Four Star Playhouse | Dick Powell Crime Compilation | David Niven | Dick Powell | Charles Boyer



Dick Powell combats CRIME in seven episodes of Four Star Playhouse (1952-1956). The show featured four rotating stars, Charles Boyer, David Niven, Ida Lupino, and Dick Powell in anthology episodes ranging from comedy to drama.

Stars: David Niven, Dick Powell, Charles Boyer

0:00. The Contest (1954) – A detective investigates a murder in which his brother and his fiancee are the chief suspects.

25: 40. Detective’s Holiday (1954) – A detective must decide whether to arrest a young woman wanted for questioning by the police or to forget he ever saw her.

51:28. The Gun (1954) – A police detective returns home to his family one morning only to have his meal interrupted by a constant stream of people: the milkman, his neighbor, the postman, the grocery boy, and a salesman. Afterwards, he finds that his gun is missing. In a panic that slowly turns to paranoia, he realizes that each of the visitors had said something that makes them a suspect.

1:17:40. A Spray of Bullets (1955) – A sheriff tries to keep his failing eyesight a secret, but a vicious outlaw learns the truth and challenges the lawman to a gun battle.

1:42:52. The Witness (1953) – A defense attorney idles in a swank restaurant while his client’s on trial for murder. The attorney’s PIs search for a female witness who can get the defendant off, so the attorney avoids court to keep delaying the trial. But as the judge’s temper boils, the attorney wonders if the woman really exists. With Charles Bronson.

2:12:38. A Study in Panic (1954) – Wise-guy newspaperman Fred Jordan writes a column making fun of “normal” men who panic during a fire. Soon afterward he gets a letter from a deranged man who promises Jordan that he will soon know the “real” meaning of the word “panic”–because within 24 hours, the man is going to kill Jordan.

2:38:00 A Fair Trial (1954) – Chicago television newsman Dave Sheridan (Dick Powell) arrives in a small Ohio town, Hadenville, where Richard Fulton has just been lynched. The chief of police (Edward R. Platt) tells Sheridan he confessed to killing sweet old Mrs. Winslow and the town went wild. Sheridan plans on doing a piece exposing how sick the town is. Hotel clerk Carol (Jean Howell) wants him to give the town a “fair trial.”

130 episodes of Four Star Playhouse were produced 1952 to 1956. The show featured four rotating stars, Charles Boyer, David Niven, Ida Lupino, and Dick Powell in anthology episodes ranging from comedy to drama.

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