The Best Of Broadway

CBS (ended 1955)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 1 : Ep 9


    Aired 5/4/55

  • S 1 : Ep 8

    Stage Door

    Aired 4/6/55

  • S 1 : Ep 7

    The Guardsman

    Aired 3/2/55

  • S 1 : Ep 6

    The Show-Off

    Aired 2/2/55

  • S 1 : Ep 5

    Arsenic and Old Lace

    Aired 1/5/55

  • Cast & Crew
  • Keenan Wynn

    Steve Crandall

  • Nita Talbot

    Judith Canfield

  • Boris Karloff

    Jonathan Brewster

  • Buster Keaton

    Dr. Bradley

  • Alice Ghostley

    Clara Hyland

  • show Description
  • The Best of Broadway was a series of "Specials" that aired once a month (Wednesday night at 10 pm/9 Central) on CBS during the 1954-55 season. The shows were adaptations of classic Broadway plays and were broadcast live and in color. CBS made much of the fact that they were in color to promote their new color studio in New York. After one season of this show, and following Ford Star Jubilee, CBS backed off from color broadcasting in a big way until the mid 1960's.moreless

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    • Adaptation of the 1927 Broadway play. Fredric March was nominated for an Emmy as Best Actor-Single Performance for this role which he originally played on stage in 1928 as well as in the 1930 film for which he was nominated for an Academy Award as Best Actor. The story was inspired by the Barrymore acting family.

    • The character of Whiteside is based on noted theatre critic Alexander Woollcott. Lorraine Sheldon on Gertrude Lawrence, Banjo on Harpo Marx and Beverly Carlton on Noel Coward.

    • Adaptation of the 1939 Broadway play. Monty Woolley reprised his role from the original cast and the 1941 film. Previously done on CBS (04/11/49) and later done on NBC for Hallmark Hall of Fame in 1972 with Orson Welles and on PBS in 2000 with Nathan Lane.

    • Abbreviated version of the 1940 Broadway hit that starred Merman. Also a 1942 film with Ann Sothern.

    • Adaptation of the 1939 Broadway play which starred Katharine Hepburn who repeated her role in the 1940 film. Later musicalized for film as High Society in 1956. Also done on Robert Montgomery Presents (12/04/50) and NBC did a version of the story with Gig Young, Diana Lynn and Christopher Plummer (12/07/59).

    • Boris Karloff and John Alexander reprised their roles from the original 1941 Broadway production. Alexander, Lorre and Horton reprised their roles from the 1944 Frank Capra film. Hayes played her part again in a 1969 ABC-TV production opposite Lillian Gish. Karloff reprised his role in two other TV versions, Ford Theatre on CBS (04/11/49) and NBC's Hallmark Hall of Fame (02/05/62).

    • Adaptation of the 1924 Broadway play. Filmed in 1926, 1930 (as Men Are Like That), 1934 (w/Spencer Tracy) and 1946 (w/Red Skelton).

    • Adaptation of the 1911 Molnar play which was most successful in a 1924 translation by Philip Moeller that starred Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontaine who reprised their roles in the 1931 Sidney Franklin film. The play has recently (1996/97) been reworked as Enter The Guardsman.

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