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Four Star Playhouse is an American television anthology series that ran from 1952 to 1956, sponsored in its first bi-weekly season by The Singer Company; Bristol-Myers became an alternate sponsor when it became a weekly series in the fall of 1953. The original premise was that Charles Boyer, Ida Lupino, David Niven, and Dick Powell would take turns starring in episodes. However, several other performers took the lead from time to time, including Ronald Colman and Joan Fontaine.

Blake Edwards was among the writers and directors who contributed to the series. Edwards created the recurring character of illegal gambling house operator Willie Dante for Dick Powell to play on this series. The character was later revamped and spun off in his own series starring Howard Duff, then-husband of Lupino.

The pilot for Meet McGraw, starring Frank Lovejoy, aired here, as did another episode in which Lovejoy recreated his role of Chicago newspaper reporter Randy Stone, from the radio drama Nightbeat.

Series Cast

  1. David Niven as Phil Weston, Tony Stewart, George, Bingham, Richard Lilliam, Philip, Jim Kenyon, Maxwell, Robert Louis Stevenson, Frank, David, Mitch, Henry, John, Hal Winters, Andy Fields, Ted, Wyeth, William Langford, Ted Parker, Royal Thurston, Andy, Deacon, Lee, Adams, Charles, Cookie, Steve Carlyle / Roger Carlyle, Uncle Fred, Doctor Gentry, Doctor, and Larkin

    David Niven

    Phil Weston, Tony Stewart, George, Bingham and 28 more...

    32 Episodes

  2. Dick Powell as Willie Dante, Dan, Dave Robinson, Capt. Avery, US Marshal Philip Dana, Paul, Burt Stroude, Chris, Dan Matson, Andrew, Mike Donegan, Priest, Fleet Mason, Will Sonnett, Dan Hodges, Graham, Eddie, Eddie White, Fred, Grover Doane, Jeff, Philip Benton, Steve, and Dave

    Dick Powell

    Willie Dante, Dan, Dave Robinson, Capt. Avery and 20 more...

    32 Episodes

  3. Charles Boyer as Andre, George, The Man, Henri, Alan, Roger, Claude Le Beau, Renneck, Grisby, Mr. Graham, Robert, Dr. Dumont, Frank Hepp, Montaigne, Sampan Joe, Dr. Severson, Eric, Alan Abbey, Jacques, Dr. Giboux, Major Tinnente, Martin, Captain, Carl Baxter, Carl, and John

    Charles Boyer

    Andre, George, The Man, Henri and 22 more...

    27 Episodes

  4. Ida Lupino as Ellen, Anna, Nina Barton, Celia Coberly, Diana, Grace, Billie, Kit, Emily Cameron, Valerie, Ann, Sarah, Emma, Ginny, Flo Watson, Sheila, Meg, and Evelyn

    Ida Lupino

    Ellen, Anna, Nina Barton, Celia Coberly and 14 more...

    19 Episodes

  5. Herb Vigran as Monte, Monte - Bartender, Monty Leeds, 3rd Reporter, Lt. Richards, Marc, Bartender, and Sam Rawlings

    Herb Vigran

    Monte, Monte - Bartender, Monty Leeds, 3rd Reporter and 4 more...

    14 Episodes

  6. Ray Walker as Policeman, Tom Barry, Sgt. Phillips, Reporter, Steward, Police Lieutenant, Sam, and Director

    Ray Walker

    Policeman, Tom Barry, Sgt. Phillips, Reporter and 4 more...

    8 Episodes

  7. Regis Toomey as Lt. Manny Waldo, Police Lt. Manny Waldo, and Colonel

    Regis Toomey

    Lt. Manny Waldo, Police Lt. Manny Waldo, Colonel

    8 Episodes

  8. Ralph Moody as Conductor, Moreland, Uncle Lee, Realtor, Jarvis Miller, Doc, and Stranger

    Ralph Moody

    Conductor, Moreland, Uncle Lee, Realtor and 3 more...

    7 Episodes

  9. Richard Hale as Judge, Bishop, Fotheringham, Pop, Dr. Kessell, and Capt. Harmon

    Richard Hale

    Judge, Bishop, Fotheringham, Pop and 2 more...

    7 Episodes

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Last Season

Season 4

1955 • 41 Episodes

Season 4 of Four Star Playhouse premiered on October 6, 1955.

Success Story

(4x41, July 26, 1956) Season Finale

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Status Ended


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Type Scripted

Original Language English


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