Bracken's World

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Bracken's World is an American drama series broadcast on NBC from September 19, 1969 to December 25, 1970. The series was created and produced by Dorothy Kingsley.

The series was centered on a powerful producer and his studio's group of up-and-coming starlets. During the first season, Eleanor Parker received top billing as Sylvia Caldwell, executive secretary to Century Studios head John Bracken, who was sometimes heard but never seen. Warren Stevens provided the voice of the unseen Bracken. When the second season began, Parker was gone and Leslie Nielsen had been added to the cast to portray Bracken. Bracken's World was cancelled midway through its second season because of low ratings.

Other cast members included Elizabeth Allen, Dennis Cole, Jeanne Cooper, Peter Haskell, Karen Jensen, Madlyn Rhue, and Laraine Stephens; many then-current film stars made cameo appearances.

Main cast and characters

* Warren Stevens as John Bracken (Season 1)

* Leslie Nielsen as John Bracken (Season 2)

* Eleanor Parker as Sylvia Caldwell (Episodes 1-16)

* Bettye Ackerman as Anne Frazer (Episodes 17-41)

* Elizabeth Allen as Laura Deane

* Dennis Cole as Davey Evans (Season 1)

* Jeanne Cooper as Grace Douglas

* Gary Dubin as Mark Grant

* Linda Harrison as Paulette Douglas

* Peter Haskell as Kevin Grant

* Kathleen Hughes as Jane "Mitch" Mitchell

* Karen Jensen as Rachel Holt

* Steve Oliver as Tom Hudson (Season 1)

* Madlyn Rhue as Marjorie Grant (Episodes 1-28)

* Laraine Stephens as Diane Waring

* William Traylor as Bobby Jason


Created by Dorothy Kingsley

Written by Bess Boyle

Gerry Day

Jerry de Bono

Cliff Gould

Oliver Hailey

Stephen Kandel

Dorothy Kingsley

Bethel Leslie

Robert Lewin

Charles McDaniel

Robert Presnell, Jr.

Sonya Roberts

Jerry Ziegman

Directed by Herschel Daugherty

Robert Day

Charles S. Dubin

Paul Henreid

Lee Philips

Allen Reisner

Nicholas Webster


Eleanor Parker

Warren Stevens

Leslie Nielsen

Theme music composer David Rose

Composer(s) David Rose

Country of origin United States

Language(s) English

No. of seasons 2

No. of episodes 41


Executive producer(s) Del Reisman

Producer(s) Dorothy Kingsley

Robert Lewin

Stanley Rubin

Editor(s) Bill Mosher

Cinematography William Cronjager

Running time 60 mins. (approx)


Original channel NBC

Audio format Monaural

Original run September 19, 1969 – December 25, 1970

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