1 9 5 3 – 1 9 5 7 (UK)
156 x 30 minute episodes
Douglas Fairbanks Jr. narrated, produced and frequently starred in this well-made half-hour drama anthology series which presented everything from mystery to farce with the somewhat Hitchcockian theme of average people caught in unusual situations.
He started out with a contract to supply 39 plays to NBC TV in America (where it was also known as Rheingold Theatre) and also provided feature films for the British cinema market – including The Triangle (1953), Three’s Company (1953), Thought To Kill (1953) and The Red Dress (1954) – made up of re-edited TV episodes, with three episodes used per feature.
Included in the five-year run of the anthology series were ‘The Man Who Wouldn’t Escape’ with Christopher Lee; and ‘Second Wind’ with Michael Shepley and Nora Swinburne.
Among the British actors who appeared in the series were Honor Blackman, Fulton McKay, Diana Dors, Billie Whitelaw, Bill Owen, Hugh Griffith, Wilfrid Hyde-White, John Laurie, John le Mesurier, Sybil Thorndike, William Hartnell, Irene Handl and Buster Keaton.