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Vacation Playhouse was an American comedy and drama which was broadcast during the Summer months on CBS from July 22, 1963–August 21, 1967. The series aired fifty episodes.[1]

Vacation Playhouse
Vacation playhouse.jpg
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)
Composer(s)Jerry Fielding
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons5
No. of episodes50
Production
Executive producer(s)Warren Lewis
William Dozier
Producer(s)Hal Kanter
Arthur Julian
Jack Donohue
Stanley Shpetner
Edward H. Feldman
Jim McGinn
Production location(s)Desilu Studios
CBS Television City
Editor(s)Bill Heath
Robert L. Swanson
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)Bing 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)

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PremiseEdit

Vacation Playhouse premiered on Monday, July 22, 1963 on CBS. The show aired as a Summer replacement for CBS's popular sitcom The Lucy Show which starred Lucille Ball.

The series was a showcase for previously unaired, primarily Desilu, unsold television pilot films. This half hour anthology became a home for several failed attempts at episodic programing which did not make a final cut on to a prime time network fall schedule. Considered "dogs" among media insiders, this short run summer program became a successful outlet for a financial return on these previously shelved productions. Another incentive was the lesser expense compared to earlier original limited run summer "filler" shows with big-name hosts and guest stars. During its later years, producers found a lack of first-run material on hand. During these final seasons, repeat broadcasts of shows from previous seasons began. During its 1966 summer run, the series aired eight new pilots and two repeats. For the 1967 final season, five new pilots and four repeats.

The final episode aired Monday, August 21, 1967 after four years, five seasons, and fifty episodes.[2][3]

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 as a Summer replacement for The Lucy Show. During its third season, (1965), the series aired on Friday nights from 9:30-10PM as a Summer replacement for Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.. 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 14 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 9 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

  • Love Affair For Just 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 - July 18, 1965
  • The Brave Duke - July 25, 1965
  • Luke and the Tenderfoot Part I - August 1, 1965
  • Luke and the Tenderfoot Part II - August 8, 1965
  • 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

  • Hey Teacher - July 4, 1966
  • 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 Google - July 24, 1967
  • Alfred of the Amazon - July 31, 1967
  • Heaven Help Us - August 7, 1967
  • The Jones Boys - August 14, 1967

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Vacation Playhouse (1963-1967)". www.imdb.com. Retrieved October 9, 2014.[unreliable source?]
  2. ^ "Status Guide - "Vacation Playhouse"". www.tvobscurities.com. Retrieved October 11, 2014.
  3. ^ "Vacation Playhouse CBS (ended 1967)". www.tv.com. Retrieved October 11, 2014.
  4. ^ "Vacation Playhouse Episode Guide". www.tv.com. Retrieved October 12, 2014.
  5. ^ "Vacation Playhouse (1963-67)". ctva.biz. Retrieved October 12, 2014.

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