Schlitz Playhouse of Stars

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Schlitz Playhouse of Stars
Dan O'Herlihy Peggy Creel Schlitz Playhouse of Stars 1955.JPG
Dan O'Herlihy and Peggy Creel in "Log the Man Innocent", 1955.
Also known as Schlitz Playhouse
Genre Anthology
Directed by Robert Aldrich
John Brahm
David Butler (director)
Robert Florey
Paul Henreid
Arthur Hiller
Delbert Mann
Lewis Milestone
Ray Milland
James Neilson (director)
Christian Nyby
Ted Post
Robert Stevenson (director)
Jacques Tourneur
Don Weis
Richard Whorf
Composer(s) Melvyn Lenard
Paul Dunlap
Stanley Wilson
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 8
Production
Executive producer(s) Nat Holt
Producer(s) William Self
Frank P. Rosenberg
Jules Bricken
Editor(s) Joseph Gluck
Richard Belding
Sam Gold
George Amy
Robert B. Warwick, Jr.
Location(s) Revue Studios
Cinematography George T. Clemens
Russell Harlan
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 46-48 mins.
Production company(s) Meridian Productions
Revue Studios
Distributor CBS Television Distribution
Mill Creek Entertainment
NBCUniversal Television Distribution
Broadcast
Original channel CBS
Picture format Black-and-white
Audio format Monaural
Original run October 5, 1951 (1951-10-05) – July 31, 1959 (1959-07-31)

Schlitz Playhouse of Stars is an anthology series that was telecast from 1951 until 1959 on CBS. Offering both comedies and drama, the series was sponsored by the Joseph Schlitz Brewing Company. The title was shortened to Schlitz Playhouse, beginning with the fall 1957 season.

Live to film[edit]

Initially, the show was broadcast live, but starting in the summer of 1953, some episodes were filmed in advance. Beginning with the 1956-1957 season, all of the shows were filmed.

Between October 1951 and March 1952, the hour-long show was shown at 9 p.m. In April 1952, the running time was reduced from an hour to 30 minutes. The series moved to 9:30 p.m. in the 1955 fall season.

Pilots[edit]

Two episodes served as pilots for later NBC Western series: The Restless Gun with John Payne (March 29, 1957 pilot) and Tales of Wells Fargo with Dale Robertson. The Restless Gun pilot was based on the radio series The Six Shooter, and Payne's character had the same name, Britt Ponset, as the radio character; that name was changed to Vint Bonner when the actual series began, possibly to prevent confusion with "Bret Maverick" in Maverick, which debuted in 1957.

For the 1958-1959 season, the series alternated weeks with the Lux Playhouse.

Guest stars[edit]

Guest stars included the child actress Beverly Washburn, later on The New Loretta Young Show, who appeared in "The Closed Door" (1953) and "One Left Over" (1957).

Child actor Michael Winkelman, later of The Real McCoys, also appeared twice, as Joey Harlow in the 1955 episode "Fast Break" and as Jimmy Quinlin in the 1956 segment "Weapon of Courage."[1]

Phyllis Avery appeared six times, including the episodes "The Girl Who Scared Men Off" and "Bluebeard's Seventh Wife".

Walter Coy appeared four times, including the role of Paul Hunter in "Fool Proof" in 1956.

Rodolfo Hoyos, Jr., played Colonel Louis Coca in the episode "Little War at San Dede" (1954).

Dayton Lummis appeared as editor Cartwright in "The Last Pilot Schooner" and as Arthur Healy in "Ambitious Cop" (both 1955). Tyler MacDuff made his television debut in the 1954 episode "At the Natchez Inn".

Nora Marlowe played Katherine in "The Girl in the Grass" (1957), with fellow guest stars Ray Milland and Carolyn Jones.

Awards[edit]

In 1958 Paul Monash won an Emmy Award for Best Teleplay Writing - One Hour or Less for the episode The Lonely Wizard.[2]

Summer reruns[edit]

Episodes of the series were rerun during the summer months under several titles. In 1958, repeats aired for two months as Adorn Playhouse. In 1960 and 1961, the summer reruns aired as Adventure Theater.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "MichaelWinkelman (1946-1999)". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved August 20, 2011. 
  2. ^ The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows 1946-Present. Ballantine Books. 2003. p. 1414. ISBN 0-345-45542-8. 
  3. ^ Brooks, Tim & Marsh, Earle (2007). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows 1946-Present (9th ed.). New York: Ballantine Books. ISBN 978-0-345-49773-4.

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