CTVA Canada - "Cannonball" (1958-59) starring Paul Birch &William Campbell

CTVA
The Classic TV Archive - Canadian  Series

Trucker series - Cannonball (1958-59)
- Movin' On (1974-76) - B.J. and the Bear (1979-81) 
Robert Maxwell and Rudy E. Abel  Productions:
 Cannonball (Canada) (1958-59) - National Velvet (1960-62) - Father of the Bride (1961-62)
Cannonball (1958-59) Intro
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by:
Boyce Hart, Paul Patskou (Toronto, Canada), D.W. McGregor (Sunderland, UK)
John King (New York, USA), Tom Alger, John Strong, Rina Fox
References:
CBC Times, TV Guide. TV Times [UK], The Viewer [UK Tyne-Tees]
Library of Congress (telnet://locis.loc.gov)
Internet Movie Database (http://us.imdb.com)
CBC-Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
(http://www.film.queensu.ca/cbc/index.html#top)


Normandie Productions, Ltd
in association with
Robert Maxwell Associates, Inc
ITC - Incorporated Television Corporation - A Film Presentation
Filmed at Canadian Film Industries Ltd. studios, Toronto, Canada
Created by Robert Maxwell
Early episodes:
Executive Producer Robert Maxwell (creator)/ Producer Rudy E. Abel
Later Episodes:
Executive Producer  Rudy E. Abel  / Produced by Wm. J. O'Sullivan

Canadian Family Adventure series 1958-1959 39 episodes x 30m bw

CBC air dates (first run)  Mon 9:30-10:00 p.m., 6Oct58-13Jul59
CBC air dates (re run) Thur 6:15-6:45 p.m., 20Jul59-05Oct59 
ABC Weekend Television [UK] release date Sunday 12 Oct 1958 3:00 pm
starring



Paul Birch as "Cannonball" Mike Malone
William Campbell as Jerry Austin

1 May 2011  William Campbell (1923/26-2011) (Dies Age 84/87)  -  L.A. Times Obituary

with
Beth Lockerbie as Mary Malone (Mike Malone's wife)
Beth Morris as Ginny Malone (Mike Malone's teenage daughter)
Steve Barringer as Butch Malone (Mike Malone's son)
Howard Milsom as Harry Butler (Freight Dispatcher)

Premise:
"Cannonball" - a series of half-hour family dramas about the adventures
of two truckers who hauled freight on the highways of Canada and the
U.S.A. U.S. actors Paul Birch and William Campbell played Mike Malone and
Jerry Austin in this Route 66 on eighteen wheels. Canadian talent played
supporting roles. Beth Lockerbie was Mary Malone, Mike's wife, and
Beth Morris and Steve Barringer were Ginny and Butch Malone. Howard Milsom
portrayed dispatcher Harry Butler. Other Canadian character actors who
appeared in the show included Ruth Springford, Alfie Scopp, Sylvia Lennick,
Eric House, and Cy Mack.

Executive Producer Robert Maxwell created the series, which was produced
for Normandie Production by Rudy E. Abel, assisted by Sterling Campbell.
The shows were directed by Les Selander and Les Goodwins. The thirty-nine
episodes were syndicated in the United States, and the series was also sold to Australian and British television.
 
C & A TRANSPORT
TORONTO - MONTREAL - WINNIPEG - NORTH BAY - NEW YORK


"Cannonball" theme song:-
Barrelin' down the highway, Wheelin' right along.
Hear the tires hummin', Hummin' out a song.
The rumble of the diesel, The shiftin' of the gears.
The rhythm when he's rollin', It's music to his ears.
Cannon-ba--ll!, Cannon-ba--ll!
Any kind of weather, Any time of day.
When the rig is ready, He'll be on his way.
He'll carry any cargo, He'll go anywhere.
Name the destination, And brother he'll be there.
Cannon-ba--ll!, Cannon-ba--ll!

A similar format was later used in "Movin' On" (1974-76) starring Claude Akins and Frank Converse

 
 UK air dates mainly from:
Tyne Tees Television - ITV in the North-East of England
ABC Television - ITV in the Midlands/North of England
Episode titles are NOT shown on-screen.
all episodes dated 30 Oct 1959 on US. copyright notice

################ Cannonball ##################
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CBC Mondays 9:30-10:00 pm
(06Oct58 - 13Jul59) (41 slots)

1.01 [--] Cannonball: THE RUNAWAY TRUCK
06Oct58 CBC Monday - original Canadian airdate
Produced by Rudy E. Abel
Teleplay by Claire Kennedy
Directed by Harry Keller
Starring: Paul Birch (Mike Malone) William Campbell (Jerry Austin)
with:
Beth Lockerbie (Mary), Beth Morris (Ginny), Steve Barringer (Butch)
Guest Cast:
Carleton Young
Synopsis:
Mike and Jerry serve as decoys by hauling an empty trailer into no
end of difficulty while the real cargo enjoys safe passage. [BH]
Review:
"Cannonball is a bomb. When the wheels roll, it's explosive, but
when the character dramatics come into play, it's a dud. Harry
Keller directs as if producer Rudy Abel were standing over him
with a budget, yelling "Damn the critics...full speed ahead.""
Variety: May 20'59

1.02 [--] Cannonball: NITRO HAUL
13Oct58 CBC Monday - original Canadian airdate (CBC rerun - 20Jul59)
Produced by Rudy E. Abel
Directed by Lesley Selander
Starring:
Paul Birch (Mike Malone) William Campbell (Jerry Austin)
Synopsis 1:
Mike and Jerry are driving a load of high explosives when a tire blows
and their truck lands in a ditch. While Mike goes for help, Jerry tries
to change the tire and is pinned beneath the truck. [BH]
Synopsis 2:
While traveling on a dangerous mountain road with a truckload of
nitroglycerine, Mike swerves to avoid a doe and crashes into a boulder. [BH]
SynopsiS 3:
Traveling with a truckload of nitroglycerine Mike swerves to avoid
a dog and crashes into a boulder. [TA]
(US syndication: 09Feb61 Ch.2 South Ohio, Sat 6:00pm)

1.03 [--] Cannonball: SMALL CARGO
20Oct58 CBC Monday - original Canadian airdate (CBC rerun - 27Apr59)
Starring: Paul Birch (Mike Malone) William Campbell (Jerry Austin)
Directed by Lesley Selander (on copyright) [BH]
Synopsis 1:
Two children fleeing from their uncle, an escaped convict, hide in Mike and
Jerry's truck. [BH]
Synopsis 2:
Mike and Jerry discover two frightened youngsters on their truck, fleeing
from their Uncle, a criminal, who is determined to have them back.

1.04 [--] Cannonball: THE BIG AMBULENCE
27Oct58 CBC Monday - original Canadian airdate (CBC rerun - 27Jul59)
Produced by Rudy E. Abel
Directed by Lesley Selander
Starring:
Paul Birch (Mike Malone) William Campbell (Jerry Austin)
Guest cast:
Jack Mather .......... Dr. Aaron  [RF]

Synopsis 1:
While driving down a deserted stretch of road with his partner Jerry, Mike
suffers an attack of appendicitis and Jerry uses the truck as an ambulance. [BH]
Synopsis 2:
Mike Malone has eaten a big dinner, but he will insist on stopping at a few
diners for snacks and a meal of sauerbraten. When Mike gets indigestion Jerry
is not surprised, but when the pains persist, he gets worried.

1.05 [--] Cannonball: MARK TIME
03Nov58 CBC Monday - original Canadian airdate (CBC rerun - 03Aug59)
Produced by Rudy E. Abel
Directed by Lesley Selander
Starring:
Paul Birch (Mike Malone) William Campbell (Jerry Austin)
Synopsis 1:
A truck driver blames Mike for the loss of his job and plants a home-made
bomb in Mike and Jerry's truck. [BH]
Synopsis 2:
Frank Peters, a "C & A" driver, whose son died recently, has been deserted by
his wife and dismissed by his employers. For some reason he blames Mike
"Cannonball" Malone for all his misfortunes and vows to kill Mike, but Mike's
son Butch intervenes.
Synopsis 3:
A former trucker on the C. & A. line blames Mike Malone for his dismissal. [RF]
(US syndication: 20Feb60 ABC Sat WCPO-TV Cincinnati 6:30pm ET)

1.06 [--] Cannonball: THE NECKLACE
10Nov58 CBC Monday - original Canadian airdate (CBC rerun - 14Sep59)
Produced by Rudy E. Abel
Directed by Lesley Selander
Starring: Paul Birch (Mike Malone) William Campbell (Jerry Austin)
Synopsis:
The inexpensive necklace which Mike has purchased for his wife turns out
to be stolen jewelry valued at $300,000. [BH]

1.07 [--] Cannonball: SHOCK (Verified on film)
17Nov58 CBC Monday - original Canadian airdate
Executive Producer Robert Maxwell
Produced by Rudy E. Abel
Teleplay by Robert Joseph
Directed by Lesley Selander
Starring: Paul Birch (Mike Malone) William Campbell (Jerry Austin)
Guest Cast:
Eric House ................ Ben Handley
*
Associate Producer ........ Peter Frank
*
Story Editor .............. Miriam Geiger
Production Supervisor ..... Wm. J. O'Sullivan
Director of Photography ... George Jacobson
Film Editor ............... Noel Coppleman
Sound Effects ............. Joe Kavigan M.P.S.E.
Musical Supervision ....... Raoul Kraushaar
Art Director .............. John La Sandra
Ryder Sound Service
Synopsis:
Jerry and Mike have an accident on the Buffalo-Toronto run. [BH]
Synopsis:
Ben Handley, a friend of freight dispatcher Harry Butler, is appointed spare parts manager for C & A Transport, much to
the dislike of Jerry. Whilst giving him a lift in their truck, they discover, during a breakdown that he knows nothing
about motor mechanics. He is also drinking heavily. Midway along their journey, they encounter a near fatal accident.
Suddenly their passenger takes charge of the situation, and begins to save the life of a dying man.

1.08 [--] Cannonball: THE ATTACK
24Nov58 CBC Monday - original Canadian airdate (CBC rerun - 07Sep59)
Produced by Rudy E. Abel
Directed by Lesley Selander
Starring:
Paul Birch (Mike Malone) William Campbell (Jerry Austin)
Synopsis:
When the driver of a gasoline truck suffers a heart attack, the runaway
vehicle swerves toward a group of people engaged in a ribbon-cutting
ceremony. [BH]
Synopsis: (this sound like a different episode)
When a new highway is opened largely through the efforts of Mike
and Jerry, the two want the honor of being the first to drive on the road.
But their rival, Ollie, races to get there first. [TA]
(US syndication: 27May62 on WXIX-18; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Sunday 8:00pm)

1.09 [--] Cannonball: THE GIRL REPORTER
01Dec58 CBC Monday - original Canadian airdate
Produced by Rudy E. Abel
Directed by Lesley Selander
Starring:
Paul Birch (Mike Malone) William Campbell (Jerry Austin)
Synopsis:
Mike and Jerry are elected to take a girl reporter on a trip for publicity
- and everything goes wrong. [BH]

1.10 [--] Cannonball: PILLS
08Dec58 CBC Monday - original Canadian airdate
Executive Producer Robert Maxwell (The Viewer)
Produced by Rudy E. Abel (The Viewer)
Written by Bernard Girard
Directed by Les Goodwins
Starring: Paul Birch (Mike Malone) William Campbell (Jerry Austin)
Synopsis 1:
The truckers are asked to help capture an unlicensed chemist. [BH]
Synopsis 2:
The Canadian Mounted Police and the FBI urge the "C and A" drivers to be on
the lookout for a gang that has been selling deadly stay-awake pills to
truckers. Mike and Jerry stop at a few roadside diners and ask about the
pills and at one spot they buy a bottle - afterwards turning them over
to the authorities. Then comes trouble for the two drivers in the shape
of two desperate men who will stop at nothing to retrieve the pills.
(UK syndication: 03Feb62 ITV Tyne-Tees, Sat 7:15 pm)

1.11 [--] Cannonball: BUTCH
15Dec58 CBC Monday - original Canadian airdate (CBC rerun - 31Aug59)
Produced by Rudy E. Abel
Directed by Les Goodwins
Starring: Paul Birch (Mike Malone) William Campbell (Jerry Austin)
Synopsis 1:
A stowaway pulls a knife on Mike and Jerry and threatens their lives. [BH]
Synopsis 2:
Mike and Jerry are forced to change their route and head back to the
United States border when a stowaway pulls a knife on them. [TA]

1.12 [--] Cannonball: THE LITTLE OLD MAN
22Dec58 CBC Monday - original Canadian airdate (CBC rerun - 28Sep59)
produced by Rudy E. Abel
directed by Les Goodwins
Starring: Paul Birch (Mike Malone) William Campbell (Jerry Austin)
Synopsis:
A smallpox epidemic breaks out in Toronto, causing several deaths. An old
man, picked up by Jerry and Mike, confesses that he is the carrier
of the disease. [BH]

[--] 29Dec58 rerun or postponed - "The Girl Reporter" (from 8Dec58)

1.13 [--] 05Jan59 - no information listed [BH]

1.14 [--] Cannonball: SAUCE FOR THE GOOSE
12Jan59 CBC Monday - original Canadian airdate (CBC rerun - 17Aug59)
Produced by Rudy E. Abel
Written by James Henderson
Directed by Les Goodwins
Starring:
Paul Birch (Mike Malone) William Campbell (Jerry Austin)
With:
Beth Lockerbie (Mary), Beth Morris (Ginny), Steve Barringer (Butch)
Howard Milsom (Harry Butler)
Guest Cast:
Larry Solway ......... Frank Billings
Miriam Wolf .......... Mrs. Billings
John Vernon .......... Detective Burton
Leslie Yeo ........... Art
John Nevette ......... Bert
Louise Glennie ....... Janet MacDonald
Synopsis 1:
Mike is duped into delivering a letter for a gangster and finds himself a
prisoner of the gang. [BH]
Synopsis 2:
Just before his arrest,  gangster Frank Billings gives Mike and Jerry a note
to deliver to his wife. Its contents tells Billings' wife of his
innocence and gives her some instructions.
(UK: 15Nov59/ repeated 27Jan62 ITV Tyne-Tees, Sat 7:15pm)

1.15 [--] 19Jan59 - no information listed [BH]
[--] Cannonball: BIG BUCK
Original CBC airdate not known - possibly 19Jan59
Produced by Rudy E. Abel
Directed by Les Goodwins
Starring:
Paul Birch (Mike Malone) William Campbell (Jerry Austin)
Synopsis:
Mike and Jerry run into "Big Buck" Harris, an independent trucker
who is an inveterate practical joker. Mike and Jerry decide to
even the score by "lifting" one of Buck's shipments.
(UK syndication: 01Nov59 ITV Tyne-Tees, Sun 7:30 pm)

1.16 [--] Cannonball: THE GIRL AT JOE'S PLACE
26Jan59 CBC Monday - original Canadian airdate
Produced by Rudy E. Abel
Directed by Les Goodwins
Starring: Paul Birch (Mike Malone) William Campbell (Jerry Austin)
Synopsis 1:
Mike and Jerry stop at Joe's place for coffee and Jerry becomes
involved with May, the waitress.
Synopsis 2: (possibly the same episode)
Jerry deliberately loses a fight in order to save a romance. [BH]

1.17 [--] Cannonball: NANETTE
02Feb59 CBC Monday - original Canadian airdate
Produced by Rudy E. Abel
Directed by Lesley Selander (on copyright)[BH]
directed by Harry Keller ????
Starring:
Paul Birch (Mike Malone) William Campbell (Jerry Austin)
Synopsis:
Mike and Jerry help a French-Canadian girl. [BH]

1.18 [--] Cannonball: (episode title not known)
02Feb59 CBC Monday - original Canadian airdate
Starring:
Paul Birch (Mike Malone) William Campbell (Jerry Austin)
Synopsis:
A young parolee hires a gang of hoodlums to beat up Jerry. [BH]
Synopsis: (possibly the same episode)
Mike and Jerry become involved in a gang brawl when some motorcycle
hoodlums try to hijack the truck's Whiskey cargo.

1.19 [--] 16Feb59 - No information listed [BH]
1.20 [--] 23Feb59 - No information listed [BH]
1.21 [--] 02Mar59 - No information listed [BH]


1.22 [--] Cannonball: LIL'S CAFE
09Mar59 CBC Monday - original Canadian airdate
Produced by Wm. J. O'Sullivan
Drected by Lesley Selander
Starring:
Paul Birch (Mike Malone) William Campbell (Jerry Austin)
Synopsis:
Mike and Jerry take a hand in the romance of their friend Lil. It appears
that Doc Stone, a confidence man, is tricking her into marriage. [BH]

1.23 [--] Cannonball: THE HOSTAGE
Prod. no. 5828 (copyright date 300ct59)
16Mar59 CBC Monday - original Canadian airdate
Produced by Wm. J. O'Sullivan
Directed by Lesley Selander
Starring:
Paul Birch (Mike Malone) William Campbell (Jerry Austin)
Synopsis:
Five desperate crooks take refuge in a roadside diner and hold Mike
and Jerry as hostages. [BH]

1.24 [--] Cannonball: FALLOUT (Verified on film)
23Mar59 CBC Monday - original Canadian airdate
(c) 1959
ITC - Incorporated Television Corporation - A Film Presentation
Executive Producer Rudy E. Abel/ Produced by Wm. J. O'Sullivan
Teleplay by Fred Edge
Story by Fred Edge and P.K. Palmer
Directed by Lesley Selander
Starring:
Paul Birch (Mike Malone) William Campbell (Jerry Austin)
Guest Cast:
with:
Howard Milsom (regular)
Don Francks
Sean Mulcahy
and:
Sammy Sales
Larry Reynolds
Frank Mathias
George Wilson
George Luscombe
Leonard Glenn
*
Associate Producer ........ Peter Frank
*
Story Editor .............. Miriam Geiger
Director of Photography ... Ed J. Horton
Production Supervisor ..... Virgil Hart
Film Editor ............... Douglas Robertson
Chief Electrician ......... Burl C. Stafford
Sound Effects ............. Joe Kavigan M.P.S.E.
Musical Supervision ....... Raoul Kraushaar
Art Director .............. John La Sandra
Ryder Sound Service
Synopsis 1:
A hitchhiker breaks into Mike and Jerry's truck and steals a deadly radio-active pellet. [BH]
Synopsis 2:
Highly radio-active, Iradium 192, is like Cobalt, and is used principally in Industry, to detect flaws in Structural Steel. Similar to an X-Ray
only more powerful. The pellet is no bigger than a thumbnail, and is attached to a nylon cord and encased in a Lead box
measuring 2"x2"x18" and weighing around 400lbs. It's value $100,000.
[Support Cast Regulars NOT in "Fall Out" - Beth Lockerbie/Steve Barringer/Beth Morris]

1.25 [--] 30Mar59 - No information listed

1.26 [--] Cannonball: MAROONED
06Apr59 CBC Monday - original Canadian airdate
Produced by Rudy E. Abel
Directed by Lesley Selander
Starring:
Paul Birch (Mike Malone) William Campbell (Jerry Austin)
Synopsis:
Mike and Jerry take refuge in a roadside cafe during a torrential rainstorm. [BH]

1.27 [--] Cannonball: UNDERCOVER
13Apr59 CBC Monday - original Canadian airdate
(Exec) Produced by Rudy Abel (in "TV Times" magazine)
Produced by Wm. J. O'Sullivan (on U.S. copyright notice)
Written by Fred Edge
Directed by Lesley Selander
Starring:
Paul Birch (Mike Malone) William Campbell (Jerry Austin)
Guest Cast:
Don Francis ............ Hitchhiker
Sean Mulcahy ........... Mulcahy
Sammy Sales ............ Freddy
Larry Reynolds ......... Reynolds
Frank Mathias .......... Detective
George Wilson .......... Jeffers
Synopsis 1:
Jerry does some undercover work for the police who are trying to locate
merchandise stolen from the company's warehouse. Mike doesn't realize
what Jerry is doing and almost gets himself killed. [BH]
Synopsis 2:
When Jerry is accused of theft and dismissed from his job, Mike naturally
demands an explanation. But Jerry remains strangely silent, and Mike takes
time off to find out why.
(UK syndication: 28Nov59 ITV-ABC North/Midlands Sat 7pm)

1.28 [--] Cannonball: VENDETTA
20Apr59 CBC Monday - original Canadian airdate
Produced by Wm. J. O'Sullivan
Directed by Lesley Selander
Starring:
Paul Birch (Mike Malone) William Campbell (Jerry Austin)
Synopsis 1
Mike is confronted by an enemy he made during the war. [BH]
Synopsis 2:
During World War II Mike Malone had to shoot one of his own men
to stop the slaughter of a group of enemy soldiers being held
prisoner. When a sailor, bearing an old war wound, turns up and
starts asking questions about the whereabouts of "Cannonball"
it looks like the old war "pal" has turned up and is on the lookout
for revenge.

[--] 27Apr59 rerun of "Small Cargo" (first aired 20Oct58)

1.29 [--] Cannonball: THE HAS-BEEN
04May59 CBC Monday - original Canadian airdate
Executive Producer Robert Maxwell (Tyne-Tees "The Viewer" magazine)
Produced by Wm. J. O'Sullivan (US copyright notice)
Produced by Rudy Abel (Tyne-Tees "The Viewer" magazine)
Written by Alex Jacobs
Directed by Lesley Selander
Starring:
Paul Birch (Mike Malone) William Campbell (Jerry Austin)
Guest Cast:
Allan McFater ............ Chuck Tracy
Peter Rebelein ........... Danny
Joe Austin ............... Gus
Earl Bennett ............. Tiger Tremain
Leo Phillips ............. Digger
Bonnie Brooks ............ Leona
Sammy Luftspring ......... Referee
John Vernon .............. Announcer
Synopsis 1:
Mike and Jerry restore a little boy's faith in his father. [BH]
Synopsis 2:
Mike and Jerry stop to pick up a burly man and his crippled son. All is well
until they stop a wayside restaurant, and the man is challenged to a fight
by a prizefighter.
(UK syndication: 31Jan60 ITV Tyne-Tees, Sun 7:30pm)

1.30 [--] Cannonball: FLYING DUTCHMAN
11May59 CBC Monday - original Canadian airdate
Produced by Wm. J. O'Sullivan
Directed by Lesley Selander
Starring:
Paul Birch (Mike Malone) William Campbell (Jerry Austin)
Synopsis 1:
Mike and Jerry fall victim to robbers while hauling a load of furs. [BH]
Synopsis 2:
Mike and Jerry are given a consignement of valuable fur pelts to carry,
and ordered to take every precaution against a gang of hi-jackers who
have been operating recently. And when, shortly after the start of
their journey they discover a bullet hole in one of the tyres, they
realise they're in for trouble.
(UK syndication: 07Feb60 ITV Tyne-Tees, Sunday 7:30 pm)

1.31 [--] Cannonball: ROADEO
18May59 CBC Monday - original Canadian airdate
Produced by Wm. J. O'Sullivan
Directed by Lesley Selander
Starring:
Paul Birch (Mike Malone) William Campbell (Jerry Austin)
Synopsis:
Jerry has a difficult time persuading Mike to enter the annual trucking roadeo - a test of driving skills and the mastery
of safety rules and regulations. Mike has twice been a winner of the competition and he wants Jerry to be this years victor.
But there is a third person who would like to win - so determined is he to do so that he will stop at nothing to achieve
his goal
(UK syndication: 16Jan60 ITV Tyne-Tees)

1.32 [--] Cannonball: TRIP TO BUFFALO
25May59 CBC Monday - original Canadian airdate
Produced by Wm. J. O'Sullivan
Directed by Lesley Selander
Starring:
Paul Birch (Mike Malone) William Campbell (Jerry Austin)
Synopsis:
Mike and Jerry hold an auction to help a poor but proud family. [BH]

1.33 [--] Cannonball: WILD PARTY
01Jun59 CBC Monday - original Canadian airdate
Produced by Wm. J. O'Sullivan
Directed by Lesley Selander
Starring:
Paul Birch (Mike Malone) William Campbell (Jerry Austin)
Synopsis:
Mike and Jerry rescue a young bride. [BH]

1.34 [--] Cannonball: DRIVING SCHOOL
08Jun59 CBC Monday - original Canadian airdate
Produced by Wm. J. O'Sullivan
Directed by Lesley Selander
Starring:
Paul Birch (Mike Malone) William Campbell (Jerry Austin)
with:
Beth Lockerbie (Mary), Beth Morris (Ginny)
Guest Cast:
Barbara Bricker ........... Pat
Synopsis 1:
When a teen-ager without a driving license take a car out on a
midnight excursion, there are serious consequences. [TA]
Synopsis 2:
Mike and Jerry teach a class in safe driving. [BH]

1.35 [--] Cannonball: EYE WITNESS
15Jun59 CBC Monday - original Canadian airdate
Produced by Wm. J. O'Sullivan (on copyright notice)
Directed by Lesley Selander
Starring:
Paul Birch (Mike Malone) William Campbell (Jerry Austin)
with:
Beth Lockerbie (Mary), Beth Morris (Ginny), Steve Barringer (Butch)
Guest Cast:
George McGowan ........ Frank
(future director of numerous television series)
Martin Andrews ........ Harry
Robert D'Ancona ....... Jack
Les Rubie ............ Pete

Synopsis 1:
Mike is an eyewitness to a murder. When the killers learn that
Mike can identify them, they plans to do away with him. [BH]
Synopsis 2:
Mike and Jerry come across a murder and become the top two on the
"execution list" of the gangsters when reporters splash the story
across America.
(UK syndication: 28Feb60 ITV Tyne-Tees, Sun 7:30 pm)

1.36 [--] Cannonball: GINNY (Verified on film)
22Jun59 CBC Monday - original Canadian airdate
Executive Producer Robert Maxwell
Produced by Wm. J. O'Sullivan
Written by Terence Maples
Directed by Lesley Selander
*
Co-Producer ............... Sterling Campbell
Story Editor .............. Miriam Geiger
--no music supervisor credited
-- no associate producer credited
(end credits -missing)
Synopsis:
Mike and Jerry have a problem on their hands when Ginny, Mike's
teenage daughter, believes that Jerry is in love with her. [BH]

1.37 [--] 29Jun59 - no information listed [BH]


1.38 [--] Cannonball: RACKET (Verified on film)
06Jul59CBC Monday - original Canadian airdate
An ITC Production
Executive Producer Rudy E. Abel (on film)
Produced by Wm J. O'Sullivan (on film)
Written by Ken Cooper
Directed by Lesley Selander
Starring:
Paul Birch (Mike Malone) William Campbell (Jerry Austin)
Cast: (end credits)
with:
Beth Lockerbie (regular)
Steve Barringer (regular)
Beth Morris (regular)
and:
Doug Romaine
Jack Duffy
Kurt Schiegl
Robert Goodier
*
Associate Producer ........ Peter Frank
*
Story Editor .............. Miriam Geiger
Director of Photography ... Ed J. Horton
Production Supervisor ..... Virgil Hart
Film Editor ............... Mike Dozen
Chief Electrician ......... Burl C. Stafford
Sound Effects ............. Joe Kavigan M.P.S.E.
Musical Supervision ....... Raoul Kraushaar
Art Director .............. John La Sandra
Ryder Sound Service
Synopsis 1:
Mike and Jerry stumble across a protection racket against
Independent trickders.
Synopsis 2:
Mike and Jerry become involved with a protection racket and
Mike is nearly taken for a ride. [BH]

1.39 [--] Cannonball: TUNNEL EYES (final episode)
13Jul59 CBC Monday - original Canadian airdate
Produced by Wm. J. O'Sullivan
Directed by Lesley Selander
Starring:
Paul Birch (Mike Malone) William Campbell (Jerry Austin)
Synopsis 1:
Mike Malone has a routine eye test, only to be told that he has
'tunnel vision' Could this mean the end of his truck driving days?
Synopsis 2:
Jerry decides not to accept a four-year engineering scholarship
since it would mean leaving Mike. When Mike learns of Jerry's
decision, he fakes eye trouble so that he will be taken off
the road and given a desk job. [BH]

################ Cannonball ##################
########### Summer Reruns 1959 ##############
##############################################
CBC Thursdays 6:15-6:45 p.m.
(20Jul59-05Oct59)(Re-run)

[--] 20Jul59 rerun of "Nitro Haul" (first aired 13Oct58)
[--] 27Jul59 rerun of "The Big Ambulance" (first aired 27Oct58)
[--] 03Aug59 rerun of "Mark Time" (first aired 03Nov58)

[--] Cannonball: THE GREEN-EYED MONSTER
10Aug59 CBC Thursday - possibly a rerun
Produced by Rudy E. Abel
Directed by Lesley Selander
Starring:
Paul Birch (Mike Malone) William Campbell (Jerry Austin)
Synopsis 1:
Mike thinks that Jerry is alienating the affections of his children.
Jerry decides that the only thing to do is to move out of the Malone
home. [BH]
Synopsis 2:
Mike Malone feels that he has been replaced in his children's affections
by Jerry Austin. When Jerry realises this, he moves out of the Malone
home into a rooming house. But all ends well and once more there are
five places set in the Malone dining room.

[--] 17Aug59 rerun of "Sauce for the Goose" (first aired 12Jan59)

[--] Cannonball: SIGHTS ON SAFETY
24Aug59 CBC Thursday - possibly a rerun
Produced by Wm. J. O'Sullivan
Directed by Les Goodwins
Starring:
Paul Birch (Mike Malone) William Campbell (Jerry Austin)
Synopsis:
Mike and Jerry save the life of a wildcat trucker only to find
themselves charged with criminal negligence. [BH]

[--] 31Aug59 rerun of "Butch" (first aired 15Dec58)
[--] 07Sep59 rerun of "The Attack" (first aired 24Nov58)
[--] 14Sep59 rerun of "The Necklace" (first aired 10Nov58)
[--] 21Sep59 - No information listed
[--] 28Sep59 rerun of "Little Old Man" (first aired 22Dec58)

[--] Cannonball: MOOSE HUNT
05Oct59 CBC Thursday - possibly a rerun
Produced by Rudy E. Abel
Directed by Lesley Selander
Starring:
Paul Birch (Mike Malone) William Campbell (Jerry Austin)
Synopsis:
Mike and Jerry post bail for a truck driver jailed on a charge of assault. [BH]


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[--] Cannonball: WILLY
Original CBC airdate not known
produced by Rudy E. Abel
directed by Lesley Selander
Starring:
Paul Birch (Mike Malone) William Campbell (Jerry Austin)
******* no synopsis available **********

[--] Cannonball: THE DOG
Original CBC airdate not known
produced by Rudy E. Abel
directed by Les Goodwins
Starring: Paul Birch (Mike Malone) William Campbell (Jerry Austin)
******* no synopsis available **********

[--] Cannonball: SNAKE EYES
Original CBC airdate not known
produced by Wm. J. O'Sullivan
directed by Lesley Selander
Starring:
Paul Birch (Mike Malone) William Campbell (Jerry Austin)
******* no synopsis available **********

[--] Cannonball: THE IRON LUNG
Original CBC airdate not known
Written by - not known
Directed by Lesley Selander
Starring: Paul Birch (Mike Malone) William Campbell (Jerry Austin)
Copy of e-mail from
"Dave Bean" <beand@hotmail.com> February 2002
" I loved this show
7:00 PM Friday nights, Channel 2 = Greensboro, NC 1960?1961?
`The Iron Lung' was a real tear jerker! The story begins with Mike & Jerry
in a diner; they are discussing the recent storm that knocked out power to
some areas close by, a distraught parent or grandparent runs in needing to
use the phone but they are out everywhere. He needs an ambulance to take
his daughter or granddaughter to the hospital because she is on an
iron lung and can't breath without it and it needs ELECTRICITY of which
he has none at home; and mom or grandma is home pumping the lung manually
until he returns. Mike and Jerry decide to help as best they can, go home
with the guy, where mom/grandma is about to collapse. They load the iron
lung in the trailer, heading to the nearest hospital, which is across the
US-Canadian border. Mike drives, Jerry rides in the trailer pumping the
iron lung. The roads are mess, maybe the main ones are out, as I recall
but the excitement really builds as Mike approaches the border because
he is not about to stop at the checkpoint. Approaching the border stop,
he lays on the air horn, increases speed and blasts through the gate,
alerting & bringing to life all the U.S. border patrol at the gate. Mike
refuses to stop for their lights and sirens either, and heads straight
for the hospital. All is forgiven, of course, after Mike stops the rig at
the hospital and opens the rear of the trailer with the young girl and
Jerry, who is now worn out from pumping . . . . The Iron Lung.

Maybe you can get a decent synopsis from this! (Or maybe I'll just refresh
someone else's memory enough to recite the real story line. It was a long
time ago, but that is the way I remember it.)
Nice work; thanks for the memory!
"Dave Bean" <beand@hotmail.com> February 2002


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From : Robert Douglas Macfie <Langhouse@sympatico.ca>
Sent : 24 May 2005 
I remember all those episodes , not only did I watch them , my father
had started a small trucking company in 1952 ,and i was lucky enough
to get over to the Kingsway terminal once., Mind you, I did not get
close, but it was sure a thrill to watch beyond the barred off area
all the excitement at the other end where they were filming . Long
lost to many changes in my life are the photos of Mike and Jerry
( black and white in those days ) but at least they were signed ...
I did manage to keep one article from a trucking magazine that I am
very careful with ( October 1958) ..
I was looking all over for the words to the song, and now that I
have your site I finally have them , I wonder is the music theme
still around , I would certainly like to hook it up to the web site
I created on the history of my father's trucking
company
Thank you so every much for all the time and trouble you went to to
post all this wonderful stuff, It brought tears to my eyes.
Douglas Macf
ie

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Hi, My name is Jeffrey Doig and I really liked your web site for Cannonball.
As a kid I used to watch it on channel nine here in Detroit. I still
remember the Theme song by heart. And it looks like I got most of words
right. I'm not sure what episode it was, Maybe you can help, And I don't
remember the plot but I think it was their dispatcher that got a brand new
car. ( a Metropolitan) Mike and Jerry borrowed it got into an adventure
with it. And when they brought it back it was covered with mud. The only
clean spot was where the windshield wipers wiped it clean. They parked it
behind their truck jumped in and drove away. I can still see the look on
the owners face when the truck pulled away and there was his brand new car
all covered with mud. Funny what you remember after 40 years.
Anyway great site. If there is any way of getting a recording of the theme
song let me know. Thanks again,
Jeffrey Doig <swiftbuzzerd@ameritech.net> November 2002

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