CTVA US Anthology - "Armstrong Circle Theatre" (NBC) Season 6 (1954-55)

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 Season 6 (NBC) (1954-55)
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by:  Rina Fox
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US Network Schedules  1954-1955

########## Armstrong Circle Theatre ##########

############## season 6 1954-55 ##############

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    NBC Tuesdays 9:30-10:00pm (weekly)(30min)

 Aired the same day East and West Coast no delays.

6.01 [188] Armstrong Circle Theater: THE BEAUTIFUL WIFE
31Aug1954
written by David Shaw
starring
Janet Blair
Tony Randall
Maxine Stuart
Bert Thorn
Synopsis:
A housewife upsets her husband when she enters the Mrs. Universe beauty pagent.[RF]

6.02 [189] Armstrong Circle Theater: THE FIRST BORN
07Sep1954
written by Jerome Ross
starring
Mary Boland ........ Mrs. Martin
E.G. Marshall ....... Harry
Carmen Mathews ..... Peggy
Synopsis:
A family learns of the mistake it has made in obtaining a baby through an illegal adoption ring.[RF]

6.03 [190] Armstrong Circle Theater: JUDY AND ME
14Sep1954
written by Irving Gaynor Neiman
starring
James Dunn
Patty McCormack
Synopsis:
A widowed father trying to do his best raising his nine-year-old daughter Judy. He tries to convince the young
girl not to spend her allowance money on a hat that is just "too adult".[RF]

6.04 [191] Armstrong Circle Theater: EXPLOSION
21Sep1954
written by Robert Alan Arthur
starring
Joe Maross
Frank Overton
Synopsis:
A mining disaster leads two brothers to react differently towards the responsibility of the explosion.[RF]

6.05 [192] Armstrong Circle Theater: THE JUDGED
28Sep1954
written by George Bellak
starring
Walter Abel
Barbara O'Neill
Synopsis:
A boy's military school comes under fire when the school's commandant decides to severe punishment on his own son.[RF]

6.06 [193] Armstrong Circle Theater: THE RUNAWAY
05Oct1954
written by Robert Alan Arthur
starring
Fay Bainter
Philip Abbott
Synopsis:
Tired of the pressures of being a lawyer, a man returns to his boyhood home and his aunt and uncle who raised him.[RF]

6.07 [194] Armstrong Circle Theater: HALF A HERO
12Oct1954
written by Irving Gaynor Neiman
starring
Larry Blyden
Nita Talbot
Synopsis:
A cab driver wants to prove that he's not a coward to a girl he's smitten with and is currently dating a detective.[RF]

6.08 [195] Armstrong Circle Theater: LIE DETECTOR
19Oct1954
starring
Skip Homeier
William Prince
Lenka Peterson
Synopsis:
A young jewelry store employee is accused of theft from his firm.[RF]

6.09 [196] Armstrong Circle Theater: SOLID CITIZEN
26Oct1954
written by Jerome Ross
starring
Marcel LeBon
Gaby Rodgers
Synopsis:
Paris is the scene for the comedy of embezzlers embezzling each other until the biter is the one getting bitten.[RF]
*NOTE: Title also listed as "The Scandal That Rocked Paris". [Long Beach Press-Telegram]

[--] Armstrong Circle Theater
02Nov1954
pre-empted for Election results.

6.10 [197] Armstrong Circle Theater: FRED ALLEN SKETCHBOOK
09Nov1954
Narrator Fred Allen
starring
Charlotte Rae
Barbara Nichols
Synopsis:
Fred Allen narrates three comedy stories.[RF]

6.11 [198] Armstrong Circle Theater: FLARE-UP
16Nov1954
starring
Philip Abbott
Leora Dana
Joseph Sweeney
Synopsis:
Story of a man who has lost interest in life and of a strange purchase which brings him new hope.[RF]
*NOTE: Not the same episode or restaging of the program aired on October 30th, 1956.

6.12 [199] Armstrong Circle Theater: BRINK OF DISASTER
23Nov1954
starring
Ed Begley
Joanne Woodward
Synopsis:
Tired of dealing with is immature wife and her family a man reaches his breaking point.[RF]

6.13 [200] Armstrong Circle Theater: THE CONTENDER
30Nov1954
Produced by David Susskind
Teleplay by Edmund Morris
Directed by Marc Daniels
Sets by Ben Edwards
Technical director H.L. Folkerts
Associate producer Robert Costello
starring
Paul Newman ...... Jimmy Polo
Inger Stevens ..... Bess
Frank McHugh ...... Willy Skokes, Jimmy's Manager
Don Keefer ........ Tony, Jimmy's Best friend
Charles Mendick.... Maxie his trainer
Maurice Shrog ..... Alex, Packard's manager
Sid Raymond ....... Trainer
Nehemiah Persoff... Jeff Gardell
Dickie Belton ..... Jackie, Jimmy's son
Sidney Bassler ... Foyle
Synopsis:
Jimmy Polo runs into a former fighter who doesn't remember him. Expectations are high as Jimmy trains at Winant's
Gym and Willie Skokes, Jimmy's manager has him pegged to be a Contender, but Jimmy has other ideas now that he
has seen what has happened to Jeff Gardell.[RF]
(about his run in with former fighter Jeff Gardell)
Jimmy: "He was a contender when I was a kid, too dumb to be afraid, now he's selling handkerchiefs on the street.
Stood there like a schmoe, I felt like crying. I wanted to buy two thousand ... I gave him some dough
." [RF]

6.14 [201] Armstrong Circle Theater: H FOR HURRICANCE
07Dec1954
written by Kathleen and Robert Howard Lindsay
starring
Kim Stanley
Synopsis:
A woman is trapped in her apartment during a hurricane. Without power or phone, she must find help for her
very sick child. [RF]

6.15 [202] Armstrong Circle Theater: HIT A BLUE NOTE
14Dec1954
written by Anne Howard Bailey
starring
Walter Matthau
Carol Bruce
Julie London
Synopsis:
A jazz artist returns to the scene to make a name for himself. [RF]

6.16 [203] Armstrong Circle Theater: RING TWICE FOR CHRISTMAS
21Dec1954
starring
Nathaniel Frey
Joey Faye
Synopsis:
A couple of thieves pose as Santa and his helper will attending a party at an affluent home and make off with
bags full of valuables.

6.17 [204] Armstrong Circle Theater: RUNAWAY FAST
28Dec1954
written by Irving Elman
Synopsis:
A young man must make a choice between his immature romantic ideas and the responsibilities of life and love
when a dream of adventure is put to the test. [RF]
*NOTE: Title also known as "The Invisible Handcuffs".

6.18 [205] Armstrong Circle Theater: SAVE ME FROM TREASON
04Jan1955
Written by Rod Serling
Directed by William Corrigan
starring
Ed Begley
Mildred Dunnock
Synopsis:
An embittered prisoner of war in Korea decides to turn traitor as a means of revenge against his heartless father.[RF]

6.19 [206] Armstrong Circle Theater: THE FATAL TRAP
11Jan1955
Teleplay by Irving Gaynor Neiman
starring
Jessie Royce Landis
Nita Talbot
Synopsis:
A scheming mother's plans to marry her daughter off to wealth co awry.[RF]

6.20 [207] Armstrong Circle Theater: HERO AT HOME
18Jan1955
Written by Mann Rubin
Synopsis:
A man injured in a daring rescue claims he cannot walk.[RF]

6.21 [208] Armstrong Circle Theater: THUNDER IN THE HOUSE
25Jan1955
starring
Philip Abbott
E.G. Marshall
Patricia Collinge
Joey Walsh
Synopsis:
A story of a family in conflict.[RF]

6.22 [209] Armstrong Circle Theater: LADDER OF LIES
01Feb1955
written by Jerome Coopersmith
starring
John Cassavetes
Georgann Johnson
Synopsis:
A luckless young suitor finds himself caught in a nightmare of lies perpetrated to impress his prospective father-in-law.[RF]

6.23 [210] Armstrong Circle Theater: NO ROOM TO BREATHE
08Feb1955
written by John Vlahos
starring
Dane Clark
Synopsis:
A shy librarian befriends a hobo who comes to the library one wintry day. Though they are of vastly different
backgrounds, they share the common bond of loneliness.[RF]

6.24 [211] Armstrong Circle Theater: I FOUND 60 MILLION DOLLARS
15Feb1955
written by Irving Gaynor Neiman
starring
Jackie Cooper ....... Charles Steen
Lenka Peterson
Synopsis:
The true story of uranium-prospector Charles Steen. This epic of the modern-day West of Geiger counters and
geological expeditions, tells of Steen's single-minded battle against intense poverty and desert harships to
find, at last, a 60-million-dollar uranium lode. [RF]

6.25 [212] Armstrong Circle Theater: SUDDEN DISASTER
22Feb1955
written by Jerome Ross
starring
Leora Dana
Betsy Palmer
Synopsis:
When 14 mean are feared lost on a fishing boat two women appear at the dock to keep a vigil for the same man.[RF]

6.26 [213] Armstrong Circle Theater: STAY AWAY STRANGER
01Mar1955
written by John Vlahos
Synopsis:
Old World tradition and New World non-conformity dash when the eldest daughter of a poor Portuguese-American
fishing family threatens to marry the man of her choice.[RF]

6.27 [214] Armstrong Circle Theater: CRACK-UP
08Mar1955
written by Samuel Elkin
starring
Ernest Truex
Synopsis:
A fire in a theater gives a down-and-out entertainer a big break and a chance to regain his prominent place in show biz.[RF]

6.28 [215] Armstrong Circle Theater: TRAPPED
15Mar1955
written by Edgar Marvin
starring
Judith Evelyn
Philip Abbott
Jo Van Fleet
Synopsis:
A bitter 'old maid' sister lives in fear that her brother will fall in love and leave her side.[RF]

6.29 [216] Armstrong Circle Theater: THE FAMILY MENACE
(aka TV or Net TV)
22Mar1955
written by Jerome Ross
starring
William Redfield
Synopsis:
A group of suburban husbands feel abused because their wives and children neglect them to watch television, they
cunningly arrange to botch the TV reception; but a few nights of listening to the incessant yammering of their
TV-free families drive them to restore the status quo. [RF]

6.30 [217] Armstrong Circle Theater: THE TOWN THAT REFUSED TO DIE
29Mar1955
starring
Darren McGavin
Paul Tripp
Maxine Stuart
Bert Freed
Jerome Kilty
Synopsis:
It is the story of how a state senator convinced that the town will die if anything happens to its sole industry,
quits his state post to do something about it.[RF]

*NOTE: Not Circle Theater
JET PILOT
29Mar55
written by Douglas Stone
starring
William Smithers

6.31 [218] Armstrong Circle Theater: BUCKSKIN
(aka The Last Duel)
05Apr1955
written by Mann Rubin
starring
John Cassavetes ..... Clay Cochran
George Macready
Jack Lord
Synopsis:
Clay Cochran's reputation as a gun-slinger has preceded him to his new post as the Wells Fargo man in Meade City,
Kansas. But when he arrives, it is observed that he isn't carrying any guns.[RF]

6.32 [219] Armstrong Circle Theater: LEAP FOR FREEDOM
12Apr1955
written by Jerome Coopersmith
starring
Martin E. Brooks
Synopsis:
One of the members of a ski team from behind the Iron Curtain injures himself while preparing for an international
meet in Vermont. Though he must stay in bed, he has been warned not to talk with the family with whom the team
is lodged.[RF]

6.33 [220] Armstrong Circle Theater: THE SECRET OF EMILY DUVANE
19Apr1955
Talent Associates production / producer David Susskind
written by Robert David Burke
directed by Paul Bogart
cast
Geraldine Fitzgerald .. Emily Duvane
Martyn Green
Walter Brooke
Romney Brent
Noel Leslie
Burford Hampden
Harry Shaw Lowe
Synopsis:
Emily has been made so much a household drudge by her husband that she almost forgets the days, before her marriage,
when an artist loved and painted her 'beauty.' A collector arrives to find the now-dead artist's works. Set in
the jungles and plantations of Malaya.[RF]

6.34 [221] Armstrong Circle Theater: FIGHT FOR TOMORROW
26Apr1955
written by Irving Elman
starring
Margaret Hayes
William Prince
Synopsis:
A woman has believed that it was her husband's memories of his first wife that were destroying their marriage. Now
she discovers that there is another reason for the tension she feels.[RF]
Synopsis 2:
Married to a widower, a woman suddenly discovers that it is not a ghost that threatens to destroy her marriage.[RF]

6.35 [222] Armstrong Circle Theater: CRISIS
03May1955
Talent Associates production / producer David Susskind
written by Jerome Coopersmith
directed by Paul Bogart
starring
William Smithers
Lori March
Frank Overton
Jason Wingreen
Sandy Kenyon
Thomas Walsh
John Lehne
Milo Boulton
Virginia Gerry
Steve McQueen (uncredited and in one scene only).

6.36 [223] Armstrong Circle Theater: THE HALLELUJAH CORNER
10May1955
written by Greer Johnson
starring
Fay Bainter
Synopsis:
A disabled hero abandons hope of ever walking again and resigns himself to a life of comfort and acclaim until his
wife has other ideas.[RF]

6.37 [224] Armstrong Circle Theater: EAST OF NOWHERE
17May1955
written by Michael Dyne
starring
Oskar Homolka
Joan Tetzel
Synopsis:
The taciturn captain of a Finnish tanker has brought his lovely young wife along on a voyage to an undisclosed port.
Suspicions about the destination of its cargo have made the crew rebellious.[RF]

6.38 [225] Armstrong Circle Theater: THE NARROW MAN
24May1955
written by Anne Howard Bailey
starring
Catherine McLeod
Harry Townes
Synopsis:
A young college president must decide whether or not to accept a donation that carries with it certain conditions.
If he does not accept, the college must close. If he does accept, both his integrity and that of his school will
be deeply affected.[RF]

6.39 [226] Armstrong Circle Theater: PERILOUS NIGHT
31May1955
written by Al Brenner
starring
Theodore Bikel
Synopsis:
A former DP, now living in the United States, spends an anxious night in the hospital, where his very sick wife is
about to give birth.[RF]

[--] Armstrong Circle Theater:
07Jun1955
pre-empted for
March of Medicine
*NOTE: Diagnosis of a suspected cancer patient is seen as an operation is performed on "March of Medicine" at 9:30 p. m.
on (4) Program originates at the Walter Reed-Hospital and shows the operation and then follows the tissue sample to the
Armed Forces Institute of Pathology where scientists determine whether or not there is cancer.[RF]
The sponsors or "Circle Theatre" relinquish their time for this final program of the spring series.

*NOTE: The episode TURNING POINT written by Douglas Taylor did not air.

6.40 [227] Armstrong Circle Theater: THE HONORABLE MRS. JONES
14Jun1955
written by Jerome Coopersmith
starring
Edith Atwater
Peter Cookson
Synopsis:
A Congresswoman has two crisis to deal with her marriage and politics.
What happens when a congresswoman is faced with telling her husband that she has decided to leave hearth and home
to rerun for election on her party's ticket? [RF]

6.41 [228] Armstrong Circle Theater: TIME FOR LOVE
21Jun1955
Talent Associates production / producer, Robert Costello
written by Douglas Taylor
starring
Gena Rowlands ..... Lugene
John Cassavetes .... Arthur
Joseph Sweeney ..... Emery
Richard Morse
Synopsis:
Small town girl meets and falls in love with a traveling salesman during carnival time. [RF]
Synopsis 2:
A sweet farm girl meets a handsome man at the country fair.[RF]

6.42 [229] Armstrong Circle Theater: MOMENT OF TRUTH
28Jun1955
written by Newton Meltzer
starring
Kathleen Maguire
Joe Maross
Synopsis:
The story of a man who must believe either his son or his boss when a football is stolen. [RF]
*NOTE: This season's final showing of Circle Theater.

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