SCHLITZ PLAYHOUSE OF STARS
CBS at Friday 9:00 PM (60 min.)
Premiered: October 5, 1951 Last Aired: July 31, 1959
For eight seasons this dramatic anthology series, sponsored byJoseph Schlitz Brewing Company,starred well-known film and stage stars like David Niven, Helen Hayes, Margaret Sullivan, James Dean, Raymond Burr, Irene Dunne, Gene Kelly, Agnes Moorehead, Rosalind Russell, Anthony Quinn, and Vincent Price to name a few. The scripts included adaptations of plays and stories from authors like W. Somerset Maugham, Ernest Hemingway, and Noel Coward. Following the pattern of practically all early TV, Schlitz was performed live with filmed episodes occasionally appearing during in the summer of 1953.
By the time of the fall 1956 season, the entire series was on film. The program aired throughout its run exclusively on Friday nights, beginning as a full hour before dropping back to 30 minutes starting in April 1952. During it's final season, it ran on alternate weeks with Lux Playhouse.
Two episodes acted as pilots for later series: The Restless Gun starring John Payne began 9/23/57 and A Tale of Wells Fargo starring Dale Robertson (on 12/22/58), both on NBC.
HERE ARE the RARE EPISODES INCLUDED IN THIS COLLECTION =============================================================
NIGHT OF THE STRANGER - March 7, 1958 Starring George Sanders
FRESH START - November 20,1953 Starring William Campbell and Wanda Hendrix
AND PRACTICALLY STRANGERS - January 30, 1959 Starring Richard Carlson
NO SECOND HELPING - November 22, 1957 Starring Myrna Loy and Tom Helmore
NIGHT RIDE TO BUTTE - February 26, 1954 Starring Jack Elam and Hank Patterson
FOR BETTER, FOR WORSE - March 22, 1957 Starring Bette Davis and Simon Scott
THE HOLE CARD - November 8, 1957 Starring Tallulah Bankhead
THE RUMOR - June 9, 1959 Starring Hal March, Herbert Anderson
GIRL WITH A GLOW - April 19, 1957 Starring Patricia Crowley and John Forsythe
DRESS IN THE WINDOW - June 13, 1952 Starring Brett King and Teresa Wright
SILVER SADDLE - November 29, 1955 Starring Mark Stevens and Jacylnne Greene
HOMECOMING - September 5, 1952 Starring Leif Erickson and Helen Wescott
STAND-IN FOR MURDER - March 6, 1959 Starring Jan Sterling and Joi Lansing
THE CLOSED DOOR - November 27, 1953 Starring Gene Lockart and Beverly Washburn
NO COMPROMISE - Starring Stephen McNally and Robert Strauss
UNLIGHTED ROAD - May 6, 1955 - Starring James Dean
REPERCUSSION - August 10, 1956 Starring Dan Duryea and Ross Elliott
NINETEEN RUE MARIE - March 13, 1953 Starring Leon Askin
JUNGLE TRAP - February 19, 1954 Starring Ronald Reagan and Barbara Billingsly
LONG TRAIL - November 19, 1954 Starring Anthony Quinn and Robert Armstrong
SOMETHING WONDERFUL - April 16, 1954 Starring Claude Dauphin HOW
THE BRIGADIER WON HIS MEDALS - Jul 2, 1954 Starring Claude Dauphin
A LITTLE WAR IN SAN DEDE - May 28, 1954 Starring Ross Elliott and John Agar
MIDNIGHT HAUL - November 12, 1954 Starring Lee Van Cleef and James Bell
TOWN THAT SLEPT WITH THE LIGHTS ON - May 16, 1958 Starring Edmund O'Brien
HONOR SYSTEM - March 14, 1958 Starring Paul Douglas and Yvonne Craig
GENERAL'S BOOTS - July 23, 1954 Starring Basil Rathbone
TWO LIVES HAVE I - February 28, 1958 Starring Ernest Borgnine
KNAVE OF HEARTS - July 24, 1953 Starring Mark Stevens, Jack Elam and Lee Van Cleef
THE LEDGE - June 26, 1953 Starring Skip Homeier and Robert Monda
CURFEW AT MIDNIGHT - June 17, 1958 Starring Neimiah Pershoff, Robert Alda
NO TRIAL BY JURY - November 11, 1955 Starring Addison Richards, Alec Nichols
BLACK MATE - June 18, 1954 Starring Paul Kelly
WALL OF ANGER - December 30, 1955 Starring Bill Williams
DELAY AT FORT BESS - September 3, 1953 Starring Barbara Billingsly
BAKER & BARNSBURY - December 25, 1955 Starring Leo Britt and Robert Newman
GO AWAY A WINNER - January 1, 1954 Starring Richard Egan
MEDICINE WOMAN - May 3, 1953 Starring George Brent and Andrea King
O'CONNOR & THE BLUE EYED FELON - June 10, 1955 Starring Chuck Connors
LAST EDITION - November 21, 1958 Starring Eddie Albert
THE GOVERNESS - April 3, 1953 Starring Lillian Bronson and Ellen Drew
MARRIAGE OF LIT-LIT - April 3, 1953 Starring Don DeFore and Rita Moreno
YOU'LL HAVE TO DIE NOW - June 20, 1958 Starring Paula Raymond
DIRECT APPROACH - July 29, 1955 Starring Mona Freeman
STORM WARNING - July 10, 1953 Starring Robert Stack, Arthur Franz
NO ANSWER - December 19, 1958 Starring Keenan Wynn and Angela Greene
THE LIFE YOU SAVE - March 1, 1957 Starring Janice Rule and Gene Kelly
A TALE OF WELLS FARGO - December 14, 1956 Starring Dale Robertson
All episodes in this collection from original film transfers (Quality will vary from episode to episode depending on quality of the master film and the transfer process), and some may have original commercials intact. NOTE: Due to the rarity of these episodes, DO NOT expect today's TV quality. Some episodes would be considered Fair to Good, some good to very good.
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