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    Executive Producer Everett Ronsenthal/ Producer Robert Louis Shayon/ Hosted/Narrated by Ben Grauer
 Season 8 (NBC) (1956-57)
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by:  Rina Fox
references:
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NBC Fridays 9:30-10:00pm Eastern (weekly)

 

8.xx [--] The Big Story: NIGHTMARE
(Valerie Nicholson of the Associated Press)
12Oct56 NBC Fri
Hosted by Ben Grauer
Guest cast:
Sara Seegar ............ Valerie Nicholson
Synopsis:
Valerie Nicholson, Associated Press correspondent of Southern Pines, N.C.

questions the methods of a local psychologist, Mrs. Nicholson was accused

of being mentally unbalanced herself. [RF]

 

8.xx [--] The Big Story: DON HOGAN, OF THE BOSTON POST
26Oct56 NBC Fri
Hosted by Ben Grauer
Synopsis:
Don Hogan, Boston Post reporter who found a living unknown soldier

 in a Boston hospital. Hogan tries, by publicizing the story of his amnesia victim,

to help the veteran find out who he is. [RF]
 

8.xx [--] The Big Story: GEORGE MURPHY OF THE SAN FRANCISCO NEWS
(aka Flight Into Shadow, syndication title)

16Nov56 NBC Fri
Hosted by Ben Grauer
Guest cast:
Jaime Smith ............ George Murphy Jr.
Al Markim .............. Paul
Curt Conway ............ Nathan Jacobs

Synopsis:
George Murphy Jr., of the San Francisco News hears about

a schoolteacher who has been accused of possessing narcotics,

and tries to help the innocent man. [RF]

Synopsis 2:
En route to a Las Vegas vacation, a young California schoolteacher claimed

 his baggage at the airline terminal counter and was placed under arrest.

Speedily convicted of possessing narcotics, the young man faced shame and ruin,

until reporter George Murphy of the San Francisco News uncovered a startling oversight. [RF]
 

8.xx [--] The Big Story: HOSTAGE
(Thurman Johns of The Phoenix Gazette)
23Nov56 NBC
Directed by Leonard Valenta
Written by Leon Tokatyan
Producer, Robert Lewis Shayon
Musical Direction, Vladimir Selinsky
Announcer, Ernest Chappell
Host: Ben Grauer
Guest Cast:
Joe Helgesen .......... Thurman Johns
Ross Martin ........... William Fernandez
Anna Minot ............ Peggy Taylor
George L. Smith ....... Bob Taylor
Bill Quinn ............ Police Chief
John Marriott ......... Hobo
Milton Selzer ......... Dave
Synopsis 1:
During his battle with police, a shoplifter grabs a woman hostage from a crowd of

frightened shoppers. Thurman Johns of the Phoenix Gazette pleads with the

gunman for the woman's safety. [RF]
Synopsis 2:
William Fernandez is in San Quentin Honor Farm with plans
only to escape. Peggy Taylor is an expectant housewife and co-owner
of a small cafe. Fernandez escapes and arrives in Phoenix not having
eaten for 32 hours. He runs into a supermarket and steals some food.
A police officer chases him. Fernandez grabs Taylor, uses her as a
shield and hides in a warehouse. Johns persuades him to drop his gun
and give himself up. In the concluding interview, Johns says
Fernandez got 7-10 years and Taylor has a normal healthy baby. [DM]

Synopsis 3:
Thurman Johns (Joe Helgesen) of the Phoenix Gazette pleads

with a gunman for the safety of a hostage. [RF]

8.xx [--] The Big Story: EX-CONVICT
(Charles Tarbi of The Boston Globe)
07Dec56 NBC
Directed by Leonard Valenta
Written by Leon Tokatyan
Producer, Bernard J. Prockter
Musical Direction, Vladimir Selinsky
Announcer, Ernest Chappell
Host: Ben Grauer
Appearing: Charles Tarbi as himself
Guest Cast:
Norman Shelly ......... Charles Tarbi
Gerald Sarracini ...... Angelo
Burt Brinckerhoff ..... Tommy
Lois Nettleton ........ Jean
Frank Maxwell ......... Frank DiStefano
Synopsis:
Charles Tarbi introduces, Angelo, an ex-convict, to a friend of his,
Jean. They both believe Angelo when he says he wants to go straight.
Tommy, a prison buddy of Angelo, asks him to do a supposedly legitimate
job at the airport, but it turns out he is stealing vending machines.
Angelo tries to stop him. Angelo tells Jean she should stay away
from him. He needs bail money so he goes in on a robbery with Tommy.
Tarbi and Jean tell the police and in a gun battle, Tommy is killed
and Angelo is wounded. In the concluding interview, Tarbi says
Angelo was sentenced to 12-15 years.

8.xx [--] The Big Story: MASS MURDER - FLIGHT 169
(Zeke Scher and George MacWilliams of The Denver Post)
14Dec56 NBC
Directed by Leonard Valenta
Written by Douglas Taylor
Producer, Robert Lewis Shayon
Music director, Vladimir Selinsky
Host: Ben Grauer
Guest Cast:
Fred Sadofi .......... Zeke Scher
Crahan Denton ........ George MacWilliams
Frederic Tozere ...... Willard Hazelbush
Mark Rydell .......... Frank Robert Evans
Betty Lou Holland .... Mrs. Evans
Margaret Barber ...... Mrs. Jackson
Dana Elcar ........... Oscar
Mort Marshall ........ Sam Mulvey
Alan North ........... FBI Agent
Synopsis:
The nation is shocked when a bomb on an airplane out of
Denver causes it to crash, killing everyone on board. Scher
and MacWilliams help to prove that Frank Robert Evans planted the
bomb to kill his mother. He signs a confession and then recants.
The two reporters find the store where Evans bought the equipment
for the bomb. They also uncover evidence that he had tried to kill
his mother before with a bomb. In the concluding interview, the two
reporters say that Evans was found guilty, showed no remorse and
was sentenced to die in the gas chamber on Jan. 11, 1957.

8.xx [--] The Big Story: REUNION
(Dom Frasca of The New Jersey Courier of Plainfield)
21Dec56 NBC
Directed by Leonard Valenta
Written by Gail Ingram
Producer, Robert Lewis Shayon
Music director, Vladimir Selinsky
Host: Ben Grauer
Appearing: Dom Frasco (as himself)
Guest Cast:
Joe Silver ............ Dom Frasca
Tommy Halloran ........ Danny, as a Child
Warren Oates .......... Danny, as an Adult
Mary Lou Taylor ....... Mother
John Gibson ........... Mr. Harwick
Francesca Bruning ..... Mrs. Harwick
Mary Michael .......... Mary
Danny Dennis .......... Tim Larson
Synopsis:
Danny is placed in an orphanage by his mother when he is eight-
years-old, promising to return for him after she has regained
her health in Florida. After fighting adoption, Danny allows himself
to be adopted by the Harwicks with the idea that he could look for
his mother. He tries to run away throughout his childhood. When
eighteen, he goes to Dom Frasca and asks him to help locate his mother.
Frasca is concerned that Danny is afraid to face the possibility that
his mother has changed. However, he agrees to help and finds her.
When Danny hesitates to meet her, Frasca tells him he is afraid to
grow up. Then Danny changes his mind and there is a happy reunion.
In the concluding interview, Frasca says that Danny and his mother
have stayed together.

8.xx [--] The Big Story: THE JAMES DEAN BIG STORY (special)
(Rex Newman, reporter for the Joplin, Missouri Globe News-Herald)
04Jan57 NBC (updated version)/ 11Sep53 NBC (original broadcast)
Directed by David Rich
Script by Alvin Boretz
studio director, Leonard Valenta
music supervision, Vladimir Selinsky
Produced by Robert Lewis Shayon
Host: Ben Grauer
Appearing: Rex Newman (as himself)
Guest Cast:
James Dean .......... Todd
John Kerr............ Madden
Carl Frank .......... Rex Newman
Wendy Drew .......... Julie
Joseph Foley ........ Mr. Carter
Donald McKee ........ police captain
Allan Devitt ........ Old man
Somer Alberg ........ Clerk
Paul Lilly .......... Jail Keeper
Susan Harris ........ Young Julie
Bobby Nick .......... Young Madden
Ken Walken .......... Young Todd
Synopsis:
This episode is somewhat of a departure from the customary format. Rex
Newman, reporter for the Joplin, Missouri Globe News-Herald, comments on
teenage feelings about James Dean, more than a year after Dean's death.
A Big story episode starring Dean, which originally aired over 3 years
earlier, is shown to illustrate his talent. The story focuses on members
of a teenage gang who stage numerous holdups and eventually commit two
murders. Newman is responsible for their apprehension through his
understanding of the causes behind the gang's actions.
*Note:
Dramatic portion originally telecast on 11Sep53 on NBC as an episode
in The big story series; this version includes a new concluding interview
with Rex Newman.

8.XX [--] The Big Story: HOUSE DIVIDED
(Ralph Lowenstein of The El Paso Times of Texas)
11Jan57 NBC
Directed by Leonard Valenta
Written by Jerome Coopersmith
Music director, Vladimir Selinsky
Producer, Robert Lewis Shayon
Appearing: Ralph Lowenstein (as himself)
Host: Ben Grauer
Guest Cast:
Martin Landau ......... Ralph Lowenstein
David Opatoshu ........ Juan Martinez
Geena Goodwin ......... Maria Martinez
Allen Nourse .......... Cameron
Miriam Colon .......... Esperanza Martinez
Roy King .............. Ernesto Martinez
Ian Martin ............ Editor
Ralph Camargo ......... Eduardo Gonzales
Synopsis:
Ralph Lowenstein brings about an amendment to U.S.
immigration policies that reunites a Mexican family in Los Angeles.
In the concluding interview, he says the real laurels should go to
the commissioner of the Immigration and Naturalization Service who
made possible the reunion of the family and others like them.

8.xx [--] The Big Story: THE FACE OF A THIEF
(Ray Fulton of The Sharon Herald of Pennsylvania)
18Jan57 NBC
Written by Alvin Boretz
Directed by Leonard Valenta
Music director, Vladimir Selinsky
Producer, Robert Lewis Shayon
Appearing: Ray Fulton (as himself)
Host: Ben Grauer
Guest Cast:
Paul Stevens .......... Ray Fulton
Milton Selzer ......... Corporal Miley
Robert Lansing ........ Giles Norman
David Clarke .......... Bank Teller
Ruth Newton ........... Miss Nell
David Sheiner ......... Mr. Tyler
Synopsis:
Ray Fulton writes a story about a bank robbery in Tidioute,
Pennsylvania. The only clues are that the robber carries a
lunch box and wears a trainman's cap down over his face. He holds
up four more banks. Giles Norman is given a traffic ticket and goes
to the police to dispute it. As he looks like the robber, the police
hold him although he pleads innocent. Fulton writes an article about
the situation which a teacher, who has been out of town, sees. She
tells the police that Norman was with her on the day of the robbery.
In the concluding interview, Fulton says the robber is still at large.

8.xx [--] The Big Story: CHECKMATE
(Ed Montgomery and Bob Bryant of The San Francisco Examiner)
01Feb57 NBC
Directed by Leonard Valenta
Written by Leon Tokatyan
Producer, Robert Lewis Shayon
Appearing: Ed Montgomery, Bob Bryant (as themselves)
Host: Ben Grauer
Guest Cast:
John Kellogg .......... Ed Montgomery
John Gibson ........... Bob Bryant
Arthur Storch ......... George Manners
William Woodson ....... Lt. Frazer
Maxine Stuart ......... Elaine Manners
Jacqueline Kerr ....... Roberta Simmons
James Parker .......... Russ
Lou Ellen Orr ......... Sally
Synopsis:
The disappearance of Roberta Simmons baffles the police and FBI.
Her handbag is found in the basement of the home of George
Manners by his wife. An investigation is begun but not much can
be proven until Montgomery, a reporter, and Bryant, a
photographer, on a hunch check the woods where Manners spent
a lot of time alone in a cabin. They find her body and Manners
is arrested. In the concluding interview, they report that Manners
was found guilty of kidnapping and murder and sentenced to death.

8.xx [--] The Big Story: STREET WAR
(Bob Thomas of The Philadelphia Inquirer)
08Feb57 NBC
Pyramid Productions, Inc.
Executive producer, Everett Rosenthal
Producer, Robert Lewis Shayon
written by Douglas Taylor
directed by Leonard Valenta
Guest Cast:
Terry Carter .......... Bob Thomas
Ellen Holly ........... Betty
Louis Gossett, Jr. .... Mac
William Johnstone ..... John
Hugh Hurd ............. Ziggy
Philip Hepburn ........ Jeff
Jack Orrison .......... Hank
Bush Hunter ........... Sammy

Synopsis:
The newspaper has been trying to get a story on the
teenage gang wars in the African American section of the city.
When gang members see a reporter, they run. One of the reporters
asks Bob Thomas, an African American copy boy, for help, telling
him that if he gets a story, it will be printed and he will be
paid. Thomas enlists the help of his girlfriend Betty, who has some
friends in the gang. Thomas mingles with them and convinces them that
his way of life is better.
In the concluding interview, Thomas talks about the causes of juvenile
delinquency. Grauer announces Thomas will become a reporter.

 

8.xx [--] The Big Story: EXPOSURE
(Rip Manning of The Columbus Citizen of Ohio)
15Feb57 NBC
Pyramid Productions, Inc.
Executive producer, Everett Rosenthal
Producer, Robert Lewis Shayon
Written by Leon Tokatyan
Directed by, Leonard Valenta
Music director, Vladimir Selinsky
Appearing: Rip Manning (himself)
Host: Ben Grauer
Guest Cast:
Arch Johnson .......... Rip Manning
Phyllis Hill .......... Lorraine Delahaye
Carl Frank ............ Editor
Robert Dryden ......... Chester Price
Stephen Elliott ....... Arnie Bauer
Lenka Peterson ........ Marie Manning
Mary Lou Taylor ....... Mrs. Tanne
Charlotte ............. Carol
Synopsis:
Operators of a photo racket move into Columbus after plaguing
three other cities. They call people to offer them free pictures
and more. The unsuspecting victims come to accept their gifts
and sign a contract, which holds them responsible for a large
sum of money. Rip Manning is called and is suspicious. He writes
articles to warn people and informs the police. The government
finally acts by demanding back taxes, which closes the studio.
In the concluding interview, Manning says that the case is in the
hands of the Federal Bankruptcy Court.

8.xx [--] The Big Story: REPRISAL
(Hoke May of The Charlotte Observer of North Carolina)
01Mar57 NBC
Pyramid Productions, Inc. for NBC Television
Executive producer, Everett Rosenthal
Producer, Robert Lewis Shayon
Written by Leon Tokatyan
Directed by Leonard Valenta
Music director, Vladimir Selinsky
Appearing: Hoke May (himself)
Host: Ben Grauer
Guest Cast:
Philip Abbott ......... Hoke May
Joseph Julian ......... Ben Tucker
Don Hammer ............ Floyd Stuts
Wallace Rooney ........ Neil Owen
Victor Thorley ........ Jeff Cole
Michael Conrad ........ Lee Bolton
Mildred Clinton ....... Rachel Tucker
Synopsis 1:
Hoke May, a reporter for the Charlotte Observer, was covering an
assault story. He learned that the victim had been brutally beaten
in an attempt to smash a bootleg ring covering a five-state area.
Synopsis 2:
Hoke May covers the story of the brutal assault of Ben Tucker,
who, he learns, was beaten for trying to fight a liquor syndicate.
Tucker had driven for the syndicate for 8 years and then retired.
Needing some quick money, he offered to drive a trip for them.
They accepted only to beat him up. May's stories brings the
problem to the public. With the help of federal agents, the
bootleggers are arrested and brought to trial. In the concluding
interview, May says the men who beat up Tucker were found guilty
and sentenced to various prison terms.

8.xx [--] The Big Story: SUPERMAN
(Jim O'Neil of Newsday of Long Island, New York)
08Mar57 NBC
Pyramid Productions, Inc.
Executive producer, Everett Rosenthal
Producer, Robert Lewis Shayon
Written by Douglas Taylor
Directed by Leonard Valenta
Music director, Vladimir Selinsky
Host: Ben Grauer
Guest Cast:
Logan Field ........... Jim O'Neil
Robert Ellenstein ..... Harmon Jackson
Michael Mann .......... Wayne Jackson
Frank Campanella ...... Charley
Joe Helgesen .......... Harry
Patricia Hesley ....... Sally
Synopsis:
Harmon Jackson of Hicksville, Long Island imagines himself
the inventor of a most powerful bomb, the cavitator, that
will destroy the world. He is sure that everyone is spying on him
and is trying to steal his bomb. Detectives call on his daughter at
his house and ask about the rifle he has in his car. Harmon calls
O'Neil and Naval Intelligence and forces them to meet taking his son
Wayne. After threatening to kill everyone, O'Neil convinces Harmon
to give up. In the concluding interview, O'Neil says Harmon is in
the New York State Hospital.

8.xx [--] The Big Story: LINEUP
(Dave Alter of The El Paso Herald-Post of Texas)
15Mar57 NBC
Pyramid Productions, Inc.
Executive producer, Everett Rosenthal
Producer, Robert Lewis Shayon
Written by Gail Ingram
Directed by Leonard Valenta
Music director, Vladimir Selinsky
Appearing: Dave Alter (himself)
Narrated by Ben Grauer
Guest Cast:
William Redfield ...... Dave Alter
Clifford David ........ Barrett
George Mitchell ....... Police Lieutenant
Tom Holland ........... Police Officer
Lon Clark ............. Store Owner
Synopsis 1:
Jim Barrett is held by the police because he resembles the robber of a drugstore.

He claims he is innocent. Dave Alter sets out to prove that the lineup is not enough

 identification. Two years later, the real man, is caught. Alter tries to get Barrett
cleared of the crime. Through lie detector tests and testimony of others concerned

 in the case, Barrett is cleared. In the concluding interview, Alter says that a bill is before

 the Texas legislature to award Barrett money for his imprisonment.

Synopsis 2:
After an El Paso, Texas store robbery, two witnesses say they can identify the robber.

 But Dave Alter of the El Paso Herald Post has reservations about their testimony. [RF]

8.xx [--] The Big Story: YOUNG LOVERS
(Charley Wigle of The Denver Post)
29Mar57 NBC
Pyramid Productions, Inc.
Executive producer, Everett Rosenthal
Producer, Robert Lewis Shayon
Written by Douglas Taylor
Directed by Leonard Valenta
Music director, Vladimir Selinsky
Appearing: Charley Wigle (as himself)
Host: Ben Grauer
Guest Cast:
Charles Aidman ........ Charley Wigle
Burt Brinckerhoff ..... Morie
Phyllis Newman ........ Violet
Adrienne Marden ....... Mrs. Hansen
Dennis Kohler ......... Bobby
Sam Gray .............. John Snyder
Dana Elcar ............ Bernie
Synopsis:
Two teenagers, Violet Hansen and Morie, elope and have a
rough time, constantly fighting. After their baby is born, she
goes home and they try to get an annulment. They are of different
religions and this is part of the trouble. Violet is not permitted
to see Morie, who still loves her. He kidnaps her brother Bobby.
Morie calls Wigle and tells him he will kill Bobby if no one helps
him. Wigle tries to reason with him, but, when this fails, the
police move in and arrest him. In the concluding interview, Wigle
says Violet told the judge she still loved Morie and the kidnap
charge was dropped and the couple reunited.

8.xx [--] The Big Story: THE LONG DARK NIGHT
(Hank Messick of The Raleigh Times of North Carolina)
05Apr57 NBC
Pyramid Productions, Inc.
Executive producer, Everett Rosenthal
Producer, Robert Lewis Shayon
Written by Alvin Boretz
Directed by Leonard Valenta
Music director, Vladimir Selinsky
Appearing: Hank Messick, Rep. E.K. Powe, Henry Wilson
Host: Ben Grauer
Guest Cast:
John McIdam .......... Hank Messick
James E. Wall ........ Miley Jordan
Mary Louise .......... Evie
Karl Swenson ......... Finch
Will Hare ............ Reece
Barnard Hughes ....... City Manager
Synopsis 1:
When city employees are victimized by a loan racket, Hank Messick of
the Raleigh N.C. Times investigates.
Synopsis 2:
Hank Messick receives a letter from Miles Jordan, one of the
victims of the loan sharks. Jordan tells how he and many
associates have been forced to take out loans and keep paying without
receipts with which they could prove the loan was paid off. They have
been threatened with violence. Messick sets out to find the person
who wrote the letter. He finds Jordan and gets him to stand up against
Finch, the loan shark. Finch is put out of business. In the concluding
interview, Messick says Finch got a suspended sentence and a fine.
Rep. E.K. Powe and Henry Wilson say they are introducing a bill to
drive all loan sharks out of business.

8.xx [--] The Big Story: THE MAD BOMBER
(The work of The New York Journal-American)
12Apr57 NBC
Pyramid Productions, Inc.
Executive producer, Everett Rosenthal
Producer, Robert Lewis Shayon
Written by Leon Tokatyan.
Directed by, Leonard Valenta
Music director, Vladimir Selinsky
Appearing: Seymour Berkson (himself)
Host: Ben Grauer
Guest Cast:
Whitfield Connor ...... Seymour Berkson
Paul McGrath .......... Stephen Kennedy
John Kellogg .......... Paul Schoenstein
Frank Overton ......... Sam H. Day
Bill Zuckert .......... Eddie Mahar
Peter Turgeon ......... Guy Richards
John Cecil Holm ....... George Metesky
Synopsis:
For 16 years, the mad bomber has spread panic in New York
City. Seymour Berkson, publisher of the newspaper, prints an open
letter to the bomber, assuring him that if he gives himself up, the
paper will guarantee him a fair trial. Through answers from the
bomber, they figure out that a former employee of Con Edison, George
Metesky, is the bomber. He is captured. The paper hires a lawyer for
him. In the concluding interview, Berkson says that no individual is
responsible for the paper's role in the story.

8.xx [--] The Big Story: SCRAMBLE
(Matt Conklin of The Sherman Democrat of Texas)
26Apr57 NBC
Pyramid Productions, Inc.
Executive producer, Everett Rosenthal
Producer, Robert Lewis Shayon
Written by Jerome Coopersmith
Directed by Leonard Valenta
music director, Vladimir Selinsky
Appearing: Matt Conklin, (himself) & Col. T.F. Whitehouse (himself)
Host: Ben Grauer
Guest Cast:
Ed Bryce ............. Matt Conklin
Edgar Stehli ......... Jack Wade
Russell Hardie ....... Frazer
Frank Thomas, Jr. .... Lt. White
Gordon Barnes ........ Col. Thatcher
Jack Orrison ......... Townsend
Synopsis:
After two Air Force men brutally rob Mr. Wade, civic leaders try
to put their town off-limits for the entire base. Matt Conklin
visits Wade and argues that he should not blame everyone on the
base for the actions of two men. Conklin learns that Frazer
has started a petition drive to remove the base only so he can sell
the real estate. Conklin takes Wade to the base and convinces him
of the important job done by the Air Force. At a town meeting, Wade
persuade people not to sign the petition. In the concluding interview,
Conklin says the Air Force personnel are still welcome in the town.
Col. T.F. Whitehouse of Perrin Air Force Base says Conklin did a great service.

8.xx [--] The Big Story: WIDOW'S LUCK
(Louis B. Seltzer of The Cleveland Press)
03May57 NBC
Pyramid Productions, Inc.
Executive producer, Everett Rosenthal
Producer, Robert Lewis Shayon
Written for TV by Leon Tokatyan
Directed by Leonard Valenta
Music director, Vladimir Selinsky
Appearing: Louis B. Seltzer (himself)
Host: Ben Grauer
Guest Cast:
Donald Madden ........ Louis B. Seltzer
Joseph Sweeney ....... Aaron Kregar
Katherine Squire ..... Mrs. Larabee
Adrienne Bayan ....... Marian Kregar
Frank Campanella ..... Johnny
Sydney Pollack ....... Sidney
Walter Brooke ........ Steve
Irene Hubbard ........ the Medium
Synopsis:
Robert Kregar is a successful publisher in Cleveland. He has
been ill from a strange paralysis. One day he is found stabbed to
death and the house robbed. Kregar's father Aaron tells Seltzer that
he is sure that his son's wife Marian was poisoning him. She had
never paid him any attention till he got sick. Aaron feels she married
Robert for his money. Seltzer gets an autopsy done and it is found
that he died from arsenic poisoning. The police arrest Marian, her
mother and her brother Sidney. The mother confesses and they are all
tried. In the concluding interview, Seltzer says both women were
convicted and received long sentences.

8.xx [--] The Big Story: THE HOAX
(Al Nakkula of The Rocky Mountain News of Denver)
10May57 NBC
Pyramid Productions, Inc.
Executive producer, Everett Rosenthal
Produced by Robert Lewis Shayon
Directed by Leonard Valenta
Written for TV by Alvin Boretz
Music director, Vladimir Selinsky
Appearing: Al Nakkula (himself)
Host: Ben Grauer
Guest Cast:
Al Markim ............ Al Nakkula
Alfred Ryder ......... Roger Menders
Laurinda Barrett ..... Maggie Logan
Jerry Stiller ........ Tyler
Joseph Warren ........ Frank Logan
Melville Ruick ....... Bert Keating
John Newton .......... Roy Logan
Synopsis:
Al Nakkula receives a phone call from a man named Tyler, who says
that he had been hired to murder Frank Logan, the husband of the
paper's fashion editor, Maggie Logan. When Al learns from Maggie
that she was not playing a joke on him, they set about to find out
who might want to kill Frank. In old newspaper files, they discover
a Roger Menders who was convicted of embezzling. They find out he has been

 paroled. When Tyler calls Al again, Al confirms that it is Menders who wants to
murder Frank. They help capture Menders as he pulls a gun on Frank.
In the concluding interview, Nakkula says Frank visited Menders in
prison and he promised he would never bother the Logans again.

8.xx [--] The Big Story: DESPERATE HUNGER
(Jack Gil of The Albuquerque Journal)
24May57 NBC
Pyramid Productions, Inc.
Executive producer, Everett Rosenthal
Producer, Robert Lewis Shayon
Directed by Leonard Valenta
Written for TV by Douglas Taylor
Music director, Vladimir Selinsky
Appearing: Jack Gil (himself)
Host: Ben Grauer
Guest Cast:
William Redfield ...... Jack Gil
Martin Newman ......... Frank Fitzgerald
Michael Strong ........ Pete Marshall
Lenka Peterson ........ Linda Gill
Joe Helgesen .......... Bob Samson
Ellen Madison ......... Peggy Fitzgerald
Marilyn Siegel ........ Christine Gill
Synopsis:
Jack Gil receives a phone call from Frank and Peggy Fitzgerald,
who are wanted for robbery and cashing bad checks. Gil meets
them and they say they want to give themselves up. Frank says
he has done all of this for the publicity. Gil prints their
story. In jail, Frank becomes unhappy when the newspaper stops
giving him publicity. He and his cellmate Pete escape and go
to Gil's house. He convinces them that it is not safe and they
leave. In the concluding interview, Gil says Frank and Pete
were caught and sentenced and Peggy was given a suspended
sentence because she was forced into aiding Frank.

8.xx [--] The Big Story: HIROSHIMA PLUS 12
(Jim Vachule of The Fort Worth Star-Telegram of Texas)
31May57 NBC
Pyramid Productions, Inc.
Executive producer, Everett Rosenthal
Directed & Produced by Robert Lewis Shayon
Written for TV by Jerome Coopersmith
Music director, Vladimir Selinsky
Appearing: Jim Vachule (himself)
Host: Ben Grauer
Guest Cast:
John Kellogg .......... Jim Vachule
Logan Field ........... Pete Morgan
John Connell .......... Johnny Morgan
Paul Sparer ........... Dr. Edward Nicholas
Douglas Rutherford .... U.S. Attorney Moore
Tom Gorman ............ U.S. Postal Inspector
Jack Orrison .......... Clerk
Synopsis:
Jim Vachule learns that Pete Morgan, a major in the Air Force during
World War II with whom he served, has been arrested for theft. When
he visits Morgan, he denies knowing him. Vachule finds out that Pete
has spent some time in the Waco Veterans Mental Hospital because he
has been feeling guilty for dropping bombs and killing people. He
is committing crimes so he can be punished. After Pete's brother
Johnny bails him out, Vachule tells Johnny about Pete's condition.
They go to get Pete who has gone to a shack with a rifle. They
convince him they are proud of his war record. He surrenders and
returns to Waco. In the concluding interview, Vachule says Pete is
responding well to treatment.

8.xx [--] The Big Story: CAR 83
(Malcolm Glover of The San Francisco Examiner)
07Jun57 NBC
Pyramid Productions, Inc.
Executive producer, Everett Rosenthal
Directed & Produced by Robert Lewis Shayon
Written for TV by Irving Tunick
Music director, Vladimir Selinsky
Appearing: Malcolm Glover (himself)
Host: Ben Grauer
Guest Cast:
Ray Boyle ............ Malcolm Glover
Steve McQueen ........ Chuck Milton
Dolores Sutton ....... Rose
Ed Bryce ............. Benham
Dana Elcar ........... Cashmore
Synopsis:
Malcolm Glover receives a phone call about Chuck Milton, a parolee
with a long arrest record, who now has a gun and is taking dope,
from his girlfriend Rose. She tried to help him go straight.
She calls the police, who corner him but he shoots his way out,
killing an officer. He hides in the movie theater where Rose works.
She calls Glover again and the police trace her call. They convince
her to persuade him to give up. In the concluding interview, Milton
was sentenced to life imprisonment.

8.xx [--] The Big Story: BANNER OF INNOCENCE
(William O. Grover of The Philadelphia Iquirer)
21Jun57 NBC
Pyramid Productions, Inc.
Executive producer, Everett Rosenthal
Directed & Produced by Robert Lewis Shayon
Written for TV by Douglas Tyalor
Music director, Vladimir Selinsky
Appearing: William O. Grover (himself)
Host: Ben Grauer
Guest Cast:
Allen Nourse ......... William O. Grover
James Wall ........... Jimmy Howard
Fran Carlon .......... Sally Martin
Joseph Julian ........ Eddie
Osceola Archer ....... Mrs. Howard
Richard Ward ......... Jones
John Bouie ........... David Young
Synopsis:
William Grover is convinced that Jimmy Howard, a young African
American sentenced to life imprisonment, was convicted on perjured
evidence. He hires Sally Martin, a lawyer, to help prove that Howard
is innocent. He has been in prison for ten years because two of his
associates did not like his attitude and said they saw him kill a
night watchman. Martin asks for a pardon because one of the two men,
David Young, confesses he lied. She gets Howard a complete pardon.
Howard wants the world to know he is innocent so Grover runs a  headline story.
In the concluding interview, Grover says Howard is getting back on
his feet and that a bill in the state legislature to compensate him
is not faring well. The real name of the lawyer is Rose Kotzin Landy.

8.xx [--] The Big Story: THE FRAME-UP  (Final show of the season)
(Nolen Bulloch of The Tulsa Tribune)
28Jun57 NBC
Pyramid Productions, Inc.
Executive producer, Everett Rosenthal
Directed & produced by Robert Lewis Shayon
Written for TV by Jerome Coopersmith
Appearing: Nolen Bulloch (himself)

Narrated by Ben Grauer
Guest Cast:
George Mitchell ....... Nolen Bulloch
Bibi Osterwald ........ Rosie Mack
Russell Hardie ........ Sidney Hackett
Victor Thorley ........ Henning
Nelson Olmsted ........ Prosecuting Attorney
Mary Lou Taylor ....... Mary Bulloch
Jack Orrison .......... Editor
Synopsis:
Nolen Bulloch has fought bootlegging by writing about it.
Rosie Mack has been trapped for bootlegging several times.
Bulloch and a female reporter warn her not to bootleg.
When they leave her place, they see evidence of bootlegging
and they tell the police, who arrest Mack. She threatens to
get even with him. She tells the police he took money from her to
keep quiet. He is arrested, but the female reporter joined the army
so she cannot clear him. Bulloch and his wife Mary finally track her
down and she testifies for him. In the concluding interview, Bulloch
says he was acquitted.

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