The Chevrolet Tele-Theatre

The Chevrolet Tele-Theatre is an American anthology series that aired live on NBC Mondays at 8 pm EST from September 27, 1948 to June 26, 1950.[1] The program presented both news headlines and live dramatic performances of either original plays or works adapted for television from the stage. Sometimes the show was referred to as Chevrolet on Broadway or The Broadway Playhouse; particularly when the program was presenting an adapted stage work from New York City's theatre scene.[1]

The Chevrolet Tele-Theatre
Also known asChevrolet on Broadway
The Broadway Playhouse
Written byTad Mosel
Emlyn Williams
Ernest Kinoy
Directed byBarry Bernard
Garry Simpson
Gordon Duff (director)
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes82
EditorVic McLeod
Running time25 minutes
Original networkNBC
Picture formatBlack-and-white
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseSeptember 27, 1948 (1948-09-27) –
June 26, 1950 (1950-06-26)

Vic McLeod produced the program.[2]

Episode statusEdit

One episode from October 1949 is stored at the Library of Congress, along with three other episodes from that year, plus an episode from 1950. There are five kinescope recordings of 1948 programs also archived at Library of Congress, and an interview with one of the people involved in the production appears on the Archives of American Television Web Site. However, these aging 69+ year old kinescope film prints have yet to be transferred to modern media to ensure the survival of the episodes.


Guest starsEdit

Jonathan Harris's TV debut came on The Chevrolet Tele-Theatre in the 1949 episode "His Name Is Jason".[6]

Other actors who appeared in the series included:[citation needed]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Earle Marsh, Tim Brooks (1979). "The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network TV Shows, 1946-present". Ballantine Books. p. 145. ISBN 0-345-45542-8.
  2. ^ McNeil, Alex (1996). Total Television (4th ed.). New York, New York: Penguin Books USA, Inc. p. 822. ISBN 0-14-02-4916-8.
  3. ^ "Television Highlights of the Week". The Boston Globe. May 28, 1590. p. 30-A. Retrieved May 5, 2021 – via
  4. ^ "Television Highlights of the Week". The Boston Globe. June 4, 1950. p. 6 - A. Retrieved May 6, 2021 – via
  5. ^ "Television Highlights of the Week". The Boston Globe. June 25, 1950. p. 4-A. Retrieved May 13, 2021 – via
  6. ^ Gaughan, Gavin (December 17, 2002). "Jonathan Harris". The Guardian. England, London. p. 16. Retrieved April 23, 2021 – via

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