Broadcast Log for NBC Saturday Night at the Movies, Season Three

NBC Saturday Night at the Movies was the first regularly scheduled network movie night to feature post-1948 films when it premiered in September 1961. The movies were broadcast uncut and unedited and longer films that would not fit in the regular 9-11PM time slot were allowed to run past 11PM.

The third season premiered on September 21st, 1963 and ended on September 26th, 1964. It included 30 films and 23 summer repeats, several of which were films that had originally aired as installments of NBC Monday Night at the Movies.

Due to coverage of President Kennedy’s assassination, the November 23rd, 1963 broadcast was pre-empted. Imitation General was due to air that evening; it eventually aired in January 1964.

Season 3: 1963-1964
Ep. #TitleAirdateFormat
61.The Seven Year Itch09/21/1963Color
62.The Journey09/28/1963Color
63.Ask Any Girl10/05/1963Color
64.The Asphalt Jungle10/12/1963B&W
65.The Tall Men10/19/1963Color
66.Something of Value10/26/1963B&W
67.Let’s Make Love11/02/1963Color
68.The Diary of Anne Frank11/09/1963B&W
69.Untamed11/16/1963Color
PRE-EMPTED: Coverage of President Kennedy’s Funeral11/23/1963
70.Count Your Blessings11/30/1963Color
71.The Left Hand of God12/07/1963Color
72.The Opposite Sex12/14/1963Color
73.A Man Called Peter12/21/1963Color
74.The Secret Partner12/28/1963B&W
75.Daddy Long Legs01/04/1964Color
76.Imitation General01/11/1964B&W
77.The Naked Spur01/18/1964Color
78.Until They Sail01/25/1964B&W
79.Lust for Life02/01/1964Color
80.The Band Wagon02/08/1964Color
81.Edge of the City02/15/1964B&W
82.The Story of Three Loves02/22/1964Color
83.Violent Saturday02/29/1964Color
84.Rally Round the Flag, Boys!03/07/1964Color
85.Black Widow03/14/1964Color
86.Man on Fire03/21/1964B&W
87.Wild River03/28/1964Color
88.Fourteen Hours04/04/1964B&W
89.The Vintage04/11/1964Color
90.Girl in the Red Velvet Swing04/18/1964Color
*Summer Repeats Begin*
REPThe Reluctant Debutante*04/25/1964Color
REPThe Seven Year Itch05/02/1964Color
REPExecutive Suite*05/09/1964B&W
REPLove Is a Many-Splendored Thing*05/16/1964Color
REPUntamed05/23/1964Color
REPSomething of Value05/30/1964B&W
REPThe Opposite Sex06/06/1964Color
REPThe Asphalt Jungle06/13/1964B&W
REPThe Left Hand of God06/20/1964Color
REPLust for Life06/27/1964Color
REPLet’s Make Love07/04/1964Color
REPEdge of the City07/11/1964B&W
REPView from Pompey’s Head*07/18/1964Color
REPUntil They Sail07/25/1964B&W
REPA Man Called Peter08/01/1964Color
REPRains of Ranciphur08/08/1964Color
REPThe Journey08/15/1964Color
REPRally Round the Flag, Boys08/22/1964Color
REPWild River08/29/1964Color
REPNaked Spur09/05/1964Color
REPDiary of Anne Frank09/12/1964B&W
REPThe Mating Game*09/19/1964Color
REPThe Tall Men09/26/1964Color

*Originally aired as installments of NBC Monday Night at the Movies

NBC Saturday Night at the Movie remained on the air until September 1978. It has reappeared sporadically ever since.

9 Comments

  • Barry I. Grauman says:

    This was the first season when more than one studio’s “cache” of post-1949 films was featured on NBC’s movie nights. As previously noted, once 20th Century-Fox started making money by leasing several of their more recent films to the network, MGM was the next studio to “take the plunge”, and allow some of their ’50s “classics” ["Executive Suite", "The Opposite Sex", "The Asphalt Jungle", "The Band Wagon", et. al.] to be shown on NBC. MCA/Universal would take an even bigger step in the fall of 1964 by producing three original feature-length movies {under the “Project 120″ banner} for the Saturday movie night [however, the first one, a remake of 1946's "The Killers", was deemed "too violent" by NBC, and that was given a theatrical release instead].

    “Edge of the City” {February 15, 1964} was a sort of “return engagement”; this 1957 MGM film had its origin as Robert Alan Aurthur’s “A Man Is Ten Feet Tall”, the last scheduled episode of NBC’s “PHILCO TELEVISION PLAYHOUSE” on October 2, 1955 [a kinescope exists]; Sidney Poitier repeated his acclaimed TV role, but Don Murray’s part was played by John Cassavettes in the movie.

  • W.B. says:

    The bulk of the 20th Century-Fox films shown this season (if not all of them) wound up by the mid-to-late 1960′s on WABC-TV (Channel 7) in New York after the studio syndicated them following the expiration of NBC’s rights. The Marilyn Monroe film “Let’s Make Love,” for example, was featured in some “Marilyn Monroe Weeks” on “The 4:30 Movie” in the early and mid-1970′s.

    Meanwhile, the films from MGM were later scattered amongst two syndicated packages offered by the studio: “MGM/6″ (90 films, combo off-network and first-run, the most famous, or infamous, in the latter category being “Lolita”; first made available late 1965 and in New York snapped up by WABC) and “MGM/7″ (145 films, ditto; first made available in 1968; in NYC, split between WNBC-TV [Channel 4] and WOR-TV [Channel 9]).

    Of the MGM titles that aired this season on “SNATM,” the following were made part of the MGM/6 package: “The Asphalt Jungle,” “Executive Suite,” “Imitation General,” “Lust for Life,” “The Mating Game,” “Something of Value,” and “Until They Sail.” Those that were later among MGM/7 were: “The Band Wagon,” “Count Your Blessings,” “Man on Fire,” “The Naked Spur,” “The Opposite Sex,” “The Secret Partner,” “The Vintage,” “Ask Any Girl,” “Edge of the City,” “The Journey,” “The Reluctant Debutante,” and “The Story of Three Loves” (the first seven going to WNBC, the last five to WOR).

  • Barry I. Grauman says:

    I appreciate your pointing out those “packages”, W.B. Not only did those studios make money leasing those films to NBC, they also cleaned up by parceling them to local stations after their network runs. And to think those very studios were so adamant about TV, when those films were originally released….

  • Garrett Goulet says:

    “N.B.C. Saturday Night At The Movies” even played Martin & Lewis’ “Jumping Jacks” I think in the 1966-67 season.

    • Bill Andres says:

      “Jumping Jacks” (1952) Premiered on Monday January 06, 1969, repeated Saturday July 12, 1969,

      • Bill Andres says:

        Anyone have the NBC premiere broadcast date for Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis’s “Living It Up” (1954), I have the Tuesday May 09, 1967 repeat telecast date.

  • Very interesting log to look at! a look back to the early 1960′s,saw many of these movies when originally aired on NBC Saturday Night at the Movies especially,August 4,1962 repeat of: THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL,that i vividly remember watching during summer school vacation,wrote down in my 1962 diary. I would hope you would information on more seasons in a future date! Thank you very much for information presently listed!

  • DuMont says:

    LIVING IT UP original air date was Sep.13/1966 with 19.2HH/35% rating (May encore rating was 19.8HH/34%).

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