CTVA US Anthology - "The Big Story" (Prockter/NBC) Season 1 (1949-50)

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    Producer Bernard J. Prockter/ Narrated by Bob Sloane
 Season 1 (NBC) (1949-50)
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by:  Rina Fox
references:
TV Guide / Library of Congress (telnet://locis.loc.gov)
Internet Movie Database (http://us.imdb.com)
UCLA Film and Television Archive

 
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NBC Friday Nights WNBT 9:30-10:00pm New York
Alternated with several types of programs during the first year.

1.01 [--] The Big Story: FRANK SHENKEL OF THE PITTSBURGH SUN TELEGRAPH [Premiere]
16Sep1949 NBC Fri
Produced by Bernard J. Prockter
Narrator, Bob Sloane
starring
Elliott Sullivan
Adelaide Klein
Roger Dekoven
Virginia Smith
Synopsis:
Frank Shenkel uncovers the murder of a woman shot in her sleep. [RF]


[--] Lights Out: The Whisper
23Sep1949

1.2 [--] The Big Story: HARRY REUTLINGER OF THE CHICAGO HERALD-AMERICAN
30Sep49 NBC Fri
Directed by Charles E. Skinner
Adapted by Arnold Perl
Produced by Bernard J. Prockter
Musical Direction, Vladimir Selinsky
Narrator, Bob Sloane
Guest Cast:
Richard McMurray ... Harry Reutlinger
William Lee ........ Dan Shaw
Joshua Shelley ..... The Horticulturist
Ivy Bethune ........ The Maid
Synopsis:
Detective Lieutenant Dan Shaw of the Chicago Police Homicide Squad calls Reutlinger in when a maid discovers the occupants
of the house missing. The furniture is wrecked and flowers in the greenhouse are splattered with blood. Reutlinger has to
learn about horticulture quickly to get first lead on the murder. [RF]

[--] Sports Show
07Oct1949

1.3 [--] The Big Story: JOHN ELLERT OF EVANSVILLE, INDIANA
14Oct1949 NBC Fri
Produced by Bernard J. Prockter
Narrator, Bob Sloane

[--] Believe It or Not
21Oct1949

1.4 [--] The Big Story: ANDREW J. VIGLIETTA OF THE LONG ISLAND STAR JOURNAL
28Oct49 NBC Fri
Directed by Charles E. Skinner
Adapted by Arnold Perl
Produced by Bernard J. Prockter
Musical Direction, Vladimir Selinsky
Narrator, Bob Sloane
Guest Cast:
Owen Jordan ........ Andrew J. Viglietta
Joe de Santis ...... John Taine
Ann Sheperd ........ Ellen Prescott
Humphrey Davis ..... the City Editor
Synopsis:
Viglietta aids the FBI in capturing a criminal and freeing an innocent man in prison. He receives a telephone call
from a supposed crank, who knows unpublished facts about the case of a man arrested, tried and sentenced. Viglietta
contacts the FBI and meets the man in Times Square. The reporter is kidnapped and, but for the arrival of the FBI,
might have been killed. [RF]

[--] Believe It or Not
04Nov1949

1.5 [--] The Big Story: JOSEPH CLARK, PHILADELPHIA REPORTER
11Nov1949
Produced by Bernard J. Prockter
Narrator, Bob Sloane

[--] Drama: The Black Robe
18Nov1949

1.6 [--] The Big Story: JULIAN HOUSMAN, RICHMOND REPORTER
25Nov1949
Produced by Bernard J. Prockter
Narrator, Bob Sloane

[--] TV Detective
02Dec1949 [Premiere] Drama

1.7 [--] The Big Story: WESLEY CHALK, PENSACOLA FLORIDA REPORTER
09Dec1949 NBC Fri
Produced by Bernard J. Prockter
Narrator, Bob Sloane

[--] Detective Mystery Drama
16Dec1949

1.8 [--] The Big Story: GEORGE GOODWIN, ATLANTA GEORGIA REPORTER
23Dec1949 NBC Fri
Produced by Bernard J. Prockter
Narrator, Bob Sloane

[--] Detective Mystery Drama
30Dec1949

1.9 [--] The Big Story: GERALD GUNTHRUP, ONEONTA REPORTER
06Jan1950
Produced by Bernard J. Prockter
Narrator, Bob Sloane

[--] Life Begins at 80
13Jan1950 [Premiere]
with Jack Barry


1.10 [10] The Big Story: MARGARET DANEY, TOLEDO OHIO REPORTER
20Jan1950
Produced by Bernard J. Prockter
Narrator, Bob Sloane

[--] Life Begins at 80
27Jan1950
with Jack Barry

1.11 [--] The Big Story:
03Feb1950 NBC Fri
Produced by Bernard J. Prockter
Narrator, Bob Sloane

[--] Life Begins at 80
10Feb1950
with Jack Barry

1.12 [--] The Big Story:
17Feb1950
Produced by Bernard J. Prockter
Narrator, Bob Sloane

[--] Life Begins at 80
24Feb1950
with Jack Barry

1.13 [--] The Big Story: HARRY MCCORMICK, TEXAS REPORTER
03Mar1950
Produced by Bernard J. Prockter
Narrator, Bob Sloane

[--] Life Begins at 80
10Mar1950
with Jack Barry

1.14 [--] The Big Story: NELLIE KENYON, CHATTANOOGA REPORTER
17Mar1950 NBC Fri
Produced by Bernard J. Prockter
Narrator, Bob Sloane

[--] Life Begins at 80
24Mar1950
with Jack Barry

1.15 [--] The Big Story: EUGENE TRAVIS, MEMPHIS TENNESSEE REPORTER
31Mar1950 NBC Fri
Produced by Bernard J. Prockter
Narrator, Bob Sloane

[--] Life Begins at 80
07Apr1950
with Jack Barry

1.16 [--] The Big Story:
14Apr1950 NBC Fri
Produced by Bernard J. Prockter
Narrator, Bob Sloane

 

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"The Big Story" alternates with  The Clock   NBC Fridays 9:30pm  from  21Apr1950
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1.47 [--] The Clock: Rain in the Night
21Apr1950

1.17 [--] The Big Story: KATHRYN STEFFAN OF THE NORFOLK (VA) LEDGER-DISPATCH
28Apr1950 NBC Fri
Produced by Bernard J. Prockter
Musical direction, Vladimir Selinsky
Narrator, Bob Sloane
starring
Jean Pugsley
Betty Bendyk
Jan Owen
Richard Shankland
Betty Garde
Bernard Burke
Marion Nobel
Synopsis:
Reporter Steffan disguises herself as a teenage delinquent and goes to jail in order to expose the conditions to other
juveniles at the County Jail. [RF]
Synopsis:
Kathryn Steffan of Norfolk, Va. wins this weeks Big Story award with her story of life in a juvenile ward. She purposely
was arrested and sent to a "farm" for 30 days and tells of the terror of her life there. [RF]

1.48 [--] The Clock: Voyage West
05May1950

1.18 [--] The Big Story: C.A. PAUL, CHARLOTTE N.C. REPORTER
12May1950 NBC Fri
Produced by Bernard J. Prockter
Musical direction, Vladimir Selinsky
Narrator, Bob Sloane
starring
Bernard Grant
Jim Moreno
Donald Keyes
Charles Jordan
Janet Paul
John Marley
Martin Greene
David Kerman
James Coots
Synopsis:
C.A. Paul, reporter for the Charlotte N.C. News with only a canary and an insight into the human mind, captured the
psychopathic holdup-killer of two cab drivers. [RF]

1.49 [--] The Clock: Just a Minute
19May1950
with Helmut Dantine, Heywood Broun, Sid Paul and Sandy Rickart.

1.19 [--] The Big Story: JAMES FUSCO, REPORTER
26May1950 NBC Fri
Produced by Bernard J. Prockter
Narrator, Bob Sloane
Synopsis:
James Fusco reporter for the Columbus (Ohio) Citizen, was as puzzled as the police when the body of a pretty young
girl was found in an old target range. However, he managed to solve the case. [RF]

1.50 [--] The Clock: I Keep Forgetting
02Jun1950

1.20 [--] The Big Story: HARRY ROMANOFF, CHICAGO REPORTER
09Jun1950 NBC Fri
Guest cast:
Norman McKay
Don Appell
Joy Geffen
Allan Stevenson
Jack Davis

1.51 [--] The Clock: The Caller
16Jun1950 NBC Fri

1.21 [--] The Big Story: HAROLD FRIEDENBERG, BOSTON REPORTER
23Jun1950 NBC Fri
Synopsis:
When a butcher's wife was murdered and a prowler was killed by the butcher and accused of the crime, Reporter Harry
Romanoff thought things were too easy and didn't mesh until he did some sleuthing and came up with the truth. [RF]

1..52 [--] The Clock: Someone Must Die
30Jun1950 NBC Fri

1.22 [--] The Big Story: EDWARD GRIFFIN, SYRACUSE REPORTER
07Jul1950 NBC Fri
Synopsis:
Herald Journal reporter Eddie Griffin solves a 1936 Lacona Bank slaying.

1.53 [--] The Clock: A Grave Plot
14Jul1950 NBC Fri

1.23 [--] The Big Story: EDWARD FREEMAN, BALTIMORE REPORTER
21Jul1950 NBC Fri
Produced by Bernard J. Prockter

1.54 [--] The Clock: Jump, Elbert, Jump
28Jul1950 NBC Fri

1.24 [--] The Big Story: ROY J. BATTERSBY, NEW YORK REPORTER
04Aug1950 NBC Fri
Produced by Bernard J. Prockter
starring
Nat Polen ....... Roy J. Battersby
Donald Keyes
Bruno Wick
Walter Matthau
Marian Shockley
Rusty Lane
William Keene
Anne Ives
Victor Sutherland
Steven Gethers
Synopsis:
Reporter Roy J. Battersby of the New York Herald-Tribune helped police solve the hammer slaying of a young bride. [RF]

1.55 [--] The Clock: The Checked Suit
11Aug1950 NBC Fri

1.25 [--] The Big Story: HOWARD BEAUFAIT, CLEVELAND REPORTER
18Aug1950 NBC Fri
Produced by Bernard J. Prockter
Synopsis:
Howard Beaufait of the Cleveland News reopened a murder case and freed an innocent man from jail.

1.56 [--] The Clock: Rumble in Manhattan
25Aug1950 NBC Fri

1.26 [--] The Big Story: EUGENE TRAVIS, MEMPHIS REPORTER
01Sep1950 NBC Fri
Produced by Bernard J. Prockter
Synopsis:
Eugene Travis reporter for a Memphis newspaper with his tale of tipping off the post office department of an impending
train robbery. [RF]


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