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 Season 2 (CBS) (1955-56)
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
contributions by: Rina Fox, Jim Brent, Professor Mike Nevins (MN)
references:
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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)

 

2.01 [--] Climax!: THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN

01Sep55

Climax - The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn 1/10 (1955)

Climax - The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn 2/10 (1955)

Climax - The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn 3/10 (1955)

Climax - The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn 4/10 (1955)

Climax - The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn 5/10 (1955)

Climax - The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn 6/10 (1955)

Climax - The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn 7/10 (1955)

Climax - The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn 8/10 (1955)

Climax - The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn 9/10 (1955)

Climax - The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn 10/10 (1955)

Produced by Martin Manulis
Teleplay by DeWitt Bodeen
Based on Samuel L. Clemens (Mark Twain) novel THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN (1885)
Directed by Herbert Swope Jr.
starring
Charles Taylor ....... Huckleberry Finn
Thomas Mitchell ...... Old Man Finn
John Carradine ....... The Duke
Walter Catlett ....... The Dauphin
Elizabeth Patterson .. Aunt Polly
Bobby Hyatt .......... Tom Sawyer
Minor Watson ......... Judge Thatcher
Denise Alexander ..... Mary Jane Wilks
Katharine Warren ..... Widow Douglas
Saul Gorss ........... Injun Joe
*
Technical Director ... A.J. Cunningham
Set Decoration ....... Anthony Mondell
Art Direction ........ Robert Tyler Lee and Albert Heschong

Synopsis:

Huck and Jim once again embark on their adventure-filled trek down the Mississippi . [RF]

 

2.02 [--] Climax!: PUBLIC PIGEON #1

08Sep55

Producer, Martin Manulis
Written by Devery Freeman

Directed by Seymour Burns

starring

Red Skelton ....... Rusty Morgan

Ann Rutherford ....... Edith Enders

Brad Dexter

Vici Raaf ...... Rita DeLacey

Jimmy Cross

Frank Wilcox

Ray Kellogg

Dick Ryan

Jan Arvan

Ralph Sanford

Mari Blanchard

John V. Connors

Lennie Bremen

Synopsis:

Cafeteria worker Rusty is cheated by stock swindlers and winds up in jail,

 but the crooks have to break him out in order to recover their loot,

which was stashed in Rusty's safety deposit box. [RF]
*Note: Made into a feature film with Skelton the following year.

 

2.03 [--] Climax!: SILENT DECISION

(aka Hand of Decision)

15Sep55

Written by Adrian Spies

Directed by John Frankenheimer

starring

Franchot Tone ....... Dr. Ken Jaynes

Betty Furness ...... Beth Jaynes

John Baragrey .... Perry Bates

Katharine Bard .... Lisa Janson

Synopsis:

A surgeon finds out about his wife's unfaithfulness,

and takes matters into his own hands. [RF]

 

2.04 [--] Climax!: NIGHT OF EXECUTION

22Sep55 CBS Thur

Video Playlist - Night Of Execution (7pt)

Produced by Martin Manulis
W
ritten by James P. Cavanagh

Based on the story by Faith Baldwin

Directed by Allen Reisner

Associate producer Edgar Peterson

Announcer Art Gilmore
starring

Vincent Price ....... Gideon Rone

Nina Foch ....... Emily Rone

Dick Foran ....... Robert Maxwell

Harry Bellaver ....... Craig
Peter Votrain ........ Keith Rone
Bart Burns ........... District Attorney
Kathryn Card ......... Mrs. Craig
Amzie Strickland ..... Jane

*
Technical Director ... A.J. Cunningham
Set Decoration ....... Buck Henshaw
Art Direction ........ Robert Tyler Lee & Albert Heschong
Synopsis 1:

A mother watches her cruel and destructive husband continually expose their young

son to all kinds of violence. Finally she feels she must take steps to save her

son from this sinister influence. [RF]

Synopsis 2:

A frightening story of a sadistic and cruel father who teaches

his son the same evilness and cruelty. [JB]

 

2.05 [--] Climax!: SAILOR ON HORSEBACK

29Sep55

Teleplay by Paul Monash

Based on the novel by Irving Stone

Directed by John Frankenheimer

starring

Lloyd Nolan .......... Jack London
Mary Sinclair ........ Charmaine
Mercedes McCambridge.... Eliza

Summary:

Irving Stone's Sailor on Horseback charged head on into TV taboos-illegitimacy,

Socialism and failure. As hard-living Novelist Jack London, Actor Lloyd Nolan

seemed physically too slight for the role but in the essential scenes he created

a sense of force and fury that lifted the play over its hurdles. Mercedes McCambridge

played London's chillingly correct sister, and Mary Sinclair was excellent in her despairing

efforts to be the proper wife for a national hero. The play's simple story line;

how a proud man pulls down his world and himself, just missed a Greek starkness.

The ending had imagination as the camera panned down a row of shelves to

show the dwindling of London's annual output; from four books

to two to one to none and death.

 

[--] preempted for Shower of Stars  - 6Oct55

 

2.06 [--] Climax!: THIN AIR

13Oct55

Written by Ben Starr

starring

Robert Sterling ...... Husband
Pat O'Brien .......... Police Lieutenant
Marguerite Chapman ... Wife
Synopsis:
An advertising executive's wife disappears during a summer vacation.

 

2.07 [--] Climax!: HOUSE OF SHADOWS

20Oct55

Written by Devery Freeman

Directed by John Frankenheimer

starring

James Daly ....... George Norren

Diana Lynn ....... Ruth Barrows

Ernest Truex ....... Uncle William

Jane Darwell ....... Mrs. Koestler

Synopsis:
A woman keeps her elderly uncle locked up as a prisoner in his own

home when a man decides to investigate the story himself.

 

2.08 [--] Climax!: THE PINK CLOUD

27Oct55

Written by Ben Starr

starring

Brian Donlevy ...... Sam Marvin

Sally Forrest ...... Jean Hamilton/Cherry Carson

Jay C. Flippen ...... Joe

Doris Dowling ..... Maria

Synopsis:
An ex-con returns to New York looking for the man

responsible for the crime he did time for. [RF]

 

[--] preempted for Shower of Stars  - 03Nov55

 

2.09 [--] Climax!: SCHEME TO DEFRAUD

10Nov55

Written by Marc Brandel

Directed by John Frankenheimer

starring

Dennis O'Keefe ....... Fred Long

Marilyn Erskine ....... Alice James

Phyllis Thaxter ...... Joan Long

Synopsis:

An insurance underwriter and his secretary are both disgruntled over their dull,

monotonous routine. They fall in love, and then discover a way to cash in

on a $70,000 insurance claim. [RF]

 

2.10 [--] Climax!: A PROMISE TO MURDER

17Nov55

Teleplay by John Kneubuhl

From Oscar Wilde's "Lord Arthur Saville's Crime".

Directed by Allen Reisner

starring

Ann Harding ....... Lady Bertha Weatherby

Peter Lorre ....... Mr. Vorhees

Louis Hayward ....... Randy Townsend

Synopsis:
At his wealthy aunt's insistence, a rising young London barrister submits to

having his palm read. The prophecies come true with alarming accuracy. [RF]

 

2.11 [--] Climax!: PORTRAIT IN CELLULOID

24Nov55

Producer, Martin Manulis

Written by Rod Serling

Directed by John Frankenheimer (Emmy nominated for this episode)

Art directors: Robert Tyler Lee & James D. Vance
Music: Jerry Goldsmith
Costumes: Marjorie Corso
Sets: George R. Nelson

starring

Jack Carson ....... Art Shaddick

Don Taylor ....... John Appleby

Kim Hunter ....... Barbara Williams

Audrey Totter ....... Edna Shaddick

Robert F. Simon

John Gaullaudet

Synopsis:
Art Shaddick, formerly a writer, now a writer's agent, sits in his gaudy, pretentious office,

on the bookcase reposes an Oscar, won by Art for his last picture. That was in 1929.

Since then he has gone steadily downhill, shouting all the way. When suddenly

a young writer appears with a great script, it is just what Art needs,

a golden opportunity to rise again to greatness. [RF]

 

2.12 [--] Climax!: MAN OF TASTE

01Dec55

Producer, Martin Manulis

Teleplay by Leonard Spigelgass

From a story by Judy Ross and George W. George,

from an idea by Morris Pfaelzer

Directed by Allen Reisner

starring

Michael Rennie ....... Charles Martin Westling

Zsa Zsa Gabor ....... Mme. Florizel

John Kerr ....... Matt Sloane

Werner Klemperer

Sallie Brophy ....... Laurie

Fay Roope

Alphonse Martell

Synopsis:

A cultured Englishman, living in Paris, becomes interested in art for

purely mercenary reasons. He sponsors a young artist and goes to great

lengths to keep his protege's canvases valuable. [JB]

 

2.13 [--] Climax!: THE PASSPORT

08Dec55

Directed by John Frankenheimer

starring

Frank Lovejoy ....... Ben Dana

Viveca Lindfors ....... Soledad Barojo

Charles Korvin ....... General Stack

Synopsis:
An American correspondent, assigned to Europe shortly after

World War II, is offered part of a fortune in confiscated gems in

return for letting a former Nazi officer use his passport. [MN]

 

[--] preempted for Shower of Stars  -  15Dec55

 

2.14 [--] Climax!: THE DAY THEY GAVE THE BABIES AWAY

22Dec55

Producer Martin Manulis

Written by Dale Funson & Katherine Funson

Based on a true story by Dale Funson.

Directed by Allen Reisner

Narrated by Joan Evans
starring

Brandon de Wilde ....... Robbie Funson

Barbara Hale ...... Mamie Funson

Leif Erickson

Stephan Wootton

Bobby Clark

Mimi Gibson

Lizz Slifer

Jean Chandler

Terry Burnham

Nolan Leary

Lenore Kingston

Gail Bonney

Ralph Sanford

Louise Lewis

Tiger Fafara

Robert Bice

Mary Treen

Milton Parsons

Synopsis:

While decorating a Christmas tree, narrator Joan Evans recalls the story of the

Christmas of her ancestors during the 1860s in Wisconsin. A 12-year old boy becomes

 the head of his family when both parents die. On Christmas Eve he finds a way to

provide homes for his five younger brothers and sisters. [JB]

 

2.15 [--] Climax!: BAILOUT AT 43,000 FEET

29Dec55

Producer Martin Manulis

Written by Paul Monash

Directed by John Frankenheimer

starring

Charlton Heston ....... Lieutenant Paul Peterson

Richard Boone ....... Colonel Hughes

Nancy Davis ....... Carol Peterson

Lee Marvin ....... Captain Cavallero

Bart Burns

John Gaullaudet

Harvey Grant

Charles Davis

Don Donaldson

Gil Frye

William Hughes

Synopsis:

Three men prepare to test the ejector seat of a jet bomber.

As they wait for favorable weather conditions, each reacts differently. [RF]

 

2.16 [--] Climax!: THE PROWLER

05Jan56

written by F.W. Durkee

starring

Claire Trevor ...... Phyllis Talbot
Cameron Mitchell ... San
Pat O'Brien ........ Ed Talbot
Wallace Ford ....... Sheriff
Blanche Yurka ...... Margaret
Synopsis:
A rancher's wife is bored with her monotonous life. One night when her husband is away,

 her mother-in-law inadvertently suggest the "perfect escape". [RF]
 

2.17 [--] Climax!: THE HANGING JUDGE

12Jan56

Producer Martin Manulis

Teleplay by Whitfield Cook

From the play by Raymond Massey, based on the novel by Bruce Hamilton.

Directed by John Frankenheimer

starring

Raymond Massey ....... Sir George Sidney

Cedric Hardwicke ....... Sir Francis Brittain

John Williams ....... Sir Keith Nottingham

John Carradine ....... Colonel Archer

Hurd Hatfield ....... Ted

Alan Marshal

Reginald Denny

Lumsden Hare

Thomas P. Dillon

Queenie Leonard

Alex Frazer

Synopsis:

One of the most despised men in the legal profession clings tenaciously to the belief

that English law is infallible. Because of his fixation he even stands trial for

a murder he did not commit. [RF]

 

[--] preempted for Shower of Stars  -  19Jan56

 

2.18 [--] Climax!: THE SECRET OF RIVER LANE

26Jan56

Script by Adrian Spies
starring

James Dunn ......... Eldon Abernathy
Lon Chaney Jr. ..... Frank Wiggins
Bobby Driscoll ..... Gary
Victor Jory ........ Sam Bellows
Gigi Perreau ....... Laurette Bradshaw
Dick Foran ......... Luke Bradshaw
Beulah Bondi ....... Aunt Caroline
Synopsis:
The son of a respected lawyer is involved in a case of homicide over the shooting

 of a schoolmate. Even though the father suspects his son's guilt, he tries to

protect him. The entire town is indignant when charges are not brought against

the boy immediately for lack of sufficient evidence. [RF]
 

2.19 [--] Climax!: GAMBLE ON A THIEF

02Feb56

Written by James P. Cavanagh

Directed by John Frankenheimer

starring

Macdonald Carey ....... Allen Moore

Dewey Martin ....... Rocky Webb

Phyllis Kirk ....... Amy Connor

Elizabeth Patterson ....... Jane Connor

Synopsis:
A dedicated parole officer makes a daring effort to help a two-time

 loser who has violated the conditions of his parole. [MN]

 

2.20 [--] Climax!: THE FIFTH WHEEL

09Feb56

Producer Martin Manulis

Teleplay by Whitfield Cook

Based on a story by Leo Gallen

Directed by Allen Reisner

starring

Hume Cronyn ....... Father Joseph Muldoon

Peter Lorre ....... Normie

Bonita Granville ...... Mollie

Arthur Treacher ....... Bishop Thornley

Buddy Baer ....... Moe

John Lupton ....... Eddie Nolan

James Gleason ....... Father McCorkle

Donald MacBride

Bob Jellison

Thomas B. Henry

Synopsis:

Two sports-minded priests, off for a fishing holiday, become

involved with thieves, a stolen car and stolen money! [RF]

 

[--] preempted for Shower of Stars  -  16Feb56

 

2.21 [--] Climax!: NIGHTMARE BY DAY

23Feb56

Directed by John Frankenheimer

starring

Gene Nelson ..... Jess Shepard

Katy Jurado ..... Margo Nieto

Warner Anderson ..... David Allen

Coleen Gray ..... Amanda Shepard

Mary Astor ..... Ethel Allen

Synopsis:
The parents of a recently married young woman,

whose husband claims she's taken a trip to New York,

slowly become convinced she's been murdered. [MN]

 

2.22 [--] Climax!: THE SOUND OF SILENCE

01Mar56

Producer Martin Manulis
Teleplay by George Bruce
Based on the play "The Confession" by Jack De Witt
Directed by Allen Reisner
Hosted by Bill Lundigan
starring
Jean-Pierre Aumont .......... Father James Cannon
Lloyd Bridges ........ Mark Gillis
Raymond Burr ......... Lieutenant Shea
Mary Sinclair ........ Maria Sanchez

Raymond Greenleaf

Michael Ross

Joseph Vitale

Dorothy Adams

Robert Bice

Peter Mamakos

Synopsis:

A priest becomes involved in murder when the killer confesses his crime to him. [RF]

 

2.23 [--] Climax!: THE LOUELLA PARSONS STORY

08Mar56

Producer Martin Manulis
Teleplay by Whitfield Cook

Based on Louella Parsons "This Gay Illiterate "

Directed by John Frankenheimer

starring

Teresa Wright ...... Louella Parsons

William Talman

Whit Bissell

William Roerick

Addison Richards

Nestor Paiva

Tyler McVey

Helen Winston

Ann Seaton

Sio Kane

Mary Grey

Harriet Brest

Jeri Lou James

Marilee Phelps

Synopsis:

The Louella Parsons story, based on incidents in her autobiography "The Gay Illiterate",

is a series of flashbacks. Teresa Wright portrays Miss Parson in the drama.

As she speaks with the stars the cameras will re-create incidents in her long career.

The time span is from the early twenties to 1948. We see Miss Parsons' early days

as a newspaper reporter in Chicago. Here she loses her job and departs for New York.

 In New York she resumes her career, only to be stricken with tuberculosis. When

she recovers from her illness, she meets the man who is to become her second husband,

and her rise as Hollywood columnist begins. As a climax to tonight's drama, there

will be a tribute from the stars of the movie industry. [RF]

Cameos by:  Robert Mitchum, Ginger Rogers,Robert Stack, John Wayne,

Jean-Pierre Aumont, Gracie Allen, Eve Arden, Lex Barker, Joan Bennett,

Jack Benny, Charles Boyer, George Burns, Eddie Cantor, Dan Dailey, Howard Duff,

Ida Lupino, Joan Fontaine, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Susan Hayward, Fred MacMurray,

Kim Novak, Merle Oberon, Maureen O'Sullivan, Gilbert Roland, Lana Turner, Robert Wagner.

 

[--] preempted for Shower of Stars  - 15Mar56

 

2.24 [--] Climax!: PALE RIDER

  (aka Pale Horse, Pale Rider)

22Mar56

Producer Martin Manulis
Teleplay by F.W. Durkee JR.

Based on a novel by Katherine Ann Porter

Directed by John Frankenheimer

starring

Dorothy McGuire ......... Miranda

John Forsythe ......... Adam Barclay

Ann Rutherford ......... Mary Townsend

Lili Darvas

Ralph Dumke

Charles Davis

Byron Foulger

Dick Elliott

Robin Morse

Synopsis:

A young woman lives in fear that a recurring dream foretells real tragedy. The premonition

persists when she falls in love with a young soldier about to leave for overseas duty. [RF]

 

2.25 [--] Climax!: AN EPISODE OF SPARROWS

29Mar56

Producer Martin Manulis
Teleplay by Eleanore Griffin

Based on the novel by Rumer Godden

Directed by Allen Reisner

starring

Brandon de Wilde ....... Tip Malone

Patty McCormack ....... Lovejoy Mason

Lynn Bari ....... Mrs. Combie

Jessie Royce Landis ....... Olivia Chesney

J. Carroll Naish ....... Mr. Combie

Sara Haden

Stephen Wootton

Robert Carson

Harry O. Tyler

Kay Cousins

Herbert Butterfield

Synopsis:

An 11-year old girl whose home has always been the slums, steals a packet

of flower seeds from a playmate. In her search for a small bit of earth in which

 to grow flowers, she is befriended by a youthful gang leader. [RF]

 

2.26 [--] Climax!: SPIN INTO DARKNESS

05Apr56

Written by Hagar Wilde

Directed by John Frankenheimer

starring

Vincent Price .......... Casey Lodge

Ruth Roman ......... Suzanne Wayne

Charles Drake ........... Mickey Wayne

Virginia Grey ......... Edna

Synopsis:
After gambling away the money her pilot husband gave her for the down

payment on a plane, a woman takes as job as nurse to an alcoholic, who in

 a drunken stupor gives her $5,000 to recoup her losses and later reports

to the police that the money was stolen. [MN]

 

[--] preempted for Shower of Stars  - 12Apr56

 

2.27 [--] Climax!: THE LOU GEHRIG STORY

19Apr56

Written by Mel Goldberg

Directed by Fielder Cook (BFI lists Allen Reisner as director)

starring

Wendell Corey ......... Lou Gehrig

Jean Hagen ......... Eleanor

James Gregory ....... Coach

Harry Carey Jr. ......... Bill Dickey

Russell Johnson .... Rusty
Harry Townes

Synopsis:

Baseball's "Iron Horse," whose brilliant career was ended by a terminal illness,

 and who struggled valiantly against adversity. [RF]

 

2.28 [--] Climax!: SIT DOWN WITH DEATH

26Apr56

Teleplay by James P. Cavanagh

Based on the story "After Dinner Story" by George Hopley

(aka Cornell Woolrich)

Directed by John Frankenheimer

starring

Ralph Bellamy  ...... Phillip Hardecker Sr.
William Talman ..... Joe MacKenzie
John Williams ...... Harold Johnson
Vicki Cummings ..... Lisa Farley
Constance Ford ..... Ellen MacKenzie

Dan Barton
Irene Tedrow
Charles Davis
Synopsis:
A dinner party turns into a guests nightmare as

 a murder plot is uncovered. [RF]

 

2.29 [--] Climax!: THE EMPTY ROOM BLUES

03May56

Written by Adrian Spies

starring

Celeste Holm ....... Mary Miller

Gerald Mohr ....... Quinn

Peggy Webber ....... Inez Harley

Richard Carlyle ....... George Harley

Synopsis:
When her husband disappears with their savings and their son,

a woman fears for the child's life but can't convince her friends or the

police that the man is a pathological liar and a menace. [MN]

 

[--] preempted for Shower of Stars  - 10May56

 

2.30 [--] Climax!: FLAME-OUT ON T-6

17May56

Written by George Lowther

Directed by John Frankenheimer

starring

Richard Carlson ....... Colonel Dobie

Shepperd Strudwick ....... Doc

Kevin McCarthy ...... Brooks

Royal Dano ..... Sergeant

Jack Warden ..... Lieutenant Ravenna

Sidney Blackmer .... Professor Watson

Synopsis:
Ten men are assigned to a drifting ice floe near the North Pole to test

the effect of subzero weather on men supplied only with tents and meager

rations. One of the men goes berserk from the strain and wrecks the

group's radio so that no one can notify headquarters of their location. [MN]

 

2.31 [--] Climax!: THE SHADOW OF EVIL

24May56

Written by Hagar Wilde

starring

Elizabeth Montgomery ....... Betsy

Raymond Burr ...... Philip Moran

Jan Sterling ...... Dinah Lake

Richard Boone ...... David Neff

Eduardo Cianelli ...... Amelio

Skip Homeier ...... John Moran

Synopsis:
The unsuspecting girlfriend of a young man whose

brother is the head of a Rome narcotics ring arrives from the

 United States with an investigator at her heels. [MN]

 

2.32 [--] Climax!: FIGURES IN CLAY

31May56

Directed by John Frankenheimer

starring

Edmund O'Brien ....... Leo Waldek

Lloyd Bridges ....... Paul Bellamy

Georgann Johnson ....... Julie Bellamy

Henry Hull ....... Abel Kirsch

Synopsis:
After agreeing to defend an irrational old man charged with murder,

an attorney finds that his partner believes he took the case for publicity reasons. [MN]

 

2.33 [--] Climax!: FACELESS ADVERSARY

(aka Faceless Enemy)

07Jun56

Written by Eliot Asinof

starring

Farley Granger ....... John Haywood

Phyllis Kirk ....... Barbara Phillips

Jay C. Flippen ....... Detective

Peter Hanson ....... Lawyer

Synopsis:
A man suspected of a young woman's murder denies even

 knowing her and claims he's being framed. [MN]

 

2.34 [--] Climax!: TO SCREAM AT MIDNIGHT

14Jun56

Teleplay by John McGreevey
Based on a story by Patricia Highsmith

Directed by John Frankenheimer

starring

Diana Lynn ....... Hilda Fraser

Dewey Martin ....... Emmett Shore

Karen Sharpe ....... Peggy Walsh

Richard Jaeckel ....... Jordan

Synopsis:
A wealthy young woman breaks down and is placed in a sanitarium

 after being thrown over by the man she loves. Her psychiatrist becomes

suspicious when the man reappears and claims he wants to marry her. [MN]

 

2.35 [--] Climax!: THE CIRCULAR STAIRCASE

21Jun56

Teleplay by Frank Gruber

Based on a story by Mary Roberts Rinehart (in 1908)

starring

Judith Anderson ......... Rachel

Kevin McCarthy ......... Halsey

Kathleen Crowley ........ Louise

Rhys Williams ......... Lt. Jamison

Synopsis:

A middle aged spinster decides to go to the country for the summer with her friend.

They end up becoming involved in a murder mystery.  [RF]

* Mary Roberts Rinehart is the author that produced the phrase "The Butler did it".

 

2.36 [--] Climax!: A TROPHY FOR HOWARD DAVENPORT

28Jun56

Written by Gene Levitt

starring

Dennis O'Keefe ....... Howard Davenport

Ruth Hussey ....... Martha

Gale Gordon ....... Dr. Raymond Forrest

Billy Chapin ....... Billy

Synopsis:
A Babe Ruth League team is perpetually in last place because its

compassionate manager tends to pick youngsters no other team wants.

When the team has a chance to place in the finals, he turns down a boy's

 plea to pitch in the big game and the boy then runs away from home. [MN]

 

2.37 [--] Climax!: PHONE CALL FOR MATTHEW QUADE

05Jul56

Written by Oliver Crawford

starring

Everett Sloane ......... Matthew Quade

Mona Freeman .......... Polly

Mary Astor .......... Martha

Arthur Franz ........ Walt

Synopsis:
A retired construction firm executive seeks a respite from enforced idleness and

oncoming old age. While waiting for a phone call that will confirm or deny his request for

a job back at his old firm, Matthew Quade relives his past. [RF]

 

2.38 [--] Climax!: FEAR IS THE HUNTER

12Jul56

Written by Arthur Rowe

starring

Steve Cochran ....... Jack Rice

Anne Bancroft ........ Audrey

Albert Dekker ...... Brewster

Synopsis:
A young man comes to the town of Brewster, his car in need of repairs,

and is ordered to leave at once. He soon learns that the ruthless man

after whom the town is named looks on any stranger as his potential murderer. [MN]

 

2.39 [--] Climax!: FURY AT DAWN

19Jul56

Teleplay by John McGreevey

Based on a story by James Joseph

Directed by Ida Lupino

starring

Howard Duff ......... Dr. John C. Clark

Jeff Morrow ....... Dr. Alvin C. Graves

Marilyn Erskine ........ Meg McIntyre

Henry Jones ........ Dr. Barney O'Keefe

John Hudson .......... Dr. John Wienecke

Mary Anderson ....... Babs Wienecke

Synopsis:
When an atomic bomb mounted on a 200-foot-tall steel tower fails

to detonate, a veteran nuclear physicist and his aides have to climb

the rickety tower to disarm the bomb. [MN]

 

2.40 [--] Climax!: THE MAN WHO LOST HIS HEAD

26Jul56

Teleplay by John Kneubuhl

Based on a short story by Ellis St. Joseph

starring

Sir Cedric Hardwicke ....... Clifton Lattimer

Debra Pagett ....... Maria

John Ericson ........ William Herrick

Peter Lorre ...... Mr. Ho

Synopsis:
A young sailor collapses on the estate of a wealthy Englishman

in the Orient and, upon reviving, is offered a strange

 bargain in exchange for his life. [MN]

 

2.41 [--] Climax!: CHILD OF THE WIND

02Aug56

Written by Anne Chapin & Frank Glicksman

starring

Agnes Moorehead

Susan Kohner

Marshall Thompson

 

2.42 [--] Climax!: NO RIGHT TO KILL

09Aug56

Teleplay by Victor Wolfson

Based on Fedor Dostoevski's "Crime and Punishment"

starring

John Cassavetes ........ McCloud

Terry Moore ........ Lisa

Joe Mantell ......... Angelo

Robert Harris ......... Porfear

Synopsis:
A starving author tests his theory about people who think they

are above the law by killing a pawnbroker.

*Note: Russian novelist Dostoevski first had "Crime and Punishment" published in 1866.

 

2.43 [--] Climax!: THE 78TH FLOOR

16Aug56

Teleplay by Leonard Lee
starring

Scott Brady ....... Johnny Stanton

Pat Crowley ........ Sue Martin

Otto Kruger ........ Walter Farrington

Rosemary DeCamp ........ Eleanor Farrington

Synopsis:
On a foggy afternoon just before a plane strikes the Empire State Building,

 a businessman recently gone blind is in one office dictating a suicide

note to his wife, while in another office a young man is trying to persuade

 his fiancee to help him rob the firm she works for so they can be married. [MN]

 

2.44 [--] Climax!: THROW AWAY THE CANE

23Aug56

Written by Elliot Asinof

starring

John Kerr ....... Danny Barron/Steve Barron

Sally Forrest ....... Myra (a late replacement for Piper Laurie)

June Walker ........ Mrs. Barron

Harry Townes ........ Joe Barron

Eduardo Ciannelli ......... Guilio

Beverly Garland ........ Jean

Synopsis:
A popular singer whose earnings are supporting his entire family

returns to his home town for a visit and proceeds to make a play for

the girlfriend of his twin brother, an aspiring concert pianist. [MN]

 

2.45 [--] Climax!: DARK WALL

30Aug56

Teleplay by John Kneubuhl

Based on Dr. Morton Prince's book "Disassociation of Personality".

starring

Shelley Winters ......... Margaret Corey/Ethel/Lillian/Ann

William Talman ......... Stan

Harry Townes .......... Reverend Muir

Shepperd Strudwick ......... Dr. Griffin

Synopsis:

An extreme form of disassociative reaction to stress in which two or more

separate personalities exist. The person may shift from one personality to

another, which is often very different. Each personality

has no memories of the other's thoughts and actions. [RF]

 

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