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|Golden Age Theater Volume 5|
Actors: David Niven, Angela Lansbury, Ronald Colman, Johnny Crawford, Russell Johnson
Directors: William Cameron Menzies, Blake Edwards, Richard Kinon
Genres: Drama, Television
Four (more) star-packed episodes from the award winning General Electric Theater.
Annie Van Auken | Planet Earth | 09/13/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"CAVALCADE OF AMERICA (Don Marshall's Brat/The Boy Nobody Wanted) aired on radio for 18 years. DuPont brought their popular show to TV in October of 1952 for a five season run on the NBC network. Widely considered one of the best anthology series of its day, Cavalcade featured true stories of Americans both famous and obscure.
FOUR STAR PLAYHOUSE (The Bomb/A String of Beads) ran from September '52 to July '56, 9 PM Sundays on the CBS network and originally aired bi-weekly. The program had a regular rotation of four stars (thus the name). They were: Dick Powell, David Niven, Charles Boyer and Ida Lupino. In its second season the Playhouse went to a weekly schedule.
"The Bomb" - "All's fair in love and war" is the sentiment that lands a man, his former lover and her new fiance in an "explosive" life and death situation. Directed by Blake Edwards (of Pink Panther fame).
"The Boy Nobody Wanted" - When a fight with a friend ends in a tragic accident, a youth's gambler dad is sent to prison after the dead boy's father smears the man in his newspaper. Essentially orphaned, the boy ends up at an agency that adopts him out to a loving couple. His life turns around completely, and he must make a tough decision when his father is eventually released from prison.
"Don Marshall's Brat" - A young girl wishes to end a feud between her parents and maternal grandfather. When she saves the life of an elderly Mexican bandit, he decides to help her.
"A String of Beads" - A governess attends a party her employer throws but is generally ignored until a Count declares that the costume beads she's wearing are expensive pearls. Story by Somerset Maugham; directed by William Cameron Menzies ("Gone With the Wind").
If you liked this collection, you'll also enjoy THE GOLDEN AGE OF TV DRAMA.
The following program list includes episode numbers, season and original airdates, plus main actors for all shows.
(_#41) The Bomb (S.2, 2/18/54) - David Niven/John Dehner/Anthony Marsh
(#103) The Boy Nobody Wanted (S.4, 5/29/56) - Johnny Crawford/Virginia Gregg/James Nolan
(#127) Don Marshall's Brat (S.5, 3/19/57) - Russell Johnson/Patty McCormack/Paul Fix
(_#37) A String of Beads (S.2, 1/21/54) - Angela Lansbury/George Macready/Nigel Bruce/Ronald Colman (host)"