The Walter Winchell File

The Walter Winchell File is the title of a television crime drama series that initially aired from 1957 to 1958, dramatizing cases from the New York City Police Department that were covered in the New York Daily Mirror. The series featured columnist and announcer Walter Winchell, John Larch, George Cisar, Robert Anderson, Robert Brubaker, Dolores Donlon, and Gene Barry, a year before he was cast in the lead of NBC's Bat Masterson.

The Walter Winchell File
GenreCrime drama
Police drama
Developed byDesilu Productions
Directed byJacques Tourneur
Jerry Thorpe
Presented byWalter Winchell
Theme music composerE.C. Norton
Country of originUSA
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes39
Executive producer(s)Desi Arnaz
Producer(s)Bert Granet
Production location(s)New York City
Running time30 mins.
Production company(s)Desilu
Paramount Television
CBS Paramount Television
CBS Television Distribution (current as of 2007)
Original networkABC
Picture format1.33:1 monochrome
Audio formatmonaural
Original releaseOctober 2, 1957 
March 28, 1958 (network)

Thirty-nine episodes were produced; the first twenty-six aired on ABC during the 1957-1958 season (sponsored by Revlon), and the final thirteen were seen in syndication in 1959.

Among the guest stars was the child actor Dennis Holmes, who played 7-year-old Allie Marisch in the 1957 episode "Thou Shalt Not Kill."[1] Rodolfo Hoyos Jr., was cast as "El Jefe" in the 1958 episode "The Stop-over".[2]

Other notable guest stars

Selected Episodes

  • The Steep Hill, directed by Jacques Tourneur (1957) (25 mn)
  • House on Biscayne Bay, directed by Jacques Tourneur (1958) (25 mn)
  • The Stopover, directed by Jacques Tourneur (1958) (25 mn)


  1. "Dennis Holmes". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved November 23, 2012.
  2. ""The Stop-over", the Walter Winchell File, March 28, 1958". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved February 12, 2014.

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