive producer George Lowther. McCleery had previously produced the live series Cameo Theatre which introduced to television the concept of theater-in-the-round, TV plays staged with minimal sets. Jim Buckley of the Pewter Plough Playhouse recalled: When Al McCleery got back to the States, he originated a most ambitious theatrical TV series for NBC called Matinee Theater: to televise five different stage plays per week live, airing around noon in order to promote color TV to the American housewife as she labored over her ironing. Al was the producer. He hired five directors and five art directors. Richard Bennett, one of our first early presidents of the Pewter Plough Corporation, was one of the directors and I was one of the art directors and, as soon as we were through televising one play, we had lunch and then met to plan next week’s show. That was over 50 years ago, and I’m trying to think; I believe the TV art director is his own set decorator —yes, of course! It had to be, since one of McCleery’s chief claims to favor with the producers was his elimination of the setting per se and simply decorating the scene with a minimum of props. It took a bit of ingenuity.

1. Father Come Home

1957-10-15

In a small town, enraged townsfolk refuse to believe the tale of a stranger. He claims that the man they believe committed a murder was miles away at the time of the killing.

2. Villa of the Angels

1957-10-16

Frank Wilson is bringing his boss home for dinner and is anxious to make a good impression. He asks his wife Jane to try not to be so shy and tells her she must learn to be more decisive. During the day a strange young man comes to the house posing as a magazine salesman. Jane feels that this a good opportunity to practice being forceful.- Tv Guide

3. A Tone of Time

1957-10-17

A successful career woman falls ill and discovers someone has been administering small doses of poison to her every day. - Tv Guide

4. Almost Any Man Will Do

1957-10-18

After years of carrying the responsibilities of two jobs, Mitchell Dayton has a nervous breakdown. He moves his family to Florida where he takes a job in a gas station. One afternoon he is knocked unconscious, and when he awakens he is hundreds of miles away from home with no money, no identification, and suffers from amnesia. - Tv Guide

5. Sing for Me

1957-10-21

Gomer, a beautiful young girl is blamed by townspeople for the suicide of one of their men. They are about to kill her when Hosea saves her life. The young prophet falls in love with Gomer, grateful to Hosea, promises to become his wife. - Tv Guide

6. Run for the Money

1957-10-22

Recently promoted, a young man is offered help in learning his new duties. The offer comes from a young-lady collegue, whose real motive is to break up his marriage.

7. Lest We Forget

1957-10-23

8. The Glass Hill

1957-10-24

Marcia Miller has inherited her successful mother's talent for fashion designing. But Marcia has decided she doesn't want to follow in her mother's footsteps. - Tv Guide

9. Out of the Frying Pan

1957-10-25

Pretty Martha Radway is vigorously campaigning with members of the League of Women Voters for a new school in their town.

10. The Last Stop

1957-10-28

Dr. Austin Sloper had always hoped that his daughter Catherine would grow into as charming and brilliant as woman as her mother had been. But Catherine grew up to be a very ordinary woman. - Tv Guide

11. The Weak and the Strong

1957-10-29

The year is 1962, and it is known that Russia is planning a full-scale nuclear attack against the U. S and Canada. In a desperate last-minute effort to avert war, the president makes plans to fly to Russia to meet directly with the Russian leaders. - Tv Guide

12. Nine-Finger Jack

1957-10-30

13. Elementals

1957-10-31

14. Plummer in Paradise

1957-11-01

15. Something About a Dollar

1957-11-04

16. Return in Winter

1957-11-07

17. Grandmama and Grandfather

1957-11-08

18. Aesop and Rhodope

1957-11-11

19. All Over the World

1957-11-12

20. The Ransom of Sigmund Freud

1957-11-13

21. Iris

1957-11-14

22. Remember Me Kindly

1957-11-15

23. The Embassy House

1957-11-18

24. Witness to Murder

1957-11-19

25. The Johnson House

1957-11-20

26. Cadenza

1957-11-25

27. Green Shores

1957-11-26

28. A Question of Balance

1957-11-27

29. Daniel Webster and the Sea Serpent

1957-11-29

30. The Conversation Tables

1957-12-02

31. Out of My Darkness

1957-12-03

32. The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg

1957-12-04

33. The Broom and the Groom

1957-12-05

34. A Cloud for Jeni

1957-12-06

35. The Consul

1957-12-09

36. The Old Friend

1957-12-10

37. Give Me a Wand

1957-12-10

38. The Sure Thing

1957-12-11

39. Dark of the Moon

1957-12-12

40. The Giver and the Gift

1957-12-13

41. No Time for Comedy

1957-12-16

42. Gentleman of Fortune

1957-12-17

43. The Gentleman Caller

1957-12-18

44. Tender Leaves

1957-12-19

45. In 25 Words or Less

1957-12-20

46. Sara Crewe

1957-12-23

47. Amahl and the Night Visitors

1957-12-24

48. The Little Minister

1957-12-25

49. Daughter of Kings

1957-12-31

50. The Survival Kit

1958-01-02

51. The House with the Golden Street

1958-01-03

52. The Europeans

1958-01-06

53. The Collected Letters of Mr. Sage

1958-01-07

54. Two-Picture Deal

1958-01-08

55. The Great Obstacle Courtship

1958-01-09

56. A Chance to Die

1958-01-10

57. Home on the Range

1958-01-13

58. The Makropoulos Secret

1958-01-14

59. More Than a Man

1958-01-15

60. Something Stolen, Something New

1958-01-16

61. Thunderbolt

1958-01-17

62. Daisy Mayne

1958-01-20

63. The Man Who Wanted to Hate

1958-01-21

64. The Golden Fleecing

1958-01-22

65. Forever and Ever

1958-01-23

66. Decision

1958-01-24

67. Solider's Boy

1958-01-27

68. The Man with Pointed Toes

1958-01-28

69. Love Out of Town

1958-01-31

70. Cave-In

1958-02-03

71. The Iceman

1958-02-04

72. The Long, Long Laugh

1958-02-05

73. Man Without a Country

1958-02-06

74. The Odd Ones

1958-02-07

75. Monsieur Beaucaire

1958-02-11

76. Life Upon the Wicked Stage

1958-02-12

77. Without Fear or Favor

1958-02-13

78. The Third Person

1958-02-14

79. Eden End

1958-02-17

80. The 10th Muse

1958-02-18

81. Goodbye on Thursday

1958-02-20

82. Heart's Desire

1958-02-21

83. Marriage of Convenience

1958-02-24

84. The Suicide Club

1958-02-25

85. The 65th Floor

1958-02-26

86. The Hickory Heart

1958-02-27

87. The Devil's Violin

1958-02-28

88. Wednesday's Child

1958-03-04

89. Vigilante

1958-03-05

90. The Prophet Hosea

1958-03-07

91. Mrs. Moonlight

1958-03-10

92. With Love We Live

1958-03-11

93. You and I

1958-03-12

94. Career Angel

1958-03-13

95. Contingent Fire

1958-03-14

96. Anxious Night

1958-03-18

97. On Approval

1958-03-19

98. Dandy Dick

1958-03-20

99. Hush, Mahala, Hush

1958-03-21

100. O'Rourke's House

1958-03-25

101. The Alleyway

1958-03-26

102. The Vagabond

1958-03-27

103. The Silver Spider

1958-03-28

104. Design for Glory

1958-04-01

105. The Inspector General

1958-04-02

106. The Two Mrs. Carrolls

1958-04-03

107. The Velvet Glove

1958-04-04

108. Death Takes a Holiday

1958-04-08

109. Man of the House

1958-04-09

110. A Case of Fear

1958-04-10

111. Walk in the Sky

1958-04-11

112. The Canterville Ghost

1958-04-15

113. Found Money

1958-04-17

114. Washington Whispers Money

1958-04-18

115. A Boy Grows Up

1958-04-22

116. Phony Venus

1958-04-23

117. Some Blessed People

1958-04-24

118. The Quiet Street

1958-04-25

119. The Quest of Quesnay

1958-05-07

120. Angel Street

1958-05-09

121. The Cause

1958-05-12

122. Much Ado About Nothing, Part 1

1958-05-20

123. Much Ado About Nothing, Part 2

1958-05-21

124. Day of Discoveries

1958-05-22

125. The Young and the Fair

1958-05-23

126. The Riddle of Mary Murray

1958-05-27

127. Button Button

1958-05-29

128. The End of the Season

1958-06-03

129. Look Out for John Tucker

1958-06-04

130. The Road to Recovery

1958-06-05

131. The Nightbird's Crying

1958-06-06

132. The Story of Marcia Gordon

1958-06-10

133. Town in Turmoil

1958-06-11

134. Washington Square

1958-06-12

135. Course for Collision

1958-06-13

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