The Armstrong Circle Theatre

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NBC (ended 1963)

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The Armstrong Circle Theatre

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Armstrong Circle Theatre was one of the major dramatic anthology series of television's "Golden Age" and one of its longest running. Sponsored by Armstrong, the flooring company, the production was handled by its ad agency Batten, Barton, Dustrine and Osborn, Inc. (Later, David Susskind's Talent Associates, Inc. would handle the production.) When the series began, its budget was a small $8,000 but had doubled by the end of a year. Even so, this was inexpensive compared to many other anthologies on the air. Armstrong Circle featured original dramas that sometimes dealt with sensitive subjects as mental illness and racial intolerance. Initially thirty-minute long, its running time was expanded to an hour beginning 9/27/1955 and it began airing on alternate weeks. At the same time, the dramas began to focus less on fiction and more on real life events and people, a which later would be termed a "docudrama". The most common topics were those related to the "Cold War" between the US and Russia. Many series moved to Los Angeles once the coaxial cable was up and running to the West Coast, but Armstrong Circle remained based in New York City for it duration. With the start of the 1957-58 season, the series changed networks from NBC to CBS. From June 1950-June 1955, the program aired Tuesday nights from 9:30-10:00PM on NBC. From September 1955-June 1957, the series expanded to an hour and aired Tuesday nights from 9:30-10:30PM on NBC. When the series moved to CBS from October 1957-August 1963, Armstrong Circle alternated weeks with The U.S. Steel Hour.moreless
John Cameron Swayze

John Cameron Swayze

Host/Narrator (1955-1957)

Bob Sherry

Bob Sherry

Host/Narrator (1953-1954)

Douglas Edwards

Douglas Edwards

Host/Narrator (1957-1961)

Henry Hamilton

Henry Hamilton

Host/Narrator (1962-1963)

Joe Ripley

Joe Ripley

Host/Narrator (1952-1953)

Nelson Case

Nelson Case

Host/Narrator (1950-1951)

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