Alcoa Theatre

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Alcoa Theatre
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DeForest Kelley on Alcoa Theatre 1960
Genre Anthology
Written by Bob Barbash
Frederick Brady
Fred Freiberger
Leonard Freeman
Fred F. Finklehoffe
Christopher Knopf
Ruth McKenney
Stirling Silliphant
George F. Slavin
Directed by Robert Florey
Alvin Ganzer
Don McDougall
Robert Ellis Miller
Don Taylor
Don Weis
Tay Garnett
Don Siegel
David Swift (director)
Byron Haskin
Paul Henreid
Paul Wendkos
Theme music composer George Duning
Johnny Williams
Composer(s) George Duning (2.4)
Harry Sukman (3.17)
John Williams (1.4, 2.1)
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 100
Production
Producer(s) Vincent M. Fennelly
Fred F. Finklehoffe
Winston O'Keefe
William Sackheim
Editor(s) Cole Trapnell
Running time 24-25 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel NBC
Picture format Black-and-white
Audio format Monaural
Original run September 30, 1957 (1957-09-30)  – May 23, 1960 (1960-05-23)
Chronology
Related shows The Alcoa Hour
Alcoa Premiere

Alcoa Theatre is a half-hour American anthology series telecast on NBC at 9:30 pm on Monday nights from September 30, 1957–May 23, 1960.[1] The program also aired under the title Turn of Fate, with the stories depicting the difficulties faced by individuals who are suddenly thrust into unexpected and perilous dangers.[2] Alcoa Theatre was syndicated together with Goodyear Theatre as Award Theatre.

In 1955, The Alcoa Hour premiered in a one-hour format aired on Sunday nights, but it was reduced to 30 minutes, retitled Alcoa Theatre, and moved to Monday evening in 1957. The show employed an alternating rotating company of actors: David Niven, Robert Ryan, Jane Powell, Jack Lemmon and Charles Boyer. Each appeared in dramatic and light comedic roles through the first season.

Overview[edit]

The series continued to feature the talents of veteran and emerging actors over the ensuing years, including Cliff Robertson, John Cassavetes, Brandon deWilde, Cornel Wilde, Agnes Moorehead, Jack Carson, Walter Slezak and Gary Merrill. Child actor Flip Mark made his television debut as Robbie Adams in the 1959 episode "Another Day Another Dollar".

Another child actor, Dennis Holmes, prior to joining the cast of Laramie appeared as Davey Morris in the 1959 episode, "The Night of the Kill."[3]

Tyler MacDuff, a guest star on various television Westerns, appeared as Rod Tilton in the 1962 episode "Blues for a Hanging".[4]

Gian-Carlo Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors remains one of the Alcoa Theatre's best-known presentations.

"333 Montgomery" (June 13, 1960) starred DeForest Kelley in the pilot episode of an unsold series written by Gene Roddenberry. It was based on the book Never Plead Guilty by San Francisco criminal lawyer Jake Ehrlich. Kelley acted in three separate pilots for Columbia, and the studio decided to try him in a lead and sent him to meet Roddenberry. Kelley and Roddenberry went to San Francisco to meet Ehrlich, who chose him for the lead. This event was crucial to Kelley's career because it introduced him to Roddenberry, later resulting in his Star Trek role.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Result Award Category Recipient Episode
1959 Nominated Emmy Award Best Writing of a Single Program of a Dramatic Series - Less Than One Hour Christopher Knopf "The Loudmouth"
Nominated Emmy Award Best Single Performance by an Actor Mickey Rooney "Eddie"
Won Emmy Award Best Writing of a Single Program of a Dramatic Series - Less Than One Hour Alfred Brenner and Ken Hughes "Eddie"
Won Emmy Award Best Dramatic Series - Less Than One Hour
Won Emmy Award Best Direction of a Single Program of a Dramatic Series - Less Than One Hour Jack Smight "Eddie"

Episodes[edit]

Series Overview[edit]

Season Episodes Season Premiere Season Finale
1 39 September 30, 1957 (1957-09-30) June 23, 1958 (1958-06-23)
2 37 September 22, 1958 (1958-09-22) June 15, 1959 (1959-06-15)
3 34 September 14, 1959 (1959-09-14) May 23, 1960 (1960-05-23)

Season 1 (1957-58)[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Original air date
1 1 "Silhouette of a Killer" September 30, 1957 (1957-09-30)
2 2 "Circumstantial" October 7, 1957 (1957-10-07)
3 3 "Lost and Found" October 14, 1957 (1957-10-14)
4 4 "Encounter on a Second-Class Coach" October 21, 1957 (1957-10-21)
5 5 "The Danger by Night" October 28, 1957 (1957-10-28)
6 6 "Guests for Dinner" November 4, 1957 (1957-11-04)
7 7 "Voices in the Fog" November 11, 1957 (1957-11-11)
8 8 "On Edge" November 18, 1957 (1957-11-18)
9 9 "Hurricane" November 25, 1957 (1957-11-25)
10 10 "Souvenir" December 2, 1957 (1957-12-02)
11 11 "The Crowd Pleaser" December 9, 1957 (1957-12-09)
12 12 "Cupid Wore a Badge" December 16, 1957 (1957-12-16)
13 13 "The Tinhorn" December 23, 1957 (1957-12-23)
14 14 "The Face of Truth" December 30, 1957 (1957-12-30)
15 15 "The Victim" January 6, 1958 (1958-01-06)
16 16 "In the Dark" January 13, 1958 (1958-01-13)
17 17 "The Fatal Charm" January 20, 1958 (1958-01-20)
18 18 "Hidden Witness" January 27, 1958 (1958-01-27)
19 19 "Music in the Night" February 3, 1958 (1958-02-03)
20 20 "The Caller" February 10, 1958 (1958-02-10)
21 21 "The White Flag" February 17, 1958 (1958-02-17)
22 22 "The Days of November" February 24, 1958 (1958-02-24)
23 23 "Most Likely to Succeed" March 3, 1958 (1958-03-03)
24 24 "Even a Thief Can Dream" March 10, 1958 (1958-03-10)
25 25 "The Seventh Letter" March 17, 1958 (1958-03-17)
26 26 "Taps For Jeffrey" March 31, 1958 (1958-03-31)
27 27 "Loudmouth" April 7, 1958 (1958-04-07)
28 28 "A Frame For Mourning" April 14, 1958 (1958-04-14)
29 29 "My Wife's Next Husband" April 21, 1958 (1958-04-21)
30 30 "The Giant Step" April 28, 1958 (1958-04-28)
31 31 "Most Likely to Succeed" May 5, 1958 (1958-05-05)
32 32 "The Lady Takes a Stand" May 12, 1958 (1958-05-12)
33 33 "The Perfectionist" May 19, 1958 (1958-05-19)
34 34 "Decision by Terror" May 26, 1958 (1958-05-26)
35 35 "The Clock Strikes 12" June 2, 1958 (1958-06-02)
36 36 "Disappearance" June 9, 1958 (1958-06-09)
37 37 "Johnny Risk" June 16, 1958 (1958-06-16)
38 38 "Three Years Dark" June 23, 1958 (1958-06-23)
39 39 "Decoy Duck" June 30, 1958 (1958-06-30)

Season 2 (1958-59)[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Original air date
40 1 "The Chain and the River" September 22, 1958 (1958-09-22)
41 2 "The Town Budget" September 28, 1958 (1958-09-28)
42 3 "Strange Occurrences at Rokesay" October 7, 1958 (1958-10-07)
43 4 "Lazarus Walks Again" October 13, 1958 (1958-10-13)
44 5 "Coast to Coast" October 20, 1958 (1958-10-20)
45 6 "Office Party" October 27, 1958 (1958-10-27)
46 7 "The Spy" November 3, 1958 (1958-11-03)
47 8 "Guy In Ward 4" November 10, 1958 (1958-11-10)
48 9 "Eddie" November 17, 1958 (1958-11-17)
49 10 "The First Star" November 24, 1958 (1958-11-24)
50 11 "The Reward" December 1, 1958 (1958-12-01)
51 12 "Points Beyond" December 8, 1958 (1958-12-08)
52 13 "Curtain Call" December 15, 1958 (1958-12-15)
53 14 "The Dark File" December 22, 1958 (1958-12-22)
54 15 "Coogan's Award" December 29, 1958 (1958-12-29)
55 16 "High Class Type of Mongrel" January 5, 1959 (1959-01-05)
56 17 "The Afternoon Beast" January 12, 1959 (1959-01-12)
57 18 "A London Affair" January 19, 1959 (1959-01-19)
58 19 "30 Pieces of Silver" January 26, 1959 (1959-01-26)
59 20 "Goodbye Johnny" February 2, 1959 (1959-02-02)
60 21 "Success Story" February 9, 1959 (1959-02-09)
61 22 "Corporal Hardy" February 16, 1959 (1959-02-16)
62 23 "A Good Name" February 23, 1959 (1959-02-23)
63 24 "Man of His House" March 2, 1959 (1959-03-02)
64 25 "Of Missing Persons" March 9, 1959 (1959-03-09)
65 26 "A Sword For Marius" March 30, 1959 (1959-03-30)
66 27 "Ten Miles to Doomsday" April 6, 1959 (1959-04-06)
67 28 "The Obenauf Story" April 13, 1959 (1959-04-13)
68 29 "Girls About Town" April 20, 1959 (1959-04-20)
69 30 "A Light in the Fruit Closet" April 27, 1959 (1959-04-27)
70 31 "The Slightly Fallen Angel" May 4, 1959 (1959-05-04)
71 32 "I Remember Caviar" May 11, 1959 (1959-05-11)
72 33 "Boydon vs. Bunty (Dear Mom, Dear Dad)" May 18, 1959 (1959-05-18)
73 34 "Wait Til Spring" May 25, 1959 (1959-05-25)
74 35 "Medals For Harry" June 1, 1959 (1959-06-01)
75 36 "Christabel" June 8, 1959 (1959-06-08)
76 37 "The Best Way to Go" June 15, 1959 (1959-06-15)

Season 3 (1959-60)[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Original air date
77 1 "Another Day, Another Dollar" September 21, 1959 (1959-09-21)
78 2 "Operation Spark" October 5, 1959 (1959-10-05)
79 3 "Day The Devil Hid" November 2, 1959 (1959-11-02)
80 4 "Small Bouquet" November 16, 1959 (1959-11-16)
81 5 "Shadow of Evil" November 30, 1959 (1959-11-30)
82 6 "The Long House on Avenue A" December 14, 1959 (1959-12-14)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Alcoa Theatre Episode Guide
  2. ^ "Turn of Fate". inbaseline.dom. Retrieved September 14, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Dennis Holmes". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved November 23, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Tyler MacDuff credits". IMDB. Retrieved January 9, 2010. 

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