Telephone Time

Telephone Time is an American anthology drama series that aired on CBS in 1956, and on ABC from 1957 to 1958. The series features plays by John Nesbitt who hosted the first season. Frank C. Baxter hosted the 1957 and 1958 seasons. The program was directed by Arthur Hiller, Robert Florey, and Lewis Allen (director). A total of 81 episodes aired from April 1956 to March 1957 on CBS and from April 1957 to April 1958 on the American Broadcasting Company (ABC).[1]

Telephone Time
Greer Garson and Florenz Ames in "Revenge", 1957.
Directed byLewis Allen (director)
László Benedek
Robert Florey
Peter Godfrey (director)
Christian Nyby
Arthur Hiller
Don Taylor (American actor and director)
Peter Tewksbury
Presented byJohn Nesbitt (1956)
Frank C. Baxter (19571958)
Theme music composerLeon Klatzkin
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes81
Executive producer(s)Jerry Stagg
Hal Roach Jr.
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time25 mins.
Original networkCBS (1956)
ABC (19571958)
Picture formatBlack-and-white
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseApril 8, 1956 (1956-04-08) 
April 1, 1958 (1958-04-01)


The program showcased the talents of actors and actresses such as Bette Davis, Florenz Ames, Greer Garson, Dennis Morgan, Joseph Cotten, Claudette Colbert, Michael Landon, Cloris Leachman, Johnny Crawford, Katherine Warren, Joel Grey, Fay Wray, Thomas Mitchell, Vivi Janiss, Wright King, Strother Martin, Lon Chaney, Jr., Boris Karloff, John Carradine, Helen Wallace, and Michael Winkelman. Famed circus performer Emmett Kelly made his dramatic debut in the presentation Captain from Kopenick. [2] Famed radio star Michael Raffetto appeared in the "Vicksburg, 5:35 PM" episode as Joe Palermo (1956).

Award nomination

John Nesbitt was nominated for an Emmy Award in 1957 for Best Teleplay Writing - Half Hour or Less.


  2. Tops, T.V. (22 April 1956). "Famous Clown Takes a Straight Dramatic Role". The San Bernardino County Sun. p. 22. Retrieved 13 May 2018 via

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