The Alcoa Hour

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The Alcoa Hour Cast

Vic Damone, Patrice Munsel, and Basil Rathbone
in episode #31, "The Stingiest Man in Town"

Series Description

The Alcoa Hour was a 60 minute anthology drama series on NBC with a few musicals thrown in for good measure.

The Alcoa Hour Trivia

The Alcoa Hour, as with many series of its day, was named for its principle sponsor, "Alcoa (Aluminum Company of America)". For the first eight episodes, the Alcoa Hour aired every other week with "The Goodyear Theatre" and "The Philco Television Playhouse" sharing the other weeks. For the rest of the series, the Alcoa Hour shared the timeslot solely with the Goodyear Theatre.

Some of the Alcoa Hour dramas were original scripts but most of them were adapted from successful novels or plays.

The Alcoa Hour was, in fact, so well admired for its first rate scripts that it had no problem whatsoever attracting big name movie and television stars to appear on the show. Some of the TV stars were: Boris Karloff ("Thriller"), Darren McGavin ("Kolchak: The Night Stalker"), Patrick Macnee ("The Prisoner"), Lorne Greene ("Bonanza"), June Lockhart ("Lost in Space"), Alan Hale Jr. ("Gilligan's Island"), Frank Sutton ("Gomer Pyle, USMC"), and many others!

All of the Alcoa Hour episodes were performed live!

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