Lux Theatre (1950–1959)


Lux Theatre (TV Series 1950–1959)
Lux Video Theatre (original title)

Live dramatic shows featuring Hollywood stars. Initially, the show was a thirty-minute weekly show, but when it moved to NBC in August 1954, the show was extended to sixty minutes, and the plays were primarily adaptations of motion pictures, and a host was added. The host would introduce each act, and would conduct an interview with the stars at the end of the play.
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Creator Richard Goode
Creator Fielder Cook
Creator Katherine Albert
Creator Ronald Alexander
Release Date1950-10-01
GenreComedy, Drama
Content Rating
AwardsNominated for 5 Primetime Emmys6 nominations total
CompanyJ. Walter Thompson Agency
Ken Carpenter
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Lux Video Theatre

Lux Video Theatre is an American television anthology series that was produced from 1950 until 1957. The series presented both comedy and drama in original teleplays, as well as abridged adaptations of films and plays.


The Lux Video Theatre was a spin-off from the successful Lux Radio Theater series broadcast on the NBC Blue Network (1934-1935) and CBS (1935–55).

Lux Video Theatre began as a live 30-minute Monday evening CBS series on October 2, 1950, switching to Thursday nights during August, 1951. In September 1953, the show relocated from New York to Hollywood. In August 1954, it moved to NBC as an hour-long show on Thursday nights, telecast until September 12, 1957. With the introduction of the one-hour format and the move to Hollywood, abridged versions of popular films were often used as the basis for shows.

To introduce each act and interview the stars at the conclusion, NBC added a series of regular hosts: James Mason (1954–55), Otto Kruger (1955–56), Gordon MacRae (1956–57) and Ken Carpenter (1955-57). Kruger recalled:

New episodes were broadcast during the summer as the Summer Video Theatre. In 1957-58, Lux shifted sponsorship to a half-hour musical variety show, The Lux Show Starring Rosemary Clooney.

For the 1958-59 season, the dramatic series was brought back with a new name, Lux Playhouse. The new series alternated weeks with Schlitz Playhouse.

The series finished in the Nielsen ratings at #30 in the 1950-1951 season and #25 in 1955-1956.

Notable guest stars

Among those cast in the productions were:

  • Julie Adams
  • Mary Astor
  • Anne Bancroft
  • William Bendix
  • Joan Blondell
  • Richard Boone
  • Ernest Borgnine
  • Eddie Bracken
  • Scott Brady
  • Walter Brennan
  • Barbara Britton
  • Charles Bronson
  • Raymond Burr
  • Hoagy Carmichael
  • Art Carney
  • Jack Carson
  • Rosemary Clooney
  • Lee J. Cobb
  • Charles Coburn
  • Nat 'King' Cole
  • Jackie Cooper
  • Broderick Crawford
  • Bing Crosby
  • Robert Cummings
  • Arlene Dahl
  • Laraine Day
  • James Dean
  • Melvyn Douglas
  • Paul Douglas (actor)
  • Joanne Dru
  • Nelson Eddy
  • Bill Erwin
  • Barry Fitzgerald
  • Nina Foch
  • Janet Gaynor
  • Coleen Gray
  • Eileen Heckart
  • Van Heflin
  • Charlton Heston
  • William Holden
  • Celeste Holm
  • Bob Hope
  • Miriam Hopkins
  • Dennis Hopper
  • Rock Hudson
  • Dean Jagger
  • David Janssen
  • Shirley Jones
  • Boris Karloff
  • Buster Keaton
  • Grace Kelly
  • Veronica Lake
  • Burt Lancaster
  • Angela Lansbury
  • Cloris Leachman
  • Jack Lemmon
  • Gene Lockhart
  • June Lockhart
  • Jack Lord
  • Peter Lorre
  • Dayton Lummis
  • Jeanette MacDonald
  • Fred MacMurray
  • Dorothy Malone
  • Herbert Marshall
  • Fredric March
  • James Mason
  • Raymond Massey
  • Carole Mathews
  • Walter Matthau
  • Mercedes McCambridge
  • Roddy McDowell
  • Dorothy McGuire
  • Butterfly McQueen
  • Sal Mineo
  • Vera Miles
  • Thomas Mitchell (actor)
  • Rita Moreno
  • Dennis Morgan
  • Audie Murphy
  • Don Murray (actor)
  • Kim Novak
  • Margaret O'Brien
  • Maureen O'Hara
  • Maureen O'Sullivan
  • Geraldine Page
  • Lilli Palmer
  • Dick Powell
  • Robert Preston (actor)
  • Vincent Price
  • Luise Rainer
  • Edward G. Robinson
  • Basil Rathbone
  • Ronald Reagan
  • Thelma Ritter
  • Lizabeth Scott
  • Karen Sharpe
  • Ann Sheridan
  • Sylvia Sidney
  • Alexis Smith
  • Karen Steele
  • Rod Steiger
  • Jan Sterling
  • Robert Sterling
  • Rod Taylor
  • Phyllis Thaxter
  • Franchot Tone
  • Claire Trevor
  • Roland Young
  • Beverly Washburn
  • James Whitmore
  • Esther Williams
  • Natalie Wood
  • Joanne Woodward
  • Teresa Wright