65. PLAYHOUSE 90
Season One writers: Edna Anhalt, Edmund Beloin, Harold Jack Bloom, Marc Brandel, George Bruce, James P. Cavanagh, Whitfiled Cook, Helen Doss, Scott Fitzgerald, Devery Freeman, Frank Gilroy, Helen Howe, Speed Lamkin, Ernest Lehman, Herbert Little, Jr., Don Mankiewicz, Elick Moll, Paul Monash, Dean Reisner, Norman Retchin, Selma Robinson, William Sackheim, Rod Serling, Leonard Spigelgass, Leslie Stevens, Brandon Thomas, David Victor, Charles M. Warren, Hagar Wilde, Cornell Woolrich
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Aired: CBS, 1956-1961
“One cannot imagine the joy one had as a professional viewer of this windblown medicine show called television to be able to deal every week for four years with the depth, the quality and sometimes the disaster that was the weekly Playhouse.” So wrote former Los Angeles Times television critic Cecil Smith, 40 years after Playhouse 90. Has there ever been a TV series around which so much creative talent coalesced? John Frankenheimer, George Roy Hill, and Arthur Penn are on the list of directors. Rod Serling wrote the teleplay “Requiem for a Heavyweight” for Jack Palance to great acclaim, while J.P. Miller and Abby Mann wrote the teleplays for “Days of Wine and Roses” and “Judgment at Nuremberg,” respectively. So-called for the 90-minute duration of the work, Playhouse 90 burned brightly, ambitiously against the grain: a live, though eventually videotaped, weekly mounting of a theatrical production.
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