Four Star Playhouse (1952–1956)
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A military hero becomes circumspect as his wife expects their first child. In battle, he jumps into a protective hole instead of forging to the front of the line. His company nicknames him Yellowbelly, and he loses the respect of his men.


Laslo Benedek


Al C. Ward (screenplay), William Douglas Lansford (story) (as Douglas Lansford)


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Episode cast overview:
Frank Lovejoy ... Capt. Jim Barr
Maxine Cooper ... Millie Barr
Bart Burns ... Lt. Saloman
Harry Lauter ... Lt. Stanton
Jeanette Nolan ... Capt. Johnson
Nick Dennis ... Sgt. Juliana
James Hong ... Cpl. Ikura


An officer in the Korean War is considered a coward by his men after ducking into a manhole during a charge. His solders don't realize what a hero he was during WWII, or that his expectant wife is about to give birth. The new battalion commander relieves him of his duty, but he doesn't accept the decision. Written by Jay Phelps <>

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Comedy | Crime | Drama





Release Date:

12 July 1956 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Four Star Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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It's okay...not much more.
12 January 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

In the later years of "Four Star Playhouse", Frank Lovejoy (not one of the original four stars) appeared as the lead in quite a few episodes of the show. "Yellowbelly" is a decent enough one, though I think the script is a tad weak. As usual, Lovejoy himself was just fine.

The story is apparently set in Korea during the war, though it never actually says where the war is. What you do know is that the Captain (Lovejoy) served with distinction in WWII and now is a bit rusty in his new command...and he seems to have lost his nerve. Why and how he'll regain his strength as a commander is something you'll just need to see for yourself.

As I said, I don't think this one is particularly distinguished due to the writing. However, it isn't bad at all...and if you love the old show, it's worth seeing.

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