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 Season 4 (NBC) (1952-53)
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by:  Rina Fox
references:
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US Network Schedules  1952-1953
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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)
Host: Joe Ripley

4.01 [118] Armstrong Circle Theater: RED TAPE
30Sep1952 NBC Tue
Host Joe Ripley
starring
Peggy Conklin
Thomas Coley
Doro Merande
Synopsis:
A mother is on a crusade to get new tires for the school bus. [RF]

4.02 [119] Armstrong Circle Theater: REMEMBERANCE ISLAND
07Oct1952 NBC Tue
Host Joe Ripley
starring
Jamie Smith
Raimonda Orselli
Whit Bissell
John Compton
Royal Beal
Edith Fellows
Synopsis:
A devoted fiancee ensures his girl that she will not live her mother's tragic life and death. [RF]

4.03 [120] Armstrong Circle Theater: BETRAYAL
14Oct1952 NBC Tue
Host Joe Ripley
starring
Judith Evelyn
Maria Riva
Edmon Ryan
Beatrice Straight
Synopsis:
A schoolteacher is suspicious of her former boyfriend and his new wife, she believes they are working as
Communist agents. [RF]

[--] Armstrong Circle Theater
21Oct1952 NBC Tue
pre-empted by a Speech by Governor Stevenson.

4.04 [121] Armstrong Circle Theater: THE GENTLE RAIN
28Oct1952 NBC Tue
Host Joe Ripley
starring
Edith Fellows
Frederic Tozere
Whit Bissell
Synopsis:
Scientific rain-making and romance are the elements involved in a chance meeting. [RF]

[--] Armstrong Circle Theater
04Nov1952 NBC Tue
pre-empted for
National state and local election returns with E.R. Vandeboncoeur and Robert Nelson commenting. [RF]

4.05 [122] Armstrong Circle Theater: A GODMOTHER FOR AMY
11Nov1952 NBC Tue
Host Joe Ripley
starring
Bunny Lewbel
Stefan Olsen
Evelyn Davis
Dora Sayers
Walter Brooke
Synopsis:
A little girl's world of imagination and dreams is suddenly shattered. [RF]

4.06 [123] Armstrong Circle Theater: A VOLCANO IS DANCING HERE
18Nov1952 NBC Tue
Written by S. Lee Pogostin
Host Joe Ripley
starring
Barbara Baxley
William Prince
Edgar Stehli
Yvette Dugay
Synopsis:
The story of two women in love with the same man and a second man who solves their problems. [RF]

4.07 [124] Armstrong Circle Theater: FABLE OF HONEST HARRY
25Nov1952 NBC Tue (East Coast) (live)
16Dec1952 NBC Tue (West Coast) [Long Beach Independent] (3 week delay)
Written by Frank DeFelitta
Host Joe Ripley
starring
Robert Armstrong ... Harry Parker
Aileen Poe ......... Nora
Nancy Devlin
Richard Grayson
Lester Lonergan
Synopsis:
A small-time carnival huckster tries to make a comeback as the fastest shell artist, but age and luck have turned
against him. [RF]

[--] Armstrong Circle Theater
02Dec52
pre-empted for
March of Medicine, reports from annual clinical sessions with actual medical advances. [RF]

4.08 [125] Armstrong Circle Theater: THE LIGHTS ARE BRIGHT
09Dec1952 NBC Tue
Host Joe Ripley
starring
Walter Burke
James Little
Andy Milligan
Synopsis:
The story of a boy torn between his girl and the sea. [RF]

4.09 [126] Armstrong Circle Theater: THE NOTHING KID
16Dec1952 NBC Tue
Host Joe Ripley
starring
Jack Whiting
Bill Hayes
Robert Bernard
Synopsis:
The whimiscal story of a singer's agent and the unusual story he recounts to passengers on the train. [RF]

4.10 [127] Armstrong Circle Theater: THE VISITOR
23Dec1952 NBC Tue
Host Joe Ripley
starring
Haila Stoddard
Shepperd Strudwick
Ralph Lee Robertson
Synopsis:
The story of a how a little boy makes it a happy Christmas for a sophisticated married couple. [RF]

4.11 [128] Armstrong Circle Theater: BILLY ADAMS, AMERICAN
30Dec1952 NBC Tue
Host Joe Ripley
starring
E.A. Krumschmidt
Richard Wigginton
Synopsis:
The story of a dying father in Germany who tries desperately to have his one wish come true and have his son grow
up in America. [RF]

4.12 [129] Armstrong Circle Theater: THE THIRTY-EIGHTH PRESIDENT
06Jan1953 NBC Tue (East Coast) (live)
27Jan1953 NBC Tue (West Coast) [Long Beach Independent] (3 week delay)
Host Joe Ripley
starring
Alan Bunce
Audrey Christie
Synopsis:
A banker decides to become President of the United States and the people around him wonder about his mental state. [RF]

4.13 [130] Armstrong Circle Theater: SKI STORY
13Jan1953 NBC Tue
Host Joe Ripley
starring
Nina Foch
Robert Shackleton
Bartlett Robinson
Synopsis:
The story of a man who makes proficiency at skiing a prerequisite for marriage. [RF]

4.14 [131] Armstrong Circle Theater: BEFORE BREAKFAST
20Jan1953 NBC Tue
Host Joe Ripley
starring
Scotty Beckett
Ed Begley
Chris White
Synopsis:
A comedy about newlyweds when father moves in. [RF]

4.15 [132] Armstrong Circle Theater: BLACK WEDDING
27Jan1953 NBC Tue
Story by Konrad Bercovici
Host Joe Ripley
starring
Lili Darvas
Florence Reed
Patricia Breslin
Eric Sinclair
Synopsis:
The mothers of a boy and girl oppose Gypsy law that pledged the infants to marriage in later years. [RF]

4.16 [133] Armstrong Circle Theater: PILGRIMAGE
03Feb1953 NBC Tue
Host Joe Ripley
starring
Fay Bainter
Jessie Royce Landis
Synopsis:
Two women in a man's life who have never met until after his death. [RF]

4.17 [134] Armstrong Circle Theater: THE MARMALADE SCANDAL
10Feb1953 NBC Tue
Host Joe Ripley
starring
Mildred Natwick ...... Mrs. Macready
Melville Cooper
J. Pat O'Malley
Synopsis:
A Scottish widow determined to maintain her independence becomes the center of a public uprising. [RF]

4.18 [135] Armstrong Circle Theater: RECORDING DATE
17Feb1953 NBC Tue
written by Virginia Travers & Peter W. Cobb
Host Joe Ripley
starring
Fritzi Scheff
Melville Ruick
Reinhold Schunzel
Clarence Derwent
Synopsis:
The story of a recording firm director who gambles on the chance of bringing new fame to a faded artist. [RF]

4.19 [136] Armstrong Circle Theater: THE ANCHORAGE
24Feb1953 NBC Tue
Host Joe Ripley
starring
William Harrigan
Una O'Connor
Addison Richards
Ernest Truex
Synopsis:
Four veteran sea captains retire in their seaside cottage to spend their days in pleasant reminiscing, but a
rich widow sails onto the scene and almost runs the Ship of State on the rocks. [RF]
*NOTE: Title also listed as "The Captain Takes Orders".

4.20 [137] Armstrong Circle Theater: THE TWENTY-NINTH THEME
03Mar1953 NBC Tue
Host Joe Ripley
starring
Gene Lyons
Synopsis:
A comedy-drama about a professor of a writing class of 28 students who is bedeviled each week by a 29th paper,
unsigned but with inspired verse. [RF]

4.21 [138] Armstrong Circle Theater: HOUSE OF TEARS
10Mar1953 NBC Tue
written by Tom & Alice Fleming
Host Joe Ripley
starring
Ruth Ford
Synopsis:
The death of her young daughter in India so turns a mother against the country that her future happiness and that
of her family is threatened. [RF]

4.22 [139] Armstrong Circle Theater: THE CHECKERBOARD HEART
17Mar1953 NBC Tue
written by Kay Arthur
Host Joe Ripley
starring
Jack Lemmon
Betsy von Furstenberg
Ty Perry
Dorothy Peterson
Synopsis:
Story of a girl with no manners, who knows a man of many manners and a youth of no manners whom she tries to change. [RF]

4.23 [140] Armstrong Circle Theater: THE PARROT
24Mar1953 NBC Tue
a new opera composed by Darrell Peter and written by Frank de Felitta.
Host Joe Ripley
starring
Josephine Schillig
Marden Bate
Shannon Bolin
Michael Pollack
Chester Watson
Robert Giland
Jane Seymour
Synopsis:
The story is about an eccentric widow who dies and leaves her entire fortune to care for her pet. The relatives
are outraged because only at the time of the parrot's natural death will they receive the money and parrots live
150 years or more. [RF]
*NOTE: It's the first opera commissioned by a commercial sponsor of a video program.
*NOTE: One of the stars of the show is Mac, a multi-colored macaw who takes the lead role of Benjamin.
*NOTE: Duo pianists performing are Bernard Gabriel and Marion Machon.

4.24 [141] Armstrong Circle Theater: TRANSFUSION
31Mar1953 NBC Tue
Written by Michelle Cousin
Host Joe Ripley
starring
James Gregory
Murray Hamilton
Sally Grace
Lonny Chapman
Kathleen McLean
Synopsis:
A Korean War soldier lands in an Army hospital needing a blood transfusion, war shocked the soldier feels no need to
go on until a nurse risks everything to bring him around. [RF]

4.25 [142] Armstrong Circle Theater: A SLIGHT CASE OF APRIL
07Apr1953 NBC Tue
Teleplay by Milton Geiger
starring
Hildy Parks
Perry Fiske
Joseph Leberman
Synopsis:
A young woman finds unexpected romance after a bit of day-dreaming and a glimpse at a bright Spring day. [RF]

4.26 [143] Armstrong Circle Theater: THE STRAIGHT AND NARROW
14Apr1953 NBC Tue
Teleplay by Hamilton Benz
Host Joe Ripley
starring
Glenda Farrell
Walter Matthau
Connie Sawyer
Staats Cotsworth
Len Doyle
Synopsis:
Story of a woman who tries to stay young and her husband who is resigned to the situation but can't quite accept
her dating a bookie in the process. [RF]

4.27 [144] Armstrong Circle Theater: JUDY AND THE BRAIN
21Apr1953 NBC Tue
written by Sylvia Weld
Host Joe Ripley
starring
Richard Franchot
Lee Remick
Synopsis:
A teenager fixes up a gawky friend with her drab cousin and is surprised when they hit it off. [RF]

4.28 [145] Armstrong Circle Theater: ON THE BEAT
28Apr1953 NBC Tue
written by Hamilton Benz
Host Joe Ripley
starring
Ann Hillary
Donald Richards
Dennis Patrick (as Dennis Harrison)
Synopsis:
An accompanist is torn between two loves, one a policeman and the other a tenor. [RF]

4.29 [146] Armstrong Circle Theater: SUNDAY STORM
05May1953 NBC Tue
written by Robert Noah
Host Joe Ripley
starring
Mary Fickett
Russell Hicks
Edward Bryce
Jack Arthur
Synopsis:
A strict father is surprised when his grown children mount a rebellion against him. [RF]

4.30 [147] Armstrong Circle Theater: CANDLE IN A BOTTLE
12May1953 NBC Tue
Host Joe Ripley
starring
Phyllis Kirk
Leslie Nielsen
Synopsis:
A hard-working woman butts heads with an arrogant young man who has never worked a day in his life. [RF]

4.31 [148] Armstrong Circle Theater: A MATTER OF OPINION
19May1953 NBC Tue
Host Joe Ripley
starring
Bibi Osterwald
Gage Clarke
Philippa Bevans
Jimmy Jemail
Synopsis:
Two men are asked by a news reporter about their opinions on marriage. The quotes become mixed up and trouble arises. [RF]

4.32 [149] Armstrong Circle Theater: THE MIDDLE SON
26May1953 NBC Tue
Operation no. 53-2136.
produced by Hudson Fausett
written by Nicholas E. Baehr
directed by Garry Simpson
Video, William Little
Host: Joe Ripley
starring
Jackie Cooper ...... Larry
Hugh Reilly ........ Fred
Olive Blakeney ..... Edna
Dorothy Hart ....... Helen
Frank Daly ......... Burt
Synopsis:
Larry comes home from the Korean War determined to exert his independence, feeling his older brother, Fred, has
overshadowed him all his life. Edna, their mother, finally awakens Larry to the truth, that Fred has given up his
hopes and dreams to support the family and he hopes Larry would come into the family business with him. The truth
hurts Larry, but he sees how foolish he has been. [RF]

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