Matinee Theater (1955)

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.

  • Release Date: 1955-10-31
  • Views: 2203
  • Country: US
  • Language: En
  • Runtime: 60


Rita Moreno

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James Flavin

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Russ Conway

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Ray Danton

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Lois Smith

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Brett Halsey

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Betty Lynn

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Madge Evans

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Alan Young

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Kurt Kasznar

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Paul Maxwell

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Leon Askin

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John Wengraf

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Jim Backus

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Steven Geray

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Dabbs Greer

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Les Tremayne

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Paul Gilbert

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Victor Jory

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John Craven

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Ann Doran

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Billie Burke

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Nina Foch

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Robert Morse

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Mary Wickes

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Hugh Marlowe

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Wally Cox

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Susan Kohner

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Gregory Gaye

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Roger Moore

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John Hoyt

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Jane Darwell

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Conrad Nagel

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Ann Harding

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Diana Lynn

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Edmund Gwenn

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Alan Mowbray

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Andrea King

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Sara Haden

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Philip Ober

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Jeff Morrow

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John Lupton

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Don Keefer

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Irene Hervey

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Robert Gist

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Jean Byron

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Jean Muir

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Ben Welden

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Alex Gerry

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Bill Goodwin

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Tom Tryon

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Shirley Ross

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Anita Louise

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John Banner

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Richard Long

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Ben Cooper

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Paul Burke

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Isobel Elsom

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Dick Foran

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Kent Smith

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Myron Healey

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Doris Lloyd

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James Dunn

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Fay Bainter

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Hayden Rorke

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Eva Gabor

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June Havoc

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Jess Barker

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Paul Langton

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Sean McClory

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Norma Varden

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Lee Patrick

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Ellen Corby

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Tommy Kirk

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Judy Canova

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Irene Ryan

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Cathy Downs

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Tudor Owen

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Jean Parker

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Mona Freeman

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Tod Andrews

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Arthur Hill

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Wendy Hiller

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John Dehner

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Edward Binns

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Mala Powers

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Paul Picerni

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Regis Toomey

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Peter Hansen

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Tom Laughlin

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Nita Talbot

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Jay Novello

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Ernest Truex

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Gene Nelson

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Susan Oliver

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Thayer David

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Karen Steele

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Keith Andes

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Rex Reason

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Lillian Roth

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Jean Carson

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Jeff Donnell

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Peggy McCay

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Ann B. Davis

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Gene Raymond

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