Status of Kraft Television Theatre, Season 4

Kraft Television Theatre broadcast some 585 episodes on NBC between May 1947 and October 1958. The series ran year-round with no summer breaks, meaning it didn’t have traditional seasons. I’ve aligned this status guide with episode lists and guides available online, like those found at TV.com, the Internet Movie Database (IMDb), and the Classic TV Archive (CTVA).

Season 4 of Kraft Television Theatre premiered on September 1950 and ended in September 1951. There were no pre-emptions this season. A total of 50 episodes were broadcast, of which 12 are known to exist in their entirety. The Library of Congress has 12 episodes in its collection, one of which can also be found at the Paley Center for Media. The January 10th, 1951 episode (“Kelly”) was originally staged on January 25th, 1950 during Season 3. The Library of Congress, the Museum of Broadcast Communications and the UCLA Film & Television Archive all have copies of the 1951 version. No copies of the 1950 version are known to exist.

Keep in mind that just because the big TV archives/museums only have certain episodes doesn’t mean there aren’t additional episodes of Kraft Television Theatre from the 1950-1951 season out there somewhere.

Season 4: 1950-1951
# Episode Title Airdate Status
177 “The Green Pack” 09/27/1950  
178 “I Like It Here” 10/04/1950  
179 “The Great Broxopp” 10/11/1950  
180 “Old Lady Robbins” 10/18/1950 LOC
181 “Truant in Park Lane” 10/25/1950  
182 “Dolphin’s Reach” 11/01/1950  
183 “Sixteen” 11/08/1950  
184 “The Romantic Age” 11/15/1950  
185 “The Romantic Young Lady” 11/22/1950  
186 “Windows” 11/29/1950 LOC
187 “Short Story” 12/06/1950  
188 “Michael and Mary” 12/13/1950  
189 “The Village Green” 12/13/1950  
190 “Rip Van Winkle” 12/27/1950 LOC
191 “Paper Moon” 01/03/1951 LOC
192 “Kelly” 01/10/1951 LOC/UCLA/MBC
193 “Best Years” 01/17/1951 LOC
194 “The Spring Green” 01/24/1951  
195 “The Sound of Hunting” 01/31/1951  
196 “The Glass Mountain 02/07/1951  
197 “Engaged” 02/14/1951  
198 “The Fortune Hunter” 02/21/1951 LOC/Paley
199 “Jane Eyre” 02/28/1951  
200 “Delicate Story” 03/07/1951  
201 “On Stage” 03/14/1951 LOC
202 “Of Famous Memory” [Excerpts] 03/21/1951  
203 “The Silent Room” 03/28/1951  
204 “Yours Truly” 04/04/1951  
205 “Mrs. Dane’s Defense” 04/11/1951 LOC
206 “Mr. Mergenthwirker’s Lobblies” 04/18/1951  
207 “Brief Music” 04/25/1951  
208 “Brief Candle” 05/02/1951  
209 “Till Death Do Us Part” 05/09/1951  
210 “The Intimate Strangers” 05/16/1951  
211 “A Play for Mary” 05/23/1951  
212 “Ben Franklin” 05/30/1951  
213 “A Seacoast in Behemia” 06/06/1951 LOC
214 “Stranglehold” 06/13/1951  
215 “Only the Heart” 06/20/1951 LOC
216 “Merry Madness” 06/27/1951  
217 “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” 07/04/1951  
218 “Vienna Dateline” 07/11/1951  
219 “Zone Four” 07/18/1951 LoC
220 “Bright Shadow” 07/25/1951  
221 “Kilda McKay” 08/01/1951  
222 “Old Doc” 08/08/1951  
223 “John Wilkes Booth” 08/15/1951  
224 “Pigs” 08/22/1951  
225 “Ashes in the Wind” 08/29/1951  
226 “The Easy Mark” 09/05/1951  

Revised May 6th, 2017


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