Goodyear Television Playhouse

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Goodyear Television Playhouse
Genre Anthology
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 6
No. of episodes 143
Production
Producer(s) Robert Alan Aurthur
Fred Coe
Gordon Duff
David Susskind
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 48–50 minutes
Production company(s) Showcase Productions
Broadcast
Original channel NBC
Picture format Black-and-white
Audio format Monaural
Original run October 14, 1951 (1951-10-14) – September 12, 1957 (1957-09-12)
Chronology
Related shows Philco Television Playhouse
The Alcoa Hour

The Goodyear Television Playhouse is an American anthology series that was telecast live on NBC from 1951 to 1957 during the "Golden Age of Television". Sponsored by Goodyear, Goodyear alternated sponsorship with Philco, and the Philco Television Playhouse was seen on alternate weeks.

In 1955, the title was shortened to The Goodyear Playhouse and it aired on alternate weeks with The Alcoa Hour. The three series were essentially the same, with the only real difference being the name of the sponsor.

Producer Fred Coe nurtured and encouraged a group of young, mostly unknown writers that included Robert Alan Aurthur, George Baxt, Paddy Chayefsky, Horton Foote, Howard Richardson, Tad Mosel and Gore Vidal. Notable productions included Chayefsky's Marty (May 24, 1953) starring Rod Steiger, Chayefsky's The Bachelor Party (1955), Vidal's Visit to a Small Planet (1955), Richardson's Ark of Safety and Foote's The Trip to Bountiful.

From 1957 to 1960, it became a taped, half-hour series titled Goodyear Theater, seen on Mondays at 9:30pm.

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (1951-52)[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Original air date
1 1 "October Story" October 14, 1951 (1951-10-14)
A chance human interest interview reveals a girl has created a television that would only cost a few dollars. NBC executives become interested and hire a young man to help the girl complete her plans at her home.
2 2 "The Copper" October 28, 1951 (1951-10-28)
A wimpy, accident prone little man aspires to marry a tough police sergeant's daughter, and becomes a rookie cop. He's given an undercover assignment, posing as a convict in a prison to learn more about his inmates.
3 3 "Flight to Freedom" November 11, 1951 (1951-11-11)
4 4 "The Eleventh Ward" November 25, 1951 (1951-11-25)
5 5 "Money to Burn" December 9, 1951 (1951-12-09)
6 6 "I Was Stalin's Prisoner" December 23, 1951 (1951-12-23)
7 7 "A Softness in the Wind" January 6, 1952 (1952-01-06)
8 8 "Raymond Schindler, Case One" January 20, 1952 (1952-01-20)
9 9 "Tour of Duty" February 3, 1952 (1952-02-03)
10 10 "Crown of Shadows" February 17, 1952 (1952-02-17)
11 11 "Treasure Chest" March 2, 1952 (1952-03-02)
12 12 "Three Letters" March 16, 1952 (1952-03-16)
13 13 "Tigers Don't Sing" March 30, 1952 (1952-03-30)
14 14 "The Madea Cup" April 13, 1952 (1952-04-13)
15 15 "The Travellers" April 27, 1952 (1952-04-27)
16 16 "The Twenty-Third Mission" May 11, 1952 (1952-05-11)
17 17 "The Lantern Copy" May 25, 1952 (1952-05-25)
18 18 "Four Meetings" June 8, 1952 (1952-06-08)
19 19 "It's a Small World" June 22, 1952 (1952-06-22)
20 20 "Leaf Out of a Book" July 6, 1952 (1952-07-06)
21 21 "The Trial of Steve Kent" July 20, 1952 (1952-07-20)
22 22 "The Duty Drawer" August 3, 1952 (1952-08-03)
23 23 "The Witness" August 17, 1952 (1952-08-17)
24 24 "Roman Fever" August 31, 1952 (1952-08-31)

Season 2 (1952-53)[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Original air date
25 1 "Holiday Song" September 14, 1952 (1952-09-14)
26 2 "The Room" September 28, 1952 (1952-09-28)
27 3 "O Romany" October 12, 1952 (1952-10-12)
28 4 "Better Than Walking" October 26, 1952 (1952-10-26)
29 5 "The Darkness Below" November 9, 1952 (1952-11-09)
30 6 "The Old Beginning" November 23, 1952 (1952-11-23)
31 7 "The Search" December 7, 1952 (1952-12-07)
31 8 "Mr. Quimby's Christmas Hats" December 21, 1952 (1952-12-21)
32 9 "A Medal in the Family" February 1, 1953 (1953-02-01)
33 10 "Wings On My Feet" February 22, 1953 (1953-02-22)
34 11 "The Rumor" March 8, 1953 (1953-03-08)
35 12 "The Gesture" March 15, 1953 (1953-03-15)
36 13 "Wish on the Moon" March 29, 1953 (1953-03-29)
37 14 "The Long Way Home" April 19, 1953 (1953-04-19)
38 15 "Printer's Measure" April 26, 1953 (1953-04-26)
39 16 "The Accident" May 3, 1953 (1953-05-03)
40 17 "The Oil Well" May 17, 1953 (1953-05-17)
41 18 "Before I Wake" May 31, 1953 (1953-05-31)
42 19 "Her Prince Charming" June 14, 1953 (1953-06-14)
43 20 "Catching A Falling Star" June 28, 1953 (1953-06-28)
44 21 "Nothing to Sneeze At" July 12, 1953 (1953-07-12)
45 22 "The Young and the Fair" July 26, 1953 (1953-07-26)
46 23 "Ernie Barger Is Fifty" August 9, 1953 (1953-08-09)
47 24 "Hollywood Tandem" August 23, 1953 (1953-08-23)

Season 3 (1953-54)[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Original air date
48 1 "Other People's Houses" August 30, 1953 (1953-08-30)
49 2 "The Happy Rest" October 4, 1953 (1953-10-04)
50 3 "The Heaven" November 1, 1953 (1953-11-01)
51 4 "John Turner" November 15, 1953 (1953-11-15)
52 5 "Madame Aphrodite" December 6, 1953 (1953-12-06)
53 6 "Wings Over Barriers" December 20, 1953 (1953-12-20)
54 7 "Moment of panic" January 3, 1954 (1954-01-03)
55 8 "Here's Father" January 17, 1954 (1954-01-17)
56 9 "Brownstone" January 31, 1954 (1954-01-31)
57 10 "The Game of Hide and Seek" February 7, 1954 (1954-02-07)
58 11 "The Huntress" February 14, 1954 (1954-02-14)
59 12 "Buy Me Blue Ribbons" February 28, 1954 (1954-02-28)
60 13 "The Inward Eye" March 14, 1954 (1954-03-14)
61 14 "Native Dancer" March 28, 1954 (1954-03-28)
62 15 "Spring Reunion" April 11, 1954 (1954-04-11)
63 16 "Old Tasselfoot" April 25, 1954 (1954-04-25)
64 17 "And Crown Thy Good" May 16, 1954 (1954-05-16)
65 18 "The Lawn Party" May 23, 1954 (1954-05-23)
66 19 "Write Me Out Forever" June 20, 1954 (1954-06-20)
67 20 "Suitable for Farming" July 4, 1954 (1954-07-04)
68 21 "Dear Harriet Heart-Throb" July 18, 1954 (1954-07-18)
69 22 "The Arena" August 1, 1954 (1954-08-01)
70 23 "Recoil" August 15, 1954 (1954-08-15)
71 24 "Star in the Summer Night" August 22, 1954 (1954-08-22)
72 25 "The Power of Suggestion" August 29, 1954 (1954-08-29)
73 26 "The Big Man on Campus" September 12, 1954 (1954-09-12)

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