Basil Rathbone's
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2/2/1955 "The Reluctant Dragon," as narrator (The World of Disney, ABC)
5/23/1955 "Always the Butler," episode 18 of The Eddie Cantor Comedy TheaterWatch an episode of The Eddie Cantor Comedy Theater! Note that this is NOT the episode in which Basil appeared. It is a different episode from 1955 ("How Much for Van Such," with Vincent Price).
7/30/1955 "Svengali and the Blonde," as Svengali (NBC special, musical), with Carol Channing, Ethel Barrymore, Russell Arms.
8/12/1955 "The Stones Began to Move," as Dr. Victor Berenson (Science Fiction Theatre, NBC), with Robin Short, Jean Willis, Jonathan Hale, Richard Flato, Carol Thurston, Russ Conway and Helen van Camp. Directed by Lew Landers, produced by Ivan Tors.
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Dr. Berenson in "The Stones Began to Move"
11/24/1955 "CBS Thanksgiving Day Special," co-host with Burl Ives
12/22/1955 "The Selfish Giant," as narrator of the Oscar Wilde tale (Star Tonight, ABC)
5/3/1955 "Billy Budd," an episode of Encounter (CBC), as Captain Vere, with Patrick Macnee and William Shatner. Order from Roberts Hard-to-Find Videos.
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1/17/ 1956 "The Sculpture Show" (The Red Skelton Show, CBS), as a British artist
2/1/1956 "Five Minutes to Live," (Kraft TV Theatre, NBC), with Dennis O'Keefe, Gloria Holly, Richard Shepard, Felicia Montealegre and Neil Hamilton

Richard Shepard and Basil Rathbone
in "Five Minutes to Live"

Ralph Bellamy, Rita Gam, and Basil Rathbone
in "Affair in Sumatra"
2/22/1956 "Affair in Sumatra" (Screen Director's Playhouse, NBC), with Ralph Bellamy and Rita Gam. Hal Roach directed. Rathbone played Paul Charters.
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2/29/1956 I've Got a Secret (game show, CBS)
10/10/1956 The Amazing Dunninger (ABC), guest appearance. Dunninger was a mentalist and mind reader. 
12/23/1956 "The Stingiest Man in Town," as Scrooge (The Alcoa Hour, NBC), with Vic Damone, Martyn Greene, Patrice Munsel and Betty Madigan

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Rathbone and Martyn Greene

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Above and right: promotional photos from "The Stingiest Man in Town"

"On TV, I've been a bank robber, a nicely crazy old man and some other things, and now Scrooge."
 -- Basil Rathbone, newspaper interview, 1956

Vic Damone, Patrice Munsel and Rathbone

Rathbone and Martyn Greene

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1/11/1957 Person to Person, hosted by Edward R. Murrow (CBS)
2/10/1957 "The Lark," as the chief inquisitor (Hallmark Hall of Fame, NBC) with Julie Harris, Eli Wallach and Boris Karloff
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5/21/1957 The Arthur Murray Party (ABC)
11/20/1957 "Huck Finn," as the Duke (The U.S. Steel Hour, CBS), a musical with Jimmy Boyd, Jack Carson and Florence Henderson

Rathbone as The Duke in "Huck Finn"

Rathbone as The Duke in "Huck Finn"

Rathbone as The Duke in "Huck Finn"

Rathbone with Florence Henderson and Jack Carson
in "Huck Finn"

Rathbone as The Duke in "Huck Finn"
Jimmy Boyd, Rathbone and Jack Carson in "Huck Finn"
Rathbone with Jimmy Boyd and Jack Carson in "Huck Finn"
12/11/1957 "Heroes Walk on Sand," as General Zomback (Kraft TV Theatre, NBC), with Walter Abel, Ann Harding, Gene Rayburn and Elliott Nugent
2/4/1958 The Arlene Francis Show (NBC), episode #1.107, guest appearance
2/9/1958 "Hans Brinker or the Silver Skates," as Dr. Boekman (Hallmark Hall of Fame, NBC), with Tab Hunter, Peggy King, and Dick Button
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The cast of "Aladdin"
2/21/1958 "Aladdin," (Cole Porter musical) as the Emperor (DuPont Theatre, CBS), with Dennis King, Sal Mineo, George Hall & Cyril Ritchard
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3/19/1958 The Betty White Show (ABC), guest appearance. Watch an episode of The Betty White Show! Note that this is NOT the episode in which Basil appeared. It is a different episode from 1958.
4/10/1958 Make Me Laugh, guest appearance.  Watch an episode of Make Me Laugh! Note that this is NOT the episode in which Basil appeared. It is a different episode from 1958.
1958 "A Christmas Carol," as Scrooge (Tales of Dickens, British TV series, Tower of London Productions) Frederic March was host.

Rathbone as Scrooge in
"A Christmas Carol"

Rathbone in "I, the Leader"
July 1958 Pantomime Quiz, (ABC).  Watch an episode of Pantomime Quiz! Note that this is NOT the episode in which Basil appeared. It is an episode from 1955.
1959 "I, the Leader" (CBS), as the leader of a gang of jewel thieves. With Richard Jaekel, Lou Perri, Vince Barbi, Tom Barto and Dave Starr.
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1959 The Jack Paar Tonight Show (NBC), guest appearance.  Watch an episode of The Jack Paar Show! Note that this is NOT the episode in which Basil appeared. It is an episode from 1960. Jack's guest was a senator from Massachusetts: John F. Kennedy.
1/1/1959 Time to Remember, "1896-1902: Turn of the Century" (Season 1, episode 1), as narrator.
May (?) 1959 Time to Remember, "Came the Dawn" (Season 1, episode 17), narrator
4/19/1960 "Super-Cauliflower" (The Red Skelton Show, CBS), as Hugh Rubicoff
5/17/1960 The Arthur Murray Party (ABC)
12/4/1960 The Christopher Program, guest appearance. Host and founder of "The Christophers": Father Keller
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sometime between 1952 and 1960 Masquerade Party. A celebrity (or a pair of celebrities) appeared in make-up and costume before a panel of celebrities who asked yes or no questions in order to guess the celebrity's identity. The original run of the show was from 1952 to 1960; the date of Rathbone's appearance is unknown. Watch an episode of Masquerade Party! Note that this is NOT the episode in which Basil appeared. It is an episode from 1955. 


Ouida and Basil before being made-up for Masquerade Party


Basil and Ouida as they appeared on Masquerade Party

1961 "Mystic Prophecies and Nostradamus," as narrator. (Produced and directed by Merle S. Gould)
3/24/1961 Here's Hollywood (NBC). Hollywood celebrities were interviewed on this series. Watch an episode of Here's Hollywood! Note that this is NOT the episode in which Basil was interviewed. It is an episode from 1962.
11/30/1961 "Victoria Regina," as Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli (Hallmark Hall of Fame, NBC) with Julie Harris as Queen Victoria. Cast included James Donald, Inga Swenson, Barry Jones, Isabel Jeans, Felix Aylmer and Pamela Brown.

getting hair styled for role of Disraeli
1963 Warbirds (20th Century Fox) with David Macklin (pilot for unsold series, never broadcast)
1/23/1963 The Merv Griffin Show, guest appearance
2/15/1963 The Merv Griffin Show, guest appearance
2/18/1963 The Merv Griffin Show, guest appearance
3/20/1963 The Merv Griffin Show, guest appearance
4/7/1965 "Who Killed Hamlet?" (episode of Burke's Law, ABC) starring Gene Barry. Rathbone played Milo James.
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5/2/1965 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (NBC), Rathbone narrated the adventures of J. Thaddeus Toad in "The Wind in the Willows"
5/24/1965 The Merv Griffin Show, guest appearance
6/10/1965 The Celebrity Game (CBS, hosted by Carl Reiner), guest panelist. Watch an episode of The Celebrity Game! Note that this is NOT the episode in which Basil appeared. It is a different episode from 1965.
6/16/1965 The Merv Griffin Show, guest appearance.
6/23/1965 The Merv Griffin Show, guest appearance. Watch an episode of The Merv Griffin Show! Note that this is NOT the episode in which Basil appeared. It is a different episode from 1965 that features a rare interview with Salvadore Dali..
7/1/1965 The Celebrity Game (CBS, hosted by Carl Reiner), guest panelist.
12/27/1965 "Perfect Is Too Hard To Be" (part one of two-part episode of Dr. Kildare, NBC), Susan Oliver and Rathbone were guest stars. Rathbone played Frederick Foray, a concert pianist with Parkinson's disease.

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12/28/1965 "Duet for One Hand" (part two of two-part episode of Dr. Kildare, NBC), Susan Oliver and Rathbone were guest stars.
 

with Raymond Massey (Dr. Kildare)
 

with Raymond Massey (Dr. Kildare)
1965-1966 The Sherlock Holmes Theatre, which showed the Basil Rathbone/Nigel Bruce Sherlock Holmes films of the 1940s, was hosted by Rathbone.
6/16/1966 "The Baffling World of ESP," as narrator (ABC documentary special)
8/26/1966 The Pirates of Flounder Bay, (ABC, pilot for unsold series), with William Cort, Bridget Hanley, Jack Soo, Harold Peary, Charles Dierkop, Burt Mustin, Jim Connell, Jim Begg, Peter Bonerz and Keenan Wynn. Rathbone played the Governor in this comedy about bumbling pirate Barnaby Kidd (Cort) and his crew of idiots.
4/26/1967 "Soldier in Love," as the Duke of York (Hallmark Hall of Fame, NBC), with Claire Bloom, Keith Mitchell, Ray Poole, and Jean Simmons
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Rathbone hosting the Sherlock Holmes Theater
Rathbone as Milo James in "Who Killed Hamlet?"
Rathbone in "Who Killed Hamlet" (Burke's Law)

 
Bridget Hanley and Rathbone in "The Pirates of Flounder Bay"
The Pirates of Flounder Bay
Rathbone as Scrooge, 1958
Rathbone as Scrooge

getting makeup applied for role of Svengali
   
   

Rathbone also made numerous commercials for cigarettes, liquor, insurance (Prudential), diet food, and more.

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