Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre

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Not to be confused with The Bob Hope Theatre.
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre
Also known as Universal Star Time
Theatre of the Stars
Genre Anthology
Presented by Bob Hope
Theme music composer Johnny Williams
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 107
Executive producer(s) Roy Huggins
Producer(s) Richard Berg
Jack Laird
Richard Lewis
Frank P. Rosenberg
Running time 48 mins.
Production company(s) Hovue Productions, in association with Universal Television
Distributor MCA Television
Original channel NBC
Audio format Monaural
Original run October 4, 1963 (1963-10-04) – May 17, 1967 (1967-05-17)

Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre is an American anthology series, sponsored by Chrysler Corporation, which ran on NBC from 1963 through 1967. The show was hosted by Bob Hope, but it had a variety of formats, including musical, dramatic, and comedy.


The program included such events as an adaptation of One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, starring Jason Robards (from the novel by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn); The Seven Little Foys, starring Mickey Rooney, Eddie Foy Jr. and the Osmond Brothers; Think Pretty, a musical starring Fred Astaire and Barrie Chase and Groucho Marx in "Time for Elizabeth", a televised adaptation of a play that Marx and Norman Krasna wrote in 1948.

Generally, each episode ran for an hour, although for some 'special presentations', NBC expanded the broadcast time to 90 minutes.

Hope was paid $25,000 per week for those episodes which he merely introduced, and $500,000 for those in which he starred in. Hope's performances consisted of his typical joke- and celebrity-filled blackout sketches. These were usually called Chrysler Presents a Bob Hope Special. Every season, Hope traveled to Vietnam for Christmas, to entertain the troops.

Actors who appeared in episodes included Phyllis Avery, Ida Lupino, Sam Peckinpah, Sean Garrison, Peter Falk, Hugh O'Brian, Shelley Winters, Cliff Robertson, John Cassavetes, Jack Lord, William Shatner, Angie Dickinson, Suzanne Pleshette, Robert Stack, Dina Merrill, Darren McGavin, Broderick Crawford, Robert Wagner, Robert Young and Stuart Whitman.

Several episodes were rerun from 1968 through 1972 under several different titles: NBC Adventure Theatre (1971-1972), NBC Action Playhouse (1971-1972), NBC Comedy Playhouse (1968-1970) and NBC Comedy Theater (1971-1972). The Hope introductions were replaced by other hosts, such as Peter Marshall (who hosted "Action"), Art Fleming ("Adventure" in 1971), Ed McMahon ("Adventure" in 1972), Monty Hall ("Comedy Playhouse" in 1968) and Jack Kelly ("Comedy Playhouse" in 1970, and "Comedy Theater").

In syndication, the series was presented as Universal Star Time and Theatre of the Stars, minus Hope's opening and closing segments.

Award nominations[edit]

For her performance in the episode "Two is the Number" (1964), Shelley Winters won an Emmy for outstanding lead actress in a miniseries or movie.

Simone Signoret won an Emmy for outstanding lead actress for her performance in "A Small Rebellion" (1966).


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