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
George Macready
George Macrea...
Shelley Fabares
Shelley Fabar...
James Griffith
James Griffit...
Keith Andes
Keith Andes
Thayer David
Thayer David
Herschel Bernardi
Herschel Bern...
Joanne Linville
Joanne Linvil...
Shirley Knight
Shirley Knigh...
Dabbs Greer
Dabbs Greer
Sean McClory
Sean McClory
Skip Homeier
Skip Homeier
Richard Crenna
Richard Crenn...
Hayden Rorke
Hayden Rorke
Myron Healey
Myron Healey
Tom Tryon
Tom Tryon
June Lockhart
June Lockhart
Robert Brown
Robert Brown
William Schallert
William Schal...
Robert Morse
Robert Morse
Dean Stockwell
Dean Stockwel...
Kevin McCarthy
Kevin McCarth...
Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholso...
Vinton Hayworth
Vinton Haywor...
Lois Smith
Lois Smith
Dennis Hopper
Dennis Hopper
Earl Holliman
Earl Holliman
George Peppard
George Peppar...
Margaret O'Brien
Margaret O'Br...
Roddy McDowall
Roddy McDowal...
Rita Moreno
Rita Moreno
Susan Oliver
Susan Oliver
Elaine Stritch
Elaine Stritc...
John Conte
John Conte
Host
Roger Moore
Roger Moore
DeForest Kelley
DeForest Kell...
Arthur Hill
Arthur Hill
Cedric Hardwicke
Cedric Hardwi...
Douglass Dumbrille
Douglass Dumb...
Addison Richards
Addison Richa...
Onslow Stevens
Onslow Steven...
Kathleen Freeman
Kathleen Free...
Sara Haden
Sara Haden
Max Showalter
Max Showalter
Philip Ober
Philip Ober
Donald Randolph
Donald Randol...
Douglass Montgomery
Douglass Mont...
Russ Conway
Russ Conway
Virginia Christine
Virginia Chri...
Margaret Hayes
Margaret Haye...
Irene Hervey
Irene Hervey
Nina Foch
Nina Foch
Lawrence Dobkin
Lawrence Dobk...
Joseph Wiseman
Joseph Wisema...
Zsa Zsa Gabor
Zsa Zsa Gabor
Eva Gabor
Eva Gabor
Ann Harding
Ann Harding
Henry Daniell
Henry Daniell
Lloyd Corrigan
Lloyd Corriga...
Regis Toomey
Regis Toomey
Jess Barker
Jess Barker
Robert Horton
Robert Horton
Eduardo Ciannelli
Eduardo Ciann...
Irene Ryan
Irene Ryan
John Lupton
John Lupton
Edward Binns
Edward Binns
Werner Klemperer
Werner Klempe...
John Wengraf
John Wengraf
Sheila Bromley
Sheila Bromle...
Hugh Marlowe
Hugh Marlowe
Peggy McCay
Peggy McCay
Susan Kohner
Susan Kohner
Jean Parker
Jean Parker
Norma Varden
Norma Varden
Sidney Blackmer
Sidney Blackm...
Victor Jory
Victor Jory
Richard Long
Richard Long
Andrea King
Andrea King
Angie Dickinson
Angie Dickins...
Richard Jaeckel
Richard Jaeck...
Marian Seldes
Marian Seldes
Everett Sloane
Everett Sloan...
Lillian Bronson
Lillian Brons...
Jack Albertson
Jack Albertso...
Kerwin Mathews
Kerwin Mathew...
Patrick Macnee
Patrick Macne...
Wendy Hiller
Wendy Hiller
Ben Cooper
Ben Cooper
Diana Lynn
Diana Lynn
Jeanette Nolan
Jeanette Nola...
Edmund Gwenn
Edmund Gwenn
Leon Askin
Leon Askin
Patric Knowles
Patric Knowle...
Mona Freeman
Mona Freeman
Richard Arlen
Richard Arlen
Geraldine Page
Geraldine Pag...
Patrick O'Neal
Patrick O'Nea...
Alan Young
Alan Young
James Flavin
James Flavin
Paul Burke
Paul Burke
Herbert Anderson
Herbert Ander...
Lee Patrick
Lee Patrick
Richard Davalos
Richard Daval...
John Dehner
John Dehner
Joe De Santis
Joe De Santis
Jay Novello
Jay Novello
Dick Foran
Dick Foran
Robert Middleton
Robert Middle...
Ann Doran
Ann Doran
Pernell Roberts
Pernell Rober...
Francis Lederer
Francis Leder...
Harry Carey, Jr.
Harry Carey,...
Jerry Mathers
Jerry Mathers
Jane Darwell
Jane Darwell
Tudor Owen
Tudor Owen
Peter Graves
Peter Graves
Peter Hansen
Peter Hansen
Cara Williams
Cara Williams
Tom Laughlin
Tom Laughlin
Geoffrey Toone
Geoffrey Toon...
Louis Hayward
Louis Hayward
Doris Lloyd
Doris Lloyd
Anita Louise
Anita Louise
Tod Andrews
Tod Andrews
Strother Martin
Strother Mart...
Nita Talbot
Nita Talbot
Bea Benaderet
Bea Benaderet
Will Hutchins
Will Hutchins
Steven Geray
Steven Geray
Kathleen Crowley
Kathleen Crow...
Isobel Elsom
Isobel Elsom
John Banner
John Banner
William Hopper
William Hoppe...
Inger Stevens
Inger Stevens
Josephine Hutchinson
Josephine Hut...
Ben Welden
Ben Welden
Les Tremayne
Les Tremayne
Johnny Crawford
Johnny Crawfo...
Jacques Bergerac
Jacques Berge...
Jim Backus
Jim Backus
John Carradine
John Carradin...
Darryl Hickman
Darryl Hickma...
Mary Wickes
Mary Wickes
Amzie Strickland
Amzie Strickl...
Gene Raymond
Gene Raymond
June Havoc
June Havoc
Virginia Bruce
Virginia Bruc...
Robert Karnes
Robert Karnes
Chuck Connors
Chuck Connors
Michael Landon
Michael Lando...
Akim Tamiroff
Akim Tamiroff
James Dunn
James Dunn
Russell Collins
Russell Colli...
Gregory Gaye
Gregory Gaye
Judy Canova
Judy Canova
Wally Cox
Wally Cox
Doris Singleton
Doris Singlet...
Maureen O'Sullivan
Maureen O'Sul...
Leo G. Carroll
Leo G. Carrol...
Robert Gist
Robert Gist
Morey Amsterdam
Morey Amsterd...
Kent Smith
Kent Smith
Bill Goodwin
Bill Goodwin
Natalie Trundy
Natalie Trund...
Ray Danton
Ray Danton
Stafford Repp
Stafford Repp
Ludwig Donath
Ludwig Donath
Cathy O'Donnell
Cathy O'Donne...
Alex Gerry
Alex Gerry
Shirley Ross
Shirley Ross
Alix Talton
Alix Talton
Marie Windsor
Marie Windsor
Karen Steele
Karen Steele
Tommy Kirk
Tommy Kirk
John Drew Barrymore
John Drew Bar...
Sandy Descher
Sandy Descher
Brett Halsey
Brett Halsey
Douglas Kennedy
Douglas Kenne...
Agnes Moorehead
Agnes Moorehe...
Luis van Rooten
Luis van Root...
Warren Berlinger
Warren Berlin...
Miriam  Hopkins
Miriam Hopki...
Marshall Thompson
Marshall Thom...
Katherine Warren
Katherine War...
Richard Boone
Richard Boone
Lurene Tuttle
Lurene Tuttle
Kurt Kasznar
Kurt Kasznar
Ellen Corby
Ellen Corby
Madge Evans
Madge Evans
Gloria Blondell
Gloria Blonde...
Leif Erickson
Leif Erickson
Mary Beth Hughes
Mary Beth Hug...
Oskar Homolka
Oskar Homolka
Bradford Dillman
Bradford Dill...
Ernest Truex
Ernest Truex
Jean Muir
Jean Muir
Fay Bainter
Fay Bainter
Jeff Morrow
Jeff Morrow
Edward Everett Horton
Edward Everet...
Rhodes Reason
Rhodes Reason
Nancy Malone
Nancy Malone
Argentina Brunetti
Argentina Bru...
Billie Burke
Billie Burke
Vanessa Brown
Vanessa Brown
Cathy Downs
Cathy Downs
Arthur O'Connell
Arthur O'Conn...
Cecil Kellaway
Cecil Kellawa...
John Abbott
John Abbott
Mala Powers
Mala Powers
Paul Langton
Paul Langton
Ann B. Davis
Ann B. Davis
Jeff Donnell
Jeff Donnell
Alan Mowbray
Alan Mowbray
Betty Lynn
Betty Lynn
Judith Evelyn
Judith Evelyn
Paul Maxwell
Paul Maxwell
Herbert Rudley
Herbert Rudle...
Jackie Coogan
Jackie Coogan
Forrest Taylor
Forrest Taylo...
Catherine McLeod
Catherine McL...
Richard Erdman
Richard Erdma...
Gene Nelson
Gene Nelson
Constance Ford
Constance For...
Rex Reason
Rex Reason
Joe Maross
Joe Maross
Philip Bourneuf
Philip Bourne...
J. M. Kerrigan
J. M. Kerriga...
Paul Picerni
Paul Picerni
Conrad Nagel
Conrad Nagel
Gloria Talbott
Gloria Talbot...
Mona Washbourne
Mona Washbour...
Phyllis Stanley
Phyllis Stanl...
Lillian Roth
Lillian Roth
Nico Minardos
Nico Minardos
Susan Harrison
Susan Harriso...
Rolfe Sedan
Rolfe Sedan
Gloria Castillo
Gloria Castil...
Jean Carson
Jean Carson
Maudie Prickett
Maudie Pricke...
Rebecca Welles
Rebecca Welle...
Liam Sullivan
Liam Sullivan
Melinda Casey
Melinda Casey
Augusta Dabney
Augusta Dabne...
Joseph Mell
Joseph Mell
Carol Nugent
Carol Nugent
Dayton Lummis
Dayton Lummis
Maidie Norman
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