Alcoa Theatre

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Alcoa Theatre
DeForest Kelley on Alcoa Theatre June 13, 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
Theme music composer 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 77
Producer(s) Vincent M. Fennelly
Fred F. Finklehoffe
Winston O'Keefe
William Sackheim
Running time 22–24 minutes
Original channel NBC
Picture format Black-and-white
Audio format Monaural
Original run October 7, 1957 (1957-10-07) – September 19, 1960 (1960-09-19)
Related shows The Alcoa Hour

Alcoa Theatre is a half-hour American anthology series telecast on NBC at 9:30 pm on alternate Monday nights from October 7, 1957 to September 16, 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.[1] Each appeared in dramatic and light comedic roles through the first season.


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"


  1. ^ a b Brooks, Tim; Marsh, Earle F. (2007-10-17). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946-Present (9 ed.). Ballantine Books. p. 28. ISBN 0-345-49773-2. 
  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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