Four Star Playhouse

Four Star Playhouse

1952 - 2013, Drama, Arts / Culture
Anthology series features four rotating stars.
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Episode Guide

  • Four Star Playhouse - Success Story (Season 4 Episode 42)
    Season 4 Episode 42:

    Success Story

    A hospital stay leads a driven businessman to re-examine his perspective on life.

  • Four Star Playhouse - The Stand-In (Season 4 Episode 41)
    Season 4 Episode 41:

    The Stand-In

    An actress finds her aspirations turning to bitterness as she spends her career standing in for a well-known actress.

  • Four Star Playhouse - Yellowbelly (Season 4 Episode 40)
    Season 4 Episode 40:

    Yellowbelly

    A bitter veteran, re-called to combat in Korea, is considered a coward by the young members of his company.

  • Four Star Playhouse - Distinguished Service (Season 4 Episode 39)
    Season 4 Episode 39:

    Distinguished Service

  • Four Star Playhouse - The Stacked Deck (Season 4 Episode 38)
    Season 4 Episode 38:

    The Stacked Deck

    A blackmailer just out of prison has plans to launder money through Willie's casino.

  • Four Star Playhouse - Woman Afraid (Season 4 Episode 37)
    Season 4 Episode 37:

    Woman Afraid

    A bored wife goes looking for excitement and finds more than she expected.

  • Four Star Playhouse - Second Chance (Season 4 Episode 36)
    Season 4 Episode 36:

    Second Chance

    A screenwriter's big break is complicated by the actress he's dating.

  • Four Star Playhouse - Watch the Sunset (Season 4 Episode 35)
    Season 4 Episode 35:

    Watch the Sunset

    A man whose wife is ill falls in love with his secretary.

  • Four Star Playhouse - Beneath the Surface (Season 4 Episode 34)
    Season 4 Episode 34:

    Beneath the Surface

    A woman's new life is jeopardized by an ex-convict from her past who demands her help.

  • Four Star Playhouse - One Forty-Two (Season 4 Episode 33)
    Season 4 Episode 33:

    One Forty-Two

    Citizens of a country plot to murder their tyrannical dictator with their minds.

  • Four Star Playhouse - The Other Room (Season 4 Episode 32)
    Season 4 Episode 32:

    The Other Room

    A penniless professor agrees to an unusual deal in exchange for cash.

  • Four Star Playhouse - That Woman (Season 4 Episode 31)
    Season 4 Episode 31:

    That Woman

    A widowed city woman moves in with her brother on the farm, scandalizing his country neighbors.

  • Four Star Playhouse - A Long Way From Texas (Season 4 Episode 30)
    Season 4 Episode 30:

    A Long Way From Texas

    Hired to teach a woman to play cards, Willie Dante also finds himself teaching her husband how to deal with dishonest gamblers.

  • Four Star Playhouse - Touch and Go (Season 4 Episode 29)
    Season 4 Episode 29:

    Touch and Go

    A man has four hours to find the only person who can prove he did not murder his friend.

  • Four Star Playhouse - Wall of Bamboo (Season 4 Episode 28)
    Season 4 Episode 28:

    Wall of Bamboo

    The fate of an American intelligence officer lies in the hands of a brutal Westerner who has risen to power in Communist China.

  • Four Star Playhouse - Autumn Carousel (Season 4 Episode 27)
    Season 4 Episode 27:

    Autumn Carousel

    A chance meeting on a train causes a writer to re-examine his priorities.

  • Four Star Playhouse - The Rites of Spring (Season 4 Episode 26)
    Season 4 Episode 26:

    The Rites of Spring

    A husband's joke on his wife leads him to question her loyalty.

  • Four Star Playhouse - The Case of Emily Cameron (Season 4 Episode 25)
    Season 4 Episode 25:

    The Case of Emily Cameron

    Ida Lupino stars as an embittered invalid crippled in an auto accident.

  • Four Star Playhouse - Desert Encounter (Season 4 Episode 24)
    Season 4 Episode 24:

    Desert Encounter

    A chance encounter leads a famous author to fall in love.

  • Four Star Playhouse - To Die at Midnight (Season 4 Episode 23)
    Season 4 Episode 23:

    To Die at Midnight

    A prison warden tries to prove the innocence of a man scheduled for execution.

  • Four Star Playhouse - Red Wine (Season 4 Episode 22)
    Season 4 Episode 22:

    Red Wine

  • Four Star Playhouse - Once to Every Woman (Season 4 Episode 21)
    Season 4 Episode 21:

    Once to Every Woman

    A spinster schoolteacher falls in love for the first time.

  • Four Star Playhouse - Command (Season 4 Episode 20)
    Season 4 Episode 20:

    Command

    An ambitious first mate takes advantage of his elderly captain's mistake.

  • Four Star Playhouse - No Limit (Season 4 Episode 19)
    Season 4 Episode 19:

    No Limit

    A restaurateur tries to raise money to re-open his establishment.

  • Four Star Playhouse - Safe Keeping (Season 4 Episode 18)
    Season 4 Episode 18:

    Safe Keeping

    A newspaperman smuggling a document is targeted by a beautiful spy.

  • Four Star Playhouse - The Listener (Season 4 Episode 17)
    Season 4 Episode 17:

    The Listener

    A woman's plot to kill her husband is overheard.

  • Four Star Playhouse - High Stakes (Season 4 Episode 16)
    Season 4 Episode 16:

    High Stakes

    A gambler's kindness to a beautiful socialite gets him into trouble.

  • Four Star Playhouse - Tunnel of Fear (Season 4 Episode 15)
    Season 4 Episode 15:

    Tunnel of Fear

    Traveling by train, a wealthy, wheelchair-bound man is confronted by the man he cheated 20 years earlier.

  • Four Star Playhouse - Magic Night (Season 4 Episode 14)
    Season 4 Episode 14:

    Magic Night

    Feeling unappreciated, a bookkeeper treats himself to a night on the town.

  • Four Star Playhouse - Dark Meeting (Season 4 Episode 13)
    Season 4 Episode 13:

    Dark Meeting

    A bowling alley owner is jeopardized by an employee's dark past.

  • Four Star Playhouse - Something Very Special (Season 4 Episode 12)
    Season 4 Episode 12:

    Something Very Special

  • Four Star Playhouse - One Way Out (Season 4 Episode 11)
    Season 4 Episode 11:

    One Way Out

  • Four Star Playhouse - A Place Full of Strangers (Season 4 Episode 10)
    Season 4 Episode 10:

    A Place Full of Strangers

    An overworked executive attempts to escape from the people who put pressure on him.

  • Four Star Playhouse - The Thin Line (Season 4 Episode 9)
    Season 4 Episode 9:

    The Thin Line

    After his release from a mental hospital, a musician seeks to learn why he tried to kill his ex-wife.

  • Four Star Playhouse - Looking Glass House (Season 4 Episode 8)
    Season 4 Episode 8:

    Looking Glass House

    A woman competes with her lover's memories.

  • Four Star Playhouse - Here Comes the Suit (Season 4 Episode 7)
    Season 4 Episode 7:

    Here Comes the Suit

  • Four Star Playhouse - Devil to Pay (Season 4 Episode 6)
    Season 4 Episode 6:

    Devil to Pay

  • Four Star Playhouse - A Spray of Bullets (Season 4 Episode 5)
    Season 4 Episode 5:

    A Spray of Bullets

    An outlaw challenges a sheriff whose eyesight is failing.

  • Four Star Playhouse - Full Circle (Season 4 Episode 4)
    Season 4 Episode 4:

    Full Circle

  • Four Star Playhouse - Let the Chips Fall (Season 4 Episode 3)
    Season 4 Episode 3:

    Let the Chips Fall

    A cardshark is hired to determine if a men's club member is cheating. Charles Boyer stars.

  • Four Star Playhouse - Face of Danger (Season 4 Episode 2)
    Season 4 Episode 2:

    Face of Danger

    An elderly woman reminisces about her life in the wild west and her encounters with a notorious outlaw.

  • Four Star Playhouse - The Firing Squad (Season 4 Episode 1)
    Season 4 Episode 1:

    The Firing Squad

    A World War II Australian army officer is ordered to execute a deserter.

  • Four Star Playhouse - Award (Season 3 Episode 38)
    Season 3 Episode 38:

    Award

    After bombing on Broadway, an arrogant actress takes acting lessons from a director.

  • Four Star Playhouse - The Frightened Woman (Season 3 Episode 37)
    Season 3 Episode 37:

    The Frightened Woman

    A woman believes she's going crazy when she apparently steps back in time.

  • Four Star Playhouse - The Executioner (Season 3 Episode 36)
    Season 3 Episode 36:

    The Executioner

  • Four Star Playhouse - Broken Journey (Season 3 Episode 35)
    Season 3 Episode 35:

    Broken Journey

  • Four Star Playhouse - Trudy (Season 3 Episode 34)
    Season 3 Episode 34:

    Trudy

  • Four Star Playhouse - Alias Mr. Hepp (Season 3 Episode 33)
    Season 3 Episode 33:

    Alias Mr. Hepp

    A con man who preys on rich women changes after meeting a sickly heiress.

  • Four Star Playhouse - Uncle Fred Flits By (Season 3 Episode 32)
    Season 3 Episode 32:

    Uncle Fred Flits By

    A prankster visits his stuffy nephew.

  • Four Star Playhouse - The House Always Wins (Season 3 Episode 31)
    Season 3 Episode 31:

    The House Always Wins

    Gangsters plan to rob Nick Dante's (Dick Powell) casino.

  • Four Star Playhouse - With All My Heart (Season 3 Episode 30)
    Season 3 Episode 30:

    With All My Heart

    A teacher's unhappy love life improves after a childhood sweetheart brings out her inner beauty.

  • Four Star Playhouse - Madeira, Madeira (Season 3 Episode 29)
    Season 3 Episode 29:

    Madeira, Madeira

    A writer falls for a friend's widow.

  • Four Star Playhouse - The Collar (Season 3 Episode 28)
    Season 3 Episode 28:

    The Collar

    A minister (David Niven) tries to save a tribe that holds him captive.

  • Four Star Playhouse - The Girl on the Bridge (Season 3 Episode 27)
    Season 3 Episode 27:

    The Girl on the Bridge

  • Four Star Playhouse - Night at Lark Cottage (Season 3 Episode 26)
    Season 3 Episode 26:

    Night at Lark Cottage

  • Four Star Playhouse - Henry and the Psychopathic Horse (Season 3 Episode 25)
    Season 3 Episode 25:

    Henry and the Psychopathic Horse

    A psychiatrist tries his hand at training a horse.

  • Four Star Playhouse - Eddie's Place (Season 3 Episode 24)
    Season 3 Episode 24:

    Eddie's Place

    A parolee finds herself in a legal bind.

  • Four Star Playhouse - The Returning (Season 3 Episode 23)
    Season 3 Episode 23:

    The Returning

    World War II ruins an English professor's plans to marry a Japanese woman.

  • Four Star Playhouse - Tusitala (Season 3 Episode 22)
    Season 3 Episode 22:

    Tusitala

    Robert Louis Stevenson (David Niven) spends his last days in Samoa.

  • Four Star Playhouse - The Wild Bunch (Season 3 Episode 21)
    Season 3 Episode 21:

    The Wild Bunch

    A man weds a woman with teen sons.

  • Four Star Playhouse - Fair Trial (Season 3 Episode 20)
    Season 3 Episode 20:

    Fair Trial

    A reporter (Dick Powell) decries a lynching.

  • Four Star Playhouse - A Kiss for Mr. Lincoln (Season 3 Episode 19)
    Season 3 Episode 19:

    A Kiss for Mr. Lincoln

    A woman learns to appreciate her spouse.

  • Four Star Playhouse - The Good Sister (Season 3 Episode 18)
    Season 3 Episode 18:

    The Good Sister

  • Four Star Playhouse - Breakfast in Bed (Season 3 Episode 17)
    Season 3 Episode 17:

    Breakfast in Bed

    A commercial artist wants to create a masterpiece.

  • Four Star Playhouse - Stuffed Shirt (Season 3 Episode 16)
    Season 3 Episode 16:

    Stuffed Shirt

    A botanist (Charles Boyer) with a bigamous wife is accused of murder.

  • Four Star Playhouse - A Bag of Oranges (Season 3 Episode 15)
    Season 3 Episode 15:

    A Bag of Oranges

  • Four Star Playhouse - Go Ahead and Jump (Season 3 Episode 14)
    Season 3 Episode 14:

    Go Ahead and Jump

    A cabbie commiserates with a potential suicide.

  • Four Star Playhouse - The Answer (Season 3 Episode 13)
    Season 3 Episode 13:

    The Answer

    An itinerant author's play changes the outlook of a burned-out Hollywood writer.

  • Four Star Playhouse - A Championship Affair (Season 3 Episode 12)
    Season 3 Episode 12:

    A Championship Affair

    Rivals compete at bridge and for a woman. With Charles Boyer, Vera Miles.

  • Four Star Playhouse - Bourbon Street (Season 3 Episode 11)
    Season 3 Episode 11:

    Bourbon Street

    A musician gets an anonymous letter.

  • Four Star Playhouse - Meet a Lonely Man (Season 3 Episode 10)
    Season 3 Episode 10:

    Meet a Lonely Man

    A socialite (Martha Hyer) wants to marry a simple hotel clerk (David Niven) whom she believes is a millionaire.

  • Four Star Playhouse - Marked Down (Season 3 Episode 9)
    Season 3 Episode 9:

    Marked Down

  • Four Star Playhouse - My Own Dear Dragon (Season 3 Episode 8)
    Season 3 Episode 8:

    My Own Dear Dragon

    His wife's (Vera Miles) ambition disturbs a playwright (Charles Boyer).

  • Four Star Playhouse - Vote of Confidence (Season 3 Episode 7)
    Season 3 Episode 7:

    Vote of Confidence

    A recently freed con man tries to convince an heiress' secretary that he needs money to supply an orphanage.

  • Four Star Playhouse - The Contest (Season 3 Episode 6)
    Season 3 Episode 6:

    The Contest

    A district attorney (Dick Powell) suspects his fiancee is shielding a murderer.

  • Four Star Playhouse - The Adolescent (Season 3 Episode 5)
    Season 3 Episode 5:

    The Adolescent

  • Four Star Playhouse - Wallet (Season 3 Episode 4)
    Season 3 Episode 4:

    Wallet

  • Four Star Playhouse - Interlude (Season 3 Episode 3)
    Season 3 Episode 3:

    Interlude

    A foreign correspondent helps a shy woman.

  • Four Star Playhouse - Never Explain (Season 3 Episode 2)
    Season 3 Episode 2:

    Never Explain

    A beachcomber (David Niven) may not be as inept as he seems.

  • Four Star Playhouse - The Man in the Cellar (Season 3 Episode 1)
    Season 3 Episode 1:

    The Man in the Cellar

    A psychiatrist (Charles Boyer) dismisses his child's tale of a man in the cellar as fantasy. With Dick Powell.

  • Four Star Playhouse - The Doctor and the Countess (Season 2 Episode 31)
    Season 2 Episode 31:

    The Doctor and the Countess

    A woman dupes a plastic surgeon.

  • Four Star Playhouse - Village in the City (Season 2 Episode 30)
    Season 2 Episode 30:

    Village in the City

    A Greenwich Village artist (David Niven) does not remember killing a model.

  • Four Star Playhouse - Masquerade (Season 2 Episode 29)
    Season 2 Episode 29:

    Masquerade

    A Mardi Gras costume ball turns sour when the host family learns a cousin has escaped from jail.

  • Four Star Playhouse - A Study in Panic (Season 2 Episode 28)
    Season 2 Episode 28:

    A Study in Panic

    A newspaper columnist is convinced he is being stalked by a disgruntled reader.

  • Four Star Playhouse - The Book (Season 2 Episode 27)
    Season 2 Episode 27:

    The Book

    A piece of paper found in a book leads an author (David Niven) to a group of spies.

  • Four Star Playhouse - Lady of the Orchids (Season 2 Episode 26)
    Season 2 Episode 26:

    Lady of the Orchids

    A lonely housewife (Lily Palmer) considers having an affair.

  • Four Star Playhouse - An Operation in Money (Season 2 Episode 25)
    Season 2 Episode 25:

    An Operation in Money

  • Four Star Playhouse - Detective's Holiday (Season 2 Episode 24)
    Season 2 Episode 24:

    Detective's Holiday

    A vacationing detective thinks he may have stumbled upon fugitives from the law.

  • Four Star Playhouse - Meet McGraw (Season 2 Episode 23)
    Season 2 Episode 23:

    Meet McGraw

    A brassy blonde (Audrey Totter) wants to ice a hard-as-nails private eye (Frank Lovejoy).

  • Four Star Playhouse - The Bomb (Season 2 Episode 22)
    Season 2 Episode 22:

    The Bomb

    Three people trapped in an abandoned farmhouse discover a live bomb in the basement. With David Niven.

  • Four Star Playhouse - The Gun (Season 2 Episode 21)
    Season 2 Episode 21:

    The Gun

    A detective desperately searches for the person who stole his loaded gun.

  • Four Star Playhouse - Second Dawn (Season 2 Episode 20)
    Season 2 Episode 20:

    Second Dawn

  • Four Star Playhouse - Indian Taker (Season 2 Episode 19)
    Season 2 Episode 19:

    Indian Taker

    An alcoholic (Ida Lupino) must return stolen jewelry. Directed by Blake Edwards.

  • Four Star Playhouse - A String of Beads (Season 2 Episode 18)
    Season 2 Episode 18:

    A String of Beads

  • Four Star Playhouse - The Bad Streak (Season 2 Episode 17)
    Season 2 Episode 17:

    The Bad Streak

    A man is determined to ruin his casino-owner father.

  • Four Star Playhouse - The Test (Season 2 Episode 16)
    Season 2 Episode 16:

    The Test

  • Four Star Playhouse - House for Sale (Season 2 Episode 15)
    Season 2 Episode 15:

    House for Sale

    An escaped killer (George MacCready) traps a woman (Ida Lupino).

  • Four Star Playhouse - The Gift (Season 2 Episode 14)
    Season 2 Episode 14:

    The Gift

    The boss becomes a Scrooge during the holidays.

  • Four Star Playhouse - Man of the World (Season 2 Episode 13)
    Season 2 Episode 13:

    Man of the World

    A married man (David Niven) picks up a young woman with a sordid past.

  • Four Star Playhouse - The Room (Season 2 Episode 12)
    Season 2 Episode 12:

    The Room

  • Four Star Playhouse - Girl on a Park Bench (Season 2 Episode 11)
    Season 2 Episode 11:

    Girl on a Park Bench

    A woman declares war on city hall by setting up house in a city park.

  • Four Star Playhouse - For Art's Sake (Season 2 Episode 10)
    Season 2 Episode 10:

    For Art's Sake

    A playboy seduces an art student.

  • Four Star Playhouse - The Hard Way (Season 2 Episode 9)
    Season 2 Episode 9:

    The Hard Way

  • Four Star Playhouse - Moorings (Season 2 Episode 8)
    Season 2 Episode 8:

    Moorings

    A shipping magnate becomes embroiled in the lives of a young boy and his blind mother.

  • Four Star Playhouse - Search in the Night (Season 2 Episode 7)
    Season 2 Episode 7:

    Search in the Night

    A diver retrieves a body, a purse, a wad of bills and a gun. With Frank Lovejoy.

  • Four Star Playhouse - A Matter of Advice (Season 2 Episode 6)
    Season 2 Episode 6:

    A Matter of Advice

  • Four Star Playhouse - The Witness (Season 2 Episode 5)
    Season 2 Episode 5:

    The Witness

    An attorney seeks a key witness.

  • Four Star Playhouse - Love at Sea (Season 2 Episode 4)
    Season 2 Episode 4:

    Love at Sea

  • Four Star Playhouse - A Place of His Own (Season 2 Episode 3)
    Season 2 Episode 3:

    A Place of His Own

    Charles Boyer stars as a war veteran whose family expects him to take the blame for a murder he didn't commit.

  • Four Star Playhouse - The Squeeze (Season 2 Episode 2)
    Season 2 Episode 2:

    The Squeeze

    A district attorney's son (Richard Jaekyl) wants a part of Nick Dante's (Dick Powell) back-room gambling.

  • Four Star Playhouse - Finale (Season 2 Episode 1)
    Season 2 Episode 1:

    Finale

  • Four Star Playhouse - Mr. Bingham (Season 1 Episode 20)
    Season 1 Episode 20:

    Mr. Bingham

  • Four Star Playhouse - Shadowed (Season 1 Episode 19)
    Season 1 Episode 19:

    Shadowed

  • Four Star Playhouse - To Whom It May Concern (Season 1 Episode 18)
    Season 1 Episode 18:

    To Whom It May Concern

    A bank employee mails a letter to his boss and goes on a frantic chase to get the letter back from the post office before it gets delivered.

  • Four Star Playhouse - Ladies on His Mind (Season 1 Episode 17)
    Season 1 Episode 17:

    Ladies on His Mind

    A psychiatrist loses his detachment.

  • Four Star Playhouse - Night Ride (Season 1 Episode 16)
    Season 1 Episode 16:

    Night Ride

  • Four Star Playhouse - The Last Voyage (Season 1 Episode 15)
    Season 1 Episode 15:

    The Last Voyage

  • Four Star Playhouse - The Man Who Walked Out on Himself (Season 1 Episode 14)
    Season 1 Episode 14:

    The Man Who Walked Out on Himself

    A wealthy man leaves his family to marry a much younger woman, prompting his mirror image to leave in disgust.

  • Four Star Playhouse - No Identity (Season 1 Episode 13)
    Season 1 Episode 13:

    No Identity

  • Four Star Playhouse - The Man in the Box (Season 1 Episode 12)
    Season 1 Episode 12:

    The Man in the Box

  • Four Star Playhouse - Sound Off, My Love (Season 1 Episode 11)
    Season 1 Episode 11:

    Sound Off, My Love

    A woman won't wear a hearing aid.

  • Four Star Playhouse - Trail's End (Season 1 Episode 10)
    Season 1 Episode 10:

    Trail's End

  • Four Star Playhouse - The Man on the Train (Season 1 Episode 9)
    Season 1 Episode 9:

    The Man on the Train

    No one else sees a man's (David Niven) former acquaintance on a train.

  • Four Star Playhouse - Knockout (Season 1 Episode 8)
    Season 1 Episode 8:

    Knockout

  • Four Star Playhouse - The Officer and His Lady (Season 1 Episode 7)
    Season 1 Episode 7:

    The Officer and His Lady

  • Four Star Playhouse - The Island (Season 1 Episode 6)
    Season 1 Episode 6:

    The Island

  • Four Star Playhouse - Welcome Home (Season 1 Episode 5)
    Season 1 Episode 5:

    Welcome Home

    A criminal meets a troubled youth.

  • Four Star Playhouse - Backstage (Season 1 Episode 4)
    Season 1 Episode 4:

    Backstage

    A director (Charles Boyer) befriends a despondent young woman.

  • Four Star Playhouse - The Lost Silk Hat (Season 1 Episode 3)
    Season 1 Episode 3:

    The Lost Silk Hat

    After a lovers' quarrel and a vow to never return, a man realizes he has left behind his silk hat.

  • Four Star Playhouse - Dante's Inferno (Season 1 Episode 2)
    Season 1 Episode 2:

    Dante's Inferno

  • Four Star Playhouse - My Wife Geraldine (Season 1 Episode 1)
    Season 1 Episode 1:

    My Wife Geraldine

    A man finds himself accused of murdering his wife, a woman he claims never existed.

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