The Star and the Story

Season 1
 (29)
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Each show features a different star or stars in this dramatic anthology produced by the successful team by Four Star Productions, there are many young actors that went onto bigger things.
Starring
Henry Fonda
Genres
Drama
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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  1. 1. The Star and the Story: Brief Affair
    February 12 1955
    26min
    NR
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    A man's wife makes a deal for divorce: if he doesn't see his mistress for 3 months, she will grant it.
  2. 2. The Star and the Story: True Confessions of Henry Pell
    June 11 1955
    26min
    NR
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    A trespasser gets involved with an heiress.
  3. 3. The Star and the Story: The Man Who Was Dead
    November 12 1955
    25min
    NR
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    A man returns from the dead to help the living.
  4. 4. The Star and the Story: The Difficult Age
    January 21 1956
    26min
    NR
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    In a classic struggle an older employee resists retirement due to a young executive.
  5. 5. The Star and the Story: The Thin Line
    March 17 1956
    26min
    NR
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    A former jazz musician is released from a mental hospital only to learn what really happened the night he attempted to murder his wife and commit suicide.
  6. 6. The Star and the Story: Dark Stranger
    January 8 1955
    26min
    NR
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    A murder mystery writer finds himself in the middle of his novel as the killer and must find a way to prevent killing the woman he loves.
  7. 7. The Star and the Story: Total Recall
    February 26 1955
    26min
    NR
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    A young couple on their honeymoon receive a visitor who might be a local or a homicidal maniac.
  8. 8. The Star and the Story: A Matter of Courage
    April 2 1955
    26min
    TV-NR
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    A tourist innocently flirts with a Spanish swordsman's wife and must fight a duel because of it.
  9. 9. The Star and the Story: Unforgivable
    April 16 1955
    26min
    TV-NR
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    A man blames his wife's death on his soon to be son-in-law.
  10. 10. The Star and the Story: Arab Duel
    February 18 1956
    26min
    NR
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    A film producer and a writer argue over the producer's wife.

More details

Directors
Roy KellinoLewis R. FosterRobert Stevenson
Producers
Warren Lewis
Season year
1956
Network
Film Chest
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Format
Prime Video (streaming online video)
Devices
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3.9 out of 5 stars

29 global ratings

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PazReviewed in the United States on January 13, 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
If you like a good story...
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If you like a good story, a tall tale or pleasant (live) play...you'll love "The Star and the Story". I was too young (not even born) to watch this series (or anthology) of plays, and like others have never even heard of the program. And now I'm watching it and enjoying every minute. The best way to explain it (visually) is think of as a mixture of "Twilight Zone" (another favorite) and a Shakespeare play (another favorite). No, t here is not that peculiar element of "weird, other worldly, or supernatural" - and the actors don't speak in poems. although there is a "special" message to the story.. However, there is a different story each week, chosen by a (famous) actor of that era (from a short story or play) the actor/actress enjoyed reading. And they take it and give it their particular talent. You will enjoy it...if you like a good story. peace
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Ann SherryReviewed in the United States on August 17, 2014
4.0 out of 5 stars
Good short tale
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This was pretty good, considering they only had half an hour to do the whole show. The father of a family suddenly tells his wife he wants to leave her for another woman. She proposes that he hold off for three months and asks him to not see this other woman just for those three months. Things go well, and the end of the 3 months is almost up when a massive misunderstanding occurs making the wife think her husband went back to the "other woman". BTW the leading actress in this is beautiful, leaving me to wonder why the heck would that husband want to go after something else in the first place?
going shoppingReviewed in the United States on October 7, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
I want more!
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This vintage television series from 1955-56 not only has good stories and the 'star' of each episode, but quite often a supporting cast of actors who went on to become stars. The series is of historic interest cinematically. Even more important, it is very entertaining. According to IMDB, there are a total of 46 episodes (two seasons, 23 episodes each) -- it would be nice to see more of these added to Amazon Prime.
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G. TownsendReviewed in the United States on August 8, 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
Fine story, with a good ending.
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This was real nice story. Good ending too. The stories that were told way back when seemed to consciously try to keep us good ending, with maybe even a slight moral thrown in. And there was nothing wrong with that. Television is supposed to be relaxing. While they do give us the real-life problems we all face, the better ones, I think, give us something positive to think about.
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Jay RaskinReviewed in the United States on January 5, 2014
4.0 out of 5 stars
Wonderful Anthology Series With Surprises in Each Episode
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There's a great variety of well written and well acted stories in this anthology story. They vary quite a bit in subject matter and style. I enjoy the half hour (actually 25 minute) format The stories generally move at a quick pace. It is also great seeing the actors and actresses. In many cases the announced star actually has a lesser reputation than some of the other actors in the episode. For example, one episode starred Edmund O'Brien, who I knew from the film "D.O.A." However, another actress in the episode was Joanne Woodward. This was 1955, before she became a movie star.
Some of the episodes that I have seen have a nice "Twilight Zone" quality, while others are sharp character studies and examination of real life 1950's problems.
I would definitely recommend it.
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Mr. William H. HamiltonReviewed in the United States on May 16, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
GREAT MEMORIES FROM LONG AGO!
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This program was the VERY FIRST SHOW I ever saw when we got our first TV, Nov 30, 1954...so that's why this series is very special to me.
I'm hoping I can find the episode with Burgess Meredith in this series as that show was my first ever watching on our GE 17" TV.
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Casey KReviewed in the United States on September 2, 2016
3.0 out of 5 stars
Fun, but you won't be star struck.
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It is fun to watch some of these shows from the 50's. The stories are ok for such a brief format. Most of the stars are not what one would consider "big" stars. Still fun, once in a while.
Carrot TopReviewed in the United States on January 28, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
Interesting
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A very good anthology program from the 50's. I have only watched a few episodes so far, but will definitely watch more.
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