The Golden Age of Television
The Criterion Collection
Original Title: Goodyear Television Playhouse; Kraft Television Theatre; The United States Steel Hour; Playhouse 90
Country of Origin: United States
Production year: 1953
Directors: Cordelia Stone, Delbert Mann, Alex Segal, Daniel Petrie, David Eagle, Ralph Nelson, Barry A. Brown, John Frankenheimer
Rating: NR(Television)
UPC [Locale]: 715515-048118
Running time: 9:06 (546 Min.)
Casetype: Digipak, Slip Cover
Format: NTSC, 1.33:1, Full Frame
DVD-Format: Single-Sided, Double-Layered
Released: November 24, 2009
Collection type: Owned (#6158)
Status: Available
Purchase date: November 24, 2009
Purchase price: Hidden
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Overview
The hugely popular live American television plays of the 1950s have become the stuff of legend. Combining elements of theater, radio, and filmmaking, they were produced at a moment when TV technology was growing more mobile and art was being made accessible to a newly suburban postwar demographic. These astonishingly maneuvered, brilliantly acted, and socially progressive "teleplays" constituted an artistic high for the medium, bringing Broadway-quality drama to all of America. The award-winning programs included in this box set—originally curated for PBS in the early 1980s as the series The Golden Age of Television, featuring recollections from key cast and crew members—were conceived by such up-and-comers as Rod Serling and John Frankenheimer and star the likes of Paul Newman, Mickey Rooney, Rod Steiger, Julie Harris, and Piper Laurie.
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Misc.
 • Profile Contributors
 • US IMDb
 • Profile Links
Genres
Drama
Comedy
Television
Studios
Production Studios:
 • Sonny Fox Productions
 • The Theatre Guild
Media Companies:
 • The Criterion Collection
Audio format
English  Dolby Digital Mono
Commentary  Dolby Digital Mono
Subtitles
English
Tags
Documentary
Discs
# Description A B DS DL A DL B
1Episodes 1 - 3
2Episodes 4 - 6
3Episodes 7 - 8
Features
 • Scene Access
 • Commentary
 • Booklet
Crew
 1. Marty
Direction
Cordelia Stone....Director
Production
Sonny Fox....Executive Producer
David J. Eagle....Producer
Jim Washburn....Executive Producer
Film Editing
Luis Fuerte....Film Editor
Sound
Charles Bevel....Sound
Art
John Retsek....Art Director
Joann Kozloff....Make-up Artist
 Goodyear Television Playhouse: Marty
Direction
Delbert Mann....Director
Writing
Paddy Chayefsky....Writer
Production
Fred Coe....Producer
Art
Rose Bogdanoff....Costume Designer
 2. Patterns
Direction
Cordelia Stone....Director
Production
Sonny Fox....Executive Producer
David J. Eagle....Producer
Jim Washburn....Executive Producer
Film Editing
Luis Fuerte....Film Editor
Sound
Tom Ancell....Sound
Art
Joann Kozloff....Make-up Artist
 Kraft Television Theatre: Patterns
Writing
Rod Serling....Writer
 3. No Time for Sergeants
Direction
Cordelia Stone....Director
Production
Sonny Fox....Executive Producer
David J. Eagle....Producer
Jim Washburn....Executive Producer
Film Editing
Dan Mossbarger....Film Editor
Sound
Gerald Zelinger....Sound
Art
John Retsek....Art Director
Joann Kozloff....Make-up Artist
 The US Steel Hour: No Time for Sergeants
Direction
Alex Segal....Director
Production
Alex Segal....Producer
Music
Glenn Osser....Composer
Sound
William Blumel....Sound
Art
E. Albert Heschong....Production Designer
James Mc Naughton....Art Director
Gene Coffin....Costume Designer
 4. A Wind from the South
Direction
Cordelia Stone....Director
Production
Sonny Fox....Executive Producer
David J. Eagle....Producer
Jim Washburn....Executive Producer
Film Editing
Luis Fuerte....Film Editor
Sound
Tom Ancell....Sound
Art
Joann Kozloff....Make-up Artist
 The US Steel Hour: A Wind from the South
Direction
Daniel Petrie....Director
Writing
James Costigan....Writer
Music
Harold Levey....Composer
Art
Gene Coffin....Costume Designer
 5. Bang the Drum Slowly
Direction
Cordelia Stone....Director
Production
Sonny Fox....Executive Producer
David J. Eagle....Producer
Jim Washburn....Executive Producer
Film Editing
Dan Mossbarger....Film Editor
Sound
Charles Bevel....Sound
Art
John Retsek....Art Director
Joann Kozloff....Make-up Artist
 The US Steel Hour: Bang the Drum Slowly
Direction
Daniel Petrie....Director
Writing
Arnold Schulman....Screenwriter
Mark Harris....Original Material By
Production
Marshall Jamison....Executive Producer
Film Editing
Dorothy Hechtlinger....Film Editor
Art
Gene Coffin....Costume Designer
 6. Requiem for a Heavyweight
Direction
David Eagle....Director
Production
Sonny Fox....Executive Producer
Cinematography
Brian Reynolds....Director of Photography
Film Editing
John K. Axness....Film Editor
Sound
Wiley Faselt....Sound
 Playhouse 90: Requiem for a Heavyweight
Direction
Ralph Nelson....Director
Writing
Rod Serling....Writer
Production
Martin Manulis....Producer
 7. The Comedian
Direction
Barry A. Brown....Director
Production
Sonny Fox....Executive Producer
David Eagle....Producer
Jim Washburn....Executive Producer
Film Editing
Rod Klein....Film Editor
Sound
Roy Stewart....Sound
Gerald Zelinger....Sound
Art
Joann Kozloff....Make-up Artist
 Playhouse 90: The Comedian
Direction
John Frankenheimer....Director
Writing
Ernest Lehman....Original Material By
Rod Serling....Screenwriter
Production
Martin Manulis....Producer
Art
Walter Scott Herndon....Art Director
 8. The Days of Wine and Roses
Direction
Cordelia Stone....Director
Production
Sonny Fox....Executive Producer
David J. Eagle....Producer
Jim Washburn....Executive Producer
Film Editing
Luis Fuerte....Film Editor
Sound
Gerald Zelinger....Sound
Art
John Retsek....Art Director
Joann Kozloff....Make-up Artist
 Playhouse 90: Days of Wine and Roses
Direction
John Frankenheimer....Director
Writing
JP Miller....Writer
Production
Fred Coe....Producer
Cast
 1. Marty
Eva Marie Saint....Host
Delbert Mann....Director
Nancy Marchand....Actress
Betsy Palmer....Actress
Rod Steiger....Actor (uncredited)
 Goodyear Television Playhouse: Marty
Rod Steiger....Marty
Nancy Marchand....Girl
Esther Minciotti....Mother
Joe Mantell....Angie
Augusta Ciolli....Aunt Catherine
Betsy Palmer....Virgina
Lee Philips....Tommy
Rosanna San Marco....Woman
Nehemiah Persoff....The Critic
Howard Caine....Bartender
Don Gordon....Young Man
Andrew Gerado....Patsy
Durward Kirby....Announced by
 2. Patterns
Fielder Cook....Director
Richard Kiley....Actor
Keenan Wynn....Host
 Kraft Television Theatre: Patterns
Joanna Roos....Miss Lanier
Jack Arthur....Starter
Victoria Ward....Miss Stevens
Elizabeth Montgomery....Ann Evans
Sybil Baker....Telephone Operator
Shirley Standlee....Miss Hill
Everett Sloane....Mr. Ramsie
Richard Kiley....Fred Staples
June Dayton....Fran Staples
Elizabeth Wilson....Marge Fleming
Theodore Newton....Mr. Gordon
Ed Begley....Andy Sloane
Jack Livesey....Mr. Jamieson
Ronnie Welsh....Paul Sloane
Tom Charles
Ron Harper
Victor Harrison
Helen Ludlom
Joseph MacCauley
Al Morgen
Douglas Rutherford
Chuck Wallace
 3. No Time for Sergeants
Roddy McDowall....Host
Andy Griffith....Actor
 The US Steel Hour: No Time for Sergeants
Andy Griffith....Will Stockdale
Harry Clark....Sgt. King
Robert Emhardt....Major
Eddie Le Roy....Ben Whitledge
Alexander Clark....Captain
Arthur Storch....Irvin
Bob Hastings....Lucky
G. Albert Smith....Colonel
Joe Brown, Jr.....Infantry Sgt.
Adnia Rice....WAF Captain
Thomas Volk....Pfc.
George Kilroy....Soldier
 4. A Wind from the South
Merv Griffin....Host
James Costigan....Writer
Julie Harris....Actress
Donald Woods....Actor
 The US Steel Hour: A Wind from the South
Julie Harris....Shevawn
Donald Woods....Robert
Haila Stoddard....Jean
Michael Higgins....Liam
Lawrence Fletcher....Ned Kelly
James Congdon....Jack
Mary Michael....Lou Kelly
Farrell Pelly....Pat
Grania O'Malley....Biddy
Roy Scheider....Dancehall Extra (uncredited)
 5. Bang the Drum Slowly
Albert Salmi....Actor
Rudy Bond....Actor
Cliff Robertson....Host
George Peppard....Actor
Dan Petrie....Director
Arnold Schulman....Screenwriter
 The US Steel Hour: Bang the Drum Slowly
Paul Newman....Henry Wiggen
Albert Salmi....Bruce Pearson
Georgann Johnson....Holly
Rudy Bond....Dutch
Arch Johnson....Goose
John McGovern....Mr. Moors
Ann Thomas....Telephone Operator
George Peppard....Piney Woods
Fred Stewart....Bradley Lord
Ted Beniades....Ugly
Clu Gulager....Coker
Jim Wyler....Sid Goldman
Bert Remsen....Horse
Allen Leaf....Mick
Six 1956 Miss America Contestants
Margo Lucey....Miss District of Columbia
Beverly Cass....Miss New Jersey
Sandra Simpson....Miss Vermont
Lorna Ringler....Miss Pennsylvania
Jewel Smerage....Miss Massachusetts
Joy Corrado....Miss Connecticut
 6. Requiem for a Heavyweight
Jack Klugman....Host
Keenan Wynn....Actor
Ralph Nelson....Director
Jack Palance....Actor
Carol Serling....Rod Serling's Wife
Martin Manulis....Producer
 Playhouse 90: Requiem for a Heavyweight
Jack Palance....Harlan "Mountain" McClintock
Keenan Wynn....Maish
Kim Hunter....Grace Carney
Ed Wynn....Army
 7. The Comedian
Carl Reiner....Host
Mel Torme....Actor
Mickey Rooney....Actor
John Frankenheimer....Director
Kim Hunter....Actress
 Playhouse 90: The Comedian
Mickey Rooney....Sammy Hogarth
Edmond O'Brien....Al Preston
Kim Hunter....Julie Hogarth
Mel Tormé....Lester Hogarth
Constance Ford....Connie
Claudette Colbert....To Introduce Tonight's Show
Whit Bissell....Elwell
King Donovan....The Director
Eddie Ryder....Jake
H. M. Wynant....Sonny
Mike Ross....The Masseur
Bob Dunne....Cameraman (uncredited)
Gorm Erickson....Cameraman (uncredited)
Bob Stone....Crane Cameraman (uncredited)
George Turpin....George, Stage Manager (uncredited)
 8. The Days of Wine and Roses
J. P. Miller....Writer
Cliff Robertson....Actor
Julie Harris....Host
John Frankenheimer....Director
Piper Laurie....Actress
 Playhouse 90: Days of Wine and Roses
Piper Laurie....Kirsten Clay
Cliff Robertson....Joe Clay
Charles Bickford....Kirsten's Father
Sterling Hayden....To Introduce Tonight's Show