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Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse 

An anthology series hosted by Betty Furness in the first season, and Desi Arnaz in the second. Stories came from several genres, often based on fact. A two part episode was spun off as the popular show The Untouchables (1959).
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1960   1959   1958  
Won 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Desi Arnaz ...  Himself - Host / ... 38 episodes, 1958-1960
Betty Furness ...  Herself - Commercial Spokeswoman / ... 16 episodes, 1958-1960
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An anthology series hosted by Betty Furness in the first season, and Desi Arnaz in the second. Stories came from several genres, often based on fact. A two part episode was spun off as the popular show The Untouchables (1959).

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 October 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Desilu Playhouse See more »

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Desilu Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

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1.33 : 1
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Spin-off The Untouchables (1959) See more »

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An all-time favorite of mine!
4 August 2007 | by jlbolandSee all my reviews

I happened to see this when it first appeared on TV, and I was never able to forget it. The scene when Bendix falls asleep again, and finally dies in 1941, and the scene fades fades to a highly disturbed psychiatrist sitting next to an empty couch still gives me goosebumps, even as I write this.

What an incredible work.


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