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