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Four Star Playhouse
Four Star Playhouse
is an American television anthology series that ran from 1952 to 1956. Four Star Playhouse
Four Star Playhouse
was owned by Four Star International. Its episodes ranged anywhere from surreal mysteries, such as "The Man on the Train," to light comedies, such as "The Lost Silk Hat." The original premise was that Charles Boyer, Ida Lupino, David Niven, and Dick Powell
Dick Powell
would take turns starring in episodes. However, several other performers took the lead from time to time, including Ronald Colman
Ronald Colman
and Joan Fontaine. The show was sponsored in its first bi-weekly season by The Singer Company. Bristol-Myers became an alternate sponsor when it became a weekly series in the fall of 1953 (both sponsors' names alternated as part of the show's title in its initial broadcasts). While it never made the Nielsen Top 30, the ratings were sufficient to keep it on the air for four seasons. In 1954, Billboard voted it the second best filmed network television drama series.[1]

Contents

1 Cast 2 Production

2.1 Directors 2.2 Writers

3 References 4 External links

Cast[edit] While Charles Boyer, Ida Lupino, David Niven, and Dick Powell
Dick Powell
are the four main stars of the series, many other actors have appeared in different roles in more than one episode, including:[2]

Herb Vigran
Herb Vigran
(15 episodes, 1952-1956) Regis Toomey (8 episodes, 1952-1956) Ralph Moody
Ralph Moody
(7 episodes, 1953-1956) Robert Bice (7 episodes, 1954-1956) Ray Walker (6 episodes, 1952-1956) Christopher Dark (6 episodes, 1955-1956) Richard Hale
Richard Hale
(6 episodes, 1953-1956) Rhys Williams (6 episodes, 1952-1955) Joan Camden (5 episodes, 1953-1955) Alan Mowbray
Alan Mowbray
(5 episodes, 1955-1956) Richard Reeves (5 episodes, 1953-1955) William Forrest (5 episodes, 1953-1955) Dorothy Green (4 episodes, 1953-1956) Gene Hardy (4 episodes, 1953-1956) Ronald Colman
Ronald Colman
(4 episodes, 1952-1954) Merle Oberon
Merle Oberon
(4 episodes, 1953-1955) Beverly Garland
Beverly Garland
(4 episodes, 1954-1956) Nestor Paiva
Nestor Paiva
(4 episodes, 1953-1955) Berry Kroeger
Berry Kroeger
(4 episodes, 1955-1956) Joseph Waring (4 episodes, 1954-1956) Walter Sande
Walter Sande
(4 episodes, 1952-1956) Walter Kingsford
Walter Kingsford
(4 episodes, 1953-1956) Hugh Beaumont
Hugh Beaumont
(4 episodes, 1954-1956) Walter Coy
Walter Coy
(4 episodes, 1955-1956) Lewis Martin (4 episodes, 1954-1956) John Harmon (4 episodes, 1953-1954) John Doucette
John Doucette
(4 episodes, 1954-1955) Alex Frazer (4 episodes, 1953-1956) William F. Leicester (4 episodes, 1952-1955) Sam Flint (4 episodes, 1954-1955) Brooks Benedict
Brooks Benedict
(4 episodes, 1952-1956) Barbara Lawrence
Barbara Lawrence
(4 episodes, 1953-1956) Frank Lovejoy
Frank Lovejoy
(3 episodes, 1953-1956) Joanne Woodward
Joanne Woodward
(3 episodes, 1954-1956) Jeanette Nolan
Jeanette Nolan
(3 episodes, 1953-1956) Jean Howell (3 episodes, 1953-1955) Dick Foran
Dick Foran
(3 episodes, 1954-1955) James Seay (3 episodes, 1953-1956) Lawrence Dobkin
Lawrence Dobkin
(3 episodes, 1953-1955) Arthur Space
Arthur Space
(3 episodes, 1954-1956) Morris Ankrum
Morris Ankrum
(3 episodes, 1955-1956) Craig Stevens (3 episodes, 1953-1956) Joan Banks
Joan Banks
(3 episodes, 1953-1954) Ted Stanhope (3 episodes, 1954) Paul Bryar (3 episodes, 1954-1956) Herbert Lytton (3 episodes, 1954-1956) Noreen Nash
Noreen Nash
(3 episodes, 1952-1955) Jean Willes
Jean Willes
(3 episodes, 1953-1955) Frances Rafferty (3 episodes, 1953-1954) Jay Novello
Jay Novello
(3 episodes, 1952-1955) Howard McNear
Howard McNear
(3 episodes, 1952-1955) Chuck Connors
Chuck Connors
(3 episodes, 1954-1955) Edward Platt
Edward Platt
(3 episodes, 1954-1955) Harry Bartell
Harry Bartell
(3 episodes, 1953-1956) John Hoyt
John Hoyt
(3 episodes, 1954-1956) Frank J. Scannell (3 episodes, 1954-1956) George Macready
George Macready
(3 episodes, 1952-1954) Don Shelton (3 episodes, 1954-1956) William Boyett
William Boyett
(3 episodes, 1952-1955) Leonard Bremen (3 episodes, 1953-1954) John Alvin (3 episodes, 1953-1954) Claire Carleton
Claire Carleton
(3 episodes, 1952-1954) Ross Elliott (3 episodes, 1954-1956) John Dehner
John Dehner
(3 episodes, 1954-1955) Hugh Sanders
Hugh Sanders
(3 episodes, 1954-1955) Alexander Campbell (3 episodes, 1955-1956) Norbert Schiller (3 episodes, 1955-1956) Nolan Leary (3 episodes, 1956) Joan Fontaine
Joan Fontaine
(2 episodes, 1953-1955) Virginia Grey
Virginia Grey
(2 episodes, 1952-1954) James Millican (2 episodes, 1953) Beverly Washburn
Beverly Washburn
(2 episodes, 1954-1956) Elisabeth Fraser
Elisabeth Fraser
(2 episodes, 1953) Maxine Cooper (2 episodes, 1956) Steven Geray (2 episodes, 1955) Tris Coffin
Tris Coffin
(2 episodes, 1955-1956) Willis Bouchey
Willis Bouchey
(2 episodes, 1954-1956) Larry J. Blake (2 episodes, 1953-1954) Ellen Corby
Ellen Corby
(2 episodes, 1953-1954) Alix Talton (2 episodes, 1953) Harry Lauter
Harry Lauter
(2 episodes, 1956) Virginia Christine
Virginia Christine
(2 episodes, 1953-1954) Ralph Peters (2 episodes, 1954-1956) Anthony Eustrel (2 episodes, 1954-1955) Irene Tedrow
Irene Tedrow
(2 episodes, 1955-1956) Tim Graham (2 episodes, 1955-1956) William Swan (2 episodes, 1956) Nick Dennis (2 episodes, 1953-1956) Lucille Barkley
Lucille Barkley
(2 episodes, 1953) Gloria Marshall (2 episodes, 1954-1956) Jimmy Baird (2 episodes, 1955) Frank Gerstle (2 episodes, 1953-1954) Jack Lomas (2 episodes, 1954) Jeanne Ferguson (2 episodes, 1956) Tony Dante (2 episodes, 1956) Martha Hyer
Martha Hyer
(2 episodes, 1953-1954) Angela Lansbury
Angela Lansbury
(2 episodes, 1954-1955) Marguerite Chapman
Marguerite Chapman
(2 episodes, 1954) Vera Miles
Vera Miles
(2 episodes, 1954) Hillary Brooke
Hillary Brooke
(2 episodes, 1952-1953) Stacy Harris
Stacy Harris
(2 episodes, 1953-1956) Barbara Billingsley
Barbara Billingsley
(2 episodes, 1953-1955) Hal Baylor (2 episodes, 1954-1955) Paul Picerni
Paul Picerni
(2 episodes, 1954-1955) Robert J. Wilke
Robert J. Wilke
(2 episodes, 1954-1955)

Production[edit] Blake Edwards
Blake Edwards
was among the writers and directors who contributed to the series, making his debut as a director on the program in 1952.[3] Edwards created the recurring character (eight episodes) of illegal gambling house operator Willie Dante for Dick Powell
Dick Powell
to play on this series. The character was later revamped and spun off in his own series starring Howard Duff, then-husband of Lupino. The pilot for Meet McGraw, starring Frank Lovejoy, aired here (under that title, February 25, 1954), as did another episode in which Lovejoy recreated his role of Chicago newspaper reporter Randy Stone, from the radio drama Nightbeat (titled "Search in the Night", November 5, 1953). Directors[edit]

Directors who worked on the show include:[2]

Roy Kellino in 41 episodes (1953-1956) Robert Florey
Robert Florey
in 31 episodes (1952-1956) Richard Kinon in 7 episodes (1956) Robert Aldrich in 5 episodes (1953-1954) Blake Edwards
Blake Edwards
in 4 episodes (1953-1954) Frank McDonald in 3 episodes (1954) Laslo Benedek in 3 episodes (1956) William Asher
William Asher
in 2 episodes (1954) William A. Seiter
William A. Seiter
in 2 episodes (1955-1956)

Writers[edit] Writers who worked on the show include:[2]

Gwen Bagni in 15 episodes (1952-1954) John Bagni in 13 episodes (1952-1954) Richard Carr in 13 episodes (1954-1956) Frederick Brady in 9 episodes (1954-1956) Blake Edwards
Blake Edwards
in 7 episodes (1952-1954) Seeleg Lester in 5 episodes (1953-1954) Merwin Gerard in 4 episodes (1953) Frederick J. Lipp in 4 episodes (1954-1955) Larry Marcus in 3 episodes (1952-1954) Milton Merlin in 3 episodes (1952-1953) Marc Brandell in 3 episodes (1954-1956) László Görög in 3 episodes (1955-1956) James Bloodworth in 3 episodes (1956) Amory Hare in 2 episodes (1953) Octavus Roy Cohen in 2 episodes (1954-1955) Milton Geiger in 2 episodes (1954-1955) Thelma Robinson in 2 episodes (1954) Oscar Millard in 2 episodes (1955-1956) Willard Wiener in 2 episodes (1955) Robert Eggenweiler in 2 episodes (1956) Ida Lupino
Ida Lupino
in 2 episodes (1956) Roland Winters in 2 episodes (1956)

References[edit]

^ The Billboard: Four Star Playhouse. Posted on 31 Jul 1954. ^ a b c " Four Star Playhouse
Four Star Playhouse
- Full Cast & Crew". Retrieved November 28, 2015.  ^ Feiwell, Jill (December 12, 2003). "Life Oscar to Edwards". Daily Variety. Retrieved 21 January 2015 – via HighBeam Research. (Subscription required (help)). 

External links[edit]

Four Star Playhouse
Four Star Playhouse
on IMDb Four Star Playhouse
Four Star Playhouse
at TV.com Four Star Playhouse
Four Star Playhouse
at Classic TV Archive Episode "Ladies on His Mind" at the Internet Archive Episode "The Stand-In" with Ida Lupino
Ida Lupino
at the Internet Archive

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Films directed by Blake Edwards

Bring Your Smile Along (1955) He Laughed Last (1956) Mister Cory
Mister Cory
(1957) This Happy Feeling
This Happy Feeling
(1958) The Perfect Furlough
The Perfect Furlough
(1958) Operation Petticoat
Operation Petticoat
(1959) High Time (1960) Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) Experiment in Terror
Experiment in Terror
(1962) Days of Wine and Roses (1962) The Pink Panther (1963) A Shot in the Dark (1964) The Great Race
The Great Race
(1965) What Did You Do in the War, Daddy? (1966) Gunn (1967) The Party (1968) Darling Lili
Darling Lili
(1970) Wild Rovers
Wild Rovers
(1971) The Carey Treatment
The Carey Treatment
(1972) The Tamarind Seed
The Tamarind Seed
(1974) The Return of the Pink Panther
The Return of the Pink Panther
(1975) The Pink Panther Strikes Again
The Pink Panther Strikes Again
(1976) Revenge of the Pink Panther
Revenge of the Pink Panther
(1978) 10 (1979) S.O.B. (1981) Victor/Victoria (1982) Trail of the Pink Panther
Trail of the Pink Panther
(1982) Curse of the Pink Panther
Curse of the Pink Panther
(1983) The Man Who Loved Women (1983) Micki & Maude (1984) A Fine Mess (1986) That's Life! (1986) Blind Date (1987) Sunset (1988) Justin Case (1988) Skin Deep (1989) Peter Gunn (1989) Switch (1991) Son of the Pink Panther
Son of the Pink Panther
(1993) Vict

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