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