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 Season 3 (NBC) (1951-52)
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by:  Rina Fox
references:
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US Network Schedules  1951-1952

########## Armstrong Circle Theatre ##########
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NBC Tuesdays 9:30-10:00pm (weekly)(30min)
(East Coast - New York, broadcast "live")
(West Coast - Los Angeles, 3 weeks delay)

3.01 [68] Armstrong Circle Theater: FLAME-OUT
18Sep1951 [Syracuse Herald]
09Oct1951 [Long Beach Independent]
starring
Leslie Nielsen
Anne Bancroft (as Anne Marno)
Robert Baines
Stephen L. Christian
Synopsis:
After witnessing the plane crash of a fellow jet pilot, a pilot must overcome his fear of dying in a crash. [RF]

3.02 [69] Armstrong Circle Theater: DANNY'S TUNE
25Sep1951
16Oct1951 [Long Beach Independent]
Directed by Ted Post
starring
George Hall
June Walker
Mary Kay Stearns
Rodney McLennan
Rolly Beck
Edmund Dorrey
Fred Hillibrand
Marjory Leach
Fredric Vonn

3.03 [70] Armstrong Circle Theater: THE RUNAWAY HEART
02Oct1951
23Oct1951 [Long Beach Independent]
starring
Judith Evelyn
Bunny Lewbel
John Newland
Mary Orr

3.04 [71] Armstrong Circle Theater: THE COMMANDANT'S CLOCK
09Oct1951
Directed by Ted Post
starring
Ben Cooper
Richard Cleary
Melville Ruick
Woody Morgan
Arthur Hutt
Donald Harris
Philip Rodd
Andy Milligan
Synopsis:
A couple of cadets at military school disobey orders from their superior and try to avoid disciplinary actions. [RF]

3.05 [72] Armstrong Circle Theater: THE LOST AND FOUND
16Oct1951
starring
Chester Stratton
Cara Williams
Lex Richards
Seth Arnold
Ann Thomas
Frank Mullen
Synopsis:
An Australian woman falls in love with an American serviceman during the War. After the War she goes to America
in search of her one true love. [RF]

3.06 [73] Armstrong Circle Theater: THE LONG VIEW
23Oct1951
Written by Kay Arthur
Directed by Ted Post
starring
Thomas Mitchell
David Orrick
Mona Bruns
Biff McGuire
Leland Stanford Harris
John D. Seymour
Synopsis:
A philosophy professor has been passed over as head of the department learns to see his life in relation to
the entire college and to his students. [RF]

3.07 [74] Armstrong Circle Theater: NIGHT SONG
30Oct1951
starring
Geraldine Fitzgerald
Donald Woods
Francis Compton
Dorothy Peterson
Synopsis:
A literary critic falls in love with a poet.

3.08 [75] Armstrong Circle Theater: FOG STATION
06Nov1951
Directed by Ted Post
starring
William Eythe
Constance Ford
Bob Patten
Frank Fenton
Kenneth Bowles
Synopsis:
A lighthouse keeper's wife is intent on leaving her husband because of the loneliness on the island. [RF]

3.09 [76] Armstrong Circle Theater: DAY DREAMS
13Nov1951
starring
Beatrice Pearson
Herbert Evers
Dorothy Sands
Marlo Dwyer
Synopsis:
A spinster day dreams of romance.

3.10 [77] Armstrong Circle Theater: THE OLDSTER
20Nov1951
starring
Butch (Marc) Cavell
Henry Hull
Jacqueline DeWitt
Allen Nourse
Joe Bernard
Charles G. Martin
Synopsis:
An old railroad man is lost in his memories of the good old days of Casey Jones. He just can't get used to
modern-day innovations. [RF]

3.11 [78] Armstrong Circle Theater: BRAND FROM THE BURNING
27Nov1951
starring
Thomas Coley
Grace Kelly
Joseph Sweeney
Lester Lonergan
Aileen Poe
Tom McElhaney
Morton L. Stevens
Synopsis:
A minister's superiors reassign him to a more impoverished parish concerned that he is to materialistic. [RF]

3.12 [79] Armstrong Circle Theater: AIRTIGHT CASE
04Dec1951
starring
Kent Smith
Barnard Hughes
John McGovern
Denny Bohan
Paul Parks
Synopsis:
An innocent man faces dire consequences in his airtight case. [RF]

3.13 [80] Armstrong Circle Theater: MARIONETTES
11Dec1951
starring
Henry Jones
Beatrice Pearson
The Bill Baird Marionettes
Synopsis:
A lonely girl seeks refuge in a theater showing Marionettes perform. [RF]

3.14 [81] Armstrong Circle Theater: DISASTER
18Dec1951
starring
Jack Lambert
Gene Reynolds
Robert Webber
Bruno Wick
Jason Johnson

3.15 [82] Armstrong Circle Theater: ENTER ROSALIND
25Dec1951
starring
Enid Markey
Synopsis:
An elderly drama coach tries to teach a group of temperamental students. [RF]

3.16 [83] Armstrong Circle Theater: THE SNOW DEER
01Jan1952
Producer Hudson Faussett
Written by Elizabeth Hume
Directed by Ted Post
starring
Beverly Whitney
Charles Cooper
Richard Bishop
Dorothy Francis
Harrison Dowd
Synopsis:
A married couple learn a lesson about love during a blizzard. [RF]

3.17 [84] Armstrong Circle Theater: PANDORA'S BOX
08Jan1952
starring
John Boyd
Dorothy Stickney
Jack Diamond
Betty Lou Keim
Synopsis:
Risking their happiness jeopardizes a couple. [RF]

3.18 [85] Armstrong Circle Theater: IT TAKES ALL KINDS
15Jan1952
starring
Hildy Parks
William Redfield
John Kane

3.19 [86] Armstrong Circle Theater: PRICE TAG
22Jan1952
starring
Anne Jackson
Jack Grimes
Synopsis:
A shy file clerk shops for a dress for her big date when another shopper grabs her dress. A stock boy
intercedes and helps the girl get the dress she wants. [RF]

3.20 [87] Armstrong Circle Theater: YESTERDAY'S MAGIC
29Jan1952
Written by Hobe Morris
starring
Jerome Cowan
Frances Robinson
Synopsis:
A former actress receives a surprise visit from her famous former co-star and is reminded of her time in the spotlight. [RF]

3.21 [88] Armstrong Circle Theater: IMAGE
05Feb1952
starring
Edmon Ryan
Beatrice Straight
Synopsis:
A woman teaches her young son that his father who deserted them actually has some redeeming qualities. [RF]

3.22 [89] Armstrong Circle Theater: THE YARDS OF POETRY
12Feb1952
Written by Konrad Berkovici
starring
Michael Gorrin
Wolfe Barzell
Synopsis:
The story revolves about the alarm of two fathers, whose children plan to marry, overlooking the fact that
there is little means of support. But the younger generation turns its interest in poetry into dollars, a
quite acceptable occurence. [RF]

3.23 [90] Armstrong Circle Theater: THE HAT FROM HANGTOWN
19Feb1952
A comedy by author Helen Papashvily of "Anything Can Happen".
starring
Marion Shockley
Paul Huber
Mabel Taliaferro
Synopsis:
Story is set in a small western city in 1910. [RF]

3.24 [91] Armstrong Circle Theater: MR. BEMISS TAKES A TRIP
26Feb1952
Directed by Ted Post
starring
E.G. Marshall
Barbara Cook
Diana Douglas
Edwin Cooper
Thom Conroy
Al Thayer
Martha Sherrill
Jack Howard
Synopsis:
A music store employee is afraid to ask his boss for a vacation when he is spurred into action by a woman. [RF]
*NOTE: This was Barbara Cook's first television appearance.

3.25 [92] Armstrong Circle Theater: DOMENICO
04Mar1952
starring
Henry Hull
Luis Van Rooten
Andrea Blayne
Joseph Boland
Alfred Hopson
Synopsis:
An elderly Italian-American fisherman decides to learn to read and write. [RF]

3.26 [93] Armstrong Circle Theater: THE MAN IN 308
11Mar1952
starring
Frances Helm
Leslie Nielsen
Synopsis:
A patient claiming to be an amnesia victim, but the nurse is convinced he is a dangerous criminal hiding out. [RF]

3.27 [94] Armstrong Circle Theater: THE SHOES THAT LAUGHED
18Mar1952
starring
Patricia Crowley
Paul Valentine
Beatrice Tompkins
Synopsis:
A heartbreaking story set behind the scenes of a ballet company. [RF]
*NOTE: Ballerinas from the Dimitri Romanoff Company are featured.

3.28 [95] Armstrong Circle Theater: HIGH GROUND
25Mar1952
Directed by Ted Post
starring
Noel Leslie
Carol Wheeler
Grant Richards
Mark Allen
Lucille Benson
Oswald Marshall
Joe Maross
Gladys Clark
Donald Bain
Synopsis:
Torrential rains and flood waters lead a woman and her father to seek aid from a taxi driver. [RF]

3.29 [96] Armstrong Circle Theater: WAY OF COURAGE
01Apr1952
Written by Roger Garis
starring
Douglass Montgomery
Martha Scott
Synopsis:
A man with three months to live decides to take care of family matters before he dies. [RF]

3.30 [97] Armstrong Circle Theater: TROUBLED SANDS
08Apr1952
Written by Robert Mason Pollock
Directed by Ted Post
starring
Hildy Parks
Paul Langton
Joanna Roos
Larry Blyden
Jim Boles
Synopsis:
Struggling to hold on to her second husband, a woman holds the secret to the death of her first husband. [RF]

3.31 [98] Armstrong Circle Theater: THE DARKROOM
15Apr1952
starring
John Newland
Walter Matthau
Glenda Farrell
Louise Allbritton
Kay Arthur
Susann Shaw
Nicholas Soussanin
Synopsis:
The appearance of a childhood sweetheart throw a marriage ceremony into a tailspin. [RF]

3.32 [99] Armstrong Circle Theater: THE WEDDING DAY
22Apr1952
Directed by Ted Post
starring
Edgar Stehli
Marie Kenney
Jon Dawson
Natalie Core
Harrison Dowd
Synopsis:
A New York photographer is engaged to columnist when he falls for his old girlfriend all over again. [RF]

3.33 [100] Armstrong Circle Theater: THE SERGEANT
29Apr52 NBC
Operation no. 52-1972.
NBC Television
Produced by Hudson Fausett
Original television play by Rod Serling
Adapted by Roger Garis
Directed by Garry Simpson
Host: Nelson Case
starring
Anthony Ross
Don Hanmer
Robert Brown
Lloyd Knight
Tige Andrews
Synopsis:
Four men are in a hospital suffering with injuries sustained in the Korean War, when their sergeant is brought
in with head injuries. They blame him for wiping out their platoon by screaming at the wrong time. The doctor,
with the aid of two nurses, proves to the four that the sergeant, a hero in earlier actions, gave way to fear
and that they are no better than him. [RF]

3.34 [101] Armstrong Circle Theater: THE LUCKY SUIT
06May1952
starring
Stuart Erwin
Vicki Vola
Synopsis:
A man tries to recover a threadbare suit he considers to be lucky after his wife has thrown it out. [RF]

3.35 [102] Armstrong Circle Theater: DISMAL SWAMP
13May1952
Written by William Dudley
starring
Oliver Thorndike
Synopsis:
A fisherman believes one of his friends is trying to seduce his wife.

3.36 [103] Armstrong Circle Theater: THE PORTRAIT
20May1952
Directed by Ted Post
starring
Eli Wallach
Claudia Morgan
Lauren Gilbert
Patricia Barry
Synopsis:
A struggling artist's relationship with a wealthy benefactor becomes complicated when he falls for the woman's niece. [RF]

3.37 [104] Armstrong Circle Theater: BREAKAWAY
27May1952
starring
Richard Kendrick
Joy Hodges
DeForest Kelley
Kate McComb
Synopsis:
A forest ranger and his former fiancee face almost certain death when trapped by a raging fire. The adventure
teaches a young girl the value of the ranger's work in the forest. [RF]

3.38 [105] Armstrong Circle Theater: FAIRY TALE
03Jun1952
Directed by Ted Post
starring
Patricia Crowley
Jack Manning
Richard Bishop
Richard Webb
Harry Sheppard
Vincent Barbi
Geraldine Dvorak
Ethel Fenton
Douglas McLean
Robert Shafer
Synopsis:
A young woman dreams of finding her Prince Charming and doesn't realize that her dear friend is that man. [RF]

[--] 10Jun52
The Armstrong Circle Theatre is preempted  for special coverage of the American Medical
Association convention from Chicago.

3.39 [106] Armstrong Circle Theater: SITUATION NORMAL
17Jun1952
starring
Philip Truex
Phillip Huston
Synopsis:
A Red Cross officer tries to cut Army red tape and gets himself in a jam. [RF]

3.40 [107] Armstrong Circle Theater: CAPPIE'S CANDLES
24Jun1952
starring
Wesley Addy
Katharine Bard
John Hamilton
Floyd Buckley
Synopsis:
A former Army physician is haunted by an unsuccessful operation he performed during the War. Seeking refuge in
a small island a local woman asks him for help with her gravely ill father. The doctor struggles with his previous
failure to save a man's life. [RF]

3.41 [108] Armstrong Circle Theater: CITY EDITOR
01Jul1952
starring
Louise Allbritton
Grace Kelly
Shepperd Strudwick
Synopsis:
A newspaper man is conflicted about an offer with a big city paper or remain at the local paper. [RF]

[--] The Armstrong Circle Theater
is pre-empted on 08Jul1952
for the Republican Convention.

3.42 [109] Armstrong Circle Theater: FOR WORSE
15Jul1952
starring
Leslie Nielsen
Nancy Malone
Andy Milligan
Synopsis:
A babysitter witnesses the bad behavior of her charges father and becomes disenchanted with married life. [RF]

[--] The Armstrong Circle Theater
is pre-empted on 22Jul1952
for the Democratic Convention.

3.43 [110] Armstrong Circle Theater: THE CHANGING DREAM
29Jul1952
19Aug1952 [Oakland Tribune]
starring
Ben Cooper
Anne Seymour
Synopsis:
A hard-working teacher tries to straighten out a problem pupil. [RF]

3.44 [111] Armstrong Circle Theater: THE VASE
05Aug1952
26Aug1952 [Oakland Tribune]
starring
E.G. Marshall
Muriel Kirkland
Dennis Hoey
Synopsis:
A husband of a culture-conscious wife gets into trouble by getting his hand stuck in a priceless antique vase. [RF]

3.45 [112] Armstrong Circle Theater: RETURN THE FAVOR
12Aug1952
02Sep1952 [Long Beach Independent]
starring
James Daly
Doris Dowling
William Martell
Synopsis:
An actor fails in Hollywood, then later returns to the film capital as a successful author to even the score with
the man who caused his downfall. [RF]

3.46 [113] Armstrong Circle Theater: A MAN AND HIS CONSCIENCE
19Aug1952
09Sep1952 [Long Beach Independent]
starring
William Prince
Audra Lindley
Michael Stanley
Synopsis:
A young man rescues a young girl and her recovery attracts the attention from the town, something he doesn't want. [RF]

3.47 [114] Armstrong Circle Theater: ROUND ROBIN
26Aug1952
16Sep1952 [Long Beach Independent] (3 week delay)
Play by Josephine Schillig
starring
Marc Cramer
Susan Shaw
Synopsis:
A teenager meets his idol and then falls in love with his idol's wife. [RF]

3.48 [115] Armstrong Circle Theater: RECAPTURE
02Sep1952
23Sep1952 [Long Beach Independent]
starring
Darren McGavin
Grace Kelly
Barbara Baxley
John Stephen
Synopsis:
Five years before in Naples, Italy a WAC and a young airman made a date to meet at "The Top of the Mark" in
San Francisco. However, two different people keep the date and a lot of romantic confusion results. [RF]
*NOTE: Title listed as "The Top of the Mark" Long Beach Independent listing. [RF]

3.49 [116] Armstrong Circle Theater: CAPRICE
09Sep1952
30Sep1952 [Long Beach Independent] (3 week delay)
starring
Paul Lukas
Pat Crowley
Harry Townes
Synopsis:
The story about a concert violinist who must make a choice between romance and a career. [RF]

*NOTE: Background music will be the theme from Fritz Kreisler's "Viennese Caprice" from which the story derives
its title.

3.50 [117] Armstrong Circle Theater: THE THIRTEENTH
16Sep1952
starring
Frederic Tozere
Evelyn Varden
Synopsis:
A girl's wealthy parents are against her marrying a struggling artist. [RF]
 

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