During "The Great Gatsby," Philip Reed missed an entrance because he'd gotten so involved in watching the show.
In 1958, Rod ran into a storm of censorship about his play, "A Town Has Turned to Dust," which ran on Playhouse 90. The topic was racial prejudice, and Rod commented in a letter: "Town got wonderful notices in New York and rather mixed around the country, but one thing it did create was talk! It was rough in spots, some of the problems had to be flanked rather than hit at head on, and some of the issues had to be cloaked, but I think it made its point." The censoring led Rod to comment to a newspaper reporter, however, "By the time the censors had gotten to it, my script had turned to dust. We're developing a new citizenry, one that will be very selective about cereals and automobiles, but won't be able to think."
Rod Serling was paid $7,500. for the script.
Director John Frankenheimer, a gangly TV veteran of 27, was disappointed from the start with George Bellak's TV adaptation of his original play. So Frankenheimer called in TV Author Rod Serling to doctor the script.
Martin Manulis took the cigar from Harry Guardino and replaced it with a cigarette to appease the sponsor Marlboro in the scene just before airing.
After being threatened with loss of sponsorship on the controversy surrounding the episode Rod Serling was called in to "doctor" the script strengthening Ben Gazzara's role.
Based on a real case at Dartmouth where in 1949 eight students assaulted a GI. One of the students was charged with manslaughter but got off with a suspended sentence and a $500. fine.
Based on the list of crimes allegedly committed by Dr. William Palmer in 1856.
On the first anniversary of the release of his film Around the World in 80 Days, producer Mike Todd and his wife Elizabeth Taylor invited 18,000 of their "close friends" to a Madison Square Garden extravaganza. Boasting a long list of celebrities, an enormous cake and music from Boston Pops conductor Arthur Fiedler, Todd conned the CBS program Playhouse 90 into covering the spectacle live. But when the crowd got out of control, a bland publicity stunt turned into a giant food fight. Cronkite recalls the disastrous night.
Peggy Wood was set to star in this "Playhouse 90" episode "The Playroom" but her sponsors of her show "Mama" didn't think it would be good to have her on a competitive sponsor's show so Mildred Dunnock replaced her.
Listed after credits as talent are Tony Randall, Nina Foch, Patricia Neal, Marilyn Erskine, Charles Drake, Mildred Dunnock, Julia Meade, Robert Ruark and Doak Walker, who appear in next week's Playhouse 90 program "The Playroom".
Based on the life of one of the greatest bullfighters Manolete (1917-1947).