The Play of the Week

(ended 1961)
5.9
10
9.5
9.0
8.5
8.0
7.5
7.0
6.5
6.0
5.5
5.0
4.5
4.0
3.5
3.0
2.5
2.0
1.5
1.0
N/A
Rate Show
7 votes
Follow
  • Episode Guide
  • S 2 : Ep 31

    All Summer Long

    Aired 5/1/61

  • S 2 : Ep 30

    Close Quarters

    Aired 4/24/61

  • S 2 : Ep 29

    The Wingless Victory

    Aired 4/17/61

  • S 2 : Ep 28

    In A Garden

    Aired 4/10/61

  • S 2 : Ep 27

    Waiting for Godot

    Aired 4/3/61

  • Cast & Crew
  • Margaretta Warwick

    Fletty the Maid

  • Henry Lascoe

    Dodi's Friend

  • William Shatner

    Lewis Rohnen

  • Roddy McDowall

  • William Windom

    Bob

  • show Description
  • Welcome to The Play Of The Week guide at TV.com.This Award winning series aired on independent networks with a wide variety of plays adapted for television. Classic writers included Ibsen, Shakespeare, Euclides, Tennessee Williams, Eugene O'Neill, Lorca, and the star power was just as superb and varied as the plays they appeared in.

  • Top Contributor
  • AprilFox

    User Score: 680

    EDITOR

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (2)

    • (And when he has taken his pleasure, he turns to the weeping woman he's attacked and says). Tasmoro: You can boast of it when you're an old hag and say you were once raped by the famous Tasmoro.

    • Tasmoro: I kill to live to eat and to have pleasure (he boasts).

    Notes (25)

    • An adaptation of the Euripides play about the young princess Medea, who helped Jason steal the Golden Fleece was then rejected by her love.

    • David Susskind, involved in producing this version of Graham Greene's famous novel (via a stage version by Pierre Bost and Denis Cannan), pronounced himself dissatisfied with the results, and determined immediately to do another version on a grander scale, in the hopes of improvement. In 1961, a much larger and longer version - this time taken directly from Greene's novel and adapted by Dale Wassermann - was screened, with Laurence Olivier, George C. Scott and Julie Harris in leading roles. However, reviews were decidedly mixed, and Graham Greene himself was highly critical.

    • TV adaptation of the musical which opened off Broadway, later moved to Broadway proper and then again to off Broadway, all in 1957.

    • Based on the novel by Langston Hughes "Simple Takes A Wife".

    • This first rate episode cost $38,000 to produce. An excellent chilling production but without sponsorship support would not last long for the series.

    • Rebroadcast 29Jul60.

    • Based on Jean Giraudoux's The Trojan War shall not take place.

    • Adapted from the George Bernard Shaw 1905 play Man and Superman, Act III.

    Show More Notes

    Trivia (1)

    • Arthur Laurents is the writer of "West Side Story".

  • Fan Reviews
  • Be the first to write a review!