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The Best Of The Post

Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive

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with contributions by:  Rina Fox, Tom Alger
references:
Library of Congress (telnet://locis.loc.gov)
Internet Movie Database (http://us.imdb.com)
UCLA Film and Television Archive

 

THE BEST OF THE POST
Independent Television Corp.

Robert J. Enders Production

S-P Production in association with ITC

Executive Producer, Robert J. Enders

 

Hosted by John Conte

 

Premise:

Dramas based on short stories in the "Saturday Evening Post"

 

Original Music by William Loose (theme)

 

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Syndicated Program
 

[01] The Best of the Post: COMMAND

22Oct6O (debut 04Feb61 South Ohio)

Guest Cast:

Everett Sloane ....... Captain Brittles

Ben Cooper ....... Lt. Flint Cohill

Louis Jean Heydt ........ Sergeant Utterbach

Synopsis:

While war rages between the United States Cavalry and the savage Indians,

Captain Brittles and young Lt. Flint Cohill carry on their own personal battle. [TA]

Synopsis 2:
During the Civil War, a lieutenant and his commanding officer

clash bitterly at an outpost in the Southwest. [RF]

 

[02] The Best of the Post: COP WITHOUT A BADGE

05Nov60

Guest Cast:

Bobby Driscoll
Pat O'Brien .......... Mike
Lawrence Dobkin ...... Barasco
Kathleen Mulqueen .... Emily
Ted de Corsia ........ Hurlock
Synopsis:
A man's fight against injustice is strengthened when his son shows

 equal courage after witnessing a hit-and-run accident. [RF]
 

[03] The Best of the Post: THE LITTLE TERROR

12Nov60

Guest Cast:

Charles Ruggles ...... Grampa
Marcia Henderson ..... Mother
Patty Ann Gerrity
Synopsis:
A little girl disrupts an entire community with her ability to make things disappear. [RF]

 

[04] The Best of the Post: THE MARRIAGE THAT COULDN'T SUCCEED

19Nov60

written by George Lefferts

directed by Ted Post

director of photography Frank H. Redman

editor Art Seid

Guest Cast:

June Lockhart

Brian Hutton ......... Griff
Rhys Williams ........ Ben
Ann Doran ............ Edna

Maudie Prickett

Marjorie Bennett

K.L. Smith

Joe Brown

Frank Richards

Henry Rowland

George Selk

Speer Martin

Summary:

In a coal mining town, a young man marries a blind woman.

Based on a story by Conrad Richter. [RF]

Synopsis 2:
A blind woman who refuses to lose faith when

her husband is reported missing in war action. [RF]

 

[05] The Best of the Post: THE MURDERER

07Dec60

Guest Cast:

Stephen McNally

Phyllis Coates ....... Mollie
Don Megowan .......... Clade
Kathleen Case ........ Lilybelle
Alan Lee ............. George
Synopsis:
A farmer is caught in a web of circumstantial evidence

when his wife is murdered. [RF]

 

[06] The Best of the Post: SUICIDE FLIGHT

14Dec60

Guest Cast:

Don DeFore

Nancy Hadley
Edward Platt ......... Fogarty
Karl Swenson ......... Turner

Synopsis:
The wife of a jet pilot lives with constant fear. [RF]

Synopsis 2:
A jet pilot's wife has difficulty adjusting to a hard fact:

that her husband risks death each day. [RF]

 

[07] The Best of the Post: TREASURY AGENT

21Dec60

Guest Cast:

Joseph Mell .......... Louis "Lepke" Buchalter
Michael Higgins ...... Kearns
Richard Arlen ........ Corben
Bek Nelson ........... Mrs. Kearns
Andrew Tully
Synopsis:
In this story, treasury agents set out to smash Murder Inc.,

and to nail underworld czar Louis "Lepke" Buchalter. [RF]
 

[08] The Best of the Post: THE VISION OF HARRY WHIPPLE

24Dec60

written by Gabrielle Upton

directed by Roger Kay

director of photography Lothrop Worth

music by Raoul Kraushaar

Guest Cast:

Henry Jones .......... Henry Whipple
Joan Camden .......... Katy
Maurice Manson ....... Fishbacher
Gabrielle Upton ...... Miss Weyland

Sally Hughes

Vernon Rich

Alan Lee

Richard Collier

Robert Shayne

Maida Severn

Rose Barbato

Jimmy Hughes

Larrian Gillespie

Summary:

Based on a story by Dana Burnet [TA]

Synopsis:
A chance encounter between two middle-aged people in a

 crowded subway station leads to romance. [RF]

 

[09] The Best of the Post: EARLY AMERICANA

31Dec60

Guest Cast:

Sidney Blackmer ...... John

Claude Jarman, Jr.

Maureen Cassidy ...... Cathy
Douglas Spencer ...... Reverend Fuller
Synopsis:
An 18-year-old boy matures overnight as he and his family

await an Indian attack at a trading post. [RF]

 

[10] The Best of the Post: CARNIVAL OF FEAR

07Jan61

Guest Cast:

Francis Lederer ...... Siegfrid
Madge Kennedy ........ Mrs. Bedenbaugh
Violet Rensing ....... Maria
Synopsis:
Two refugees escape from behind the Iron Curtain, then risk

 their freedom to rescue a captured U.S. soldier. [RF]
 

[11] The Best of the Post: FRONTIER CORRESPONDENT

14Jan61

written by Ben Perry & Richard Sokolove

directed by Robert L. Friend

director of photography Harkness Smith

Guest Cast:

Burt Douglas

Karl Swenson ......... Skipper
Martin Landau ........ James
Jerome Cowan ......... Horace Greeley

Mark Allen

Sandra Giles

Hampton Fancher

Joe Perry

Summary:

Cowan portrays Horace Greeley and sends a hotshot New York Tribune

reporter out as its new frontier correspondent. [UCLA]

Synopsis 2:
The New York Tribune's first Frontier Correspondent snares

a picture of Jesse James. [RF]

 

[12] The Best of the Post: THE BARON LOVED HIS WIFE

21Jan61

Guest Cast:

Peter Lorre .......... Baron
Ingrid Goude ......... Elena
Edward Ashley ........ Burridge
Synopsis:
A secret agent is pursued by a mysterious baron and baroness

but the woman proves to be more of a friend than a foe. [RF]

 

[13] The Best of the Post: BAND OF BROTHERS

28Jan61

Guest Cast:

John Agar

Nancy Gates

Tige Andrews ......... Jacobsen
Paul Fix ............. Yountly
Patrick Waltz ........ Tom
Jay Douglas .......... Biff
Synopsis:
During World War II, a young woman tries to comfort and understand

her fiancé a battle-scarred Naval officer. [RF]

 

[14] The Best of the Post: THE TRUMPET MAN

04Feb61

Guest Cast:

Buddy Ebsen
Barbara Lawrence ..... Susan
Stanley Adams ........ Griffin
Jesse White .......... Benny

Harry James ....... Himself

Synopsis:
A trumpet player tries for a comeback by promoting

 a song he wrote for his wife. [RF]

 

[15] The Best of the Post: NO VISITORS

11Feb61

Guest Cast:

Don Taylor

Marie Windsor ........ Nurse Simmons
Donald Curtis ........ Dennis
Wally Brown .......... Fentris
Julie Bennett ........ Rosalie
Synopsis:
A writer's curiosity gets him into trouble. [RF]

Synopsis 2:
A hospitalized writer learns about the value of life from the

doctors and patients around him. [RF]

 

[16] The Best of the Post: MARTHA

18Feb61

Guest Cast:

Beverly Washburn ..... Martha
Jackie Coogan ........ Sid
Guy Hunley ........... Charlie
Kay Stewart .......... Miss Williams
Synopsis:
An 11-year-old must assume all household responsibilities

 after the death of her mother. [RF]
 

[17] The Best of the Post: NO ENEMY

25Feb61

Guest Cast:

Burt Douglas

Henry Hull ........... Quimbey
Susan Oliver ......... Cecilia
Morgan Jones ......... Root
Jack Grinnage ........ Kendall
Synopsis:
The daughter of a Southern colonel falls in love with a Union officer. [RF]
 

[18] The Best of the Post: BRIEF ENCHANTMENT

04Mar61

Guest Cast:

Lee Philips

Norma Eberhardt ...... Nancy
Doris Lloyd .......... Jane
Philip Tonge ......... Colonel
David Frankham ....... Tony

Synopsis:
A man falls in love with his best friend's girl. [RF]

Synopsis 2:
A pilot and his best friend's fiancée fall in love at an old English

estate where they fall prey to a family curse. [RF]

 

[19] The Best of the Post: THE VALLEY OF THE BLUE MOUNTAIN

11Mar61

Guest Cast:

Bonita Granville ........ Widow

Sandy Drescher ....... Daughter
Kim Spaulding ........ Son
Synopsis:
To her son's sorrow, a widow decides to sell her farm until

an unexpected tragedy prevents a sale. [RF]

 

[20] The Best of the Post: ANTIDOTE FOR HATRED

18Mar61

Guest Cast:

Beulah Bondi ..... Miss Newton
Miko Oscard ...... Josef
Steve Hammer ......... Charley
Gage Clark ........... Kimball

Synopsis:
Miss Newton adopts Josef, an orphaned refugee boy and tries

 to help him adjust to life in America. [RF]

Synopsis 2:
A woman helps a Hungarian orphan boy adjust to life in the U.S. [RF]

 

[21] The Best of the Post: SIX MONTHS MORE TO LIVE

25Mar61

Guest Cast:

Charles Coburn

Melville Cooper ...... Merryweather
Jennifer Raine ....... Mabel
Synopsis:
A sly Englishman schemes to avoid a large inheritance tax. [RF]

 

[22] The Best of the Post: OFF THE SET

01Apr61

Guest Cast:

Vincent Price  ........ Roger Bauer
Cheryl Callaway ...... Trudy Bauer
Madge Meredith ....... Mrs. Bauer
Regis Toomey ......... Matson
Ross Elliott ......... Barry

Synopsis:
Trudy Bauer, a child actress, is pushed beyond endurance by her overambitious father. [RF]

Synopsis 2:
A Svengali pushes his actress daughter beyond the point of endurance. [RF]

 

[23] The Best of the Post: GROPER IN THE DARK

08Apr61

Written by Gabrielle Upton

Directed by Robert L. Friend

Director of photography Harkness Smith

Guest Cast:

Cameron Prud'Homme ... Witzel
Dorothy Green ........ Janet
Eleanor Audley ....... Mrs. Hill

John Hoyt

Louise Fletcher

Walter Burke

Herbert Anderson

Synopsis:

A woman is on trial for murdering a wealthy doctor.
*Note: Courtroom drama is based on a story by Joseph Harrington

in the Saturday Evening Post. [TA]

Synopsis 2:
An attorney uses every legal trick to win an acquittal for a woman

(Louise Fletcher) on trial for the murder of a wealthy doctor. [RF]

 

[24] The Best of the Post: I'M NO HERO

15Apr61

directed by Roger Kay

guest star:

Dan O'Herlihy ........ Doctor
Diane Brewster ....... Ellen
Joan Vohs ............ Arla
Frank Gerstle ........ Steve
Brad Trumbull ........ Al
Synopsis:
When his home is invaded, a doctor is forced to give medical aid

 to a wounded gang member or be killed. [RF]

 

[25] The Best of the Post: THE THOMPSONS OF THUNDER RIDGE

22Apr61

Guest Cast:

Charles Herbert ...... Tommy
Charlotte Greenwood .. Aunt Martha
Jay C. Flippen ....... Uncle Hank
Synopsis:
Young Tommy's love of animals leads him into a dangerous adventure. [RF]
 

[26] The Best of the Post: THE RETURN

29Apr61

written by Noel Langley

Guest Cast:

Dan O' Herlihy ....... Pomfret

Scott Forbes ........ Kennedy

Valerie French

Synopsis:

Partners Pomfret and Kennedy find that life on their Rhodesian

plantation is changed when Kennedy brings home a wife. [RF]

 

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