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Barbara Stanwyck Show, The

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Hollywood leading lady Barbara Stanwyck hosted this anthology of original 30-minute teleplays and starred in all but four of them. The four were pilots for possible series and starred Lloyd Nolan (‘The Seventh Miracle’), Milton Berle (‘Dear Charlie’), Peggy Cass (‘Call Me Annie’) and Andy Devine (‘Big Jake’). None of them made it.

The dramas in which Miss Stanwyck appeared tended to be on the serious side. Three of them were pilots for a proposed new series of her own, in which she would star as an American adventuress running an import-export business in exotic Hong Kong.

The original pilot was aired on 14 November 1960 as ‘The Miraculous Journey of Tadpole Chan’ and established the character of Josephine Little.

Viewers were requested to write to the network if they liked the idea, and the response was strong enough to result in two other episodes in January and March.

The Josephine Little series never went into full production, however.