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Presented by Eastman Kodak, the program was a series of original scripts directed by acclaimed directors and featuring well known performers. The stories ranged from musicals to comedies and dramas.
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Series cast summary:
Arthur Q. Bryan Arthur Q. Bryan ...  Cabinet Member / ... 3 episodes, 1955
Bill Erwin ...  1st Gambler / ... 3 episodes, 1955-1956
Macdonald Carey ...  Gil Foster / ... 2 episodes, 1956
George Sanders ...  Baron / ... 2 episodes, 1956
Rory Calhoun ...  Joe Mahoney / ... 2 episodes, 1955-1956
Laraine Day ...  Herself - Laraine Day Durocher / ... 2 episodes, 1955-1956
Jay Novello ...  Lucius Morley / ... 2 episodes, 1955-1956
Barbara Morrison ...  Mrs. Gimingham / ... 2 episodes, 1955-1956
Chick Chandler ...  Dr. Archie McCawlly / ... 2 episodes, 1956
June Vincent ...  June Foster / ... 2 episodes, 1956
Willis Bouchey ...  Edwin Stanton / ... 2 episodes, 1955
Jacqueline deWit ...  Emmy / ... 2 episodes, 1955-1956
Emlen Davies ...  Mrs. Cole / ... 2 episodes, 1955-1956
Eilene Janssen ...  Girl / ... 2 episodes, 1955-1956
Hal Baylor ...  Man with Bends / ... 2 episodes, 1956
William Schallert ...  Lawyer / ... 2 episodes, 1955-1956
Roy Roberts ...  Gen. Lafferty / ... 2 episodes, 1956
William Forrest ...  Mr. Green / ... 2 episodes, 1955
Roy Glenn ...  Bootblack / ... 2 episodes, 1955
Clem Bevans ...  Jessup / ... 2 episodes, 1956
Raymond Bailey ...  Howard Barnes / ... 2 episodes, 1955-1956
Howard Wendell Howard Wendell ...  1st Senator / ... 2 episodes, 1955-1956
Howard McNear ...  Bill / ... 2 episodes, 1956
Hayden Rorke ...  Collier / ... 2 episodes, 1955-1956
Sol Gorss Sol Gorss ...  2nd. Bully / ... 2 episodes, 1956
Diane Jergens ...  Sue Stradler / ... 2 episodes, 1956
Vernon Rich Vernon Rich ...  Court Clerk / ... 2 episodes, 1955-1956
Tay Garnett ...  Himself / ... 2 episodes, 1956
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Presented by Eastman Kodak, the program was a series of original scripts directed by acclaimed directors and featuring well known performers. The stories ranged from musicals to comedies and dramas.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 October 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Antología See more »

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Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(35 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Some episodes were rerun in 1958 under the title "Personal Appearance" (1958). See more »

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Deserves a Revival
21 January 2011 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Thanks TMC for reviving this long neglected anthology series. I think I've seen enough representative entries to pick out some notable series features.

By and large, the episodes are very well produced, especially for early TV. Outdoor locations are generally used instead of exterior sets; costuming is movie-grade quality; and casting is of name performers (e.g. John Wayne, Jeanette Mac Donald) or up-and-comers (e.g. Dennis Hopper, Rod Steiger). Also, for this old-movie fan, it's fun seeing the real people behind the well-known director names—each entry being directed by a well-known movie director (e.g. John Ford, Leo McCarey, Frank Borzage) making a cameo appearance. The formats run the gamut from melodramas to musicals, and though the story quality can vary—as it does for any series—the standards appear pretty high for the time. This is also a period when the snobbish barrier between doing movies and doing TV is beginning to break down. All in all, however, I'm curious why the program was cancelled after only one season. I suspect there's a bigger story to this than just the ratings. Anyway, I hope TMC runs more episodes. The appeal here is entertainment as well as historical.


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