The Barbara Stanwyck Show, Vol. 1
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In the award-winning and critically acclaimed NBC anthology series, The Barbara Stanwyck Show, the beloved actress served as host and starred in many of the productions. This collection showcases 15 of the most memorable dramas from the Emmy-winning series.
Features performances from: Ralph Bellamy, Milton Berle, Julie London, Lee Marvin, Vic Morrow, Michael Rennie, Robert Strauss, Anna May Wong and more!
Includes the dramas:
The Key to the Killer, House in Order, The Miraculous Journey of Tadpole Chan, The Secret of Mrs. Randall, Ironbark’s Bride, Out of the Shadows, Night Visitor, Size 10, Dear Charlie, Dragon by the Tail, The Sisters, Big Career, Confession, Along the Barbary Coast, Shock
Exclusive Bonus Features:
“The Sponsor’s Theatre” (Unaired Pilot Episode)
Barbara Stanwyck’s 1961 Emmy acceptance speech for “Best Actress in a Dramatic Series”
20-page booklet with written contributions by film historian Robert Osborne
Top Customer Reviews
This eagerly anticipated DVD collection includes 15 of the series' first 22 half-hour episodes, plus the never televised pilot episode. Missing are the first four episodes: "The Mink Coat", "Good Citizen", "Discreet Deception", and "The Seventh Miracle"; episode 10, "We Are the Women Who Wait"; episode 12, "No One"; and episode 13, "The Cornerstone".
The search to locate, preserve and restore the long lost gems offered in this collection has taken years of hard work and dedication on the part of the copyright owner and a handful of determined archivists, assisted by loyal fans of the supremely talented Miss Stanwyck. Their efforts are especially appreciated by happy viewers like me, who have waited decades for the chance to see one of their favorite actresses in her first, acclaimed weekly television series.
"The Key to a Killer" (originally aired 10.31.1960). Stella King's (Stanwyck) husband is a sheriff and she's his deputy. So when he falls ill, she's left in full charge of killer Leroy Benson (Vic Morrow).
"House in Order" (11.07.1960). Dr. Steele tells Elizabeth Mowry (Stanwyck) she needs heart surgery immediately.Read more ›
Stanwyck stars in 16 of the 17 episodes. The exception is one in which a sleezy Milton Berle plays Romeo to two old maid sisters, scheming to become the heir in both their wills. The shows starring Stanwyck fit nicely with the roles she played on the big screen. In the majority of them, she plays powerful, sucessful women - female executives, wealthy wives, a psychiatrist, even an atomic physicist. In several, her career causes problems with her family life. She was certainly not afraid to play unsympathetic characters. Her only repeated role is that of Hong Kong importer-exporter Josephine Little in two of these episodes.
Two of the programs are westerns. In the first, she is Charles Bickford's mail-order bride. The marriage gets complicated when her first husband in the form of Gerald Mohr shows up. In the second, Barbara is the wife of the town marshall. She has to nurse her sick child and protect her home against a man who has come to town to kill her husband.
The brightest gems of the collection are the ones closest to film noir. Disc 1 opens with her playing the wife of a deputy sheriff. She is handcuffed to punk killer Vic Morrow trying to get him to the nearest town and into jail. Will the punk escape? Will she get him into the slammer? Will she make him cry "mama"?Read more ›
Barbara Stanwyck proves again and again in these episodes she well deserved that Emmy. These little 25-minute dramas may have to use economy to tell their stories (the endings are often a bit rushed) but most of the episodes are highly satisfying.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm a big Barbara Stanwyck fan and this was material of hers that I have never gotten to see. I haven't watched all the stories yet but plan to this winter. Read morePublished 3 months ago by ROBERT C KUHN
Wow, I like old shows and love film noir movies, so although this is old, it's not nostalgia for me, it's just a great show. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Puppluv
I really enjoyed these little drama's,I wish they were longer.I hope more become available.Published 6 months ago by Kindle Customer
There's a reason she was the highest paid woman in America (in her prime). This lady was an outstanding thespian. And gorgeously sexy. Read morePublished 10 months ago by EVEL 1
Arrived in mint condition and plays without error,very happy with purchase. Content is self explanatory.Published 16 months ago by Perry Vann
Love the stories in this first edition of The Barbara Stanwyck shows.Published 16 months ago by Barbara Bryant
This first season set of short TV stories features (in many cases) Barbara Stanwyck. The stories are provocative and interesting - a real treat to watch. Ms. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Bernadette Koontz
Stanwyck never did a bad acting job in her life, but the other thing this has going for it is well over 1/2 the episodes were directed by Jacques Tourneur (& a couple by Robert... Read morePublished 22 months ago by G. Ratcheson
Barbara Stanwyck was one of the top stars in Hollywood and at one time was the highest paid female star. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Nyssa