Starring Boris Karloff

ABC (ended 1949)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 1 : Ep 13

    The Night Reveals

    Aired 12/15/49

  • S 1 : Ep 12

    The Shop at Sly Corner

    Aired 12/8/49

  • S 1 : Ep 11

    Three O'Clock

    Aired 11/1/49

  • S 1 : Ep 10

    Cranky Bill

    Aired 11/24/49

  • S 1 : Ep 9

    False Face

    Aired 11/17/49

  • Cast & Crew
  • Boris Karloff

    Host

  • Oliver Thorndike

  • Mary Malone

  • Jean Muir

  • Mildred Natwick

  • show Description
  • Horror film legend Boris Karloff took an early stab at television when he starred in this live anthology series for ABC. The episodes played off of Karloff's strengths with stories of horror and suspense. It ran concurrently with a radio series of the same title on the ABC radio network. (In fact, the same story was presented each week on both the radio and TV editions.) Karloff had relocated to New York after signing a one-year contract with ABC. Two to three hours were spent on Saturdays recording the radio program at Radio City for broadcast that Wednesday. Afterward, he walked through Central Park to ABC's Television Center on West Sixty-sixth Street for the first rehearsal of the TV show. The cast would return on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday afternoons for further rehearsing. Thursdays were filled with camera and dress rehearsals leading up to that night's live telecast. In a New York Times story on 10/30/1949, Karloff credited the director Alex Segal for pulling the show together smoothly. "Alex is both a director and an engineer, a combination that means a lot in television," he said. This short-lived series was renamed Mystery Playhouse Starring Boris Karloff late in October. Editor's Note: This series is so obscure that even Karloff's daughter, Sara, when contacted via Email in 2008, was unaware of it.moreless

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  • Notes (1)

    • This episode is based on Edward Percy's 1945 London stage play and was made into a film in Britain in 1947 (titled The Shop at Sly Corner or alternately Code of Scotland Yard).

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