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Theme music composer  John Williams
Original language(s)  English
First episode date  10 October 1963
Network  NBC
Number of episodes  60
8/10 IMDb

Genre  Anthology
Country of origin  United States
No. of seasons  2
Final episode date  1 July 1965
Number of seasons  2
Spin-off  Run for Your Life
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Also known as  ''Crisis Suspense Theatre''
Similar  Bob Hope Presents the Chrys, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Thriller, The Dick Powell Show, Climax!

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The Kraft Suspense Theatre is an American television anthology series that was produced and broadcast from 1963 to 1965 on NBC. Sponsored by Kraft Foods, it was seen three weeks out of every four and was pre-empted for Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall specials once monthly. Como's production company, Roncom Films, also produced Kraft Suspense Theatre. (The company name, "Roncom Films" stood for "RONnie COMo," Perry's son, who was in his early twenties when this series premiered). Writer, editor, critic and radio playwright Anthony Boucher served as consultant on the series.


Later syndicated under the title Crisis, it was one of the few suspense series then broadcast in color. While most of NBC's shows were in color then, all-color network line-ups did not become the norm until the 1966-67 season.

In Britain BBC2 screened episodes of this series and Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre under the banner of Impact.


Ben Cooper, Richard Crenna, John Forsythe, Ron Foster, Vivi Janiss, Brad Johnson, Jack Kelly, Robert Loggia, Ida Lupino, Martin Milner, Leslie Nielsen, Larry Pennell, Mickey Rooney, James Whitmore, Jeffrey Hunter, Tippi Hedren, Telly Savalas, Robert Ryan and Michael Winkelman were among the actors and actresses cast on Kraft Suspense Theatre.

Directors included prominent names in television and later features, examples being Robert Altman, Richard L. Bare, Roy Huggins, Buzz Kulik, David Lowell Rich, Ida Lupino, Sydney Pollack, Elliot Silverstein, Jack Smight, Ralph Senensky, and Paul Wendkos.

Some episodes doubled as pilots for potential series. The episode "Rapture At Two-Forty," in particular, was the pilot for the series Run for Your Life, which premiered on NBC in the fall of 1965 and ran till 1968.

The 1968 theatrical film Sergeant Ryker, starring Lee Marvin, was a two-part made-for-television film that was first broadcast on Kraft Suspense Theatre under the title "The Case Against Paul Ryker." It also served as a pilot for the 1966 series Court Martial, which ABC-TV would broadcast. Other episodes that were later expanded into theatrical films (initially for European release) included "Once Upon a Savage Night," released as Nightmare In Chicago, and "In Darkness, Waiting," which was released as Strategy of Terror.

Pilot: 1963

  • Shadow of a Man (1963-06-19)
  • Season 2: 1964–65

    John T. Williams's theme music was revised for this season.

    *pilot for unsold series


    Reruns of the series have been shown under the name Suspense Theatre, although many prints of episodes have had the syndicated rerun title Crisis.


    Kraft Suspense Theatre Wikipedia

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