With Four Star Productions (Sorted by Year Ascending)



1. Cavalcade of America (1952–1957)

Not Rated | 60 min | Drama

8.8
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Cavalcade of America documented historical events using stories of individual courage, initiative and achievement, often with feel-good dramatizations of the human spirit's triumph against all odds.

Stars: James Seay, Richard Gaines, Raymond Greenleaf, Robert Foulk

Votes: 46

2. Four Star Playhouse (1952–1956)

30 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.6
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This show featured four rotating stars, Charles Boyer, David Niven, Ida Lupino, and Dick Powell in individual episodes consisting of everything from comedy to drama.

Stars: David Niven, Dick Powell, Charles Boyer, Ida Lupino

Votes: 138

3. Four Star Playhouse (1952–1956)
Episode: Backstage (1952)

30 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

8.3
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A well known actor encounters a woman attempting suicide by jumping off a bridge. He persuades her to let him put her up at a hotel for the night, but he accidentally provided fake stage money for her room.

Director: Robert Florey | Stars: Charles Boyer, Marcia Henderson, Hillary Brooke, Hugh French

Votes: 18

4. Four Star Playhouse (1952–1956)
Episode: Dante's Inferno (1952)

30 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.9
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Willie Dante owns a bar and gambling house called Dante's Inferno. One night, the wife of an acquaintance tells Willie that her husband has threatened her. Willie comforts her and sends her home, but she turns up dead the next day.

Director: Robert Florey | Stars: Dick Powell, Virginia Grey, Regis Toomey, Marvin Miller

Votes: 11

5. Four Star Playhouse (1952–1956)
Episode: My Wife Geraldine (1952)

Not Rated | 30 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

8.2
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A man learns that he is suspected of murdering his wife, whom he now claims never existed.

Director: Robert Florey | Stars: Charles Boyer, Porter Hall, Una Merkel, Noreen Nash

Votes: 24

6. Four Star Playhouse (1952–1956)
Episode: The Island (1952)

30 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

6.5
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A doctor caring for natives on a tropical island is dismissed by the bully owner of the island who discovered a discrepancy in his medical past. Suddenly, the owner is struck with acute ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Florey | Stars: David Niven, George Macready, Dianne Foster, Walter Sande

Votes: 11

7. Four Star Playhouse (1952–1956)
Episode: The Lost Silk Hat (1952)

30 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

6.3
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A refined man stands outside of a home trying to convince strangers who pass by to retrieve his silk hat from inside the house.

Director: Robert Florey | Stars: Ronald Colman, Richard Whorf, Jay Novello, Tudor Owen

Votes: 20

8. Four Star Playhouse (1952–1956)
Episode: The Officer and the Lady (1952)

30 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

8.1
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A reformed pickpocket in Paris obtains the purse of an attractive woman. He reads a letter telling about her dying son, and he decides to grant the boy's wish to meet his father.

Director: George Jenkins | Stars: Charles Boyer, Andrea King, Allen Jenkins, Lonnie Thomas

Votes: 11

9. Four Star Playhouse (1952–1956)
Episode: Welcome Home (1952)

30 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

8.2
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A notorious criminal returns to his home town after 15 years away, and a young man wants to join him in notoriety and, probably, death at the hands of police.

Director: Robert Florey | Stars: Dick Powell, David Holt, Howard McNear, Claire Carleton

Votes: 11

10. Four Star Playhouse (1952–1956)
Episode: A Man of the World (1953)

Not Rated | 30 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.7
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Predictable Andy Bush is taking a train to his annual three week vacation without his wife. A young woman in trouble approaches him and asks him to help her by pretending to be her husband.

Director: Roy Kellino | Stars: David Niven, Catherine McLeod, Dick Simmons, Ralph Moody

Votes: 7

11. Four Star Playhouse (1952–1956)
Episode: A Matter of Advice (1953)

30 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.1
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Weary Dr. Gentry gets no rest from his irritating patients. The pediatrician deals with ill-mannered kids and parents who can't make a move without checking with him first. An evening out ... See full summary »

Director: Roy Kellino | Stars: David Niven, Fay Baker, Sally Fraser, Sheila James Kuehl

Votes: 10

12. Four Star Playhouse (1952–1956)
Episode: A Place of His Own (1953)

30 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.8
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A brain-damaged PT boat commander is exploited by his prominent family, but loved by his community. The World War II hero longs for his own small house, but his miserly sister-in-law ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Florey | Stars: Charles Boyer, Jeanette Nolan, Stacy Harris, Nestor Paiva

Votes: 16

13. Four Star Playhouse (1952–1956)
Episode: Finale (1953)

30 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

8.2
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Steve Carlyle is an actor who can't find work because his famous nearly identical cousin Roger takes measures to keep him from getting any parts that would gain Steve any public exposure, because Roger knows that Steve is a better actor.

Director: Roy Kellino | Stars: David Niven, John Litel, Harvey Stephens, John Eldredge

Votes: 11

14. Four Star Playhouse (1952–1956)
Episode: For Art's Sake (1953)

30 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

6.9
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Ted Parker enlists his friend Addy, a famous art expert, into an elaborate ruse to portray his budding love interest as a break-out artist, despite her lack of talent.

Director: Leslie Goodwins | Stars: David Niven, Barbara Billingsley, Nancy Gates, William Forrest

Votes: 9

15. Four Star Playhouse (1952–1956)
Episode: House for Sale (1953)

30 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

8.1
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A woman visits an isolated house expecting to meet with the realtor. Instead, she encounters a murderer who's escaped from a mental hospital. When a couple drops in to tour the home, she ... See full summary »

Director: Jules Bricken | Stars: Ida Lupino, George Macready, Thomas Browne Henry, Helen Brown

Votes: 29

16. Four Star Playhouse (1952–1956)
Episode: Knockout (1953)

30 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

8.4
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A young man follows a quick trajectory from beginning boxer to the middleweight championship match. The night before the championship fight, he learns that the match is fixed, with him as the chosen winner.

Director: Blake Edwards | Stars: Broderick Crawford, Ron Hargrave, Buddy Wright, Ted de Corsia

Votes: 14

17. Four Star Playhouse (1952–1956)
Episode: Love at Sea (1953)

Not Rated | 30 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

8.0
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A woman on a cruise without her husband feels abandoned and alone, but her spirits are revived by a series of anonymous romantic gifts. Several men on the ship attempt to romance her, but which of them is sending her the gifts?

Director: Robert Florey | Stars: Merle Oberon, Lowell Gilmore, Stephen Bekassy, John Harmon

Votes: 6

18. Four Star Playhouse (1952–1956)
Episode: The Man on the Train (1953)

30 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

8.1
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William encounters an old acquaintance, John Dwerrihouse, on a train with 75,000 pounds. Only later did William learn that Dwerrihouse had disappeared four months earlier after embezzling 75,000 pounds from the train company.

Director: Robert Florey | Stars: David Niven, Lowell Gilmore, Rhys Williams, Alan Napier

Votes: 28

19. Four Star Playhouse (1952–1956)
Episode: Moorings (1953)

Not Rated | 30 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

8.7
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An overworked man is ordered by his doctor to take a vacation. While at the resort, he falls in love with a blind woman.

Director: Roy Kellino | Stars: Charles Boyer, Dorothy Malone, Will Wright, Freddy Ridgeway

Votes: 13

20. Four Star Playhouse (1952–1956)
Episode: Night Ride (1953)

30 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.4
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On a late night subway car, five passengers try to determine which of them is a homicidal maniac, the subject of a city-wide manhunt.

Director: Robert Florey | Stars: David Niven, Christine Larson, Jay Novello, Rhys Williams

Votes: 16

21. Four Star Playhouse (1952–1956)
Episode: No Identity (1953)

30 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.7
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Mitch Carver befriends and eventually adopts an orphan boy. Mitch's wife is pregnant with their first child, and she treats the boy as a threat to the natural family that she wants to have.

Director: Robert Florey | Stars: David Niven, Frances Rafferty, Tommy Rettig, Hugh Beaumont

Votes: 13

22. Four Star Playhouse (1952–1956)
Episode: Search in the Night (1953)

30 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.4
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A newspaper reporter is intrigued as to why a woman hired a dive team to retrieve her purse from the Chicago River.

Director: Christian Nyby | Stars: Frank Lovejoy, Frances Rafferty, James Millican, Rhys Williams

Votes: 16

23. Four Star Playhouse (1952–1956)
Episode: Shadowed (1953)

30 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

8.0
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Burt Stroude is about to be chosen as the party's senatorial candidate. At the same time, he hears from the married woman he'd had an affair with in his youth. She's dying and wants him at ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Florey | Stars: Dick Powell, Frances Dee, Tyler McVey, Dan Riss

Votes: 11

24. Four Star Playhouse (1952–1956)
Episode: Sound Off, My Love (1953)

30 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.8
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A woman with a reputation of being hard of hearing secretly gets a hearing aid, and starts overhearing people making fun of her. Everyone knows her husband is having an affair, but she also discovers that he is trying to kill her.

Director: Robert Florey | Stars: Merle Oberon, Gordon Oliver, Barbara Billingsley, James Seay

Votes: 17

25. Four Star Playhouse (1952–1956)
Episode: The Gift (1953)

30 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.3
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Businessman Carl Baxter is a good boss for 364 days a year, but his memories of his estrangement with his son causes his mood to change at Christmas.

Director: Robert Aldrich | Stars: Charles Boyer, Maureen O'Sullivan, Dan Tobin, Joan Camden

Votes: 33

26. Four Star Playhouse (1952–1956)
Episode: The Girl on the Park Bench (1953)

30 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.4
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Trudy is incensed when her rent goes up after the city relaxes rent control. She marches down to the mayor's office and threatens to make his name mud if he doesn't reinstate the controls. ... See full summary »

Director: Hal Walker | Stars: Joan Fontaine, Thurston Hall, Joan Banks, Charles Cane

Votes: 41

27. Four Star Playhouse (1952–1956)
Episode: The Hard Way (1953)

30 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.8
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Vic breaks the bank at Willie's gambling hall, and Willie unknowingly pays him off with counterfeit money. When Vic threatens him, Willie convinces him that they've both been duped, and they cooperate to track down the real culprit.

Director: Robert Aldrich | Stars: Dick Powell, Robert Osterloh, Regis Toomey, Elisabeth Fraser

Votes: 9

28. Four Star Playhouse (1952–1956)
Episode: Ladies on His Mind (1953)

30 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

6.3
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A psychiatrist listens to his female patients go on about their troubles. As they talk, he imagines himself within each of their stories.

Director: Robert Florey | Stars: Ronald Colman, Elisabeth Fraser, Hillary Brooke, Alix Talton

Votes: 14

29. Four Star Playhouse (1952–1956)
Episode: The Last Voyage (1953)

30 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

8.2
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A sea captain on his final voyage learns that there is a bomb on his ship, timed to go off soon after reaching port.

Director: Robert Florey | Stars: Charles Boyer, William F. Leicester, Jack Lambert, Walter Sande

Votes: 8

30. Four Star Playhouse (1952–1956)
Episode: The Man Who Walked Out on Himself (1953)

30 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.5
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After separating from his wife, a wealthy clubman is about to marry a much young woman -- whereupon his mirror image walks out on him in disgust.

Director: Robert Florey | Stars: Ronald Colman, Francis Pierlot

Votes: 10

31. Four Star Playhouse (1952–1956)
Episode: Man in the Box (1953)

30 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

8.3
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Theater-goers are surprised to see actor Victor Sherman at the play, considering what happened a year earlier. As the play proceeds, the man in the box imagines himself playing each of the characters in the drama being performed onstage.

Director: Robert Florey | Stars: Charles Boyer, Harry Bartell, James Craven, Dorothy Green

Votes: 11

32. Four Star Playhouse (1952–1956)
Episode: The Room (1953)

30 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.1
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A doctor opens an office in a small Cuban village, but he finds out that doctors are not allowed, according to the decree of a vengeful 200-year-old unseen tyrant.

Director: Roy Kellino | Stars: Dick Powell, Raymond Burr, Jay Novello, Charlita

Votes: 7

33. Four Star Playhouse (1952–1956)
Episode: The Squeeze (1953)

30 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.7
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Willie Dante begrudgingly lets the son of the district attorney play dice in his illegal gambling hall, under threat of exposure. Willie kicks him out anyway when he finds out that his ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Aldrich | Stars: Dick Powell, Richard Jaeckel, Regis Toomey, Herb Vigran

Votes: 24

34. Four Star Playhouse (1952–1956)
Episode: The Witness (1953)

30 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.3
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A defense attorney idles in a swank restaurant while his client's on trial for murder. The attorney's PIs search for a female witness who can get the defendant off, so the attorney avoids ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Aldrich | Stars: Dick Powell, James Millican, Charles Bronson, Marian Carr

Votes: 32

35. Four Star Playhouse (1952–1956)
Episode: Trail's End (1953)

30 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

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Director: Robert Florey | Stars: Dick Powell, Lee Van Cleef, Jean Howell, Richard Hale

36. Four Star Playhouse (1952–1956)
Episode: To Whom It May Concern (1953)

Not Rated | 30 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

8.1
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A bank employee mails a letter to his boss confessing to stealing $7000 and includes the stocks he bought with the money. As he puts a gun to his head, he sees in the paper that the stocks'... See full summary »

Director: Robert Florey | Stars: David Niven, Martha Wentworth, Ned Glass, Dayton Lummis

Votes: 15

37. The Best in Mystery (1954– )

30 min | Drama, Mystery

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Stars: Alan Mowbray, Dick Powell, Regis Toomey, Herb Vigran

38. Four Star Playhouse (1952–1956)
Episode: A Championship Affair (1954)

30 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.5
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A championship bridge player attempts to woo the woman he had previously loved and lost, by competing against her financially desperate husband.

Director: Robert Florey | Stars: Charles Boyer, Vera Miles, Ross Elliott, Don Beddoe

Votes: 14

39. Four Star Playhouse (1952–1956)
Episode: A String of Beads (1954)

30 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.3
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A gem expert declares a worthless string of beads worn by a poor governess to be a valuable pearl necklace.

Director: William Cameron Menzies | Stars: Ronald Colman, Angela Lansbury, Brenda Forbes, Ron Randell

Votes: 36

40. Four Star Playhouse (1952–1956)
Episode: A Study in Panic (1954)

30 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.5
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Wise-guy newspaperman Fred Jordan writes a column making fun of "normal" men who panic during a fire. Soon afterward he gets a letter from a deranged man who promises Jordan that he will ... See full summary »

Director: Roy Kellino | Stars: Dick Powell, Dorothy Malone, George Eldredge, Claire Carleton

Votes: 21

41. Four Star Playhouse (1952–1956)
Episode: Bourbon Street (1954)

30 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

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Jeff Ward is a musician who got out of his Bourbon Street neighborhood, but lost his wife to Danny Paris. Three years later, his ex-wife is dead, and Jeff comes back intending to kill Danny for what he's done.

Director: Roy Kellino | Stars: King Donovan, Beverly Garland, William F. Leicester, Clarence Muse

42. Four Star Playhouse (1952–1956)
Episode: Detective's Holiday (1954)

30 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

8.2
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A detective (Dick Powell) takes a trip to a cabin in the woods to get away from it all. A man, his wife, and his two kids entertain him. When one of the kids let's it slip that their ... See full summary »

Director: Blake Edwards | Stars: Dick Powell, Joan Camden, Dick Foran, Ralph Moody

Votes: 13

43. Four Star Playhouse (1952–1956)
Episode: Go Ahead and Jump (1954)

Not Rated | 30 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.9
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A despondent man hires a taxi to take him to a bridge in order to jump off and kill himself. Rather than refusing service, the taxi driver offers encouragement and tells his own tale of woe.

Director: Roy Kellino | Stars: Dick Powell, William Johnstone, Joanne Jordan, Robert Foulk

Votes: 20

44. Four Star Playhouse (1952–1956)
Episode: Indian Taker (1954)

30 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

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Director: Blake Edwards | Stars: Leonard Bremen, William Ching, John Daheim, Charles Evans

45. Four Star Playhouse (1952–1956)
Episode: Interlude (1954)

Not Rated | 30 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

8.3
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A girl at a boarding school is neglected by her family and grows depressed, until she becomes infatuated with a vacationing newspaper correspondent who befriends her.

Director: Roy Kellino | Stars: Dick Powell, Joanne Woodward, Nana Bryant, Daria Massey

Votes: 14

46. Four Star Playhouse (1952–1956)
Episode: Lady of the Orchids (1954)

Not Rated | 30 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.1
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Neglected by her husband, Stacy goes out with wealthy bachelor Paul. The evening ends in a fatal car accident from which Stacy escapes unnoticed. She is the only one who can save Paul from ... See full summary »

Director: Roy Kellino | Stars: Lilli Palmer, John Howard, Robert Paige, Phyllis Stanley

Votes: 11

47. Four Star Playhouse (1952–1956)
Episode: The Man in the Cellar (1954)

30 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.5
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A little girl who regularly talks to imaginary friends grows frustrated when her parents refuse to believe that there is a real man in the cellar.

Director: Robert Florey | Stars: Charles Boyer, Fay Baker, Beverly Washburn, Mae Clarke

Votes: 13

48. Four Star Playhouse (1952–1956)
Episode: Marked Down (1954)

30 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

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A woman who works at a fancy dress shop is determined to meet and marry the millionaire whose office is next door. Once she is asked out, she realizes that money doesn't make a person. ... See full summary »

Director: William A. Seiter | Stars: Ida Lupino, Hal March, Joan Banks, Peter Raynolds

49. Four Star Playhouse (1952–1956)
Episode: Masquerade (1954)

Not Rated | 30 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.2
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Kit and her fiancé are hosting a Mardi Gras costume party at her huge mansion when frightening news arrives. Her ex-husband, a crazed murderer, has just escaped from prison and is believed ... See full summary »

Director: Roy Kellino | Stars: Ida Lupino, John Bryant, Carleton G. Young, Arthur Space

Votes: 17

50. Four Star Playhouse (1952–1956)
Episode: Meet McGraw (1954)

30 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

8.0
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McGraw, a private eye, is hired by Lila Lamont to protect her from her threatening husband Louis.

Director: Frank McDonald | Stars: Frank Lovejoy, Audrey Totter, Ellen Corby, Paul Picerni

Votes: 25


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