CTVA Adventure - "Straightaway" (ABC)(1961-62) starring Brian Kelley & John Ashley

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Straightaway (1961-62)
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by:
John King,  Rina Fox
references:
Library of Congress (telnet://locis.loc.gov)
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UCLA Film and Television Archive

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STRAIGHTAWAY (working title: "The Racers")
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Racer Productions
for
ABC (Fridays 7:30pm EST)(fall 1961)(eps 1-13)
ABC (Wednesdays)(early 1962) (eps 14-26)
(beset with production problems - 3 producers were involved, before the
series was televised)
Produced by Josef Shaftel (4th producer)

US Action Adventure series 1961-62 26 episodes x 30 min bw
6Oct61-4Jul62
starring
Brian Kelly as Scott Ross
John Ashley as Clipper Hamilton

Premise:
The exploits of Scott Ross and Clipper Hamilton, two racing car designers
and owners of the "Straightaway Garage", as they become involved in the
world of professional car racing.

Music composed by Maynard Ferguson

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 ABC (Fridays 7:30pm EST)(fall 1961)(eps 1-13)
ABC (Wednesdays)(early 1962) (eps 14-26)

1.1 [--] Straightaway: THE LEATHER DOLLAR
06Oct61 ABC Fri
Guest cast:
Luther Adler ...... Manager
Bobby Blake ....... Chu Chu (Robert Blake)
Synopsis:
A young boxer is sponsored by Scott and Clipper. [RF]
Synopsis 2:
A boxer's manager bets on his fighter's opponent. [RF]

1.2 [--] Straightaway: THE TIN CAESAR
13Oct61 ABC Fri
Producer Josef Shaftel
Written by Elliot West
Directed by Byron Paul
Director of photography Gene Polito
Music, Maynard Ferguson & his orchestra
Guest cast:
Neville Brand ..... Sheriff Bardeen
Whit Bissell ...... Covey
Jess Kirkpatrick... Keegan
Hank Patterson .... Parker
William Fawcett
Stewart Bradley
Sam Edwards
Bill Bixby
Synopsis:
Clipper picks ups a hitchhiker, drops him off at a gas station, and
goes on his way. The next day Sheriff Bardeen arrests Clipper: the gas
station owner has been murdered and described Clipper's car with his dying
words. [RF]
Synopsis 2:
Clipper is charged with murder when the victim identifies his car just
before dying. [RF]

1.3 [--] Straightaway: THE NOBLES OBLIGE
20Oct61 ABC Fri
Guest cast:
Pat De Simone ..... Martell
Chris Robinson .... Harkey
Synopsis:
Scott and Clipper get involved in a feud between two murderous hot-rod
gangs. [RF]

1.4 [--] Straightaway: HEAT WAVE
27Oct61 ABC Fri
Guest cast:
Malcolm Atterbury.. Fred
James Westerfield.. Harry Block
Jim Hayward ....... Al
Roy Barcroft ...... Man
James Rawley ...... Clerk
Stanja Lowe ....... Shirley
Synopsis:
Scott and Clipper pick up a hitchhiker called Harry Block in
Carson, Nevada. [RF]
Synopsis 2:
Scott and Clipper offer a hitchhiker a lift---and that's when their
troubles start. [RF]

1.5 [--] Straightaway: DIE LAUGHING
03Nov61 ABC Fri
Guest cast:
Jack Klugman ...... Buddy Conway
Scott Marlowe ..... Les
Frank London ...... Ziggy
Lisabeth Hush ..... Connie
Synopsis:
Night-club comedian Buddy Conway earns his living making people laugh.
But Buddy's son Les is not amused: he's convinced that Buddy was
responsible for his mother's death. [RF]
Synopsis 2:
Comedian Buddy Conway, gets laughs from everyone but his own son. The
youngster holds Buddy responsible for his mother's death. [RF]

1.6 [--] Straightaway: THE HEIST
10Nov61 ABC Fri
Guest cast:
Peter Whitney ..... Sam Cook
Gavin MacLeod ..... Orange
Richard Bakalyan .. Mike
Rita Duncan ....... Myra
Robert Carricart .. Louie
Synopsis:
Sam Cook and his gang of thieves have the perfect hide-out: the
Straightaway Garage. [RF]

1.7 [--] Straightaway: THE STRANGER
17Nov61 ABC Fri
Guest cast:
Bethel Leslie ..... Jeanne
Kevin Hagen ....... Frazer
John Chandler ..... Stranger
Arvid Nelson ...... Davies
Bob Hoffman ....... Clay
Patricia O'Neal (not listed? possible mistake?)
Synopsis:
Scott's friend Jeanne has been receiving threatening phone calls. [RF]

1.8 [--] Straightaway: THE RACER AND THE LADY
Prod. no. 1647
24Nov61 ABC Fri
Guest cast:
Joan Tabor ........ Patrice Hartley
Gustavo Rojo ...... Salamanca
Synopsis:
Scott and Clipper decide to enter their racer in the Grand Prix. [RF]
Synopsis 2:
An heiress wants to buy Scott and Clipper's racer at any cost. [RF]

1.9 [--] Straightaway: PLEDGE A NIGHTMARE
01Dec61 ABC Fri
Guest cast:
Michael Parks ..... Donald Stafford
Ron Kennedy ....... George
John Brinkley ..... Larry
John Mauldin ...... Steve
Synopsis:
One night Scott and Clipper leave the garage open so that Don Stafford,
a student at a nearby college, can pick up his car. The next morning
the car's still there - and there's a dead body on the floor. [RF]
Synopsis 2:
A student's car is found with the corpse of a child in it. [RF]

1.10 [--] Straightaway: THE SPORTSCAR BREED
Racer Prod. no. 1652
08Dec61 ABC Fri
Guest cast:
Diana Dors
Irwin Berke ....... Charlie
Synopsis:
A sexy photographer sets her sights on Scott. [RF]

1.11 [--] Straightaway: A TOAST TO YESTERDAY
15Dec61 ABC Fri (29Dec61 ABC Fri tvguide)
Guest cast:
Gloria Swanson .... Lorraine Carrington
Kay Stewart ....... Janet Wilson
John Zaccaro ...... Sgt. Harris
Sue Winton ........ Liz
Synopsis:
Aging Movie Star Lorraine Carrington has a couple of drinks in a quiet
night club, and then drives home. The next morning there is evidence
that her car was involved in a fatal hit and run accident. [RF]

1.12 [--] Straightaway: TROUBLESHOOTER
Racer Prod. no. 1650
22Dec61 ABC Fri
Guest cast:
Myrna Fahey ....... Angela
Ron Hagerthy ...... Dowd
Asa Maynor ........ Dixie
Larry Blake ....... Charlie
Frank Wilcox ...... Jennings
Synopsis:
Scott and an attractive test driver vie for an important contract. [RF]

1.13 [--] Straightaway: THE BRIBE
29Dec61 ABC Fri
Guest cast:
John Considine .... Chick
Nina Shipman ...... Laurie
Ralph Manza ....... Eddie
Joey Faye ......... Kinette
Jerry La Zarre .... Rande
Sam Balter ........ Sportscaster
Synopsis:
Crooks kidnap a basketball star's wife to force him to throw a game. [RF]

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Moves from Fridays to Wednesdays on ABC
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1.14 [--] Straightaway: THE LAST CHANCE
Racer Prod. no. 1653
10Jan62 ABC Wed
Guest cast:
Robert Strauss .... Peppard
Synopsis:
Scott and Clipper befriend a once great racing driver whose drinking
ended his career. [RF]

1.15 [--] Straightaway: A MOMENT IN THE SUN
17Jan62 ABC Wed (rerun 30May62 ABC Wed)
Guest cast:
Robert Blake ..... Paul
Adrianne Ellis ... Jennifer
Henry Corden ..... Gabe
Synopsis:
Scott and Clipper introduce a girl called Jennifer to Paul, a young man with
money to burn and charm to spare. Jennifer is impressed by Paul's tales of
his aristocratic background, but Scott wonders why Paul never pays his
bills in cash. [RF]

1.16 [--] Straightaway: THE DRAG STRIP
Racer Prod. no. 1651
24Jan62 ABC Wed
Guest cast:
Richard Miles ..... Vernon
James Bonnet ...... Dennis
Asa Maynor ........ Dixie
Synopsis:
Scott and Clipper are caught in the middle of a feud when they help a
rich lad build a racing car. [RF]

1.17 [--] Straightaway: CROSSROAD
31Jan62 ABC Wed
Guest cast:
Mario Rocuzzo ..... Molina
Michael Pagan ..... Tony
Roxane Berard ..... Rena
Lew Gallo
Synopsis:
Scott and Clipper hire a young man with a police record, unaware his
friend has plans for a bank holdup. [RF]

1.18 [--] Straightaway: SOUNDS OF FURY
07Feb62 ABC Wed
Guest cast:
Mary Tyler Moore
Robert F. Simon ... Venable
Ric Roman ......... Greiger
William Pullen .... Coulter
Synopsis:
A girl is abducted in front of Scott and Clipper's garage. [RF]

1.19 [--] Straightaway: ESCAPE TO DARKNESS
14Feb62 ABC Wed
Guest cast:
William Bramley ... Bracken
Bennye Gatteys .... Jill
Synopsis:
A girl who escaped from a mental home asks for help: someone is trying
to kill her. [RF]

1.20 [--] Straightaway: TIGER BY THE TAIL
Racer Prod. no. 1648
21Feb62 ABC Wed
Guest cast:
Eddie Foy III
Asa Maynor ........ Dixie
Merry Anders ...... Barbara
Robert Burton ..... Foster
Synopsis:
Scott and Clipper reluctantly hire an arrogant young know-it-all, who
immediately takes over. [RF]

1.21 [--] Straightaway: THE LEDGE
28Feb62 ABC Wed
Guest cast:
Leo Penn .......... Tremaine
Ken Lynch ......... Webster
Maura McGiveney ... Doris
Ben Wright ........ Garth
Synopsis:
An old army buddy who hasn't fully recovered from combat wounds yet
asks Scott to teach him to drive again. [RF]

1.22 [--] Straightaway: THE LONGEST NIGHT
Racer Prod. no. 1655
07Mar62 ABC Wed
Guest cast:
Paul Richards
Cece Whitney ..... Lila
George C. Sawaya.. Corman
Hugh Sanders ..... Borden
Roy Wright ....... Corder
Synopsis:
Scott and Clipper's garage harbors an escaped killer. [RF]

1.23 [--] Straightaway: FULL CIRCLE
14Mar62 ABC Wed
Guest cast:
Stuart Erwin ...... Muley Burke
Howard Caine ...... Carson
Synopsis:
Muley Burke, who has just been released from a sanitarium, shows up at
the garage and asks the boys for a job. [RF]

1.24 [--] Straightaway: THE CRAZIEST RACE IN TOWN
Racer Prod. no. 1649
21Mar62 ABC Wed
Guest cast:
Stanley Clements
Barbara Bain ...... Melody
Asa Maynor ........ Dixie
Don Beddoe ........ Lectus
Larry Blake ....... Charlie
Synopsis:
The boys have a special engine built for an important race but their
competition thinks it quaint and funny. [RF]

1.25 [--] Straightaway: TO CLIMB STEEP HILLS
28Mar62 ABC Wed
Guest cast:
Paul Carr
Evan McNeil ....... Judy
Jay Adler ......... Berry
Arline Hunter ..... Chris
Sam Balter ........ Announcer
Synopsis:
A headstrong actor insists on racing cars---to the consternation of his
wife and studio. [RF]

1.26 [--] Straightaway: THE HOAX (final episode)
04Apr62 ABC Wed
Guest cast:
Myrna Hansen ...... Jill
Tod Andrews ....... Montrose
Dolores Quentin ... Alice
Jack Shea ......... Bouncer
Isobel Elsom ...... Mrs. Courtney
Synopsis:
Scott tries to free a young heiress who has fallen under the influence
of a charlatan. [RF]

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Spring/Summer Reruns ABC Wednesdays (11Apr62-04Jul62)
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30May62 - rerun of #1.15 "A Moment in the Sun" (first aired 17Jan62)

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