Best Tv Movie Movies of 1956


Blithe Spirit

7.8/10 IMDB

Television adaptation of Noël Coward's famous play about an unhappily married man plagued by the spirit of his dead previous wife.

Starring: Noël Coward, Lauren Bacall, Claudette Colbert, Mildred Natwick, Brenda Forbes, Marion Ross, Philip Tonge ..
Directed by: Noël Coward, Frederick de Cordova
Release date: 1956-01-14
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1956 : Requiem for a Heavyweight

Requiem for a Heavyweight

8.4/10 IMDB

An over-the-hill heavyweight boxing champion who suffers from the ravages of years of head trauma is exploited by his manager, despite the efforts of a compassionate young woman who tries to help him recover his self-respect.

Starring: Jack Palance, Keenan Wynn, Kim Hunter, Ed Wynn, Max Baer, Maxie Rosenbloom, Edgar Stehli, Stanley Adams, Harry Landers, Charles Herbert ..
Directed by: Ralph Nelson
Release date: 1956-10-11
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1956 : Our Mr. Sun

Our Mr. Sun

7.4/10 IMDB

One entry in a series of films produced to make science accessible to the masses—especially children—this film describes the sun in scientific but entertaining terms.

Starring: Eddie Albert, Lionel Barrymore, Frank Baxter, Marvin Miller, Sterling Holloway ..
Directed by: Frank Capra, William T. Hurtz
Release date: 1956-11-19
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1956 : Bang the Drum Slowly

Bang the Drum Slowly

7.3/10 IMDB

A pitcher of a major-league baseball team finds out that his teammate and pal is desperately trying to hide that he is dying of a terminal disease so the owner won't find out and fire him.

Starring: Paul Newman, Albert Salmi, Rudy Bond, George Peppard, Georgann Johnson, Clu Gulager, Arch Johnson, Allen Leaf, John McGovern, Bert Remsen ..
Directed by: Daniel Petrie
Release date: 1956-09-26
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1956 : Patterns


7.8/10 IMDB

A vicious corporate executive exercises his power over two underlings.

Starring: Everett Sloane, Ed Begley, Richard Kiley, Elizabeth Wilson, June Dayton, Joanna Roos, Victoria Ward, Elizabeth Montgomery, Theodore Newton, Jack Livesey ..
Directed by: Fielder Cook
Release date: 1956-10-26
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1956 : The Star of Bethlehem

The Star of Bethlehem

6.3/10 IMDB

'The Star of Bethlehem' tells the Christmas story in the style of medieval nativity plays. The Three Wise Men from the East follow the star to Bethlehem, but hostile spirits try to stop them on their journey. The King Herod fears the child in the manger, and seeks to kill it, but an angel prevents his evil intentions. The film is an example of how Lotte Reiniger has her silhouette technique enriched by coloured acetate films. The backgrounds have the vibrancy of coloured stained glass windows.

Starring: Anthony Jacobs, Barbara Ruick ..
Directed by: Lotte Reiniger, Vivian Milroy
Release date: 1956-12-01
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1956 : No. 5 Checked Out

No. 5 Checked Out

6.9/10 IMDB

A young deaf women confronts desperate crooks who are using one of her remote resort cabins for a hideout. Originally aired as episode 16 on the American TV series Screen Directors Playhouse.

Starring: Teresa Wright, Peter Lorre, William Talman, Ralph Moody ..
Directed by: Ida Lupino
Release date: 1956-01-18
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1956 : Lou Costello: This Is Your Life

Lou Costello: This Is Your Life

8.4/10 IMDB

Beloved comedian Lou Costello is the subject, detailing his partnership with Bud Abbott, his unsuccessful start in 1920s Hollywood, and the tragic drowning of Lou's not quite 1 year old son Lou Jr., nicknamed Butch.

Starring: Lou Costello, Bud Abbott, Ralph Edwards ..
Directed by: Richard Gottlieb
Release date: 1956-11-21
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1956 : Eloise


7.6/10 IMDB

It's not so much that Eloise is a mischievous child, but the darnedest things do happen when she's around.

Starring: Ethel Barrymore, Evelyn Rudie, Louis Jourdan, Kay Thompson, Hans Conried, Charles Ruggles, Mildred Natwick, Jack Mullaney, Conrad Hilton, Maxie Rosenbloom ..
Directed by: John Frankenheimer
Release date: 1956-11-22
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1956 : The Adventures of Marco Polo

The Adventures of Marco Polo

7.9/10 IMDB

Venetian merchant Marco Polo travels to the East and the court of Kublai Khan who makes him an emissary and sends him on diplomatic missions throughout his empire. Over many years, Polo learns new cultures and languages, but he is haunted by the face of a mysterious woman whom he had met before leaving Venice and encounters her face in every woman he sees. Eventually returning to Venice to share his exotic and esoteric knowledge, Marco Polo once again finds the woman of his dreams. The Adventures of Marco Polo was an original, live television musical which was broadcast on NBC on April 14, 1956.

Starring: Alfred Drake, Doretta Morrow, Arnold Moss, Paul Ukena, Jerome Kilty, Ross Martin, Beatrice Kraft, Bhasker, Paul Ukena ..
Directed by: Max Liebman
Release date: 1956-04-14
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1956 : Peter Pan

Peter Pan

7.8/10 IMDB

This SECOND live broadcast aired a year after the success of the first. Utilizing much of the same cast, it nevertheless is its own unique performance which charmed millions of households in 1956.

Starring: Mary Martin, Cyril Ritchard, Kathleen Nolan, Margalo Gillmore, Sondra Lee, Heller Halliday, Joe E. Marks, Norman Shelly, Michael Allen, Tom Halloran ..
Release date: 1956-01-09
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1956 : The Little Foxes

The Little Foxes

7.4/10 IMDB

A tale of greed, one-upmanship, family distrust, abuse, apathy, and lost love, set in the deep south at the turn of the twentieth century.

Starring: Sidney Blackmer, Georgia Burke, Greer Garson, Greer Garson, Franchot Tone, Lauren Gilbert, Eileen Heckart, Peter Kelley, E.G. Marshall, Lloyd Richards ..
Directed by: George Schaefer
Release date: 1956-12-16
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1956 : Bloomer Girl

Bloomer Girl

7.2/10 IMDB

In 1956, BLOOMER GIRL was presented in a live television production starring the magnificent Barbara Cook, whose star was then on the rise, with leading roles in CANDIDE and THE MUSIC MAN still in her future. A solid success when it opened on Broadway in 1944, BLOOMER GIRL boasts a glorious score by the legendary team of Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg (THE WIZARD OF OZ). The book by Fred Saidy is set at the brink of the Civil War and addresses issues of women's equality (priorities were the right to vote and to wear bloomers, a liberating alternative to hoop skirts) and racial equality.

Starring: Barbara Cook, Keith Andes, Carmen Mathews, Paul Ford, Rawn Spearman, Nydia Westman, Patricia Hammerlee, Brock Peters, Dorothy Lang, Margot Moser ..
Directed by: Alex Segal
Release date: 1956-05-28
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1956 : Menace from Outer Space

Menace from Outer Space

3.8/10 IMDB

A nontheatrical (16mm) film comprise of three contiguous episodes of the TV series "Rocky Jones, Space Ranger".

Starring: Richard Crane, Scotty Beckett, Sally Mansfield, Robert Lyden, Maurice Cass, Leonard Penn, Charles Meredith, Patsy Parsons, Guy Prescott, Cliff Ferre ..
Directed by: Hollingsworth Morse
Release date: 1956-01-01

Prima Donna

6.2/10 IMDB

The seventeenth presentation from Screen Directors Playhouse. A teenager with outstanding vocal talent would rather play baseball than develop his singing skills.

Starring: Jeanette MacDonald, Laraine Day, Leo Durocher, Jerome Cowan, Jacqueline deWit, Jane Darwell, Alfred Caiazza, Jack Lomas, David Butler ..
Directed by: David Butler
Release date: 1956-02-01

The Bachelor

0.0/10 IMDB

A bachelor account executive with an advertising agency thinks he has the perfect set-up with three girlfriends. And then there is Marion his devoted secretary who worships him and will do anything for him.

Starring: Jayne Mansfield, Raymond Bramley, Renzo Cesana, Carol Haney, Harry Holcombe, Georgann Johnson, Hal March, Julie Wilson ..
Directed by: Joseph Cates
Release date: 1956-07-15

Saturday Spectacular: High Button Shoes

0.0/10 IMDB

Based on 1947 Broadway musical of the same name.

Starring: Berkeley Harris ..
Release date: 1956-11-24
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1956 : Fremont: The Trailblazer

Fremont: The Trailblazer

0.0/10 IMDB

Fremont: The Trailblazer was a television pilot episode that never aired.

Starring: Steve Cochran, James Gavin, Barbara Wilson, William Kendis, Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams, Maria Monay, Peter Whitney ..
Directed by: Ray Nazarro
Release date: 1956-01-01
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1956 : New York Premiere Telecast 'Giant'

New York Premiere Telecast 'Giant'

0.0/10 IMDB

Star studded charity New York premiere of the film Giant

Starring: Jayne Meadows, Chill Wills, Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, Natalie Wood, Joanne Woodward, Carroll Baker, Dennis Hopper, George Stevens Jr., Virginia Graham ..
Directed by: George Stevens
Release date: 1956-10-09

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