What’s the status of Colgate Theatre, an NBC summer replacement series from 1958? The series featured eight unsold pilots, including the critically acclaimed “Fountain of Youth” written by Orson Welles, adapted from a short story by John Collier. Welles served as narrator and was also responsible for the musical arrangement and the production design of the pilot, which was produced by Desi Arnaz through Desilu Productions.
Both the UCLA Film & Television Archive and The Paley Center for Media have copies of “Fountain of Youth” in their collections. The Paley Center actually has three different versions of “Fountain of Youth,” including the pilot as broadcast on Colgate Theater and under the title The Orson Welles Show. “Fountain of Youth” won a 1958 Peabody Award but the Peabody Awards Collection Archives does not contain a copy of the pilot.
The Paley Center also a copy of “The Adventures of a Model” pilot starring Joanne Dru.
Read more about Colgate Theatre in my article Unsold Pilots on Television, 1956-1966.
|1||“The Adventures of a Model”||08/19/1958||Paley|
|With Joanne Dru.|
|2||“The Last Marshal”||08/26/1958|
|With James Craig, Marshall Thompson and Robert J. Wilke.|
|3||“Night in Havana”||09/02/1958|
|With Ricardo Montalban.|
|With Walter Brennan and Vera Miles.|
|5||“Fountain of Youth”||09/16/1958||Paley/UCLA|
|With Orson Welles, Ben Tobin, Joi Lansing and Rick Jason.|
|With Jane Russell and Don Durant.|
|7||“The Claudette Colbert Show”||09/30/1958|
|With Claudette Colbert.|
|8||“If You Knew Tomorrow”||10/07/1958|
|With Bruce Gordon.|
Revised June 2nd, 2016