is a half-hour anthology series telecast on NBC
The National Broadcasting Company is an American commercial broadcasting television network and former radio network headquartered in the GE Building in New York City's Rockefeller Center with additional major offices near Los Angeles and in Chicago...
at 9:30 pm on alternate Monday nights from October 7, 1957 to September 16, 1960. The program also aired under the title Turn of Fate
, with the stories depicting the difficulties faced by individuals who are suddenly thrust into unexpected and perilous dangers. Alcoa Theatre was syndicated together with Goodyear Theatre
Goodyear Theatre is a 30-minute dramatic television anthology series telecast on NBC from 1957 to 1960 for a total of 55 episodes. The live show was derected by Don Taylor, Arthur Hiller and James Sheldon...
as Award Theatre
In 1955, The Alcoa Hour
The Alcoa Hour is a live anthology television series sponsored by Alcoa and telecast in the United States from 1955 to 1957. The series was seen Sundays on NBC at 9pm.-Overview:...
premiered in a one-hour format aired on Sunday nights, but it was reduced to 30 minutes, retitled Alcoa Theatre, and moved to Monday evening in 1957. The show employed an alternating rotating company of actors: David Niven
James David Graham Niven , known as David Niven, was a British actor and novelist, best known for his roles as Phileas Fogg in Around the World in 80 Days and Sir Charles Lytton, a.k.a. "the Phantom", in The Pink Panther...
, Robert Ryan
Robert Bushnell Ryan was an American actor who often played hardened cops and ruthless villains.-Early life and career:...
, Jane Powell
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, Jack Lemmon
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and Charles Boyer
Charles Boyer was a French actor who appeared in more than 80 films between 1920 and 1976. After receiving an education in drama, Boyer started on the stage, but he found success in movies during the 1930s. His memorable performances were among the era's most highly praised romantic dramas,...
. Each appeared in dramatic and light comedic roles through the first season.
The series continued to feature the talents of veteran and emerging actors over the ensuing years, including Cliff Robertson
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, John Cassavetes
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, Brandon De Wilde
Andre Brandon deWilde was an American theatre and film actor. He was born into a theatrical family in Brooklyn. Debuting on Broadway at the age of 7, De Wilde became a national phenomenon by the time he completed his 492 performances for The Member of the Wedding and was considered a child...
, Cornel Wilde
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, Agnes Moorehead
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, Jack Carson
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, Walter Slezak
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and Gary Merrill
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. Child actor
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Flip Mark is an American former child actor, active primarily from 1959-1969....
made his television debut as Robbie Adams in the 1959 episode "Another Day Another Dollar". Tyler MacDuff
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, a guest star on various television Westerns
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, appeared as Rod Tilton in the 1962 episode "Blues for a Hanging".
Gian-Carlo Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors
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remains one of the Alcoa Theatres best-known presentations.
"333 Montgomery" (June 13, 1960) starred DeForest Kelley
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in the pilot episode of an unsold series written by Gene Roddenberry
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. It was based on the book Never Plead Guilty by San Francisco criminal lawyer Jake Ehrlich. Kelley acted in three separate pilots for Columbia, and the studio decided to try him in a lead and sent him to meet Roddenberry. Kelley and Roddenberry went to San Francisco to meet Ehrlich, who chose him for the lead. This event was crucial to Kelley's career because it introduced him to Roddenberry, later resulting in his Star Trek role.
Awards and nominations
|| Emmy Award
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| Best Writing of a Single Program of a Dramatic Series - Less Than One Hour
|| Christopher Knopf
|| "The Loudmouth"
|| Emmy Award
|| Best Single Performance by an Actor
|| Mickey Rooney
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|| Emmy Award
|| Best Writing of a Single Program of a Dramatic Series - Less Than One Hour
|| Alfred Brenner and Ken Hughes
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|| Emmy Award
|| Best Dramatic Series - Less Than One Hour
|| Emmy Award
|| Best Direction of a Single Program of a Dramatic Series - Less Than One Hour
|| Jack Smight
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