Mr. Broadway is an American 13-episode CBS adventure and drama television series starring Craig Stevens as New York City public relations specialist Mike Bell. The program aired at 9 p.m. Eastern time Saturdays from September 26 to December 26, 1964. Also featured were Bell's assistant, Toki, portrayed by Lani Miyazaki, and his police contact, Hank McClure, played by Horace McMahon. Mr. Broadway, a Talent Associates Production, was created by Garson Kanin and produced by David Susskind and Daniel Melnick. Dave Brubeck supplied the music and theme. It was shot on location in New York City.
Liza Minnelli with Horace McMahon in "Nightingale for Sale", 1964.
|Created by||Garson Kanin|
|Theme music composer||Dave Brubeck|
|Opening theme||"Theme From 'Mr. Broadway'"|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||13|
|Executive producer(s)||David Susskind|
|Running time||60 min.|
|Production company(s)||Talent Associates, in association with the CBS Television Network|
|Picture format||Black and white|
|Original release||September 26 –|
December 26, 1964
Although Mr. Broadway only broadcast 13 episodes, it featured some notable guest stars, including Jason Robards, Lauren Bacall, Tuesday Weld, Jill St. John, Art Carney and Liza Minnelli in her first dramatic TV role. Notable episodes include guest appearances by Minelli as Minnie in "Nightingale for Sale"; Sandy Dennis in "Don't Mention My Name in Sheboygan", and Lauren Bacall as Barbara Lake, with Martin Balsam as Nate Bannerman, in "Something to Sing About". Other episodes are "An Eye on Emily" (the series' pilot) with Tuesday Weld as Emily and Oleg Cassini as himself, "Take a Walk Through a Cemetery" with Lauren Bacall, again, but also with Jason Robards, Jr., and St. John. "Try to Find a Spy" with Barbara Feldon and Simon Oakland, "Between the Rats and the Finks" with Larry Hagman, Dyan Cannon, Bruce Gordon, and Patrick McVey, "The He-She Chemistry" with Tammy Grimes, "Maggie, Queen of the Jungle", with Nina Foch in the title role, "Smelling Like a Rose" with Art Carney, Hal Roach, and Tina Louise, "Bad Little Rich Girl" with Diana Van der Vlis as Mary Beth Warren and Larry Pennell as John Chambers, "Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones" with Philip Abbott as Geoffrey Karr and Lola Albright as Duff Daniels. Albright had been Stevens's co-star on Peter Gunn, and "Pay Now, Die Later", the series finale, with David Wayne as John Zeck and John Ireland as Jimmy King. In the latter episode the wealthy Zeck hires Mike Bell to write his obituary ahead of his death.
Mr. Broadway aired following the new sitcom Gilligan's Island and preceding the durable Western, Gunsmoke. Its competition was the Saturday Night Movie on NBC, and the second half of The Lawrence Welk Show and the first half of The Hollywood Palace on ABC.
|No.||Title||Original air date|
|1–1||"An Eye On Emily" (pilot)||September 26, 1964|
|Mike is asked by a friend from Cincinnati to serve as a guide for his daughter (Tuesday Weld) while she's in New York City.|
|1–2||"Take A Walk Through A Cemetery"||October 3, 1964|
|A textile tycoon puts his family name in jeopardy, forcing Mike to help him out.|
|1–3||"Try To Find A Spy"||October 10, 1964|
|Mike is fired by a client after he's accused of pirating the company's invention.|
|1–4||"Between the Rats and the Finks"||October 17, 1964|
|A nightclub comic asks Mike for protection from a newspaper columnist.|
|1–5||"Nightingale For Sale"||October 24, 1964|
|Mike helps launch the career of a young, unknown opera singer (Liza Minnelli)|
|1–6||"The He-She Chemistry"||October 31, 1964|
|Settling a long-time theatrical feud is the job facing Mike.|
|1–7||"Don't Mention My Name In Sheboygan"||November 7, 1964|
|A wheeler-dealer (Chester Morris) from the Midwest accuses Mike of blackmail.|
|1–8||"Maggie, Queen of the Jungle"||November 21, 1964|
|Mike attempts to help a fading designer (Nina Foch) with her fashion show in order to help her regain her prestige.|
|1–9||"Smelling Like A Rose"||November 28, 1964|
|Mike looks into a homicide in which an artist was found dead in the home of a wealthy publisher (Art Carney).|
|1–10||"Bad Little Rich Girl"||December 5, 1964|
|A wealthy socialite (Diana van der Vlis) is on the verge of withdrawing her support of a boys' summer camp until Mike gets involved.|
|1–11||"Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones"||December 12, 1964|
|A woman enlists Mike's help to try and get her daughter to love the politician she intends to marry.|
|1–12||"Something To Sing About"||December 19, 1964|
|A down-and-out singer (Lauren Bacall) is given a new lease on life, thanks to Mike.|
|1–13||"Pay Now, Die Later"||December 26, 1964|
|The owner of a hauling company (David Wayne) puts his life at risk with organized crime after he sells his business.|
- Alex McNeil, Total Television, New York: Penguin Books, 1996, 4th ed.
- "Mr Broadway". TV Guide. Retrieved 17 May 2014.