John Hodiak Actor

John hodiak

John Hodiak (April 16, 1914 – October 19, 1955) was an American actor who worked in radio and film. He was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the son of Walter Hodiak (October 25, 1888 – August 21, 1962) and Anna Pogorzelec (February 28, 1888 – October 17, 1971). He was of Ukrainian and Polish descent. He grew up in Hamtramck, Michigan. Hodiak had his first theatrical experience at age eleven, acting in Ukrainian and Russian plays at the Ukrainian Catholic Church. From the moment he first appeared on the stage, he resolved to become an actor. He was not even swayed when as a third baseman on his local high school baseball team, he was offered a contract with a St. Louis Cardinals farm club. He turned the offer down. When Hodiak first tried out for a radio acting job, he was turned down because of his accent. He became a caddy at a Detroit golf course, then worked at a Chevrolet automobile factory – and practiced his diction. When he conquered the diction hurdle, he became a radio actor and moved to Chicago. There he created the role of the comic strip character Li'l Abner on radio.

Personal details

Date of birth
April 16th, 1914
Nationality
United States of America
Date of death
October 19th, 1955 at age of 41
Place of death
Tarzana, California, United States of America
Cause of death
Myocardial infarction

Family

Parents
Spouse
Children

Movie performances

Average rating by genre

GenreNum. of titlesAvg. rating
War96.77
Drama196.71
Action26.75
Western56.28
Crime76.51
Film-Noir56.48
Romance76.39
Comedy36.33
Adventure26.45

1. On the Threshold of Space (1956)

Drama
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98.0

On the Threshold of Space is a 1956 film directed by Robert D. Webb.

Awards

Top cast

Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
English
United States of America

2. Trial (1955)

Drama
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105.0
1 Show list

Trial is a 1955 American film directed by Mark Robson and written by Don Mankiewicz. It stars Glenn Ford, Dorothy McGuire, Arthur Kennedy and Juano Hernandez. It is about a Mexican boy accused of rape and murder; originally victimized by prejudiced accusers, he becomes a pawn of his communist defender, whose propaganda purposes would be best served by a verdict of guilty.

Awards

1955 Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture

Top cast

Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
English
United States of America

3. Dragonfly Squadron (1954)

War
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83.0
1 Show list

Dragonfly Squadron is an American Korean War war film by Lesley Selander from 1954 It is set in the period shortly before and during the invasion of South Korea by North Korean troops. The film was originally intended to be released as a 3D film, and was therefore filmed in dual 35mm Polaroid 3-D. But interest in 3D films greatly diminished towards the end of 1953, so when the film premiered in Los Angeles on January 27, 1954, and went on general release on March 21, 1954, only flat prints were shown. The first public showing in 3D happened at the World 3D Film Expo III in September 2013, where a restored version was shown.

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Capt. Warnowski
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
Harry Neumann
English
United States of America

4. Conquest of Cochise (1953)

Western
played Cochise
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3 Show list

Conquest of Cochise is a 1953 fictional and anachronistic Technicolor Western set in 1853 at the time of the Gadsen Purchase. Produced by "Jungle" Sam Katzman and directed by William Castle, it stars Robert Stack and John Hodiak.

Awards

Top cast

Maj. Tom Burke
Consuelo de Cordova
Mexican Minister
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
English
United States of America

5. Mission Over Korea (1953)

Drama, War
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85.0
Fred F. Sears

Mission Over Korea is a 1953 American war film released by Columbia Pictures, directed by Fred F. Sears, as his first feature-length film, from a story by former war correspondent Richard Tregaskis, author of Guadalcanal Diary. The film stars John Hodiak, John Derek, Audrey Totter and Maureen O'Sullivan. The Korean War provides the background, including combat footage photographed by producer Robert Cohn and a camera crew near the front lines. The prologue before the onscreen credits notes the film is "Dedicated to the Eighth United States Army, Fifth United States Air Force, Republic of Korea Army who made this film possible. To the men at Itazuki, Kwanju, Taego, Ouijanbu, Pusan, Inchon, Seoul where this story was photographed.

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Top cast

Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
English
United States of America

6. Ambush at Tomahawk Gap (1953)

Action, Romance, Western
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73.0
Fred F. Sears

Ambush at Tomahawk Gap is a film directed by Fred F. Sears released on May 5, 1953.

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Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
English
United States of America

7. The Sellout (1952)

Crime, Drama
played Charles 'Chick' Johnson
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83.0
Gerald Mayer
Charles Palmer
13 Show list

The Sellout is a 1952 American film noir directed by Gerald Mayer, starring Walter Pidgeon, John Hodiak, Audrey Totter and Paula Raymond.

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Top cast

Capt. Buck Maxwell
Bennie Amboy
Wilfred Jackson
Judge Neeler
Haven D. Allridge
Sam F. Slaper
Randloph 'Randy' Stauton
Sherrif Kellwin C. 'Casey' Burke
Nelson S. Tarsson
Cleo Bethel
Elk M. Ludens
Walter O. Hickby
Peggy Stauton
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
English
United States of America

8. Across the Wide Missouri (1951)

Adventure, Romance, Western
played Brecan
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78.0
21 Show list $5M

Across the Wide Missouri is a 1951 American Technicolor film based on historian Bernard DeVoto's book, Across the Wide Missouri. The film dramatizes an account of several fur traders and their interaction with the Native Americans. The film was directed by William A. Wellman and starred Clark Gable as cunning trapper Flint Mitchell, Ricardo Montalbán as Blackfoot Iron Shirt, John Hodiak as Brecan, María Elena Marqués as Kamiah, a Blackfoot chief's daughter Mitchell marries and later falls in love with, J. Carrol Naish as Nez Perce Looking Glass, and Adolphe Menjou as Pierre. Howard Keel, as Mitchell's son, "Chip Mitchell" narrates.

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Top cast

Old Bill
Capt. Humberstone Lyon
Flint Mitchell
Ironshirt
Brown
Baptiste DuNord
Gardipe
Tin Cup Owens
Looking Glass
Chip Mitchell
St. Leger
Bear Ghost
Gordon
Indian Chief
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
French, English
United States of America

9. The Miniver Story (1950)

Drama
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104.0

The Miniver Story is a 1950 film sequel to the successful 1942 film Mrs. Miniver. Like its predecessor, it was made by MGM and starred Greer Garson in the title role, but it was filmed on location in England. The film was directed by H.C. Potter and produced by Sidney Franklin, from a screenplay by George Froeschel and Ronald Millar based on characters created by Jan Struther. The music score was by Miklós Rózsa and Herbert Stothart, with additional music by Daniele Amfitheatrof and the cinematography by Joseph Ruttenberg. Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, Reginald Owen and Henry Wilcoxon played their original roles. Also in the cast were Peter Finch and James Fox in his first film appearance.

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Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
English
United States of America

10. A Lady Without Passport (1950)

Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
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74.0
Howard Dimsdale
,

A Lady Without Passport is a 1950 American film noir film directed by Joseph H. Lewis and starring Hedy Lamarr and John Hodiak. Written by Howard Dimsdale, the film is about a beautiful concentration-camp refugee who takes up residence in Cuba while waiting permission to enter the United States. An immigration agent decides to use her as bait to entrap the leader of an alien-smuggling ring. The agent falls in love with her, but she despises him for using her. This film marked the feature film debut of actor Steven Hill.

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Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
English
United States of America

11. Ambush (1950)

Western
played Capt. Ben Lorrison
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90.0
2 Show list

Ambush is a 1950 western film directed by Sam Wood and starring Robert Taylor, John Hodiak and Arlene Dahl. This was the last film directed by Sam Wood. Based on the serial story Ambush by Luke Short in The Saturday Evening Post. The movie was filmed on location at the Corriganville Ranch in Simi Valley, California, home of hundreds of western movies and television shows through the decades as well as such outdoor action films as The Adventures of Robin Hood and Jungle Jim. Additional location work for the film took place in and around Gallup, New Mexico.

Awards

Top cast

Ward Kinsman
Ann Duverall
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
Rudolph G. Kopp
Harold Lipstein
English
United States of America

12. Battleground (1949)

Action, War, Drama
played Jarvess
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118.0
34 Show list 4 Show list

Battleground is a 1949 American war film that tells the story of a company in the 327th Glider Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division trying to cope with the Siege of Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge in World War II. It stars Van Johnson, John Hodiak, Ricardo Montalban and George Murphy, and features James Whitmore. It was directed by William Wellman from a script by Robert Pirosh. The film is notable for portraying American soldiers as vulnerable and human, as opposed to just inspirational and gung-ho. While there is no question about their courage and steadfastness, each soldier has at least one moment in the film when he seriously considers running away, schemes to get sent away from the front line, slacks off, or complains about the situation he is in. Battleground is considered to be the first significant film about World War II to be made and released after the end of the war.

Awards

1949 Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
1949 Academy Award for Best Cinematography, Black-and-White
1949 Academy Award for Best Story and Screenplay
1949 Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay - Motion Picture

Top cast

German NCO
French Peasant Man #1
Warrant Officer
Roderigues
'Kipp' Kippton
The Chaplain
Holley
Tanker #1
G.I. Straggler #2
Army Colonel
Standiferd
Mess Sergeant
Garby
G.I. Straggler #3
K Company G.I. #2
Jim Layton
Sergeant
Major
William J. Hooper
Medic Private
'Pop' Stazak
Wolowicz
Denise
Runner #1
Abner Spudler
G.I. Non-Com
G.I. Straggler #1
G.I. #9
G.I. from the South
Casualty #1
Non-Com #1
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
World War II
English, German, French
United States of America

13. The Bribe (1949)

Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
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98.0
Pandro S. Berman
3 Show list

The Bribe is a 1949 American crime film noir directed by Robert Z. Leonard and written by Marguerite Roberts, based on a story written by Frederick Nebel. The drama features Robert Taylor, Ava Gardner, Charles Laughton, and Vincent Price.

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Top cast

Carwood
Elizabeth Hintten
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
English
United States of America

14. Malaya (1949)

Adventure, Drama
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98.0
2 Show list

Malaya is a 1949 war film starring Spencer Tracy and James Stewart and set in colonial Malaya during World War II. The movie was directed by Richard Thorpe. The supporting cast includes Lionel Barrymore, Sydney Greenstreet, John Hodiak and DeForest Kelley.

Awards

Top cast

John Royer
Carnaghan
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
World War II
English
United States of America

15. Command Decision (1948)

War, Drama
played Colonel Edward Rayton Martin
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111.0
,
William R. Laidlaw
14 Show list

Command Decision is a 1948 war film released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer starring Clark Gable, Walter Pidgeon, Van Johnson and Brian Donlevy and directed by Sam Wood, based on a stage play of the same name written by William Wister Haines, which he based on his best-selling novel. The screenplay for the film was written by George Froeschel and William R. Laidlaw. Haines' play ran on Broadway for almost a year beginning in October 1947. Although portraying the strategic bombing of Nazi Germany in World War II, the film has virtually no action scenes, taking place almost entirely within the confines of the headquarters of its protagonist. Depicting the political infighting of conducting a major war effort, the film's major theme is the emotional toll on commanders from ordering missions that result in high casualties, the effects of sustained combat on all concerned, and the nature of accountability for its consequences.

Awards

Top cast

Major Belding Davis
Brigadier General K.C. 'Casey' Dennis
Congressman Stone
Major General Roland Goodlow Kane
Congressman Arthur Malcolm
Major Desmond Lansing
TSgt. Immanuel T. Evans
Lieutenant Ansel Goldberg
Elmer Brockhurst
Brigadier General Clifton I. Garnet
Colonel Earnest Haley
Captain George Washington Bellpepper Lee
Major Homer V. Prescott
Major George Rockton
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
Aviation
World War II
English
United States of America

16. Homecoming (1948)

Drama, Romance, War
played Dr. Robert Sunday
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113.0
8 Show list

Homecoming is a 1948 romantic drama starring Clark Gable and Lana Turner. It was the third of their four films together, and like two of the others, was about a couple caught up in World War II.

Awards

Top cast

Col. Ulysses Delby 'Lee' Johnson
Miss Stoker
Mrs. Penny Johnson
Mrs. Kirby
Lt. Col. Avery Silver
'Monk' Monkevickz
Lt. Jane 'Snapshot' McCall
Staff Sgt. 'Mac' McKeen
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
United States of America

17. Love from a Stranger (1947)

Drama, Mystery, Romance
played Manuel Cortez
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81.0
James J. Geller
8 Show list

Love from a Stranger is a 1947 American film directed by Richard Whorf and starring John Hodiak and Sylvia Sidney. The film is also known as A Stranger Walked In in the United Kingdom.

Awards

Top cast

Cecily Harrington
Auntie Loo-Loo
Taxi Driver
Nigel Lawrence
Dr. Gribble
Billings
Mavis Wilson
Waitress
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
Michael Woulfe
English
United States of America

18. Desert Fury (1947)

Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
played Eddie Bendix
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96.0
8 Show list

Desert Fury is a 1947 Paramount Pictures color film noir drama directed by Lewis Allen and featuring Lizabeth Scott, John Hodiak and Burt Lancaster, with Mary Astor and Wendell Corey. The story was adapted for the screen by A.I. Bezzerides and Robert Rossen, based on the racy novel Desert Town by Ramona Stewart. The picture was produced by Hal Wallis, with music was by Miklós Rózsa and cinematography in Technicolor by Charles Lang.

Awards

Top cast

Tom Hanson
Johnny Ryan
Fritzi Haller
Sheriff Pat Johnson
Judge Berle Lindquist
Paula Haller
Mrs. Lindquist
Claire Lindquist
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
,
Edward Cronjager
English
United States of America

19. The Arnelo Affair (1947)

Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
played Tony Arnelo
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86.0
9 Show list

The Arnelo Affair is a 1947 crime mystery drama romance film based on the story by Jane Burr, written by Arch Oboler and directed by Arch Oboler.

Awards

Top cast

Ricky Parkson
Vivian Delwyn
McKingby
Clerk Weil
Anne Parkson
Det. Sam Leonard
Claire Lorrison
Theodore 'Ted' Parkson
Maybelle
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
Charles Salerno Jr.
English
United States of America

20. Somewhere in the Night (1946)

Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
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110.0
,
Anderson Lawler

Somewhere in the Night is a 1946 psychological thriller, directed and co-written by Joseph L. Mankiewicz.

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Top cast

Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
English
United States of America

21. Two Smart People (1946)

Crime, Drama, Romance
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
93.0
1 Show list

Two Smart People is a 1946 American film directed by Jules Dassin, and starring Lucille Ball and John Hodiak, Lloyd Nolan and Hugo Haas.

Awards

Top cast

Ricki Woodner
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
English
United States of America

22. The Harvey Girls (1946)

Comedy, Musical, Western
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
101.0
Edmund Beloin
,
James O'Hanlon
,
Nathaniel Curtis
, ,
Kay Van Riper
,
Harry Crane
2 Show list

The Harvey Girls is a 1946 MGM musical film based on the 1942 novel of the same name by Samuel Hopkins Adams, about Fred Harvey's famous Harvey House waitresses. Directed by George Sidney, the film stars Judy Garland and features John Hodiak, Ray Bolger, and Angela Lansbury, as well as Preston Foster, Virginia O'Brien, Kenny Baker, Marjorie Main and Chill Wills. Future star Cyd Charisse appears in her first film speaking role on film. The Harvey Girls won an Academy Award for Best Song for "On the Atchison, Topeka, and the Santa Fe", written by Harry Warren and Johnny Mercer. The film was a product of the Arthur Freed unit at MGM.

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Top cast

Deborah Andrews
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
English
United States of America

23. A Bell for Adano (1945)

Drama, War
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
103.0
1 Show list

A Bell for Adano is a film directed by Henry King starring John Hodiak and Gene Tierney. The film was adapted from the novel A Bell for Adano by John Hersey, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1945. In his 1945 review of the film, Bosley Crowther wrote, "... this easily vulnerable picture, which came to the Music Hall yesterday, is almost a perfect picturization of Mr. Hersey's book." The story concerns Italian-American U.S. Army Major Joppolo, who is placed in charge of the town of Adano during the invasion of Sicily. The title refers to Major Joppolo's attempts to replace the 700-year-old bell that was taken from the town by the Fascists at the start of the war to be melted down for ammunition. Through his actions, Joppolo also wins the trust and love of the people.

Awards

Top cast

Tina Tomasino
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
World War II
Italian, English
United States of America

24. Marriage Is a Private Affair (1944)

Comedy, War
played Lt. Tom Cochrane West
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116.0
Pandro S. Berman
9 Show list

Marriage is a Private Affair is a 1944 war-comedy film.

Awards

Top cast

Maj. Bob Wilton
Joseph I. Murdock
Theo Scofield West
Mr. Ed Scofield
Sissy Mortimer
Mr. Selworth
Ted Mortimer
Mrs. Irene Selworth
Capt. Miles Lancing
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
,
Ray June
English
United States of America

25. Maisie Goes to Reno (1944)

Comedy, Romance
played Philip Francis 'Flip' Hennahan
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90.0
George Haight
7 Show list

Maisie Goes to Reno is the eighth film starring Ann Sothern as Maisie Ravier, preceded by Swing Shift Maisie and followed by Up Goes Maisie. John Hodiak plays her love interest in this 1944 romantic comedy.

Awards

Top cast

Gloria Fullerton
Mr. Parsons
Maisie
Roger Pelham
Sgt. Bill Fullerton
Tommy Cutter
J.E. Clave
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
David Snell
,
Robert H. Planck
English
United States of America

26. Lifeboat (1944)

Thriller, War
played John Kovac
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96.0
8 Show list $1.59M

Lifeboat is an American film directed by Alfred Hitchcock from a story by John Steinbeck. The film stars Tallulah Bankhead with William Bendix. Also in the cast are Walter Slezak, Mary Anderson and John Hodiak. Additional roles in the boat were from Henry Hull, Heather Angel, Hume Cronyn, and Canada Lee. It is set entirely on a lifeboat during World War II. The film is the first in Hitchcock's "limited-setting" films, the others being Rope, Dial M for Murder, and Rear Window. The film received Academy Award nominations for Best Director, Best Original Story and Best Cinematography - Black and White.

Awards

Top cast

Stanley 'Sparks' Garett
Alice MacKenzie
Mrs. Higgins
Charles S. Rittenhouse
Gus Smith
Constance 'Connie' Porter
George 'Joe' Spencer
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
World War II
,
Glen MacWilliams
René Hubert
German, English
United States of America

27. Sunday Dinner for a Soldier (1944)

Drama, War
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85.0

Sunday Dinner for a Soldier is a 1944 motion picture directed by Lloyd Bacon and based on a novelette by Martha Cheavens.

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Top cast

Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
World War II
English
United States of America

28. A Stranger in Town (1943)

Drama, Romance
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
67.0

A Stranger in Town is a 1943 comedy-drama political film made by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. It was directed by Roy Rowland and produced by Robert Sisk from an original screenplay by Isobel Lennart and William Kozlenko. The film had a music score by Daniele Amfitheatrof and Nathaniel Shilkret, and cinematography by Sidney Wagner.

Awards

Top cast

Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
Sidney Wagner
English
United States of America

Guest TV appearances

The Loretta Young Show

Program genre

Drama

External resources

Letter to Loretta is an American anthology drama series telecast on NBC from September 1953 to June 1961 for a total of 165 episodes. The filmed show was hosted by Loretta Young who also played the lead in various episodes.nLetter to Loretta was sponsored by Procter & Gamble from 1953 through 1960. The final season's sponsor was Warner-Lambert's Listerine.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S03-E08 October 16th, 1955 Matt

Your Show of Shows

Program genre

Variety show
Sketch comedy

External resources

Your Show of Shows is a live 90-minute variety show that was broadcast weekly in the United States on NBC from February 25, 1950, through June 5, 1954, featuring Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca. Other featured performers were Carl Reiner, Howard Morris, Bill Hayes, Judy Johnson, The Hamilton Trio and the soprano Marguerite Piazza. José Ferrer made several guest appearances on the series.nIn 2002, Your Show of Shows was ranked #30 on TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S03-E17 January 12th, 1952

Wikipedia

Check John Hodiak on wikipedia.

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