Classic TV & Movie Hits
|Lux Video Theatre / Summer Video Theatre|
This Show Page is maintained by:
No One! – Want to do it?
After 16 years on radio as a weekly dramatic series, Lux Radio Theatre became Lux Video Theatre on Octover 2, 1950. The first live play, from New York, was an adaptation of Maxwell Anderson's Saturday's Children, starring Joan Caulfield. For three seasons this live dramatic series originated from New York, finally moving to Hollywood with the September 2, 1953, telecast. Major motion-picture stars and Broadway actors performed on the show. The subject matter ranged from contemporary to period, serious to light. On the more literary side, William Faulkner adapted two of his hsort stories - "The Brooch" and "Shall Not Perish" - for presentation on Lux Video Theatre in 1953 and 1954.
When the series moved to NBC in the fall of 1954, there were a number of changes in the format. The length of each telecast was expanded to a full hour, a regular host was added to the program, and adaptations of theatrical films became the principal type of material presented. The host introduced each act and, at the end of the show, conducted short interviews with the stars (female stars always gave plugs for their "Lux Complexion"). When the show had been adapted from a movie, the host also interviewed a principal from the studio whose film had been adapted to plug a current film from that studio. Film clips from the current film were shown as part of the interview.
A preview of this adaptation of feature films had actually occurred in 1954 while Lux Video Theatre was still on CBS. On January 28, 1954, John Derek, Ann Blyth, and Marilyn Erskine had starred in a television version of A Place in the Sun, with Ronald Reaan hosting. The first NBC telecast was an abridgement of To Each His Won, starring Dorothy Malone and Gene Barry. At the end of the show, Alfred Hitchcock was interviewed about his current film, Rear Window. Popular movies that aired in abbreviated versions over teh years were Double Indemnity, with Laraine Day and Frank Lovejoy; Sunset Boulevard, with Miriam Hopkins and James Daly; Casablanca, with Paul Douglas, Arlene Dahl, and Hoagy Carmichael; Mildred Pierce, with Virginia Bruce and Zachary Scott; Jezebel, with Martha Hyer, Charles Drake, and Jack Lord; and To Have and Have Not, with Edmond O'Brien and Beverly Garland.
During the summers Ken Carpenter, the regular announcer for the series, doubled as host and the plays presented were short versions of scripts that were under consideration by the studios as possible full-length features. None of them were subsequently produced as feature films.
|> Airing History & Information|
|Last Airing||Sep 12, 1957|
|Premiere||October 2, 1950|
|Network||CBS / NBC|
|Format/Time||Black & White / 30 Minutes|
|Upcoming Airs||Not currently airing|
Himself (host) (1954-1955)
Otto Kruger.... Himself (host) (1955-1956)
Gordon MacRae.... Himself (host) (1956-1957)
Ken Carpenter.... Himself (summer host) (1955-1957)
Gene Lockhart.... Larkin / Innkeeper (9 episodes)
Jimmy Hawkins.... Pete Nelson
David Winters.... Stu Morgan
Marilyn Erskine.... unknown (8 episodes)
Edmond O'Brien.... unknown (7 episodes)
Laraine Day.... unknown (7 episodes)
Phyllis Thaxter.... unknown (7 episodes)
[More Cast & Guest Stars]
|> News (News Archive) (Post a News Story)|
|No News has been posted for this show.|