The Dick Powell Show is an American television anthology series that ran on NBC from September 26, 1961, until September 17, 1963, primarily sponsored by the Reynolds Metals Company. It was hosted by longtime film star Dick Powell until his death from lung cancer on January 2, 1963, then by a series of guest hosts (under the revised title The Dick Powell Theater) until the series ended. The first of these hosts was Gregory Peck, who began the January 8 program with a tribute to Powell, recognizing him as "a great and good friend to our industry." Peck was followed by fellow actors such as Robert Mitchum, Frank Sinatra, Ronald Reagan, Glenn Ford, Charles Boyer, Jackie Cooper, Rock Hudson, Milton Berle, Jack Lemmon, Dean Martin, Robert Taylor, Steve McQueen, David Niven, Danny Thomas, Robert Wagner, and John Wayne.
|The Dick Powell Show|
|Also known as||The Dick Powell Theater|
|Directed by||Blake Edwards, Sam Peckinpah, Ralph Nelson, Arthur Hiller, Robert Ellis Miller, Lewis Allen, Ray Milland, Buzz Kulik, Don Medford|
|Composer||Herschel Burke Gilbert|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||60|
|Running time||45–48 minutes|
|Production company||Four Star Television|
|Original release||September 26, 1961 –|
April 30, 1963
The series was an anthology of various dramas and comedies. It featured many future stars, producers, and directors early in their careers, including Aaron Spelling, Sam Peckinpah, and Bruce Geller. Blake Edwards wrote and directed a number of episodes, including two featuring Robert Vaughn as an Ivy League private eye known as "The Boston Terrier". Several episodes, including those featuring The Boston Terrier, doubled as pilots for potential Four Star Television series, including an unsuccessful attempt to revive The Westerner in a modern-day setting, featuring Lee Marvin in Brian Keith's original role. The original pilot episode for Burke's Law ("Who Killed Julie Greer?"), starring Powell as Amos Burke, appeared as the debut episode of this series.
The Dick Powell Show was one of the many productions of Four Star Television. The series' theme, "More Than Love" ("Theme from The Dick Powell Show") and the majority of musical compositions heard throughout the series were the work of Herschel Burke Gilbert.
The Navy Motion Picture Service made The Dick Powell Show available for viewing aboard ships in 1964. Episodes were packaged with episodes of The Untouchables in 108-minute programs on 16-millimeter film.
In 1962, Peckinpah directed and co-wrote the episode "Pericles on 31st Street, which featured Theodore Bikel, Carroll O'Connor, Arthur O'Connell, and Strother Martin.
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- Du Brow, Rick (January 9, 1963). "Brief Eulogy by Peck Opens Dick Powell Show". Reading Eagle. p. 52. Retrieved June 22, 2022.
- "Stars fill in for Powell who's been ordered to rest". The Press-Courier. United Press International. December 11, 1962. p. 12. Retrieved June 22, 2022.
- "List of New Motion Pictures And TV Series Available To Ships and Overseas Bases". All Hands. May 1964. pp. 40–41. Retrieved June 22, 2022.
- Seydor, Paul (1999). Peckinpah: The Western Films : a Reconsideration. University of Illinois Press. p. 393. ISBN 978-0-252-06835-5. Retrieved June 22, 2022.