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Behind Closed Doors is an American drama series set during the Cold War hosted by and occasionally starring Bruce Gordon in the role of Commander Matson. The series, which aired on NBC from October 2, 1958, to April 9, 1959, focuses, among other themes, on how the former Soviet Union stole American missile secrets and proposes steps to prevent further espionage. Behind Closed Doors is based on the files and experiences of Rear Admiral Ellis M. Zacharias, who offers comments at the end of each segment.

Behind Closed Doors, a Screen Gems production, replaced Jackie Cooper's sitcom The People's Choice, followed the NBC quiz show, Twenty-One, and preceded the The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show. Its competition was The Pat Boone Chevy Show on ABC and Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater western anthology series on CBS.

Series Cast

  1. Bruce Gordon as Commander Matson

    Bruce Gordon

    Commander Matson

    26 Episodes

  2. Ellis M. Zacharias as Self (as Rear Admiral Ellis M. Zacharias)

    Ellis M. Zacharias

    Self (as Rear Admiral Ellis M. Zacharias)

    5 Episodes

  3. Jacques Aubuchon as Charlie Meyers and Shulnik

    Jacques Aubuchon

    Charlie Meyers, Shulnik

    2 Episodes

  4. Virginia Christine as Julie Hollister

    Virginia Christine

    Julie Hollister

    1 Episode

  5. Francis Lederer as Brauer

    Francis Lederer


    1 Episode

  6. Lester Matthews as Colonel Brookston

    Lester Matthews

    Colonel Brookston

    1 Episode

  7. Kenneth Tobey as Colonel Pete Kellogg

    Kenneth Tobey

    Colonel Pete Kellogg

    1 Episode

  8. Denver Pyle as Roger Woodson

    Denver Pyle

    Roger Woodson

    1 Episode

  9. John Doucette as Capt. John Benson

    John Doucette

    Capt. John Benson

    1 Episode

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Last Season

Season 1

1958 • 26 Episodes

Season 1 of Behind Closed Doors premiered on October 2, 1958.

Assignment Prague

(1x26, April 9, 1959) Season Finale

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Behind Closed Doors


Status Ended


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Type Scripted

Original Language English


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