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Screen Director's Playhouse

Joan Crawford in a production of Flamingo Road on the May 26, 1950 radio version of Screen Director's Playhouse.
Other names NBC Theater
Screen Director's Guild Assignment
Screen Director's Assignment
Genre Anthology drama
Running time 30 minutes / 1 hour (episode 9, episodes 76+)
Country United States
Languages English
Home station NBC
Hosts Frank Barton
Hal Gibney
Jimmy Wallington (1949-51)
Starring Numerous Hollywood actors
Writers Richard Alan Simmons, Milton Geiger, Jack Rubin, Nat Wolf
Directors Bill Karn, Warren Lewis
Producers Howard Wylie
Air dates January 9, 1949 to September 28, 1951
No. of episodes 122
Audio format Monaural sound

Screen Director's Playhouse is a popular radio anthology series which brought leading Hollywood actors to the NBC microphones beginning in 1949. The radio program broadcast adaptations of films, and original directors of the films were sometimes involved in the productions, although their participation was usually limited to introducing the radio adaptations, and a brief "curtain call" with the cast and host at the end of the program. The series later had a brief run on television.



The radio version ran for 122 episodes and aired on NBC from January 9, 1949 to September 28, 1951 under several different titles: NBC Theater, Screen Director's Guild Assignment, Screen Director's Assignment and, as of July 1, 1949, Screen Director's Playhouse.

Actors on the radio series included Fred Astaire, Lucille Ball, Charles Boyer, Claudette Colbert, Ronald Colman, Gary Cooper, Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, Marlene Dietrich, Kirk Douglas, Irene Dunne, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Henry Fonda, Cary Grant, William Holden, Burt Lancaster, James Mason, Gregory Peck, William Powell, Edward G. Robinson, Norma Shearer, Barbara Stanwyck, James Stewart, John Wayne, and Loretta Young.


The television version was broadcast for one season of 35 half hour episodes on NBC, airing from October 5, 1955 to September 12, 1956.

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