Status Guide – “Stars Over Hollywood”

This half-hour dramatic series was broadcast by NBC on Wednesdays from 10:30PM to 11PM. It premiered on September 6th, 1950 and as far as I can tell, the final new episode was shown on May 16th, 1951. I’ve compiled a broadcast history of the series primarily from contemporary television listings in The New York Times. I also used several existing several existing episode guides for reference, including the Classic TV Archive and the IMDb.

Unfortunately, The New York Times never marked episodes as repeats and only occasionally included episode titles. Both the CTVA and the IMDb show “Girl or Ghost” airing on May 2nd, 1951 while The New York Times has it airing as the third episode of the series on September 20th, 1950. A total of 37 episodes seems unusual; just two more would hit the 39 mark which, in the early days of television, was a common number (39 weeks of new episodes plus 13 weeks of repeats equals 52 total weeks). In any event, the final broadcast of the series was on August 29th, 1951. It was most likely a repeat.

Stars Over Hollywood was a television version of a long-running radio program. It was produced by Review Productions and sponsored by Armour & Co. [1, 2]. Trio Pictures, Inc. was also involved in producing the series [3]. Only three episodes are held in the four major television archives/museums (The Library of Congress, UCLA Film & Television Archive, Paley Center for Media and the Museum of Broadcasting), two at UCLA and one at the Paley Center for Media.

Season One: 1950-1951
Ep. # Episode Title Airdate Status
1 “Beauty is a Joy” 09/06/1950
2 “Grady Everett for the People” 09/13/1950
3 “Girl or Ghost” 09/20/1950
4 “Not a Bad Guy” 09/27/1950
5 “Some Small Nobility” 10/04/1950
6 “Rock Against the Sea” 10/11/1950
7 “Texas Parson” 10/18/1950
8 “Showdown” 10/25/1950
9 “A Model Young Lady” 11/01/1950
10 “Midnight” 11/08/1950
11 “This Little Pig Cried” 11/15/1950
12 “Winter Love” 11/22/1950
13 “Landing at Daybreak” 11/29/1950
14 “Small Town Story” 12/06/1950
15 “My Rival is My Fiddle” 12/13/1950 UCLA
16 “Merry Christmas for Sweeney” 12/20/1950 Paley
17 “Never Trust on Redhead” 12/27/1950
18 “My Nephew Norwell” 01/03/1951
19 “The Ace of Spades” 01/10/1951
20 “Yang Yin and Mrs. Wiswell” 01/17/1951
21 “Moon on Wires” 01/24/1951
22 “Cutie Pie” 01/31/1951
23 “The Return of Van Sickle 02/07/1951 UCLA
24 “Hand on My Shoulder” 02/14/1951
25 “Son of the Rock” 02/21/1951
26 “Autumn Leaves” 02/28/1951
27 “When the Devil is Sick” 03/07/1951
28 “Prison Doctor” 03/14/1951
29 Unknown Episode/Repeat 03/21/1951
30 “Old Mother Hubbard” 03/28/1951
31 “Pearls from Paris” 04/04/1951
32 “Tails for Jeb Mulcahy” 04/11/1951
33 “The Kirbys” 04/18/1951
34 “Pretty Boy” 04/25/1951
35 “Girl or Ghost” (Repeat?) 05/02/1951
36 “The Devil You Know” 05/09/1951
37 “Nor Gloom of Night” 05/16/1951

The second episode of the series, “Grady Everett for the People,” was reportedly the first television script sold by Rod Serling. Unfortunately, it looks like a copy of the episode may not exist.

Works Cited:

1 A September 11th, 1950 article in The Los Angeles Times states that Stars Over Hollywood “was filmed by Review Productions” (Walter Ames, “TV Employees Chided for Lax Public Relations on Schedule Changes,” Page 26).
2 “Radio-TV Notes.” New York Times. 9 Aug. 1950: 39.
3 According to The Los Angeles Times, “Trio Pictures, Inc. has started work on five ‘Stars Over Hollywood’ films for video. They’ll be released next month on NBC-TV with sponsor” (Walter Ames, “Eye Expert Reveals Results of Video Tests; Van Helfin Wavers Over TV Strip Deal,” Page B6).


  • Barry I. Grauman says:

    All of the episodes in this series were frequently repackaged by MCA/Revue in different anthology “packages” (under different titles) over the years; in fact, MCA managed to lease most of those episodes to ABC in the 1952-’53 season under several different anthology titles [Brooks and Marsh’s “COMPLETE DIRECTORY TO PRIME-TIME NETWORK AND CABLE TV SHOWS, 1946-Present” mentions “This Little Pig Cried” as one of the episodes in those “packages”]. As late as September 1965, “Texas Parson” appeared on a local station as a Saturday afternoon repeat, in the Salt Lake City, Utah viewing area.

  • Joe Wehberg says:

    Stars Over Hollywood was a great early anthology program. I have Autumn Leaves and Return of Van Sickle in my 16mm collection. This series was as the previous comentor stated repackaged under several series titles.

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