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Robert Montgomery Presents was a dramatic television series which was produced by NBC from January 30, 1950 until June 24, 1957.
The show was tied to several sponsors during its seven-year run and the correct title as presented each week related to the sponsor, most usually Lucky Strike cigarettes, for example Robert Montgomery Presents Your Lucky Strike Theater.
For the first two years it was shown every second week, and then became a weekly series for the duration if its run. Hosted and produced by the film actor Robert Montgomery, his presence lent a degree of respectability to the new medium of television and he was able to persuade many of his Hollywood associates to appear. Montgomery introduced each episode and also acted in many episodes.
The program was broadcast live, and was noted for the high level of production values and the consistent attempt to present quality entertainment within the constraints of a live presentation. A drama built around the Hindenburg disaster and including interviews with survivors of the actual event was one example of the ambitious nature of the program.
During its first year it presented adaptations of popular motion pictures including Rebecca, The Egg and I, Dark Victory and Montgomery's Ride the Pink Horse and such well known plays as W. Somerset Maugham's The Letter (which was presented in the first episode). Over the following seasons it presented adaptations of highly respected works but also began to showcase new writers and presented original dramas written expressly for the series.
From 1952 a repertory cast appeared on the show along with guest artists. Montgomery's daughter Elizabeth Montgomery made her acting debut as a repertory player in 1953, and remained with the show until 1956. Cliff Robertson also made his acting debut as part of the same group in 1964.
Show Description Credit: wikipedia.org
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|Last Airing||Jun 24, 1957|
|Premiere||January 30, 1950|
|Format/Time||Black & White / 60 Minutes|
|Upcoming Airs||Not currently airing|
Captain Crocker / Barnes (28 episodes)
Robert Montgomery.... Host
Jan Miner.... Irene / Lesley (22 episodes)
Charles Drake.... Lew (20 episodes)
Elizabeth Montgomery.... Patricia / Cornelia Otis Skinner (27 episodes)
John Newland.... Tom Buchanan / Michael (35 episodes)
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