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Hosted by Fred Astaire
 Season 2 (ABC) (1962-63)
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by:  Rina Fox
references:
TV Guide / Library of Congress (telnet://locis.loc.gov)
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ABC Thursday 10:00-11:00pm Eastern

 

Ep 2.01 Alcoa Premiere: FLASHING SPIKES (60 min)

04Oct1962  ABC Thurs (rerun 23May63)

Written by Jameson Brewer

Based on the novel by Frank O'Rourke

Directed by John Ford

Director of photography William H. Clothier

Music by Johnny Williams

Hosted by Fred Astaire

starring

John Wayne ....... Sergeant-Umpire in Korea

James Stewart ....... Slim Conway

Patrick Wayne ....... Bill Riley

Jack Warden ....... Comissioner

Tige Andrews ....... Gaby Lasalle

Edgar Buchanan ....... Crab Holcomb

Don Drysdale ....... Gomer

Stephanie Hill ....... Mary Riley

Carleton Young ...... Rex Short

with

Willis Bouchey ...... Mayor

Charles Seel ...... Judge

Neil Russell ...... Hogan

Harry Carey Jr. ..... Player in Dugout

Vin Scully ........ Announcer

Larry J. Blake ........ 1st Reporter

Walter Reed ....... 2nd Reporter

Charles Morton ....... Umpire

Cy Malis .......... Bit Man

Sally Hughes ........ Nurse

William Henry ........ Commissioner's Assistant

Art Passarella ......... Umpire

Vern Stephens ....... Player

Ralph Volkie ...... Player

Earl Gilpin ........ Player

Bud Harden ...... Player

Whitey Campbell ...... Player
Synopsis 1:

John Wayne plays an Army sergeant and umpire in Korea.

Synopsis 2:

Ex-baseball player Slim Conway is accused of bribing Bill Riley,

whose error cost his team a World Series game. [RF]

*Note: Syndication airing on Fred Astaire Theater 11Apr64.

 

Ep 2.02  Alcoa Premiere: GUEST IN THE HOUSE (60 min)

11Oct1962  ABC Thurs (rerun 27Jun63)

directed by Ted Post

play by James Dunn & Philip MacDonald

starring

Fred Astaire ........ Ivor St. George

Susan Gordon ....... Sandy Gould

Lloyd Bochner ........ Victor Vass

Philip Abbott ....... Jeff Gould

Phyllis Avery ........ Mary Gould

Brendan Dillon ......... Mr. Widgery

Joan Marshall ......... Rhoda Traynor
Synopsis:

Fascinating and original story of a war hero turned grifter who returns

 to an air force buddy's life and helps his family through a crisis. [RF]

 

Ep 2.03  Alcoa Premiere: THE LONG WALK HOME (60 min)

18Oct1962 ABC Thurs (rerun 01Aug63)

hosted by Fred Astaire

starring

Lin McCarthy ..... Paul Watson

Nancy Rennick ..... Grace Watson

Ken Lynch ...... Henry Bolin

R.G. Armstrong ....... R.V. Reagan

Mark Slade ....... Bobby Reagan

Paul Birch ......... Mitch Mitchell

Kim Charney ....... Donnie Mitchell

Roy Engel ....... Charles Creighton

Jan Stine ..... Woffie

Ben Bryant ....... Ernie Gillis

Eddie Foster .... Quincy

Chick Hearn ..... Announcer
Synopsis:

If high school football coach Paul Watson, doesn't lose a championship game,

a blackmailer threatens to circulate a certain photograph. [RF]

 

Ep 2.04  Alcoa Premiere: THE VOICE OF CHARLIE PONT (60 min)

25Oct1962  ABC Thurs (rerun 02May63)

written by Halstead Welles

directed by Robert Ellis Miller

hosted by Fred Astaire

starring

Bradford Dillman ....... Charlie Pont

Diana Hyland ...... Liza Laurents

Robert Redford ..... George Laurents

Bill Bixby ...... Brune

Tammy Locke ...... Sally

Cathie Merchant ...... Sheila

Bob Hopkins ......Truck Driver

Joey Russo ..... Boy

Synopsis:
Charlie's back in town. Good old Charlie. Good-looking Charlie.

Fun-loving Charlie. Troublemaking Charlie.
The town is Cambridge. The old college pals he's calling on are George and

Liza Laurents, and George and Liza and Charlie were pretty deeply involve with each

other back in their college days. Too deeply. George and Liza are not at all sure

that Charlie's visit and the memories it will stir up, will be welcome. [RF]

*Note Robert Redford received an Emmy nod for  best supporting actor,

Bradford Dillman received a best actor nod for his role and

Diana Hyland received a best actress nomination for her role.

 

Ep 2.05  Alcoa Premiere: MR. LUCIFER (60 min)

01Nov1962 ABC Thurs (rerun 18Jul63)

starring

Fred Astaire ....... Mr. Lucifer

Elizabeth Montgomery ....... Iris Haines

Frank Aletter ....... Tom Logan

Hal Smith ....... Belial

Joyce Bulifant ....... Jenny Logan

George Petrie ....... Beelzebub

Milton Frome ....... Mammon

Gaylord Cavallaro ....... Moloch
Synopsis:

The Devil Himself is a hard-bitten businessman with a group of somewhat bumbling

yes-men on staff and a curvy assistant in the person of Iris Haines. Together they use their

best temptations in an attempt to thwart the honesty and decency of a young suburban couple. [RF]

 

Ep 2.06  Alcoa Premiere: THE MASKED MARINE (60 min)

08Nov1962  ABC Thurs (rerun 16May63)

hosted by Fred Astaire

starring

Harry Guardino  ..... Sergeant Lee Arthur
James Caan ......... Arch Williams
Chris Robinson ..... Private Dave Chatham
Jim McMullan ....... Barney Duggan
George Brenlin ..... Corporal Joe Sanella
Rees Vaughn ........ Walker
Synopsis:
A marine sergeant is irritated by a private and decides to teach him a lesson. [RF]
 

Ep 2.07  Alcoa Premiere: ORDEAL IN DARKNESS (60 min)

15Nov1962  ABC Thurs

hosted by Fred Astaire

starring

Keir Dullea  ........ Tommy Miller
Richard Conte ...... John Miller
Dorothy Green ...... Nancy Miller
George Kennedy ..... Jake
Dan Frazer ......... Corby
Synopsis:
Always independent, John Miller forges ahead despite temporary blindness.

His wife, however, believes he shoulddepend more on their teenaged son.
Synopsis 2:
Temporarily blinded executive John Miller refuses to give up his business responsibilities.
 

Ep 2.08  Alcoa Premiere: WHATEVER HAPPENED TO MISS ILLINOIS? (60 min)

22Nov1962  ABC Thurs (rerun 05Sep63)

hosted by Fred Astaire

starring

Carol Lynley  ....... Sandy Carter
Anthony George ..... Ernie Hamel
Arch Johnson ....... Harry Eden
Lee Meriwether ..... Kerry
Joan Staley ........ June
Karen Steele ....... Sabina
Arlene Howell ...... Wilma
Joanne Moriarty .... Donna
Warrene Ott ........ Miss South Dakota
Synopsis:
A reporter asks that question about Miss Illinois and other losers of national contests. [RF]
 

Ep 2.09  Alcoa Premiere: THE HANDS OF DANOFRIO (60 min)

29Nov1962  ABC Thurs

hosted by Fred Astaire

starring

Joseph Campanella  .. Marc Malatesta
Telly Savalas ...... Mario Lombardi
John Williams ...... Caleb Burlington
Janet Margolin ..... Rosa
Alice Pearce ....... Iris
Beulah Bondi ....... Mrs. Murrow
Synopsis:
An art critic catalogues the complete works of a dead sculptor and suddenly a new work turns up. [RF]
 

Ep 2.10  Alcoa Premiere: THE CONTENDERS (60 min)

06Dec1962  ABC Thurs (rerun 06Jun63)

hosted by Fred Astaire

starring

Suzanne Pleshette  .. Carla Hammond
Signe Hasso ........ Nicole Bruneau
Elen Willard ....... Jennifer Cook
Ed Asner ........... Daniel Stryker
Chester Morris ..... Andrew Hines
James Patterson .... Barnaby Evans
Robert Christopher.. Robert Turner
David Frankham ..... Richard Cook
Emile Genest ....... George
Robert Roter ....... Eduard
Synopsis:
Three unprincipled actresses vie for the best-performance award at a film festival. [RF]
 

Ep 2.11 Alcoa Premiere: THE WAY FROM DARKNESS (60 min)

13Dec1962 ABC Thurs

hosted by Fred Astaire

starring

Shelley Winters  .... Meg Fletcher
Donald Harron ...... Robert Devon
Joan Hackett ....... Edith Fletcher
George Furth ....... Henry Blett
Jackie Russell ..... Maybelle
Synopsis:
Invalid Meg Fletcher just loves having her sister stay with her: she makes such a wonderful servant. [RF]
 

Ep 2.12  Alcoa Premiere: THE POTENTATE (60 min)

20Dec1962  ABC Thurs (rerun 20Jun63)

written by David Karp

novel by William Fennerton

directed by John Brahm

hosted by Fred Astaire

cast

Theodore Bikel ....... Stefan Tamarov

Milton Selzer ....... Rozinsky

Carol Rossen ....... Svezda

David Opatoshu ....... Andreas Vrim

Angela Clarke ....... Maria

Dick Sargent .......Haines

Simon Scott ...... Raknitch

Paul Genge ...... Martov

Richard Karlan .......Hannerske

Than Wyenn ....... Major Stransky
Synopsis:

Disquieting is the word for Stefan Tamarov's first visit to New York City.

As Minister of Economics and Foreign Trade for a Communist satellite country,

Tamarov has no trouble with his official duties; it's the 'little' things that bother him.

His daughter Svezda is seeing an American reporter much too often, and his best

 friend Andreas Vrim, his country's UN delegate, has confided a few thoughts to

Stefan that could be interpreted as treason. [RF]

 

Ep 2.13  Alcoa Premiere: BLUES FOR A HANGING (60 min)

27Dec1962  ABC Thurs (rerun 22Aug63)

starring

Fred Astaire ....... Ted Miller

Janis Paige .......Connie Rankin

Lurene Tuttle ....... Theresa Summer

Shelly Mann ....... Billy

Robert H. Harris ....... Peter Wrenn

Tyler MacDuff .......Rod Tilton

Richard Shannon....... Bassion

Lory Patrick ....... Maxine Summer
Synopsis:

Ted Miller, a down-on-his-luck musician, was in a drunken fight last night, and

begins to think he could have murdered a man. His loving girlfriend Connie refuses to

believe this and together they piece together what really transpired. [RF]

 

Ep 2.14  Alcoa Premiere: IMPACT OF AN EXECUTION (60 min)

03Jan1963  ABC Thurs

hosted by Fred Astaire

starring

Ralph Bellamy  ...... Dr. Richard Meredith
Ruby Dee ........... Irene Clayton
Peggy Ann Garner ... Bernice Meredith
Robert Colbert ..... Dr. Hamilton
Alan Napier ........ Judge Cameron
Stanley Adams ...... Rosen
Synopsis:
A doctor could persuade the governor to stay a killer's execution but he's in no hurry to do so. [RF]
 

Ep 2.15  Alcoa Premiere: LOLLIPOP LOUIE (60 min)

10Jan1963 ABC Thurs

hosted by Fred Astaire

starring

Aldo Ray  ........... Louie Mastroanni
Kurt Kasznar ....... Mario
Paul Comi .......... Tony
Ralph Manza ........ Uncle Peter
Barbara Turner ..... Emma
Jesse White ........ Counterman
Synopsis:
Happy-go-lucky Lollipop Louie leaves his California fishing boat to head for the big city. [RF]
 

Ep 2.16  Alcoa Premiere: THE GLASS PALACE (60 min)

17Jan1963 ABC Thurs

hosted by Fred Astaire

starring

Ricardo Montalban  .. Vince Gallard
Anne Francis ....... Terri Gallard
Joanna Barnes ...... Aggie McCrae
Don Hamner ......... Lloyd Gary
Ed Nelson .......... Brick Avery
Paul Newlan ........ Max Gifford
Wallace Ford ....... Mike Fallon
Chester Morris ..... Charles Richardson
Synopsis:
There's trouble afoot when ice skater Vince Gallard begins to slip: a coming ice show depends on him. [RF]
 

Ep 2.17  Alcoa Premiere: FIVE, SIX, PICK UP STICKS (60 min)

24Jan1963 ABC Thurs (rerun 30May63)

hosted by Fred Astaire

starring

Mickey Rooney  ...... Babe Simms
John Forsythe ...... Andy Ballard
Barbara Nichols .... Willy Simms
John Lupton ........ Hadley
Geraldine Brooks ... Lorraine Gardner
Bibi Osterwald ..... Midge
Bobby Troup ........ Sam Wagner
Joan Staley ........ Claire
Charles Lampkin .... Zimmy
John Zaremba ....... Doctor
Terrea Lee ......... Folksinger
Maggie Pierce ...... Secretary
Marian Collier ..... Girl
Synopsis:
After several years in Europe, a temperamental jazz drummer returns to the U.S. [RF]
 

Ep 2.18  GEORGE GOBEL PRESENTS  (60 min)

(ABC Unsold Pilot broadcast on ALCOA PREMIERE)

31Jan1963  ABC Thurs (rerun 04Jul63)

starring

Cliff Norton

Joyce Van Patten

Paul Mazursky

Eddie Quillan

Marilyn Watson

Lindis Guiness

The Harmonicats and Anden's Poodles

Synopsis:
George acts as host and adds his own brand of humor to the proceedings.

Cliff Norton assists him in a sketch about train travel and gin rummy.
Also appearing are pianist Peter Nero; the Half Brothers; Argentine jugglers; singer Georgia Carr; Anden's poodles;

Jerry Murad's Harmonicats; and the comedy team of Paul Mazursky and Joyce Van Patten. [RF]

 

Ep 2.19  Alcoa Premiere: THE HAT OF SERGEANT MARTIN (60 min)

07Feb1963 ABC Thurs (rerun 13Jun63)

written by Gene L. Coon

hosted by Fred Astaire

starring

Claude Akins ....... Michael Lujack

Roger Perry .......Clinton Martin

Rafael Campos ...... Kiko

Carlos Romero ....... Sandy

Will Kuluva ....... Padre Dominguez

Alex Viespi ....... Caliban

Arch Johnson ....... Colonel Whitney

Linda Cristal ....... Teresa

Pedro Gonzales-Gonzales ...... Private Sanchez

Synopsis:
Marines Michael Lujack and Clinton Martin fight over women, but fight well together

when it comes to Latin American revolutionaries. They're stationed in a turbulent country

South of the Border during the Thirties and assigned to hunt down insurgents in the mountains. [RF]

 

Ep 2.20  Alcoa Premiere: BLOW HIGH, BLOW CLEAR (60 min)

14Feb1963  ABC Thurs (rerun 12Sep63)

script by Harold Swanton
hosted by Fred Astaire

starring

Tommy Sands ....... Harlan Tracy

Jane Wyatt ....... Martha Ellison

Dan Duryea ....... Charlie Quinn

Chris Robinson ....... Doyle

John Anderson ....... Hannibal Roth

Tol Avery .......... Kirk
Frank Overton ...... Ellison

Synopsis:
Doyle, a young seaman just arrived from New Orleans, is in a quandary: His friend Harlan

is deeply disturbed over parental problems, and Doyle has stumbled onto something in

the French Quarter which could throw Harlan - and his family - into a real spin. [RF]
*Note: This was a pilot film for a projected fall series.

 

Ep 2.21  Alcoa Premiere: CHAIN REACTION (60 min)

21Feb1963 ABC Thurs (rerun 11Jul63)

hosted by Fred Astaire

starring

Ralph Bellamy ....... Julian Wells

Bradford Dillman .......Mark Ames

Charles Drake ....... Walter Mitchell

Linda Hutchins ....... Mary Ellen

Bettye Ackerman ....... Dorothy Swift

George Voskovec ....... Professor Olafson

Celia Lovsky ....... Mme. Olafson

Leslie Parrish ....... Vicki

John Alvin ....... Scientist

Henry Hunter ...... Doctor

Synopsis:
Scientists Mark Ames and Walter Mitchell work for the same lab, but Ames is brash

and brilliant whereas Mitchell is cautious and reliable - which makes for a volatile relationship.

Add a female and the situation becomes explosive. [RF]

 

Ep 2.22  Alcoa Premiere: HORNBLOWER (60 min)

28Feb1963  ABC Thurs (rerun 15Aug63)

adapted by Donald Wilson
from the stories by C.S. Forester
produced in England

hosted by Fred Astaire
starring
David Buck .......Captain Horatio Hornblower
Nigel Green ....... Brown
Peter Arne ....... Nathaniel Sweet
Jeremy Bulloch ....... Midshipman Bowser
Barry Keegan ....... Holdroyd
Sean Kelly ......... Lt. Carlow
Terence Longdon ....... Lt. Bush
Synopsis:
It is 1803, Britain and France are at war, and off the French coast the HMS Firedrake,

commanded by Captain Horatio Hornblower, searches for her long-missing sister ship

 the Flame. The Flame is finally sighted lying silently ahead - and when she fails to

attack a passing French merchantman, Hornblower determines to find out why. [RF]
 

[--] Alcoa Premiere pre-empted for Close-UP! documentary special "The Irreplaceables".
07Mar1963 ABC Thurs

 

Ep 2.23  Alcoa Premiere: JEENEY RAY (60 min)

14Mar1963  ABC Thurs (rerun 09May63)

starring

Brenda Scott  ....... Jeeney Ray
Joanna Moore ....... Zelda
Ron Hayes .......... Luke
Jim Davis .......... Tim
Olive Carey ........ Grandmother
Jennifer West ...... Theresa
Stanley Adams ...... Tony
Robert Ellenstein .. Mr. Baker
Kathleen O'Malley .. Miss Buckley
Synopsis:

When her grandmother dies, timid Jeeney Ray must move in with her hostile brother and sister-in-law. [RF]

 

Ep 2.24  Alcoa Premiere: THE DARK LABRINYTH (60 min)

21Mar63  ABC Thurs

starring

Carroll O'Connor  ... Charles Campion
Patrick O'Neal ..... Frederic Warren
Salome Jens ........ Madelyn Warren
Barbara Barrie ..... Virginia Stanley
Arthur Malet ....... Peter Fearmax
Synopsis:
Despite an earthquake hazard, five tourists insist on visiting a famous labyrinth in Crete. [RF]
 

Ep 2.25  Alcoa Premiere: OF STRUGGLE AND FLIGHT (60 min)

28Mar1963 ABC Thurs

Hosted by Fred Astaire

starring

Janice Rule ....... Karen Evans

Jack Kruschen ....... Joe Haneke

Dabney Coleman ....... Lee Mattheson

Tod Andrews ....... Paul Evans

Gerald O'Loughlin ....... Steve
Jordan Grant ....... Reed

Synopsis:

Karen Evans seems normal enough to her husband but now, for the second time,

the Missing Persons Bureau has been sent searching for her, and this time

her clothes have washed up on the beach. [RF]

 

Ep 2.26  Alcoa Premiere: THE BROKEN YEAR (60 min)

04Apr1963  ABC Thurs  (rerun 08Aug63)

Hosted by Fred Astaire

starring

Keir Dullea  ........ Eric Green
Shirley Knight ..... Hilary
Leif Erickson ...... Mr. Green
Katherine Bard ..... Mrs. Green
George Kennedy ..... Lincoln
Gene Lyons ......... Litchfield
Howard Wendell ..... Doctor
Jerry Dexter ....... Physical Therapist
Synopsis:
Eric and Hilary's romance becomes filled with hatred and bitterness when she blames herself for his crippling accident. [RF]
 

Ep 2.27  Alcoa Premiere: THIS WILL KILL YOU (60 min)

11Apr1963  ABC Thurs

Hosted by Fred Astaire

starring

Howard Morris  ...... Willy Longo
Ernest Borgnine .... Himself
Kurt Kasznar ....... Gene
Louis Nye .......... Larry
Frances Rafferty ... Rose
Del Moore .......... Hogan
Synopsis:
Meek Willy Longo is traveling to Las Vegas to see what his brother Larry is really like. [RF]
 

Ep 2.28  Alcoa Premiere: MILLION DOLLAR HOSPITAL (60 min)

18Apr63  ABC Thurs (rerun 25Jul63)

Hosted by Fred Astaire

starring

Charles Bickford ....... Dr. Barry Logan

William Shatner ....... Dr. William Grant

Nancy Rennick ....... Shirley

Reta Shaw ....... Nurse

Arthur Batanides ...... Ray

Berkeley Harris ....... Charlie

Synopsis:
Young Dr. Grant answers a medical-journal ad offering a "rewarding practice" for $1,000,000

but the run-down emergency hospital he finds hardly seems a lucrative enterprise. [RF]

 

Ep 2.29  Alcoa Premiere: THE TOWN THAT DIED (60 min)

25Apr1963 ABC Thurs (rerun 29Aug63)

Hosted by Fred Astaire

starring

Dana Andrews  ....... Adam Stark
Gene Evans ......... Ben Cottrell
Mary LaRoche ....... Kate
William Schallert .. Dorsey
Katherine Crawford.. Linda Cottrell
Richard Eastham .... Will Stark
Charles Cooper ..... Pollack
James Griffith ..... Kovacs
Rene Kroper ........ Bobby Kovacs
James McMullan ..... Frank Ilson
Bartlett Robinson .. Harkness
Marc Rambeau ....... Eddie
Synopsis:
Adam Stark comes home to a decrepit town, where hostilities still flare over a prolonged strike that closed an important cannery.
 

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Summer Re-runs
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02May63 The Voice of Charlie Pont (aired 25Oct62)
09May63 Jeeney Ray (aired 14Mar63)
16May63 The Masked Marine (aired 08Nov62)
23May63 Flashing Spikes (aired 04Oct62)
30May63 Five, Six, Pick Up Sticks (aired 24Jan63)
06Jun63 The Contenders (aired 06Dec62)
13Jun63 The Hat of Sergeant Martin (aired 07Feb63)
20Jun63 The Potentate (aired 20Dec62)
27Jun63 Guest In the House (aired 11Oct62)
04Jul63 George Goebel Presents (aired 31Jan63)
11Jul63 Chain Reaction (aired 21Feb63)
18Jul63 Mr. Lucifer (aired 01Nov62)
25Jul63 Million Dollar Hospital (aired 18Apr63)
01Aug63 The Long Walk Home (aired 18Oct62)
08Aug63 The Broken Year (aired 04Apr63)
15Aug63 Hornblower (aired 28Feb63)
22Aug63 Blues For A Hanging (aired 27Dec62)
29Aug63 The Town That Died (aired 25Apr63)
05Sep63 Whatever Happened to Miss Illinois? (aired 22Nov62)
12Sep63 Blow High, Blow Clear (aired 14Feb63)

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