The NBC Monday Movie

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The NBC Monday Movie
Also known as NBC Monday Night at the Movies
NBC Wednesday Night at the Movies
The NBC Tuesday Night Movie
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Production
Running time 120 mins. (approx)
Broadcast
Original channel NBC
Original run September 16, 1963 – 1999

The NBC Monday Movie was a television anthology series of films that debuted on September 16, 1963, and ran until 1999 on NBC. It was referred to as NBC Monday Night at the Movies prior to the mid-1980s. The show moved to Wednesday nights in 1964 as NBC Wednesday Night at the Movies, and in 1965, the program moved to Tuesdays, under the title The NBC Tuesday Night Movie. The name would henceforth change depending on what night of the week the program was telecast. By 1968, there was once again a weekly NBC Monday Night Movie on the air.[1]

Background[edit]

The idea for the show came about when advertisers backed out of two hour-long shows the network had considered placing on Monday nights for the 1963-1964 season; "It's A Man's World", and "Saints and Sinners". Having some success with NBC Saturday Night at the Movies, the network decided to acquire more feature films as a stop-gap measure. A package of 42 movies from 20th Century Fox and 35 titles from MGM were purchased by the network for both its Monday, and Saturday night movie series' at a cost of $14 million.[2] With a 7:30pm start time, the movies of the show's first season were made up of mostly light comedies, an occasional swashbuckler such as Prince Valiant, and musicals. These types of films were also chosen due to they fact they typically ran under 100 minutes, the normal run-time for a two-hour movie slot in 1963. In the latter part of its run, mostly made-for-TV movies were showcased. The theatrical films were edited for content, to remove objectionable material, and occasionally, but not always, for time, to reduce the film's running time to fit into the two-hour timeslot. As all widescreen films were then, they were pan-and-scanned so the image would fit the standard 4:3 television screen (as opposed to letterbox format). An exception was the 1951 film version of "Show Boat", which made its television debut on NBC Monday Night at the Movies in 1972, and had not been filmed in widescreen. The choice of Show Boat as a movie offering on the program was rather unusual, given the fact that it was, at the time, a twenty-one year old film, rather than a recent one.

The First Series (1963-1964)[edit]

The first incarnation of NBC Monday Night at the Movies lasted only 31 weeks. Despite the early 7:30pm start time, and the promise of big name stars each week, the series was no match for the CBS lineup of game shows, and sitcoms such as The Lucy Show. In hopes of better ratings, and to re-coup some of their investment, the films listed below would be re-broadcast on NBC Saturday Night at the Movies in the spring and summer of 1964.[3]

Unless otherwise indicated, all films aired from 7:30pm–9:30pm Eastern Time on Monday Nights. The last number notes the Nielsen rating the movie received:[4]

  1. (9/7/1963) Prince Valiant (1954) (??)
  2. (9/16/1963) Love Is a Many Splendored Thing (1955) (19.7)
  3. (9/23/1963) David and Bathsheba (1951;2hrs, 30 min.) (17.9)
  4. (9/30/1963) Executive Suite (1954) {First film on Network TV to receive the 'Edited for Television' tag on-screen; 4 minutes were cut} (15.4)
  5. (10/7/1963) The Wreck of the Mary Deare (1959) {5 minutes were cut for TV.} (15.5)
  6. (10/14/1963) The Rains of Ranchipur (1955) {4 minutes were cut for TV.} (16.0)
  7. (10/21/1963) The Mating Game (1959) (27.1)
  8. (10/28/1963) Good Morning, Miss Dove (1955) {7 minutes were cut for TV.} (19.4)
  9. (11/4/1963) White Feather (1955)(18.2)
  10. (11/11/1963) Father of the Bride (1950) (19.3)
  11. (11/18/1963) The Reluctant Debutante (1958) (16.5)
  12. (12/2/1963) House of Numbers (1957) (16.7)
  13. (12/9/1963) The Wings of Eagles (1957) {10 minutes were cut for TV} (22.3)
  14. (12/16/1963) Lost World (1960) (20.7)
  15. (12/23/1963) The Power and the Prize (1956) (N/A)
  16. (12/30/1963) Kiss Me Kate (1953) {9 minutes were cut for TV} (15.9)
  17. (1/6/1964) The Seven Cities of Gold (1955) (17.4)
  18. (1/13/1964) Singin' in the Rain (1952) (19.4)
  19. (1/20/1964) Action of the Tiger (1957) (15.8)
  20. (1/27/1964) House of Bamboo (1955) (17.7)
  21. (2/3/1964) Phone Call from a Stranger (1952) (18.2)
  22. (2/10/1964) Treasure of the Golden Condor (1953) (17.4)
  23. (2/17/1964) The Safecracker (1958) (13.4)
  24. (2/24/1964) Prince of Players (1955) (10.6)
  25. (3/2/1964) Underwater Warrior (1958) (16.0)
  26. (3/9/1964) The 39 Steps (1960) (15.0)
  27. (3/16/1964) The View from Pompey's Head (1955) (18.5)
  28. (3/23/1964) The Racers (1955) (16.6)
  29. (3/30/1964) The Pride of St. Louis (1952) (18.9)
  30. (4/6/1964) The Virgin Queen (1955) (14.4)
  31. (4/13/1964) Never Let Me Go (1960) (17.1)

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.getty.net/texts/tv-67-83.txt (Cached by Internet Archive)
  2. ^ UPI Interview with Don Bays, in charge of movies at NBC. Western Kansas Press, Great Bend, April 27, 1963
  3. ^ TV Listings Pages;San Antonio Light Newspaper; San Antonio, TX; September 1963-April 1964
  4. ^ http://www.americanradiohistory.com/Archive-BC/BC-1969/1969-11-03-BC.pdf

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