Producers' Showcase


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Producers' Showcase is an American anthology television series that was telecast live during the 1950s in compatible color by NBC. With top talent, the 90-minute episodes, covering a wide variety of genres, aired under the title every fourth Monday at 8 p.m. ET for three seasons, beginning October 18, 1954. The final episode, the last of 37, was broadcast May 27, 1957.

Showcase Productions, Inc., packaged and produced the series, which received seven Emmy Awards, including the 1956 award for Best Dramatic Series.

In 1953, stage producer Leland Hayward had the idea to create a 90-minute TV series, a series of color spectaculars to be broadcast monthly on NBC. Hayward was represented by Saul Jaffe of the Madison Avenue law firm Jaffe & Jaffe; Henry Jaffe, the firm's senior partner, was national counsel for the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, an organization he helped found. When illness forced Hayward to withdraw from the project, NBC partnered with Showcase Productions, an independent production company created by Henry and Saul Jaffe to produce the series. Producers' Showcase went on the air October 18, 1954.

The ambitious series presented a total of 37 live color programs, which included original musicals or plays, re-staging of Broadway productions, great concert artists, and tribute programs. Producers' Showcase presented the first international show with live remote locations (Wide Wide World), and the first full-length Broadway production on color television (Peter Pan).

Producers' Showcase has undoubtedly been a tremendous prestige presentation by the network with elaborate and worthy cultural productions," The New York Times wrote in 1957, the series' final year.

Producers' Showcase received seven Emmy Awards, including the 1956 award for Best Dramatic Series.

Highlights
Delbert Mann on JP Miller's "Yellow Jack" on Producers' Showcase
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Dominick Dunne on floor managing the original Producers' Showcase live production of Peter Pan with Mary Martin
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Ellen M. Violett on writing "The Barretts of Wimpole Street" for Producer's Showcase
02:03
Jack Klugman on co-starring in the Producers' Showcase production of "The Petrified Forest" with Humphrey Bogart (airdate: May 30, 1955)
06:36
Charles S. Dubin on the legacy of Omnibus
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Who talked about this show

Kirk Browning

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Kirk Browning on directing "Antony and Cleopatra" for Producers' Showcase
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John Conte

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John Conte on announcing for the "NBC Spectaculars" for Max Liebman Presents and Producers' Showcase
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Charles Dubin

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Charles S. Dubin on directing Producers' Showcase
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Dominick Dunne

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Dominick Dunne on floor managing the original Producers' Showcase live production of Peter Pan with Mary Martin
01:34
Dominick Dunne on floor managing for 90-minute Producers' Showcase  Spectaculars on NBC
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Dominick Dunne on floor managing the Producers' Showcase  musical version of "Our Town" starring Frank Sinatra
03:54

Jack Klugman

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Jack Klugman on co-starring in the Producers' Showcase production of "The Petrified Forest" with Humphrey Bogart (airdate: May 30, 1955)
06:36

Delbert Mann

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Delbert Mann on JP Miller's "Yellow Jack" on Producers' Showcase
02:01
Delbert Mann on directing Producers' Showcase for Fred Coe
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Delbert Mann on directing productions of Producers' Showcase  and Playhouse 90
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Delbert Mann on a photo of Eva Marie Saint and Paul Newman in a production of "Our Town" for Producers' Showcase
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Tad Mosel

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Tad Mosel on working with Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, and Henry Fonda on Producers' Showcase: "The Petrified Forest"
13:05

Arthur Penn

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Arthur Penn on how Producer's Showcase came about
06:46

David Shaw

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David Shaw on writing for Producers' Showcase
04:26
David Shaw on writing "Our Town" for Producers' Showcase
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Ellen M. Violett

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Ellen M. Violett on writing "The Barretts of Wimpole Street" for Producer's Showcase
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Ellen M. Violett on writing "The Skin of Our Teeth" for Producer's Showcase
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