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aka "Award Theatre"
 Season 2 (NBC) (1958-59)
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by: 
Sal Crisanti, Jim Brent, Rina Fox, Mark Young
references:
TV Guide / Library of Congress (telnet://locis.loc.gov)
Internet Movie Database (http://us.imdb.com)
UCLA Film and Television Archive


############ Alcoa-Goodyear Theatre ##########
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Screen Gems - Briskin Productions
Half-hour format
NBC Mondays 9:30-10:00 pm
"Alcoa Theatre" alternated with "Goodyear Theatre"
under the umbrella title "Award Theatre"

 

2.01 [--] Alcoa-Goodyear Theatre: THE CHAIN AND THE RIVER

22Sep1958

guest stars

Paul Douglas ....... Sam

Patty McCormack ....... Gussie

Maurine McCormack ....... Mary

 

2.02  [--] Alcoa-Goodyear Theatre: THE TOWN BUDGET

29Sep1958  (rerun 27Jul59)
guest stars
James Whitmore ...... Earl Sherwood
Marilyn Erskine ..... Fran Sherwood
O.Z. Whitehead ...... Andy
Arthur Batanides .... Frankie
Timothy Carey ....... Jonas
Synopsis:
Two fleeing criminals stop in a small town to have their car repaired. The townspeople,

 however, are unprotected. Their policeman has just sent in his letter of resignation. [RF]
 

2.03 [--] Alcoa-Goodyear Theatre: STRANGE OCCURRENCE AT ROKESAY

06Oct1958

guest stars

John Kerr ....... Flight Lt. Upton

Tom Helmore ....... Commanding Officer

Patrick Macnee ....... Sgt. Shaw

Synopsis:
A British Royal Air Force officer assigned to the control tower at

an important military airfield in England. [RF]

 

2.04 [--] Alcoa-Goodyear Theatre: LAZARUS WALKS AGAIN

Screen Gems Prod. no. 3045

13Oct1958

written by David Swift

guest stars

Eddie Albert ....... Calvin Lazarus

Parley Baer ...... Roger Blake

Barbara Darrow ....... Oma Jean

Staats Cotsworth ........ Franklin Staimes

James McCallion ....... Barber

Gil Rankin ....... Marshal

 

2.05 [--] Alcoa-Goodyear Theatre: COAST TO COAST

20Oct1958

guest stars

Cornel Wilde ....... Damon Phillips

Whitney Blake ....... Liza Perry

Kay Stewart ....... Lillian

Synopsis:

The day before his marriage to actress Liza Perry, Hollywood director Damon Phillips

learns that his ex-wife Lillian is in town. Panic-stricken, Damon is convinced

that Lillian intends to blackmail him because he stole some money from her. [RF]

 

2.06 [--] Alcoa-Goodyear Theatre: OFFICE PARTY

27Oct1958

written by Adrian Spies

guest stars

Paul Richards ....... Paul Dolan

Nancy Kelly ....... Martha Dolan

Joseph Mell ....... Mr. Gordon

Christine White ....... Mae

Synopsis:
Martha Dolan, an extremely efficient office manager of a large company,

has held her position for many years. Though she has told her co-workers that

her husband is also a business success, the opposite is true. [RF]

 

2.07 [--] Alcoa-Goodyear Theatre: THE SPY

Screen Gems Prod. no. 3057

03Nov1958

written by David Swift

story by Irving Schiffer

directed by Boris Sagal

guest stars

Gig Young ....... Herman Worth

Everett Sloane ...... Peter Fenton

Joan Tompkins ....... Sarah

Walter Coy ....... Dr. Basehart

Theodore Marcuse ....... Rence

Ralph Clanton

Helen Wallace

Edwin Jerome

Synopsis:

Peter Fenton is a Communist agent working in this country as a civil engineer.

 He is convinced he will be promoted to a position that will give him access to

 important secret documents. Then Fenton learns that a younger man has been

appointed to the post and he schemes to have the other man branded as a spy. [RF]

 

2.08 [--] Alcoa-Goodyear Theatre: GUY IN WARD 4 

10Nov1958

Written by Paul Monash

guest stars

Richard Kiley ..... Captain Josiah Newman

Charles Aidman ..... Alvarado

Eddie Ryder ..... Jim Thompkins

Keith Vincent ..... Briscoe

Michael Vandever ..... Patient

Synopsis:
An overworked psychiatrist is treating airmen at a military hospital

 in England during World War II. [RF]

 

2.09 [--] Alcoa-Goodyear Theatre: EDDIE

17Nov1958

Producer William Froug

Directed by Jack Smight (Emmy for directing)

Written by Alfred Brenner & Ken Hughes (Emmy for writing)

guest stars

Mickey Rooney ..... Eddie (Emmy nomination)

Synopsis:
Eddie is a small-time crook faced with a big problem. He owes $1000 to

hoodlum Joe Crowley and has only a few hours to come up with the money to repay

the debt or be killed. Now, cornered in his room, Eddie tries frantically to raise the money.

 He begins making call after call in an attempt to sell everything he can to get the

 money before six o'clock.
*Note: There were no other roles cast in this episode only Mickey Rooney.

 

2.10 [--] Alcoa-Goodyear Theatre: THE FIRST STAR

24Nov1958

Script by Arnold Peyser & Lois Peyser
Directed by Robert Ellis Miller
guest stars

Janet Blair ....... Lily Adair

Paul Stewart ....... Don Peters

John Cassavetes ...... Tony Benedetti

Irene Tedrow ....... Mrs. Peters

James Todd ....... Ed Connell

Gary Crutcher ....... Accident Witness

 

2.11 [--] Alcoa-Goodyear Theatre: THE REWARD

Screen Gems Prod. no. 4469

31Nov1958

written by David Swift

(R. Donovan, N. Cowley, P. Chantley)
*no details

 

2.12 [--] Alcoa-Goodyear Theatre: POINTS BEYOND

08Dec1958

Producer James Fonda
Teleplay by David Swift
Story by Jack Finney
Directed by Robert Ellis Miller
guest stars

Sterling Hayden ....... Lt. Charley Ewell

Julie Adams ....... Marion Ewell

Raymond Greenleaf ...... Mr. Hoonrath

Joseph Holland ..... Visitor

Roy Engel
Jack Carol

 

2.13 [--] Alcoa-Goodyear Theatre: CURTAIN CALL

15Dec1958

guest stars

Jackie Cooper ...... Chris Shade

Barry Atwater ...... Dr. Aiken

Donald Randolph ...... Roscoe Hammond

 

2.14 [--] Alcoa-Goodyear Theatre: THE DARK FILE

22Dec1958

guest stars

Patricia Breslin ...... June Dunlap

Lin McCarthy ...... Mark McGrath

Kim Hunter ...... Stephanie Heldman

Robert Burton ....... Sam Dunlap

Synopsis:
A psychiatrist's widow tries to win the affection of the

 fiance of her husband's former patient. [RF]

 

2.15 [--] Alcoa-Goodyear Theatre: COOGAN'S REWARD

29Dec1958

Producer Winston O'Keefe

guest stars

Tony Randall ........ Willie Coogan

Robert Gist ....... Ben Moore

Roxanne Berard ...... Jeannine

Alan Dexter ...... Dan Ferraghty

Chet Stratton ...... Sol Iverson

Jason Wingreen ....... Gene Vermeth

Jerry Barclay ....... Private Cully Washburn

Alan Carney ....... Corporal Konstanti

Synopsis:
The story of Willie Coogan, a World War II combat correspondent

who dislikes covering the war in the field.
*Syndication rerun on Vacation Playhouse 20Aug65.

 

2.16 [--] Alcoa-Goodyear Theatre: HIGH CLASS TYPE OF MONGREL

Screen Gems Prod. no. 4402

05Jan1959

written by David Swift

guest stars

Jack Carson ....... Bert Kennedy

Leora Dana ...... Janet Kennedy

Phil Tead ...... Jack MacRoberts

Stephen Wootton ....... Badger O'Bannion

James Bell ....... Judge Harrison

 

2.17 [--] Alcoa-Goodyear Theatre: AFTERNOON OF THE BEAST

12Jan1959

Producer Winston O'Keefe
Teleplay by Paul Monash
Story by Charles Beaumont
Directed by Robert Ellis Miller

guest stars

Keenan Wynn ....... Manuel Carrega

Nestor Paiva ...... Don Alfredo Ferrer

Rafael Campos ...... Rafael Jalisco

Miriam Colon ....... Maria Carrega
Robert Carricart
Howard Caine

 

2.18 [057] Alcoa-Goodyear Theatre: A LONDON AFFAIR
19Jan1959
guest stars
Ray Milland ........ Binyon
Gia Scala .......... Giovanna
Dayton Lummis ...... Lord Meredith
Jack Raine ......... Henry
Synopsis:
Giovanna, a woman from a gentle background, attempts to steal a wallet,

 but is not quite successful. She persuades her victim not to turn her in but,

instead, to grant her a few free days to visit the daughter she had deserted years before. [RF]

2.19 [058] Alcoa-Goodyear Theatre: THIRTY PIECES OF SILVER
Screen Gems Prod.
26Jan1959
Produced by James Fonda
Script Leo Lehman
Directed by Robert Ellis Miller
Script Contributor Howard Rodman
guest stars
Robert Ellenstein .... Weiss
Jo Van Fleet ....... Mrs. Weiss
George Voskovec .... Mr. Carapoco
Michael Fox ........ Mr. Hammeker
Miriam Goldina
Lee Kinsolving
Synopsis:
The German government offers money to a survivor of the concentration camps

and she finds out that her husband was a collaborator. [RF]
 

2.20 [--] Alcoa-Goodyear Theatre: GOODBYE JOHNNY

Screen Gems Prod. no. 4502

02Feb1959

Producer William Froug
Written by Leonard Freeman
Directed by David Swift
Director of photography Fred Jackman Jr.
guest stars

Cliff Robertson ...... Johnny

Harold J. Stone ...... Tony Busso

Douglas Fowley ...... Pop

Sandy Kenyon
John Indrisano
Liz Slifer
Synopsis:
A boxer's last chance to finally hit the big time is short lived. [RF]

 

2.21 [--] Alcoa-Goodyear Theatre: SUCCESS STORY

09Feb1959

guest stars

Jim Backus ....... Jim Cannaday

Virginia Gregg ....... Fay Lantry

Robert Sampson ...... Paul McDermott

Carolyn Kearney ...... Kitty Lantry

 

2.22 [--] Alcoa-Goodyear Theatre: CORPORAL HARDY

Screen Gems Prod.
16Feb1959 (rerun 29Jun59)
Producer James Fonda
Written by Stirling Silliphant
From a story by Richard Ely Danielson
Directed by Joseph H. Lewis
Director of Photography Fred Jackman Jr.
guest stars

Lew Ayres ...... Nathan Hardy

Tyler MacDuff  ...... Captain Armstrong

William Lundmark ...... Ezra Armstrong

James Anderson ...... Confederate Captain

Walter Coy ...... Confederate General

Synopsis:
An old soldier reminisces about his Civil War heroics.
*EMMY nominated for Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography

 

2.23 [--] Alcoa-Goodyear Theatre: A GOOD NAME

23Feb1959

guest stars

Edward G. Robinson ...... Harry Harper

Lee Philips ...... Vince Harper

Parley Baer ...... Walter Brodsky

Jacqueline Scott ...... Ann Harper

 

2.24 [--] Alcoa-Goodyear Theatre: MAN OF HIS HOUSE

02Mar1959

Written by Howard Rodman

Directed by Walter Grauman

guest stars

Agnes Moorehead ..... Mrs. Adams

Brandon de Wilde ...... George Adams

John Anderson ...... Virgil Merryman

Helen Conrad ...... Mrs. Merryman

Read Morgan ...... Ed

Eve McVeagh ...... Miss Bellows

William Fawcett ...... Cookie

Don Grady ...... Mason

 

2.25 [--] Alcoa-Goodyear Theatre: OF MISSING PERSONS

Screen Gems Prod. no. 4443

09Mar1959

written by David Swift

 

 [--] Alcoa-Goodyear Theatre: THE OBERNAUF STORY

16Mar1959  postponed to 13Apr1959

 

 [--] Alcoa-Goodyear Theatre: no details

23Mar1959

 

2.27 [066] Alcoa-Goodyear Theatre: A SWORD FOR MARIUS
30Mar1959
guest stars
James Mason ........ Marius
Fabrizio Mioni ..... Ramon De Parma
Jacqueline Ravell .. Lenore Marius
Antony Eustrel ..... Mr. Granier
Synopsis:
Marius fled from his homeland years ago and has become an instructor of philosophy and fencing at a private school in Switzerland. One of his pupils is the son of the dictator of Marius's native land. [RF]

 

2.28 [067] Alcoa-Goodyear Theatre: TEN MILES TO DOOMSDAY 

06Apr1959

guest stars

Keith Andes ...... Major Linc Willet

Jeff Richards ....... Lt. Dave Hirsh

 

2.29 [068] Alcoa-Goodyear Theatre: THE OBERNAUF STORY
13Apr1959 (rerun 03Aug59)
guest stars
Kerwin Mathews ..... Lieutenant James Edward Obenauf
Herbert Anderson ... Major Joseph B. Maxwell
Douglas Odney ...... Major Jim Graves
Synopsis:
A B-47 once fell apart at 32,000 feet, and the men in it were moved to extraordinary action. [RF]
*Re-creation of the true story.

From TIME magazine article:
With admirable attention to the truth, the Goodyear Theater (NBC)

presented The Obenauf Story, the heroic accomplishment of Lieut. James Edward Obenauf,

 who saved himself, a fellow officer and a $2,000,000 airplane when he landed a crippled

six-jet B-47 at Dyess Air Force Base near Abilene, Texas (TIME, May 12).

As Obie, the young father, Actor Kerwin Mathews was at first quietly convincing.

Later, when Obenauf found himself at 34,000 feet in command of a burning plane,

all the rest of the crew except a navigator bailed out—and the navigator dying

of hypoxia—Mathews was embarrassingly frightened. He was a phrenetic caricature

of the real-life lieutenant, the professional flyer who said when he got home,

 "You're so numb, I don't think there's any fear at all. You're just numb."
But the slipstream knifing through the battered B-47 cockpit was bitterly convincing.

 Obie's agony as he tried to open his eyes against the blinding force was

painfully evident. And if old airmen winced when the flight control officer

yammered and yelled into the tower microphone, broke in on the G.C.A. operator

in hammy confusion, the G.C.A. operator himself was superbly true to life. Calm,

 careful, his every tone reassuring and reliable, he was just the man to bring a pilot home.

* The true Lieut. Obenauf was surely willing to overlook the utterly silly last lines

 that the show put in his mouth: "Hey, I gotta pick up all that baby stuff from the Maxwells'."

In real life, temporarily blinded though he was, he had jumped from the plane

and run until someone tackled him. [TM]

 

2.30 [--] Alcoa-Goodyear Theatre: GIRLS ABOUT TOWN

20Apr1959

guest stars

Mamie Van Doren ........ Maybelle Perkins
Gale Robbins ........... Lacey Sinclair
Virginia Field ......... Charlotte 'Jo' Dunning
Synopsis 1:
Jo and Lacey determine to save naive Maybelle Perkins from the wilds of big-city life. [RF]
Synopsis 2:
They're Maybelle "The Shape" Perkins, Lacey "The Face" Sinclair and Charlotte

"The Brain" Dunning. They've arrived in the big city in search of fame and fortune

and husbands. They encounter the usual problems and some unusual men. [RF]

*Note: Syndication airing on "Comedy Spot" 30Aug60, with syndicated title "Meet the Girls".

 

2.31 [--] Alcoa-Goodyear Theatre: A LIGHT IN THE FRUIT CLOSET

27Apr1959 (rerun 17Aug59)
Based on the novel by Eric Hodgins
guest stars
Steve Dunne ............ Jim Blandings
Maggie Hayes ........... Muriel Blandings
Jacklyn O'Donnell ...... Betsy
Charles Seel ........... Eph
Trudi Ziskind .......... Joan
Synopsis:
Now that Jim Blandings has seen his dream house built, he is prepared to

spend his spare time keeping it in repair. When his wife Muriel wants a light

 in the cellar fruit closet, Jim, a determined do-it-yourself man, decides to tackle the project. [RF]
*Note: A sequel to the book and movie "Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House".
 

2.32 [--] Alcoa-Goodyear Theatre: THE SLIGHTLY FALLEN ANGEL

04May1959 (rerun 10Aug59)

guest stars

Walter Slezak ....... Finch

Lee Bergere ........ Stan Gorman

David White ........ Mills

Elizabeth Watts ....... Mrs. Edwards

Reynolds Evans ........ Mr. Edwards

Synopsis:

Young Johnny Gorman makes a wish on a star to be reunited with his father,

who is in jail. Johnny's wish is heard and Finch, an angel who entered

Heaven on a clerical error, is assigned the task of carrying it out. [RF]

 

2.33 [--] Alcoa-Goodyear Theatre: I REMEMBER CAVIAR

11May1959 (rerun 31Aug59)

guest stars

Patricia Crowley ........ Maggie Barrett

Lurene Tuttle ....... Caroline Randall

Jack Mulhall ....... Lister

Elliott Reid ....... Eric Randall

Synopsis:
When the head of the household dies and leaves no money for food

and maintenance, the butler comes through like a blueblood. [RF]

 

2.34 [--] Alcoa-Goodyear Theatre: BOYDEN VS. BUNTY

(aka Dear Mom, Dear Dad)

18May1959

Written by George W. George & Judy George
guest stars

Bert Convy ...... Galen Lawrence

Robert Trumbull ....... Bunty Perkins

Kathy Reed ...... Amy Porter

Jimmy Bates ...... Bill Davidson

Raymond Bailey ....... the Dean

Madge Blake ...... Auntie

Helen Kleeb .... Woman

 

2.35 [--] Alcoa-Goodyear Theatre: WAIT TIL SPRING

25May1959

guest stars

Jeanne Crain ....... Lila Babrek Barnes

John Lupton ...... Dr. Johnny Bond

Harvey Stephens ...... Dr. Weiss

Alice Frost ...... Nurse Wheeler

 

2.36 [--] Alcoa-Goodyear Theatre: MEDALS FOR HARRY

01Jun1959

Script by Gene Piller
Teleplay by Stirling Silliphant
Directed by Robert Ellis Miller
guest stars

Eddie Ryder ...... Harry Russell

Ruta Lee ...... Emily Meadows

Alex Nicol ....... George Hadley

Guy Stockwell

Ron Foster

 

2.37 [--] Alcoa-Goodyear Theatre: CRISTABEL

08Jun1959

Written by Mel Shavelson

Based on a story by James Thurber

Directed by James Sheldon

guest stars

Arthur O'Connell ....... John Monroe

Georgeann Johnson ...... Ellen Monroe

Susan Gordon ...... Lydia

Charles Herbert ...... Charlie

Dabbs Greer ....... Policeman

Synopsis:

Monroe refuses to allow his daughter Lydia to have a dog, only to have the dog,

 Cristabel, die after he relents.

Synopsis 2:

James Thurber's story Christabel, about a little girl whose dog eats

all the heads off the asparagus in daddy's suburban garden. [RF]
Note:

* This show was actually the unsold pilot for a series to have been called

The Secret Life of John Monroe, based on the works of James Thurber.

Ten years later the writer of this show would create My World and Welcome to It ,

also based on Thurber's works, and the show's fourth episode would also

 be called "Cristabel" and would have basically the same

plot and characters as this program. [DM]

 

2.38 [--] Alcoa-Goodyear Theatre: THE BEST WAY TO GO

15Jun1959

guest stars

Gary Merrill ...... Dick Bowen

William Swan ...... Jim Miller

Hugh Lawrence ...... Wilson

Jay C. Flippen ...... Donovan

Frank Maxwell ....... Anders

Jason Wingreen ....... Hirsh

Joseph Sonessa ........ Skipper Brown

 

 [--] Award theatre: Geritol Adventure Showcase: THE SILENT KILL
Screen Gems, Inc.
11Aug59 copyright date

airdate unknown

guest stars
Richard Deacon
Ken Clark
Randy Shannon
Richard Stewart

 [--] Award theatre: Geritol Adventure Showcase: DOCTOR MIKE
Screen Gems, Inc.
18Aug59 copyright date

(aka Dr. Mike)

(pilot for a proposed medical series)
Producer Harold Greene
Written by John Kneubuhl
Directed by Oscar Rudolph
guest stars
Keith Andes ........ Dr. Michael Grant
Lewis Martin ....... Dr. Sam Talbert
Mary Adams ......... Mary Barker
Joe De Santis ...... Alex Bartos
Greta Granstedt .... Anna Bartos


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