Noah's Ark (1956 TV series)
|Written by||Jack Webb|
|Directed by||Jack Webb|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||24|
|Running time||24 mins.|
|Distributor||Mark VII Limited|
|Original run||September 18, 1956– February 26, 1957|
Along with Richard Boone's Medic, Noah's Ark was one of the early medical shows on American television. It was also an early program to be aired in color at a time when most selections were in black-and-white.
Noah's Ark stars Paul Burke as young veterinarian Dr. Noah McCann, partner with the older Dr. Sam Rinehart, played by Victor Rodman (1892–1965), who in the series uses a wheelchair. May Wynn plays the young receptionist, Liz Clark.
Another similarly titled series, Second Noah, a family drama with Daniel Hugh Kelly in the title role of author Noah Beckett and Betsy Brantley as his veterinarian-wife, was televised on ABC from 1996-1997.
Noah's Ark was created, produced, and directed by Jack Webb through his Mark VII Limited production company, and filmed at Revue Studios, later part of Universal Television. Its pilot episode on September 18, 1956, is titled "Jack Webb Presents." At the time, Webb and Ben Alexander co-starred on NBC's popular police drama Dragnet. In the October 2 episode of Noah's Ark titled "The Petition," a dispute develops over a re-zoning request for the veterinary clinic. When Noah tries to reason with recalcitrant neighbors, violence results.
The 24th episode of the series with the title, "Irmgaard's Problem," never aired. Instead on March 5, 1957, the suspense series Panic made its debut to replace Noah's Ark. The theme song for Noah's Ark was performed by the Hi-Los.
Noah's Ark aired at 8:30 p.m. EST on Tuesdays, opposite The Brothers (with Gale Gordon, Bob Sweeney and Barbara Billingsley) on CBS and Hugh O'Brian's The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp on ABC. Noah's Ark followed the quiz show The Big Surprise and preceded the anthology series, The Jane Wyman Show on NBC.
- "Noah's Ark". Classic Television Archives. Retrieved January 16, 2011.
- Alex McNeil, Total Television, p. 606
- "Second Noah". tv.com. Retrieved January 16, 2011.
- "Noah's Ark: "Jack Webb Presents"". tv.com. Retrieved January 16, 2011.
- 1956-1957 American network television schedule, Total Television, appendix