Matinee Theater (1955-1958)

Status: Ended

Airdate: 1955-10-30

Runtime: 1 hour

Rating(s): 8.2

Genre(s): Drama

Language(s): English

Description

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.

Episode Title Rating Airdate Skipped Watched
Normal Episodes 574
Season 1 199
S01E01
Beginning Now
S01E02
Make Believe Mother
S01E03
The Persistent Image
S01E04
I'm Straight with the World
S01E05
Progress and Minnie Sweeney
S01E06
The House on Wildwood Lane
S01E07
Beyond a Reasonable Doubt
S01E08
One for the Road
S01E09
An Apple for Miss Myrtle
S01E10
The Man Without a Country
S01E11
Jigsaw
S01E12
She's the One with the Funny Face
S01E13
All the Hoffmeyers in the World
S01E14
The Aspern Papers
S01E15
Roman Fever
S01E16
Midsummer
S01E17
The Lady Chooses
S01E18
The Courtship of Miles Standish
S01E19
Dispossessed
S01E20
One for the Road
S01E21
The Touchstone
S01E22
Wuthering Heights
S01E23
The Brass Ring
S01E24
Jason
S01E25
Arrowsmith
S01E26
Passing Strange
S01E27
For These Services
S01E28
Cordially - With Bombs
S01E29
The White Oaks
S01E30
O'Toole from Moscow
S01E31
The Milwaukee Rocket
S01E32
This One is Different
S01E33
Sins of the Fathers
S01E34
See You on Sunday
S01E35
Coming of Age
S01E36
Technique
S01E37
Gallin: All-American
S01E38
Santa is No Saint
S01E39
The Unwelcomed
S01E40
The Red Sanders Story
S01E41
Class of '58
S01E42
Horns of the Dilemma
S01E43
Little Girls Grow Up
S01E44
The Shot
S01E45
Mr. Krane
S01E46
Yesterday is Gone
S01E47
Double Door
S01E48
The Happy Rest
S01E49
The Gate
S01E50
One Left Over
S01E51
All the Trees in the Field
S01E52
The Century Plant
S01E53
Friday the 13th
S01E54
The Old Maid
S01E55
Mother Was a Bachelor
S01E56
The Bottom of the River
S01E57
The Carefree Tree
S01E58
Interlude
S01E59
The Big Box
S01E60
Sincerely Yours, Charlie Fisher
S01E61
Doc
S01E62
The Amateur
S01E63
Light and Shadow
S01E64
Romney
S01E65
O Promise Me
S01E66
Hold My Hand and Run
S01E67
Dark Possession
S01E68
The Diamond
S01E69
Susan and God
S01E70
As Young As You Feel
S01E71
The White Knight
S01E72
The Anxious Years
S01E73
The Heart of Mary Lincoln
S01E74
The Middle Son
S01E75
Valentine's Day
S01E76
Summer Cannot Last
S01E77
The Last Battlefield
S01E78
The Catbird Seat
S01E79
Dream House
S01E80
The Runaways
S01E81
The Ledger
S01E82
When the Bough Breaks
S01E83
I Want to March
S01E84
Skylark
S01E85
Tall, Dark Stranger
S01E86
Anything But Love
S01E87
Robin Daw
S01E88
Letter to a Stranger
S01E89
Dinner at Antoine's
S01E90
The Mating of Watkins Tottle
S01E91
Her Son's Wife
S01E92
The Shining Palace
S01E93
The Odd Ones
S01E94
A Cowboy for Chris
S01E95
The Rocking Chair
S01E96
The Big Guy
S01E97
Statute of Limitations
S01E98
The Baron and the Banshees
S01E99
Notebook Warrior
S01E100
Temptation for a King
S01E101
The White Knight
S01E102
The Anxious Years
S01E103
M is for the Many
S01E104
Silent Partner
S01E105
Winter in April
S01E106
Bread Upon the Waters
S01E107
The Giant Killer
S01E108
The Book of Ruth
S01E109
Singer in the Valley
S01E110
The Heart of a Husband
S01E111
From the Desk of Margaret Tydings
S01E112
But You Look Like Sisters
S01E113
The House of Seven Gables
S01E114
Fiddlin' Man
S01E115
The Hollow Woman
S01E116
People in Glass
S01E117
One of the Family
S01E118
Young Hands, Young Feet
S01E119
The Lark Shall Sing
S01E120
In Dread of Winter
S01E121
The Babylonian Heart
S01E122
Ask Me No Questions
S01E123
Whom Death Has Joined Together
S01E124
The Wedding
S01E125
The Reckoning
S01E126
A Woman Named Ruby
S01E127
The Bright Boy
S01E128
The Carefree Tree
S01E129
Graybeards and Witches
S01E130
The Legend of Jenny Lind
S01E131
Daughter of the Seventh Day
S01E132
Night Must Fall
S01E133
The 25th Hour
S01E134
A Man and His Maid
S01E135
Perspective
S01E136
The Catamaran
S01E137
Johnny Came Marching Home
S01E138
A Family Affair
S01E139
Blind Date
S01E140
To Have and to Hold
S01E141
Edwina Black
S01E142
The Spare Room
S01E143
The Bottle Imp
S01E144
Brief Music
S01E145
The Girl from Boro Park
S01E146
To Whom It May Concern
S01E147
Bachelor Buttons
S01E148
The Children of Papa Juan
S01E149
Herself Alone
S01E150
Three for the Money
S01E151
Taxi to the Moon
S01E152
The Goodtime Boys
S01E153
The American
S01E154
Cause for Suspicion
S01E155
Fight the Whole World
S01E156
Autumn Crocus
S01E157
George Has a Birthday
S01E158
The Serpent's Tooth
S01E159
Crime at Blossom's
S01E160
The Luck of Amos Currie
S01E161
Alison's House
S01E162
Safe Place
S01E163
The Guest Cottage
S01E164
Forsaking All Others
S01E165
Love, Honor and O'Day
S01E166
The Damask Cheek
S01E167
Moon Over
S01E168
But Fear Itself
S01E169
The Birthday Present
S01E170
The Ghost of Greenwich Village
S01E171
The Young and the Damned
S01E172
There's Always Juliet
S01E173
Seasoned Timber
S01E174
The Declaration
S01E175
High Places
S01E176
Black Chiffon
S01E177
Class of '58
S01E178
Marriage by the Millions
S01E179
Backfire
S01E180
The Bishop Misbehaves
S01E181
Remittance
S01E182
Beg, Borrow or Steal
S01E183
Summer Pavilion
S01E184
The Feast
S01E185
A Full, Rich Life
S01E186
The Reverberator
S01E187
Woman at the Window
S01E188
Another Sky
S01E189
Letter of Introduction
S01E190
Home at Seven
S01E191
The Cypress Tree
S01E192
Belong to Me
S01E193
Pygmalion Jones
S01E194
Gretel
S01E195
Some Man Will Want You
S01E196
The Fall of the House of Usher
S01E197
Cupid Rode a Horse
S01E198
The Old Payola
S01E199
The Perfect Alibi
Season 2 240
S02E01
The House Off Fifth Avenue
S02E02
Yankee Doodler
S02E03
The Pink Hippopotamus
S02E04
September Tide
S02E05
Are You Listening?
S02E06
Ladies' Maid Bell
S02E07
100 Red Convertibles
S02E08
The Ivy Curtain
S02E09
The Gramercy Ghost
S02E10
Lovers
S02E11
Reach for the Stars
S02E12
I Like It Here
S02E13
A Question of Balance
S02E14
The Marriage Royal
S02E15
Mad Money
S02E16
A Letter from Johnny Brock
S02E17
Uncle Harry
S02E18
At Mrs. Leland's
S02E19
The House Next Door
S02E20
Alumni Reunion
S02E21
Sound of Fear
S02E22
Late Date
S02E23
Pride and Prejudice
S02E24
Pearls of Sheba
S02E25
The Stamp Caddy
S02E26
The Egotist
S02E27
The Family Man
S02E28
Sight Unseen
S02E29
The Eye of the Storm
S02E30
The Man in the Seven League Boots
S02E31
The Woman Across the Hall
S02E32
And Then There Were Three
S02E33
Shake the Stars Down
S02E34
Horse Power
S02E35
Without Sanction
S02E36
The Outing
S02E37
Thank You, Edmondo
S02E38
The Tell-Tale Heart
S02E39
Strangers on a Honeymoon
S02E40
A Dram of Poison
S02E41
The Shining Hour
S02E42
Love, Marriage and Five Thousand Dollars
S02E43
Step Into Darkness
S02E44
Candle in the Dark
S02E45
Savrola
S02E46
Table Set at Night
S02E47
Madame de Treymes
S02E48
The People vs. John Tarr
S02E49
The Location of Roycemore College
S02E50
Dracula
S02E51
Julie
S02E52
The Empty Nest
S02E53
Spare Your Pity
S02E54
The Last Leaf
S02E55
Therese
S02E56
Julie
S02E57
Refugee
S02E58
Jenny Kissed Me
S02E59
Miracle at Carville
S02E60
The Upper Hand
S02E61
Love is a Locksmith
S02E62
Captain Brassbound's Conversion
S02E63
The Wisp End
S02E64
Prominent Citizens
S02E65
Head of the Family
S02E66
Password
S02E67
Late Love
S02E68
Eugenie Grandet
S02E69
Cold Christmas
S02E70
Little Women
S02E71
For Sweetheart, Wife or Mother
S02E72
Smilin' Through
S02E73
Strong Medicine
S02E74
Everything's Relative
S02E75
Miss Morissa
S02E76
The Scandalous Priest
S02E77
Dark Victory
S02E78
The Lonely Look
S02E79
The Sudden Truth
S02E80
The Man in the Half-Moon
S02E81
The Hex
S02E82
If This Be Error
S02E83
On the Trail of the Kingsfield
S02E84
Here We Are
S02E85
Arms and the Man
S02E86
Home is the Hunted
S02E87
Madam Ada
S02E88
Night Train
S02E89
This Language
S02E90
The 13th Crypt
S02E91
Mr. Pirn Passes By
S02E92
Anything for a Laugh
S02E93
Realms of Gold
S02E94
Deacon of Oak Ridge
S02E95
Accent on Youth
S02E96
Three Kids
S02E97
Frankenstein
S02E98
The Most Dangerous Man
S02E99
One
S02E100
The Importance of Being Earnest
S02E101
The Brat's House
S02E102
Mr. Todd
S02E103
A Case of Pure Fiction
S02E104
The Master Builder
S02E105
The Others
S02E106
The Remarkable Mr. Jerome
S02E107
Bobbie
S02E108
The Hickory Limb
S02E109
The Bridge
S02E110
The Serpent's Tooth
S02E111
Voyage to Mandok
S02E112
The Day Before the Wedding
S02E113
Queen of Spades
S02E114
Shadow and Substance
S02E115
You Touched Me
S02E116
The Hemlock Cup
S02E117
Papa's Wife
S02E118
The Prizewinner
S02E119
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
S02E120
Yesterday's Magic
S02E121
Tongue of Silver
S02E122
Peaceable Kingdom
S02E123
The 19th Hole
S02E124
Wedding in the Family
S02E125
The Ways of Courage
S02E126
Journey Into Darkness
S02E127
Barricade at the Big Black
S02E128
The Vicarious Years
S02E129
The First Year
S02E130
End of the Rope
S02E131
We Won't Be Any Trouble
S02E132
The Daughter of Mata Hari
S02E133
Talk You of Killing
S02E134
The Pursuit of Happiness
S02E135
Wuthering Heights [restaged]
S02E136
Long Distance
S02E137
The Point of Cleaning
S02E138
The Sport
S02E139
The Flashing Stream
S02E140
Thread That Runs So True
S02E141
Jamie Picks a Wife
S02E142
Blind Man's Bluff
S02E143
The Story of Joseph
S02E144
Pushover
S02E145
Ashes in the Wind
S02E146
A Hat, a Coat, a Glove
S02E147
The Professional
S02E148
Guardians of the Temple
S02E149
The Short Safari of B'wana Ben
S02E150
Church on Monday
S02E151
The Gioconda Smile
S02E152
Show of Strength
S02E153
Make Believe Affair
S02E154
Hymn to the Dedicated
S02E155
Thursday's Child
S02E156
Big-Hearted Herbert
S02E157
The Embattled Maiden
S02E158
The Middle-Aged Freshman
S02E159
Best Friend in Town
S02E160
Jane Eyre
S02E161
Starmaster
S02E162
Aftermath
S02E163
Guest at the Embassy
S02E164
Second-Hand Lover