List of NBC Saturday Night at the Movies titles

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This is a chronological listing of the titles that were showcased on the first three seasons of NBC Saturday Night at the Movies.

Season 1[edit]

The first 30-week season (1961–1962) consisted of post-1948 titles from 20th Century Fox. Those films in the wide-screen CinemaScope format were re-sized for the small screen. Content wise, very little editing was done since, for the most part, the films met broadcast standards of the time. So there were several weeks that the films ran far beyond the scheduled 11pm end time.***

Episode # Airdate Movie Title and Year Main Cast Network TV Run Time
1 9/23/1961 How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) Betty Grable, Marilyn Monroe, Lauren Bacall 2 hours
2 9/30/1961 The Snows of Kilimanjaro (1952) Gregory Peck, Susan Hayward, Ava Gardner 2 hours, 20 minutes
3 10/07/1961 Titanic (1953) Clifton Webb, Barbara Stanwyck, Robert Wagner 2 hours
4 10/14/1961 Garden of Evil (1954) Gary Cooper, Susan Hayward, Richard Widmark 2 hours
5 10/21/1961 The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel (1951) James Mason, Cedric Hardwicke, Jessica Tandy 2 hours
6 10/28/1961 There's No Business Like Show Business (1954) Ethel Merman, Donald O'Connor, Marilyn Monroe 2 hours, 25 minutes
7 11/04/1961 Soldier of Fortune (1955) Clark Gable, Susan Hayward, Michael Rennie 2 hours
8 11/11/1961 Halls of Montezuma (1951) Richard Widmark, Jack Palance, Robert Wagner 2 hours, 20 minutes
9 11/18/1961 Demetrius and the Gladiators (1954) Victor Mature, Susan Hayward, Michael Rennie 2 hours
10 11/25/1961 Dreamboat (1952) Clifton Webb, Ginger Rogers, Anne Francis 2 hours
11 12/02/1961 Broken Arrow (1950) James Stewart, Jeff Chandler, Debra Paget 2 hours
12 12/09/1961 Man on a Tightrope (1953) Fredric March, Terry Moore, Gloria Grahame 2 hours
13 12/16/1961 Destination Gobi (1953) Richard Widmark, Don Taylor, Max Showalter 2 hours
14 12/23/1961 O. Henry's Full House (1952) John Steinbeck, Marilyn Monroe, Richard Widmark 2 hours, 25 minutes
15 12/30/1961 On the Riviera (1951) Danny Kaye, Gene Tierney, Corinne Calvet 2 hours
16 1/06/1962 What Price Glory (1952) James Cagney, Corinne Calvet, Robert Wagner 2 hours, 15 minutes
17 1/13/1962 People Will Talk (1951) Cary Grant, Jeanne Crain, Hume Cronyn 2 hours, 15 minutes
18 1/20/1962 5 Fingers (1952) James Mason, Danielle Darrieux, Michael Rennie 2 hours, 15 minutes
19 1/27/1962 Cheaper by the Dozen (the 1950 version) Clifton Webb, Jeanne Crain, Myrna Loy 2 hours
20 2/03/1962 The Frogmen (1951) Richard Widmark, Dana Andrews, Robert Wagner 2 hours
21 2/10/1962 With A Song In My Heart (1952) Susan Hayward, Rory Calhoun, Robert Wagner 2 hours, 20 minutes
22 2/17/1962 Monkey Business (1952 film) Cary Grant, Ginger Rogers, Marilyn Monroe 2 hours
23 2/24/1962 Stars and Stripes Forever (1952) Clifton Webb, Debra Paget, Robert Wagner 2 hours
24 3/03/1962 The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951 film) Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal, Sam Jaffe 2 hours
25 3/10/1962 The Black Rose (1950) Tyrone Power, Orson Welles, Michael Rennie 2 hours, 15 minutes
26 3/17/1962 Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950) Dana Andrews, Gene Tierney, Gary Merrill 2 hours
27 3/24/1962 No Highway in the Sky (1951) James Stewart, Marlene Dietrich, Glynis Johns 2 hours
28 3/31/1962 Bird of Paradise (1951) Debra Paget, Louis Jourdan, Jack Elam 2 hours
29 4/07/1962 It Happens Every Spring (1949) Ray Milland, Jean Peters, Ed Begley 2 hours
30 4/14/1962 Diplomatic Courier (1952) Tyrone Power, Patricia Neal, Karl Malden 2 hours

Season 2[edit]

The second season (1962–1963) began on September 22, 1962, just as the first season started off, with Marilyn Monroe, this time with the television debut of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. The broadcast had become a special tribute to Monroe, who had died just a month earlier. It was also a second season of 30 titles from 20th Century Fox.

Episode # Airdate Movie Title and Year Main Cast Network TV Run Time
31 9/22/1962 Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) Jane Russell, Marilyn Monroe, Charles Coburn 2 hours
32 9/29/1962 Broken Lance (1954) Spencer Tracy, Robert Wagner, Richard Widmark 2 hours
33 10/06/1962 The Egyptian (1954) Jean Simmons, Victor Mature, Gene Tierney, Edmund Purdom 2 hours, 45 minutes
34 10/13/1962 Three Coins In The Fountain (1954) Clifton Webb, Dorothy McGuire, Louis Jourdan 2 hours
35 10/20/1962 River of No Return (1954) Robert Mitchum, Marilyn Monroe, Rory Calhoun 2 hours
36 10/27/1962 Mister Scoutmaster (1953) Clifton Webb, Edmund Gwenn, Frances Dee 2 hours
37 11/03/1962 Beneath the 12-Mile Reef (1953) Robert Wagner, Terry Moore, Richard Boone 2 hours
38 11/10/1962 The Desert Rats (1953) Richard Burton, James Mason, Robert Newton 2 hours
39 11/17/1962 White Witch Doctor (1953) Susan Hayward, Robert Mitchum, Walter Slezak 2 hours
40 11/24/1962 Sailor of the King (1953) Jeffrey Hunter, Michael Rennie, Wendy Hiller 2 hours
41 12/01/1962 Night People (1954) Gregory Peck, Broderick Crawford, Buddy Ebsen 2 hours
42 12/08/1962 No Down Payment (1957) Joanne Woodward, Tony Randall, Jeffrey Hunter 2 hours, 5 minutes
43 12/15/1962 Désirée (1954) Marlon Brando, Merle Oberon, Michael Rennie 2 hours, 10 minutes
44 12/22/1962 Red Skies of Montana (1952) Richard Widmark, Jeffrey Hunter, Richard Boone 2 hours
45* 12/29/1962 Rawhide (1951 film, no relation to the hit TV series) Tyrone Power, Susan Hayward, Jack Elam 2 hours
46 1/5/1963 Decision Before Dawn (1952) Richard Basehart, Gary Merrill, Hildegard Neff 2 hours, 25 minutes
47 1/12/1963 The Sun Also Rises (1957) Tyrone Power, Ava Gardner, Errol Flynn 2 hours, 35 minutes
48 1/19/1963 Woman's World (1954) Van Heflin, Lauren Bacall, Clifton Webb 2 hours
49 1/26/1963 Deadline - U.S.A. (1952) Humphrey Bogart, Kim Hunter, Ed Begley 2 hours
50 2/2/1963 Niagara (1953) Marilyn Monroe, Joseph Cotten, Jean Peters 2 hours
51 2/9/1963 Kangaroo (1952) Maureen O'Hara, Peter Lawford, Richard Boone 2 hours
52 2/16/1963 The Long Hot Summer (1958) Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Orson Welles 2 hours, 15 minutes
53 2/23/1963 The President's Lady (1953) Susan Hayward, Charlton Heston, John McIntire 2 hours
54 3/2/1963 The Roots of Heaven (1958) Errol Flynn, Juliette Greco, Eddie Albert 2 hours, 25 minutes
55 3/9/1963 In Love and War (1958) Robert Wagner, Hope Lange, Jeffrey Hunter 2 hours, 10 minutes
56 3/16/1963 A Certain Smile (1958) Rossano Brazzi, Joan Fontaine, Johnny Mathis 2 hours, 5 minutes
57 3/23/1963 Fraulein (1958) Dana Wynter, Mel Ferrer, Theodore Bikel 2 hours
58 3/30/1963 Ten North Frederick (1958) Gary Cooper, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Stuart Whitman 2 hours
59 4/6/1963 Night and the City (1950) Richard Widmark, Gene Tierney, Herbert Lom 2 hours
60 4/13/1963 I'd Climb the Highest Mountain (1951) Susan Hayward, Rory Calhoun, Gene Lockhart 2 hours
  • To avoid confusion with the TV series Rawhide, 20th Century Fox renamed the film, Desperate Siege for television.

Season 3[edit]

The third season (1963-1964) began on September 21, 1963. For the third season in a row, the network opened its Saturday night movie series with a Marilyn Monroe film, 1955's The Seven Year Itch. By this time, NBC had added a second movie night, Monday, to its prime-time schedule. A new package of films were acquired at a cost of $14 million to the network consisting of 42 titles from 20th Century Fox, as well as 35 post 1950 films from MGM to fill both nights. For the most part, heavy dramatic films, such as The Diary of Anne Frank (1959 film) were chosen for season three of Saturday Night At The Movies, while lighter fare, such as comedies and musicals were reserved for the new Monday Night series. [1]

Episode # Airdate Movie Title and Year Main Cast Network TV Run Time
61 9/21/1963 The Seven Year Itch (1955) Marilyn Monroe, Tom Ewell, Evelyn Keyes 2 hours, 5 minutes
62 9/28/1963 The Journey (1959)
(First post-1950 MGM film to air on network TV)
Yul Brynner, Deborah Kerr, Jason Robards 2 hours, 25 minutes
63 10/5/1963 Ask Any Girl (1959) David Niven, Shirley MacLaine, Gig Young 2 hours
64 10/12/1963 The Asphalt Jungle (1950) Sterling Hayden, Jean Hagen, Sam Jaffe 2 hours, 15 minutes
65 10/19/1963 The Tall Men (1955) Clark Gable, Jane Russell, Cameron Mitchell 2 hours, 25 minutes
66 10/26/1963 Something of Value (1957) Rock Hudson, Dana Wynter, Sidney Poitier 2 hours, 15 minutes
67 11/2/1963 Let's Make Love (1960) Marilyn Monroe, Yves Montand, Tony Randall 2 hours, 20 minutes
68 11/9/1963 The Diary of Anne Frank (1959 film) Millie Perkins, Joseph Schildkraut, Shelley Winters, Ed Wynn 3 hours, 20 minutes
69 11/16/1963 Untamed (1955) Tyrone Power, Susan Hayward, Richard Egan 2 hours, 10 minutes
N/A 11/23/1963 Pre-empted due to continuing coverage of the John F. Kennedy Assassination
70 11/30/1963 Count Your Blessings (1959) Deborah Kerr, Rossano Brazzi, Maurice Chevalier 2 hours
71 12/7/1963 The Left Hand of God (1955) Humphrey Bogart, Gene Tierney, Lee J. Cobb 2 hours
72 12/14/1963 The Opposite Sex (1956) June Allyson, Joan Collins, Leslie Nielsen 2 hours, 20 minutes
73 12/21/1963 A Man Called Peter (1955) Richard Todd, Jean Peters, Les Tremayne 2 hours, 20 minutes
74 12/28/1963 The Secret Partner (1961) Stewart Granger, Haya Harareet, Bernard Lee 2 hours
75 1/4/1964 Daddy Long Legs (1955) Fred Astaire, Leslie Caron, Fred Clark 2 hours, 25 minutes
76 1/11/1964 Imitation General (1958)
(Rescheduled from 11/23/1963)
Glenn Ford, Taina Elg, Red Buttons 2 hours
77 1/18/1964 The Naked Spur (1953) James Stewart, Janet Leigh, Robert Ryan 2 hours
78 1/25/1964 Until They Sail (1957) Jean Simmons, Paul Newman, Joan Fontaine 2 hours
79 2/1/1964 Lust for Life (1956) Kirk Douglas, Anthony Quinn, Pamela Brown 2 hours, 25 minutes
80 2/8/1964 The Band Wagon (1953) Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse, Oscar Levant 2 hours, 10 minutes
81 2/15/1964 Edge of the City (1957) John Cassavetes, Sidney Poitier, Ruby Dee 2 hours
82 2/22/1964 The Story of Three Loves (1953) Pier Angeli, Ethel Barrymore, Kirk Douglas 2 hours, 25 minutes
83 2/29/1964 Violent Saturday (1955) Victor Mature, Sylvia Sidney, Lee Marvin 2 hours
84 3/7/1964 Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys! (1958) Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Jack Carson 2 hours, 5 minutes
85 3/14/1964 Black Widow (1954) Ginger Rogers, Van Heflin, Gene Tierney 2 hours
86 3/21/1964 Man on Fire (1957) Bing Crosby, Inger Stevens, E. G. Marshall 2 hours
87 3/28/1964 Wild River (1960) Montgomery Clift, Lee Remick, Albert Salmi 2 hours, 10 minutes
88 4/4/1964 Fourteen Hours (1951) Richard Basehart, Barbara Bel Geddes, Paul Douglas 2 hours
89 4/11/1964 The Vintage (1957) Pier Angeli, Mel Ferrer, Theodore Bikel 2 hours
90 4/18/1964 The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing (1955) Ray Milland, Joan Collins, Farley Granger 2 hours, 10 minutes

In later seasons, films from other studios, such as Annie Get Your Gun (MGM, 1950), Sunset Boulevard (Paramount, 1950), and Sorry, Wrong Number (Paramount, 1948), would occasionally be shown. All three made their television debuts on Saturday Night at the Movies.

[1] UPI Interview with Don Bays, in charge of movies at NBC. Western Kansas Press, Great Bend, April, 27, 1963

      • The list of films in the "episode guide" come from the TV Listings page of the Lima News, Lima Ohio.