NBC Monday Night at the Movies, Season One


In the fall of 1961, NBC premiered The NBC Saturday Night at the Movies, the first regularly-scheduled network movie night. In February of 1963 the network added a second movie night, The NBC Monday Night at the Movies, as a mid-season replacement for its failed 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 from February to May, followed by 15 weeks of repeats and one pre-emption.

Season One: 1963
 
Ep. # Movie 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

Originally Published July 20th, 2010
Last Updated December 2nd, 2012

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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