CTVA UK - "The Vise: Mark Saber" (1955-57) starring Donald Gray

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The Classic TV Archive - UK


"Calling Scotland Yard" (UK) (1953-54) - aka - "Adventure Theater"(US)  (1956-57)
   
"The Vise"(anthology) (1954-55)   "The Vise:Mark Saber" (1955-57)  "Saber of London" (1957-59)
"Man from Interpol" (1959-60)  "The Cheaters" (1960-61)  "Richard the Lionheart" (1961-62)

"Mark Saber Mystery Theatre" aka Homicide Squad" (US version) (1951-54) starring Tom Conway
The Vise: Mark Saber (UK)(1955-57)
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by: Trevor Jordan,(UK),
Author of Donald Gray's biography "Colonel White Meets Mark Saber"
D.W. McGregor (Sunderland, UK), Tom Alger (USA), David Moore (UK)
Dinosaur TV - Save Our Forgotten British Heritage (David Moore)
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THE VISE: MARK SABER
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(NBC re-run title - "Detective's Diary")
Danziger Photoplays production
executive producers
Edward J. Danziger and Harry Lee Danziger
"The Vise: Mark Saber" US airdates ABC (US )(Fridays 9:30pm EST ) Dec55-July57
65 episodes x 30 min bw
Starring
Donald Gray
as Mark Saber
Regular Support Cast:
[TT] Teresa Thorne as Judy (us early 1956) (eps 1-26)
[MB] Michael Balfour as Barney O'Keefe (uk early 1956) (eps 1-26)
[DD] Diana Decker as Stephanie Ames (Stevie) (us 1956-57)(eps 27-65)
then:
NOTE DD+TT+MB all featured in ep #V-91 "The Big Snatch"
Recurring Cast:
[CT1]Colin Tapley as Inspector Chester / Inspector Parker/ Inspector Price
[TR] Trevor Reid as Inspector Price
[PH] Patrick Holt as Inspector Brady (eps 1-2)
Ken Edwards as Inspector
Frank Hawkins as Inspector Chester

This UK crime series about the one-armed detective 'Mark Saber' followed on
from The Danzigers anthology series 'The Vise' 1954-55 hosted by Ron Randell.
Episode Numbers Continue from the 65 episodes of "The Vise" (antholgy series)
Saber is a one-armed Private Detective in London. Actor Donald Gray
actually lost his arm in World War II.

The series begins with the usual opening title sequence of 'The Vise'
as before, then fades . Instead of Ron Randell, Donald Gray walks into
his office and says "How do you do? The story is about people caught in
the jaws of a vise, we'll begin our story in a moment.

The series was NOT networked in the UK and air dates vary in
different ITV regions.
Most UK airdates listed here are from
ITV Associated-Rediffusion/  ITVATV Midlands
ITV Granada Television / ITV Tyne-Tees Television.

It was shown in the US some 20 months EARLIER.

The "Mark Saber" episodes featuring Theresa Throne/Michael Balfour
were made and shown first on A-R London, followed by the episodes
featuring Diana Decker. A-R London then repeated the Balfour/ Thorne
episodes.
One way to determine production sequence is through the casting of
the Scotland Yard Inspector. In the Thorne/Balfour episode this
character was played by Patrick Holt. Mr. Holt continued playing
the part into the first few Diana Decker episodes. He was then replaced
by Colin Tapley who played the part right through to the end of
"Saber of London"

They all conclude with Donald Gray saying:
“See you again to tell you another story of those who are caught in the
jaws of a vice.”
(A slight variation on the usual goodbye.)

########### The Vise: Mark Saber ############
######### US. season 2 early 1956 ############
##############################################
ABC [us] Fridays 9:30 pm Eastern
aired as part of "The Vise" series 2
Starring
Donald Gray as Mark Saber
Regular Support Cast:
[TT] Teresa Thorne as Judy
[MB] Michael Balfour as Barney O'Keefe

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* [--] The Vise: (anthology): hosted by Ron Randell?? (final antholgy episode?)
(possibly hosted by Donald Gray as Mark Saber)
(transition episode to Mark Saber?)
SECOND SIGHT
16Dec55 [us] ABC Network, Fri
Directed by Ernest Morris
guest cast:
          Jack Watling
Gene Anderson
Hugh Latimore
Granger is an author of unusual detective stories, but he
finds that crime is not so funny when he becomes involved
in a murder case himself - as a suspect.
[--] Uncovered: SECOND SIGHT
A writer of detective stories is forced to play detective to clear himself
of a murder charge.
Cast: Jack Watling,
Donald Gray
(Local 8Mar57 broadcast WBRC-6, Birmingham, Alabama, Friday 10:30pm)

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*MS-TTMB [V-66] "The Vise: Mark Saber"
starring Donald Gray with Teresa Thorne, Michael Balfour
A LADY IS MISSING
23Dec55 [us] ABC Friday 9:30pm (original network airdate)
16Nov57 [us] NBC "Detective's Diary" re-run
23Jan59 [uk] A-R London, Fri
18Feb59 [uk] Granada, Wed
23Mar59 [uk] ATV Midlands Mon
Written by Brian Clemens
Directed by Ernest Morris
Cast:
Donald Gray ........... Mark Saber
Teresa Thorne ......... Judy (recurring)(to be verified)
Michael Balfour ....... Barney O'Keefe (recurring)(to be verified)
Trevor Reid ........... Inspector Price (recurring)
Robert Ayres .......... Eddy Crane
Mary Colvin ........... Betty Farmer
Synopsis (UK):
Eddy Crane asks Mark Saber to find his wife who has disappeared
when he was in America. The trail leads to a hunting lodge in Norfolk
Synopsis (US):
A businessman, home from a trip to the U.S. reports that his wife is
missing from their London home. Mark Saber takes on the case and makes some
important discoveries in the couple's hunting lodge.
(NBC "Detective's Diary" re-run 16Nov57, Saturday 12:30am Eastern)

TTMB [V-67] "The Vise: Mark Saber"
starring Donald Gray with Teresa Thorne, Michael Balfour
DIAMOND CUT DIAMOND
© 1955 Copyright year on Film
30Dec55 [us] ABC Friday 9:30pm (original network airdate)
23Nov57 [us] re-run on NBC's "Detective's Diary" series
29Aug58 [uk] A-R London, Fri
2Jan59 [uk] Granada, Fri
9Feb59 [uk] ATV Midlands, Mon
Written by Brian Clemens
Directed by Ernest Morris
Cast:
Donald Gray (as Mark Saber)
Teresa Thorne (as Judy)
Michael Balfour (as Barney O'Keefe)
Sandra Dorne (as Linda)
Rick Rydon (as Bellamy)
Trevor Reid ........... Inspector Price (recurring)
Eric Pohlmann ......... Nichol

Uncredited Cast:
George A Cooper... Barman (one scene)
Arthur Mullard... Heavy (two scenes, minor “dialogue”)
Synopsis (UK)
The fabulous de Winter diamond is stolen and the insurance
company hires Mark Saber to find the thief, but the strongest
suspect is found dead.
Synopsis (US):
An insurance company hires private eye Mark Saber to solve an international
diamond robbery. Saber follows the trail to a club where the owner and his
girl friend are not very hospitable.
(NBC "Detective's Diary" re-run 23Nov57, Saturday 12:30am Eastern)

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Donald Gray/Teresa Thorne/ NOT-Michael Balfour
A COFFIN FOR JOHNNY
27May58 [uk] A-R London, Tue
19Dec58 [uk] Granada, Fri
5Jan59 [uk] ATV Midlands, Mon
Written by Brian Clemens
Directed by Ernest Morris
Cast:
Donald Gray ........... Mark Saber
Teresa Thorne ......... Judy (recurring)(to be verified)
Michael Balfour ....... Barney O'Keefe (recurring)(to be verified)
John Longden .......... Durvey
Neil Hallet ........... Peter Dillon
Colin Croft ........... Fred Dillon
Patrick Holt .......... John Dillon
A grave digger accidently puts his spade through a coffin
all it contains is sand. Mark Saber has the sand analysed
discovering smugglers.

[V-69] The Vise: Mark Saber starring Donald Gray/
COLLECTORS ITEM
(24Mar1956 ABC, NBC Sat affiliate WTRF-TV West Virginia)
3Jun58 [uk] A-R London, Tue
23Dec58 [uk] Granada, Tue
12Jan59 [uk] ATV Midlands, Mon
Written by Ken Taylor
Directed by Ernest Morris [TJ][DwMcG]
Cast:
Donald Gray ........... Mark Saber
Teresa Thorne ......... Judy (recurring)(to be verified)
Michael Balfour ....... Barney O'Keefe (recurring)(to be verified)
Frank Hawkins ......... Inspector Chester (recurring)
Gladys Boot ........... Louise Edmonds
Jan Holden ............ Jean
John Springett ........ Glover
Robert Raikes ......... Peter
When wealthy Louise Edmonds disappears with a man called
Glover, her nephew, fearing for her safety, asks Mark Saber
to find the couple. Saber traces them to a lonely cottage, but
finds only a blood-stained hammer and a charred button.

MS-TTMB [V-70] The Vise: Mark Saber
- Donald Gray/Teresa Thorne/Michael Balfour
DEADLINE FOR MURDER
10Jun58 [uk] A-R London, Tue
3Dec58 [uk] Granada, Wed
19Jan59 [uk] ATV Midlands, Mon
Written by Gwen Davies
Directed by Ernest Morris
Cast:
Donald Gray ........... Mark Saber
Teresa Thorne ......... Judy (recurring)(to be verified)
Michael Balfour ....... Barney O'Keefe (recurring)(to be verified)
Sandra Dorne .......... Diana
Peter Halpin .......... Donaldson
John Stuart ........... George Baxter
Colin Tapley .......... Inspector Price (recurring)
(*screen credits say "Price", yet in the episode he is called "Parker")
George Baxter asks Mark Saber to investigate some letters he
has been getting from his partner. Saber visit his partner
finding him dead.

MS-TMB [V-71] The Vise: Mark Saber
- Donald Gray/Teresa Thorne/Michael Balfour
MANHUNT (NOT listed in drama guide)
Vise Film no. 71
13Feb59 [uk] A-R London, Fri
12Mar59 [uk] Granada, Thur
no airdate listed for ATV Midlands
Written by Brian Clemens
Directed by Ernest Morris
Cast:
Donald Gray ........... Mark Saber
Teresa Thorne ......... Judy (recurring)(to be verified)
Michael Balfour ....... Barney O'Keefe (recurring)(verified)
Frank Hawkins ......... Inspector  Price? (Chester)  (recurring)
Gilbert Winfield ...... Karl
Billy Nagy ............ Benny
Tony Quinn ............ Joe
Alan Tilvern .......... Lamont
Who is Lamont the man behind a series of burglaries. Barney
(Michael Balfour) goes underground to find out.

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- Donald Gray/Teresa Thorne/NOT-Michael Balfour
DEATH HAS THREE FACES
© 1955 Copyright year on Film
17Jun58 [uk] A-R London, Tue
1Jan59 [uk] Granada, Thur
26Jan59 [uk] ATV Midlands, Mon
Written by Brian Clemens
Directed by Ernest Morris
Cast:
Donald Gray ........... Mark Saber
Teresa Thorne ......... Judy (recurring)(to be verified)
Michael Balfour ....... Barney O'Keefe (recurring)(NOT appearing)
Frank Hawkins ......... Inspector Chester (recurring)
Jack Lester ........... Harry Larkin
Alf Mullock ........... Vanders
Mavis Villiers ........ Lili Martin
Colin Croft ........... Tony Lawson
A man thrusts a package into Mark Saber's hand and then
collapses and dies. It contains three photos - of Lili Martin,
a torch singer, Tony Lawson a well-to-do young man, and
Harry Larkin a businessman. What is their connectio with
the strangers death.

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- Donald Gray/Teresa Thorne/Michael Balfour
BLOOD IN THE SKY
6May58 [uk] A-R London, Tue
10Jun58 [uk] ATV Midlands, Tue
16Dec58 [uk] Granada, Tue
Written by Brian Clemens
Directed by Ernest Morris
Cast:
Donald Gray ........... Mark Saber
Teresa Thorne ......... Judy (recurring)(to be verified)
Michael Balfour ....... Barney O'Keefe (recurring)(to be verified)
John Stuart ........... Donaldson
Ryck Rydon ............ Canning
John Stone ............ Sullivan
Patrick McGoohan ...... Vance
Kay Callard ........... Julia
Charles Richardson .... Ford
A plane on its way to Aria explodes. Mark Saber interviews
the relatives and finds that each had a motive.

MS-TTMB [V-74] The Vise: (verified) Mark Saber -
Donald Gray/Teresa Thorne/Michael Balfour
THE CAPTIVE BRAIN
© 1955 Copyright date on Film
27Jul56 [us] ABC 9:30pm Eastern (series title "The Vise")
20May58 [uk] A-R London, Tue
17Jun58 [uk] ATV Midlands, Tue
18Dec58 [uk] Granada, Thur
Written by John Roeburt
Directed by Ernest Morris
Cast:
Donald Gray ........... Mark Saber
Teresa Thorne ......... Judy (recurring)(to be verified)
Michael Balfour ....... Barney O'Keefe (recurring)(to be verified)
Trevor Reid .......... Inspector Price (recurring)
Jenny Laird .......... Mrs. Sanson
Jan Holden ........... Julia
Gerard Heinz ......... Hugo Berber
Leo Bieber ........... Mr. Sanson
Synopsis (UK):
A loan company's middle-aged book keeper vanishes. The
evidence points to him but Mark Saber is not satisfied.
Synopsis (US):
Detective Mark Saber is approached by the wife of a bookkeeper whose
husband has suddenly disappeared. Saber investigates and finds that there
is more to the case than meets the eye.

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- Donald Gray/Teresa Thorne/Michael Balfour
DEATH NEEDS NO CANE
1956 [us] airdate
22Aug58 [uk] A-R London, Fri
9Jan59 [uk] Granada, Fri
2Feb59 [uk] ATV Midlands, Mon
Written by Gilbert Winfield
Directed by Splinters Deason
Cast:
Donald Gray ........... Mark Saber
Teresa Thorne ......... Judy (recurring)(to be verified)
Michael Balfour ....... Barney O'Keefe (recurring)(to be verified)
Colin Tapley .......... Inspector
Sandra Dorne .......... Dolly
Patrick Halpin ........ Peabody
Gilbert Winfield ...... Connor
A stockbroker seeks Mark Saber's help when he finds he has
received £10,000 in counterfeit money.

MS-TTMB [V-76] The Vise: Mark Saber
- Donald Gray/Teresa Thorne/Michael Balfour
FIND A BODY (correct title) (IMDb/DWMcG/TrevorJordan)
(Drama Guide have the WRONG title - "Find A Baby"))
5Sep58 [uk] A-R London, Fri
15Jan59 [uk] Granada, Thur
16Feb59 [uk] ATV Midlands, Mon
Written by John Roeburt
Directed by Ernest Morris
Cast:
Donald Gray ........... Mark Saber
Teresa Thorne ......... Judy (recurring)(to be verified)
Michael Balfour ....... Barney O'Keefe (recurring)(to be verified)
Basil Dignam .......... Mr Tower
Catherine Finn ........ Mrs.Tower
Michael Brill ......... Kirk
Albert Tower believes his wife is trying to kill. Mark Saber
arranges to meet him weekly to put his mind at rest. All goes
wll until he doesn't turn up for the second meeting.

MS-TTMB [V-77] The Vise: Mark Saber
- Donald Gray/
Teresa Thorne (verified)/Michael Balfour (verified)
FRAME-UP WITHOUT GLOVES
(NBC "Detective's Diary" re-run 15Feb58, Saturday at 12:30pm Eastern)
12Sep58 [uk] A-R London, Fri
14Jan59 [uk] Granada, Wed
23Feb59 [uk] ATV Midlands, Mon
Written by Gilbert Winfield
Directed by Ernest Morris
Cast:
Donald Gray ........... Mark Saber
Teresa Thorne ......... Judy (recurring)(verified)
Michael Balfour ....... Barney O'Keefe (recurring)(verified)
Lee Patterson ......... Billy
Patrick Holt .......... Mattern
Brenda Hogan .......... Helen
Gerard Heinz .......... Dutch
Frank Hawkins ......... Inspector Chester (recurring)
Mary Baker ............ Manager
Stephen Gray .......... Promoter
Gilbert Winfied ....... 2nd
Synopsis (US): A crooked fight manager attempts to get a hard-working boxer to
throw a fight.
(NBC "Detective's Diary" re-run 15Feb58, Saturday at 12:30pm Eastern)
Synopsis (UK):
Billy, a promising young boxer changes manager and then starts
losing every fight. His wife employs Mark Saber to find out
why.

MS-TTMB [V-78] The Vise: Mark Saber
- Donald Gray/Teresa Thorne/Michael Balfour
THERE'S DANGER IN BEAUTY
21Jan59 [uk] Granada, Wed
25May59 [uk] ATV Midlands, Mon
26Oct59 [uk] A-R London, Mon
Written by Gilbert Winfied
Directed by Ernest Morris
Cast:
Donald Gray ........... Mark Saber
Teresa Thorne ......... Judy (recurring)(verified)
Michael Balfour ....... Barney O'Keefe (recurring)(to be verified)
Paula Byrne ........... Maxine
Mary Laura Woods ...... Swanson
Celia Hewitt .......... Ration girl
Val Vernon ............ Receptionist
Liz Mason ............. First Girl
Jennifer Jayne ........ Second Girl
Frank Hawkins ......... Inspector Chester (recurring)
Cecil Paul ............ Mechanic
Mark Saber's secretary Judy is sent undercover to investigate
a case of sabotage in a beauty salon.

MS-TTMB [V-79] The Vise: Mark Saber
- Donald Gray/Teresa Thorne/Michael Balfour
THE GIRL FROM ROME
7Dec57 [us] re-run on NBC's "Detective's Diary" series
2Jan59 [uk] A-R London, Fri
22Jan59 [uk] Granada, Thur
2Mar59 [uk] ATV Midlands, Mon
Written by James Eastwood
Directed by Ernest Morris
Cast:
Donald Gray ........... Mark Saber
Teresa Thorne ......... Judy (recurring)(to be verified)
Michael Balfour ....... Barney O'Keefe (recurring)(to be verified)
Frank Hawkins ......... Inspector Chester (recurring)
John Farrell .......... Mr. Johnson
Josephine Barrington .. Mrs. Johnson
Leslie Phillips ....... Benson
Ryck Rydon ............ First Thug
Errol McKinnon ........ Second Thug
Enid Irvin ............ Woman Clerk
Dorothy Gordon ........ Tina
Angela Krefeld ...... Gina
Celia Hewitt .......... Maria
Andreas Melandrinos ... Owner
Synopsis (UK)
In a fog, a young Italian girl asks Mark Saber for help, a
minute later she lies murdered and he is left unconscious.
His efforts lead to another murder and he finds an ingenious
plot.
Synopsis (US):
The murders of two servant girls, brought from Italy to England, are too
much of a coincidence to satisfy Detective Saber.
(NBC "Detective's Diary" re-run 7Dec57, Saturday 12:30am Eastern)

MS-TTMB [V-80] The Vise: Mark Saber - Donald Gray/Teresa Thorne/
Michael Balfour (MB verified)
HEAR NO EVIL
25Jan58 [us] re-run on NBC's "Detective's Diary" series
11Apr59 [us] re-run on NBC's "Detective's Diary" series
9Jan59 [uk] A-R London, Mon
21Jan59 [uk] Granada,
9Mar59 [uk] ATV Midlands, Mon
Story by Gwen Davies
Screenplay Brian Clemens
Directed by Ernest Morris
Cast:
Donald Gray ........... Mark Saber
Teresa Thorne ......... Judy (recurring)(to be verified)
Michael Balfour ....... Barney O'Keefe (recurring)(to be verified)
Nanette Newman ........ Julia
John Stone ............ Andrew
Catherine Finn ........ Helen
Alastair Hunter ....... Howard
Shirley Lawrence ...... Jessica
Iris Vandeleur ......... Miriam
Synopsis (UK):
A wealthy bed-ridden old woman is obsessed that one of her
family is more interested in her money than her company.
Synopsis (US):
A wealthy deaf woman is suspicious of the relatives who will
share her estate when she dies. She calls Mark Saber to protect her, but he
is skeptical of her fears and refuses the case. The detective is soon faced
with tragic proof of the old lady's danger.
(NBC "Detective's Diary" re-runs 25Jan58 & 11Apr59, Saturday at 12:30pm
Eastern)

MS-TTMB [V-81] The Vise: Mark Saber
- Donald Gray/Teresa Thorne/Michael Balfour
KILLER ON THE PROWL
1956 [us] airdate
16Jan59 [uk] A-R London, Fri
11Feb59 [uk] Granada, Wed
16Mar59 [uk] ATV Midlands, Mon
Written by Brian Clemens
Directed by Splinters Deason
Cast:
Donald Gray ........... Mark Saber
Teresa Thorne ......... Judy (recurring)(to be verified)
Michael Balfour ....... Barney O'Keefe (recurring)(to be verified)
Sandra Dorne .......... Betty
Patrick Holt .......... Vincent
Hal Ayer .............. Sam Fields
Leslie Kyle ........... Thompson
Frank Hawkins ......... Inspector Chester (recurring)
A radio report that Sam Fields has escaped from a lunatic
asylum brings fear to the Roe family.

MS-TTMB [V-82] The Vise: Mark Saber
- Donald Gray/Teresa Thorne/Michael Balfour
WALK SOFTLY FOR MURDER
28Jan59 [uk] Granada, Wed
4May59 [uk] ATV Midlands, Mon
no airdate for A-R London
Written by Gwen Davies
Directed by Ernest Morris
Cast:
Donald Gray ........... Mark Saber
Teresa Thorne ......... Judy (recurring)(to be verified)
Michael Balfour ....... Barney O'Keefe (recurring)(to be verified)
Lucy Mannheim ......... Emma
Frank Hawkins ......... Inspector Chester (recurring)
Alan Gifford .......... Hilyer
Nicholas Stuart ....... Sloan
When Emma, a wartime herione of the Resitance asks Mark
Saber for help he finds himself mixed up in a dangerous
political intrigue.

MS-TTMB [V-83] The Vise: Mark Saber
- Donald Gray/Teresa Thorne/Michael Balfour
MURDER BY DESIGN
(Aired 12Apr57 on WPIX-11, New York City)("Uncovered" series)
19Feb59 [uk] Granada, Mon
20Apr59 [uk] ATV Midlands, Mon
6Oct59 [uk] A-R London, Tue
Written by John Roeburt
Directed by Ernest Morris
Cast:
Donald Gray ........... Mark Saber
Teresa Thorne ......... Judy (recurring)(to be verified)
Michael Balfour ....... Barney O'Keefe (recurring)(to be verified)
Colin Taply ........... Inspector Parker (recurring)
Marne Maitland ........ Sirati
Lilian Ellis .......... Stella
Angela Krefield ....... Mona
Ryck Rydon ............ Jimmy
Bill Nagy ............. Bonsell
Donald Stewart ........ Lacey
Many people have a reason for killing night club owner Lacey.
Mark Saber finds it hard to find the killer and so sets a trap.

MS-TTMB [V-84] The Vise: Mark Saber
- Donald Gray/Teresa Thorne/Michael Balfour
MURDER FOR GAIN
25Feb59 [uk] Granada, Wed
27Apr59 [uk] ATV Midlands, Mon
7Oct59 [uk] A-R London, Wed
Written by Brian Clemens
Directed by Ernest Morris
Cast:
Donald Gray ........... Mark Saber
Teresa Thorne ......... Judy (recurring)(to be verified)
Michael Balfour ....... Barney O'Keefe (recurring)(to be verified)
Colin Tapley .......... Inspector Parker (recurring)
David Horne ........... Edward Ward
Kenneth Lucknan ....... James Ward
Gene Anderson ......... Norma Ward
Catherine Finn ........ Matron
Lloyd Lamble .......... Farell
Mark Saber uncovers an ingenious way of committing murder
when he finds a wealthy woman dead through Cyanide poisoning.

MS-TTMB [V-85] The Vise: Mark Saber -
starring Donald Gray with Teresa Thorne/Michael Balfour
THE NIGHT HAS SECRETS
circa July 1956 [us] ABC (under the series title "The Vise")
30Jan59 [uk] A-R London, Fri
26Feb59 [uk] Granada, Thur
30Mar59 [uk] ATV Midlands, Mon
Written by Brian Clemens
Directed by Ernest Morris
Cast:
Donald Gray ........... Mark Saber
Teresa Thorne ......... Judy (recurring)(to be verified)
Michael Balfour ....... Barney O'Keefe (recurring)(to be verified)
Trevor Reid .......... Inspector Price (recurring)
John Stone ........... George Witney
Claire Richardson .... Alison
Hal Ayer ............. Murray
Synopsis (U.K.):
George Witney is an ex-racing car driver who has suffered
blackouts. After one, he finds a body by his side and it looks
like he is the murderer. He hires Mark Saber to see if he is a killer.
Synopsis (U.S.):
A man subject to sudden blackouts goes to the apartment of his wife's first
husband in a rage. The man has been blackmailing her.
(Delayed 22Jul56 local broadcast WTRF-7, Wheeling, West Virginia, Saturday 11:00pm)

MS-TTMB [V-86] The Vise: Mark Saber
- Donald Gray/Teresa Thorne/Michael Balfour
NO REPLY FROM ROOM 17
13Feb59 [uk] A-R London, Fri
11Mar59 [uk] Granada, Wed
13Apr59 [uk] ATV Midlands, Mon
Written by James Eastwood and Kate Barlay (verified on film)
Directed by Ernest Morris
Guest Cast:
Donald Gray ........... Mark Saber
Teresa Thorne ......... Judy (recurring)(to be verified)
Michael Balfour ....... Barney O'Keefe (recurring)(to be verified)
Frank Hawkins ......... Inspector Chester (verified on film)
Patrick Holt .......... Mr. Grant
Hugh Latimer .......... Hotelier
Hazel Graeme .......... Sales Girl
Leo Bieber ............ Caretaker
Michel Clement ........ Porter'Wife
Arnold Diamond ........ Clerk
Mark Saber has a case of murder and robbery leading to Madame Rita.

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- Donald Gray/Teresa Thorne/Michael Balfour
THE SALLY ANKERS STORY (NOT listed in drama guide)
27Feb59 [uk] A-R London, Fri
12Mar59 [uk] Granada, Thur
no airdate for ATV Midlands
Written by Gwen Davies
Directed by Ernest Morris
Cast:
Donald Gray ........... Mark Saber
Teresa Thorne ......... Judy (recurring)(to be verified)
Michael Balfour ....... Barney O'Keefe (recurring)(to be verified)
Jill Clifford ......... Sally Ankers
Marne Maitland ........ Pierre
Ferdy Mayne ........... Armand
Peter Arne ............ Customs Officer
Mark Saber is asked to protect a wealthy young woman from a
fortune hunter who turns out to be a dangerous Frenchman.

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starring Donald Gray
SHROUD FOR A LADY
18Mar59 [uk] Granada, Wed
11May59 [uk] ATV Midlands, Mon
no airdate for A-R London
Written by John Roeburt
Directed by Ernest Morris
Cast:
Donald Gray ........... Mark Saber
Teresa Thorne ......... Judy (recurring)(to be verified)
Michael Balfour ....... Barney O'Keefe (recurring)(to be verified)
Evelyn Roberts ........ Baxter
Basil Dignam .......... Ralph
Andrew Leigh .......... Vance
Nicholas Stewart ...... Tom
Kay Callard ........... Deborah
Ronald Leigh-Hunt ..... Doctor
Christine Silver ...... Belle Adams
Belle Adams, an actress on the verge of a comeback is put in
a sanitorium and her manager asks Mark Saber to find out
why. Saber uncovers a sinister plot.

MS-TTMB [V-89] The Vise: Mark Saber
- Donald Gray/Teresa Thorne/Michael Balfour
IT'S ONLY MINK (US title) THE TALL DARK MAN (UK title)
© 1956 Copyright date on film
19Mar59 [uk] Granada, Thur
18May59 [uk] ATV Midlands, Mon
19Oct59 [uk] A-R London, Mon
Written by James Eastwood and Kate Barlay
Directed by Ernest Morris
Cast:
Donald Gray ........... Mark Saber
Teresa Thorne ......... Judy (recurring)(verified)
Michael Balfour ....... Barney O'Keefe (recurring)(verified)
Colin Tapley .......... Inspector Chester* (recurring)
(*screen credits say "Chester", yet in the episode he is called "Parker")
Kay Callard ........... Carol
Jennifer Jayne ........ Guest
Anne Lancaster ........ Fatlady
John Farrell .......... Fatlady's husband
Robert Ayres .......... Robinson
Jack Robinson ......... Guest
Dennis Broad .......... Guest
Mrs. Balfour .......... Blonde
Mark Saber's secretary  Judy, realises an ambition when she goes
to a society party in a fur coat, but she is bait for fur
thieves.

MS-TTMB [V-90] The Vise: Mark Saber
- Donald Gray/Teresa Thorne/Michael Balfour
THE LONG WAIT
6Feb59 [uk] A-R London, Fri
25Mar59 [uk] Granada, Wed
6Apr59 [uk] ATV Midlands, Mon
Written by Brian Clemens
Directed by Ernest Morris
Cast:
Donald Gray ........... Mark Saber
Teresa Thorne ......... Judy (recurring)(to be verified)
Michael Balfour ....... Barney O'Keefe (recurring)(to be verified)
Colin Tapley .......... Inspector Price? (OR Chester) (recurring)
Garry Thorne .......... Jerry Wescott
Katherine Page ........ Mrs. Wescott
Hal Ayer .............. Davies
Gilbert Winfield ...... Deeley
Cecil Paul ............ Collins/Wylie
Jerry Wescott is convicted of murder and only his mother
believes he is innocent. She seeks Mark Saber to save her
son from the gallows.

MS-TTMB [V-91] The Vise: Mark Saber
- Donald Gray/Teresa Thorne/Michael Balfour
Diana Decker - also in this episode
THE BIG SNATCH (transition episode?)
29Apr58 [uk] A-R London, Tue
27May58 [uk] ATV Midlands Tue
12Dec58 [uk] Granada, Fri
Written by Brian Clemens
Directed by Ernest Morris
Cast
Donald Gray ........... Mark Saber
Teresa Thorne ......... Judy (recurring)(to be verified)
Michael Balfour ....... Barney O'Keefe (recurring)(to be verified)
Diana Decker .......... Stevie Ames (recurring - entry episode)
Frank Hawkins ......... Inspector Chester (recurring)
Catherine Finn ........ Cora
Garry Thorne .......... Smoky
Kidnapping is an ugly business with relatives frightened
to call the police, but Cora Milton seeks Mark Saber's help.

########### The Vise Mark Saber #############
########### US. season 3 1956-57 #############
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ABC [us] Fridays 9:30 pm Eastern
39 episodes
Episode Nos. #V92 -  #V130 inclusive
Starring:
Donald Gray as Mark Saber
Regular Support Cast:
Diana Decker as Stephanie Ames (Stevie)

3.xx [V-92] The Vise: Mark Saber: (season 1956-57)
starring Donald Gray/Diana Decker
FILE IT UNDER MURDER
20Jun57 [uk] A-R London, Thur
18Sep57 [uk] ATV Midlands, Wed
no airdate for Granada
Written by Ken Field
Directed by Ernest Morris (verifed-TJ/DWMcG)
Cast:
Donald Gray ........... Mark Saber
Diane Decker .......... Stevie Ames (recurring) (to be verified)
Patrick Holt .......... Inspector Brady (recurring)
Hal Osmond ............ Harry Towner
Ronald Leigh-Hunt ..... Ewing
Catherine Finn ........ Mrs. Christie
Mark Saber is looking for a secretary. He is not injuly
suspicious when a pretty girl applies.
He later finds his filing cabinet open and a file missing.

3.xx [V-93] The Vise: Mark Saber (season 1956-57)
starring Donald Gray/Diana Decker
IF THIS BE MURDER
27Jun57 [uk] A-R London, Thur
25Sep57 [uk] ATV Midlands, Wed
no airdate for Granada
Written by Ken Field
Directed by Ernest Morris (verifed-TJ/DWMcG)
Cast:
Donald Gray ........... Mark Saber
Diane Decker .......... Stevie Ames (recurring) (to be verified)
Patrick Holt .......... Inspector Brady (recurring)
Basil Dignam .......... Mr. Moon
Michael Brill ......... Mr. Latham
Eric Pohlmann ......... Turek
Tony Latham engages Mark Saber to find who murdered his fiance

3.xx [V-94] The Vise: Mark Saber: (season 1956-57)
SING SOFTLY, SISTER
(NBC "Detective's Diary" re-run 6Apr57, Saturday 12:30pm Eastern)
4July57 [uk] A-R London, Wed
2Oct57 [uk] ATV Midlands, Wed
14May58 [uk] Granada, Wed
Written by Ken Field
Directed by Ernest Morris (verifed-TJ/DWMcG)
Cast:
Donald Gray ........... Mark Saber
Diana Decker .......... Stevie Ames (verified)
Patrick Holt .......... Inspector Brady (recurring)
Sandra Dorne .......... Yvonne Jason
Magda Miller .......... Yvette
Nicholas Stewart ...... Riggs
Ferdy Mayne ........... Danny Nicholls
Ian Colin ............. Paul Jason
Andre Nicholson ....... Lapointe
Jacques Cey ........... Phillippe
Synopsis (US) :
A British industrialist calls in Detective Mark Saber to locate his missing wife.
(NBC "Detective's Diary" re-run 6Apr57, Saturday 12:30pm Eastern)
UK synopsis (UK):
When Paul Jason finds his wife, Yvonne, missing, he retains
Mark Saber to locate her. Saber goes to see Yvette, Yvonne's
sister, who is doing a dancing act in a cheap music hall.
Yvette hints that her sister has run away with another man -
Danny Nicholls, a gambler and a former boy friend. Saber reports
this back to Paul Jason who refuses to believe it. He
subsequently issues a report to the newspapers that his wife
has been kidnapped.

3.xx [V-95] The Vise: Mark Saber: (season 1956-57)
starring Donald Gray/Diana Decker
AGAINST THE ROPES
18Jul57 [uk] A-R London, Thur
16Oct57 [uk] ATV Midlands, Wed
4Jun58 [uk] Granada, Wed
Written by Gilbert Winfield
Directed by Ernest Morris (verifed-TJ/DWMcG)
Cast:
Donald Gray ........... Mark Saber
Diane Decker .......... Stevie Ames (recurring) (to be verified)
Garry Thomas .......... Eddie
Robert Ayres .......... Jerry
Gilbert Winfield ...... four eyes
Tony Quinn ............ Willie
Alastair Hunter ....... Doctor
Fred Nichols .......... Commissioner
Norah Gordon .......... Ma
Arthur Sullivan ....... Boxer
Eddie is a championship boxer, but his manager dies suddenly
before an important boxing match. When Eddie is placed under
pressure to sign a new contract his suspicions are aroused.
His new handlers are crooks, and he is told to throw a fight
or his mother will be killed.

3.xx [V-97] The Vise: Mark Saber: (season 1956-57)
starring Donald Gray/Diana Decker
SAFE FOR MURDER
(NBC "Detective's Diary" re-run 3May58, Saturday 12:30pm Eastern)
25Jul57 [uk] A-R London, Thur
23Oct57 [uk] ATV Midlands, Wed
11Jun58 [uk] Granada, Wed
Written by Brian Clemens
Directed by Charles Eldridge (verifed-TJ/DWMcG)
Cast:
Donald Gray ........... Mark Saber
Diane Decker .......... Stevie Ames (recurring) (to be verified)
John Harvey ........... Freddy Turner
Catherine Finn ........ Ella
Michael Ripper ........ Joe
Geoffrey Denton ....... Mr.Harmer
Synopsis (UK)
The robbery at the National Savings Bank was a clever, well-
organised plan. Mark Saber has little to go on until a chance
remark puts him on the right track leading to a master criminal.
Synopsis (US):
Saber is asked to investigate the successful burglary of a safe
that "couldn't be robbed." His only clue is the chance remark of a security
guard.
(NBC "Detective's Diary" re-run 3May58, Saturday 12:30pm Eastern)

3.xx [V-97] The Vise: Mark Saber: (season 1956-57)
starring Donald Gray/Diana Decker
RECEIPT FOR MURDER
Film no. 97
11Jul57 [uk] A-R London, Thur
9Oct57 [uk] ATV Midlands, Wed
28May58 [uk] Granada, Wed
Written by Gilbert Winfield
Directed by Kieron Moore (verifed-TJ/DWMcG)
Cast:
Donald Gray ........... Mark Saber
Diane Decker .......... Stevie Ames (recurring) (to be verified)
Denis Shaw ............ Alan
Derek Prentice ........ Carr
Bill Fraser ........... Bishop
Jennifer Jayne ........ Jackie
At a London station a man accidentally picks up a wrong suitcase
and finds it contains a blood-stained suit. A pawn ticket puts
Mark Saber on the trail of a daring murderer.

3.xx [V-98] The Vise: Mark Saber (season 1956-57)
starring Donald Gray/Diana Decker
HOLIDAY FOR HEATHERTON
1Aug57 [uk] A-R London, Thur 10.30pm
30Oct57 [uk] ATV Midlands, Wed
18Jun58 [uk] Granada,
Written by Ken Field
Directed by Ernest Morris [TJ][DWMcG]
Cast:
Donald Gray ........... Mark Saber
Diane Decker .......... Stevie Ames (recurring) (to be verified)
John Stuart ........... Heatherton
June Clyde ............ Dinah Adair
Philip Saville ........ Jose Santiago
Frank Sieman .......... Lt Valaire (or Belaire)
Jacques Cey ........... Emile
{NOT ON CREDITS Marcel de Villiers ..... Marcel ????]
Respectible Insurance Agent William Heatherton, married with
children, meets an attractive girl with expensive tastes for his
modest wage. He starts stealing, but by the time Mark Saber comes
after him, he is planning to murder the girl who he has since
found out and double-crossed him.

3.xx [V-99] The Vise: Mark Saber: (season 1956-57)
starring Donald Gray/ Diana Decker
KILL ME, MY LOVE
18Sep57 [uk] A-R London, Wed
6Nov57 [uk] ATV Midlands, Wed
25Jun58 [uk] Granada, Wed
Written by Ken Field
Directed by Kieron Moore [TJ][DWMcG]
Cast:
Donald Gray ........... Mark Saber
Diane Decker .......... Stevie Ames (recurring) (to be verified)
Philip Saville ........ Barrett
Mary Parker ........... Irene
Colin Tapley .......... Inspector Chester (recurring)
Jan Richards .......... Kitty
Guy Barrett seeks Mark Saber's assistance on the pretext that
his wife is plotting against him. She is an old friend of
Saber's and refuses to help uncovering a cruel an ingenious
plot.

3.xx [V-100] The Vise: Mark Saber: (season 1956-57)
starring Donald Gray/ Diana Decker
CORPSE IN THE CELLAR
25Sep57 [uk] A-R London, Wed
13Nov57 [uk] ATV Midlands, Wed
26Sep58 [uk] Granada, Fri
Written by Brian Clemens
Directed by Charles Eldridge [TJ] [DWMcG]
Cast:
Donald Gray ........... Mark Saber
Diane Decker .......... Stevie Ames (recurring) (to be verified)
Patrick Holt .......... Ray Gerard
June Powell ........... Betty Delroy
Noel Dyson ............ Emma Pine
Jack Melford .......... Withers
Elsie Wagstaff ........ Mrs Quinn
When a bank clerk is seen taking a well dressed woman to
nightclubs his bosses become suspicious and hire Mark Saber
to find where the money is coming from.

3.xx [V-101] The Vise: Mark Saber: (season 1956-57)
starring Donald Gray/ Diana Decker
DRAM OF DEATH (NOT "Dream of Death")
2Oct57 [uk] A-R London, Wed
20Nov57 [uk] ATV Midlands, Wed
13Dec58 [uk] Granada, Thur
Written by Ken Field
Directed by Charles Eldridge [TJ][DWMcG]
Cast:
Donald Gray ........... Mark Saber
Diane Decker .......... Stevie Ames (recurring) (to be verified)
Colin Tapley .......... Inspector (recurring)
Colin Croft ........... Hollister
Patricia Driscoll ..... Angela Hollister
Dorothy Gordon ........ Lila
Douglas Hayes ......... Stoddard
Tom Gallager .......... Dagby
Leslie Kyle ........... Sir Cyril
Jessica Dunning ....... Magda
Iris Vandeleur ........ Daisy
Tony Quinn ............ Publican
Norah Gordon .......... Landlady
Tony Hollister is given a flask full of cognac by his cousin
Angela who is next for the legacy. Mark Saber has the cognac
analysed.

3.xx [V-102] The Vise: Mark Saber: (season 1956-57)
starring Donald Gray/ Diana Decker (DD verified)
CAGE OF FEAR
9Oct57 [uk] A-R London, Wed
27Nov57 [uk] ATV Midlands Wed
23Sep58 [uk] Granada, Tue
Written by Brian Clemens
Directed by Ernest Morris [TJ][DWMcG]
Cast:
Donald Gray ........... Mark Saber
Diane Decker .......... Stevie Ames (recurring) (to be verified)
Colin Tapley .......... Inspector Price
Bernard Bresslaw ...... Callard
Gladys Boot ........... Miss Bligh
Norah Gordon .......... Amy
Synopsis (US):
A small-time crook forces his way into an elderly woman's home in
London and holds her captive. A neighbor grows suspicious and calls Mark Saber.
(NBC "Detective's Diary" re-run aired 17May58, Saturday 4:30pm Eastern time)
Synopsis (UK)
While robbing a tobacconist, a robber shoots a policeman and
makes a woman living alone shelter him. The crook forgets that
for most women everything stops for tea.

3.xx [V-103] The Vise: Mark Saber: (season 1956-57)
starring Donald Gray/ Diana Decker
A HATFUL OF TROUBLE
© 1956 Copyright Year on Film
16Oct57 [uk] A-R London, Wed
4Dec57 [uk] ATV Midlands, Wed
30Sep58 [uk] Granada, Tue
Written by Carol Warner Gluck
Directed by Ernest Morris [TJ][DWMcG]
Cast:
Donald Gray ........... Mark Saber
Diane Decker .......... Stevie Ames (recurring) (to be verified)
Dulcie Bowman .......... Nanny
Lesley Dudley .......... Peggy
Vanda Godsell .......... Edwina
Lloyd Lamble ........... Carstairs
Len Sharpe ............. Little Man
Young Peggy Carstairs tells Mark Saber her stepmother is a spy.
Her husband is an old army friend of Mark's and when secret
documents go missing Mark Saber investigates.

3.xx [V-104] The Vise: Mark Saber: (season 1956-57)
starring Donald Gray/ Diana Decker (DD verified)
RETURN TO DANGER
circa Dec56 [us] ABC
(Delayed 11Dec56 broadcast, WABT-13, Birmingham, Ala., Tuesday 10:30pm)
(NBC "Detective's Diary" re-run 31May58, Saturday at 4:30pm Eastern)
23Oct57 [uk] A-R London
11Dec57 [uk] ATV Midlands, Wed
3Oct58 [uk] Granada, Fri
Written by Brian Clemens
Directed by Ernest Morris [TJ][DWMcG]
Cast:
Donald Gray ........... Mark Saber
Diane Decker .......... Stevie Ames (recurring)(verified)
Frank Hawkins ......... Inspector Chester (recurring)
Denis Quilley ......... John Wilton
John Longden .......... Burnaby
Noel Dyson ............ Stella
Peter Bathurst ........ Hilyer
Oliver Johnston ....... Butler
Max Faulkner .......... Shipping Clerk
Synopsis (UK):
Mark Saber has many odd assignments but even he is astonished
when John Wilton walks into his office and asks him to find
out who he is.
Synopsis (US):
An Australian amnesia victim comes to London in an effort to
prove his identity and recover a fortune supposedly left him by his father.
Synopsis (US):
Mark Saber agrees to help an Australian track down his inheritance.
(Delayed 11Dec56 broadcast, WABT-13, Birmingham, Ala., Tuesday 10:30pm)

3.xx [V-105] The Vise: Mark Saber: (season 1956-57)
starring Donald Gray/ Diana Decker
BULLETS FOR SABER (this title NOT in drama guide)
© 1957 Copyright Year on Film
28Sep57 [us] NBC, Sat 4:30pm (re-run - NBC's "Detective's Diary")
30Oct57 [uk] A-R London, Wed
no airdate for ATV Midlands
7Oct58 [uk] Granada, Tue
Written by Brian Clemens
Directed by Ernest Morris [TJ][DWMcG]
Cast:
Donald Gray ........... Mark Saber
Diana Decker .......... Stevie Ames (Saber's assistant)(verified)
Colin Tapley .......... Inspector (recurring)
Garry Thorne .......... Freddie
Gilbert Winfield ...... Wilson
Robert Ayres .......... Chris
Shaw Taylor ........... Charlie
Alastair Hunter ....... Morton
Tony Quinn ............ Tom Wright
Synopsis (US):
Mark Saber witnesses a murder but finds it difficult to convict
the criminal. The leader of a well-known gang is the killer’s
brother and is determined to keep the man out of jail.
(US "TV Guide")
(NBC "Detective's Diary" re-run 28Sep57, Saturday at 4:30pm Pacific)
Synopsis (UK):
Mark Saber is having a drink in a bar when he is sole witness
to a murder. The killer could get away manslaughter without
Mark Saber so heplots to kill him. (UK)

3.xx [V-106] The Vise: Mark Saber: (season 1956-57)
starring Donald Gray/ Diana Decker (DD verified)
CRY WOLF
© 1956 Copyright Year on Film
18May57 [us] re-run on NBC's "Detective's Diary" series
6Nov57 [uk] A-R London, Wed
18Dec57 [uk] ATV Midlands, Wed
10Oct58 [uk] Granada, Fri
Written by Brian Clemens
Directed by Charles Eldridge [TJ][DWMcG]
Cast:
Donald Gray ........... Mark Saber
Diane Decker .......... Stevie Ames (recurring) (to be verified)
Ken Edwards ........... Inspector (recurring)
Jack Watling .......... Kent Murphy
Victor Maddern ........ Vince
Dennis Quilley ........ Minter
Jennifer Jayne ........ First Girl
Gilbert Winfield ...... Charlie
Synopsis (UK):
Kent Murphy has always needed a publicity gimmick for his
TV show and fakes an attempt on his life. When he really is
threatened no one except Mark Saber will help.
Synopsis (US):
TV performer Kent Murphy plants a tape recorder in a café, hoping to pick
up some gossip for his program. Instead, the machine picks up the details
of a murder plot. When the police brush him off, Murphy asks Mark Saber to
investigate.
(NBC "Detective's Diary" re-run 18May57, Saturday 11:30am Eastern)
Cast: Donald Gray, Diana Decker

3.xx [V-107] The Vise: Mark Saber|: (season 1956-57)
starring Donald Gray/Diana Decker
THE ROOT OF EVIL
Film no. 107
circa Apr57 [us] ABC
10Apr57 on WRCA-4, New York City, Wednesday at 10:30pm
(delayed broadcast)
18Dec57 [uk] A-R London, Wed
29Jan58 [uk] ATV Midlands Wed
28Oct58 [uk] Granada, Tue
Written by Gilbert Winfield
Directed by Ernest Morris [TJ][DWMcG]
Cast:
Donald Gray ............ Mark Saber
Diana Decker ........... Stevie Ames (verified)
John Longden ........... Wilson
Jean Aubrey ............ Betty
Hal Osmond ............. Benny
Tony Quinn ............. Mac
Charles Land ........... Man
Synopsis (US):
Betty, a secretary arrives at the office one morning to find
that the safe has been robbed. She becomes suspicious when her
boss instructs her not to inform the police, and she tells Mark
Saber about the incident. (US "TV Guide")
(Syndicated "Vise"repeat aired 10Apr57 on WRCA-4, New York City,
Wednesday at 10:30pm)
(Note: WRCA was an NBC affiliate so this has to be a syndicated
repeat) (more likely a delayed broadcast)
Synopsis (UK):
A secretary of a Paper Mill discovers that the safe has been
blown. Her boss says nothing is missing, but she is suspicious
and calls in Mark Saber in to investigate. (UK)

3.xx [V-108] The Vise: Mark Saber: (season 1956-57)
starring Donald Gray/ Diana Decker
THE VERY LAST WITNESS
© 1956 Copyright Year on Film
circ Dec56 [us] ABC
(Delayed 24Dec56 broadcast, WKNX-57, Saginaw, Michigan, Monday 10:30pm)
13Nov57 [uk] A-R London, Wed
25Dec57 [uk] ATV Midlands, Wed
14Oct58 [uk] Granada, Tue 11:30 pm
Written by Brian Clemens
Directed by Ernest Morris [TJ][DWMcG]
Cast:
Donald Gray ........... Mark Saber
Diane Decker .......... Stevie Ames (recurring) (to be verified)
George Coulouris ...... Oscar Brand
Marne Maitland ........ Ferris
Gerard Heinz .......... Sharpe_alias_Andre
Jacques Cey ........... Lestrelle
André Maranne ......... Priest
Synopsis (UK)
During the war, Oscar Brand made a great deal of money as
a black-marketeer. Only one man knows his past, and Brand
wishes to destroy him. He hires Mark Saber to trace the man.   
Synopsis (US):
Mark Saber gets involved with a black market operator this week, and finds
he is being used as a pawn by the criminal.
(Delayed 24Dec56 broadcast, WKNX-57, Saginaw, Michigan, Monday 10:30pm)


3.xx [V-109] The Vise: Mark Saber: (season 1956-57)
starring Donald Gray/ Diana Decker
CORPSE WITH A SWORD (this title NOT in Drama Guide)
20Nov57 A-R London, Wed
no airdate for ATV Midlands
17Oct58 [uk] Granada, Fri 11:30 pm
Written by Brian Clemens
Directed by Charles Eldridge [TJ][DWMcG]
Cast:
Donald Gray ........... Mark Saber
Diane Decker .......... Stevie Ames (recurring) (to be verified)
Peter Bathurst ......... Inspector
Frank Henderson ........ Professor Hughes
John Barron ............ Tony Preem
Anne Valery ............ Anita Rodock
Pat Halpin ............. John Rodock
Gilbert Winfield ....... Bob
One of the difficulties in committing the perfect murder is
the disposal of the corpse. Tony Preem thinks he has hit
on the solution by disposing of the body in a cemetery. But
before long, Mark Saber is investigating.

3.xx [V-110] The Vise: Mark Saber: (season 1956-57)
starring Donald Gray/ Diana Decker
THE WRONG FACE
© 1956 Copyright Year on Film
27Nov57 [uk] A-R London, Wed
8Jan58 [uk] ATV Midlands Wed
6Nov58 [uk] Granada
Written by Brian Clemens
Directed by Charles Eldridge [TJ][DWMcG]
Cast:
Donald Gray ........... Mark Saber
Diane Decker .......... Stevie Ames (recurring) (verified)
Michael Brill ......... Gerard
Arthur Gross .......... Johnny
Alastair Hunter ....... Matthews
Keith Grieve .......... Wilson
Ken Edwards ........... Inspector (recurring)
Alex Gailor ........... Steward
Stevie Ames, Mark Saber's secretary talks to a diplomat Gerard
Pavelle and finds she will be crossing the English Channel
on the same ferry. When Pavelle is paged, the man does not bear
any resdemblance to him.

3.xx [V-111] The Vise: Mark Saber: (season 1956-57)
starring Donald Gray /Diana Decker
SHORT CUT TO MURDER
4Dec57 [uk] A-R London, Wed
15Jan58 [uk] ATV Midlands, Wed
24Oct58 [uk] Granada, Fri
Written by Kate Barley
Directed by Ernest Morris [TJ][DWMcG]
Cast:
Donald Gray ........... Mark Saber
Diane Decker .......... Stevie Ames (recurring) (to be verified)
John Longden .......... Richard
Margaret Anderson ..... Stella
Norah Gordon .......... Mrs Dutton
Ken Edwards ........... Inspector (recurring)
Ken Sharp ............. Postman
Elsie Wagstaff ........ Mrs. Briggs
Stella Kemp's birthday party is a happy affair until her
father opens his safe and finds £20,000 missing. He hires
Mark Saber, but the case leads to one of murder.

3.xx [V-112] The Vise: Mark Saber: (season 1956-57)
starring Donald Gray/Diana Decker
TOUGH PART
11Dec57 [uk] A-R London, Wed
22Jan58 [uk] ATV Midlands, Wed
28Oct58 [uk] Granada, Tue
Written by Gilbert Winfield
Directed by Ernest Morris [TJ][DWMcG]
Cast:
Donald Gray ........... Mark Saber
Diane Decker .......... Stevie Ames (recurring) (to be verified)
Robert Arden .......... Eddie
Ryck Rydon ............ Mike
Gilbert Winfield ...... Frenchy
Bernard Bresslaw ...... Jackson
Maxwell Foster ........ Mr.Harris
Ken Edwards ........... Inspector
After robbing a bank, a gang goes into hiding until the coast
is clear. They hear Saber is on the case and one of them loses
hi nerve.

3.xx [V-113] The Vise: Mark Saber: (season 1956-57)
starring Donald Gray/ Diana Decker
SIGNATURE FOR MURDER
©1957 Copyright Year on Film
3Jan58 [uk] A-R London, Wed
12Feb58 [uk] ATV Midlands Wed
4Nov58 [uk] Granada, Tue
Written by Gilbert Winfield
Directed by Charles Eldridge [TJ][DWMcG]
Cast:
Donald Gray ........... Mark Saber
Diane Decker .......... Stevie Ames (recurring) (to be verified)
Martine Alexis ........ Nicole
John Stone ............ Eric Bishop
Alastair Hunter ....... Janitor
Keith Marsh ........... Gilbert
Peter Bathurst ........ Merritt
Charles Richardson .... American
Mark Saber has to find out if a £5000 painting is genuine.
Along the way he finds the answer together with a case of murder.

3.xx [V-114] The Vise: Mark Saber: (season 1956-57)
starring Donald Gray/ Diana Decker (DD verified)
MURDER BY ERROR
Film no. 114
circa March 1957 [us] ABC (series title "The Vise")
(Delayed 6Mar57 broadcast, WABT-13, Birmingham, Ala., Tuesday 10:30pm)
17Jan58 [uk] A-R London, Fri
25Feb58 [uk] ATV Midlands, Wed
11Nov58 [uk] Granada, Tue
Written by John Roeburt
Directed by Ernest Morris [TJ][DWMcG]
Cast:
Donald Gray ........... Mark Saber
Diane Decker .......... Stevie Ames (recurring) (to be verified)
John Stuart ........... Clyde Baxter
Sarah Lawson .......... Vera Baxter
Alan Robinson ......... Bob Haley
Hal Osmond ............ Benjy
Ken Edwards ........... Inspector (recurring)
Gilbert Winfield ...... Enquiries Clerk
Sandra Dorne .......... Barbara
Synopsis (UK)
Suspecting that her husband is being blackmailed, Vera Baxter
calls Mark Saber. Blackmail changes to murder, and a strange
solution is uncovered.
Synopsis (US):
Mark Saber is hired to investigate a blackmail attempt. Although Saber is
warned by a big-time racketeer to keep out of the case, he continues and
finds a mistaken murder.
(Delayed 6Mar57 broadcast, WABT-13, Birmingham, Ala., Tuesday 10:30pm)

3.xx [V-115] The Vise: Mark Saber: (season 1956-57)
starring Donald Gray/ Diana Decker
FIND HARRY CLAY
circa Feb57 [us] ABC
(Delayed 13Feb57 broadcast, WABT-13, Birmingham, Ala., Tuesday 10:30pm)
10Jan58 [uk] A-R London, Fri
18Feb58 [uk] ATV Midlands, Wed
7Nov58 [uk] Granada, Fri
Written by Brian Clemens
Directed by Ernest Morris [TJ][DWMcG]
Cast:
Donald Gray ........... Mark Saber
Diane Decker .......... Stevie Ames (recurring) (to be verified)
Patricia McCarron ..... Sally
Ken Edwards ........... Inspector (recurring)
Gordon Tanner ......... Reception Clerk
Alastair Hunter ....... Janitor
Gilbert Winfield ...... Foreman
John Stone ............ Frank Leeds
Tony Quinn ............ Barman
Synopsis (UK)
Mark Saber's search for a man seems to end with a report that
he died in a fire. Mark Saber is not satisfied and pursues his
enquiries to a strange conclusion.
Synopsis (US):
Mark Saber accepts an assignment to search for the missing Fred Leeds, who
left his small village to go to London.
Donald Gray and Diana Decker star.
(Delayed 13Feb57 broadcast, WABT-13, Birmingham, Ala., Tuesday 10:30pm)

3.xx [V-116] The Vise: Mark Saber: (season 1956-57)
starring Donald Gray/ Diana Decker
MAN ON A CLIFF    (verified on film)

THE VISE presents MAN ON A CLIFF DONALD(MARK SABER) GRAY DIANA DECKER ...  - Complete Episode
© 1957 Copyright Year on Film
24Jan58 [uk] A-R London, Fri
18Mar58 [uk] ATV Midlands, Tue
14Nov58 [uk] Granada, Fri
Written by Franklin Burton
Directed by Charles Eldridge [TJ][DWMcG]
Story by Franklin Burton
Directed by Charles Eldridge [TJ][DWMcG]
Directed by Ernest Morris (on film)
Cast: (on film)
Donald Gray ........... Mark Saber
Diane Decker .......... Stevie Ames (recurring)
Katherine Finn ........ Edna Barnes  (Katherine with "K" not "C")
Colin Tapley .......... Inspector (recurring)
Sandra Dorne .......... Mrs. Kenyon
George Roderick ....... Tramp
Ronald Leigh-Hunt ..... Dr. Lyman
Gilbert Winfield ...... Barman
John Stuart ........... Murchison
Katherine Page ........ Mrs. Case
Ryck Rydon ............ Pierce
John Harvey ........... Office Manager
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Director of Photography ... Jimmy Wilson
Music ................. Albert Elms
Production Designer ... Erik Blakemore
Editor ................ Sidney Stone
Art Director .......... George Beech
Wardrobe .............. Rene Coke
Make-Up ............... Frank Turner
Mark Saber hears that stock broker Peter Kenyon has committed
suicide, but he knew him and didn't think he would do such a thing.

3.xx [V-117] The Vise: Mark Saber: (season 1956-57)
starring Donald Gray/ Diana Decker
THE SOUND OF DEATH
Film no. 117
31Jan58 [uk] A-R London, Fri
11Mar58 [uk] ATV Midlands, Wed
26Nov58 [uk] Granada, Tue
Written by Franklin Burton
Directed by Charles Eldridge [TJ][DWMcG]
Cast:
Donald Gray ........... Mark Saber
Diane Decker .......... Stevie Ames (recurring) (to be verified)
Gilbert Winfield ...... Sergeant
Katherine Page ........ Rosie
Keith Grieve .......... Dan Temple
Colin Croft ........... Sloane
Horris Seqeria ........ Harrington
Lucille Lisle ......... Mrs. Harrington
On his first holiday in two years Mark Saber finds himself
involved in a murder.

3.xx [V-118] The Vise: Mark Saber: (season 1956-57)
starring Donald Gray/ Diana Decker
DIAMOND JUBILEE
Film no. 118
0411Feb58 or 11Feb58 [uk] A-R London, Tue
4Mar58 [uk] ATV Midlands, Wed
21Nov58 [uk] Granada, Fri
Written by Gilbert Winfield
Directed by Kieron Moore [TJ][DWMcG]
Cast:
Donald Gray ........... Mark Saber
Diane Decker .......... Stevie Ames (recurring) (to be verified)
Colin Tapley .......... Inspector (recurring)
Robert Ayres .......... Mac
John Loder ............ Lew
Olive Sloane .......... Aggie
Shirley Deare ......... Jackie
Mac has spent ten years in jail but was able to hide the
diamonds he stole. The police have not found them, so
Mark Saber is hired to follow him.

3.xx [V-119] The Vise: Mark Saber: (season 1956-57)
starring Donald Gray/ Diana Decker
A COIN'S WORTH OF MURDER
18Feb58 [uk] A-R London, Tue
25Mar58 [uk] ATV Midlands, Tue
26Nov58 [uk] Granada, Wed
Written by Brian Clemens
Directed by Harry Lee Danziger [TJ][DWMcG]
Cast:
Donald Gray ........... Mark Saber
Diane Decker .......... Stevie Ames (recurring) (to be verified)
Colin Tapley .......... Inspector (recurrung)
Ann Stephens .......... Sally
Michael Brill ......... Johnny
Joy Webster ........... Nina
After years of expectation Johnny finds he's been cut out of
his uncle's will. The money has gone to his cousin, who he
goes to see, desperate for money. When Johnny's cousin is
found dead nobody can tell whether the cause of death was
suicide or murder. Perhap's a coin might tell.

3.xx [V-120] The Vise: Mark Saber: (season 1956-57)
starring Donald Gray/ Diana Decker
FAREWELL TO MRS. FORREST
4Mar58 [uk] A-R London, Tue
8Apr58 [uk] ATV Midlands Tue
5Feb59 [uk] Granada, Thur
Written by Albert G. Miller
Directed by Harry Lee Danziger [TJ][DWMcG]
Cast:
Donald Gray ........... Mark Saber
Diane Decker .......... Stevie Ames (recurring) (to be verified)
Colin Tapley .......... Inspector (recurring)
Patricia Driscoll ..... Mrs. Forrest
John Stone ............ Mr. Forrest
Magda Miller .......... Tanya
Ferdy Mayne ........... Paulo
A difficult case of blackmail appears closed to Mark Saber
when a victim is found drowned in her swimming pool. The
evidence points to murder.

[V-121] The Vise: Mark Saber: (season 1956-57)
starring Donald Gray/ Diana Decker
DEATH IN A FLASK [DD]
© 1957 Copyright Year on Film
11Mar58 A-R London UK, Tue
3Jun58 ATV Midlands UK,Tue
12Feb59 Granada UK, Thur
16Jan61 Tyne-Tees UK, Mon 11:00 pm
Written by Stanley Miller
Directed by Richard Lester [TJ][DWMcG]
Cast:
Donald Gray ........... Mark Saber
Diane Decker .......... Stevie Ames (recurring) (to be verified)
Colin Tapley .......... Inspector Parker (recurring)
Frank Henderson ....... Lister
Alastair Hunter ....... Dr.Hughes
John Barron ........... Dr.Marsden
Joy Webster ........... Dorothy
Hal Osmond ............ Joe Wiggs
Eleanor Fazen ......... Mrs. Barnes
Mrs. Barnes has been charged with poisoning her husband
and has signed a confession. Her father Frank Lister, hires
Mark Saber to get her off. When Saber and his secretary,
Stevie Ames begin to investigate they discover some very
interesting facts about Mr. Barnes.

3.xx [V-122] The Vise: Mark Saber: (season 1956-57)
starring Donald Gray/ Diana Decker
HI-JACKED
© 1957 Copyright Year on Film
28Sep57 NBC Saturday 10:30am Eastern ("Detective’s Diary") (rerun)
(previously on ABC's "The Vise")
18Mar58 [uk] A-R London, Thur
29Dec58 [uk] ATV Midlands, Mon
22Jan59 [uk] Granada, Thur
Written by Albert G. Miller
Directed by Richard Lester [TJ]
Cast: (verified on film)
Donald Gray ........... Mark Saber
Diana Decker .......... Stevie Ames (Saber's assistant)
Colin Tapley .......... Inspector (recurring)
Ryck Rydon ............ Bang Bang Trent
Patrick Holt .......... Sheikh Babson
Tom Gallagher ......... Dizzy Trout
Alex Gallior ........... Joe Pinker
Synopsis (US):
Joe Pinker, a garage owner, runs a hijacking racket with American
cars, but his stooge, Dizzy Trout, is a little careless.
(NBC "Detective's Diary" re-run 28Sep57, Saturday 10:30am Eastern)
Regular cast: Donald Gray, Diana Decker
Synopsis (UK):
A profitable racket in stolen cars is known to the police,
but they have no proof. They hire Mark Saber to help.

3.xx [V-123] The Vise: Mark Saber: (season 1956-57)
starring Donald Gray/ Diana Decker
THE SUCKER GAME
1Apr58 [uk] A-R London, Tue
6May58 [uk] ATV Midlands, Tue
11Dec58 [uk] Granada, Thur
Written by John Roeburt
Directed by Richard Lester [TJ][DWMcG]
Cast:
Donald Gray ........... Mark Saber
Diane Decker .......... Stevie Ames (recurring) (to be verified)
Colin Tapley .......... Inspector (recurring)
Ira Tewiata ........... Malemek
Angela Krefeld ........ Alma    
Marne Maitland ........ Karaka
Peter Bathurst ........ Cavanaugh
John Evans ............ Barney
Michael Caine ......... Folsham
Michael Argy .......... Tarvi
Some valuable treasures destined as presents for the British
Museum are stolen and Mark Saber's help in recovering them is
enlisted. With the aid of the police he manages to expose one
of the most darong confidence tricks of all time.

3.xx [V-124] The Vise: Mark Saber: (season 1956-57)
starring Donald Gray/ Diana Decker
YOU CAN'T LIVE TWICE
8Apr58 [uk] A-R London, Tue
5Feb58 [uk] ATV Midlands, Wed
8Jan59 [uk] Granada, Thur
Written by Ken Fields
Directed by Richard Lester [TJ][DWMcG]
Cast:
Donald Gray ........... Mark Saber
Diane Decker .......... Stevie Ames (recurring) (to be verified)
Catherine Finn ........ Nora
Phillip Friend ........ Vince
Jennifer Jayne ........ Rita
Colin Tapley .......... Inspector (recurring)
Alastair Hunter ....... Advocate
In the eye of his wife her huband is a hero, but when Mark
Saber is called in to guard him he finds that he is no hero.

3.xx [V-125] The Vise: Mark Saber: (season 1956-57)
starring Donald Gray/ Diana Decker
BACK TRACK TO MURDER
no airdate for A-R London
13May58 [uk] ATV Midlands, Tue
13Nov58 [uk] Granada, Thur
Written by Brian Clemens
Directed by Ernest Morris [TJ][--]
Cast:
Donald Gray ........... Mark Saber
Diane Decker .......... Stevie Ames (recurring) (to be verified)
Colin Tapley .......... Inspector (recurring)
Robert Arden .......... Tony Croft
Jennifer Jayne ........ Jean Croft
Len Sharpe ............ Nye
Norman Mitchell ....... Wilmot
Gilbert Winfield ...... Fenner
Ryck Rydon ............ Joe
Tony Croft's Safe Cracking job becomes a case of triple murder.
While he's asleep his wife takes £5 to reclaim a bracelet and
gives Mark Saber a clue.

3.xx [V-126] The Vise: Mark Saber: (season 1956-57)
starring Donald Gray/ Diana Decker
DEATH WEARS A CORONET (NOT listed in drama guide)
15Mar57 [us] ABC, Friday 9:30pm (original network airdate)
no airdate for A-R London
no airdate for ATV Midlands
4Feb59 [uk] Granada, Wed
Written by George Lowther
Directed by Harry Lee Danziger [TJ][---]
Cast:
Donald Gray ........... Mark Saber
Diana Decker .......... Stevie Ames (Saber's assistant)
John Dearth ........... Robbins
Barry Keegan .......... McKay
Keith Grieves ......... Alf
Tom Gallagher ......... Big John
Alistair Hunter ....... Frank
Shirley Lawrence ...... Lucy
US Synopsis #1:
Because he was attacked by a hoodlum, and fears a repeat
performance, Lord Chelmsford hires Mark Saber to investigate.
When Chelmsford is found dead, all evidence points to the
hoodlum’s guilt.
UK Synopsis #2
When Lord Chelmsford is murdered the finger points to Alf, a
former prisoner who was jailed for assaulting him. Mark Saber
is not convinced.

3.xx [V-127] The Vise: Mark Saber: (season 1956-57)
starring Donald Gray/ Diana Decker
BISHOPS SOMETIMES BITE
Film no. 127
31May57 [us] Friday 9:30pm (original network airdate)
25Mar58 [uk] A-R London, Tue
29Apr58 [uk] ATV Midlands, Tue
20Nov58 [uk] Granada, Thur
Written by Brian Clemens
Directed by Ernest Morris [TJ][DWMcG]
Cast:
Donald Gray ............ Mark Saber
Diana Decker ........... Stevie Ames (Saber's assistant)
Campbell Cutts ......... Bishop
Ian Whittaker .......... Prinn
Colin Tapley ........... Inspector (recurring)
Alan Robinson .......... Jennings
Brenda Bennett ......... Secretary
Victor Maddern ......... Miller
Synopsis (US):
The Bishop of Tricester, an amateur detective, overhears a murder
plot and is determined to track it down. But his secretary, Prinn,
calls in Mark Saber to help.(US TV Guide)
(Aired 31May57 on WFBG-10, Altoona, Pennsylvania, Friday 9:30pm)
Synopsis (UK):
The Bishop of Tricester overhears a murder being plotted.
He decides to investigate. (UK}

3xx [V-128] The Vise: Mark Saber: (season 1956-57)
starring Donald Gray/ Diana Decker
SHORT, DARK AND HANDSOME
Film no. 128
22Apr58 [uk] A-R London, Tue
20May58 [uk] ATV Midlands Tue
9Dec58 [uk] Granada, Tue
Written by Brian Clemens
Directed by Ernest Morris [TJ][DWMcG]
Cast:
Donald Gray ........... Mark Saber
Diane Decker .......... Stevie Ames (recurring) (to be verified)
Colin Tapley .......... Inspector Parker (recurring)
Patrick Holt .......... Gibbons
Sandra Dorne .......... Jean Tracy
Ian Whittaker ......... Tom Wilson
Michael Argy .......... Paul
Norah Gordon .......... Mrs. Wilson
Vince Gibbons thinks of a way of disposing with his rich
cousin and putting the blame on Tommy Wilson. The plan works
well when Tommy admits to the crime giving Mark Saber a
difficult job of finding the truth.


3.xx [V-129] The Vise: Mark Saber: (season 1956-57)
starring Donald Gray/ Diana Decker
THE HOSTAGE [DD]
12Apr57 [us] ABC, Friday 9:30pm (original network airdate)
25Feb58 [uk] A-R London, Tuesday 6:10 pm
1Apr58 [uk] ATV Midlands, Tue
28Nov58 [uk] Granada, Fri
1May59 [uk] ATV Midlands (repeat)
30Jan59 [uk] Tyne-Tees, Mon
Written by Charles W. Peck Jr.
Directed by Richard Lester [TJ][DWMcG]
Cast:
Donald Gray ............. Mark Saber
Diana Decker ............ Stevie Ames (verified)
Dorothy Gordon .......... Alicia
Len Sharpe .............. Doorman
Ron Moody ............... Saverin
Olive Sloane ............ Mrs. Hawkins
Mark Saber does not usually respond to threats, but when an
unknown woman phones him and threatens to commit suicide unless
he calls round within half an hour, he feels it is his duty
to act. She takes Stevie hostage and gives Saber three hours
to find friend or she will kill Stevie.

3xx [V-130] The Vise: Mark Saber: (season 1956-57)
starring Donald Gray/ Diana Decker
THE PINK SCARF (possible aka - A Mask of Death - to be verifed)
© 1957 Copyright Year on Film
7Jun57 [us] ABC Friday 9:30pm (original network airdate)
no airdate for A-R London
22Apr58 [uk] ATV Midlands, Tue
27Nov58 [uk] Granada, Thur
Written by Brian Clemens
Directed by Ernest Morris [TJ][--]
Cast:
Donald Gray ............ Mark Saber
Diana Decker ........... Stevie Ames (Saber's assistant)
Patrick Holt ........... Alec Ware
Eleanor Fazan .......... Emma Ware
Sandra Dorne ........... Yvonne
Colin Tapley ........... Inspector (recurring)
Frank Henderson ........ Charles
Brenda Bennett ......... Salesgirl
Alec Whittaker ......... Thomson
Synopsis #1:
Emma Ware’s brother, Charles, discovers that his sister is
missing and calls in detective Mark Saber for help.(US TV Guide)
Synopsis #2
Alec Ware murders his wife in a fool-proof scheme that cannot
be detected. With over confidence he hires Mark Saber to find
the murderer. (UK)


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"The Vise: Mark Saber" finished on ABC Fridays 9:30pm   July 1957
It returned the following season moving from ABC to NBC
with a new title "Saber of London" NBC Fridays 7:30 pm


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