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Four Star Playhouse (dramatic anthology)

     (CBS Primetime, 1952 - 1956;
      Syndicated)

     [The four stars (of films and television) who were featured
      in this anthology series from Four Star Productions were
      Dick Powell, Charles Boyer, Joel McCrae and Rosalind Russell;
      the last two soon departed due to other commitments and were
      replaced by David Niven and Ida Lupino throughout most of
      the run of the show;

      The first season this program was seen every other week, 
      alternating with "Amos'n'Andy"; In the second season it 
      settled into its own weekly schedule;

      For the most part, this dramatic anthology rotated different
      characters each week; but one character proved popular, and
      was seen so frequently it became a kind of arc within the 
      series, and later was spun off into its own series; that was
      the character of "Dante", a San Francisco night club owner,
      played by Dick Powell; (In the spin-off series Ida Lupino's
      husband Howard Duff took over the role);

      After the series ended it was syndicated; and even later
      some episodes of it showed up on other Dramatic Anthology
      programs]


Theme 1: "Four Star Opening Sig[nature]"

    [Verified as the THEME in TV Guide article "It Seems To Me
     I've Heard That Theme Before" July 28, 1956, pp. 12-13;

     In a 1983 telephone interview, Klatzkin was proud of his role
     in supplying this THEME to Four Star from the MUTEL library
     with which he was associated; but he bemoaned the fact
     it was replaced by the THEME below by Herschel Burke Gilbert
     when Gilbert became the Four Star Music Director]

     Composer: Leon Klatzkin (ASCAP)

     1978 Publisher: [listed without publisher in the 1978
                      ASCAP Index of Performed Compositions]

     2001 Publisher: The Bourne Co. (ASCAP)
                        of New York, NY

     Copyright Date: 
     Renewal   Date: 

     Recordings:
         From the MUTEL music library
               [original versions]

         78rpm reference disks in the Capitol "Q" Series library
               Q-174: cut 3:  Theme  No. 434 - OPENING (Dramatic-Full)
               Q-174: cut 4:  Theme  No. 434 - CLOSING (Dramatic-Full)
               Q-195: cut 9:  Bridge No. 434 (Dramatic)
               Q-195: cut 10: Bridge No. 434 (Mystery-Dramatic)
               Q-199: cut 10: Tag    No. 434 (Production)


Theme 2: "Four Star Emblem"

     Composer: Rudy Schrager (ASCAP)

     1978 Publisher:

     2001 Publishers: Vogue Music (BMI)
                         c/o Songs of Polygram International
                         of Chicago, IL;

               May be subsumed by:
                      Universal-Songs of Polygram International (BMI)
                         c/o Universal Music Publishing
                         a div. of Universal Studios
                         of Los Angeles, CA

     Copyright Date: 
     Renewal   Date: 

     Recordings:


Theme 3: "Four Star Trademark Theme"

    [ASCAP title variation...
     aka: "4-Star Trademark (Theme)"

     ...and verified by contributor T. Perrone...
     Title in the Capitol 'Q' Series library:
     aka: "THEME No. 436 - Opening (Dramatic - Full)"
     aka: "THEME No. 436 - Closing (Dramatic - Full)" ]

     Composer: Herschel Burke Gilbert (ASCAP)

     1978 Publisher:

     2001 Publishers: John Paul Music (ASCAP)
                         of Los Angeles; and
                      Universal-Songs of Polygram International (BMI)
                         c/o Universal Music Publishing
                         a div. of Universal Studios
                         of Los Angeles, CA

     Copyright Date: 
     Renewal   Date: 

     Recordings:
         From the MUTEL music library
               [original versions]
         78rpm reference disks in the Capitol "Q" Series library
               Q-175: cut 3:  Theme  No. 436 - OPENING (Dramatic-Full)
               Q-175: cut 4:  Theme  No. 436 - CLOSING (Dramatic-Full)


Theme 4: "Four Star Emblem"

     Composer: Herschel Burke Gilbert (ASCAP)

     1978 Publisher:

     2001 Publishers: Vogue Music (BMI)
                         c/o Songs of Polygram International
                         of Chicago, IL;

               May be subsumed by:
                      Universal-Songs of Polygram International (BMI)
                         c/o Universal Music Publishing
                         a div. of Universal Studios
                         of Los Angeles, CA

     Copyright Date: 
     Renewal   Date: 

     Recordings:

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