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Cameo Theatre 

Live dramatic plays presented in the round with minimal props, scenery and costumes.


Albert McCleery




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Series cast summary:
Claire Luce 4 episodes, 1951-1952
Ernest Truex 3 episodes, 1950-1952
Douglass Montgomery ...  Peer Gynt 3 episodes, 1952
Judy Parrish Judy Parrish 2 episodes, 1950-1952
Dennis Patrick 2 episodes, 1950-1952
Tod Andrews 2 episodes, 1950
Donald Briggs 2 episodes, 1951
Phillip Reed 2 episodes, 1951


Produced by Albert McCleery, NBC's Cameo Theatre (1950) was a live dramatic anthology series that ran in various time slots from 1950 to 1955. With minimal props and sets, Cameo Theatre (1950) borrowed the concept of intimate theater-in-the-round, popularized by influential producer-director 'Margo Jones' (1912-1955) during the years 1947 to 1955 at her Dallas theater; the first U.S. professional arena theater, it also pioneered the use of closed-circuit television so actors waiting offstage for their cues could see what was happening on the stage. While live television dramas were often limited by camera placement, McCleery solved the problem by eliminating all large scenery or backdrops on his Cameo Theatre (1950). Since the background was solid black, camera operators had total freedom and could easily move about in the darkness to pick up any close shot or unusual angle as directed. Thus, the emphasis was on the actors and close-up characterizations, seen without distractions. The... Written by Bhob Stewart <bhob2@earthlink.net>

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16 May 1950 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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This show was on the NBC-TV network during four different years.
  • 1. In 1950, the show was broadcast from June to August as a summer replacement for the second half hour of All Star Revue (1950).
  • 2. In 1951, the show was broadcast from June to August as a summer replacement for The Voice of Firestone (1949).
  • 3. In 1952, the show was broadcast from January to April as a replacement for Leave It to the Girls (1949).
  • 4. In 1955, the show was broadcast from July to August as a summer replacement for the The Loretta Young Show (1953).
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The Short Story and Television Serials
19 September 2003 | by The-Lonely-LondonerSee all my reviews

During this period, Roald Dahl was writing short stories such as 'Poison' in his collection titled 'Someone Like You' in 1953. Because his short stories complimented the episodic format of television serials, his services were enlisted in this series.

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