CTVA US Anthology - "The Big Story" (Prockter/NBC) Season 6 (1954-55)

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    Producer Everett Rosenthal / Narrated by Bob Sloane
 Season 6 (NBC) (1954-55)
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 Fridays 9:00-9:30pm Eastern (weekly)

 

6.01 [--] The Big Story: WILLARD HASELBUSH, CITY EDITOR OF THE DENVER POST
10Sep54 NBC
Directed by David Rich
Script by Max Ehrlich
Producer, Everett Rosenthal
Musical Direction, Vladimir Selinsky
Announcer, Ernest Chappell
Narrator, Bob Sloane
Guest Cast:
Wesley Addy ........ Willard Haselbush
Paul Huber ......... Joe Barrie
John Kellogg ....... Vince Barrie
Raymond Bramley .... Mr. Heyburn
Geoffrey Bryant .... Mrs. Ashburn
Jack Davis ......... Frank Carroll
Gene Leonard ....... the Judge
Robert Hull ........ Attorney
Synopsis:
Willard Haselbush and publisher John Heyburn prepare editorials blasting the slot-machine

rackets. When this fails, Haselbush adopts more drastic exposures of the racketeers.

The slot-machines are used to cover up bigger rackets. The governor issues a
proclamation stressing the illegality of the machines and the strict enforcement of

the law that closes establishments with them.The leader, Joe Barrie, and his gang come

 before a federal jury and they try to bribe the jurors. They are found out and this count
is added to the others.

6.02 [--] The Big Story: CHARLES McKINNEY OF THE TULSA WORLD
17Sep54 NBC
Directed by David Rich
Script by Norman Lessing
Producer, Everett Rosenthal
Musical Direction, Vladimir Selinsky
Announcer, Ernest Chappell
Narrator, Bob Sloane
Guest Cast:
Carl Betz .......... Charles McKinney
Richard Hylton ..... Jerry Foster
Joyce Van Patten ... Valerie Foster
Stephen Courtleigh.. Police Captain Holcombe
Somer Alberg ....... Ben Stuart
Synopsis:
When a dentist is found murdered and his car gone, the first suspect is the dentist's

 young gardener, Jerry Foster, who has gone off with the car. Foster, a teenager

with a criminal record, disappears with his wife Valerie, and although guilty,

he convinces her of his innocence. McKinney's understanding of Foster's
reasoning enables him to write his stories in such a fashion that
the pair voluntarily return. Foster confesses and is convicted.

 

6.03 24Sep54 no details

6.04 [--] The Big Story: ARTHUR MIELKE OF THE WASHINGTON TIMES HERALD
01Oct54 NBC
Directed by David Rich
Script by Gail Ingram
Producer, Everett Rosenthal
Musical Direction, Vladimir Selinsky
Announcer, Ernest Chappell
Narrator, Bob Sloane
Guest Cast:
Philip Abbott ...... Arthur Mielke
Luella Gear ........ Mrs. Ferill
Treva Frazee ....... Amy Kellogg
Courteen Landes .... Nurse
Jason Robards ...... Mr. Simms
Harrison Dowd ...... Medical Examiner
Adele Newton ....... Jeannie
Synopsis:
On a routine check at a hospital in Prince Georges County, Maryland, Arthur Mielke learns

 of the death of a 7-month-old baby. A report indicates that the death is due to

a head wound suffered in an accident. He investigates the nursery home where

the child stayed during the day and discovers that the home is run by Mrs. Ferill,

 an elderly woman who prides herself on a neat, quiet nursery. She wants it so quiet that

when a baby cries, she hits it or bangs its head against the crib. In this way,
she has killed two or three babies. Mielke brings out the lax requirements for

obtaining a license to run such a home.

 

6.05 08Oct54 no details
6.06 15Oct54 no details
6.07 22Oct54 no details
6.08 29Oct54 no details
6.09 05Nov54 no details
6.10 12Nov54 no details
6.11 19Nov54 no details

6.12 [--] The Big Story: NORMAN AGATHON OF THE SIOUX CITY JOURNAL OF IOWA
26Nov54 NBC
Director, David Rich
Script by Paul Monash
Producer, Everett Rosenthal
Musical Direction, Vladimir Selinsky
Announcer, Ernest Chappell
Narrator, Bob Sloane
Guest Cast:
Wesley Lau ......... Norman Agathon
Herbert Nelson ..... Frank Sheldon
Constance Clausen .. Dee Victor
Wright King ........ Jack Crawley
Stephen Gray ....... Joe Styler
Carl Don ........... William Ward
James Millhollin ... Ed Abrams
Remo Pisani ........ Teddy Golden
Val Avery .......... Informer
Synopsis:
William Ward's safe is robbed by two men hired by Ward himself
for the insurance money. Jack Crawley, one of the thieves,
has just gotten married to Dee Victor, the former girlfriend
of the other thief, Frank Sheldon. The newlyweds decide he
should go straight. But Sheldon, jealous, will not give Crawley
his share from the job until he goes in on another one. Victor
wants to go to ensure that Crawley is safe, but Sheldon shoots but
does not kill her. They use so much explosive on the job that
Crawley is killed. Victor puts the finger on Sheldon.

 

6.13 03Dec54 no details
6.14 10Dec54 no details
6.15 17Dec54 no details
6.16 24Dec54 no details

6.17 [--] The Big Story: ROGER DOVE OF THE HARTFORD COURANT OF CONNECTICUT
31Dec54 NBC
Director, David Rich
Script by Mel Goldberg
Producer, Everett Rosenthal
Musical Direction, Vladimir Selinsky
Announcer, Ernest Chappell
Narrator, Bob Sloane
Guest Cast:
Frank Overton ...... Roger Dove
Jack Warden ........ Bill Foley
Peg Hillias ........ Anne Foley
Ben Yaffee ......... Mr. Adams
Ethel Remey ........ Miss Dillon
Judy Sanford ....... Carol
Richard Trask ...... Chet Foley
Synopsis:
Roger Dove investigates the state Welfare Department's decision
to place Carol, the foster child of Anne and Bill Foley, up
for permanent adoption with other parents. The couple has had
Carol for three years. As foster parents, there had been no
question about placing the girl with a family of two children
and a father with a heart condition. The state now wants to
place the girl with healthy parents. Dove raises public support
for the Foleys through his stories. Public pressure on the
governor convinces him to overrule the decision and the Foleys
adopt Carol.

 

6.18 07Jan55 no details
6.19 14Jan55 no details
6.20 21Jan55 no details
6.21 28Jan55 no details
6.22 04Feb55 no details


 11Feb55  The Big Story: KENNETH H. ALSTAD OF THE TUCSON DAILY CITIZEN preempted to following week.

6.23 [--] The Big Story: KENNETH H. ALSTEAD OF THE TUCSON DAILY CITIZEN
(aka The Man Who Wouldn't Run)

18Feb55 NBC
Director, David Rich
Script by Gail Ingram
Producer, Everett Rosenthal
Musical Direction, Vladimir Selinsky
Announcer, Ernest Chappell
Narrator, Bob Sloane
Guest Cast:
Chester Stratton ... Kenneth H. Alstead
John McLiam ........ Walter Bedford
Lisa Howard ........ waitress
Maxine Stuart ...... Mae
Ruth Hammond ....... Mrs. B
Lester Lonergan .... Mr. A
Duncan Leonard ..... Shoe Clerk
Synopsis 1:
Walter Bedford, a robber, tries out a new theory that he will
act in the open as much as possible. He robs a bank in broad
daylight. He tries to act very normally. Nobody has a description of
him because he looks so nondescript. Alstead gets a clue when a
waitress remarks that a man knocked over a glass on hearing that
the bank robber wore horn-rimmed glasses, which he himself was
wearing. Alstead understands Bedford's theory and follows his
spending trail. When Alstead tracks down a description of him,
Bedford begins to run and a police officer gets him.

Synopsis 2:

The Man who wouldn't run is investigated by reporter Ken Alstead

of the Tucson Daily Citizen. The crowd paid little attention to the man

who exited quietly from the bank after robbing it. [RF]

*Note: Episode was postponed from Feb 11, 1955 to Feb 18, 1955.

 

6.24 25Feb55 no details
6.25 04Mar55 no details
6.26 11Mar55 no details
6.27 18Mar55 no details
6.28 25Mar55 no details
6.29 01Apr55 no details
6.30 08Apr55 no details

6.31 [--] The Big Story: SHADOW OF A HEADLINE
15Apr55 NBC
Producer, Everett Rosenthal
Musical Direction, Vladimir Selinsky
Announcer, Ernest Chappell
Narrator, Bob Sloane
Synopsis:
Reporter Bernard Averbuch of the San Francisco Call-Bulletin seeks the facts behind

the apparent facts when a distraught young woman is discovered trying to save a

 young man from suicide. Evidence points to a suicide pact. [RF]

 

6.32 [--] The Big Story: THE AVENGING FRIEND

(aka Allen Cowperthwaite of the Helena Montana Independent Record)
22Apr55 NBC
Producer, Everett Rosenthal
Musical Direction, Vladimir Selinsky
Announcer, Ernest Chappell
Narrator, Bob Sloane
Synopsis:

Reporter Allen Cowperthwaite of the Helena, (Mont.) Independent Record

is a member of the group searching for a service-station operator.

When the man is found dead, the reporter is certain he was the victim

of foul play and continues to investigate. [RF]

 

6.33 [--] The Big Story: DEATH ON RATTLESNAKE RIDGE
(aka Charles Gleeson of the Willows, (Calif.) Daily Journal)
29Apr1955 NBC
Producer, Everett Rosenthal
Musical Direction, Vladimir Selinsky
Announcer, Ernest Chappell
Narrator, Bob Sloane
Guest cast:
William Redfield ....... Charles Gleeson
Synopsis:
Reporter Charles Gleeson of the Willows Daily Journal took the pictures that

convinced an arsonist he should be punished for setting fire to woods in

Mendocino National Forest. Several men lost their lives fighting the blaze. [RF]

 

6.34 06May55 no details

 

6.35 [--] The Big Story: LYING GENIUS
(aka Jack Coates of the Lubbock, Tex. Avalanche Journal)
13May1955 NBC
Producer, Everett Rosenthal
Musical Direction, Vladimir Selinsky
Announcer, Ernest Chappell
Narrator, Bob Sloane
Synopsis:
The story covered by reporter Jack Coates of the Lubbock Avalanche Journal.

He's assigned to the case of a missing high school girl. The facts he turns up put

a new light on the prime suspect - her boyfriend - in the girl's supposed murder. [RF]

 

6.36 [--] The Big Story: THE CITY WITH A HEART
(aka Dorothy Patterson of the Paterson (N.J.) Morning Call)
20May1955 NBC
Producer, Everett Rosenthal
Musical Direction, Vladimir Selinsky
Announcer, Ernest Chappell
Narrator, Bob Sloane
Synopsis:
The city with a heart was rallied behind a cause by reporter Dorothy Patterson of the

Paterson (N.J.) Morning Call. Through Miss Patterson's efforts, money was raised for

life-saving serum for a sick boy. After completing this campaign, she went on to

organize Paterson's Save-A-Child fund. [RF]

 

6.37 [--] The Big Story: A SOUND LIKE THE WIND
(aka Ray Sprigle of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette)
27May1955 NBC
Producer, Everett Rosenthal
Musical Direction, Vladimir Selinsky
Announcer, Ernest Chappell
Narrator, Bob Sloane
Guest cast:
Alexander Scourby ....... Ray Sprigle
Synopsis:
Ray Sprigle of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette follows the story of the wife of a

convicted robber who is convinced her husband is innocent. Six years after

the trial she persuades Sprigle to look into the case. [RF]

 

6.38 [--] The Big Story: THE THIN LINE
(aka Caroline Pickering of the Indianapolis Star)
03Jun1955 NBC
Producer, Everett Rosenthal
Musical Direction, Vladimir Selinsky
Announcer, Ernest Chappell
Narrator, Bob Sloane
Synopsis:
The thin line dramatizes an event from the career of reporter Caroline Pickering

of the Indianapolis Star. When a seemingly normal gentleman came to the office with

 a tale of having been shanghaied into a mental institution, reporter Pickering went to his aid. [RF]

 

6.xx [--] The Big Story: THE KIDS AND THE KICKS
airdate unknown circa 1955 NBC
Producer, Everett Rosenthal
Musical Direction, Vladimir Selinsky
Announcer, Ernest Chappell
Narrator, Bob Sloane
Synopsis:
Reporter Bud Henry's finding out what kicks the kids are getting. [RF]

 

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