Vacation Playhouse

Summary

Vacation Playhouse is an American anthology television series that was broadcast during the summer months on CBS from July 22, 1963, to August 21, 1967.[1]

Vacation Playhouse
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Created byRichard Michaels
Directed byHy Averback
Richard Crenna
Jack Donohue
Claudio Guzmán
Jerry Hopper
Fletcher Markle
Norman Z. McLeod
Gene Reynolds
Barry Shear
Don Taylor
Richard Whorf
Don Weis
Starring(see below)
ComposerJerry Fielding
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons5
No. of episodes47
Production
Executive producersWarren Lewis
William Dozier
ProducersHal Kanter
Arthur Julian
Jack Donohue
Stanley Shpetner
Edward H. Feldman
Jim McGinn
Production locationsDesilu Studios
CBS Television City
EditorsBill Heath
Robert L. Swanson
Running time30 minutes
Production companiesBing Crosby Productions
Desilu Productions
Four Star Television
Universal Television
Release
Original networkCBS
Original releaseJuly 22, 1963 (1963-07-22) –
August 21, 1967 (1967-08-21)

PremiseEdit

Vacation Playhouse premiered on July 22, 1963, on CBS.[1] The show aired as a summer replacement for CBS's sitcom The Lucy Show. A voiceover introduced each episode with "While Lucy's on vacation . . . it's Vacation Playhouse".[2]

The series was a showcase for previously unaired unsold television pilot films. When it replaced The Lucy Show in 1963, 1964, 1966, and 1967, its episodes were comedies. In 1965, it replaced Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. with episodes of drama and adventure.[2]

The final episode aired Monday, August 21, 1967 after four years and five seasons.[citation needed]

Production notesEdit

The series was directed by actors Don Taylor, and Richard Crenna and television producer/director Jack Donohue. The series was produced by producers Hal Kanter, Arthur Julian and Donohue.

The series was filmed alternatively between the Desilu Studios and Television City. The series was also produced with the association of Bing Crosby Productions, Desilu Productions, Four Star Television, and Universal Television.[citation needed]

Broadcast historyEdit

Vacation Playhouse aired on Mondays from 8:30-9PM during its first and second seasons. During its third season, (1965), the series aired on Friday nights from 9:30-10PM. It returned to its previous time slot on Monday nights in 1966 and for a final run in the summer of 1967.

EpisodesEdit

Season Episodes Season Premiere Season Finale
1 10 July 22, 1963 (1963-07-22) September 23, 1963 (1963-09-23)
2 12 June 15, 1964 (1964-06-15) September 14, 1964 (1964-09-14)
3 12 June 20, 1965 (1965-06-20) September 5, 1965 (1965-09-05)
4 8 July 4, 1966 (1966-07-04) September 5, 1966 (1966-09-05)
5 5 July 3, 1967 (1967-07-03) August 21, 1967 (1967-08-21)

Season 1Edit

  • A Love Affair Just for Three – July 22, 1963
  • Three Wishes – July 29, 1963
  • Hide and Seek – August 5, 1963
  • Mickey and the Contessa – August 12, 1963
  • The Big Brain – August 19, 1963
  • Swingin' Together – August 26, 1963
  • All About Barbara – September 2, 1963
  • Hooray for Love – September 9, 1963
  • Come a-Runnin' – September 16, 1963
  • Maggie Brown – September 23, 1963

Season 2Edit

  • Hey, Teacher – June 15, 1964
  • Hooray for Hollywood – June 22, 1964
  • Papa G.I. – June 29, 1964
  • I and Claude – July 6, 1964
  • He's All Yours – July 20, 1964
  • Love is a Lion's Roar – July 27, 1964
  • At Your Service – August 3, 1964
  • The Graduation Dress – August 10, 1964
  • The First Hundred Years – August 17, 1964
  • My Darling Judge – August 31, 1964
  • The Bean Show – September 7, 1964
  • The Ivy League – September 14, 1964

Season 3Edit

  • Sybil – June 20, 1965
  • Alec Tate – June 27, 1965
  • The Barbara Rush Show – July 4, 1965
  • Patrick Stone – July 11, 1965
  • Starr (aka – "Starr, First Baseman" or "Starr of the Yankees") – July 18, 1965
  • The Brave Duke – July 25, 1965
  • Luke and the Tenderfoot Part I – August 6, 1965[3]
  • Luke and the Tenderfoot Part II – August 13, 1965[3]
  • Coogan's Reward – August 15, 1965
  • Three on an Island – August 22, 1965
  • Cap'n Ahab – August 29, 1965
  • Down Home – September 5, 1965

Season 4Edit

  • The Good Old Days – July 11, 1966
  • Frank Merriwell – July 25, 1966
  • Where's There Smokey – August 1, 1966
  • My Lucky Penny – August 8, 1966
  • The Hoofer – August 15, 1966
  • My Son, the Doctor – August 22, 1966
  • The Two of Us – August 29, 1966
  • Off We Go! – September 5, 1966

Season 5Edit

  • You're Only Young Twice – July 3, 1967
  • My Boy Goggle – July 24, 1967
  • Alfred of the Amazon – July 31, 1967
  • Heaven Help Us – August 14, 1967
  • The Jones Boys – August 21, 1967

[citation needed]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Brooks, Tim; Marsh, Earle (1999). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows 1946-Present (7th ed.). New York: The Ballentine Publishing Group. p. 1077. ISBN 0-345-42923-0.
  2. ^ a b Monush, Barry (2011-06-01). Lucille Ball FAQ: Everything Left to Know About America's Favorite Redhead. Rowman & Littlefield. ISBN 978-1-55783-940-4. Retrieved May 27, 2021.
  3. ^ a b Pitts, Michael R. (2003-06-04). Charles Bronson: The 95 Films and the 156 Television Appearances. McFarland. p. 314. ISBN 978-0-7864-1702-5. Retrieved May 27, 2021.

External linksEdit

  • Vacation Playhouse at IMDb