CTVA US Anthology - "Cavalcade Of America" (ABC) Season 3 (1954-55)

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 Season 3 (ABC) (1954-55)
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

 

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       ABC Tuesdays 7:30-8:00pm EST
     24 new episodes

 

Ep 3.01  Cavalcade of America: THE GREAT GAMBLE
12-Oct-1954 ABC Tue
written by Warner Law
directed by William J. Thiele
producer Jack Chertok
starring
Whitfield Connor ...... Cyrus Field
Marjorie Lord ...... Mrs. Field
Susan Odin ...... Mary Field
Harry Shannon ...... Samuel Morse
Florenz Ames ....... Peter Morse
Robert Middleton ........ William Harper
Synopsis 1:
A dramatization about Cyrus Field, who after several unsuccessful
attempts, realized his dream of laying a cable across the Atlantic from
Newfoundland to Ireland. [RF]
Synopsis 2:
The story of the great faith and fortitude of Cyrus Field in his
attempt to lay the first telegraphy cable beneath the Atlantic Ocean. 
Field was labeled a swindler when his first try failed, but he continued his work. [JB]

 

 [--] 19Oct54 rerun of #1.16 "Night Strike"  (first aired 29Apr53)
 
Ep 3.02 Cavalcade of America: THE FORGE
26-Oct-1954 ABC Tue (Network Rerun 07Aug56)
written by Warner Law
directed by William J. Thiele
producer Jack Chertok
starring
George Nader ........ Eliphalet Remington II
Kathleen Crowley ......... Abigail Paddock
Walter Sande ........ Eliphalet Remington
Madge Meredith ....... Lavina Paddock
James Seay ....... William Joslin
Russell Simpson ........ Judge Grant
Roland Varna ........ Captain Von Holst
Synopsis 1:
The events in the life of Eliphalet Remington leading to the
development of his famous rifle which played an important part in American
history because it gave to the pioneers a cheap and superior substitute for
European-made weapons. [RF]
Synopsis 2:
Eliphalet Remington builds his own rifle on his father’s forge. He then
enters a shooting match in an attempt to prove that American-made goods
offer worthy competition for the more expensive European-made items. [JB]

 

Ep 3.03 Cavalcade of America: MOONLIGHT WITNESS
02-Nov-1954 ABC Tue
 (not to be confused with "Moonlight School "18May54)
producer Armand Schaefer
written by Maurice Geraghty
directed by Maurice Geraghty
starring
Bruce Bennett ....... Abe Lincoln
Rhys Williams ......... William Armstrong
Claire Du Brey
Walter Reed
Michael Hall
Synopsis 1:
In the midst of preparations for his political debates with Douglas,
Lincoln successfully defends William Armstrong, a benefactor's son who is
charged with murder. [RF]
Synopsis 2:
Abraham Lincoln interrupts his campaign for the U.S. Senate to defend
the son of a boyhood friend who has been charged with murder. [JB]

 

 Ep 3.04 Cavalcade of America: THE GENTLE CONQUEROR
 09-Nov-1954
written by Tom Seller
story by William Sackheim
directed by William J. Thiele
producer Jack Chertok
starring
Wilton Graff
Lamont Johnson
Ted de Corsia
Pitt Herbert
Richard Beymer
Synopsis:
A drama about Father Junipero Serra, an 18th century Spanish
missionary who devoted his life to establishing missions up and
down the coast of California. Depicts incidents connected with the
Portola Expedition to San Diego in 1769 and portrays the role of
Father Serra in civilizing the Indians there. [RF]

 

Ep 3.05 Cavalcade of America:  MOUNTAIN MAN
 16-Nov-1954

written by Paul Franklin
directed by Robert G. Walker
producer Armand Schaefer
starring
Paul Picerni  ....... James Ohio Pattie
Gregory Walcott
Guy Prescott
Eugenia Paul
Keith Richards
Synopsis:
Relates the story of James Ohio Pattie, the first American to write

an account of a visit to California. Reenacts his arrival in San Diego,

the Mexican provincial capital, in 1828, and portrays his role in averting

 a smallpox epidemic, thus winning the friendship of the Mexicans and

freedom for the Americans whom they held in captivity. [RF]

 

Ep 3.06 Cavalcade of America: AMERICAN THANKSGIVING
23-Nov-1954 ABC Tue (Network Rerun 22Nov55)
written by George Faulkner & Robert Stevenson
directed by Robert Stevenson
starring
Regis Toomey
Ann Doran
Stephen Woottan
Marlyn Carroll
John McGovern
Doris Kemper
Richard Gaines
The history of Thanksgiving Day is presented by dramatizations of the
holiday as it was in Washington's time and Lincoln's time. [JB]

 

Ep 3.07 Cavalcade of America: ORDEAL IN BURMA
30-Nov-1954 ABC Tue
producer Jack Chertok
written by Charles Larson
directed by William J. Thiele
starring
Toni Gerry
Donald Murphy
Richard Loo
Keye Luke
Kam Tong
Synopsis 1:
The story of Ann and Adoniram Judson, American missionaries, whose
determination to return love and understanding for hatred not only saved
their own lives but also helped end the war between Great Britain and
Burma in 1824. [RF]
Synopsis 2:
The scene is Burma and the date is 1824, during the British-Burmese
war.  Medical missionary Adoniram Judson is caught between the two
opposing armies, and finally is imprisoned by the Burmese forces. [JB]

 

Ep 3.08 Cavalcade of America: NIGHT CALL
07-Dec-1954 ABC Tue [JB] (Network Rerun 10Jan56)
producer Jack Denove
written by Larry Marcus
directed by Robert Stevenson
director of photography Harold E. Stine
starring
Dean Jagger
Donald Murphy
Sheila Bromley
Nancy Hale
Doris Kemper
Synopsis:
A dramatization of a typical twenty-four-hour period in a doctor's
life. Follows his activities during his night calls, his work at a
hospital, his office appointments, and his efforts to save the life of
a young stranger who is the victim of a rare disease. [RF]

 

Ep 3.09 Cavalcade of America: A MEDAL FOR MISS WALKER
14-Dec-1954 ABC Tue
producer Jack Chertok
written by William Sackheim
directed by William J. Thiele
starring
Maura Murphy ....... Dr. Mary Walker
Frank Ferguson
DeForest Kelley
Roy Roberts
Hugh Sanders
Walter Reed
Synopsis:
A biographical account of the wartime medical service of Dr. Mary
Walker, who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for her courageous
work as a civilian surgeon among Federal troops during the Civil War. [RF]

 

 [--] 21Dec54 rerun of #1.15 "The Gingerbread Man"  (Repeat from 15Apr53)

 

Ep 3.10 Cavalcade of America: A MAN'S HOME
28-Dec-1954 ABC Tue
producer Jack Denove
written by Eugene Vale
directed by Harry Horner
starring
Ross Elliott ....... James Otis
Emerson Treacy
Hillary Brooke
Lumsden Hare
Dorothy Green
Synopsis 1:
A dramatization of some of the events leading up to the American
Revolution. Shows the part played by James Otis in defending the right of
citizens to be protected against unreasonable search and seizure of home and property. [RF]
Synopsis 2:
Otis, a Boston lawyer serving as advocate-general to the British crown
just prior to the Revolution, resigned his post in protest against
illegal invasion of American homes. [JB]

 

Ep 3.11 Cavalcade of America: THE MARINE WHO WAS 200 YEARS OLD
04-Jan-1955 ABC Tue (Network Rerun 31Jan56)
producer Jack Denove
written by Robert Mason Pollock
directed by Robert Stevenson
starring
Ward Bond ....... Lou Diamond
Gregg Palmer
John Clift
Norma Varden
James Flavin
Synopsis:
A story about Lou Diamond, a marine gunnery sergeant who refused to let
old age and sickness keep him from his post with the Fifth Marine
Regiment during World War II. [RF]

 

 [--] 11Jan55 rerun of #1.4 "A Romance to Remember" (first aired 12Nov52)

 

Ep 3.12 Cavalcade of America: A MESSAGE FROM GARCIA
18-Jan-1955 ABC Tue [JB]
producer Jack Chertok
written by Charles Larson
directed by William J. Thiele
starring
Murvyn Vye ....... Ruiz
Donald Murphy ....... Lt. Andrew Rowan
Peter Mamakos ....... Sabio
James Todd ........ Col. Wagner
Salvador Baguez ......... General Garcia
Synopsis 1:
An account of the heroic mission of  Lt. Andrew Rowan, who braved the
Cuban jungles, risking capture and execution by Spanish troops in order
to obtain information to aid the United States in the Spanish-American War. [RF]
Synopsis 2:
Lt. Andrew Rowan is commissioned by the U.S. Government to take his
country’s pledge of aid to the commander of the Cuban forces in case of
war with Spain.  He goes and returns with a strange message from Garcia.      [JB]

 

Ep 3.13 Cavalcade of America: PETTICOAT DOCTOR
25-Jan-1955 ABC Tue
producer Jack Chertok
written by Jack Bennett
story by William Sackheim, Charles Larson & Jack Bennett
directed by William J. Thiele
starring
Paula Raymond ........ Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell
Edgar Buchanan
Betty Caulfield
Willis Bouchey
Minerva Urecal
Synopsis 1:
A biographical account of the career of Elizabeth Blackwell, the first
woman doctor to practice in America, who, with the assistance of her
younger sister, managed the New York Infirmary for Women and Children. [RF]
Synopsis 2:
Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell is befriended by New York newspaperman Horace
Greeley in her struggle to obtain recognition and respect for
professional women.  Dr. Blackwell was the nation’s first woman doctor. [JB]
Ep 3.14 Cavalcade of America: TAKE OFF ZERO
01-Feb-1955 ABC Tue (Network Rerun 06Dec55)
producer Jack Denove
written by Harold Shumate
directed by Charles Bennett
starring
Lamont Johnson ........ Lt. Col. "Skeets" Coleman
Marjorie Lord ........ Lee Powell Coleman
Edgar Dearing ....... Fitz
Steve Pendleton ....... Beecher
James Seay ........ Lt. Wells
Nelson Leigh
James Flavin
Synopsis 1
The development of the XFY-1 jet airplane is dramatized in a story about
a test pilot and his difficulties in combining marriage with his career. [RF]
Synopsis 2:
The story of the Navy’s first plane to take off vertically and of the
man, Lt. Col. “Skeets” Coleman, who made the first take-off. [JB]

 

 [--] 08Feb55 rerun of #1.10 "New Salem Story"  (first aired 04Feb53)

 

Ep 3.15 Cavalcade of America: DECISION FOR JUSTICE
15-Feb-1955 ABC Tue (Network rerun 20Sep55)
producer Jack Chertok
written by Charles Larson
story by Samuel Rice
directed by William J. Thiele
starring
Jeff Morrow ....... Chief Justice John Marshall
Robert Foulk
Hayden Rorke
Marjorie Lord
Dayton Lummis
Synopsis 1:
Dramatizes an episode in the life of Chief Justice John Marshall,
showing how his decision in the case of Marbury vs. Madison resulted in
the recognition of the Supreme Court as the final authority in the
interpretation of the Constitution. [RF]
Synopsis 2:
The story of John Marshall, first Chief Justice of the United States
Supreme Court, and his influence on the American judicial system. [JB]

 

Ep 3.16 Cavalcade of America: THE HOSTAGE
22-Feb-1955 ABC Tue
producer Jack Denove
written by Harold Shumate
directed by Charles Bennett
starring
Glenn Langan ....... Captain Stobo
Peter Adams ....... Lt. Von Brahm
Liam Sullivan ....... George Washington
Abel Fernandez
Maurice Marsac
Synopsis 1:
A dramatization of the heroic activities of Captain Robert Stobo, who,
as a prisoner of the French during the French and Indian War, procured
for the British the plans of Forts Duquesne and Quebec and made
possible an important British victory. [RF]
Synopsis 2:
Captain Richard Stobo, of the Virginia Militia, is given as a hostage
in the surrender of Fort Necessity [JB]

 

 [--] 01Mar55 rerun of #1.9 "What Might Have Been" (first aired 21Jan53)

 

Ep 3.17 Cavalcade of America: THAT THEY MIGHT LIVE
             (a.k.a. "That They May Live")
8-Mar-1955 ABC Tue [JB]
produced by Jack Denove
 written by Gwen Bagni
directed by Robert Stevenson
starring
Booth Colman
Norbert Schiller
Emlen Davies
Paul Hurvey
Louis Jean Heydt
Claire Du Brey
Synopsis 1:
A biographical drama about Doctor Abraham Jacobi and his wife, Doctor
Mary Putnam Jacobi, whose theories about prenatal and child care brought
about the recognition of pediatrics as a separate branch of medicine. [RF]
Synopsis 2:
Dr. Abraham Jacobi and his doctor-wife wage a battle against prejudice
in an attempt to gain special treatment for sick children. [JB] 

 

Ep 3.18 Cavalcade of America: MAN ON THE BEAT
15-Mar-1955 ABC Tue (Network Rerun 27Mar56)
written by Charles Larson
directed by William J. Thiele
producer Jack Chertok
starring
William Campbell .... Officer Clyde Bannon
Constance Ford ...... Mrs. Bannon
Harry Lauter ........ Ray Marshall
Hal Baylor .......... Lumberjack
Vincent Padula ...... Counterman
Joe McTurk .......... Newstand Operator
Richard Crane
Synopsis:
Typical incidents in the daily life of a city patrolman are used
in explaining the role of the police force in protecting citizens and
maintaining order in the community. [RF]

 

[--] 22Mar55 rerun of #1.2 "All’s Well With Lydia" (first aired 15Oct52)

 

Ep 3.19 Cavalcade of America: THE SHIP THAT SHOOK THE WORLD
29-Mar-1955 ABC Tue  (Network Rerun 31Jun56)
producer Jack Denove
written by Robert Stevenson
directed by Robert Stevenson
starring
John Ericson
Carl Benton Reid
Alex Gerry
Robert Warwick
Lumsden Hare
Archer MacDonald
Synopsis 1:
A dramatization of events leading to the construction of the Monitor,
the ironclad ship built by the Federal Government during the Civil War
to oppose the Merrimac. [RF]
Synopsis 2:
The time is the Civil War and the place is the Atlantic Ocean.  The
ship Merrimac threatens to break the blockade of Southern ports.  A former
Swedish army officer saves the union by building the ironclad Monitor. [RF]

 

 [--] 05Apr55 - rerun of #1.6 "No Greater Love"  (first aired 10Dec52)

 

Ep 3.20 Cavalcade of America: THE GIFT OF DR. MINOT
12-Apr-1955 ABC Tue
producer Jack Denove
written by Larry Marcus
directed by Charles Bennett
starring
Walter Coy ....... Dr. George Minot
Richard Erdman ....... Harry Jordan
Aline Towne ...... Marion Minot
Phyllis Coates ....... Barbara Leland
Noel Toy ........ Mrs. Nomura
Don Shelton
Synopsis 1:
Dramatizes the career of Dr. George Minot, and Nobel prize winner who
disregarded his own diabetic condition and successfully continued his
experiments to effect a cure for pernicious anemia. Time: 1922. [RF]
Synopsis 2:
The story of a Boston physician who neglected his own health in an
effort to find a cure for the dreaded pernicious anemia. [JB]

 

 [--] 19Apr55 rerun of #1.14 "The Indomitable Blacksmith" (first aired 01Apr53)

 

Ep 3.21  Cavalcade of America: HOW TO RAISE A BOY
26-Apr-1955 ABC Tue (Network Rerun 26Jun56)
producer Jack Denove
written by Edith Sommer & Robert Soderberg
directed by Lewis Foster
photography by Clark Ramsey
starring
Paul Kelly
Erin O'Brien-Moore
Gordon Gebert
Tommy Ivo
Brad Morrow
Tyler McVey
George Marshall
Ferris Taylor
Synopsis:
Shows how the influences of a farm environment, the necessity of
assuming responsibility, and the receiving of faith and trust from a loving
family contribute toward the rehabilitation of an unhappy city orphan. [RF]

 

Ep 3.22 Cavalcade of America: STAY ON, STRANGER!
03-May-1955 ABC Tue (Network Rerun 12Jun56)
producer Jack Chertok
written by Jack Bennett
directed by William J. Thiele
starring
Peggy Converse ....... Mrs. Alice Lloyd
Lon Chaney ....... Zeke Wells
Sallie Brophy ....... Alice Sloane
Edgar Buchanan ....... Doc Mathew
Adrienne Marden ....... Mrs. Sloane
Louise Lorimer ........ Mrs. Bacon
James Griffin ........ Clay Doggett
Synopsis 1:
Tells how Mrs. Alice Lloyd, a forty-year-old Bostonian, started a
school in the mountain town of  Caney, Ky., in 1916 and gradually overcame
local opposition to education by showing that her students could use
their education to help their own community. [RF]
Synopsis 2:
A courageous woman brings the light of education to the dark,
prejudiced hills of Carney Creek [JB]

 

Ep 3.23 Cavalcade of America: SUNRISE ON A DIRTY FACE
10-May-1955 ABC Tue
producer Jack Chertok
written by Jack Laird
directed by William J. Thiele
starring
Jack Kelly ....... James E. West
Lois Collier ....... Marion
Peter Reynolds ....... Jeremy
James Seay ....... Theodore Dreiser
Raymond Greenleaf ........ Judge DeLacy
Patrick O'Moore ........ Attorney
Synopsis 1:
Dramatizes the campaign waged by James E. West and Theodore Dreiser to
establish the first juvenile court in the District of Columbia. [RF]
Synopsis 2:
Half a century ago a young attorney named James E. West became interested
in juvenile delinquents.  His fight for more humane treatment of mistreated
 youngster led to a great improvement in the laws. [JB]

 

[--] 17May55 rerun of #1.12 "Experiment at Monticello"  (first aired 04Mar53)

 

Ep 3.24 Cavalcade of America: SIX HOURS TO DEADLINE
24-May-1955 ABC Tue (Network rerun 11Oct55)
 producer Jack Denove
written by Larry Marcus
directed by Jack Denove
starring
John McIntire

Synopsis:

A drama about a newspaper editor's reluctant decision to print a story
which will bring sorrow to a man whom he deeply respects. [RF]

 

[--] 31May55 rerun of #1.17 "Slater’s Dream"  (first aired 13May53)

 

Ep 3.25 Cavalcade of America: THE PALMETTO CONSPIRACY
07-Jun-1955 ABC Tue
written by Charles Bennett
directed by Charles Bennett
producer Jack Denove
starring
Pierre Watkin ........ Allan Pinkerton
Richard Hale ........ Lincoln
Byron Palmer ........ Joseph Howard
Synopsis 1:
Dramatizes the part played by Allan Pinkerton and his National
Detective Agency in thwarting a Southern plot to assassinate Lincoln as he
passed through Baltimore in 1861 on his way to his first inauguration. [RF]
Synopsis 2:
Det. Allan Pinkerton thwarts a plot to kill President-elect Abraham Lincoln in 1861. [JB]

 

 [--] 14-Jun-1955 - Unknown

 

Ep 3.26  Cavalcade of America: THE RESCUE OF DR. BEANES
21-Jun-1955 ABC Tue (Network Rerun 03Jul56)
written by Harold Shumate
directed by Sobey Martin
photography by Frederick Gateley
producer Jack Denove
starring
Donald Murphy ........ Francis Scott Key
Paula Raymond ........ Polly Key
Christopher Dark ........ Richard West
Griff Barnett ........ Dr. Beanes
Byron Palmer
Anthony Eustral
Barry Bernard
Synopsis 1:
Dramatizes events in the life of Francis Scott Key which led him to
write The Star-Spangled Banner. [RF]
Synopsis 2:
During the War of 1812 a Baltimore attorney goes on a rescue mission
behind the British lines.  His name is Francis Scott Key and the trip
inspires him to write our present national anthem, “The Star Spangled Banner.” [JB]

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