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Ford Theatre began as a monthly series of live hour-long dramatic plays on CBS on October 17, 1948. It became a regular series a year later, airing on alternate Friday nights with other dramatic shows. The live CBS edition used New York - based actors and actresses, primarily those working on Broadway. Among the plays aired during this period were an adaptation of Little Women, with Peggy Ann Garner, Kim Hunter, and June Lockhart; Twentieth Centrury, with Fredric March and Lilli Palmer; and One Sunday Afternoon, with Hume Cronyn and Burgess Meredith.

After a sean's absence, Ford Theatre returned to the air on NBC in October 1952, as a filmed series of half-hour plays. This version of the show remained on NBC for four years and then moved on to ABC for a final season. With the shift to film, the production moved to Hollywood and teh episodes starred motionpicture performers. The scope ranged from light comedy to heavy drama and consisted of adaptations of plays and novels as well as original stories. Such familiar names as Charles Coburn, Barry Sullivan, Peter Lawford, Thomas Mitchell, Ann Sheridan, Claudette Colbert, Ida Lupino, and Teresa Wright starred in these shows. Ronald Reagan and his wife Nancy Davis made their first professional appearance together in this series, on February 5, 1953, in a teleplay titled "First Born."
 
> Airing History & Information 
Last Airing Jul 10, 1957
Premiere October 7, 1949
Episodes 195
Network CBS / NBC / ABC
Format/Time Black & White / 30 Minutes
Country United States
Upcoming Airs Not currently airing
 
> Cast 
Laraine Day....   Ann Crawford / Vicki Hollister (7 episodes)
Joseph Forte....   Dr. Hartman (as Joe Forte) (1955)
Richard Denning....   Dr. James Baker / Barney Maddock (6 episodes)
Philip Carey....   Duffy's Man / Dr. Douglas Gregg (10 episodes)
Virginia Field....   Ethel Baxter / Alexandra Wrenn (6 episodes)
Michael Fox....   Lieutenant Bernard Shuman / Jed Hartan / Malcolm, Slade / Judge Patterson (1956, 1957)
William Tannen....   Miller (1955)
Lawrence Dobkin....   Morton / Inspector Briand (1954, 1955)
Thomas Mitchell....   P.J. Reilly / Silas Burton (6 episodes)
Marshall Thompson....   unknown (1953)
Dick Haymes....   unknown (1952,1953)
Macdonald Carey....   unknown / Mace Prouty (1952,1953,1956,1957)

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