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Hosted by Fred Astaire
 Season 1 (ABC) (1961-62)
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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ABC Tuesdays 10:00-11:00pm Eastern


Ep 1.01 Alcoa Premiere: PEOPLE NEED PEOPLE (60 min)

10Oct1961 ABC Tues (rerun 03Jul62)

directed by Alex Segal 

hosted by Fred Astaire

starring

Lee Marvin ..... Hughes

James Gregory ..... Driscoll

Arthur Kennedy..... Dr. Harry Wilmer

Keir Dullea ...... Maples

Jocelyn Brando ...... Nurse Slater

Katherine Squire ..... Nurse Harrington

John Alderman ....... Wheeler

Paul Comi ..... Wyatt

Wesley Gale ..... Venske

Joey Forman ..... Kroner

Russ Conway ..... Psychologist

John Lasell ..... Pennock

Ralph Reed .... Hanson

Paul Sand .... Prowler

Bert Remsen .... Burkhardt

Synopsis:

Drama about the rehabilitation of psychologically disturbed

war veterans. [RF]

*Note: Lee Marvin received an EMMY nomination for his performance as

did director Alex Segal.

 

Ep 1.02  Alcoa Premiere: THE FUGITIVE EYE (60 min)

17Oct1961 ABC Tues (rerun 18Sep62)

starring

Charlton Heston  .... Paul Malone
Leo G. Carroll ..... Welch
Jack Livesey ....... Graves
Ronald Long ........ Inspector Prayle
Laurie Main ........ Sergeant Hadley
Jennifer Raine ..... Elizabeth
William O'Connell .. Private Benson
Kendrick Huxham .... Vicar
Hilda Plowright .... Vicar's Wife
Elizabeth Allen .... Nurse
Colin Campbell ..... Englishman
Brendan Dillon ..... Officer
Irvin Ashkenazy .... Hatchet-faced Man
Michel Petit ....... Boy
George Whiteman .... Drunken Sod
Synopsis:
Paul Malone wakes up in a forest to find an empty limousine, a dead chauffeur and three unsavory characters staring at him. [RF]
 

Ep 1.03  Alcoa Premiere: THE FORTRESS (60 min)

24Oct1961 ABC Tues (rerun 11Sep62)

Adaptation of the book by Wallace L. Brown
starring

Lloyd Bridges ..... Lt. Wallace Brown

Philip Ahn ..... Chinese Major

James Shigeta..... The Captain

Amy Fields ..... Ruth Brown

Synopsis:

During the Korean War, Lt. Wallace Brown was show down over enemy territory.

His captors provided him with a basement cell, a bed and a light bulb that

never went off. [RF]

 

  31Oct1961 pre-empted for a CLOSE-UP documentary entitled "The Awesome Servant." [JE]
 

Ep 1.04 MOMENT OF DECISION (60 min)

07Nov1961 ABC Tues (rerun 10Jul62)

starring

Fred Astaire  ....... Alex Berringer
Maureen O'Sullivan.. Elizabeth Lozier
Harry Townes ....... Hugh Lozier
Connie Gilchrist ... Emma
Jonathan Hole ...... Elliott
Oliver McGowan ..... Dr. Lockridge
Cathleen Cordell ... Mrs. Lockridge
Katherine Henryk ... Molly
Leo Needham ........ Guard
Gil Perkins ........ Driver
Synopsis:
A landowner has odd ways of showing his dislike for his new neighbor. [RF]
 

Ep 1.05  Alcoa Premiere: FAMILY OUTING (30 min)

Revue prod no. 15853

14Nov1961 ABC Tues

starring

Lin McCarthy ....... Captain Lewis Baring

Nancy Olson ....... Amber Baring

Michael Burns ....... Chip Baring

Bill Quinn ....... Tom Service [JE]

Norman Leavitt ..... Driver
Henry Brandt ....... Lieutenant
Synopsis:
Six astronauts have been trained for the first one-man space flight and the day of the final choice has arrived. [RF]

 

[--] 21Nov1961 Alcoa Premiere pre-empted for "Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving" (a musical special). [JE]

 

Ep 1.06  Alcoa Premiere: THE WITCH NEXT DOOR (30 min)

Revue prod no. 15854

28Nov1961  ABC Tues

starring

Susan Gordon ....... Julie Collins

James Whitmore.......Fred Collins

Mary LaRoche ....... Helen Collins

Warren Kemmerling .. Potter
Tom Greenway ....... Doctor
Frank Sully ........ Mover

Synopsis 1:

A young girl comes under the spell of the title character and is forced to tear apart her favorite doll.
Synopsis 2:
While Helen Collins is busy settling her family into their new home, her little girl Julie 

strikes up a friendship with Emily Potter. [RF]

 

Ep 1.07 Alcoa Premiere: BREAKING POINT (30 min)

Revue prod no. 15852
05Dec1961 ABC Tues
starring
Brian Keith ........ Sergeant Dave Temple
Mary Murphy ........ Angie Palmer
Brad Dexter ........ Charles Bowers
Joseph Bernard ..... Corrado
Hugh Sanders ....... Devlin
Jack Mather ........ Palmer
Mark Tapscott ...... Detective
Synopsis:
An ex-convict seems to be guilty of murder until a cop realizes that only the victim's wife profits from his death. [RF]
 

Ep 1.08  Alcoa Premiere: DELBERT, TEXAS (30 min)

Revue prod no. 15856
12Dec1961 ABC Tues
starring
David Wayne ........ Frank Willoughby
Florence MacMichael ...... Ruth Willoughby
Jan Stine .......... Doyle Price
Anita Gordon ....... Veda
Hank Peterson ...... Bates
Med Flory .......... Miller
Brett King ......... Howie
Synopsis:
Frank and Ruth Willoughby are determined to find out why their son's college grades have suddenly dropped. [RF]
 

Ep 1.09  Alcoa Premiere: THE END OF A WORLD (60 min)

19Dec1961 ABC Tues

written by David Karp

directed by Frank Bruce

starring

Robert Loggia ....... Archduke Ferdinand

Andrew Prine ....... Gavril Princip

Robert Ellenstein ....... Colonel Dimitrievich

Russell Johnson ....... Major

Mildred Trares ...... Ann

Steve Marlo ..... Danilo

Alex Gerry ...... Emperor

Fintan Meyler ...... Sophie

Gary Clarke ......Trifko

Frank de Kova ...... Gavril's Father

Than Wyenn ..... Peasant

Jack Greening ..... Steward

Jeno Mate ..... Policeman

Ralph Clanton .... Von Karlbeck
Synopsis:

June 28, 1914, the murder of Archduke Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary set off the

powder keg of World War I. David Karp's script tells the story of the events preceding

 the assassination from the viewpoint of three men: Gavril Princip, a tubercular youth

anxious to serve the cause of Serbian freedom before his own death;

 Colonel Dimitrievich, a dedicated revolutionary who knows how to use the idealism

of youth to his own ends; and Archduke Ferdinand himself. [RF]

*Documentary drama about the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand,

the event that triggered World War I.

 

Ep 1.10  Alcoa Premiere: THE CAKE BAKER (30 min)

Revue prod no. 15860
02Jan1962 ABC Tues
starring
Shelley Winters .... Olive
Ed Nelson .......... Eddie
Marjorie Reynolds .. Eleanor
Debbie Joyce ....... Jenny
Pamela Duncan ...... Mrs. Lawrence
Helen Kleeb ........ Mrs. Myerson
Synopsis:
A housewife is always daydreaming even on the night her young daughter runs away from home. [RF]
 

Ep 1.11  Alcoa Premiere: PATTERN OF GUILT (60 min)

09Jan1962  ABC Tues

starring

Ray Milland ........ Keith Briscoe
Myron McCormick .... Lt. Gonzales
Joanna Moore ....... Elaine Briscoe
Olive Carey ........ Nettie Swanson
Lucy Prentis ....... Faye Briscoe
Harlan Warde ....... Walker
Rex Holman ......... Kawalik
Howard Caine ....... Higbee
Synopsis:
A reporter covers a series of murders, all perpetrated against spinsters. [RF]
 

Ep 1.12  Alcoa Premiere: THE HOUR OF THE BATH (60 min)

16Jan1962 ABC Tues (rerun 21Aug62)

starring

Robert Fuller ...... Henry Detweiler
Barbara Luna ....... Be Ky
Harold Fong ........ Nam Quong Hok
Kam Tong ........... Lu Ding
Yuki Shimoda ....... Ti Rong
Viraj Amonsin ...... Viet Cong Leader
Synopsis:
American agricultural expert Henry Detweiler is a prisoner in Vietnam under sentence of death. [RF]
 

[--] 24Jan1962 Alcoa Premiere: pre-empted

[--] 31Jan1962 Alcoa Premiere: pre-empted
 

Ep 1.13 Alcoa Premiere: THE JAIL  (60 min)

06Feb1962  ABC Tues

written by Ray Bradbury

directed by Norman Lloyd

producer Joan Harrison

executive produced by Alfred Hitchcock

starring

John Gavin ....... William Fortnum

Bettye Ackerman ....... Ellen

Barry Morse ....... Guard

Noah Keen ....... Peters

James Barton ....... Hobbs

Robert Sampson ....... Dr. Bernard
Synopsis:

In this future time a young man was charged with an offense against the state and

marshaled into a huge building crammed with banks and banks of computers.

These computers would absorb and assess the evidence, circumstances and facts

in his case. All of them were operated by one master button-puncher.
"The wonderful irony of all this was that it seemed to infer that all of this was taking

place in the United States at some future time. I thought, “My God, that’s a terrifying

vision; many steps beyond George Orwell.” In those days there used to be a

production meeting at the beginning of the shoot with Hitchcock, the various network

people, the sponsors and the advertising representatives. I thought to myself,

“Oh boy, when they hear this script the balloon is going to go up. It’s going to be

considered an attack on the American way of life. Surely they must see that! Bradbury’s

suggesting that if the USA goes on in the direction of automation and mechanization

that pretty soon there won’t be any humanity in this at all. And machines will run all public

affairs and governmental matters. Surely somebody would object to that.” I thought!" [RF]
* Alfred Hitchcock was the executive producer of this episode.

 

Ep 1.14  Alcoa Premiere: MR. EASY (60 min)

13Feb1962 ABC Tues (rerun 07Aug62)

starring

Fred Astaire  ....... Andrew E. Whitbeck
Joanna Barnes ...... Sylvia Dorn
George Petrie ...... Phil Millard
Fredd Wayne ........ Ted Morley
Howard Wendell ..... General Mooney
Irene Tedrow ....... Miss Cooper
David White ........ Mr. Tucker
Walter Reed ........ Cassidy
Paul Keast ......... Huxley
Harold Fong ........ Henry
Carlyle Mitchell ... Kettering
Olan Soule ......... Morton
Bill Walker ........ Smith
Brian Eliot ........ George
Marjorie Bennett ... Matron
Synopsis:
"Mr. Easy" is Andrew Whitbeck, who, bored with his successful business, decides to chuck it all and simply "enjoy himself." [RF]
 

Ep 1.15  Alcoa Premiere: THE MAN WITH A SHINE ON HIS SHOES (30 min)

20Feb1962 ABC Tues

starring

Henry Hull  ......... Robert Bruce Maclean
Peter Helm ......... Jimmy McKittrick
Crahan Denton ...... McKittrick
True Ellison ....... Miss Gardner
William Giorgio .... George
Synopsis:
An elderly drifter tries to get work on the town newspaper because he thinks he's the greatest typesetter in the world. [RF]
 

Ep 1.16  Alcoa Premiere: THE DOCTOR (30 min)

Revue prod no. 15858

27Feb1962  ABC Tues

starring

Richard Kiley ....... Dr. Jonathan Bent

Cloris Leachman ....... Meg Bent

Don Keefer ........ Bob Page

Ken Lynch ........ Harry Sims

 

Ep 1.17  Alcoa Premiere: OF THIS TIME, OF THAT PLACE  (60 min)

Pilot for -  Channing (Revue/ABC|)(1963-64) starring Jason Evers & Henry Jones

06Mar1962 ABC Tues (rerun 24Jul62)

starring

Henry Jones  ........ Dean Fred Baker
Jason Evers ........ Prof. Joseph Howe
Burt Brinckerhoff .. Tertan
Stephanie Hill ..... Marsha
Nancy Hadley ....... Mary Howe
Paul Carr .......... Blackburn
Alice Frost ........ Miss Marks
Barbara Jean Hunter. Hilda
Jamie Brothers ..... Casebeer
Paul Comi .......... Allison
Bart Patton ........ Haskell
Bartlett Robinson .. Doctor
Stefan Schnabel .... Father
Synopsis:
A college teacher's new job is made difficult by a brilliant, but uncompromising, student. [RF]
 

Ep 1.18  Alcoa Premiere: SECOND CHANCES  (60 min)

Pilot for - Wide Country (Revue)(1962-63) Modern-day Western series starring Earl Holliman, Andrew Prine

13Mar1962 ABC Tues (rebroadcast 17Jul62)

Written by Harold Swanton
Produced by Frank Telford
starring
Cliff Robertson .... Hoby Dunlap
John Anderson ...... Herbert Gresham
Earl Holliman ...... Mitch Guthrie
Andrew Prine ....... Andy Guthrie

Jacqueline Scott ... Oralee Dunlap
Don 'Red' Barry .... Wes Holbrook
Roger Mobley ....... Lonnie Dunlap
Cicely Walper ...... Mrs. Widgery
Synopsis:
One-time bronc-rider Hoby Dunlap has served his sentence for defecting during the Korean War.

But when he tries to return to the rodeo circuit, he finds that his reputation has preceded him. [RF]
 

Ep 1.19 Alcoa Premiere: THE TIGER (30 min)

Revue prod no. 15865
20Mar1962 ABC Tues
starring
Gary Merrill ....... Jim Hunter
Barbara Eiler ...... Shirley Hunter
Keir Dullea ........ Linc Ketterman
Roberta Shore ...... Leona Hunter
Betsy Hale ......... Barbara
Butch Patrick ...... Tommy
Synopsis:
Someone is trying to kill Jim Hunter and it may be one of his daughter's boy friends. [RF]
 

[--] Alcoa Premiere: pre-empted

27Mar1962 ABC Tues

 

Ep 1.20   Alcoa Premiere: SEVEN AGAINST THE SEA (60 min)

    Pilot for -  McHale's Navy (ABC)(1962-66) starring Ernest Borgnine

Revue prod no. 15812

03Apr1962 ABC Tues

Produced by John Champion

starring

Ernest Borgnine ....... Capt. Quentin McHale

Gary Vinson ....... Christy Christopher

Bobby Wright ....... Willy Moss

William Bramley ....... Bosun Gallagher

Ron Foster ....... Lt. Durham

Juan Hernandez ....... Crew Member

Synopsis:

A dramatic tale of PT Captain and his crew. World War Two drama about a resourceful group of stranded

 American PT boat crewmen hiding out on a South Pacific island controlled by the Japanese Navy. [RF]

*Note: This episode was overwhelming wonderful and a year later was turned into a sitcom.

 

Ep 1.21  Alcoa Premiere: A VERY CUSTOM SPECIAL (30 min)

Revue prod no. 15864
10Apr1962 ABC Tues
starring
J. Pat O'Malley .... J.B. Marshall
True Ellison ....... Marilyn Marshall
Lou Krugman ........ Manny
Robert Strauss ..... Johnny
Dabbs Greer ........ Herb
John Alderman ...... Merl
Gordon Richards .... Butler
Synopsis:
J.B. Marshall is wiped out by the 1929 stock-market crash on the night of his daughter's debutante party. [RF]
 

Ep 1.22  Alcoa Premiere: ALL CLIENTS ARE INNOCENT (30 min)

Revue prod no. 15868
17Apr1962 ABC Tues
starring
Barry Morse ........ Max McIntire
Vic Morrow ......... Carl Balderson
Mari Aldon ......... Martha
Joan Staley ........ Cora Pierson
Lillian Bronson .... Nurse

Dick Davalos ....... Alan Michaels (as Richard Davalos)
Robert Dugan ....... Bailiff
Arthur Henson ...... Assistant DA
Synopsis:
Criminal lawyer Max McIntire tries to stop his partner's marriage. He's convinced a wife can ruin a career. [RF]
 

 [--] Alcoa Premiere: pre-empted

25Apr1962  ABC Tues

 

Ep 1.23  Alcoa Premiere: RULES OF THE GAME (60 min)

01May1962  ABC Tues (rerun 28Aug62)

starring

Hugh O'Brian  ....... Miles Hadley
Bethel Leslie ...... Julie Wakeman
Edgar Stehli ....... Benton
Roland Winters ..... Granby
Richard Carlyle .... Bryce
Robert Colbert ..... Fred Walton
John Harmon ........ Bryant
Synopsis:
Years ago, a newspaper editor helped to send Owen Miller to the electric chair and now he learns that Miller was innocent. [RF]
 

[--] Alcoa Premiere pre-empted

08May1962  ABC Tues 

 

Ep 1.24  Alcoa Premiere: CRY OUT IN SILENCE  (30min)

15May1962 ABC Tues (rerun 31Jul62)

starring

Celeste Holm  ....... Laura Bennett
David McLean ....... David
Dayton Lummis ...... Torvald
Philip Bourneuf .... Dr. Rand
John McGiver ....... Tyler (John McClear tvguide)
Synopsis:
Actress Laura Bennett must undergo a serious throat operation that may end her career. [RF]
 

Ep 1.25 Alcoa Premiere: A PLACE TO HIDE (30min)

22May1962 ABC Tues (rerun 31Jul62)

starring

Joan Hackett  ....... Sue Wilson
Dean Stockwell ..... Clay Bannon
Frank Ferguson ..... Enos Bannon
Paul Langton ....... Sullivan
Synopsis:
Sue Wilson, a young woman has answered an ad for a job as housekeeper but her nervousness arouses suspicions. [RF]
 

[--] Alcoa Premiere: pre-empted

29May1962   ABC Tues

 

Ep 1.26  Alcoa Premiere: THE BOY WHO WASN'T WANTED (60 min)

05Jun1962 ABC Tues (rerun 04Sep62)

starring

Dana Andrews  ....... Pat Barrat
Billy Mumy ......... Skipper
Marilyn Erskine .... Celia Barrat
Barbara Loden ...... Betty Johnson
Thomas Browne Henry. Judge Whittaker
Ed Peck ............ James Donner
S. John Launer ..... Dr. Benson
Katherine Warren ... Mrs. Handley
Frank Sully ........ Truck Driver
Synopsis:
Detective Pat Barrat arrests a burglar and feels responsible for the welfare of the robber's little boy. [RF]
 

  [--] Alcoa Premiere: pre-empted

12Jun1962 ABC Tues

 

Ep 1.27   Alcoa Premiere: IT TAKES A THIEF (30 min)

Revue prod no. 15872

19Jun1962  ABC Tues

Adapted by Oscar Millard

From a Story by Arthur Miller

starring

Edward Andrews ....... Frank Shelton

Constance Ford ....... Rose Shelton

Christopher Dark ....... Sergeant Elm

Quinn Redeker ....... Detective Ravoli
Synopsis:

Frank and Rose Shelton arrive home one evening to find their

apartment has been robbed. Frank is worried: If the police

find out about one item stolen from his safe - he'll be in hot water. [RF]

 

Ep 1.28  Alcoa Premiere: THE TIME OF THE TONSILS (30 min)

Revue prod no. 15870
26Jun1962 ABC Tues
starring
Eddie Albert ....... Mark Evans
Butch Patrick ...... Wesley
Howard McNear ...... Charles Bennett
Johnny Marshall .... Douglas
Virginia Vincent ... Maggie
Peter Helm ......... Tom
Francis De Sales ... Ford
Synopsis:
An orphanage director takes two children to have their tonsils out, only to discover that his must go too. [RF]
 

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Summer Re-runs

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03Jul62 People Need People (aired 10Oct61)
10Jul62 Moment of Decision (aired 07Nov61)
17Jul62 Second Chance (aired 13Mar62)
24Jul62 Of This Time, Of That Place (aired 06Mar62)
31Jul62 A Place to Hide & Cry Out in Silence (aired 22May62 & 15May62)
07Aug62 Mr. Easy (aired 13Feb62)
14Aug62 pre-empted
21Aug62 The Hour of the Bath (aired 16Jan62)
28Aug62 Rules of the Game (aired 01May62)
04Sep62 The Boy Who Wasn't Wanted (aired 05Jun62)
11Sep62 The Fortress (aired 24Oct61)
18Sep62 The Fugitive Eye (aired 17Oct61)
25Sep62 pre-empted

 

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