The title of the film comes from Matthew Arnold's poem of 1851 "Dover Beach" specifically from the line: It is a place "where ignorant armies clash by night".
Clifford Odets' work "Clash By Night" was originally performed as a neo-realist Broadway play in 1941, with Tallulah Bankhead as the character of Mae Wilenski.
"Clash By Night" was also made into a 1952 film noir starring Barbara Stanwyck, Robert Ryan, Marilyn Monroe and Paul Douglas.
Nancy Kelly, who lives in New York agreed to star on a Playhouse 90 show following her "Oscar" nomination of The Bad Seed and flew to Hollywood. This meant that Carol and Nancy could get together for a long talk.
Admitting that no medium has been able to capture the class cravings, lost illusion and elusive ideals of Fitzgerald. TIME magazine review states that John Frankenheimer "came close to capturing Fitzgerald's mood without sticking to his theme".
Helen Morgan was the toast of Broadway and the torchbearer of American's giddiest and gaudest era, the Roaring Twenties. Yet, though she rose from humble Beginnings to take over Broadway and the world of popular music, she outlived her own' popularity and died in poverty. Polly Bergen stars in story of the life of the singer whose tearful, throaty voice stood out in such contrast against the carefree capers of her time.
REVIEW: Playhouse 90's Four Women in Black put Helen Hayes through some listless paces as a saintly pioneer in Arizona, but she was largely overborne by Apaches, mesas of filmed cacti and a soporific script.
Frank McHugh also starred in the 1936 film version "Three Men On A Horse".
Bette Davis was set to star in this episode, but shortly before rehearsals were set to begin, she told Martin Manulis that she was too exhausted to make the 15 costume changes required. Manulis stated, "I got the impression Bette really didn't want to do it for whatever reason, I'd love to work with her. Who wouldn't? When she's ready, I'll find something for her. Some have speculated that Bette was scared to perform live as David Niven was.
"Charley's Aunt" was also made into a 1952 musical version called "Where's Charley?" starring Ray Bolger.
Also made into a 1941 "Charley's Aunt" film starring Jack Benny, Kay Francis, Anne Baxter and Edmund Gwenn.
This was the first Playhouse 90 episode to win an unprecedented six EMMY awards.
The real Perle Mesta makes an appearance in the closing segment.
In recognition of her social achievements, Perle Mesta is appointed Minister to Luxembourg by President Harry Truman.
Perle Mesta, had earlier served as the inspiration for the 1950 Irving Berlin Broadway musical "Call Me Madam".
Philco Television Playhouse adapted "The Last Tycoon" for live dramatization on October 16, 1949.
Edmund Wilson took over the reworking and it was published on October 1941 as "The Last Tycoon: An Unfinished Novel", in a volume with The Great Gatsby and five of Fitzgerald's most important short stories.
When F. Scott Fitzgerald (b. 1896) died of a heart attack at age forty-four, on December 21, 1940, in Hollywood, he left behind a novel-in-progress about the motion picture industry. There were a few titles such as "Stahr: The Romance" and "The Love of the Last Tycoon".
As a professional gunfighter who takes over the town that has hired him to do a job of murder, Gilbert Roland did what little anyone could to make "Invitation to a Gunfight" credible and made it fun to watch. Roland, plays a heavy with a broad-shouldered, slim-hipped swaggerer that oozes assurance with weapons and women, a model of nonchalant menace and graceful arrogance. When he was finally shot down, Roland fell with flair, demonstrated with a striking crooked sprawl that even playing a dead man he looks better than a lot of TV actors do alive.
Anne Bancroft, with the help of Richard Basehart who provided her with a copy of Gibson's play entitled, "Two for the Seesaw", studied the role and entered the audition with a veteran's grasp of the character. She immediately won over both the playwright and the producer. She then met with the director, Arthur Penn, who was so impressed he immediately cast her in another "Playhouse 90" he was about to direct, entitled "Invitation to a Gunfighter."