Kraft Television Theatre

NBC (ended 1958)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 11 : Ep 50

    Presumption of Innocence

    Aired 10/1/58

  • S 11 : Ep 49

    Riddle of a Lady

    Aired 9/24/58

  • S 11 : Ep 48

    A Cup of Kindness

    Aired 9/17/58

  • S 11 : Ep 47

    Trick or Treat

    Aired 9/10/58

  • S 11 : Ep 46

    Back Track

    Aired 9/3/58

  • Cast & Crew
  • Ed Herlihy

    Announcer (1947-1955)

  • Charles Stark

    Announcer (1955)

  • William Duell

    Soda Clerk

  • Mary Finney

    Aunt Violet

  • Harold J. Stone

    Jack Ames

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  • show Description
  • Welcome to The Kraft Television Theatre guide at This live anthology drama series was the first weekly commercial network program. From May to December 1947, NBC aired the show on Wednesday, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.; for the rest of its run, it was broadcast on Wednesday, 9:00 to 10:00 p.m. From 1953 to 1955, another series of the same name was shown on ABC concurrently with the one on NBC. For a short time in 1958, the series abandoned its anthology format and ran with recurring characters and situations. From April to September 1958, the show was known as "Kraft Mystery Theatre." This program was a prestigious showcase for its sponsor, Kraft, winning many awards and becoming a Wednesday night institution. By the end of its run, more than 650 plays, drama and comedy productions, both original and adaptations for TV, had been presented. One of the most awarded episodes was "Patterns" written by Rod Serling and directed by Fielder Cook with performances from Ed Begley, Richard Kiley, Everett Sloane, Elizabeth Montgomery, and many others. To see any of these episodes is a virtual delight, with such performers as James Dean, Rod Steiger, Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Jack Lemmon, Grace Kelly, Lee Remick, Anthony Perkins, Helen Hayes, Cloris Leachman, John Newland, Anne Francis, Leslie Nielsen, Colleen Dewhurst, Jack Klugman, George C. Scott, Lee Grant, to name a few. A must see for everyone.moreless

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (1)

    • Announcer Charles Stark: (in introduction of program) The Kraft Television Theatre comes to you live from New York. The play is being performed at the moment you see it. Living theatre for your best television entertainment.

    Notes (289)

    • The production cost on this initial telecast was small. The J. Walter Thompson advertising agency, which produced the series, spent a total of $3000 for the studio time and talent (produced at NBC's Rockefeller Center). Of that, $1200 went for talent.

    • This episode is adapted from the 1922 play of the same title, which was in turn based on the novel by Harry Leon Wilson. It was also adapted for the movies: in 1924 starring Glenn Hunter, in 1932 as Make Me a Star with Stuart Erwin, and in 1947 with Red Skelton.

    • This story was restaged on Kraft Television Theatre 6/7/1950.

    • This episode was adapted from Claire Kummer's play Her Master's Voice which ran on Broadway 10/23-1933-5/1934, and was made into a 1936 film of the same title starring Edward Everett Horton. It was also presented on television on Broadway Television Theatre 4/17/1953 and again on Kraft Television Theatre 2/2/1949.

    • This episode was adapted from Kenyon Nicholson's play The Barker which ran on Broadway 1/18/1927-7/1927.

    • There's Always Juliet was also performed on Kraft Television Theatre 1/26/1949 and on Matinee Theatre 7/2/1956.

    • This episode was adapted from John Van Druten's play There's Always Juliet which ran on Broadway 2/15/1932-4/1932, and revived 10/27/1932-11/1932.

    • This Ibsen story was restaged on Kraft Television Theatre 4/5/1950 and by Hallmark Hall of Fame 11/15/1959.

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    • This episode is based on the Pulitzer prize-winning play that ran on Broadway for 145 performances starting on 2/10/1923.

    • The cast played this zany farce so fast that the show came up six minutes short.  The time was filled with plugging next week's episode and introducing the cast members.

    • In the opening introduction, announcer Ed Herlihy says this is the "192nd play in this Wednesday evening series."

    • In the opening voice-over, announcer Ed Herlihy says this is the "300th play in this Wednesday evening series."

    • In the opening voice-over, announcer Charles Stark states this is the "474th play in the Wednesday evening series."

    • For the episode's end credits, each member of the cast is seen dining and chatting at the delicatessen. As each is shown onscreen, announcer Charles Stark notes their other appearances on the series, film, or theatre.

    • Announcer Charles Stark states this is "the 508th play in this Wednesday evening series." In the closing, he notes how television technology has changed since their first episode on May 7, 1947, and that Kraft is the oldest program on television.

    • Announcer Charles Stark states in the opening voice-over that this is the "510th play in this Wednesday evening series."

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