CTVA US Anthology - "The Big Story" (Pyramid/Syndicated) Season 9 (1957-58)

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    Producer Stuart Rosenberg / Hosted by Burgess Meredith
 Season 9 (Syndicated) (1957-58)
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by:  Rina Fox
references:
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 ################ The Big Story ###############

############## season 9 1957-58 ##############

########## (first-run syndication) ###########

Pyramid Productions, Inc.

Executive Producer Everett Rosenthal / Producer, Stuart Rosenberg

Pyramid Productions also produced "Treasury Men" and "Decoy"

Hosted by Burgess Meredith

 

9.01 [--] The Big Story: PHOENIX
prod. no. 1 syndicated program
Pyramid production ;
Producer, Robert Lewis Shayon
Director and associate producer, Stuart Rosenberg.
DPUB: 1Jan57

9.02 [--] The Big Story: THANKSGIVING FOR DR. JOE
prod. no. 2 syndicated program
Pyramid production
produced by Robert Lewis Shayon
director and associate producer, Stuart Rosenberg.
DPUB: 1Jan57

Narrated by Burgess Meredith
Guest cast:
Al Markim .............. Victor Cohn
Michael Ingram ......... Joe
Irja Jensen ............ Anna
Synopsis:
Victor Cohn crusades for a young doctor barred from

medical practice because of his refugee status. [RF]

9.03 [--] The Big Story: SEARCH FOR TRUTH
prod. no. 3 syndicated program
Pyramid production
produced and directed by Stuart Rosenberg
DPUB: 1Jan57

Narrated by Burgess Meredith
Guest cast:
Lori March
Sybil Baker ............ Louise
George L. Smith ........ Gregory
Dorrit Kelton .......... Mrs. Taylor
Synopsis:
A woman (Lori March) answers a family's appeal for help in finding their daughter. [RF]

9.04 [--] The Big Story: TURNPIKE TERROR
prod. no. 4, syndicated program
Pyramid production
Produced and Directed by Stuart Rosenberg.
DPUB: 1Jan57

Narrated by Burgess Meredith
Guest cast:
Clem Fowler ............ Joe Bianco
Martin Newman .......... Willie Geller
John Napier ............ Larry
Synopsis:
A man is murdered in his sleep and reporter Joe Bianco

 joins the force in tracking down the killer. [RF]

9.05 [--] The Big Story: THE CAT
prod. no. 5, syndicated program
Pyramid production
Producer, Stuart Rosenberg
Director, Will Jason
DPUB: 1Jan57

Narrated by Burgess Meredith
Guest cast:
George Petrie .......... Walter Winchell
Russell Hardie ......... J. Edgar Hoover
Robert Middleton ....... "The Cat"
Synopsis:
Walter Winchell drives alone to a remote area to meet with a

dangerous mobster and negotiate for the man's surrender. [RF]

9.06 [--] The Big Story: FIGHTER'S FISTS
prod. no. 6, syndicated program
Pyramid production
Producer, Stuart Rosenberg
Directed by Larry Doheny
DPUB: 1Jan57

Narrated by Burgess Meredith
Guest cast:
Ralph Stanley .......... Zarko Franks
Diana Gentner .......... Pearl
Tom Middleton .......... Tom
Synopsis:
Zarko Franks crusades for a boxer arrested during

a police crackdown on crime in Houston. [RF]

9.07 [--] The Big Story: SHAKEDOWN
prod. no. 7, syndicated program
Pyramid production
producer, Stuart Rosenberg
directed by Larry Doheny.
DPUB: 1Jan57

9.08 [--] The Big Story: SHIELD #21 -- IN THE LINE OF DUTY
prod. no. 8, syndicated program
Pyramid production
Producer, Stuart Rosenberg
Directed by Larry Doheny
DPUB: 1Jan57

Narrated by Burgess Meredith
Guest cast:
Frank Marth ............ Ralph Hennings
Terry O'Sullivan ....... Ray Dixon
Clem Fowler ............ Fulton
Synopsis:
Ralph Hennings witnessed the fatal shooting of a policeman.

And he's the gunman's next target. [RF]


9.09 [--] The Big Story: CRIME SCHOOL   (see  #5.6 16Oct1953)
(aka Don Kellerman of Newsday, Long Island NY)
prod. no. 9
Pyramid production
Producer, Stuart Rosenberg
Directed by Larry Doheny
Guest cast:
James Broderick ........ Don Kellerman
Robert Yuro ............ Steve
Albert Lewis ........... Willie
Harry Bergman .......... Finch

Synopsis:
In order to get the inside story on conditions in Long Island prisons, reporter

Don Kellerman of Newsday, Long Island, N.Y. poses as a teenage delinquent. [RF]

Synopsis 2:
Crusading reporter Don Kellerman poses as a hoodlum to get the

inside story on Long Island prisons. [RF]

9.10 [--] The Big Story: WANTED - DEAD OR ALIVE
prod. no. 10, syndicated program
Pyramid production
Producer, Stuart Rosenberg
Directed by Larry Doheny.
DPUB: 1Jan57

Narrated by Burgess Meredith
Guest cast:
William Zuckert ........ Tony Slaughter
Joey Walsh ............. Roy Parker
Roberta Robinson ....... Mary Parker
Synopsis:
Tony Slaughter attempts to persuade a teen accused of robbery to surrender. [RF]

9.11 [--] The Big Story: MAKE BELIEVE BANDIT
prod. no. 11, syndicated program
Pyramid Productions, Official Films, Inc.,
Directed and produced by Stuart Rosenberg
Writer, Alvin Boretz.
Director of photography, George Webber
Film editor, James Gaffney.
Music supervisor, Vladimir Selinsky
Appearing: Emil Slaboda (as himself)
Host and narrator: Burgess Meredith
Guest Cast:
Reed Tarleton  .......... Emil Slaboda
Robert Brown ........... Danny
Lenka Peterson ......... Edna
Wolf Barzell ........... Matty
Synopsis:
This program re-enacts a true story reported in the Trentonian by
journalist Emil Slaboda, who appears at the end and tells what has
happened to the people in the program.

Synopsis 2:
Police are joined by reporter Emil Slaboda in their search for young bandits. [RF]

9.12 [--] The Big Story: TWO EDGED SWORD
prod. no. 12, syndicated program
Pyramid production ;
producer, Stuart Rosenberg
directed by Larry Doheny
DPUB: 1Jan57

Narrated by Burgess Meredith
Guest cast:
David DeHaven .......... Ammer
Tom Gorman ............. Police Chief
John McLiam ............ Frank Harper
Synopsis:
A cub reporter sets out to expose an extortion ring. [RF]

9.13 [--] The Big Story: NIGHTMARE
prod. no. 13, syndicated program
Pyramid production
Producer, Stuart Rosenberg
Director, Larry Doheny.
DPUB: 1Jan57

Narrated by Burgess Meredith
Guest cast:
Sara Seegar ............ Valerie Nicholson
Richard Trask .......... Rick
Gregory Morton ......... Starr
Synopsis:
Correspondent Valerie Nicholson investigates a psychologist

---and finds herself accused of insanity. [RF]

9.14 [--] The Big Story: FOR SALE - CHILD
prod. no. 14, syndicated program

01Apr1958
Pyramid production
Producer, Stuart Rosenberg
Directed by Larry Doheny.
DPUB: 1Jan57

Narrated by Burgess Meredith
Guest cast:
Sam Gray ............... Bert Collier
Elizabeth Ross ......... Ruth
Alexander Scourby ...... Starrett
Synopsis 1:
Bert Collier receives a tip that an international

adoption racket is operating from Florida. [RF]
Synopsis 2:
A reporter uncovers an international black market adoption racket. [RF]

9.15 [--] The Big Story: THE STUBBORNEST MAN
prod. no. 15, syndicated program
10Jan1958 NBC Fri

Pyramid production
Produced by Stuart Rosenberg
Directed by Larry Doheny.
DPUB: 1Jan57

Narrated by Burgess Meredith
Guest cast:
Nat Polen .............. Julian Houseman
Louis Gosset ........... Jamie Goodwin
John Marriott .......... Tenny Sr.
Synopsis:
Julian Houseman investigates when a man accused

of killing his wife claims he is innocent. [RF]

9.16 [--] The Big Story: UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY
prod. no. 16, syndicated program
17Jan1958 NBC Fri
Pyramid production
Producer, Stuart Rosenberg
Directed by Larry Doheny

DPUB: 1Jan57
Narrated by Burgess Meredith
Guest cast:
Lin McCarthy ........... Bus Bergen
Victor Thorley ......... J.B. Drews
Dana Elcar ............. Lt. Alameda
Katherine Meskill ...... Emma
William Griffs ......... Defense Attorney
James Dickery .......... Prosecuting Attorney
Jock MacGregor ......... Coroner
Synopsis:
Bus Bergen, reporter for the Cleveland Ohio Press, investigates the

death of a woman who apparently died of poisoning. [RF]

Synopsis 2:
A reporter gathering evidence against a man accused of killing

 his wife suddenly reverses his stand. [RF]

9.17 [--] The Big Story: HIT AND RUN
prod. no. 17, syndicated program
Pyramid production
producer, Stuart Rosenberg
directed by Larry Doheny
DPUB: 1Jan57

Narrated by Burgess Meredith

Guest cast:
Allen Nourse ........... Nye Beaman
Frank Marth ............ Martin
Chris Kane ............. Marilyn
Synopsis:
Reporter Nye Beaman traces the probable route taken by

a hit-and-run driver after a fatal accident. [RF]

9.18 [--] The Big Story: A MADMAN IS LOOSE
prod. no. 18, syndicated program
Pyramid production
Producer, Stuart Rosenberg
Directed by Larry Doheny
DPUB: 1Jan57

(rerun 31Aug60)

Narrated by Burgess Meredith
Guest cast:
Bernard Grant .......... C.A. Paul
Leonardo Cimino ........ Tyler
George L. Smith ........ Lewin
Synopsis:
A killer's obsession with canaries is used by reporter C.A. Paul to trap the man. [RF]

Synopsis 2:
Two cab drivers are robbed and murdered. [RF]

9.19 [--] The Big Story:  MAD DOG
prod. no. 19
Pyramid Production
Producer Stuart Rosenberg
Directed by Larry Doheny
Narrated by Burgess Meredith
Guest cast:

Sam Jaffe .............. Hal Studer
Jimmy Rogers ........... Billy Cooper
Mike Keene ............. Policeman
Synopsis:
Hal Studer learns a boy witnessed a shooting and can describe the killer. [RF]

9.20 [--] The Big Story: THE WITCH DOCTORS
prod. no. 20, syndicated program
Pyramid production ;
Producer, Stuart Rosenberg
Directed by Larry Doheny.
DPUB: 1Jan57

Narrated by Burgess Meredith
Guest cast:
Read Morgan ............ Charlie Adams
Eugene Stuckman ........ Dr. Hastins
Synopsis:
A reporter (Archie Smith) campaigns to set up compulsory

exams for practicing psychologists.  [RF]

9.xx [--] The Big Story: THE SMELL OF DEATH
prod. no. xx, syndicated program
Pyramid production
producer, Stuart Rosenberg
directed by Larry Doheny.
DPUB: 1Jan57

Narrated by Burgess Meredith

Guest cast:
Peter Turgeon .......... Cliff Russell
Diane Ladd ............. Vera
Tom Carlin ............. Vincent
George Mitchell ........ Sheriff
Synopsis:
When a gunman threatens to shoot two young hostages,

 Cliff Russell offers to change places with the youngsters. [RF]

 

9.xx [--] The Big Story: THE BRIDGE

(aka The Silent Barrier)
23May58
Pyramid production
Producer, Stuart Rosenberg

Narrated by Burgess Meredith
Guest cast:

Carl Light ............. Charles Scott
Joe Julian ............. Jose Garcia
George L. Smith ........ Cavanaugh
William Zuckert ........ La Motta
Synopsis 1:
Reporter Charles Scott of the NY Journal American, comes to the aid of a deaf-mute

who has been imprisoned for a crime he did not commit. [RF]

Synopsis 2:
Reporter Charles Scott uses sketches to communicate with a deaf prisoner. [RF]

9.xx [--] The Big Story: A CHILD IS BORN
12Aug58 NBC
Pyramid production
Producer, Stuart Rosenberg
Narrated by Burgess Meredith

Guest cast:

Claudia Morgan ......... Helen Waterhouse
Didi Roberts ........... Teresa
Clarice Blackburn ...... Mrs. Orden
Synopsis:
A child is born to a blind and deaf couple in Akron, Ohio. [RF]
Synopsis 2:
Helen Waterhouse fights to prove a deaf and blind

couple's competence to raise their child. [RF]

9.xx [--] The Big Story: SERVANT OF THE PEOPLE
03Feb59
Pyramid production
Producer, Stuart Rosenberg

Narrated by Burgess Meredith
Guest cast:
Fred Sadoff ............ Ted Link
Pat England ............ Rose
Ed Walsh ............... Ollie
John Boruff ............ Editor
Synopsis:
Reporter Ted Link, of the St. Louis Post Dispatch,

helped avenge the murder of a gangster

who ran an empire of crime and extortion, in which notables

from all walks of life were involved. [RF]

Synopsis 2:
Missouri's underworld is attacked by reporter Ted Link. [RF]

9.xx [--] The Big Story: WITH INTENT TO KILL
14Sep59
Pyramid production
Producer, Stuart Rosenberg
Narrated by Burgess Meredith
Guest cast:
Joe Silver ............. Ted Prager
George L. Smith ........ Ernie
Avon Long .............. Davie
Clem Fowler ............ Frank Nostrand
Synopsis:
While trying to foil an attempted robbery a young policeman is killed. [RF]

Synopsis 2:
Reporter Ted Prager swears vengeance on the killer of his policeman friend. [RF]

9.xx [--] The Big Story: THE THREE MUSKETEERS
unknown airdate
Pyramid production
Producer, Stuart Rosenberg
Narrated by Burgess Meredith
Guest cast:
James Congdon .......... George Hedley
James Ray .............. Louis Ritter
Synopsis:
A reporter (Maurice Kamhi) starts a one-man investigation

of the murder-robbery of a businessman. [RF]

 

9.xx [--] The Big Story: DESPERATE MURDER
unknown airdate
Pyramid production
Producer, Stuart Rosenberg
Narrated by Burgess Meredith
Guest cast:
Dorothy Stinnette ...... Victorine Belanger
Murray Matheson ........ Henderson
Dortha Duckworth ....... Henrietta Peters
Synopsis:
Victorine Belanger joins the search for a bigamist wanted for murder. [RF]

 

9.xx [--] The Big Story: THE HACKIE SHAKEDOWN
unknown airdate
Pyramid production
Producer, Stuart Rosenberg
Narrated by Burgess Meredith
Guest cast:
William Adler .......... Bill Lambert
Russell Hardie ......... Lew Shelby
Frank Maxwell .......... Rudy
Sandy Kenyon ........... Eddie
Synopsis:
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Bill Lambert

 investigates rumors of police graft. [RF]

 

9.xx [--] The Big Story: THE ANGRY CITY
unknown airdate
Pyramid production
Producer, Stuart Rosenberg
Narrated by Burgess Meredith
Guest cast:
Nelson Olmsted ......... Harry Batz
James Broderick ........ Dick
Marion Russell ......... Sally
Synopsis:
Reporter Harry Batz is on the trail of a hit-and-run driver

who injured a pregnant woman. [RF]

 

9.xx [--] The Big Story: THEORY AND PRACTICE
unknown airdate
Pyramid production
Producer, Stuart Rosenberg
Narrated by Burgess Meredith
Guest cast:
Wesley Addy ............ Edgar E. Frady
Al Morgenstern ......... Steve Cusak
Richard Suren .......... Ernie Cusak
John Karlen ............ Andy Franks
Synopsis:
Reporter Edgar E. Frady (Wesley Addy) aids the law

in its search for a policeman's murderer. [RF]

 

9.xx [--] The Big Story: THE SLASHER
unknown airdate
Pyramid production
Producer, Stuart Rosenberg
Narrated by Burgess Meredith
Guest cast:
Les Damon .............. Kleger
John McLiam ............ Walter Elliott
Richard X. Slattery .... Ryan
Synopsis:
A psychologist aids a reporter in tracking down a psychopathic killer. [RF]

 

9.xx [--] The Big Story: THE SNIPER
unknown airdate
Pyramid production
Producer, Stuart Rosenberg
Narrated by Burgess Meredith
Guest cast:
Nelson Olmsted ......... B.F. Sylvester
Harry Clark ............ Burns
Ramsey Williams ........ Sniper
Synopsis:
Editor B.F. Sylvester's quarry: a sniper terrorizing the citizens of Omaha. [RF]

 

9.xx [--] The Big Story: TILL DEATH DO US PART
unknown airdate
Pyramid production
Producer, Stuart Rosenberg
Narrated by Burgess Meredith
Guest cast:
Walter Brooke .......... J. Victor Bate
Frederick Downs ........ Wells
Dana Elcar ............. Sergeant
Synopsis:
A woman is injured by severe head blows and reporter J. Victor Bate

doubts her husband's explanation. [RF]

 

9.xx [--] The Big Story: THE LINK TO JUSTICE
unknown airdate
Pyramid production
Producer, Stuart Rosenberg
Narrated by Burgess Meredith
Guest cast:
John Connell ........... Bill Kennedy
Peter Thompson ......... Curtis
Synopsis:
Bill Kennedy's scoop: the connection of the Santa Cruz, Cal., police with the underworld. [RF]

 

9.xx [--] The Big Story: THE THEORY OF MURDER
unknown airdate
Pyramid production
Producer, Stuart Rosenberg
Narrated by Burgess Meredith
Guest cast:
Philip Abbott .......... Leonard Lerner
Joseph Julian .......... Alex Bryant
Wallace Rooney ......... Chief
Michael Constantine .... Miller
Synopsis:
Leonard Lerner investigates the disappearance of a coed. [RF]

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