Starring Boris Karloff

ABC (ended 1949)




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Starring Boris Karloff

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Horror film legend Boris Karloff took an early stab at television when he starred in this live anthology series for ABC. The episodes played off of Karloff's strengths with stories of horror and suspense. It ran concurrently with a radio series of the same title on the ABC radio network. (In fact, the same story was presented each week on both the radio and TV editions.) Karloff had relocated to New York after signing a one-year contract with ABC. Two to three hours were spent on Saturdays recording the radio program at Radio City for broadcast that Wednesday. Afterward, he walked through Central Park to ABC's Television Center on West Sixty-sixth Street for the first rehearsal of the TV show. The cast would return on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday afternoons for further rehearsing. Thursdays were filled with camera and dress rehearsals leading up to that night's live telecast. In aNew York Times story on 10/30/1949, Karloff credited the director Alex Segal for pulling the show together smoothly. "Alex is both a director and an engineer, a combination that means a lot in television," he said. This short-lived series was renamed Mystery Playhouse Starring Boris Karloff late in October. Editor's Note: This series is so obscure that even Karloff's daughter, Sara, when contacted via Email in 2008, was unaware of it.moreless