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
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  • Country: US
  • Language: En
  • Runtime: 60
Richard Jaeckel
Richard Jaeck...
Lawrence Dobkin
Lawrence Dobk...
Dean Stockwell
Dean Stockwel...
Earl Holliman
Earl Holliman
Maureen O'Sullivan
Maureen O'Sul...
Darryl Hickman
Darryl Hickma...
Sheila Bromley
Sheila Bromle...
Ray Danton
Ray Danton
Richard Davalos
Richard Daval...
Victor Jory
Victor Jory
James Griffith
James Griffit...
James Flavin
James Flavin
Joe De Santis
Joe De Santis
Jay Novello
Jay Novello
Norma Varden
Norma Varden
Max Showalter
Max Showalter
Richard Boone
Richard Boone
Susan Harrison
Susan Harriso...
Jeff Donnell
Jeff Donnell
Addison Richards
Addison Richa...
Douglass Dumbrille
Douglass Dumb...
Onslow Stevens
Onslow Steven...
Herbert Rudley
Herbert Rudle...
Gregory Gaye
Gregory Gaye
George Macready
George Macrea...
Tom Tryon
Tom Tryon
Bob Sweeney
Bob Sweeney
Tommy Kirk
Tommy Kirk
Strother Martin
Strother Mart...
Steven Geray
Steven Geray
Joe Maross
Joe Maross
Everett Sloane
Everett Sloan...
Les Tremayne
Les Tremayne
Robert Gist
Robert Gist
Virginia Christine
Virginia Chri...
Jean Parker
Jean Parker
Marshall Thompson
Marshall Thom...
Chuck Connors
Chuck Connors
Akim Tamiroff
Akim Tamiroff
June Havoc
June Havoc
Herschel Bernardi
Herschel Bern...
Ellen Corby
Ellen Corby
Tudor Owen
Tudor Owen
Lurene Tuttle
Lurene Tuttle
Patric Knowles
Patric Knowle...
Katherine Warren
Katherine War...
Skip Homeier
Skip Homeier
Mona Freeman
Mona Freeman
Paul Picerni
Paul Picerni
Paul Langton
Paul Langton
Richard Arlen
Richard Arlen
Ben Cooper
Ben Cooper
Douglas Kennedy
Douglas Kenne...
Marie Windsor
Marie Windsor
Leif Erickson
Leif Erickson
Bea Benaderet
Bea Benaderet
Patrick O'Neal
Patrick O'Nea...
Dick Foran
Dick Foran
Anita Louise
Anita Louise
Bill Goodwin
Bill Goodwin
Natalie Trundy
Natalie Trund...
Margaret O'Brien
Margaret O'Br...
Fay Bainter
Fay Bainter
Henry Daniell
Henry Daniell
Myron Healey
Myron Healey
Thayer David
Thayer David
Rita Moreno
Rita Moreno
Arthur Hill
Arthur Hill
Billie Burke
Billie Burke
Virginia Bruce
Virginia Bruc...
John Hoyt
John Hoyt
Shelley Fabares
Shelley Fabar...
Marian Seldes
Marian Seldes
Alan Young
Alan Young
Lois Smith
Lois Smith
William Schallert
William Schal...
Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholso...
Musician's Son
Roger Moore
Roger Moore
Nina Foch
Nina Foch
Kathleen Freeman
Kathleen Free...
Peter Graves
Peter Graves
Kurt Kasznar
Kurt Kasznar
Richard Anderson
Richard Ander...
Lee Patrick
Lee Patrick
Harry Carey, Jr.
Harry Carey,...
Sean McClory
Sean McClory
Peggy McCay
Peggy McCay
Robert Morse
Robert Morse
Peter Hansen
Peter Hansen
Hayden Rorke
Hayden Rorke
Will Hutchins
Will Hutchins
Dabbs Greer
Dabbs Greer
Jean Muir
Jean Muir
Dennis Hopper
Dennis Hopper
Mala Powers
Mala Powers
James Dunn
James Dunn
Paul Burke
Paul Burke
John Conte
John Conte
Host
Jack Albertson
Jack Albertso...
John Lupton
John Lupton
Jim Backus
Jim Backus
Doris Lloyd
Doris Lloyd
Warren Berlinger
Warren Berlin...
Amzie Strickland
Amzie Strickl...
Jeanette Nolan
Jeanette Nola...
Shirley Knight
Shirley Knigh...
Gloria Castillo
Gloria Castil...
William Hopper
William Hoppe...
Alan Mowbray
Alan Mowbray
Joanne Linville
Joanne Linvil...
Ann Doran
Ann Doran
Richard Long
Richard Long
Vincent Price
Vincent Price
Rex Reason
Rex Reason
Tom Laughlin
Tom Laughlin
Arthur O'Connell
Arthur O'Conn...
DeForest Kelley
DeForest Kell...
Elaine Stritch
Elaine Stritc...
Sara Haden
Sara Haden
Wendy Hiller
Wendy Hiller
Ben Welden
Ben Welden
Richard Erdman
Richard Erdma...
Forrest Taylor
Forrest Taylo...
Cecil Kellaway
Cecil Kellawa...
Jackie Coogan
Jackie Coogan
Alex Gerry
Alex Gerry
Zsa Zsa Gabor
Zsa Zsa Gabor
John Dehner
John Dehner
Edward Binns
Edward Binns
Richard Crenna
Richard Crenn...
Madge Evans
Madge Evans
Robert Middleton
Robert Middle...
Joseph Wiseman
Joseph Wisema...
Johnny Crawford
Johnny Crawfo...
Jane Darwell
Jane Darwell
Ann Harding
Ann Harding
Regis Toomey
Regis Toomey
Roddy McDowall
Roddy McDowal...
George Peppard
George Peppar...
Brett Halsey
Brett Halsey
Bradford Dillman
Bradford Dill...
Angie Dickinson
Angie Dickins...
Gene Nelson
Gene Nelson
Jerry Mathers
Jerry Mathers
John Carradine
John Carradin...
Geraldine Page
Geraldine Pag...
Sidney Blackmer
Sidney Blackm...
Tod Andrews
Tod Andrews
Patrick Macnee
Patrick Macne...
Werner Klemperer
Werner Klempe...
Michael Landon
Michael Lando...
Lillian Roth
Lillian Roth
Nita Talbot
Nita Talbot
John Abbott
John Abbott
Argentina Brunetti
Argentina Bru...
Edmund Gwenn
Edmund Gwenn
Kevin McCarthy
Kevin McCarth...
Louis Hayward
Louis Hayward
Constance Ford
Constance For...
Kent Smith
Kent Smith
John Banner
John Banner
Leon Askin
Leon Askin
Russell Collins
Russell Colli...
June Lockhart
June Lockhart
Mona Washbourne
Mona Washbour...
J. M. Kerrigan
J. M. Kerriga...
Robert Brown
Robert Brown
Morey Amsterdam
Morey Amsterd...
Ann B. Davis
Ann B. Davis
Agnes Moorehead
Agnes Moorehe...
Judy Canova
Judy Canova
Edward Everett Horton
Edward Everet...
John Drew Barrymore
John Drew Bar...
Jacques Bergerac
Jacques Berge...
Liam Sullivan
Liam Sullivan
Keith Andes
Keith Andes
Nancy Malone
Nancy Malone
Lloyd Corrigan
Lloyd Corriga...
Vanessa Brown
Vanessa Brown
Douglass Montgomery
Douglass Mont...
Eva Gabor
Eva Gabor
Ernest Truex
Ernest Truex
Russ Conway
Russ Conway
Susan Oliver
Susan Oliver
Leo G. Carroll
Leo G. Carrol...
John Wengraf
John Wengraf
Oskar Homolka
Oskar Homolka
Judith Evelyn
Judith Evelyn
Diana Lynn
Diana Lynn
Rhodes Reason
Rhodes Reason
Cathy Downs
Cathy Downs
Gene Raymond
Gene Raymond
Kerwin Mathews
Kerwin Mathew...
Susan Kohner
Susan Kohner
Jeff Morrow
Jeff Morrow
Phyllis Stanley
Phyllis Stanl...
Pernell Roberts
Pernell Rober...
Geoffrey Toone
Geoffrey Toon...
Jess Barker
Jess Barker
Hugh Marlowe
Hugh Marlowe
Gloria Talbott
Gloria Talbot...
Eduardo Ciannelli
Eduardo Ciann...
Stafford Repp
Stafford Repp
Lillian Bronson
Lillian Brons...
Vinton Hayworth
Vinton Haywor...
Jean Carson
Jean Carson
Miriam  Hopkins
Miriam Hopki...
Maudie Prickett
Maudie Pricke...
Josephine Hutchinson
Josephine Hut...
Margaret Hayes
Margaret Haye...
Francis Lederer
Francis Leder...
Kathleen Crowley
Kathleen Crow...
Conrad Nagel
Conrad Nagel
Cathy O'Donnell
Cathy O'Donne...
Rolfe Sedan
Rolfe Sedan
Alix Talton
Alix Talton
Gloria Blondell
Gloria Blonde...
Herbert Anderson
Herbert Ander...
Mary Wickes
Mary Wickes
Cedric Hardwicke
Cedric Hardwi...
Sandy Descher
Sandy Descher
Rebecca Welles
Rebecca Welle...
Paul Lambert
Paul Lambert
Isobel Elsom
Isobel Elsom
Inger Stevens
Inger Stevens
Andrea King
Andrea King
Mary Beth Hughes
Mary Beth Hug...
Irene Hervey
Irene Hervey
Karen Steele
Karen Steele
Cara Williams
Cara Williams
Betty Lynn
Betty Lynn
Catherine McLeod
Catherine McL...
Wally Cox
Wally Cox
Philip Ober
Philip Ober
Ludwig Donath
Ludwig Donath
Joseph Mell
Joseph Mell
Melinda Casey
Melinda Casey
Nico Minardos
Nico Minardos
Irene Ryan
Irene Ryan