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 Season 2 (NBC) (1956-57)
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by:  Rina Fox
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)


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NBC Sundays 9:00-10:00pm ET 

Alternating with Goodyear TV Playhouse (season 6) (NBC) (1956-57)

 

2.01 [--] The Alcoa Hour: FLIGHT INTO DANGER

16-Sep-1956 NBC Sun

Produced by Phillip Barry Jr.
written by Arthur Hailey
Directed by Herbert Hirschman
guest stars
Patricia Barry ....... Stewardess
Macdonald Carey ...... George Spencer
Geoffrey Horne ....... Treleaven
Liam Redmond ......... Dr. Baird
John Drainie ......... Harry Burdick
Felix Deebank ........ Pilot
Robert Dryden ........ Co-Pilot
Geoffrey Toone ....... Captain
Synopsis:
A small plane pilot takes control of a large passenger plane

after the pilots fall victim to food poisoning.
 

*Note: Hailey wrote this episode Pre "Airport".

 

2.02 [--] The Alcoa Hour: THE BIG WAVE

30-Sep-1956 NBC Sun

written by Pearl Buck

Directed by Norman Felton

guest stars

Joseph Anthony ..... Farmer Father

Hume Cronyn ..... Wise Gentleman

Carol Lynley ..... Setsu

Vivian Nathan ..... Farmer Mother

Milton Selzer ..... Fisherman Father

Rip Torn ..... Kino

Robert Morse .... Jiya

Synopsis:

After a tidal wave wipes out the family of a boy and elderly man

teaches him how to survive and continue living.

 

2.03 [--] The Alcoa Hour: KEY LARGO

14-Oct-1956 NBC Sun

adapted by Alvin Sapinsley

story by Maxwell Anderson

guest stars

Anne Bancroft ..... Alegre

Alfred Drake ..... King

Lorne Greene ..... Sheriff Gash

Victor Jory .... D'Alcala

John Marley ... Corky

J. Carrol Naish ... Murillo

Synopsis:

A gang of criminals takes refuge at a hotel during a hurricane in Key Largo.

 

2.04 [--] The Alcoa Hour: MORNING'S AT SEVEN

04-Nov-1956 NBC Sun

adapted by Robert Wallstens

based on a play by Paul Osborn

guest stars

Dorothy Gish ..... Arry Gibbs

Lillian Gish ..... Esther Crampton

David Wayne ..... Homer Bolton

June Lockhart ........ Myrtle Brown
Dorothy Stickney ..... Ida Bolton
Evelyn Varden ........ Cora
Synopsis:
The four Gibbs sisters plot to get Ida's forty year old son Homer married.

 

[--] 18Nov56 NBC Sun - no details
 

2.05 [--] The Alcoa Hour: MERRY CHRISTMAS, MR. BAXTER

02-Dec-1956 NBC Sun

adapted by William McCleery

based on a novel by Edward Streeter

guest stars

Patricia Benoit ..... Polly

Margaret Hamilton ..... Mrs. Gillyard

Dennis King .... George Baxter

John McGiver ..... Mr. Bernhard

Cornelia Otis Skinner ..... Susan Baxter

Synopsis:

A stingy man tries to shop for his family's gifts with the least amount of cash.

 

2.06 [--] The Alcoa Hour: ADVENTURE IN DIAMONDS

09-Dec-1956 NBC Sun

Adapted by Jerome Coopersmith

Based on the story by David E. Walker
guest stars
Gary Merrill ......... Walter Keyser
Viveca Lindfors ...... Anna
Robert Flemyng ....... Major
Cameron Prud'Homme ... Peter
Geoffrey Toone ....... Leeds
Maureen Hurley ....... Julia
John Mackwood ........ Captain
Fred Herrick ......... Fisherman
Synopsis:
During World War 2 it was imperative for England to get a supply of Dutch industrial

diamonds before they fell into Nazi hands. Walter Keyser, born Dutch but an

Englishman by choice, was chosen to go to Amsterdam and persuade the

Dutch diamond merchants to let him take their gems back to London. [RF]
 

2.07 [--] The Alcoa Hour: THE STINGIEST MAN IN TOWN

23-Dec-1956 NBC Sun

Producer Joel Spectre
Based on Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol"

Directed by Daniel Petrie
guest stars

Basil Rathbone ..... Ebenezer Scrooge

Martyn Green ..... Bob Cratchit

Philippa Bevans ..... Mrs. Dilber

Vic Damone ..... Young Scrooge

Johnny Desmond ..... Fred

Alice Frost ..... Mrs. Cratchit

Bryan Herbert ...... Mr. Fezziwig

Dennis Kohler ..... Tiny Tim

Ian Martin ..... Ghost of Christmas Past

Patrice Munsel ..... Belle

Betty Madigan ..... Martha Cratchit

Robert Weede ..... Marley's Ghost

Robert Wright ..... Spirit of Christmas Present

The Four Lads (singing group)

 

2.08 [--] The Alcoa Hour: A DOUBLE LIFE

06-Jan-1957 NBC Sun

written by Maurice Valency

guest stars

Shelley Winters ..... Pat

Nina Foch ..... Brita

Eric Portman ..... Tony

Ross Martin .... Frank

Hilda Haynes ..... Gladys

Ludwig Donath ..... Max

Henderson Forsythe ..... Victor

Luis Van Rooten ..... Vito

Wallace Rooney ..... Cooley

Synopsis:

A Shakespearean actor is portraying Othello on the stage. He comes to

believe that his wife is attracted to another man, and, like Othello, he

feels compelled to commit murder. [RF]

 

2.09 [--] The Alcoa Hour: RIDE THE WILD MARE

20-Jan-1957 NBC Sun

written by Alfred D. Gato

guest stars

Lloyd Bridges  ....... Danny Mayo
Betty Field ......... Marge Mayo
Edward Andrews ...... George
Murvyn Vye .......... Gus
John Marley ......... Vic
Kevin Coughlin ...... Fred
Synopsis:
A man's gambling problem affects his family as well as their finances

especially when he couldn't be bothered going to work.
 

2.10 [--] The Alcoa Hour: NO LICENSE TO KILL (I)

03-Feb-1957 NBC Sun

written by Alvin Boretz

directed by Herbert Hirschman

Narrator: Victor Riesel

guest stars

Hume Cronyn ..... Ralph Grimes

Eileen Heckart ..... Vi Miller

Carl Betz ..... Howard Miller

Maureen Cassidy ..... Dorothy Grimes

Jack Klugman ..... Tyler

Edward Binns ..... Lt. Marchese

Helen Wallace ....... Mrs. Miller Sr.
Synopsis:
A highway accident leads to a new safety law.
*Note: This episode was restaged with new actors 01Sep57.

 

2.11 [--] The Alcoa Hour: THE ANIMAL KINGDOM

17-Feb-1957 NBC Sun

adapted by Philip Barry Jr.

based on the play by Philip Barry Sr.

guest stars

Robert Preston ...... Tom Collier
Joanne Linville ..... Daisy Sage
Meg Mundy ........... Cecelia Henry
Alan Hale Jr. ....... Red Regan
Paul McGrath ........ Rufus Collier
Mary Welch .......... Fran
Synopsis:
A man must explain to his wife about his mistress when

she begins to suspect something is amiss.
 

2.12 [--] The Alcoa Hour: THE LAST TRAIN TO PUSAN

03-Mar-1957 NBC Sun

adapted by Theodore Apstein

based on Vern Sneider's story
guest stars
Gary Merrill ........ Johnny Davis
Virginia Kaye ....... Sister Maria
Philip Ahn .......... Major Pak
Erlinda Cortes ...... Lee Su Im
Synopsis:
Johnny Davis, a World War 2 veteran, now an enterprising young businessman

 in Korea in 1950. Davis, an engineer discovers that his factory and shipping interests

are being sabotaged. Davis tries to enlist the help of a young secretary, Catherine,

 to spy on the suspected saboteurs. [RF]
 

2.13 [--] The Alcoa Hour: THE ORIGINAL MISS CHASE

17-Mar-1957 NBC Sun

based on the play "The Last of Mrs. Cheyney" by Frederick Lonsdale

guest stars

Nanette Fabray .... Rosemary Chase

Darren McGavin .... Arthur Bryan

Hiram Sherman .... Elton Andrews

John Williams .... Charles Gillis

Evelyn Varden .... Mrs. Andrews

Henry Lascoe .... Mr. Romaine

Synopsis:

A singer becomes a socialite in the ultimate scam of deceit.

 

2.14 [--] The Alcoa Hour: THE BIG BUILD-UP

31-Mar-1957 NBC Sun

written by Roger O. Hirson

guest stars

E.G. Marshall ..... Herman Magnus

George Peppard ..... Eddie Pierce

Jason Robards Jr. .... Bert Palmer

Robert Simon .... Mr. Price

Diane Gentner .... Isabel

Leonard Stone .... Longden

Sorrell Booke ..... Bartender

Synopsis:

A movie producer goes to great lengths to make his films box-office hits. Producer

Herman Magnus realizes that his new arty movie needs box office appeal. He decides

 to do a build-up campaign on Eddie Price, a modest but ambitious actor in the film,

as a wild rebellious youth similar to the character he plays in the film. [RF]

*Note: Mickey and Sylvia, song duo, make a special appearance in this dramatic episode.

 

2.15 [--] The Alcoa Hour: NOTHING TO LOSE

14-Apr-1957 NBC Sun

written by Jerome Ross

guest stars

Ralph Bellamy .... Dutch Scranton

Robert Emhardt .... Doc Jones

James Whitmore .... Warden Lightfoot

Harry Bellaver .... Williams

Mike Kellin .... Ernest Chowder Waybel

Frank Sutton .... Radcliffe

Edmon Ryan .... Assitant Warden

Frank Blair .... TV Reporter

George Ebeling .... Chaplain

 

2.16 [--] The Alcoa Hour: MECHANICAL MANHUNT

28-Apr-1957 NBC Sun

written by Harold Swanton

guest stars

Sallie Brophy .... Susan

Richard Kiley .... Peter Melnecke

Robert Arden .... Jerome

Lois Bolton .... Agnes

Ward Costello .... Charlie

Victor Thorley .... Malotte

Parker McCormick .... Landlady

 

[--] The Alcoa Hour: preempted for Bob Hope Comedy Special

05-May-1957

 

2.17 [--] The Alcoa Hour: PROTEGE

19-May-1957 NBC Sun

written by Philo Higley

guest stars

Skip Homeier .... Dick Carr

Betsy Palmer .... Ann Fenn

Evelyn Varden .... Clara Carr

Ed Wynn .... Billy Bishop

David White .... Bixby

Lee Meriwether .... Girl

 

2.18 [--] Alcoa Hour:  02Jun57 NBC Sun - no details

 

2.19 [--] The Alcoa Hour: MRS. GILLING AND THE SKYSCRAPER

09-Jun-1957 NBC Sun

written by Sumner Locke Elliot

guest stars

Helen Hayes ....... Mrs. Gilling

Katherine Squire ..... Annie

Wilfrid Hyde-White ..... Gordon

Jack Klugman ..... George

Leueen MacGrath .... Pauline

Joanna Roos ..... Francine

Kathleen Comegys .... Mrs. Millie Roos

Halliwell Hobbes .... Doorman

Synopsis:

An elderly lady who tries to save her apartment from the owners of her building

who intend to demolish it to make way for a skyscraper. [RF]

 

2.20 [--] The Alcoa Hour: AWAKE WITH FEAR

23-Jun-1957 NBC Sun

written by David Driscoll

guest stars

Eddie Bracken .... Charlie Joyce

Henry Jones .... Ed Krieber

Los Bolton .... Bernice Schmidt

Virginia Kaye .... Dorothy Parsons

Dennis Kohler .... Buster Joyce

Synopsis:
Charlie Joyce, a white-collar worker, lives a quiet, almost humdrum life

 with his wife and two children. One morning Charlie receives a poison-pen

letter which he passes off as a practical joke sent by Ed Krieber, one

of his office buddies. But when he confronts Ed with the threatening
letter, Ed convinces him that he wasn't the one who sent it. [RF]

 

2.21 [--] The Alcoa Hour: HOSTAGES TO FORTUNE

07-Jul-1957 NBC Sun

written by John H. Secondari

guest stars

Anne Bancroft .... Giselle

Charles Korvin .... Von Zimmer

Rip Torn .... Pierre

Joe De Santis .... Dr. Hartman

Charles Cooper .... Lt. Gerhardt

Harold Vermilyea .... Grandfather

 

2.22 [--] The Alcoa Hour: HE'S FOR ME

21-Jul-1957 NBC Sun

written by Michael Dreyfus

music & lyrics by Michael Brown

guest stars

Roddy McDowall .... Max

Joan Hovis .... Pat

Larry Blyden .... Ralph

Elaine Stritch .... Laura

Synopsis:
The story of two boy who spy two pretty girls and naturally decide they must get acquainted.

The boys, Max and Ralph, share an apartment in the building where Laura and Pat have

their apartment. The boys don't know it, but the girls are as anxious to meet them as they

are to meet the girls. Max hatches a scheme to bring about an accidentally-on-purpose

meeting with Pat at the basement washing machine. Things go swimmingly in the basement,

but when Max gets back to the apartment, he realizes he still hasn't found out the girl's names.

Ralph comes up with the solution to this one and runs into Laura.

Alas, in this case things don't go well at all. [RF]
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Songs
"Try a Little Love" .... Max, Ralph
"He's For Me".... Pat
"I Never Knew That I'd Find You" .... Pat, Max
"You're Cute, You're Sweet" .... Max
"No Good Man" .... Laura
"Love's Anything You Wish" .... Pat, Max, Laura, Ralph
"A Dollar and a Quarter and a Dime" .... Max, Ralph
"What Do They Know About Love? .... Ralph, Laura
"You're for Me" ..... Pat, Max

 

2.23 [--] The Alcoa Hour: WEEKEND IN VERMONT

04-Aug-1957 NBC Sun

written by Ernest Kinoy

guest stars

Patricia Barry .... Grace Barre

William Traylor .... Warren

Tony Randall .... Stan Kasper

Aina Niemela .... Jean

Dorothy Stickney .... Mrs. Barre

Howard Lindsay .... Mr. Barre

Synopsis:

Two couples get away for the weekend in Vermont when their

trip turns into a comedy of errors.

 

2.24 [--] The Alcoa Hour: THE TROUBLE WITH WOMEN

11-Aug-1957 NBC Sun

written by John Whedon

guest stars

Audrey Christie .... Marcia Barry

Walter Matthau .... George Barry

Hiram Sherman .... Porky

Jeff Harris .... Artie

Shirley Standlee .... Debbie

Synopsis:

After twenty years of neglect from his wife a man takes

up with his much younger and prettier secretary.

 

2.25 [--] The Alcoa Hour: THE LITTLEST LITTLE LEAGUER

25-Aug-1957 NBC Sun

written by Blanche Hanalis

guest stars

Jacob Kalich ... Grandfather

Peter Lazer ... Benjamin "Benjie" Hauptmann

Vivian Nathan ... Marretta Hauptmann

Nehemiah Persoff ... Willie Hauptmann

Sal Maglie ... Himself

Tommy White ... Neighbor Boy

Synopsis:
Child genius Benjie Hauptmann can build a homemade cyclotron

but can't play baseball. He meets Brooklyn hurler Sal Maglie and learns

how to make the team. Benjie teaches his grandfather atomic science.

 

2.26 [--] The Alcoa Hour: NO LICENSE TO KILL  II

01-Sep-1957 NBC Sun

written by Alvin Boretz

directed by Herbert Hirschman

Narrator: Governor Abraham A. Ribicoff of Connecticut.

guest stars

Eddie Albert .... Ralph Grimes

Maureen Stapleton .... Vi Miller

Robert Strauss .... Lt. Marchesse

Frank Overton .... Tyler

Hugh Reilly ... Howard Miller

Louis Badolati ... Pollard

Stephen Chase ... Burou

Cathleen Nesbitt ... Mrs. Miller Sr.

Frederick Rolf ... Dr. Lane

Michael Strong ... Resident Doctor

Norman Twin ... Kirkland

Synopsis:
Governor Abraham A. Ribicoff of Connecticut narrates the story of the 24 hours

 in the lives of persons to be involved in a fatal accident on the Merritt Parkway.

 

2.27 [--] The Alcoa Hour: 15 OCTOBER 1864

15-Sep-1957 NBC Sun

written by Louis Pelletier

guest stars

Alan Nixon .... Lt. Bennett Young

James Pritchett .... Philip Cullen

Paul Tripp .... Roger Harrison

Clu Gulager .... James Wesley

Olive Sturgess .... Hannah

 

2.28 [--] The Alcoa Hour: NIGHT (Final episode of The Alcoa Hour).

22-Sep-1957 NBC Sun

written by Bill Barrett

guest stars

E.G. Marshall ..... Shorty

Virginia Vincent .... Cleo

Jason Robards .... Jayson

Franchot Tone .... Prince

Addison Powell .... Dr. Chula

Amy Freeman .... Riga

Bill Zuckert .... Brophy

William Hansen ....Santa

 

Alcoa-Goodyear Theatre (Four Star/NBC)(1957-58) (Screen Gems/NBC)(1958-60) Half-hour Filmed Anthology Series

 

From  30-Sep-1957 the series moved to Monday nights on NBC and was reduced to half an hour

and was on film rather than live.

It still alternated with Alcoa but the overall title for the series was "A Turn of Fate", which was dropped by February 1958.

There was to be a rotating roster of regulars (David Niven, Robert Ryan, Jane Powell, Charles Boyer and Jack Lemmon)

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