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Mr. Broadway

Mr. Broadway
Horace McMahon in "Nightingale for Sale", 1964.
Format Adventure; Drama
Created by Garson Kanin
Starring Craig Stevens
Lani Miyazaki
Horace McMahon
Theme music composer Dave Brubeck
Opening theme "Theme From 'Mr. Broadway'"
Composer(s) Dave Brubeck
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13
Executive producer(s) David Susskind
Producer(s) Daniel Melnick
Running time 60 min.
Production companies Talent Associates, in association with the CBS Television Network
Original channel CBS
Original run September 26, 1964 – December 26, 1964

Mr. Broadway is an American 13-episode CBS adventure and drama television series starring Craig Stevens as New York City public relations specialist Mike Bell. The program aired at 9 p.m. Eastern time Saturdays from September 26 to December 26, 1964. Also featured were Bell's assistant, Toki, portrayed by Lani Miyazaki, and his police contact, Hank McClure, played by Horace McMahon. Mr. Broadway, a Talent Associates Production, was created by Garson Kanin and produced by David Susskind and Daniel Melnick. Dave Brubeck supplied the music and theme.[1] It was shot on location in New York City.

Mr. Broadway episodes have unusual titles. The series included rare guest appearances by Liza Minnelli, in her first television dramatic role, as Minnie in "Nightingale for Sale";[1] Sandy Dennis in "Don't Mention My Name in Sheboygan", and Lauren Bacall as Barbara Lake, with Martin Balsam as Nate Bannerman, in "Something to Sing About".[1]

Other episodes are "Keep an Eye on Emily" (the series' pilot) with Tuesday Weld as Emily and Oleg Cassini as himself, "Take a Walk Through a Cemetery" with Lauren Bacall, again, but also with Jason Robards, Jr., and Jill St. John, "Try to Find a Spy" with Barbara Feldon and Simon Oakland, "Between the Rats and the Finks" with Larry Hagman, Dyan Cannon, Bruce Gordon, and Patrick McVey, "The He-She Chemistry" with Tammy Grimes, "Maggie, Queen of the Jungle", with Nina Foch in the title role, "Smelling Like a Rose" with Art Carney, Hal Roach, and Tina Louise, "Bad Little Rich Girl" with Diana Van der Vlis as Mary Beth Warren and Larry Pennell as John Chambers, "Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones" with Philip Abbott as Geoffrey Karr and Lola Albright as Duff Daniels. Albright had been Stevens's co-star on Peter Gunn, and "Pay Now, Die Later", the series finale, with David Wayne as John Zeck and John Ireland as Jimmy King.[2] In the latter episode the wealthy Zeck hires Mike Bell to write his obituary ahead of his death.[3]

Mr. Broadway aired following the new sitcom Gilligan's Island and preceding the durable Western, Gunsmoke. Its competition was the Saturday Night Movie on NBC, and the second half of The Lawrence Welk Show and the first half of The Hollywood Palace on ABC.[1]

Episode list

Episode # Episode title Original airdate
1-1 "Keep An Eye On Emily" (pilot) September 26, 1964
1-2 "Take A Walk Through A Cemetery" October 3, 1964
1-3 "Try To Find A Spy" October 10, 1964
1-4 "Between the Rats and the Finks" October 17, 1964
1-5 "Nightingale For Sale" October 24, 1964
1-6 "The He-She Chemistry" October 31, 1964
1-7 "Don't Mention My Name In Sheboygan" November 7, 1964
1-8 "Maggie, Queen of the Jungle" November 21, 1964
1-9 "Smelling Like A Rose" November 28, 1964
1-10 "Bad Little Rich Girl" December 5, 1964
1-11 "Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones" December 12, 1964
1-12 "Something To Sing About" December 19, 1964
1-13 "Pay Now, Die Later" December 26, 1964


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