Broadcast Log for NBC Monday Night at the Movies, Season 2

NBC Monday Night at the Movies premiered as a mid-season replacement in February 1963. It returned for a second season that fall.

The second season began on September 16th, 1963 and ended on September 28th, 1964. A total of 29 movies were broadcast, followed by 22 weeks of repeats. Several of those repeat broadcasts were actually films that had premiered on NBC Saturday Night at the Movies.

Due to coverage of President Kennedy’s funeral on Monday, November 25th, NBC Monday Night at the Movies was pre-empted. Singin’ in the Rain was scheduled to air; it eventually would be broadcast in January 1964.

Season 2: 1963-1964
Ep. # Title Airdate Format
17. Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing 09/16/1963 Color
18. David and Bathsheba 09/23/1963 Color
19. Executive Suite 09/30/1963 B&W
20. The Wreck of the Mary Deare 10/07/1963 Color
21. The Rains of Ranchipur 10/14/1963 Color
22. The Mating Game 10/21/1963 Color
23. Good Morning, Miss Dove 10/28/1963 Color
24. White Feather 11/04/1963 Color
25. Father of the Bride 11/11/1963 B&W
26. The Reluctant Debutante 11/18/1963 Color
PRE-EMPTED: Coverage of President Kennedy’s Funeral 11/25/1963
27. House of Numbers 12/02/1963 B&W
28. The Wings of Eagles 12/09/1963 Color
29. The Lost World 12/16/1963 Color
30. The Power and the Prize 12/23/1963 B&W
31. Kiss Me Kate 12/30/1963 Color
32. Seven Cities of Gold 01/06/1964 Color
33. Singin’ in the Rain 01/13/1964 Color
34. Action of the Tiger 01/20/1964 Color
35. House of Bamboo 01/27/1964 Color
36. Phone Call from a Stranger 02/03/1964 Color
37. Treasure of the Golden Condor 02/10/1964 Color
38. The Safecracker 02/17/1964 B&W
39. Prince of Players 02/24/1964 Color
40. Underwater Warrior 03/02/1964 B&W
41. The 39 Steps 03/09/1964 Color
42. The View from Pompey’s Head 03/16/1964 Color
43. The Racers 03/23/1964 Color
44. The Pride of St. Louis 03/30/1964 B&W
45. The Virgin Queen 04/06/1964 Color
46. Never Let Me Go 04/13/1964 B&W
*Summer Repeats Begin*
REP Seven Cities of Gold 04/20/1964 Color
REP Father of the Bride 04/27/1964 B&W
REP Good Morning, Miss Dove 05/04/1964 Color
REP White Feather 05/11/1964 Color
REP Phone Call from a Stranger 05/18/1964 B&W
REP Count Your Blessings 05/25/1964 Color
REP Singin’ in the Rain 06/01/1964 Color
REP House of Bamboo 06/08/1964 Color
REP Never Let Me Go 06/15/1964 B&W
REP Underwater Warrior 06/22/1964 B&W
REP The Wreck of the Mary Deare 06/29/1964 Color
REP Pride of St. Louis 07/06/1964 B&W
PRE-EMPTED: Republican National Convention 07/13/1964
REP Treasure of the Golden Condor 07/20/1964 Color
REP Imitation General* 07/27/1964 Color
REP Black Widow* 08/03/1964 Color
REP House of Numbers 08/10/1964 B&W
REP The Racers 08/18/1964 Color
PRE-EMPTED: Democratic National Convention 08/24/1964
REP Man on Fire* 08/31/1964 Color
REP David and Bathsheba 09/07/1964 Color
REP The Lost World 09/14/1964 Color
REP Wings of Eagles 09/21/1964 Color
REP Ask Any Girl* 09/28/1964 Color

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

For the 1964-1965 season, NBC replaced NBC Monday Night at the Movies with 90 Bristol Court and premiered NBC Wednesday Night at the Movies.

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5 Replies to “Broadcast Log for NBC Monday Night at the Movies, Season 2”

  1. “Action of the Tiger,” “Executive Suite,” “Father of the Bride,” “Imitation General,” “The Mating Game” and “Underwater Warrior” would later be syndicated as part of the ‘MGM/6′ package of 90 titles that were first made available to TV stations in late 1965; WABC-TV in New York ran films in that package (a combo of first-run and off-network, the latter including “Lolita”) well into the 1980’s. “Ask Any Girl,” “Count Your Blessings,” “House of Numbers,” “Kiss Me Kate,” “Man on Fire,” “Never Let Me Go,” “The Power and the Prize,” “The Reluctant Debutante,” “The Safecracker,” “Singin’ in the Rain” and “The Wreck of the Mary Deare” were later part of the massive 145-film ‘MGM/7’ package that was first offered to local TV stations in 1968 and, in New York, split between WNBC-TV and WOR-TV (whose respective leases of the differing titles lasted until 1978).

  2. My apologies for an error: “Lolita” was one of the group of first-run films in ‘MGM/6’. Apparently it was “too hot” for network TV in those days. WABC-TV’s debut of that film on the Feb. 5, 1966 edition of their late-night “skein” “The Best of Broadway” brought perhaps the highest ratings in the seven-year (1963-70) history of that showcase. (And scored big ratings for them again when first repeated on that same show on Sept. 30, 1967.) For all practical purposes, all of WABC’s airings of “Lolita” were late at night, first on “The Best of Broadway” and then its successors (“Saturday/Sunday Night Movie” on weekends, or “The One O’Clock Movie” weeknights).

  3. This was the first season when both “SATURDAY” and “MONDAY” editions featured theatrical films from more than one studio: MGM saw how much money 20th Century-Fox was profiting through their “package deals” with NBC, deciding to “stake their claim” with the network as well [“Singin’ in the Rain” was the title with the most “marquee value” in their initial package, with “Father of the Bride” a close second]. And this, from the studio that was the most vocal against television in the early ’50s…

  4. And after 1964, Paramount began to dip their toe into the pool, leasing certain titles to not only “SNATM” but also “Wednesday Night at the Movies” (NBC moved their “other” movie show from Monday to Wednesday in ’64).

  5. …and in the fall of 1964, MCA/Universal also began its long-term relationship with NBC’s various movie nights, including their “World Premiere Movies”, which began as “Project 120” during the 1964-’65 season. The studio filmed three two-hour {100 minutes, without commercials, billboards, etc.} films, exclusively for television, for NBC’s movie nights, with the option of releasing them theatrically overseas {to generate more revenue}. One of them was deemed “too violent” by NBC standards, and received domestic theatrical release, instead: a remake of Universal’s 1946 movie “The Killers”, featuring Ronald Reagan in his last acting appearance before shifting towards a politicial career. The other two- “See How They Run” with John Forsythe, and “The Hanged Man”, were scheduled in November and December 1964, respectively.

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