CTVA US Anthology - "Buick-Electra Playhouse" (CBS)(1959-60)

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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  Writers Guild of America (wga)

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BUICK-ELECTRA PLAYHOUSE
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CBS Production (Thursdays 9:30-11:00pm)
Executive Producer A.E. Hotchner
Producer Gordon Duff
Director John Frankenheimer

US Anthology of Specials 1959-60 4 episodes x 90 min

These specials aired randomnly and were usually based on Ernest Hemingway's work.
Sponsored by Buick Motors

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CBS Thursdays 9:30-11:00pm
Shared this time slot with  "
Playhouse 90 "   "The Big Party for Revlon" then "The Revlon Revue"

 

[01] Buick-Electra Playhouse: THE KILLERS
19Nov1959 CBS Thur
Executive Producer A.E. Hotchner
Producer Gordon Duff
Teleplay by A.E. Hotchner
Based on the novel by Ernest Hemingway
starring
Dean Stockwell ...... Nick Adams
Ingemar Johansson ... Ole Anderson
Diane Baker ....... Holly
Dane Clark
Ray Walston
Robert Middleton
Glenda Farrell
Frank McHugh
Synopsis:
The story of a young man who attempts to save the life of an ex-boxer who is marked for death by two gunment who arrive
in a small town. World Heavyweight Champion Ingemar Johansson
Synopsis:
An ex-heavyweight fighter hires a gunman to do him in. [RF]
*Note: First of four 90-minute programs based on the writings of Ernest Hemingway.

 
[02] Buick-Electra Playhouse: THE FIFTH COLUMN
29Jan1960 CBS Friday?
Executive Producer A.E. Hotchner
Producer Gordon Duff
Teleplay by A.E. Hotchner
Based on a novel by Ernest Hemingway
Directed by John Frankenheimer
Music by David Amram
starring
Richard Burton
Maximilian Schell
George Rose
Betsy von Furstenberg
Milton Selzer
Sally Ann Howes
Shai K. Ophir
Elisa Loti
Robert Dowdell
Tonio Selwart
Sydney Pollack
Alfred De La Fuente
R.G. Brown
Philip Kenneally
Andreas Voustsinas
James Patterson
with talent
Bob Hope.
Synopsis:
The saga about an almost-deaf Nazi officer in a group of Fifth Columnists operating behind the lines in Madrid during 
the Spanish Civil War in the 1930's. [RF]
[03] Buick-Electra Playhouse: THE SNOWS OF KILIMANJARO
25Mar1960 CBS Friday?
Executive Producer A.E. Hotchner
Producer Gordon Duff
Associate Producer Joe Scully
Based on a novel by Ernest Hemingway
Teleplay by A.E. Hotchner
Directed by John Frankenheimer
Theme Music by Laurence Rosenthal
Music by Fred Steiner
starring
Robert Ryan ............. Harry Walters
Ann Todd .................. Helen Walters
James Gregory
Janice Rule
Norma Crane
Mary Astor
Frank Puglia
Brock Peters
Liliane Montevecchi
Clancy Cooper
Clegg Hoyt
Albert Paulson
with talent
Bob Hope
Lucille Ball
Ernie Kovas
Desi Arnaz
and the voice of Rod Serling.
Synopsis:
A writer recalls his life as he lies dying of gangrene in a campsite near Mount Kilimanjaro. Harry is alternately cruel
and kind to his wife Helen, who attends to him as they wait for a rescue party on the isolated mountaintop. In a series 
of flashbacks, Harry remembers his first love, a young Parisian dancer who eventually left him; his early literary 
successes; his first marriage, which self-destructed in a series of bitter fights and accusations; his introduction to 
Helen, a wealthy widow who longed for passion and excitement; his editor's attempts to get him to write more honestly 
about his inner feelings; his own fears that he was destroying his talent with drinking, laziness, and insecurity; and 
the events leading to his and Helen's desperate flight to Africa, where Harry had planned to "burn the fat off his soul." [RF]
[04] Buick Electra Playhouse: THE GAMBLER, THE NUN AND THE RADIO
19May1960 CBS Thurs (90min taped play).
Adapted by A.E. Hotchner
Based on a novel by Ernest Hemmingway
Directed by James Clark & Albert Marre
Music by Jerry Goldsmith
Produced by Gordon Duff
Cast:
Eleanor Parker .......... Sister Cecilia
Richard Conte ........... Cayetano Ruiz
Charles Bickford ........ Mr. Frazer
William Schallert ....... Dr. Milling
L.Q. Jones .............. Rodeo Rider
George Chandler ......... Carpenter
Frank Killmond .......... Farm Boy
Mary Wickes ............. Nurse
Jorge Moreno ............ Big Mexican
Jose Gonzales-Gonzales... Small Mexican
Martin Garralaga ........ Thin Mexican
Rodolfo Acosta .......... Killer
Synopsis:
Set in 1932.
Cayetano Ruiz is a gambler. He always wins,  and this doesn't make him the most popular 
man in Halley, Montana. In fact, somebody wants to kill him, and during a card game Cayetano is shot. 
At the hospital, the doctors don't think he'll live. But his nurse, Sister Cecilia, prays fervently to 
St. Francis for Cayetano's recovery. [RF]
Synopsis 2:

The 1933 story of a wounded man in a Montana hospital, in which Hemingway

makes one of his rare philosophical observations: "Bread is the opium of the people." [RF]

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