Broadcast Log for NBC Monday Night at the Movies, Season One

When NBC premiered NBC Saturday Night at the Movies in September 1961, it was the first regularly scheduled network movie night to feature post-1948 films.

In February 1963 the network added a second movie night as a mid-season replacement for its failed Monday line-up of It’s a Man’s World and Saints and Sinners. A total of 16 films, most of them in color, were broadcast during the first season of NBC Monday Night at the Movies, followed by 15 weeks of repeats and one pre-emption.

Season 1: 1963
Ep. # Title Airdate Format
1. The Enemy Below 02/04/1963 Color
2. The Bravados 02/11/1963 Color
3. Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison 02/18/1963 Color
4. King of the Khyber Rifles 02/25/1963 Color
5. Hell and High Water 03/04/1963 Color
6. Prince Valiant 03/11/1963 Color
7. Boy on a Dolphin 03/18/1963 Color
8. From Hell to Texas 03/25/1963 Color
9. My Cousin Rachel 04/01/1963 B&W
10. April Love 04/08/1963 Color
11. An Affair to Remember 04/15/1963 Color
12. The Barbarian and the Geisha 04/22/1963 Color
13. The Hunters 04/29/1963 Color
14. Harry Black and the Tiger 05/06/1963 Color
15. The Mudlark 05/13/1963 B&W
16. Mardi Gras 05/20/1963 Color
*Summer Repeats Begin*
REP The Enemy Below 05/27/1963 Color
REP The Bravados 06/03/1963 Color
REP Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison 06/10/1963 Color
REP King of the Khyber Rifles 06/17/1963 Color
REP From Hell to Texas 06/24/1963 Color
REP Hell and High Water 07/01/1963 Color
REP Boy on a Dolphin 07/08/1963 Color
REP An Affair to Remember 07/15/1963 Color
REP The Barbarian and the Geisha 07/22/1963 Color
REP Prince Valiant 07/29/1963 Color
REP My Cousin Rachel 08/05/1963 B&W
REP April Love 08/12/1963 Color
REP The Hunters 08/19/1963 Color
REP Mardi Gras 08/26/1963 Color
PRE-EMPTED: “American Revolution of ’63” 09/02/1963
REP Harry Black and the Tiger 09/09/1963 Color

NBC Monday Night at the Movie returned for the 1963-1964 season before shifting to Wednesdays in September 1964.

4 Comments

  • Barry I. Grauman says:

    Again, as on Saturday night, the network turned to 20th Century-Fox for another “package” of vintage theatrical films, mostly from the ’50s (some of them originally in “CinemaScope”, panned and scanned for “full frame” broadcasts). The Monday night edition [7:30-9:30pm(et)] was successful enough to withstand CBS’ powerhouse lineup of “TO TELL THE TRUTH”, “I’VE GOT A SECRET”, “THE LUCY SHOW” and “THE DANNY THOMAS SHOW”, and continued into the fall of ’63…

  • W.B. says:

    In addition, I.I.N.M., 20th Century Fox syndicated this package under the banner “Century II” for local TV stations after NBC’s run with them was over; in New York, these pictures (along with the initial crop from Season 1 of “SNATM” as bundled under “Century I” and a first-run package syndicated by Seven Arts which featured such titles as “The Fly” and “Love Me Tender”) ran for years on the various movie shows of WABC-TV (Channel 7).

  • Barry I. Grauman says:

    That’s right, ‘W.B.’- New York’s Channel 7 had the “Century I” and “II” packages in their film library through the mid-’80s, usually appearing on “THE 4:30 MOVIE”, “LATE MOVIE”, and their “SATURDAY/SUNDAY NIGHT MOVIE”.

  • Gary Gerani says:

    “The Fly” was originally part of 20th Century-Fox’s movie package deal with NBC in 1961/62, but the film was rejected by the network because of unsavory horror content (this noteworthy decision is covered in a TV GUIDE article of the period). As a result, Fox’s less-satisfying sequel “Return of the Fly” was part of a WB/7 Arts syndication package at least two years before the original “Fly” was dumped into the Century II syndie group (along with “Horror of Dracula,” no longer a Universal-International property but a WB-owned gem). It’s funny to think of “The Fly” as a golden-age Saturday Night at the Movies offering a la “The Day the Earth Stood Still,” but that was Fox’s original plan…

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