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 Season 4 (ABC) (1955-56)
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by:  Hal Erickson, Steve Greenup, Rina Fox, Jim Brent
references:
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a Four Star Films, Inc. Production

 Executive Producer Don W. Sharpe /Produced by Warren Lewis (1955-57)

 

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       ABC Tuesdays 9:30-10:00pm EST
       26 new episodes

 

Ep 4.01 DuPont Cavalcade Theatre: A TIME FOR COURAGE
13-Sept-1955 ABC Tue
starring
Hugh Beaumont ....... Coach [RF]
Gloria Talbott ....... Nancy Merki [JB]

Synopsis:

The story of "Nancy Merki and the swimming coach who led her to victory
over polio and to Olympic stardom. [RF]

 

 [--] 20Sep55 rerun of #3.15 "Decision for Justice" (first aired 15Feb55)

 

Ep 4.02 DuPont Cavalcade Theatre: THE TEXAS RANGER
          (imdb have title "Texas Pioneers")
27-September-1955 ABC Tue (Network Rerun  09Apr57)
producer Jack Denove
written by Larry Marcus
directed by Alvin Ganzer
starring: [JB]
Jim Davis ....... J.L. Armstrong
William Talman ....... Wes Hardin
Malcolm Atterbury .......... Conductor
Gary Gray ........ Butcher Boy  / (imdb have character Apple Knocker)
Synopsis:
A phase of the work of the Texas Rangers in the late nineteenth century is
 described in a dramatization about J. L. Armstrong, the ranger who captured
 John Wesley Hardin on a train in Florida and thwarted the prisoner's efforts
 to escape during the long train journey from Florida to Texas. [RF]

 

Ep 4.03 DuPont Cavalcade Theatre: TOWARD TOMORROW
04-Oct-1955 ABC Tue
starring:
James Edwards ........ Ralph Bunche
McHenry Norman ........ the Young Ralph
Maidie Norman
Ruby Goodwin
Synopsis:
A tribute to Dr. Ralph Bunche, undersecretary of the United Nations. 
The drama is based on the early life of the statesman, who was orphaned
at the age of  8 and was guided from then on by his aged grandmother. [JB]

 

[--] 11Oct55 rerun of #3.24 "Six Hours to Deadline" (first aired 24May55)

 

Ep 4.04 DuPont Cavalcade Theatre: DISASTER PATROL
18-Oct-1955 ABC Tue
producer Jack Denove
written by Charles Bennett
directed by Charles Bennett
Starring [JB]
Steve Brodie
Jean Ruth
Robert Anderson
Synopsis 1:
The work, organization, and purpose of the Civil Air Patrol is described in
 a dramatization about a CAP pilot in California who risks his life to fly
doctors and emergency supplies into a canyon community seriously damaged
by an earthquake. [RF]
Synopsis 2:
A tale of the Civil Air Patrol. A wartime flier has promised his wife
he'd never fly again.  But he is needed for a mercy mission. [JB]

 

Ep 4.05 DuPont Cavalcade Theatre: THE SWAMP MUTINY (a.k.a. "The Swamp Fox")
25-Oct-1955 ABC Tue
producer Jack Chertok
written by Frederic M. Frank
directed by William J. Thiele
starring
Hans Conried ....... General Francis Marion
Nancy Hadley
Ron Randell
Paul Brinegar
Synopsis 1:
A historical drama showing how General Francis Marion, a colonial officer
 during the American Revolution, won the admiration and eventually the
support of a young British officer who witnessed the general's tactical
suppression of a mutiny among colonial volunteer soldiers.
Setting: Georgetown S. C., in 1780. [RF]
Synopsis 2:
General Francis Marion must hold back the British Army and at the same
time fight mutiny in his own Revolutionary troops. [JB]
 

4.06 [--] Cavalcade of America: A CHAIN OF HEARTS [Verified on film -RF]
https://archive.org/details/DuPontTheater-aChainOfHearts
01-Nov-1955 ABC Tue
Executive Producer Don W. Sharpe
Producer Warren Lewis
Screenplay by Frederick Brady
Directed by Laszlo Benedek
Director of Photography George E. Diskant
Editor Samuel E. Beetley
Art Director Duncan Cramer
Assistant director Bruce Fowler Jr.
Set Decorations Jack McConaghy
Makeup Artist Karl Herlinger
starring
Charles Bronson ...... John Staniszewski
Joyce McCluskey ...... Dolly Staniszewski
Robert Burton ........ Judge Burton
Harlan Warde ......... Attorney
Malcolm Atterbury .... Immigration Officer
William Forrest ...... Judge Sugarman
Alex Frazer ............ Bartender
Felix Nelson ........... Chef
Rodney Bell ........... Immigration Officer
William Boyett ....... Second Officer
Stephen Coit ......... Official
Synopsis:
The story of John Staniszewski, a Polish seaman who tried to gain American citizenship after World War 2. [JB]

 

 [--] 08-Nov-55 - Repeat of #2.28 "Saturday Story" (first aired 4May54)

 

Ep 4.07 DuPont Cavalcade Theatre: ONE DAY AT A TIME
15-Nov-1955 ABC Tue (Network Rerun 12Mar57)
starring

James Daly ........ Bill
James Bell ........ Dr. Bob
John Litel ......... Dr. Silkworth
Eve March ......... Ann
Barbara Eiler ......... Lois
James Best ......... Harry
Hugh Sanders ......... Burton
Herbert Lytton ......... Jack

Synopsis:

This is the true story of the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous. The
principals in the organization were two alcoholics, one a financial genius,
the other a doctor.  Both men's lives and careers were threatened by their
drinking problem, until they found that by working together they could
cure each other and other victims. [JB]

 

[--] 22Nov55 rerun of #3.6 "American Thanksgiving" (first aired 23Nov54)

 

Ep 4.08 DuPont Cavalcade Theatre: CRISIS IN PARIS
29-Nov-1955 ABC Tue
producer Jack Chertok
written by Jack Laird
directed by William J. Thiele
Starring
Howard St.John.
Synopsis 1:
A drama showing how Benjamin Franklin, an inexperienced diplomat and member
of the American Commission to France, negotiated a treaty providing for
French aid to the Colonies in their war with England.
Setting: Paris, during the American Revolution. [RF]
Synopsis 2:
As American's emissary in Paris, Benjamin Franklin has two problems: to
negotiate a treaty with the French, and to bring two lovers together. [JB]

 

[--] 06Dec55 rerun of #3.14 "Take off Zero (first aired 01Feb55)

 

Ep 4.09 DuPont Cavalcade Theatre: DOCTOR ON WHEELS
13-Dec-1955 ABC Tue (Network Rerun 28Aug56)
starring: [JB]
Lamont Johnson ....... Paul Shearer
Betty Lynn ......... Beth Shearer
John Deere ....... Bobbie Jeffers
Synopsis:
A true story of a Saskatchewan farm boy who finished medical school in a
wheel chair after he became paralyzed by polio. [JB]

 

Ep 4.10 DuPont Cavalcade Theatre: BARBED WIRE CHRISTMAS
20-Dec-1955 ABC Tue
producer Jack Denove
written by Larry Marcus
directed by Robert Stevenson
starring
Chuck Connors ....... Harry
Strother Martin ....... Wilkins
John Bryant ....... Fred
Alan Aric ....... Human Wreck
Norbert Schiller
Synopsis:
A documentary drama about life in a German prison camp. When a group of
 GIs in a German prison camp in 1944 pool their resources in order to hold
a Christmas Mass, the prison commandant not only permits the service to
 continue but, with the guards, joins the prisoners in their worship. [RF]

 

Ep 4.11 DuPont Cavalcade Theatre: POSTMARK: DANGER
27-Dec-1955 ABC Tue
producer Jack Chertok
written by Jack Laird
directed by William J. Thiele
starring: [JB]
Barry Atwater ....... Chet McCleary
Scott Forbes ....... Agent Gorson Willis
Stacy Keach ....... Warren Andrews
Russell Johnson ....... Karl Nader
Synopsis 1:
The work of a postal inspector is described in a dramatization about two
postal inspectors who expose the civilian supervisor of a prison mail room
as an extortionist who has been using the mails to defraud the parents of
servicemen reported missing during the Korean War. [RF]
Synopsis 2:
Swindlers have been approaching parents of boys missing in Korea. They
claim to be able to return the boys to their homes in exchange for a fee.
A postal agent is on the racketeers' trail. [JB]

 

Ep 4.12 DuPont Cavalcade Theatre: THE BOY WHO WALKED TO AMERICA
03-Jan-1956 ABC Tue (Network Rerun 04Sep56)
starring
Hugh Beaumont
John Dennis
Synopsis:
Based on a true story of a Korean youngster who to give up his dream.
With the assistance of sympathetic soldiers and a Catholic priest, the
boy managed to achieve his dream of going to America. [JB]

 

 [--] 10Jan56 rerun of #3.8 "Night Call" (first aired 07Dec54)

 

Ep 4.13 DuPont Cavalcade Theatre: THE PRISON WITHIN
17-Jan-1956 ABC Tue (Network rerun 11Sep56)

starring: Gloria Talbott ....... Mary
Claire Carleton ....... Mrs. Carlson
Joi Lansing ....... Florence
Mark Damon ....... Bill
Ed Platt ....... Dr. Banner
Synopsis 1:
A convicted forger is paroled, but her parole officer is troubled by her
inexplicable behavior. [JB]
Synopsis 2: (from rerun 11Sep56)
A girl is overcome with remorse when the soldier she refused to marry
is killed in Korea.  Her unusual guilt complex leads her to commit a
series of crimes, for which she is imprisoned. [JB]

 

Ep 4.14 DuPont Cavalcade Theatre: STAR AND THE SHIELD
        24-Jan-1956 ABC Tue
producer Jack Chertok
written by Merwin Gerard
directed by William J. Thiele
starring: [JB]
Walter Sande ....... William Campbell
Cheryl Callaway ....... Margaret Couche
Gordon Jones ....... Lt. Treusch
Elizabeth Patterson ....... Mrs. Couche
Harry Harvey, Sr. ....... Mayor Thorout
Harry Lauter ....... Harry Grant
Joyce Holden ....... Helen Grant
Synopsis 1:
A story about a warmhearted police officer in Union City, N. J., who
attempts to secure an apartment in a low-cost housing project for an
embittered old woman and her five-year-old grand-daughter. [RF]
Synopsis 2:
The true story of a Union City, N.J., policeman who came to the rescue
of an old woman and her young granddaughter who were being evicted. [JB]

 

[--] 31Jan56 rerun of #3.11 "The Marine Who Was 200 Years Old (first aired 04Jan55)

 

Ep 4.15 DuPont Cavalcade Theatre: THE SECRET LIFE OF JOE SWEDIE
07-Feb-1956 ABC Tue
starring
Chick Chandler ....... Joe Swedie
Ed Platt
Linda Stirling.
The story of Joe Swedie, a child-therapist who helps bedridden children
in hospitals to retain an interest in life. [JB]

 

 [--] 14Feb56 rerun of #2.9 "Major Pauline" (first aired 01Dec53)

 

Ep 4.16 DuPont Cavalcade Theatre: CALL HOME FROM THE HEART
21-Feb-1956 ABC Tue

Starring

Keye Luke

Kristine Miller
Teru Shimada

Synopsis:

The true story of the Japanese gardener who, under the sponsorship of a
pioneer civic leader, beautified Miami Beach area with his imaginative
planting of lush greenery. He eventually became one of the city's honored citizens. [JB]

 

 [--] 28Feb56 rerun of #2.15 "Smyrna Incident" (first aired 19Jan54)

 

Ep 4.17 DuPont Cavalcade Theatre: THE LISTENING HAND
06-Mar-1956 ABC Tue
Starring
Barbara Eiler and John Craven as the Hathaways.

Edith Evanson as Mrs. Pipes
Ruth Lee as Nurse Edwards
Synopsis:

The Hathaways are a deaf and blind couple who fight for their right to
keep and care for their newborn baby. [JB]

 

[--] 13Mar56 rerun of #2.3 "Breakfast at Nancy's" (first aired 13Oct53)

 

Ep 4.18 DuPont Cavalcade Theatre: A LIFE TO LIVE BY
a Four Star Films, Inc. Production
20-Mar-1956 ABC Tue
Executive Producer Don W. Sharpe [SG]
Produced by Warren Lewis
Screenplay by Laszlo Gorog
From an article by Melvin Durslag
Editorial Supervisor, Bernard Burton
starring:
John Ericson ........ Leon Patterson
  Sally Frazer ........ Dixie Patterson
Russ Conway ........ Coach O'Brien
Chris Warfield ........ Joe Wilson

Alexander Campbell ... Doctor
Shirley Bernard ...... Betty Wilson

Synopsis 1:

The story of a California schoolboy who, in spite of the knowledge that
he has an inaccurate disease, sets the world's record for the high school
shot-put and leads a full life before death overtakes him. [JB]
Synopsis 2:
The story of a boy who knew he was doomed by disease but won sports
and scholastic honors and a full life before death came. [RF]
*Note: True story from Taft, California.
**This episode aired in syndication on Celebrity Playhouse (date unknown).
 
 [--] 27Mar56 rerun of #3.18 "The Man on the Beat" (first aired 15Mar55)

 

Ep 4.19 DuPont Cavalcade Theatre: THE DOLL WHO FOUND A MOTHER
03-Apr-1956 ABC Tue
Starring
Cheryl Callaway
Peggy Webber
Mort Mills

Synopsis:

A judge introduces the parents of an unhappy child to a toy loan library.    [JB]

 

 [--] 10Apr56 rerun of #2.22 "Young Andy Jackson" (first aired 23Mar54)

 

Ep 4.20 DuPont Cavalcade Theatre: THE JACKIE JENSEN STORY (verified on video)
     17-Apr-1956 ABC Tuesday (Network Rerun 16Apr57)
    (in Europe featured in the 1992 compilation series "Serie Noire")
      Copyright 1956
      Four Star Films, Inc
      Executive Producer Don W. Sharpe/ Produced by Warren Lewis
      Directed by Alvin Ganzer
      Screenplay by Lou Rusoff
      Editorial Supervisor Bernard Burton
      Director of Photography  George E. Diskant
      Cast: (verified on video)
      Jackie Jensen (in person)..... Jackie Jensen (adult)
      Ross Elliott ................. Ralph Kerchum
      B.G. Norman ...............Jackie (age 13)
      Gary Gray .................. Jackie (age 16)
      Vivi Janniss ............Mrs. Jensen
      Lorna Thayer ............Miss Holmes
      Stafford Repp ...... Thompson
      Skip Torgeson ...........Young Tough
      John Close ..........Instructor
      Rickey Murray ....Timmy
      Jeff Froner .............School boy
Synopsis:
True story of Red Sox star outfielder Jackie Jensen and Ralph Kerchum,
the high school teacher whose guidance and friendship made the difference
 between greatness or oblivion. [RF]

 

 [--] 24Apr56 rerun of #2.2 "The Stolen General" (first aired 06Oct53)

 

Ep 4.21 DuPont Cavalcade Theatre: DIPLOMATIC OUTPOST
01-May-1956 ABC Tue
starring: [JB]
John Hudson ........ Ed Connors
Cynthia Stone ........ Pat Connors
Willis Bouchey ........ Carver
Richard Loo ........ Ho Chung
Bob Karnes ........ Saunders

Synopsis:

In the Far East, a young American diplomat and his wife cope with a polio
epidemic and the threat of civil war. [JB]

 

Ep 4.22 DuPont Cavalcade Theatre: DANGER ON (AT) CLOVER RIDGE
08-May-1956 ABC Tue
starring
Robert Horton

 

15-May-56 rerun of #3.20 "The Gift of Dr. Minot" (first aired 12Apr55)

 

Ep 4.23 DuPont Cavalcade Theatre: WHO IS BYINGTON?
22-May-56 ABC Tue [JB]
starring
Harry Morgan ........ Byington
Dan Tobin ....... Graffan
Tom Powers ........ Wilkeson
George Chandler ....... Proprietor
Anthony Joachim ...... Trone

Synopsis:

A quick-thinking reporter becomes an important factor in the rescue of
hundreds of Union troops during the Civil War. [JB]

 

Ep 4.24 DuPont Cavalcade Theatre: THE BOY NOBODY WANTED
   29-May-1956 ABC Tue (Network Reruns 02Oct56/26Feb57)
produced by Warren Lewis
written by Laszlo Gorog
from an article by Winifred L. Van Atta & Gwendolen Sherman
directed by Richard Kinon
starring
Johnny Crawford ........ Billy Brandon the boy
Ron Hagerthy ........ Billy Brandon the man
Virginia Gregg ........ Mrs. Sherman
Jean Janess ........ Martha Wheelock
Roy Barcroft ........ Herbert Wheelock
James Nolan ........ Nick Brandon
Milton Frome ....... Mr. Reynolds
Mike Winkelman ........ Tommy Reynolds
Don Ross as Reporter

Synopsis 1:

Billy Brandon's father is a good man, but also a professional

gambler who doesn't have much time for his son. Left alone

one day, he gets into a fight with a neighbor's boy who taunts

him about his father being a gambler. The boy is accidently killed

when he falls and hits his head. The boy's father, editor of the local

newspaper, takes revenge by smearing Billy's dad in his paper.

 As a result, Nick Brandon is soon imprisoned and Billy is sent

to an adoption agency. Luckily, he is adopted by an older couple

and his life becomes filled with love. He grows to be an A student

and a war hero. When his father is finally released from prison,

Billy must make a hard decision. [RF]

Synopsis 2:
After he accidentally caused a playmate's death, an eight-year-old youngster's future

doesn't look very bright. His father has been put in jail for gambling, and the only person

who has any interest in the boy is a social worker. [JB]

 

Ep 4.25 DuPont Cavalcade Theatre: THE MAYOR OF ST. LOUIS  (Last show of the season)

05-June-1956 ABC Tue (Network Rerun 04Jun57)
Executive producer Don W. Sharpe/ producer Warren Lewis
written by Al C. Ward
story by Cornelius Ryan
directed by Lewis R. Foster
starring
Peter Graves ...... Major Thomas D. Howie
Nick Dennis ....... Sgt. Chiaco
Morris Ankrum ....... Major General C.H. Gerhardt
Frank Gerstle ........ Brigadier General N.D. Cota
Robert Crosson ........ Lt. Eldon Monk Morgan
Stuart Whitman ........ Captain W.H. Putenney
James Dobson ........ 1st G.I.
Ed Kemmer ........ Major S.V. Bingham Jr.
Synopsis 1
Major Thomas D. Howie of the 3rd Battallion, 116th Infantry, 29th Division.
 He lies at rest between a Private and a General in the American Cemetery
in Normandy, overlooking Omaha Beach. He was loved by his men, though an
enigma to some, and loved reading verses from Edgar Lee Masters "Spoon
River Anthology", "These are the ghosts from the desolate coasts...would
you go to them...only pursue them...whatever enshrined is within you ..is you." [RF]
* Based on Cornelius Ryan's article "The Major of St. Lo" in Collier's June 8, 1956.
Synopsis  2:
Presented in observance of the 12th anniversary of D-Day, it's the story
of the role played by Major Tom Howie in the Normandy campaign. [JB]

 

Note:  Last show of the season, repeats aired until 18Sep56

 

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Summer Reruns on ABC (12Jun56-18Sep56)
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 [--] 12Jun56 rerun of #3.22 "Stay On, Stranger" (Repeat from 03May55)
[--] 19Jun56 - No information available
 [--] 26Jun56 rerun of #3.21 "How to Raise a Boy" (Repeat from 26Apr55)
 [--] 03Jul56 rerun of #3.26 "The Rescue of Dr. Beanes" (Repeat from 21Jun55)
 [--] 10Jul56 rerun of #2.4 "Sunset at Appomattox" (Repeat from 20Oct53)
 [--] 17Jul56 rerun of #2.16 "Man of Glass" (Repeat from 26Jan54)
 [--] 24Jul56 rerun of #2.14 "G for Goldberger" (Repeat from 12Jan54)
 [--] 31Jul56 rerun of #3.19 "The Ship that Shook the World" (Repeat from 29Mar55)
 [--] 07Aug56 rerun of #3.2 The Forge (Repeat from 26Oct54)
[--] 14Aug56  - Preempted for the Democratic Convention
[--] 21Aug56  - Preempted for the Republican Convention
 [--] 28Aug56 rerun of #4.9 "Doctor on Wheels" (Repeat from 13Dec55)
 [--] 04Sep56 rerun of #4.12 "The Boy Who Walked to America (Repeat from 03Jan56)
 [--] 11Sep56 rerun of #4.13 "The Prison Within" (Repeat from 17Jan56)

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