CTVA US Adventure - "Whirlybirds" (Desilu/CBS) Season 3 (1959-60)

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Season 3 (Syndicated) (1959-60)
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by:
Tom Alger, John King, Sal Crisanti, Ray, Rick Fine, Vince Marzo
J. Fred MacDonald <macfilms.com>   

references:
TV Guide / Library of Congress (telnet://locis.loc.gov)
Internet Movie Database (http://us.imdb.com)
UCLA Film and Television Archive / Writers Guild of America (wga)

############### Whirlybirds ##################
############# season 3 1959 ###############
############### (CBS Films) ##################
33 new episodes produced
Production numbers not known for season 3.
Most episodes listed in Airdate order on KHJ, Los Angeles

3.01 [79] Whirlybirds: GUILTY OF OLD AGE
Desilu prod. no. ? (LP# 13749) (21Mar59 copyright date)
Directed by Robert Altman
Guest Cast:
Wallace Ford (as Captain Morton)
Synopsis 1:
New and old methods of handling juvenile offenders come into violent
conflict as Chuck and P.T. become involved in a police department’s
attempt to modernize.
Synopsis 2:
While rescuing a teen-ager trapped in an overturned car, Chuck and
P.T. become involved in a robbery.
(Synd: 13Apr59 KHJ, Los Angeles)[JK]
(16Dec62 syndicated repeat, WFIE-14 Evansville, Indiana, Sunday 3:00pm)[TA]

3.02 [80] Whirlybirds: A MATTER OF TRUST
Desilu prod. no. 80 (LP# 13748) (9Apr59 copyright date)
Written by Ed Adamson & David Chandler
Directed by Robert Altman
Guest Cast:
Jeanette Nolan ........ Mrs. Dudley
Dick Kallman .......... Johnny
Arthur Batanides ...... Walt
Joe Greene ............ Mr Edgemont
Synopsis:
Chuck and P.T. had known Mrs. Dudley for years. They
obliged when she asked for a lift up to her summer
home, only to discover that the bank where Mrs. Dudley
worked had been robbed the night before.
(KHJ, Los Angeles airdate not known)
(UK airdate: 09Oct59 BBC Fri 5:15pm)

3.03 [81] Whirlybirds: CHRISTMAS IN JUNE
Desilu prod. no. ? (LP# 13751) (23Apr59 copyright date)
Directed by Robert Altman
Synopsis:
Chuck and P.T. get a strange request from a little girl to fly her
to the North Pole to get a “new daddy” for Christmas.
(Synd: 20Apr59 KHJ, Los Angeles)[JK]

3.04 [82] Whirlybirds: TILL DEATH DO US PART
Desilu prod. no. ? (LP# 15210) (23May59 copyright date)
Directed by Robert Altman
Synopsis:
Chuck and P.T. are contacted by phone to take a certain Mrs.
Forester to Mexico. But when they arrive at the Forester residence,
everyone denies having made the call.
(Airdate not known)

3.05 [83] Whirlybirds: TIME LIMIT
Desilu prod. no. ? (LP# 13750)(7May59 copyright date)
Directed by Robert Altman
Synopsis:
Chuck and P.T. get mixed up with a gang of safecrackers who
wear women's clothes to escape. They hire our boy's to transport
them to a fishing cabin.
(Synd: 4May59 KHJ, Los Angeles)[JK]

3.06 [84] Whirlybirds: EXPERIMENT X-74 (verified on film by RF)
Desilu prod. no. ? (LP# 13747)(16Apr59 copyright date)
Produced by John H. Auer
Written by Ed Adamson
Directed by Robert Altman
    Starring: Kenneth Tobey, Craig Hill, with: Nancy Hale
Guest Cast:
Robert Brubaker ........ Howard Keen
Malcom Atterbury ....... Conrad
(trivia:played Eben Kent in original episode of Superman w/George Reeves)
John Duke .............. Charles Hogan
Vince Williams ......... Col. Anderson
Michael St. Angel ...... George Wilton
Michael Hinn ........... Claude Gordon
Howard Culver .......... Carl Holmes
John Clarke ............ Frank Denson
Joe Perry .............. Hagen No 2
Synopsis:
Chuck is captured by a nest of spies while tracking down a stolen
Air Force experimental jet.
(11May59 KHJ, Los Angeles)[JK]
( 22Jun60, KOMO-4 Seattle, Washington, Wed 7:00pm)[TA]

3.07 [85] Whirybirds: HIS BROTHER'S KEEPER [verified -SC]
Desilu prod. no. ? (LP# 13753) (22May59 copyright date)
Directed By Harve Foster
Written By Ed Adamson
Guest Cast:
Ron Hagerthy ........... as Steve
Ken Lynch ........ as Lt. Anderson
Wally Cassell .......... as Ventura
Leonard Strong [SC] or Leonard Stone? ........as Carl Green
Dave Willock ........... as Fred
John Close ............. as Kernan
John Zaremba ........... as Capt. Wilson
Synopsis:
A dead police lieutenant's brother hires the Whirlybirds to help
him flush from hiding a mobster Who killed his brother.
(Synd: 18May59 KHJ, Los Angeles)[JK]

3.08 [86] Whirlybirds: OBSESSION
Desilu prod. no. ? (LP#15209)(20May59 copyright date)
Guest cast:
Paul Richards (as Ted Randolph)
Synopsis:
An unbalanced patient, Ted Randolph, overpowers his doctor and
assumes his identity for the purpose of committing murder.
(Synd: 25May59 KHJ, Los Angeles)[JK]

3.09 [87] Whirlybirds: THE CHALLENGE (verified -SC)
Desilu prod. no. ? (copyright date 4Jun59 /LP# 13752)
Directed By Robert Altman
Written By Jean Holloway
Guest Cast:
Tom Drake............as Dr.Clark Evans
Carl Benton Reid............as Dr.James Evans
Jean Howell............as Dorothy
Wendy Winkelman............as Penny
Robert Osborne............as Amestkeifst
Charlott Knight............as The Cleaning Woman
Synopsis:
Dr. Clark Evans secludes himself at a mountain retreat when one of his patients
dies in surgery. He doesn't believe a message that his daughter is afflicted
with the same disease his patient had.
(1Jun59 KHJ, Los Angeles)[JK]

3.10 [88] Whirlybirds: THE BIG LIE
Desilu prod. no. ? (LP# 15094)(18May59 copyright date)
Produced by John H. Auer
Teleplay by Jerry Adelman / Story by Jerry Adleman and James Landis
Directed by Robert Altman
Guest Cast:
Robert Eyer .......... Billy
Cece Whitney ......... Mrs. Frank
Ethel Waters ......... Sarah
James Seay ........... Headmaster
Rickie Sorensen ...... Kid
Synopsis:
A boy's tendency to tell lies about famous people leads to him to
an encounter with some small-time hoods. He is cured of his habit
after an adventure with Chuck and P.T.
(Synd: 8Jun59 KHJ, Los Angeles)[JK]
(Synd: 18Jun60, KVOS-12, Bellingham, Washington, Saturday 6:30pm)[TA]

3.11 [89] Whirlybirds: WITHOUT A NET
Desilu prod. no. ? (LP# 15097) (10Jun59 copyright date)
Written by Leonard Kay
Directed by Harve Foster
Director of Photography: Henry Cronjager
Film Editor: Ben H. Ray
Guest Cast:
Strother Martin ....... 'The Great Herman'
Darryl Hickman ......... Felix
Walter Sande ........... Clyde
Synopsis:
A circus high-wire comedian comes out of retirement and faces a
dramatic challenge to his shaky nerves.
(Synd: 15Jun59 KHJ, Los Angeles)[JK]

3.12 [90] Whirlybirds: THE FUGITIVE
Desilu prod. no.? (LP# 15098)(17Jun59 copyright date)
Synopsis:
A wedding anniversary celebration backfires when the husband
is arrested and taken to jail.
Possible Synopsis:
The Whirlybirds are hired to fly a couple to their
wedding anniversary vacation spot. They discover some
uninvited guests in the persons of the police.
(Synd: 22Jun59 KHJ, Los Angeles)[JK]

3.13 [91] Whirlybirds: THE PERFECT CRIME
Desilu prod. no. ? (LP# 15099) (24Jun59 copyright date)
Directed by Robert Altman
Guest Cast:
Edgar Buchanan (as Burton)
Ken Lynch (as Sheriff Jackson)
Synopsis:
A strange old man confesses to every major crime in town, including
a murder and a politically minded mayor orders him jailed, for his own
safekeeping. Chuck and P.T. have their hands full when lynch mobs start
to gather.
(Synd: 29Jun59 KHJ, Los Angeles)[JK]
(Repeated 26Aug63 on WUHF-18 Milwaukee, Wis., Monday 5:15pm)[TA]

3.14 [92] Whirlybirds: THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER
Desilu prod. no. ? (LP# 15100)(1Jul59 copyright date)
Directed by Robert Altman
Guest Cast:
Dennis Patrick (as Lloyd Sandler)
Synopsis:
A young woman who believes her husband to have died in Korea
plans to remarry. Shortly thereafter she receives a demand for
money for late husband. The husband "returns from the grave" to
plague his wife, who enlists the aid of the Whirlybirds.
(Synd: 6Jul59 KHJ, Los Angeles)[JK]

3.15 [93] Whirlybirds: TWO OF A KIND
Desilu prod. no. ? (LP# 15101) (8Jul59 copyright date)
Directed by Robert Altman
Guest Cast:
J. Carrol Naish
Synopsis:
A man who bears an uncanny resemblance to a condemned criminal
hires Chuck and P.T. for a helicopter trip.
(Synd: 13Jul59 KHJ, Los Angeles)[JK]

3.16 [94] Whirlybirds: IN WAYS MYSTERIOUS
Desilu prod. no. ? (LP# 15102) (15Jul59 copyright date)
Directed by Robert Altman
Guest Cast:
Harry Townes .......... Reverend Stone
Gail Kobe ............. Alice
Frank Maxwell ......... Len Malty 
Synopsis:
A disillusioned minister regains his religious faith when a
helicopter helps perform a 'miracle".
(Synd: 20Jul59 KHJ, Los Angeles)[JK]

3.17 [95] Whirlybirds: THE DEADLY GAME
Desilu prod. no. ? (LP# 15103)(22Jul59 copyright date)
Guest Cast:
Jolene Brand ......... Jackie Bryan
Ann Doran ............ Aunt Grace
Irving Bacon ......... Fred
Val Benedict ......... Bob
Synopsis:
The Whirlybirds run into a first-class mystery when all of
a young lady’s clues on a scavenger hunt prove to be deadly
booby traps.
(Synd: 27Jul59 KHJ, Los Angeles)[JK]

3.18 [96] Whirlybirds: BANKRUPT ALIBI
Desilu prod. no. ? (LP# 15104)(29Jul59 copyright date)
 Guest Cast:
Roger Perry ......... Bob Waters
Charles Lane ........ Larkin
Vinton Hayward ...... Mr. Garland
Philip Ober ......... Mr. Waters
George Eldredge? ..... Mr. Eldredge
Ann Morrison ........ Mrs: Eldredge
Synopsis:
A father commits a hit-and-run crime and persuades his son to
take the blame to save his reputation as a prominent citizen.
(Synd: 3Aug59 KHJ, Los Angeles)[JK]

3.19 [97] Whirlybirds: THE BLACK MARIA
Desilu prod. no. ? (LP# 15105) (5Aug59 copyright date)
Directed by Robert Altman
Guest Cast:
Sid Clute ........... Lt. Stone
Jeanne Bates ........ Myrna Hackett
Bruce Gordon ........ Tom Hackett
Majel Barrett ....... Nurse
Synopsis:
An escaped convict detours long enough to force his seriously ill wife
to leave the hospital and flee with him.
(Synd: 10Aug59 KHJ, Los Angeles)[JK]
(Repeated 28Aug63 on WUHF-18 Milwaukee, Wis., Wednesday at 5:15pm)[TA]

3.20 [98] Whirlybirds: SITTING DUCK
Desilu prod. no. ? (LP# 15106) (12Aug59 copyright date)
Directed by Robert Altman
Guest Cast:
Charles Aidman ....... Bud Stringer
Arthur Space ......... Sheriff
Gordon Polk .......... Lunchroom Man
Frank Faylen ......... Denfield
Synopsis:
While in the air, Chuck and P.T. see a woman being strangled near
an isolated farm house but on landing are unable to find the killer.
(Synd: 17Aug59 KHJ, Los Angleles)[JK]

3.21 [99] Whirlybirds: WANTED--ALIVE
Desilu prod. no. ? (LP# 15107) (19Aug59 copyright date)
Synopsis:
An overdue plane sets the Whirlybirds off on a desert search.
A murderer tries to make his crime look like an accident but he
forgets one small item.
(Synd: 24Aug59 KHJ, Los Angeles)[JK]

3.22 [100] Whirlybirds: THE DEACON
Desilu prod. no. ? (LP# 15108) (26Aug59 copyright date)
Guest Cast:
Melville Cooper ...... Deacon Barrington
Frank Ferguson ....... Sheriff
Lillian Bronson ...... Mrs. Wilkins
Nick Georgiade ....... Anders
Synopsis:
A glib-tongued deacon hires the Whirlybirds to transport him to a
preaching engagement in a nearby city. When some toughs threaten
the deacon at the airport, Chuck and P.T. begin to doubt his
integrity.
(Synd: 31Aug59 KHJ, Los Angeles)[JK]

3.23 [101] Whirlybirds: RITA AMES IS MISSING
Desilu prod. no. ? (LP# 15301)(29Mar59 copyright date)
Guest cast:
Suzanne Lloyd ......... Rita Ames
Michael Connors ....... Tom Grimaldi
Synopsis:
A publicity stunt that suddenly is for real lands a young movie
actress in a jam. Chuck and P.T. are hired to fly her to a
secret rendezvous to meet her fiancé.
(Synd: 7Sept59, KHJ, Los Angeles)[JK]

3.24 [102] Whirlybirds: THE STORY OF MARY SCOTT
Desilu prod. no. ? (LP# 15302)(27Sep59 copyright date)
Guest Cast:
Paul Richards (as Lee Buckman)
Synopsis:
A police lieutenant hires the Whirlybirds to help him explore
the past of a young girl who has committed suicide.
(Synd: 14Sept59 KHJ, Los Angeles)[JK]

3.25 [103] Whirlybirds: PINK IS FOR DEATH
Desilu prod. no. ? (LP# 15303) (4Oct59 copyright date)
Guest cast:
Edgar Stehli (as Amos Ambrose)
Synopsis:
Young Davey Richards mistakes a lethal poison for soda pop.
The police can’t locate the only man who knows the exact nature
of the poison.
(Synd: 21Sept59 KHJ, Los Angeles)[JK]
(Repeated 30Aug63 on WUHF-18 Milwaukee, Wis., Friday at 5:15pm)[TA]

3.26 [104] Whirlybirds: STAR WITNESS
Desilu prod. no. ? (LP# 15304) (11Oct59 copyright date)
****No Synopsis Available****
(Synd: 28Sept59 KHJ, Los Angeles)[JK]

3.27 [105] Whirlybirds: MR. JINX
Desilu prod. no. ? ( LP# 15305) (18Oct59 copyright date)
Synopsis:
Chuck and P.T. fly a newspaper reporter to an isolated hard-labor
camp and end up being wanted by the police.
(Synd: 5Oct59 KHJ, Los Angeles)[JK]
(Repeated 6Jun60, WJRT-12, Flint, Michigan, Monday at 6:30pm)[TA]

3.28 [106] Whirlybirds: FILE 777
Desilu prod. no. ? (LP# 15306) (25Oct59 copyright date)
Synopsis:
Chuck and P.T. refuse to give information to a tough-looking
man named Grimes about the whereabouts of Sydney Evans,
one of their customers. Grimes, later that night breaks into
the Whirlybirds' files.
(Synd: 12Oct59 KHJ, Los Angeles)[JK]
(Repeated 7Jun60, WJRT-12, Flint, Michigan, Tuesday at 6:30pm)[TA]

3.29 [107] Whirlybirds: HOT CARGO
Desilu prod. no. ? (LP# 15307) (1Nov59 copyright date)
Guest Cast:
Trevor Bardette (as Mr. Gridley)
Synopsis:
The father of a condemned boy vows to kill the governor. He hires
the Whirlybirds to take him to a fair where he can get some
aerial photos of the governor making a speech.
(Synd: 19Oct59 KHJ, Los Angeles)[JK]
(Repeated 8Jun60, WJRT-12, Flint, Michigan, Wednesday at 6:30pm)[TA]

3.30 [108] Whirlybirds: SHOOT OUT
Desilu prod. no. ? (LP# 15308) (9Nov59 copyright date)
Guest cast: Cecil Kellaway (as Cecil)
Synopsis:
A British-born rancher predicts his death to the Whirlybirds
and asks them to spread his ashes over a beautiful site in the
country after his death.
(Synd: 26Oct59 KHJ, Los Angeles) [JK]

3.31 [109] Whirlybirds: MAN, YOU KILL ME
Desilu prod. no. ? (LP# 15309)(15Nov59 copyright date)
Guest Cast:
Shecky Greene ........ Dizzy
Connie Hines ......... Cynthia (before "Mister Ed")
Lewis Charles ........ Lenny Drake
Synopsis:
A jazzman who has been chauffered to a nightclub date by
Whirlybirds is found murdered- Chuck and P.T. turn in the
logical suspect.
(Synd: 2Nov59 KHJ, Los Angeles) [JK]

3.32 [110] Whirlybirds: DEAD WRONG
Desilu prod. no. ? (LP# 15310) (22Nov59 copyright date)
 Guest Cast:
James Franciscus ...... Jerry Lambert and Tom Drake
Jean Allison .......... Lorraine
Brett King ............ Mike
Synopsis:
A waitress serves a man who looks exactly like her boy friend,
a bank robber on the lam. She plots to turn him over to the
police.
(Synd: 9Nov59 KHJ, Los Angeles)[JK]

3.33 [111] Whirlybirds: FOUR LITTLE INDIANS (final episode)
Desilu prod. no. ? (LP# 15311) (13Jan60 copyright date)
 Guest Cast:
Charles Aidman ........ Kagan
Donna Douglas ......... Girl (before "The Beverly Hillbillies")
Richard Arlen ......... Chris Blake
John Agar ............ Danny Flynn
Synopsis:
An escaped convict has vowed to kill the four people who sent
him up, including Chuck and P.T.
(Synd: 18Jan60 KHJ, Los Angeles)[JK]

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?5 Whirlybirds: (unknown title, probably late 3rd season)
A man recently acquitted of murdering his wife hires
the Whirlybirds to fly him to his country estate. They
become suspicious when he takes his beautiful secretary along.

?6 Whirlybirds: (unknown title, probably late 3rd season)
While aiding the U.S. Army in air reconnaissance,
Chuck and P.T. attempt to apprehend a ring of informers.

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