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Mr. Broadway
Format Adventure; Drama
Created by Garson Kanin
Starring Craig Stevens
Lani Miyazaki
Horace McMahon
Country of origin  United States
No. of seasons 1/2
No. of episodes 13
Production
Producer(s) David Susskind
Daniel Melnick
Running time 60 min.
Broadcast
Original channel CBS
Original run September 26, 1964 – December 26, 1964

Mr. Broadway was a 13-episode CBS adventure and drama television series starring Craig Stevens (1918–2000), formerly of Peter Gunn, as New York City public relations specialist Mike Bell. The program aired at 9 p.m. Eastern time Saturdays from September 26 to December 26, 1964. Also featured were Bell's assistant, Toki, portrayed by Lani Miyazaki, and his police contact, Hank McClure, played by Horace McMahon (1906–1971), a Connecticut-born character actor. Mr. Broadway, a Talent Associates Production, was created by Garson Kanin and produced by David Susskind and Daniel Melnick. Dave Brubeck supplied the music and theme.[1]

Mr. Broadway episodes have unusual titles. The series included rare guest appearances by Liza Minnelli, daughter of Judy Garland, in her first television dramatic role as Minnie in "Nightingale for Sale";[1] Sandy Dennis in "Don't Mention My Name in Sheboygan", and Lauren Bacall as Barbara Lake, with Martin Balsam as Nate Bannerman, in "Something to Sing About".[1]

Other episodes are "Keep an Eye on Emily" (the series' pilot) with Tuesday Weld as Emily and Oleg Cassini as himself, "Take a Walk Through a Cemetery" with Lauren Bacall, again, but also with Jason Robards, Jr., and Jill St. John, "Try to Find a Spy" with Barbara Feldon and Simon Oakland, "Between the Rats and the Finks" with Larry Hagman, Dyan Cannon, Bruce Gordon, and Patrick McVey, "The He-She Chemistry" with Tammy Grimes, "Maggie, Queen of the Jungle", with Nina Foch in the title role, "Smelling Like a Rose" with Art Carney, Hal Roach, and Tina Louise, "Bad Little Rich Girl" with Diana Van der Vlis as Mary Beth Warren and Larry Pennell as John Chambers, "Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones" with Philip Abbott as Geoffrey Karr and Lola Albright as Duff Daniels. Albright had been Stevens's co-star on Peter Gunn, and "Pay Now, Die Later", the series finale, with David Wayne as John Zeck and John Ireland as Jimmy King.[2] In the latter episode the wealthy Zeck hires Mike Bell to write his obituary ahead of his death.[3]

Mr. Broadway aired following the new Gilligan's Island sitcom, starring Alan Hale, Jr., and Bob Denver, and preceding the durable western series, Gunsmoke, starring James Arness. Its competition was the Saturday Night Movie on NBC and the second half of The Lawrence Welk Show and the first half of The Hollywood Palace on ABC.[1]

References

  1. ^ a b c d Alex McNeil, Total Television, New York: Penquin Books, 1996, 4th ed.
  2. ^ "Mr. Broadway episode list". Internet Movie Data Base. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0057772/episodes. Retrieved February 10, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Mr. Broadway: Summary". TV.com. http://www.tv.com/mr.-broadway/show/4643/summary.html. Retrieved February 10, 2009. 
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