Producers' Showcase - Season 3

NBC (ended 1957)


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Episode Guide

  • Festival of Magic
    Festival of Magic
    Episode 12
    Ernie Kovacs (who doubles as amateur magician whose acts fail miserably), features world famous magicians from seven countries performing their best-known acts: Milbourne Christopher (American who catches bullet in his teeth), Richard Cardini (British, performing sleight-of-hand), Robert Harbin (South African escape artist who gets out of strait jacket while suspended upside down in mid-air), June Merlin (Irish animal specialist who works with white mice and rabbits), Sorcar (India, buzz-sawing woman in half), Rene Septembre (France animal specialist), Mr. and Mrs. Li King Si (Chinese sword jugglers).moreless
  • Mr. Broadway
    Mr. Broadway
    Episode 11
    Musical version of rags-to-Vaudeville-riches life of George M. Cohan, musical numbers and choreography staged by Peter Gennaro; songs include "Give My Regards to Broadway," "Harrigan," "Over There," "Yankee Doodle Dandy," and "You're a Grand Old Flag.
  • Cinderella
    Episode 10
    Classic fairy tale of Cinderella and her evil step sisters unfold as she longs for her prince.
  • The Great Sebastians
    Set in Prague in 1948, comedy-melodrama of vaudeville mind-reading team commanded by Communist general to entertain at a private party to use their talents to ferret out traitors; they are asked to falsely swear that the patriot Masaryk was depressed, thus excusing his apparent murder; they refuse, and escape by using their stage tricks.moreless
  • Romeo and Juliet
    Romeo and Juliet
    Episode 8
    Two families of Verona, Italy, the Montagues and the Capulets, are involved in a deadly feud. When the son of the Montagues, Romeo, falls rapturously in love with the Capulet's daughter Juliet, the two overcome a dozen obstacles to meet and in secret to marry. But a street brawl brings about Romeo's exile; Juliet is to be forced into another marriage. Their romance ends in death for both.moreless
  • Mayerling
    Episode 7
    Based on the true story set in the Austro-Hungarian capital in which married Crown Prince Rudolph of Habsburg meets and falls in love with the beautiful Countess Maria Vetsera, only to join her in a murder/suicide pact after his father Emperor Franz Josef ordered him to break off the romance.
  • Ruggles of Red Gap
    Ruggles of Red Gap
    Episode 6
    The musical version of classic tale of English butler who is "lost" in a poker game by his noble English employer to a nouveau riche couple from out West, who charms the community and resigns from service to open a restaurant.
  • Wide Wide World II
    Wide Wide World II
    Episode 5
  • Festival of Music II
    The stage concert starring Victoria De Los Angeles, Barry Morrell, Elizabeth Doubleday, Virginio Assandri, Arthur Newman (in opening scene of Verdi's "La Traviata"), Marian Anderson ("Heav'n, Heav'n," "My Lord, What a Mornin'," "Roll, Jord'n Roll"), pianist Artur Rubenstein (Rachmaninoff's "Rhapsodie on a Theme by Paganini,") Alfred Wallenstein conducting the Symphony of the Air Orchestra, guitarist Andres Segovia (Gavotte by J.S. Bach, Allegretto by M. Torroba), Boris Christoff, Nicola Moscona, Michael Pollock, Kirk Jordan (Last Act Death Scene from Mussorgsky's "Boris Gudonov"); large supporting cast.moreless
  • Jack and the Beanstalk
    Jack must sell the family cow for food for the family when he returns with some magic beans instead. Musical Highlights: "Ballad of Jack and the Beanstalk" sung by the Chorus. "This is the One" sung by Ritchard & Grey. "He Never Looks My Way" sung by King. "Where Are the White Birds Flying" sung by Holm. "People Should Listen to Me" sung by Gilbert. "Sweet World" sung by Grey. "The March of the Ill-Assorted Guards" sung by the Chorus. "Twelve Feet Tall" sung by Ritchard, Holm, Grey. "Looka Me" sung by Grey. "I'll Go Along With You" sung by King.moreless
  • The Letter
    The Letter
    Episode 2
    The scene is a rubber plantation outside of Singapore. As the story opens, Mrs. Leslie Crosbie is shooting one Geoffrey Hammond. Leslie insists she acted in self-defense. An attorney friend of the family agrees to take her case, only to have her story wrecked by the appearance of a letter Leslie had written to Hammond.moreless
  • The Lord Don't Play Favorites
    The story of small-time traveling circus stranded in a drought-stricken small Kansas town, subjected to huge fine by city fathers as a way of raising money to pay for a professional rain-maker, when the circus needed money to enter its trick horse in the county races, with circus duping yokels into paying the race fee to the circus ringmaster posing as the rainmaker.moreless