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
Elaine Stritch
Elaine Stritc...
Oskar Homolka
Oskar Homolka
Robert Morse
Robert Morse
Kevin McCarthy
Kevin McCarth...
Patrick O'Neal
Patrick O'Nea...
Kathleen Freeman
Kathleen Free...
Patrick Macnee
Patrick Macne...
Roddy McDowall
Roddy McDowal...
Cloris Leachman
Cloris Leachm...
Richard Boone
Richard Boone
June Havoc
June Havoc
John Lupton
John Lupton
John Dehner
John Dehner
Argentina Brunetti
Argentina Bru...
Russell Collins
Russell Colli...
Leif Erickson
Leif Erickson
Everett Sloane
Everett Sloan...
Regis Toomey
Regis Toomey
Miriam Hopkins
Miriam Hopkin...
Eduardo Ciannelli
Eduardo Ciann...
Marshall Thompson
Marshall Thom...
Marie Windsor
Marie Windsor
Isobel Elsom
Isobel Elsom
Douglass Dumbrille
Douglass Dumb...
Gene Raymond
Gene Raymond
Dabbs Greer
Dabbs Greer
George Macready
George Macrea...
Paul Gilbert
Paul Gilbert
Stafford Repp
Stafford Repp
Lois Smith
Lois Smith
Max Showalter
Max Showalter
Chuck Connors
Chuck Connors
William Schallert
William Schal...
Paul Picerni
Paul Picerni
John Abbott
John Abbott
Leo G. Carroll
Leo G. Carrol...
Richard Anderson
Richard Ander...
Myron Healey
Myron Healey
Edmund Gwenn
Edmund Gwenn
Hugh Marlowe
Hugh Marlowe
Jeanette Nolan
Jeanette Nola...
Sean McClory
Sean McClory
Bill Goodwin
Bill Goodwin
Katherine Warren
Katherine War...
Sidney Blackmer
Sidney Blackm...
Ernest Truex
Ernest Truex
John Drew Barrymore
John Drew Bar...
Philip Bourneuf
Philip Bourne...
Jean Carson
Jean Carson
Cecil Kellaway
Cecil Kellawa...
Luis van Rooten
Luis van Root...
Bea Benaderet
Bea Benaderet
Hayden Rorke
Hayden Rorke
Mona Freeman
Mona Freeman
Les Tremayne
Les Tremayne
Doris Lloyd
Doris Lloyd
Norma Varden
Norma Varden
Forrest Taylor
Forrest Taylo...
Jean Muir
Jean Muir
Herbert Anderson
Herbert Ander...
John Wengraf
John Wengraf
Edward Everett Horton
Edward Everet...
Richard Long
Richard Long
Irene Ryan
Irene Ryan
Patric Knowles
Patric Knowle...
Lee Patrick
Lee Patrick
Sara Haden
Sara Haden
Vinton Hayworth
Vinton Haywor...
Ludwig Donath
Ludwig Donath
Ellen Corby
Ellen Corby
Virginia Bruce
Virginia Bruc...
Dean Stockwell
Dean Stockwel...
Kurt Kasznar
Kurt Kasznar
Constance Ford
Constance For...
Virginia Christine
Virginia Chri...
J. M. Kerrigan
J. M. Kerriga...
Jane Darwell
Jane Darwell
Johnny Crawford
Johnny Crawfo...
James Flavin
James Flavin
Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholso...
Peggy McCay
Peggy McCay
Marian Seldes
Marian Seldes
Joe De Santis
Joe De Santis
Victor Jory
Victor Jory
Onslow Stevens
Onslow Steven...
John Conte
John Conte
Host
Russ Conway
Russ Conway
Steven Geray
Steven Geray
Vincent Price
Vincent Price
Irene Hervey
Irene Hervey
Alan Mowbray
Alan Mowbray
Ann Doran
Ann Doran
Roger Moore
Roger Moore
Billie Burke
Billie Burke
Leon Askin
Leon Askin
Harry Carey, Jr.
Harry Carey,...
John Hoyt
John Hoyt
Henry Daniell
Henry Daniell
Gene Nelson
Gene Nelson
Arthur O'Connell
Arthur O'Conn...
Addison Richards
Addison Richa...
Jean Parker
Jean Parker
Werner Klemperer
Werner Klempe...
Tommy Kirk
Tommy Kirk
Cedric Hardwicke
Cedric Hardwi...
Gregory Gaye
Gregory Gaye
George Peppard
George Peppar...
William Hopper
William Hoppe...
Robert Karnes
Robert Karnes
Shirley Ross
Shirley Ross
Jeanne Cooper
Jeanne Cooper
Lamont Johnson
Lamont Johnso...
Ray Danton
Ray Danton
Nina Foch
Nina Foch
John Carradine
John Carradin...
Robert Gist
Robert Gist
Douglass Montgomery
Douglass Mont...
Amzie Strickland
Amzie Strickl...
Ben Welden
Ben Welden
Eva Gabor
Eva Gabor
Madge Evans
Madge Evans
Dick Foran
Dick Foran
Jack Albertson
Jack Albertso...
Jeff Morrow
Jeff Morrow
Conrad Nagel
Conrad Nagel
Louis Hayward
Louis Hayward
Lillian Roth
Lillian Roth
Fay Bainter
Fay Bainter
Jay Novello
Jay Novello
Akim Tamiroff
Akim Tamiroff
Susan Kohner
Susan Kohner
Ann Harding
Ann Harding
Frances Reid
Frances Reid
Anita Louise
Anita Louise
Karen Steele
Karen Steele
Sheila Bromley
Sheila Bromle...
Rhodes Reason
Rhodes Reason
Wendy Hiller
Wendy Hiller
Mona Washbourne
Mona Washbour...
Cathy O'Donnell
Cathy O'Donne...
James Dunn
James Dunn
Alan Young
Alan Young
Lloyd Corrigan
Lloyd Corriga...
David Janssen
David Janssen
Gloria Talbott
Gloria Talbot...
Paul Langton
Paul Langton
Keith Andes
Keith Andes
Richard Davalos
Richard Daval...
Vanessa Brown
Vanessa Brown
Agnes Moorehead
Agnes Moorehe...
Harry Ellerbe
Harry Ellerbe
Betty Lynn
Betty Lynn
Catherine McLeod
Catherine McL...
Zsa Zsa Gábor
Zsa Zsa Gábor
Jeff Donnell
Jeff Donnell
Kerwin Mathews
Kerwin Mathew...
Andrew Duggan
Andrew Duggan
Philip Ober
Philip Ober
DeForest Kelley
DeForest Kell...
Rachel Ames
Rachel Ames
Mary Beth Hughes
Mary Beth Hug...
Richard Arlen
Richard Arlen
Herschel Bernardi
Herschel Bern...
Skip Homeier
Skip Homeier
Lawrence Dobkin
Lawrence Dobk...
Paul Burke
Paul Burke
Douglas Kennedy
Douglas Kenne...
Cathy Downs
Cathy Downs
Jess Barker
Jess Barker
Tod Andrews
Tod Andrews
Earl Holliman
Earl Holliman
Richard Erdman
Richard Erdma...
Strother Martin
Strother Mart...
Stanley Adams
Stanley Adams
Ben Cooper
Ben Cooper
Inger Stevens
Inger Stevens
Jim Backus
Jim Backus
Lurene Tuttle
Lurene Tuttle
Edward Binns
Edward Binns
John Craven
John Craven
James Griffith
James Griffit...
Robert Middleton
Robert Middle...
Doris Singleton
Doris Singlet...
Tom Laughlin
Tom Laughlin
Mary Wickes
Mary Wickes
Geoffrey Toone
Geoffrey Toon...
Judith Evelyn
Judith Evelyn
John Banner
John Banner
Wally Cox
Wally Cox
Jean Byron
Jean Byron
Tom Tryon
Tom Tryon
Herbert Rudley
Herbert Rudle...
Josephine Hutchinson
Josephine Hut...
Peter Hansen
Peter Hansen
Susan Oliver
Susan Oliver
Peter Graves
Peter Graves
Lillian Bronson
Lillian Brons...
Margaret O'Brien
Margaret O'Br...
Kent Smith
Kent Smith
Diana Lynn
Diana Lynn
Mala Powers
Mala Powers
Maureen O'Sullivan
Maureen O'Sul...
Gloria Castillo
Gloria Castil...
Paul Maxwell
Paul Maxwell
Brett Halsey
Brett Halsey
Susan Harrison
Susan Harriso...
Anna Karen
Anna Karen
Geraldine Page
Geraldine Pag...
Margaret Hayes
Margaret Haye...
Tommy Farrell
Tommy Farrell
Robert Horton
Robert Horton
Kathleen Crowley
Kathleen Crow...
Andrea King
Andrea King
Joseph Wiseman
Joseph Wisema...
Gloria Blondell
Gloria Blonde...
Francis Lederer
Francis Leder...
Arthur Hill
Arthur Hill
Michael Landon
Michael Lando...
Richard Crenna
Richard Crenn...
Bob Sweeney
Bob Sweeney
Jackie Coogan
Jackie Coogan
Richard Jaeckel
Richard Jaeck...
Darryl Hickman
Darryl Hickma...
Dennis Hopper
Dennis Hopper
Shirley Knight
Shirley Knigh...
June Lockhart
June Lockhart
Angie Dickinson
Angie Dickins...
Pernell Roberts
Pernell Rober...
Rita Moreno
Rita Moreno
Shelley Fabares
Shelley Fabar...
Bradford Dillman
Bradford Dill...
Jacques Bergerac
Jacques Berge...
Morey Amsterdam
Morey Amsterd...
Ann B. Davis
Ann B. Davis
Sandy Descher
Sandy Descher
Warren Berlinger
Warren Berlin...
Donald Randolph
Donald Randol...
Cara Williams
Cara Williams
Rex Reason
Rex Reason
Tudor Owen
Tudor Owen
Nita Talbot
Nita Talbot
Patricia Cutts
Patricia Cutt...
Naomi Stevens
Naomi Stevens
Natalie Trundy
Natalie Trund...
Jerry Mathers
Jerry Mathers
Will Hutchins
Will Hutchins
K. T. Stevens
K. T. Stevens
Thayer David
Thayer David
Don Keefer
Don Keefer
Alex Gerry
Alex Gerry
Miriam  Hopkins
Miriam Hopki...
Joanne Linville
Joanne Linvil...
Phyllis Stanley
Phyllis Stanl...
Rolfe Sedan
Rolfe Sedan
Maudie Prickett
Maudie Pricke...
Melinda Casey
Melinda Casey