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 Season 1 (CBS) (1954-55)
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
contributions by: Rina Fox, Jim Brent, Professor Mike Nevins (MN)
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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  CBS Thursdays 8:30-9:30pm Eastern (60 min)
 Shared this time slot approx every 4 weeks with  Chrysler: Shower Of Stars (CBS) (1954-58) (Music Variety Specials)

 

[--] preempted for Shower of Stars  -  30Sep54


1.01 [--] Climax!: THE LONG GOODBYE

07Oct54

Teleplay by E. Jack Neuman
Based on the Raymond Chandler novel The Long Goodbye (Houghton Mifflin, 1954).
Directed by William H. Brown

starring

Dick Powell ....... Philip Marlowe

Cesar Romero ....... Mendy Mendez

Teresa Wright ....... Eileen Wade

Horace McMahon ....... Detective Farmer

Tom Drake ....... Terry Lennox

Tristram Coffin ........ The Body

Synopsis:

Private Detective Philip Marlowe decides to help out a friend Lennox when

his wife is found brutally murdered. Marlowe winds up in jail accused of her murder

and tries to solve the case after his release. [RF]
*

* NOTE: This was the sixth in the Philip Marlowe series, The Long Goodbye

was also the last book by Raymond Chandler.

TRIVIA: CBS apologized the following day as actor Tristram Coffin the deadman,

 got up and walked away after he thought the scene had ended.

 

1.02 [--] Climax!: THE THIRTEENTH CHAIR

14Oct54

Producer, Bretaigne Windust

Teleplay by Walter Brown Newman

Based on a work by Bayard Veiller.

Directed by Allen Reisner

starring

Ethel Barrymore ....... Mme. Rosalie La Grange (Emmy nomination)

Dennis O'Keefe ....... Inspector Marney

Joan Evans ....... Helen O'Neill

Arthur Franz ....... Dick Crosby

Lamont Johnson ....... Lionel Trent

John Alvin ....... Sir Roscoe Crosby

Synopsis:

When his friend is murdered, Edward Wales sets out to capture the killer. He stages

a seance and invites 13 people, any one of who may have killed the dead man,

but it ends in chaos when the killer strikes again during a blackout. [RF]

 

1.03  [--] Climax!: CASINO ROYALE

21Oct54

Producer, Bretaigne Windust

Teleplay by Anthony Ellis & Charles Bennet

Based on the novel by Ian Fleming

Directed by William H. Brown

starring

Barry Nelson ....... James Bond

Linda Christian ....... Valerie Mathis

Peter Lorre .......  Le Chiffre

Michael Pate .......  Clarence Leiter

Eugene Borden ....... Chef DePartre

Jean Del Val ....... Croupier

Kurt Katch ....... Zolto

Gene Roth ....... Basil

Synopsis:

 Bond foils the sinister Le Chiffre by beating him at baccarat. [RF]

*NOTE: The first dramatization of a James Bond novel.

 

[--] preempted for Shower of Stars  -  28Oct54

 

1.04 [--] Climax!: SORRY, WRONG NUMBER

04Nov54

Producer, Bretaigne Windust

Written by Lucille Fletcher

Directed by Allen Reisner

Music by Bernard Herrmann
starring

Shelley Winters ....... Leona Stevenson

Nestor Paiva

Paul Guilfoyle

Lillian Bronson

Paul Picerni

Don Megowan

Ralph Peters

Dennis King Jr.

Don Brodie

Barbara Slate

Henry Blair

Robert B. Williams

Eve McVeagh

Paula Winslowe

Clayton Post

Joe Forte

Charlotte Lawrence

Synopsis:

A neurotic invalid whose only contact with the outside world is her phone. One night,

because of a crossed wire, she hears plans for a murder which turns out to be her own.

Her frantic efforts to get help and her growing terror and realization of

the truth chill you to the bone. [RF]

 

1.05 [--] Climax!: THE GIOCONDA SMILE

11Nov54

Teleplay by John Monks Jr.
Based on a story by Aldous Huxley

Music Alex North
starring

Dorothy McGuire ....... Janet Spence (Emmy nomination)

Franchot Tone ....... Henry Hutton

Eduard Franz ....... Dr. James Lifford

Synopsis:

The death of his crippled wife causes upheaval for the husband and his mistress.

Only his family friend believes in his innocence. [RF]

 

[--] preempted for Shower of Stars  -  18Nov54

 

1.06 [--] Climax!: THE AFTER HOUSE

25Nov54 CBS Thur
Based on Mary Roberts Rinehart's novel "The After House" (Houghton Mifflin, 1914)
starring
Steve Cochran ........ Ralph Leslie
Patricia Medina ...... Laura
Dabbs Greer .......... Adams
Barton MacLane
Synopsis:
A steward aboard a yacht thinks his job is easy sailing until the dream voyage turns into a nightmare.
The ship's officer is thrown overboard and another is hacked to death who is next. [RF]

 

1.07 [--] Climax!: AN ERROR IN CHEMISTRY

02Dec54

Producer Bretaigne Windust

Teleplay by David Dortort

Based on the short story by William Faulkner

Directed by William H. Brown

starring

Edmond O'Brien ....... Joel Flint

Margaret Field ....... M'liss

Lon Chaney ........... Old Man Pritchel
Douglas Kennedy ...... Uncle Gavin
Tommy Ivo ............ Billy Sartoris
Dan White ............ Ben Berry
James Bell ........... Sheriff
Tyler McVey .......... Prospective Property Buyer
William Schallert .... Farmer
Marilee Phelps ....... Farmer's Wife

Synopsis:
A carnival confidence man mistakenly winds up in the trap he has set for his prey.

* NOTE: Writer David Dortort received an Emmy nomination for his adaptation of

 the short story by William Faulkner first published in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine.

 

1.08 [--] Climax!: EPITAPH FOR A SPY

09Dec54

Producer, Bretaine Windust

Written by Donald S. Sanford & David Friedkin

Based on the book by Eric Ambler also title 'Epitaph for a Spy'.

Directed by Allen Reisner

starring

Edward G. Robinson ......... Josef Vadassy

Melville Cooper

Marjorie Lord

Dave O'Brien

Sheila Bromley

Ivan Triesault

Nicholas Joy

Hilda Plowright

Maurice Marsac

Robert F. Simon

Synopsis 1:

An unsuspecting Iron Curtain refugee is used as a pawn by two French traitors

 while he is at a resort in France. [JB]

Synopsis 2:

Josef Vadassy, on holiday in France, is happy wandering the cliffs and snapping

photographs, until he turns in some film to be developed. Soon afterwards he is arrested

under suspicion of espionage, because a portion of the roll of film is devoted to

 photos of military installations. Vadassy claims to have no memory of taking these pictures,

but the police are unimpressed. Under threat of prosecution, they recruit him to go

undercover to try to catch the real villain. [JB]

 

1.09 [--] Climax!: THE WHITE CARNATION

16Dec54

Producer Martin Manulis
Teleplay by R.C. Sherriff
Based on Dorothee Carousso's novella "Flowers from a Stranger"

(Woman's Home Companion, July & August 1945).
Music by Bernard Herrmann
starring

Boris Karloff ....... Dr. Philip Nestri

Teresa Wright ?

Claudette Colbert ?

Synopsis:
A woman receives some mysterious white carnations

which seem to be an innocent gift but lead to terror. [MN]

 

[--] preempted for Shower of Stars  -  23Dec54

 

1.10 [--] Climax!: NIGHTMARE IN COPENHAGEN

30Dec54

Based on a story by Martha Albrand

starring

Lili Skala

Synopsis:
Helga becomes the bait in a trap to catch a ruthless traitor. [RF]

* NOTE: Suspense, mystery, thriller writer Albrand is the pseudonym

of Heidi Huberta Freybe Loewengard.

 

1.11 [--] Climax!: THE BIGGER THEY COME

06Jan55

Adaptation of A. A. Fair's "The Bigger The Come. 

A. A. Fair is the pseudonym of Erle Stanley Gardner.

starring

Art Carney ...... Donald Lam

Jane Darwell ...... Bertha Cool

Synopsis:

Private investigators Cool and Lam become involved in this

 suspenseful tale of thugs, thieves and legal chicanery. [RF]

 

1.12 [--] Climax!: ESCAPE FROM FEAR

13Jan55

Producer, Bretaigne Windust

Written by Bernard Girard

Based on a work by A.J. Cronin.

Directed by Allen Reisner

starring

Howard Duff

Mari Blanchard

Tristram Coffin

Jay Novello

Synopsis:

An American engineer in Germany crosses over into the Soviet Zone

on business and becomes entangled with the secret police. [RF]

 

[--] preempted for Shower of Stars  -  20Jan55

 

1.13 [--] Climax!: THE MOJAVE KID

27Jan55

Based on Louis L'Amour's short story “The One for the Mohave Kid”

(Western Short Stories, September 1954; collected in

THE COLLECTED SHORT STORIES OF LOUIS L’AMOUR,

VOLUME I: THE FRONTIER STORIES, Random House 2003)
starring

Ricardo Montalban ....... Pete McLean

Ward Bond ....... Sheriff

Barbara Ruick ....... Judith Kale

John Lupton ....... the Mojave Kid

Synopsis:
The Mojave Kid is warned to stay away from a small town feud.

 

1.14 [--] Climax!: THE LEAF OUT OF THE BOOK

03Feb55

Producer Bretaigne Windust
Teleplay by Morton Fine & David Friedkin

Based on a book by Margaret Cousins

Directed by Allen Reisner

starring

Diana Lynn

Sylvia Sidney

George Brent

Hugh Beaumont

Louis Jean Heydt

Tom Powers

Linda Williams

George Sherwood

Ron Brogan

Tony Michaels

Synopsis:

The story revolves around two women, one a successful career woman,

the other an ambitious girl.  After giving the daughter of an old friend a job,

 the successful businesswoman realizes the drawbacks of her generosity. [RF]

 

1.15 [--] Climax!: THE VALIANT MEN

10Feb55

Teleplay by Antony Ellis

Adaptation of "The Valiant Men" from a trilogy by Nicholas Monsarrat

starring

Robert Young ...... Lieutenant Commander Knowles

Synopsis:

Lt. Commander Knowles is assigned to skipper the USS Hamilton from England

back to New York. While he and his crew celebrate New Year's

an unknown danger lurks nearby. [RF]

 

[--] Preempted by Shower of Stars "That's Life" - 17Feb55

 

1.16 [--] Climax!: THE BOX OF CHOCOLATES

24Feb55

Adaptation of Anthony Berkley's mystery "The Avenging Chance".

Pearson’s Magazine, Sept. 1929; reprinted in

The Best Detective Stories of the Year 1929 (London: Faber & Faber, 1930) .

starring

Robert Preston ....... William Struthers

Pat O'Brien ....... Police Lieutenant Moore

Vanessa Brown ....... Vera

Victor Jory ....... Robert

Synopsis:
A hated columnist becomes involved in murder after receiving an

 innocent-looking box of chocolates with a note from the

 manufacturer asking him to try them. [MN]
 

1.17 [--] Climax!: SOUTH OF THE SUN

03Mar55

Teleplay by Wade Miller & E. Jack Neuman

Based on the John D. MacDonald novel "The Damned".

Directed by John Frankenheimer

starring

Jeffrey Hunter ....... Wesley Jerome Penn

Thomas Gomez ......... Senor Torres, Commandante of Police

Natalie Schafer ........ Lucrece Durhurst

Edward Arnold ......... Jock Fathian

Margaret O'Brien ........ Kathy Fathian

Synopsis:

They were strangers to each other, even the married ones, and they all dreamed

in human ways. But the least of these eight persons did something about his little

dream. In so doing, he bound the strangers in an intimate circle, whether they

knew it or not. He touched them all in passing and changed their lives and dreams

 forever, according to their own choices. In one turn of the earth something happened. [RF]

 

1.18 [--] Climax!: THE GREAT IMPERSONATION

10Mar55

Producer Martin Manulis
Teleplay by William Kozlenko

Based on a novel by E. Phillips Oppenheim

Directed by Allen Reisner

starring

Michael Rennie ....... Lord Everard Dominey/Major General Von Ragenstein

(Live TV Debut)8 Climax shows

Maureen O'Sullivan ....... Lady Dominey

Zsa Zsa Gabor ....... Princess Stephanie

Paul Cavanaugh

Steven Geray

Lumsden Hare

Lillian Kemble Cooper

Milton Parsons

Anthony Eustral

Justice Watson

Leonard Carey

Synopsis:

The action of this tale of intrigue and espionage takes place in the jungles

of East Africa in 1914. The destinies of Germany and Great Britain are dependent

upon one man whose decision is influenced by one of the two women in his life. [RF]

 

[--] preempted for Shower of Stars  -   17Mar55

 

1.19 [--] Climax!: THE DARKEST HOUR

24Mar55

Original Script Written by Adrian Spies

Directed by John Frankenheimer

starring

Joanne Dru ......... Marcia
Zachary Scott ...... Steve Rollins

Synopsis:
An ex-cop is released from San Quentin after five years and

sets out on revenge against the men who framed him for manslaughter. [MN]

 

This was also made into a feature film called "Hell on Frisco Bay"

with Alan Ladd and Edward G. Robinson. [JB]

 

1.20 [--] Climax!: THE CHAMPION

31Mar55

Producer Martin Manulis

Written by Rod Serling (EMMY nominated for this episode)

Based on a story by Ring Lardner

Directed by Allen Reisner

starring

Rory Calhoun ....... Midge Kelly

Geraldine Brooks ....... Emma Herich

Ray Collins ....... Jerome Harris

Wallace Ford ....... Bunco Kelly

Wally Brown ....... Tommy Haley

Tommy Cook ....... Connie Kelly

Peggy Maley ....... Grace Knight

Lewis Charles ....... Lou Hersch

Charlotte Knight

John Craven

Tommy Garland

Richard Monda

Steve Roberts

Synopsis:

The famous story deals with a boxer whose rise to fame has been at the expense

of friends and associates. Through flashbacks, we see how Midge Kelly rose

from the Chicago slums to a world championship. [JB]

 

1.21 [--] Climax!: PRIVATE WORLDS

07Apr55

Producer Martin Manulis
Teleplay by Mel Dinelli

Based on a novel by Phyllis Bottome

Directed by John Frankenheimer

starring

Claudette Colbert ... Dr. Jane Everest
Lorne Greene ........ Dr. Charles Saunders
Marguerite Chapman .. Myra Saunders
Marilyn Erskine ..... Sally McGregor
Warren Stevens ...... Dr. Alec McGregor
Katherine Warren .... Matron
William Tannen ...... McLean
Eve March ........... Carrie
Glen Vernon ......... Glenn
Michael Ross ........ Jerry
Peter Camlin ........ Attar
Ann Seaton .......... Nurse

Synopsis:

A woman doctor probes the twisted minds of her patients in a mental institution. [RF]

*NOTE: Miss Colbert also starred in the 1935 movie.

 

**Preempted by Shower of Stars "Ethel Merman's Show Stoppers" -  14Apr55

 

1.22 [--] Climax!: FLIGHT 951

21Apr55

Producer, Martin Manulis

Written by Milton Geiger

Directed by Allen Reisner

starring

Paul Douglas ....... Dr. Merle Gardner

Barbara Britton ....... Duana Clarke

Cathy O'Donnell ....... Mona Herbert

Irene Hervey ....... Nancy Blount

John Emery ....... Abel Dennis

Lili Darvas ...... Ingrid Lorne

Kenneth Tobey ....... Captain Coppedge

Robert H. Harris

Mary Lawrence

Tom Avera

Peter Camlin

Booth Colman

Roger Etienne

Randy Cramer

James M. Jones

Synopsis:

A doctor forsakes the medical profession following a court trial where he was the defendant.

Now a successful businessman traveling under an assumed name, he must decide between

keeping his secret and saving the eyesight of a fellow passenger. [JB]

 

1.23 [--] Climax!: THE FIRST AND THE LAST

28Apr55

Teleplay by William Kozlenko

Based on a story by John Galsworthy

Directed by John Frankenheimer

starring

Peggy Ann Garner ....... Nora Wallen

Robert Newton ....... Keith Dorrant

John Agar ....... Larry Dorrant

John Carradine ....... John Evan

Synopsis:

The threat of scandal, revolving around the death of a man in London, prompts an ambitious

lawyer to disregard both legal and moral principles. His concern for his own career puts

an innocent man's life in jeopardy. [JB]

 

1.24 [--] Climax!: THE DELIVERANCE OF SISTER CECILIA

05May55

Teleplay by DeWitt Bodeen

Based on a story by William Brinkley

starring

Claudette Colbert ....... Sister Cecilia

Synopsis:
A courageous nun suffers ordeals while trying to

escape from behind the Iron Curtain. [MN]

*NOTE: True story as told by Sister Cecilia to William Brinkley.

 

*Preempted by Shower of Stars "High Pitch" -  12May55

 

1.25 [--] Climax!: NO STONE UNTURNED

19May55

Written by Whitfield Cook

Directed by John Frankenheimer

starring

Jeff Donnell ....... Kay Matheson

Dan O'Herlihy ...... Ian Hamilton

Cedric Hardwicke ....... Professor Robertson

Tom Drake ....... Alan

Synopsis:

A Scottish student has the historical Stone of Scone stolen from Westminster Abbey.

His purpose is to get England to recognize Scotland's independence. [JB]

 

1.26 [--] Climax!: A FAREWELL TO ARMS

26May55

Producer Martin Manulis
Teleplay by Gore Vidal

Based on A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway.

Directed by Allen Reisner

starring

Diana Lynn ..... Catherine Barkley

Guy Madison

Martin Brooks

Betty Caulfield

Katherine Warren

Michael Vallon

John Mylong

Jerry La Zarre

Veronika Pataky

Tony De Mario

Gilbert Frye

Peter Davis

Angie De Panza

Nicky Blair

Robert Canto

Synopsis:

An American, in the Italian Army during World War I, who

meets a nurse and falls in love with her.

Together they try to find a haven from the turbulence around them. [JB]

 

1.27 [--] Climax!: THE UNIMPORTANT MAN

02Jun55

Written by Marie Baumer & John Cavanaugh

Directed by John Frankenheimer

starring

Macdonald Carey ...... John Benson

Ruth Hussey ...... Katherine Benson

Elliott Reid ...... Scotty Henderson

Synopsis:

The life of an ordinary, mild-mannered man is changed when he

identifies the murderer of his employer's brother. [JB]

 

[--] preempted for Shower of Stars  -  9Jun55

 

1.28 [--] Climax!: THE DARK FLEECE

16Jun55

Teleplay by DeWitt Bodeen

From a story by Joseph Hergesheimer

 which appeared in The Saturday Evening Post Aug 25, 1934.

starring

Lloyd Bridges ..... Jason Burrage

Joan Bennett ..... Honora

Phyllis Thaxter ...... Olive

Synopsis:
A gold miner returns to his righteous California hometown, circa 1857.

 He has great wealth but also a burdened conscious; he has killed a man. [MN]

 

1.29 [--] Climax!: TO WAKE AT MIDNIGHT

23Jun55

Written by Rod Serling

Directed by John Frankheimer

starring

Wendell Corey ....... Lieutenant Erich Ganz

Maria Riva ....... Marie

Akim Tamiroff ....... Albert Ganz

Synopsis:
All the pent-up prejudices and hatreds of postwar Europe

 are revived when a Nazi lieutenant recovers consciousness in

a British hospital after being in a coma for years. [MN]

 

1.30 [--] Climax!: THE DANCE

30Jun55

Producer Edgar Peterson
Teleplay by James P. Cavanagh

From the story by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Directed by Allen Reisner

starring

Janet Blair ....... Joan Hale

Richard Kiley ..... Charley Kincaid

Vanessa Brown ..... Marie Bannerman

Ethel Waters ..... Aunt Kate

Barbara Baxley ..... Catherine Jones

Jan Merlin ..... Joe Cable

Addison Richards ..... Papa

Robert Middleton ..... Sheriff

Frieda Inescort ..... Martha Hale

 

1.31 [--] Climax!: WILD STALLION

07Jul55

Producer, Edgar Peterson
Teleplay by DeWitt Bodeen

Based on William Faulkner's "Knight's Gambit."

Directed by Herbert Swope Jr.

starring

Paul Henreid ....... Captain Sebastian Gualdres

Evelyn Keyes ....... Laura Harris

Mary Astor ....... Mrs. Harris

Richard Long ....... Max Harris

Wilton Graff ....... Gavin Stevens

Kathleen Crowley ....... Hence Cayley

Gladys Holland

Roy Glenn

Synopsis:

A handsome, devil-may-care fortune hunter [from South America] makes his home with a

well-to-do Southern family. He is attracted at first to the daughter, until he discovers the

mother is the one who holds the key to the family fortune. [RF]

 

1.32 [--] Climax!: THE ESCAPE AT MENDES-FRANCE

14Jul55

Producer, Edgar Peterson

Written by Whitfield Cook

Based on an article by Pierre Mendès-France

Directed by Allen Reisner

Narrated by Walter Cronkite

starring

Louis Jourdan ........ Pierre Mendes-France

Eva Ralf

Maurice Marsac

Kurt Katch

Werner Klemperer

Jerry La Zarre

Rick Vallin

Jan Arvan

Jean De Val

Peter Norman

Alphonse Martell

Synopsis:
A Frenchman becomes Premier and escaped from his French fascist captors

during the German occupation in 1940-41. The hero is arrested, falsely accused

and unjustly condemned to six years in prison, escapes by tying his bed sheets

together and climbing down them. [RF]

 

1.33 [--] Climax!: THE HEALER

21Jul55

Teleplay by DeWitt Bodeen

Based on the novel by Dr. Frank Slaughter

starring

Barry Sullivan ..... Dr. Donald Carter

Geraldine Fitzgerald ..... Miriam Lambert

Arthur Franz ..... Dr. Joyce

Bonita Granville ..... Laura Jordan

Marguerite Chapman ..... Mrs. Carter

Synopsis:
A brilliant surgeon, burdened with a self-centered wife and a

beautiful heiress who's in love with him, becomes tormented by

doubts about his ability after losing a patient during a difficult operation. [MN]

 

1.34 [--] Climax!: DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE

28Jul55

Producer Edgar Peterson
Script by Gore Vidal
Story by Robert Louis Stevenson
Directed by Allen Reisner
starring

Michael Rennie ......... Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde

Lowell Gilmore ........ Dr. Lanyon

Cedric Hardwicke ....... Utterson

Mary Sinclair  ....... The Girl

John Hoyt ............ Poole
Karen Scott .......... Girl Companion
Gil Stuart ........... Policeman
Keith McConnell ...... Fiance
Harry Fields ......... Pianist
Diane Doxee .......... Singer
Barbara Morrison ..... Dowager
*
Technical Director ... Robert Colvin
Set Decoration ....... Anthony Mondell
Art Direction ........ Robert Tyler Lee & Albert Heschong
Special Music composed and conducted by Jerry Goldsmith

Synopsis:

Classic Stevenson tale of a scientist whose experiments into the duality of man

transform him into the misshapen, murderous Mr. Hyde. [RF]

 

1.35 [--] Climax!: ONE NIGHT STAND

04Aug55

Teleplay by Bernard Girard

An original story by Bob Crosby and Gil Rodin (his manager)

Directed by Bernard Girard

starring

Bob Crosby ........... Himself
John Forsythe ........ Joe Sullivan
Cloris Leachman ...... Mrs. Sullivan
Bob Sweeney .......... Gil Rodin
Donald Buka .......... Bob Zurko
Ray Bauduc ........... Bobcat
Bobby Haggart ........ Bobcat
Nappy La Marr ........ Bobcat
Matty Matlock ........ Bobcat
Eddie Miller ......... Bobcat
Joe Venuti ........... Bobcat

Synopsis:
In 1937 the members of a jazz ensemble come to the aid of

one of their colleagues who is stricken with tuberculosis. [MN]

 

1.36 [--] Climax!: EDGE OF TERROR

11Aug55

Written by Irving Elman

Directed by John Frankenheimer

starring

Lloyd Bridges ...... Joe Donner

Dennis O'Keefe ..... Evans

Phyllis Kirk ..... Mrs. Evans

Karen Steele .... Gloria

Raymond Greenleaf .... Mr. Saunders

Tom Laughlin .... Paisan

Ed Binns .... Lieutenant Lewis

Joe Downey .... Barber

Jean Porter .... Joan

Synopsis:
A small town banker and his family are threatened with death if

 he identifies the leader of the gang that tried to rob his bank. [MN]

 

1.37 [--] Climax!: FEAR STRIKES OUT

18Aug55

Teleplay by Mel Goldberg
Based on Jim Piersall & Al Hirschberg's

book FEAR STRIKES OUT (Little Brown, 1955)
Directed by Herbert Swope Jr.
starring
Tab Hunter ........... Jimmy Piersall
Mona Freeman ......... May Piersall

Lori Nelson

John Conte

Synopsis:

True story of ballplayer battling mental illness and domineering father. [RF]

Synopsis 2:
A young Boston Red Sox shortstop, worried about his ability

 to make good and support his wife, suffers a blackout and

awakens in an asylum to find that eight months

 are missing from his memory. [MN]

 

1.38 [--] Climax!: DEAL A BLOW

25Aug55

Written by Robert Dozier

Directed by John Frankenheimer

hosted by Art Gilmore

starring

MacDonald Carey ..... Tom Ditmar

James MacArthur ..... Hal Ditmar  (his first TV role)

Whit Bissell ..... Mr. Grubbs

Phyllis Thaxter ..... Helen Ditmar

Edward Arnold.... Lt. Shipley

Jeff Silver .... Jerry

Byron Foulger .... Man in Theatre

Steve Terrell .... Lynn Spears

Gil Frye .... Police Clerk

William Hughes .... Doorman

Synopsis:

A teenage boy gets into a dispute with an abusive movie theater manager Mr. Grubbs.

The boy's father Tom Ditmar  accepts the manager's somewhat twisted version of the

incident and doesn't give his son a chance to explain his side of the matter. [RF]

*Note: Director John Frankenheimer made this episode into his feature film debut.

The film was called "The Young Stranger" and starred James Daly as Tom Ditmar and

James MacArthur reprised his TV role as Hal Ditmar.

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