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Four Star Playhouse 

This show featured four rotating stars, Charles Boyer, David Niven, Ida Lupino, and Dick Powell in individual episodes consisting of everything from comedy to drama.
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1956   1955   1954   1953   1952  
Nominated for 14 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Complete series cast summary:
David Niven ...  Adams / ... 33 episodes, 1952-1956
Dick Powell ...  Willie Dante / ... 32 episodes, 1952-1956
Charles Boyer ...  Paul / ... 30 episodes, 1952-1956
Ida Lupino ...  Ellen / ... 19 episodes, 1953-1956
Herb Vigran ...  Monte / ... 14 episodes, 1952-1956
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This show featured four rotating stars, Charles Boyer, David Niven, Ida Lupino, and Dick Powell in individual episodes consisting of everything from comedy to drama.

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Trivia

During the first season (September 1952 to June 1953), this show was broadcast on CBS on Thursday evenings between 8:30 and 9:00 alternating with The Amos 'n Andy Show (1951). See more »

Crazy Credits

In episode 1.2, "Dante's Inferno," the character played by Regis Toomey is listed as "Lt. Wald," even though he is referred to in dialog several times as "Lt. Waldo." The role of Herb Vigran is identified there as "Monty Leeds," but in all subsequent episodes set in the titular nightclub the name is given as "Monte [no surname]." See more »

Alternate Versions

The syndicated rerun version of the episode "The House Always Wins" (4/28/1955), also used for at least one video release, is missing Jack Benny's cameo appearance. See more »

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Spin-off Dante (1960) See more »

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High Quality Anthology, West Coast Style
21 April 2005 | by telegonusSee all my reviews

This first television series produced by the company that became Four Star Productions was a surprisingly good, well written and directed show to have been produced on the west coast in the early fifties (the "quality" shows made in those days mostly emanated from New York, while the filmed shows made in Hollywood were mostly children and family fare such as Superman and The Lone Ranger, or else situation comedies). Four Star Theater was an attempt to make a first-class anthology series in Hollywood, and as such it succeeded. There were many outstanding episodes, and some highly gifted people worked on it from time to time, from writers of the caliber of Blake Edwards to such gifted directors as Robert Florey, Robert Aldrich and Tay Garnett. The shows ranged from mysteries to dramas to comedies; one never knew quite what to expect, which was part of the show's charm. I wish that some cable network would-rerun them,--they probably won't, since they're all filmed in black and white--or that they'll be reissued on tape or DVD. It's a show well worth looking for.


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English

Release Date:

25 September 1952 (USA) See more »

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Four Star Productions See more »
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(129 episodes)

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Mono (RCA Sound System)| Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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