CBC Television Network

CBC Television Theatre

Network: CBC Television Network

Broadcast Run: 1953 to 1954

Broadcast Medium: Television

From its first week, and for nearly a decade after, the CBC English language service featured a regular ninety-minute program of television drama. At the time, in fact, it was the only hour and a half drama on the air in North America. CBC Television Theatre, also known as CBC Theatre, was the title for the sustaining series. Mavor Moore, the chief producer for CBC Television in Toronto, served as the series’ supervisor, and produced programs, in rotation with Robert Allen, Peter McDonald, David Greene, and Silvio Narizzano.

When the program took on a sponsor,  one in four programs in the series were titled  Ford Television Theatre.   CBC-TV also ran an unrelated weekly series of half-hour dramas under Ford sponsorship during the early TV years.  These were produced and directed in rotation by Murray Chercover, Arthur Hiller and Leo Orenstein, and featuring original scripts from mostly Canadian writers, including Charles Israel and Sidney Furie.

Written by John Corcelli – April, 2002