Matinee Theater

Matinee Theater (1955)


  • Genre: Drama
  • First Air Date: 1955-10-31
  • Last Air Date: 1958-06-13
  • Total Seasons: 3
  • Total Episodes: 574
  • Status: Ended
  • Episode Runtime: 60 min.
  • Production Company: National Broadcasting Company
  • Networks: NBC
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Summary

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.

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    Matinee Theater Seasons

    Season 1

    First Air Date: 1955-10-31
    199 Episodes

    Season 2

    First Air Date: 1956-08-27
    240 Episodes

    Season 3

    First Air Date: 1957-10-15
    135 Episodes

    Matinee Theater Episodes

    Season 1 Episode 1
    Beyond a Reasonable Doubt
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    Duration: 60 min
    Season 1 Episode 2
    One for the Road
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    Season 1 Episode 3
    The Touchstone
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    Season 1 Episode 4
    Wuthering Heights
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    Season 1 Episode 5
    The Brass Ring
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    Season 1 Episode 6
    Therese.
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    Season 1 Episode 7
    O'Toole from Moscow.
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    Season 1 Episode 8
    The Return of Socko Renard
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    Season 1 Episode 9
    Mr. Krane
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    Season 1 Episode 10
    Dracula
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    Season 1 Episode 11
    All the Trees In The Field
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    Season 1 Episode 12
    The bottom of the river
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    Season 1 Episode 13
    Cave-in
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    Season 1 Episode 14
    The Brat's House
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    Season 1 Episode 15
    Mysterious Mr. Todd
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    Season 1 Episode 16
    The Middle Son
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    Season 1 Episode 17
    Valentine's Day
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    Season 1 Episode 18
    The Last Battlefield
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    Season 1 Episode 19
    Tall, dark stranger
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    Season 1 Episode 20
    Dinner at Antoine's
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    Season 1 Episode 21
    The Mating of Watkins Tottle
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    Season 1 Episode 22
    Summer Cannot Last
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    Season 1 Episode 23
    The Catbird Seat
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    Season 1 Episode 24
    The Shining Palace
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    Season 1 Episode 25
    Her Son's Wife
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    Season 1 Episode 26
    The Odd Ones
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    Season 1 Episode 27
    Silent Partner
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    Season 1 Episode 28
    Temptation for a king
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    Season 1 Episode 29
    Winter in April
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    Season 1 Episode 30
    Fiddlin' man
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    Season 1 Episode 31
    Bread Upon The Waters
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    Season 1 Episode 32
    The Giant Killer
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    Season 1 Episode 33
    The Book of Ruth
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    Season 1 Episode 34
    Ask Me No Questions
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    Season 1 Episode 35
    The Lark Shall Sing
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    Season 1 Episode 36
    In Dread of Winter
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    Season 1 Episode 37
    The Century Plant
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    Season 1 Episode 38
    The Babylonian Heart
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    Season 1 Episode 39
    Whom Death Has Joined Together
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    Season 1 Episode 40
    George has a birthday
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    Season 1 Episode 41
    Class of '58
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    Season 1 Episode 42
    Ivy Curtain
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    Season 1 Episode 43
    Alumni reunion
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    Season 1 Episode 44
    Horse Power
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    Season 1 Episode 45
    Julie
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    Season 1 Episode 46
    Prominent Citizens
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    Season 2 Episode 1
    A Case of Pure Fiction
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    Season 2 Episode 2
    The Master builder
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    Season 2 Episode 3
    The Others
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    Season 2 Episode 4
    The Remarkable Mr. Jerome
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    Season 2 Episode 5
    The Bridge
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    Season 2 Episode 6
    The Hickory Limb
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    Season 2 Episode 7
    The Vicarious Years
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    Season 2 Episode 8
    Thread that runs so true.
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    Season 2 Episode 9
    Show of Strength
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    Season 2 Episode 10
    The avenging of Anne Leete
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    Season 2 Episode 11
    White-Headed Boy
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    Season 2 Episode 12
    But when she was bad
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    Season 2 Episode 13
    Strong Medicine
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    Season 2 Episode 14
    The richest man in the world
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    Season 2 Episode 15
    The Fable of Harry
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    Season 2 Episode 16
    The rose bush
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    Season 3 Episode 1
    End of The Rope
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    Season 3 Episode 2
    Rain In the Morning
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    Season 3 Episode 3
    From the Desk of Margaret Tydings
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    Season 3 Episode 4
    Journey Into Darkness
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    Season 3 Episode 5
    The Prophet Hosea
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    Season 3 Episode 6
    The 65th Floor
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    Season 3 Episode 7
    The Cause
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    Season 3 Episode 8
    The Story of Marcia Gordon
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    Season 3 Episode 9
    Town in a Turmoil
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    Season 3 Episode 10
    Washington Square
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    Season 3 Episode 11
    Course for Collision
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    Season 3 Episode 137
    It Came from Out of Town
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    • John Conte

      as Host
    Production George Lowther Producer
    Production Albert McCleery Producer

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