Studio 57

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Studio 57
Also known as Heinz Studio 57
Genre Anthology
Directed by David Butler (director)
John Brahm
Herschel Daugherty
Peter Godfrey (director)
Richard Irving
Phil Karlson
James Neilson (director)
Ozzie Nelson
Don Weis
Presented by Joel Aldrich
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 25 mins.
Original network DuMont (1954-1955)
Syndication (1955-1956)
Picture format Black-and-white
Audio format Monaural
Original release September 21, 1954 (1954-09-21) – 1958

Studio 57 (also known as Heinz Studio 57) is an American anthology series that was broadcast on the now-defunct DuMont Television Network from September 1954 to July 1955, and in syndication from 1955 to 1958.

"It's a Small World", the pilot episode of the series Leave It To Beaver was broadcast on the show on April 23, 1957.[1]


The program was a filmed anthology television series sponsored by Heinz 57 and produced by Revue Studios. The program aired on the DuMont network from September 21, 1954 to July 26, 1955,[2][3] making it "one of the last regularly-scheduled series ever carried on the crumbling DuMont network".[4] (Only What's the Story and boxing matches aired on DuMont afterwards). Studio 57 aired in first-run syndication from September 1955 to 1958.[3]

The series was exported to Australia during the late 1950s under the title Whitehall Playhouse. Since some of the episodes shown there were DuMont-aired episodes, this makes Studio 57 the only DuMont show to be broadcast outside of North America. The series began airing in Australia in late 1956, during the first few months of television in that country, continuing for several years, and eventually including episodes of other American anthology series such as The Star and the Story.


The series featured many established actors, including Robert Armstrong,[5] Jean Byron,[6] Lon Chaney Jr.,[7] Andy Clyde,[8] Carolyn Jones,[9] Brian Keith,[10] Charles Coburn,[11] Olive Sturgess,[12] Peter Lawford, Jane Darwell, Joanne Dru, Peter Graves, Keenan Wynn, Keye Luke, and DeForest Kelley.[13]


Television historians Tim Brooks and Earle Marsh describe the scripts for Studio 57 as bland. Ailing DuMont lacked the budgets of CBS or NBC, and hence relied on cost-cutting measures, including hiring then-unknown actors to star in in their series such as Hugh O'Brian and Natalie Wood.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "It's A Small World". Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  2. ^ Internet Movie Database
  3. ^ a b McNeil, Alex (1996). Total Television (4th ed.), p. 797. New York: Penguin Books. ISBN 0-14-024916-8
  4. ^ a b Brooks, Tim; Marsh, Earle (2007). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network Cable and TV Shows, 1946-Present (9th ed.). New York: Ballantine. p. 1322. ISBN 978-0-345-49773-4.
  5. ^ "Secret Message" at the Internet Movie Database
  6. ^ "The Last Day on Earth" at the Internet Movie Database
  7. ^ Lon Chaney Jr. at the Internet Movie Database
  8. ^ Andy Clyde at the Internet Movie Database
  9. ^ "The Black Sheep's Daughter" at the Internet Movie Database
  10. ^ Brian Keith at the Internet Movie Database
  11. ^ "Sam" at the Internet Movie Database
  12. ^ Olive Sturgess at the Internet Movie Database
  13. ^ DeForest Kelley at the Internet Movie Database


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