CTVA US Anthology - "The Big Story" (Pyramid/NBC) Season 7 (1955-56)

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    Producer Robert Louis Shayon / Narrated by Ben Grauer
 Season 7 (NBC) (1955-56)
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by:  Rina Fox
references:
TV Guide / Library of Congress (telnet://locis.loc.gov)
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UCLA Film and Television Archive


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NBC Fridays 9:00-9:30 pm Eastern (weekly)

 

7.01 [--] The Big Story: BADGE 21
09Sep1955 NBC Fri
 Video - http://www.veoh.com/collection/nostalgiam-tvshows/watch/v169340914g73KyRe
Producer Stuart Rosenberg
Script by Allan Sloane
Directed by Larry Doheny
Director of photography George Webber
Film Editor James Gaffney
Announcer, Ernest Chappell
Narrated by Burgess Meredith
cast:
Frank Marth ....... Ralph 'Dutch' Hennings
Terry O'Sullivan .. Ray Dixon
Clem Fowler ....... Fulton
Henry Velez ....... Floyd
Joseph Sullivan ... Police Lieutenant
Ken Walkin ........ Clinton
James Stephens .... Deputy
Synopsis:
Newsman Ralph 'Dutch' Hennings of the South Bend Indiana Tribune, saw his state trooper Ray Dixon killed,
and helps police identify and capture the criminal. [RF]

 

7.xx [--] The Big Story: TOM SULLIVAN AND JIM DONAHUE OF THE BOSTON RECORD AMERICAN
23Sep1955 NBC
Producer, Robert Louis Shayon
Musical Direction, Vladimir Selinsky
Announcer, Ernest Chappell
Narrated by Ben Grauer
Synopsis:
This is the big story of reporters Tom Sullivan and Jim Donahue of the Boston

Record American. The boasts of a husky teenager lead police to believe that he

had more than a little to do with the brutal murder of a Brookline divorcee. [RF]

 

7.xx [--] The Big Story: THE AMERICAN ARCHER-SHEE CASE
(aka Bruce Benedict of the San Francisco Chronicle)
(Syndication title: Justice Delayed)

04Nov1955 NBC
Producer, Robert Louis Shayon
Musical Direction, Vladimir Selinsky
Announcer, Ernest Chappell
Narrated by Ben Grauer
Guest cast:
James Stephens ......... Bruce Benedict
Donald Hastings ........ George Hanson
Leon Stevens ........... Kane

Synopsis:
Reporter Bruce Benedict of the San Francisco Chronicle found his big story in an

American counterpart to England's famed "Winslow Boy" case. At the California Maritime

Academy a student is accused of stealing two shirts from a classmate. He protests

his innocence but officials doubt his story. [RF]

Synopsis 2:
Intrigued by the similarity to a British case, Bruce Benedict investigates

a cadet's expulsion from a maritime academy. [RF]

*Note: Postponed from Oct. 7, 1955.

 

7.xx [--] The Big Story: THE SECRET WITNESS PLAN
(aka LOU PARIS OF THE CHIGAGO SUN TIMES)
11Nov55 NBC
Producer, Robert Louis Shayon
Musical Direction, Vladimir Selinsky
Announcer, Ernest Chappell
Host: Ben Grauer
Guest cast:
Ralph Carmargo ..... Lou Paris
Synopsis:
Paris was assigned to write a daily series on Chicago's huge backlog of unsolved murders.

 This story tells of Paris's research into the death of an elderly Italian shoemaker who

 was robbed and killed before he could return to his homeland. [RF]

 

7.xx [--] The Big Story: THANKS FOR DR. JOE
(aka Victor Cohn of the Minneapolis Tribune)
18Nov55 NBC
Producer, Robert Louis Shayon
Musical Direction, Vladimir Selinsky
Announcer, Ernest Chappell
Narrated by Ben Grauer
Synopsis:
This is the big story of reporter Victor Cohn of the Minneapolis Tribune. He champions

the cause of Polish doctor who survived years in a slave-labor camp only to be forbidden

 by U.S. law to practice medicine in his new home town, Freeport Minnesota. The doctor

 has become a house painter to support his family. [RF]

 

7.xx [--] The Big Story: BURDEN OF PROOF
(aka Robert L. Stearns of the Pontiac, Mich., Press)
25Nov55 NBC
Producer, Robert Louis Shayon
Musical Direction, Vladimir Selinsky
Announcer, Ernest Chappell
Narrated by Ben Grauer
Synopsis:
Reporter Robert L. Stearns of the Pontiac, Mich., Press champions the cause of a

man suspected of murder. The man became the state's chief suspect after he found

 the body of a murdered matron and reported his discovery to the police. [RF]

7.xx [--] The Big Story: RICHARD LOOMAN OF THE SAN DIEGO TRIBUNE
02Dec55 NBC
Producer, Robert Louis Shayon
Musical Direction, Vladimir Selinsky
Announcer, Ernest Chappell
Host: Ben Grauer
Synopsis:
Reporter Richard Looman investigated the attempted suicide of his best friend's wife.

 The woman's husband told Looman that his wife was disturbed over her

analysis by a local so-called psychologist. [RF]

 

7.xx [--] The Big Story: THE TOY
(Reporter Emil Slaboda of the Trentonian in Trenton, N.J.
15Jan56 NBC
Synopsis:
A new state law was initiated when Emil Slaboda wrote the story of a mentally

ill veteran who used a toy gun to commit holdups. Slaboda used the story

to fight for a law that would make realistic toy guns illegal. [RF]

 

7.xx [--] The Big Story: THE MONEY MAKING MACHINE
(Reporter J.P. Cahn of the San Francisco Chronicle.)
22Jan56 NBC
Synopsis:
The money making machine is exposed by reporter J.P. Cahn of the San Francisco Chronicle.

He writes a series of articles about the device of some clever "con" men to get easy money. [RF]

 

7.xx [--] The Big Story: FOLLOW THE LEADER

(aka Smart Kid)
(Reporter Elston Brooks of Fort Worth's Star Telegram.)
02Mar56 NBC

Narrated by Ben Grauer
starring

Richard Murray ......... Elston Brooks (aka David Hedison)
Arch Johnson ........... Dave Cooley
Joey Walsh ............. Don Cooley
Al Hodge ............... Hollis
Synopsis:
After a daring daytime bank robbery, Brooks follows clues which lead him to a high school student. [RF]

Synopsis 2:
Elston Brooks' search for a daring bank robber leads him to a bright high-school student. [RF]

 

7.xx [--] The Big Story: FIGHTER'S FISTS
(Reporter Zarko Franks of the Houston (Texas) Chronicle.)
09Mar56 NBC
Synopsis:
Reporter Zarko Franks becomes interested in the case of a young boxer who

 is suspected of being involved in a crime wave. By doing a bit of investigating

on his own, Franks proves that eye witnesses are not always accurate. [RF]

 

7.xx [--] The Big Story: THE HUMAN ELEMENT
16Mar56 NBC Friday
Narrated by Ben Grauer
starring
Walter Klavun .......... Robert F. Ward

Peter Turgeon .......... Pete
Frank Maxwell .......... Harry
Synopsis:
Reporter Robert F. Ward of the Bridgeport (Connecticut) Post and Telegram

reports on a capsule of deadly radioactive material which is missing from a factory.

 Ward is given the job of getting the news out through all possible sources

 in hopes of warning the man who took it. [RF]

Synopsis 2:
Reporter Robert F. Ward (Walter Klavun) launches a search for

a missing capsule of lethal radioactive material. [RF]

 

7.xx [--] The Big Story: THE HIDING PLACE
(Reporter Clifford Quin of the Toledo (O.) Blade.)
13Apr56 NBC Friday
Narrated by Ben Grauer
starring
Walter Brooke .......... Clifford Quin
Synopsis:
The body of a man is found near the river. Police cannot identify him,

but Clifford Quin of the Toledo Blade uses his training as a reporter to crack the case. [RF]

 

7.xx [--] The Big Story: BOB BATTLE, CITY EDITOR: NASHVILLE (TN) BANNER
27Apr56 NBC Friday
Teleplay by Sheldon Stark
Narrated by Ben Grauer
starring
Logan Field
Richard Shepard
Sidney Armus
Lisa Howard
Norman Shelly [RF]

7.xx [--] The Big Story: LEONARD LERNER OF THE BOSTON GLOBE
01Jun56 NBC
Directed by Leonard Valenta
Written by Alvin Boretz
Producer, Robert Louis Shayon
Musical Direction, Vladimir Selinsky
Announcer, Ernest Chappell
Host: Ben Grauer
Guest Cast:
Philip Abbott
Wallace Rooney
Victor Thorley
John Shellie
Alfreda Wallace
Synopsis:
In the New Hampshire woods, a college girl disappears during her vacation.

There is no trace of her until Boston Globe reporter Len Lerner,

suspecting foul play, decides to investigate. [RF]

7.xx [--] The Big Story: WILLIAM KENNEDY OF THE WATSONVILLE, CALLIFORNIA REGISTRAR PAJARONIAN
08Jun56 NBC
Directed by Leonard Valenta
Written by Douglas Taylor
Producer, Robert Louis Shayon
Musical Direction, Vladimir Selinsky
Announcer, Ernest Chappell
Narrated by Burgess Meredith
Guest Cast:
John Connell ...... William Kennedy
Peter Thompson .... Curtis
Don Briggs
Grant Sullivan
Jack Orrison
Ward Costello
Val Avery
Bob Hastings
Nancy Rennick
Synopsis:
The story of William Kennedy from the Watsonville, California Registrar Pajaronian

who uncovered corruption in high office in Santa Cruz County. The district attorney and the

 vice syndicates were in cahoots. As the show ends, Kennedy receives the Big Story Award.

 "Ben Grauer narrates the story that won a Pulitzer Prize for reporter

William Kennedy of Watsonville, California. After covering a murder trial,

Kennedy suspects that the D.A. was bribed.

7.xx [--] The Big Story: JOHN KEYES OF THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL-BULLETIN
15Jun56 NBC
Directed by Leonard Valenta
Written by Newton Meltzer
Producer, Robert Louis Shayon
Musical Direction, Vladimir Selinsky
Announcer, Ernest Chappell
Host: Ben Grauer
Guest Cast:
William Zuckert .... John Keyes
Synopsis:
Reporter John Keyes of the San Francisco Call-Bulletin. While on vacation hunting deer,

 Keyes finds a clue which breaks the mystery of a series of brutal beatings. [RF]

7.xx [--] The Big Story: GEORGE THOMPSON OF THE PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS
22Jun56 NBC
Directed by Leonard Valenta
Written by Alvin Boretz
Producer, Robert Louis Shayon
Musical Direction, Vladimir Selinsky
Announcer, Ernest Chappell
Host: Ben Grauer
Guest Cast:
Robert Ellenstein
Loretta Leversee
Will Hare
Dean Almquist
Synopsis:
Reporter George Thompson of the Philadelphia News races to stop a man who plans to kill

in order to be killed. The man, an unhappy husband who wants to die but is afraid to commit

suicide, figures that the police will kill him if he shoots a few passersby. [RF]

7.xx [--] The Big Story: HERBERT KRONE THE LANCASTER, PENNSYLVANIA NEW ERA
(aka Two Thumbs)
06Jul56 NBC
Directed by Leonard Valenta
Written by Douglas Taylor
Producer, Robert Louis Shayon
Musical Direction, Vladimir Selinsky
Announcer, Ernest Chappell
Host: Ben Grauer
Guest Cast:
Joseph Julian ...... Herbert Krone
George Mitchell
Peg Hillias
Buzz Martin
Stuart Germain
Charles Mendick
Synopsis:
Joseph Julian stars as reporter Herbert Krone of the Lancaster, Pennsylvania

New Era. Krone's story exposed a Pennsylvania Dutch 'hex' murder fraud

in which a village idiot was indicted for killing a 'hex man.
*Note: Last Show of the season.


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