Matinee Theater (1955)

Matinee Theater is an American anthology series that aired on NBC during the Golden Age of Television, from 1955 to 1958. The series, which ran daily in the afternoon, was frequently live. It was produced by Albert McCleery, Darrell Ross, George Cahan and Frank Price with executive producer George Lowther. McCleery had previously produced the live series Cameo Theatre which introduced to television the concept of theater-in-the-round, TV plays staged with minimal sets. Jim Buckley of the Pewter Plough Playhouse recalled: When Al McCleery got back to the States, he originated a most ambitious theatrical TV series for NBC called Matinee Theater: to televise five different stage plays per week live, airing around noon in order to promote color TV to the American housewife as she labored over her ironing. Al was the producer. He hired five directors and five art directors. Richard Bennett, one of our first early presidents of the Pewter Plough Corporation, was one of the directors and I was one of the art directors and, as soon as we were through televising one play, we had lunch and then met to plan next week’s show. That was over 50 years ago, and I’m trying to think; I believe the TV art director is his own set decorator —yes, of course! It had to be, since one of McCleery’s chief claims to favor with the producers was his elimination of the setting per se and simply decorating the scene with a minimum of props. It took a bit of ingenuity.

Release Date: 1955-10-31
Seasons: 1 2 3
  • Country: US
  • Language: En
  • Runtime: 60
Mary Wickes
Mary Wickes
Kevin McCarthy
Kevin McCarth...
Angie Dickinson
Angie Dickins...
Richard Crenna
Richard Crenn...
Harry Carey, Jr.
Harry Carey,...
Herschel Bernardi
Herschel Bern...
Roddy McDowall
Roddy McDowal...
Richard Boone
Richard Boone
Joseph Wiseman
Joseph Wisema...
Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholso...
Patrick O'Neal
Patrick O'Nea...
Werner Klemperer
Werner Klempe...
John Hoyt
John Hoyt
Natalie Trundy
Natalie Trund...
Oskar Homolka
Oskar Homolka
George Macready
George Macrea...
Victor Jory
Victor Jory
Lloyd Corrigan
Lloyd Corriga...
Nina Foch
Nina Foch
Kent Smith
Kent Smith
Eduardo Ciannelli
Eduardo Ciann...
John Carradine
John Carradin...
Kathleen Crowley
Kathleen Crow...
John Dehner
John Dehner
Bradford Dillman
Bradford Dill...
Leon Askin
Leon Askin
Morey Amsterdam
Morey Amsterd...
Richard Jaeckel
Richard Jaeck...
Argentina Brunetti
Argentina Bru...
Cedric Hardwicke
Cedric Hardwi...
Hayden Rorke
Hayden Rorke
Steven Geray
Steven Geray
Ludwig Donath
Ludwig Donath
Douglass Dumbrille
Douglass Dumb...
Marie Windsor
Marie Windsor
Hugh Marlowe
Hugh Marlowe
Mary Beth Hughes
Mary Beth Hug...
Tudor Owen
Tudor Owen
Douglas Kennedy
Douglas Kenne...
Richard Long
Richard Long
Kurt Kasznar
Kurt Kasznar
William Schallert
William Schal...
Irene Hervey
Irene Hervey
June Havoc
June Havoc
Alan Mowbray
Alan Mowbray
Margaret Hayes
Margaret Haye...
Vanessa Brown
Vanessa Brown
Forrest Taylor
Forrest Taylo...
Maureen O'Sullivan
Maureen O'Sul...
Cecil Kellaway
Cecil Kellawa...
Henry Daniell
Henry Daniell
Fay Bainter
Fay Bainter
James Dunn
James Dunn
Jim Backus
Jim Backus
Jane Darwell
Jane Darwell
Lee Patrick
Lee Patrick
Josephine Hutchinson
Josephine Hut...
Jean Parker
Jean Parker
Mala Powers
Mala Powers
John Lupton
John Lupton
Strother Martin
Strother Mart...
Myron Healey
Myron Healey
Stafford Repp
Stafford Repp
Ben Welden
Ben Welden
Madge Evans
Madge Evans
Cathy Downs
Cathy Downs
Paul Langton
Paul Langton
Virginia Bruce
Virginia Bruc...
Leif Erickson
Leif Erickson
Lawrence Dobkin
Lawrence Dobk...
Paul Picerni
Paul Picerni
James Griffith
James Griffit...
Douglass Montgomery
Douglass Mont...
Richard Arlen
Richard Arlen
Addison Richards
Addison Richa...
Irene Ryan
Irene Ryan
Ann Doran
Ann Doran
Russ Conway
Russ Conway
Patric Knowles
Patric Knowle...
Pernell Roberts
Pernell Rober...
Richard Anderson
Richard Ander...
Wendy Hiller
Wendy Hiller
David Janssen
David Janssen
Peter Hansen
Peter Hansen
Rebecca Welles
Rebecca Welle...
Brett Halsey
Brett Halsey
Diana Lynn
Diana Lynn
Donald Randolph
Donald Randol...
Jeff Donnell
Jeff Donnell
Lillian Bronson
Lillian Brons...
Sara Haden
Sara Haden
Gregory Gaye
Gregory Gaye
John Abbott
John Abbott
John Wengraf
John Wengraf
Jeanette Nolan
Jeanette Nola...
Agnes Moorehead
Agnes Moorehe...
Jean Byron
Jean Byron
Cloris Leachman
Cloris Leachm...
June Lockhart
June Lockhart
Zsa Zsa Gábor
Zsa Zsa Gábor
Akim Tamiroff
Akim Tamiroff
Joe De Santis
Joe De Santis
Earl Holliman
Earl Holliman
Rita Moreno
Rita Moreno
Jerry Mathers
Jerry Mathers
Dennis Hopper
Dennis Hopper
Dean Stockwell
Dean Stockwel...
Lois Smith
Lois Smith
Lurene Tuttle
Lurene Tuttle
Robert Middleton
Robert Middle...
John Drew Barrymore
John Drew Bar...
Jacques Bergerac
Jacques Berge...
Les Tremayne
Les Tremayne
Paul Burke
Paul Burke
Norma Varden
Norma Varden
Robert Gist
Robert Gist
Jackie Coogan
Jackie Coogan
Marshall Thompson
Marshall Thom...
Geoffrey Toone
Geoffrey Toon...
William Hopper
William Hoppe...
Margaret O'Brien
Margaret O'Br...
Skip Homeier
Skip Homeier
Ray Danton
Ray Danton
Leo G. Carroll
Leo G. Carrol...
Roger Moore
Roger Moore
Edward Everett Horton
Edward Everet...
Edmund Gwenn
Edmund Gwenn
Andrea King
Andrea King
Don Keefer
Don Keefer
Robert Horton
Robert Horton
Gene Nelson
Gene Nelson
Onslow Stevens
Onslow Steven...
Sidney Blackmer
Sidney Blackm...
Max Showalter
Max Showalter
Patricia Cutts
Patricia Cutt...
Patrick Macnee
Patrick Macne...
Thayer David
Thayer David
James Flavin
James Flavin
Andrew Duggan
Andrew Duggan
Dabbs Greer
Dabbs Greer
Constance Ford
Constance For...
Conrad Nagel
Conrad Nagel
Shirley Knight
Shirley Knigh...
Jeff Morrow
Jeff Morrow
Jeanne Cooper
Jeanne Cooper
Tom Tryon
Tom Tryon
Kerwin Mathews
Kerwin Mathew...
Doris Lloyd
Doris Lloyd
Arthur Hill
Arthur Hill
George Peppard
George Peppar...
Rhodes Reason
Rhodes Reason
Vincent Price
Vincent Price
Geraldine Page
Geraldine Pag...
Michael Landon
Michael Lando...
Tommy Kirk
Tommy Kirk
Ann B. Davis
Ann B. Davis
Sean McClory
Sean McClory
Arthur O'Connell
Arthur O'Conn...
Herbert Anderson
Herbert Ander...
Nita Talbot
Nita Talbot
Robert Karnes
Robert Karnes
Dick Foran
Dick Foran
Bill Goodwin
Bill Goodwin
Naomi Stevens
Naomi Stevens
Will Hutchins
Will Hutchins
Virginia Christine
Virginia Chri...
Judy Canova
Judy Canova
Mona Freeman
Mona Freeman
Johnny Crawford
Johnny Crawfo...
Tom Laughlin
Tom Laughlin
Susan Kohner
Susan Kohner
Ben Cooper
Ben Cooper
Richard Davalos
Richard Daval...
Stanley Adams
Stanley Adams
Warren Berlinger
Warren Berlin...
Shelley Fabares
Shelley Fabar...
Philip Bourneuf
Philip Bourne...
Marian Seldes
Marian Seldes
Richard Erdman
Richard Erdma...
Sheila Bromley
Sheila Bromle...
Sandy Descher
Sandy Descher
Herbert Rudley
Herbert Rudle...
Jean Carson
Jean Carson
Bea Benaderet
Bea Benaderet
Ellen Corby
Ellen Corby
Peggy McCay
Peggy McCay
Keith Andes
Keith Andes
K. T. Stevens
K. T. Stevens
Kathleen Freeman
Kathleen Free...
Elaine Stritch
Elaine Stritc...
Jack Albertson
Jack Albertso...
Miriam  Hopkins
Miriam Hopki...
J. M. Kerrigan
J. M. Kerriga...
Regis Toomey
Regis Toomey
Lillian Roth
Lillian Roth
Katherine Warren
Katherine War...
Gloria Blondell
Gloria Blonde...
Doris Singleton
Doris Singlet...
Shirley Ross
Shirley Ross
Gloria Talbott
Gloria Talbot...
Louis Hayward
Louis Hayward
Betty Lynn
Betty Lynn
Anita Louise
Anita Louise
Russell Collins
Russell Colli...
Cara Williams
Cara Williams
Billie Burke
Billie Burke
Ernest Truex
Ernest Truex
Ann Harding
Ann Harding
Eva Gabor
Eva Gabor
Francis Lederer
Francis Leder...
Alix Talton
Alix Talton
Tod Andrews
Tod Andrews
Philip Ober
Philip Ober
Cathy O'Donnell
Cathy O'Donne...
Everett Sloane
Everett Sloan...
Jay Novello
Jay Novello
Susan Harrison
Susan Harriso...
Alex Gerry
Alex Gerry
Vinton Hayworth
Vinton Haywor...
Isobel Elsom
Isobel Elsom
Amzie Strickland
Amzie Strickl...
Paul Maxwell
Paul Maxwell
Luis van Rooten
Luis van Root...
Edward Binns
Edward Binns
Chuck Connors
Chuck Connors
Jean Muir
Jean Muir
Catherine McLeod
Catherine McL...
Gene Raymond
Gene Raymond
Rachel Ames
Rachel Ames
John Banner
John Banner
Mona Washbourne
Mona Washbour...
Jess Barker
Jess Barker
DeForest Kelley
DeForest Kell...
Frances Reid
Frances Reid
Tommy Farrell
Tommy Farrell
Susan Oliver
Susan Oliver
Wally Cox
Wally Cox
Joanne Linville
Joanne Linvil...
Inger Stevens
Inger Stevens
Karen Steele
Karen Steele
Harry Ellerbe
Harry Ellerbe
Rex Reason
Rex Reason
Sue Randall
Sue Randall
Judith Evelyn
Judith Evelyn
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