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Producers’ Showcase

Humphrey Bogart and Lauren BacaII in 'The Petrified Forest'.

1 9 5 4 – 1 9 5 7 (USA)
38 x 90 minute episodes

Producers’ Showcase debuted in 1954. The program aired monthly and was 90 minutes in length. The dramas (sometimes musicals and comedies) were more in the nature of spectaculars – a television-age word coined to connote a production of greater-than-usual scale.

One of the most memorable dramas on Producers’ Showcase featured Humphrey Bogart’s only appearance on live television in ‘The Petrified Forest.’ The teleplay, a version of Bogart’s Broadway role of 20 years earlier, was directed by Delbert Mann and also featured Henry Fonda and Lauren Bacall.

Other landmark presentations on Producers’ Showcase included: ‘Reunion in Vienna’ with Greer Garson and Peter Lorre; ‘State of the Union’ with Joseph Cotten and Nina Foch; ‘Mayerling’ with Audrey Hepburn and Mel Ferrer; ‘Darkness at Noon’ with Lee J Cobb; ‘The Great Sebastians’ featuring the first pairing of Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne on live television; ‘Tonight at 8:30’ with Ginger Rogers and Estelle Winwood; ‘Yellow Jack’ with Broderick Crawford, Wally Cox and Dennis O’Keefe; `Dodsworth’ with Frederic March and Claire Trevor; ‘The Barretts of Wimpole Street’ with Katharine Cornell; and ‘Caesar and Cleopatra’ with Claire Bloom, Sir Cedric Hardwicke, Judith Anderson, Cyril Ritchard
and Patrick MacNee.