The Philco Television Playhouse - Season 1

NBC (ended 1955)




Episode Guide

  • Three Cornered Moon
    Three Cornered Moon
    Episode 45
    Nellie Rimpleger tries to hold together her eccentric family (including her children, saucy daughter Elizabeth, law student Kenneth, and Eddie, a would-be actor) after they lose their fortune in the stock-market crash. While Elizabeth works in a shoe factory and tries to help her brothers find jobs, she falls in love with a melancholy writer, but marries a wealthy doctor.moreless
  • Pretty Little Parlor
    A little soire is interrupted by a murder and the guests are all suspect in the pretty little parlor.
  • A Murder Has Been Arranged
    A ghost story set in a theatre, legend claims a dumb woman will appear on stage and reveal the identity of a murderer.
  • Enter Madame
    Enter Madame
    Episode 42
    A grand opera prima donna who practically deserts her husband to follow her career, even though she loves her better half. While the pampered pet of a suite of servants and receiving the homage of operatic mad foreigners, she believes he is sitting at home in Boston immersed in his work. Instead he has fallen for a designing widow and has about decided to divorce his songbird wife.moreless
  • The Fourth Wall
    The Fourth Wall
    Episode 41
    The life of a middle-aged couple has become to complacent and empty.
  • You Touched Me!
    You Touched Me!
    Episode 40
    A retired sea captain now a drunk makes an alliance with a young man to marry his daughter so she doesn't have to care for him.
  • The Five Lives of Richard Gordon

    As purchaser of a magical antique watch, Richard is changed into a gambler, a Wall Street broker, a theatrical producer, a poet, a great physician, and then back into himself.

  • For Love or Money
    For Love or Money
    Episode 38
    A young woman shows up during a thunderstorm at the country home of an over forty famous actor.
  • Dark of the Moon
    Dark of the Moon
    Episode 37
    In the Smoky Appalachian mountains a witch boy named John falls in love with a beautiful girl named Barbara Allen. John has a conjur woman turn him into a human. The only condition of the spell is that Barbara must remain faithful to John for one full year after they are married. If Barbara is not faithful, then John will turn back into a witch boy.moreless
  • Jenny Kissed Me
    Jenny Kissed Me
    Episode 36
    A charming young girl comes to live in a household of an elderly priest. Jenny, 18, is the precise opposite of the kind of smart sophisticated young miss that puzzles and exasperates Father Moynihan. The plot is concerned with the priest's clumsy endeavors to make Jenny attractive to the boys.
  • Summer Formal
    Summer Formal
    Episode 35
    A woman becomes enamored with a married man at a summer formal.
  • It Pays to Advertise

    A deadbeat tries to prove to his father, the wealthy head of a soap business, that's he's mature enough to get married.

  • This Time, Next Year
    The ghost of Ulysses S. Grant materializes every year at the same time, at his tomb, Grant's Tomb.
  • Romeo and Juliet
    Romeo and Juliet
    Episode 32
    Star crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet are doomed from the start by the hatred of their families.
  • Macbeth
    Episode 31
    Scottish nobleman who prompted by his own prophecy and ambitions, kills a king to wear his crown.
  • Burlesque
    Episode 30
    The story of Skid, a song and dance man on Broadway.
  • Mr. Mergenthwicker's Lobblies
    Only Mr. Mergenthwirker, a person pure of heart, can see the lobblies, which are invisible fairy-like creatures.
  • What Makes Sammy Run?
    The story of Sammy Glick, the man with a positive genius for being a heel, who runs through New York's East Side, through newspaper ranks and finally through Hollywood, leaving in his wake the wrecked careers of his associates; for this is his tragedy and his chief characteristic-his congenital incapacity for friendship.moreless
  • And Never Been Kissed
    A sixteen year old girl tries everything to attract the opposite sex.
  • Becky Sharpe
    Becky Sharpe
    Episode 26
    A scheming illegitimate girl trying to claw her way up in English society. However, fate never seems to give her an even break.
  • Dinner at Antoine's
    Dinner at Antoine's
    Episode 25
    The murder of a woman at a dinner party unveils a multitude of twists and turns as the murderer is uncovered.
  • Quality Street
    Quality Street
    Episode 24
    Phoebe Throssel is nearly 30 and still unwed, this is regarded as an over-the-hill spinster. She and her sister decide to open up a school for genteel children. Things become complicated when Phoebe is offered the opportunity for a reunion with Captain Brown, whom she hasn't seen in years. Phoebe desperately wants to rekindle his affections.moreless
  • The Druid Circle
    The Druid Circle
    Episode 23
    An embittered professor comes near to wrecking the lives of a young man and young woman whose love for each other has been accidentally revealed to him through a letter written by the boy to the girl. The professor uses this to humiliate the young people, unconsciously venting upon them his own perverse cruelty for the disappointment suffered in his own life.moreless
  • St. Helena
    St. Helena
    Episode 22
    The final days of Napoleon Bonaparte exiled emperor to the rocky island of St. Helena. There with a handful of faithful generals, the exiled emperor arrives with a grim swagger, never doubting that he will soon be leaving as he left Elba.
  • Twelfth Night
    Twelfth Night
    Episode 21
    Viola, a young woman who disguises herself as a man to work as a page in the court of Count Orsino. Orsino is hopelessly in love with a woman named Olivia, and soon Viola finds herself hopelessly in love with Orsino. But Orsino thinks she's a man, and her predicament worsens when she realizes that Olivia has fallen in love with her.moreless
  • The Story of Mary Surratt
    After the death of her husband Mary opened a boardinghouse to pay the debts owed by her husband. .. There she began a respectable boardinghouse business and met the man who would ultimately lead to her inglorious place in history - John Wilkes Booth.
  • The Late Christopher Bean
    Dr. Haggett and his family, who have some of Bean's canvases, suddenly realize their value, and become hard, selfish, and ill-tempered. It is Abby, the family servant, who ultimately holds them all in her power; she has one of the greatest paintings, which she cannot be persuaded into selling or giving away. She is the only one who really understood the artist -- besides, she had been married to him!moreless
  • Dark Hammock
    Dark Hammock
    Episode 18
    In a remote part of Florida Coral Platt, a sinister woman has married a man considerably older than she. For reasons sufficient to her, she wants him out of the way and plans an ingenious though slow murder by poison. She has succeeded in making it seem that Marvin is dying through natural causes. However, she is forced unexpectedly to play hostess to two women who have come to Florida. The women stay longer than they planned because they have begun to suspect what Coral is up to. In a series of exciting scenes they discover just what is going on and prevent Marvin's death.moreless
  • Pride and Prejudice
    Pride and Prejudice
    Episode 17
    The trials of a woman trying to find husbands for her five daughters in 18th-century England.
  • Papa Is All
    Papa Is All
    Episode 16
    Papa is an ugly tempered, overly strict, scrupulously religious Pennsylvanian Dutch, his wife and children rebel.
  • Cyrano de Bergerac
    Cyrano de Bergerac
    Episode 15
    The poetry-spouting soldier with the oversized nose, Cyrano uses the handsome but inarticulate Christian as a conduit for his feelings, the ugly but eloquent Cyrano pours his heart out to the lovely Roxanne. And she, wooed by the beauty of the words, falls in love with Christian, not realizing that it is Cyrano whose voice has aroused her passion.moreless
  • Ramshackle Inn
    Ramshackle Inn
    Episode 14
    An old maid librarian has saved her money for twenty years, in order to buy a hotel where she can meet interesting people. She purchases a strange rundown place near the ocean and winds up with a place filled with villans and murder.
  • The Old Lady Shows Her Medals
    The basement flat of Mrs Dowey, a Scottish charwoman who lives and works in London, during World War I, and Mrs Dowey and her guests - three other charwomen whom she has invited for tea - are discussing the tactics of trench warfare with the confidence of people who have never been near the Front.moreless
  • A Christmas Carol
    A Christmas Carol
    Episode 12
    Ebenezer Scrooge, a miserly uncaring man finds out the true meaning of Christmas from past, present and future ghosts.
  • Parlor Story
    Parlor Story
    Episode 11
    An ambitious professor wants to become President of his University. He soon is so caught up in the political opportunism of the State Governor, the wiles of an unscrupulous newspaper publisher and the parlor tricks of his own meddling wife.
  • Suspect
    Episode 10
    A Scotswoman some 20 years ago was accused of an ax murder and let off with the ignominious Scottish verdict of Not Proven. She changes her name and lives down her past, but when her son becomes engaged, his fiancee's godfather spots the mother and reconizes her. In his efforts to trap her, and hers not to be trapped trouble arises.moreless
  • I Like It Here
    I Like It Here
    Episode 9
    Willie is a refugee, he works as a houseman at a professor's home. He's a sweet and lovable character even when he's interfering in other people's lives. The Professor's daughter is in love with Brad a young lawyer and of course Willie sees fit to give Brad all kinds of advice.moreless
  • An Inspector Calls
    An Inspector Calls
    Episode 8
    When Inspector Goole calls unexpectedly on the prosperous Birling family, his startling revelations not only shatter the very foundations of their lives, but challenge us all to examine our consciences.
  • Camille
    Episode 7
    Camille, a beautiful courtesan and Armand Duval, a young man in the foreign service, are in love. Their relationship jeopardizes his career and prevents the marriage of his sister into a "respectable" family, if Duval marries Camille. Camille becomes ill and dies.
  • This Thing Called Love
    A professional couple marry and the wife insists on celibacy for three months to see if they really are compatible or not. The husband tries to lure her with all kinds of excuses and tricks to the marital bed.
  • Street Scene
    Street Scene
    Episode 5
    Abraham Kaplan lives with his family in a row house populated by a kaleidoscope of characters looking to break out of poverty. Kaplan's revolutionary, socialist views grate against some of his neighbors.
  • Angel in the Wings
    Angel in the Wings
    Episode 4
    A understudy for a stage show's star takes over when an accident circumvents the stars performance. The understudy takes over and brings down the house.
  • Counsellor-at-Law
    Episode 3
    An upscale Manhattan attorney torn between his greedy practices of insider trading and embezzlement and his desire to help the working-class Jews from his old neighborhood.
  • Rebecca
    Episode 2
    Brooding and moody Maxim deWinter returns from an extended trip to the continent with a young bride, less than a year after the tragic death of hi first wife, Rebecca. The staff of Manderley, his country home, including Mrs Danvers the housekeeper who rules over the house, are still devoted to their former mistress, the socialite Rebecca and they find it difficult to accept the new, shy Mrs deWinter who is inexperienced running a large home.moreless
  • Dinner at Eight
    Dinner at Eight
    Episode 1
    Social-climbing Mrs. Oliver Jordan, whose husband's firm is in financial trouble, feels obligated to reciprocate hospitality for a visiting British aristocratic couple by arranging a small dinner party. The guests are chosen both to impress--a faded stage star, a well-known if over-the-hill alcoholic actor--and to meet certain social obligations. This means the necessary inclusion of a philandering doctor and his wife, and a gauche, nouveau-riche couple who are loathed but powerful.moreless