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Four Star Revue/Four Star Playhouse

1 9 5 2 – 1 9 5 6 (USA)
129 x 30 minute episodes

This early American dramatic anthology series was produced by the Four Star Television Studios for CBS and presented half-hour TV plays.

The series originally starred four of Hollywood’s most prominent performers: Charles Boyer, Dick Powell, Rosalind Russell and Joel McCrea. When Russell and McCrea decided to bow out of the project in 1955 they were replaced by David Niven and Ida Lupino.

The four stars alternated as the major performers on the semiweekly dramas. Although the stars played varied roles in different plays, one character who appeared often was a nightclub owner named Willie Dante, played by Dick Powell.

Originally an alternating series, Four Star Revue expanded to a weekly offering in September 1953, presenting quality drama, including ‘Village in the City’ with Niven; ‘Death Makes a Pair’ with Lloyd Corrigan and Jay Novello; ‘The Collar’ with Niven; ‘That Woman’ with Lupino; and `Here Comes the Suit’ with Niven.

Over the four years the series was on the air, performers included Beverly Garland, Peggie Castle, Dorothy Green, Joanne Woodward, Philip Ahn, Frances Bergen, Joi Lansing, Ginger Hall, Scott Forbes, Joyce Gates, Sir Cedric Hardwicke, Tanya Borgh, Phyllis Coates, Arthur Franz, Teresa Wright, Stuart Whitman, Beverly Washburn, Alan Mowbray, Jennifer Raines, Angela Lansbury, Barton MacLane, John Lupton, Joanne Dru, Nigel Bruce, Gerald Mohr, Audrey Totter, Ellen Corby, Marjorie Lord, King Donovan, Paula Raymond, Mae Clarke, Maria Palmer, Amanda Blake, Martha Hyer, Carolyn Jones, Nestor Paiva, Broderick Crawford, Lucille Barkley, Elisabeth Fraser, Ronald Colman, Joan Fontaine, Barbara Lawrence, Hillary Brooke and Marcia Henderson.