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Gulf Playhouse

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Gulf Playhouse
GenreDramatic anthology
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
Original networkNBC
Original releaseOctober 3, 1952 (1952-10-03) –
September 11, 1953 (1953-09-11)

Gulf Playhouse, also known as Gulf Playhouse: 1st Person and First Person Playhouse, was an American anthology series that aired on Friday nights from 1952–53 on NBC.[1] Originally conceived as a standard live dramatic anthology series, it was later redeveloped as a summer replacements series whose anthology stories were now told as seen through the "eye" of the camera. The actors in each episode would talk to the camera as if it were a person, animal or object.[1]

The series ran for twenty-four episodes with stars that included Rod Steiger, Tony Randall, Kim Stanley, Eddie Bracken, Ward Bond, Wendell Corey, and Kim Hunter. The show's sponsor was Gulf Oil, and it was produced and directed by Frank Telford.[2] Among its other directors was Arthur Penn.


  1. ^ a b Tim Brooks; Earle Marsh (2003). "Gulf Playhouse, 1st Person (Dramatic Anthology)". The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows 1946–Present (Eighth ed.). New York: Ballantine Books. p. 493. ISBN 978-0-345-45542-0.
  2. ^ "Gulf Playhouse (1952-53)". Classic TV Archive. Retrieved October 6, 2014.
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