CTVA US Anthology - "Cavalcade Of America" (NBC) Season 1 (1952-53)

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 Season 1 (NBC) (1952-53)
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by:  Hal Erickson, Steve Greenup, Rina Fox, Jim Brent
references:
TV Guide / Library of Congress (telnet://locis.loc.gov)
Internet Movie Database (http://us.imdb.com)
UCLA Film and Television Archive

 

###########  Cavalcade of America  ###########
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NBC  Wednesdays 8:30-9:00pm EST   (010ct52-24Jun53)
   (alternated with "Scott Music Hall")

 

Ep 1.01 Cavalcade of America: POOR RICHARD
01-Oct-1952 NBC Wed (Network Rerun 05Jan54)
producer Gil Ralston
written by Frederick Jackson & Arthur Ripley
directed by Peter Godfrey
starring
Cecil Kellaway
Dabbs Greer
Alan Napier
Leo Britt
Henry Brandon
Synopsis 1:
Dramatized incidents are used to show how Benjamin Franklin delayed a
conference between Lord Howe and John Adams until the spring rainy
season commenced, thereby allowing General Washington to extricate his
troops from Long Island under the cover of a storm. [RF]
Synopsis 2:
This drama sent the "old and obstinate" Franklin to delay American
surrender talks with the British, thereby allowing General George
Washington to escape capture to fight another day. (JB)

 

Ep 1.02 Cavalcade of America: ALL'S WELL WITH LYDIA
15-Oct-1952 NBC Wed (Network rerun 22Mar55)

starring

Ruth Warrick ...... Lydia Darragh
Reginald Denny ...... Col. Patterson
John Dodsworth ..... Lt. Allen
Esther Dale ..... Aunt Tabitha
Synopsis 1:

 The Revolutionary War story of Lydia Darragh, American patriot and
Philadelphia widow, who by her cleverness gained information
instrumental in an American victory. [RF]

Synopsis 2:

A Philadelphia matron makes friends with the British

officers who are occupying that city during the revolution.

Her friendship is of great value to the American forces. [JB]

 

Ep 1.03 Cavalcade of America: THE MAN WHO TOOK A CHANCE
29-Oct-1952 NBC Wed  (Network rerun 10Nov53)
starring
Richard Denning
Rhys Williams
Lewis Martin
Harry Cheshire
Synopsis 1:
The story of an 19th century genius who adapted 20th century methods to
solve an American problem. (JB)
Synopsis 2:
Eli Whitney first begins to manufacture muskets. [JB]

 

Ep 1.04 Cavalcade of America: A ROMANCE TO REMEMBER
12-Nov-1952 NBC Wed (Network rerun 11Jan55)
starring
Dan O'Herlihy ..... Nathaniel Hawthorne
Fay Baker
Helen Westcott
Synopsis:
The tale of the two beautiful Peabody Sisters who become rivals for the
love of Nathaniel Hawthorne. (JB)

 

Ep 1.05 Cavalcade of America: WHAT HATH GOD WROUGHT
26-Nov-1952 NBC Wed (Network rerun 02Feb54)
starring
Eduard Franz ..... Samuel Morse
Tom Henry
The story of how Samuel F.B.  Morse, after many hardships, gained
recognition for the first telegraph. (JB)

 

Ep 1.06 Cavalcade of America: NO GREATER LOVE
10-Dec-1953 NBC Wed (Network rerun 05Apr55)
producer Jack Chertok
written by Tom Seller
directed by William J. Thiele
starring
Mary Anderson ..... Clara Louise Maas
Arthur Franz ..... Dr. William Gorgas
Reed Hadley
David Bond

Synopsis 1:

A story about Clara Louise Maas, a Spanish-American War nurse who
allowed herself to be bitten by a Stegomyia mosquito in order to
further the experiments which were being conducted in the Las Animas
Hospital in Havana under the direction of Dr. William C. Gorgas during
a yellow fever epidemic at the turn of the century. [RF]

Synopsis 2:
Nurse Clara Maas volunteers to be bitten by a dreaded mosquito

so that the research on yellow fever can go on. [RF]

 

Ep 1.07 Cavalcade of America: IN THIS CRISIS
24-Dec-1953 NBC Wed (Network rerun 23Feb54)
Written by Robert Stevenson
starring
Tom Tully ..... John Honeyman
Ann Doran
John Hoyt
Richard Gaines

Synopsis:

John Honeyman, American patriot, pretends to be a Tory in order to gain
information that will mean Washington's victory over the Hessians. (JB)

 

Ep 1.08 Cavalcade of America: THE ARROW AND THE BOW
07-Jan-1953 NBC Wed
starring
Elena Verdugo
Sean McClory
Booth Colman
O.Z. Whitehead

Synopsis:

The career of Andrew Johnson, who, starting as a tailor, became the 17th President. [RF]

 

Ep 1.09 Cavalcade of America: WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN
21-Jan-1953 NBC Wed (Network rerun  01Mar55)
starring
Ross Ford ..... Jefferson Davis
Nancy Hale ..... Sarah Taylor
Synopsis 1:
The story of the tragic romance and marriage of Jefferson Davis and
Sarah Knox Taylor. (JB)

Synopsis 2:

The story of Jefferson Davis, future president of the Confederacy,

and Sarah Taylor, daughter of the future president of the United States.

Their love was fated to end in tragedy. [RF]

 

Ep 1.10 Cavalcade of America: NEW SALEM STORY
04-Feb-1953 NBC Wed (Network rerun 08Feb55)
starring
Jeff Donnell ..... Ann Rutledge
James Griffith ..... Abraham Lincoln
Lloyd Corrigan ..... Bowling Green
Synopsis:
The legendary tale of Abe Lincoln and his great love for Ann Rutledge [RF]

 

Ep 1.11 Cavalcade of America: A MATTER OF HONOR
18-Feb-1953 NBC Wed (Network Rerun 15Jun54)
producer Gil Ralston
written by Van Norcross
directed by Arthur Hilton
starring
Onslow Stevens ....... Sam Houston
Randy Stuart
Jonathan Hale
Stanley Andrews
Pierre Watkins
Synopsis 1:
A historical drama portraying the misunderstanding between Sam Houston
and his wife, Eliza, which resulted in Houston's resignation of the
governorship of Tennessee. [RF]
Synopsis  2:
The story of Sam Houston, hero of the Alamo, who gave the woman he
loved a locket engraved with one word, "integrity," but had she earned
the right to wear it? (JB)

 

Ep 1.12 Cavalcade of America: EXPERIMENT AT MONTICELLO
04-Mar-1953 NBC Wed  (Network rerun 17May55)
starring
Brandon Rhodes ...... Thomas Jefferson
Raymond Greenleaf
Barbara Woodell
Synopsis:
Thomas Jefferson, President of the United States, uses himself as a
guinea pig and is inoculated with the germs of small pox in a heroic
effort to establish control of the disease. [RF]

 

Ep 1.13 Cavalcade of America: MIGHTIER THAN THE SWORD
18-March-1953 NBC Wed
producer Jack Chertok
written by Tom Seller
directed by William J. Thiele
starring
Douglas Kennedy
Eduard Franz
Adele Longmire
Robert Rockwell
Hayden Rorke
Synopsis 1:
A pre-Revolutionary War drama. The freedom of the press is upheld
through the trial and acquittal of John Peter Zenger, a New York
newspaper publisher who was imprisoned for printing the truth about
corruption of the British administration. [RF]
Synopsis 2:
Story of John Peter Zenger in the famous trial that established
American freedom of the press. [JB]

 

Ep 1.14 Cavalcade of America: THE INDOMITABLE BLACKSMITH
01-April-1953 NBC Wed (Network rerun 19Apr55)
producer Jack Chertok
written by Warner Law
directed by William J. Thiele
starring
Whitfield Connor ....... Thomas Davenport
Peggy Weber
Synopsis 1:
A story about Thomas Davenport, a blacksmith, and his long struggle to
invent and perfect the electric motor. Setting: Brandon, Vt., in the
1830's. [RF]
Synopsis 2:
The story of how Thomas Davenport neglected his blacksmith trade and
failed in business, but won immortality in science by inventing the first electric motor. (JB)

 

Ep 1.15 Cavalcade of America: THE GINGERBREAD MAN
15-April-1953 NBC Wed (Network rerun  21Dec54)
producers Gil Ralston & Arthur Ripley
written by Robert Stevenson
directed Robert Stevenson
starring
Otto Waldis ...... Christopher Ludwick
Edith Angold ...... Katie
John Wengraf ...... German Colonel
William Yetter ...... Schultz

Richard Gaines ...... George Washington
John Hamilton ...... Col. Norton
Synopsis 1:

A true story about Christopher Ludwick, the baker, who came to America
in 1776 from Germany. He made a most unusual gingerbread man which
later became famous in America. He lived with his wife in Philadelphia. [RF]
Synopsis 2:
A comedy-drama about an elderly German baker who persuades 123 Hessian
soldiers to desert the British Army during the American Revolution. (JB)

 

Ep 1.16 Cavalcade of America: NIGHT STRIKE (Nite Strike)
29-April-1953 NBC Wed (Network rerun 19Oct54)
producers Gil Ralston & Arthur Ripley
written by Robert Stevenson
directed by Robert Stevenson
director of photography Stuart Thompson
starring
Glenn Langan ......Captain John Paul Jones
Richard Garrick ....... Benjamin Franklin
James Best
Russell Simpson ..... Quartermaster
Maurice Marsac ...... DeSartine
Robert Edward Osterloh ..... Simpson
Dayton Lummis
Dorothea Walbert
Norman DuPont
John Fraser
Kenneth Donald Murray
Synopsis:
Dramatizes an incident in the career of Captain John Paul Jones.
Describes a raid made by Americans under Jones' leadership on the
English coast at Whitehaven in 1778 and the unexpected outcome of the action. [RF]

 

Ep 1.17 Cavalcade of America: SLATER'S DREAM
13-May-1953 NBC Wed (Network rerun 31May55)
producer Jack Chertok
written by John Thiele
directed by William J. Thiele
starring
Terrence Kilburn ..... Samuel Slater
Howard Wendell
Robert Foulk
Mary Ellen Kay
Synopsis:
Dramatizes the story of Samuel Slater, a young Englishman, who came to
America in 1790 and struggled to construct from memory the cotton
spinner, the plan of which England jealously guarded to insure a
monopoly on the machine. [RF]

 

Ep 1.18 Cavalcade of America: THE PIRATE'S CHOICE
27-May-1953 NBC Wed
producer Jack Chertok
written by Curtis Kenyon
directed by William J. Thiele
starring
William Bishop ..... Jean LaFitte
Morris Ankrum
Mario Siletti
Sig Arno
Donna Martell
Rhys Williams
Synopsis 1:
Dramatizes the events which led to the decision of the pirate Jean
Lafitte to join Andrew Jackson in the defense of New Orleans against
the English forces in 1814. [RF]
Synopsis 2:
The story of Jean LaFitte. (JB)

 

Ep 1.19 Cavalcade of America: JOHN YANKEE
10-Jun-1953 NBC Wed
producer Jack Chertok
written by Charles Larson
directed by William J. Thiele
starring
Whitfield Connor ..... John Adams
Helen Parrish
Lowell Gilmore
Robert Neil
Patrick O'Moore
John Alderson
Raymond Greenleaf
Synopsis 1:
Dramatizes John Adams' difficult and unpopular decision to defend eight
English soldiers who participated in a Boston riot prior to the
Revolution. [RF]
Synopsis 2:
John Adams defends eight British soldiers charged with murder. (JB)

 

Ep 1.20 Cavalcade of America: THE TENDERFOOT
24-Jun-1953 NBC Wed
producer Jack Chertok
written by Tom Seller
directed by William J. Thiele
starring
Tom Brown
Edgar Buchanan
John Kellogg
Ludwig Stossel
Lee Van Cleef
Synopsis 1:
A historical drama showing how young Theodore Roosevelt, undaunted by a
blizzard, pursues and captures three outlaws in the Dakota Bad Lands.
Time: 1886. [RF]
Synopsis 2:
Theodore Roosevelt in Dakota's "badlands" captures three outlaws. (JB)

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