CTVA US Anthology - "Crossroads" (Bernard L. Schubert/ABC) Season 1 (1955-56)

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 Season 1 (ABC) (1955-56)
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by:  Rina Fox
references:
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ABC Fridays 8:30-9:00pm EST

 

1.01 [--] Crossroads: THE SHADOW OF GOD

Prod. no. 504

07Oct55 ABC Fri

Director Leslie H. Martinson
Guest cast:
Paul Kelly .......... Father Bill Riggs
Strother Martin ..... Landry Kersh
John Archer ......... Ramsey Carr
Raymond Greenleaf ... Gibson Coller
Paul Birch .......... Chief Crane
Dayton Lummis ....... Prosecutor
Charles Halton ...... Judge
Jack Perrin ......... Associate Justice
Nolan Leary ......... Jury Foreman
Arthur Marshall ..... Juror
Adam York ........... Juror
Angela Sideli ....... Juror
Carolyn Mitchell .... Juror

Synopsis:
A priest attempts to prove the innocence of a man. [RF]
*Note: Syndication airing on "Way of Life" 30Aug60.

 

1.02 [--] Crossroads: CLEAN-UP

Prod. no. 506

14Oct55 ABC Fri

Writer Allan E. Sloane
Director Ralph Francis Murphy
Director of photography William Whitley
Guest Cast:
Vincent Price ....... Reverend Robert Russell
Sally Blane ......... Mrs. Russell
Lloyd Corrigan ...... David Selden
Peter Votrian ....... George Gilgo
Howard Petrie ....... Matt Ridge
Wheaton Chambers .... R.W. Bergen
James Kirkwood ...... Justice Deal
Jonathan Hale ....... Governor

Synopsis:
A Protestant minister wages a one-man campaign against vice and corruption in his city. [RF]
*Note: Syndication airing on "Way of Life" 31Aug60.

 

1.03 [--] Crossroads: THE UNHOLY TRIO

Prod. no. 505

21Oct55 ABC Fri

Director Ralph Francis Murphy
Guest cast:
Luther Adler ........ Rabbi Rosenblum
Russell Johnson ..... Jack Fromer
Christopher Dark .... Irving Green
Joe Turkel .......... Frank Perroni
Eve McVeagh ......... Myrtle Greenspan
Wally Cassell ....... Louis Greenspan
Lisa Golm ........... Mama Greenspan
William Pullen ...... Ben Tumin
Robert Carson ....... Police Lieutenant
Leonard Penn ........ Reverend Stover
Joseph Crehan ....... Father Devlin
Jess Kirkpatrick .... Zeb the Policeman
Jonathan Hale ....... Judge
Synopsis:
A mother who believes her son innocent of a crime goes to her rabbi for help.

 The boy is due to be executed for murder. [RF]

 

1.04 [--] Crossroads: WITH ALL MY LOVE

Prod. no. 507

28Oct55 ABC Fri

Guest Cast:
Ann Harding ......... Hilda Lund
Hugh Beaumont ....... Reverend Clifton R. Pond
Leo Gordon .......... Sergeant Leroy
Frank Fenton ........ Andrew Porterfield
Jerry Paris ......... Corporal Reynolds
Byron Keith ......... Army Captain
Robert Cabal ........ Jose
George Huerta ....... Pedro

Synopsis:
American forces attempt the rescue of a woman missionary and an American

planter from the Philippines during the Japanese occupation. [RF]
*Note: Syndication airing on "Way of Life" 01Sep60.

 

1.05 [--] Crossroads: THE HOSTAGE (film)

Prod. no. 501

04Nov55 ABC Fri (postponed and aired 11Nov55 NYC)

Producer Bernard Schubert
Writer Allan Sloane
Director Ralph Murphy
Director of photography William Whitley
Editor Roy V. Livingston
Guest Cast:

Don Taylor

Lawrence Dobkin

Robert Armstrong

Betty Lou Gerson
Barry Kelley
David Leonard
Denver Pyle
Synopsis:

A priest is called in for the last confession of a condemned prisoner and learns

about a dangerous situation. Because of his religious vows, the priest

 is bound to keep the information confidential. [RF]

*Note: Based on a true story.  Syndication airing on "Way of Life" 29Aug60.

 

1.06 [--] Crossroads: BROADWAY TRUST

Prod. no. 502

11Nov55 ABC Fri

Director John Fitchen

Guest cast:

Lloyd Bridges ....... Fred

Gene Lockhart

James Dean

Karl Lucas

Donalee Marans

Synopsis:

A young bank clerk with an ailing wife in the hospital becomes despondent

after losing $5,000 of the bank's money in a bad land deal. [RF]

* Note: This episode is said to contain an appearance by James Dean in the crowd scenes.

 

1.07 [--] Crossroads: MR. LIBERTY BELL (film)

Prod. no. 508

18Nov55 ABC Fri

Guest Cast:

Brian Donlevy ....... Dr. Roy Bell

Synopsis:

When news of the fall of Corregidor reached him, Dr. Roy Bell, head of

the Silliman University in the Philippine Islands, organized a resistance movement.

 Piece by piece, he and his followers built a short-wave transmitter in

defiance of the Japanese occupation. [RF]

 

1.08 [--] Crossroads: THE GOOD THIEF

Prod. no. 513

25Nov55 ABC Fri

Written by George Bruce

Directed by Justus Addiss

Director of Photography William Whitley

Film Editor Roy V. Livingston

Guest Cast:

James Whitmore ....... Father Joseph Kapaun

Philip Ahn ..... Major

Phillip Pine ........ Antonelli
Terry Frost ......... Merrill
Joseph Perry ........ Martinez
Jimmy Murphy ........ Murphy
Jack N. Kramer ...... Samuels
Robert Davis ........ Williams

Synopsis 1:

"True story of the late Father Joseph Kapaun, a U.S. Army chaplain,

who resisted torture and brainwashing by his Chinese Communist

captors. Father Kapaun tried to aid his fellow POW's by raiding

Communist food stores" [DM]

Contents: Commercials: 1956 Chevrolet cars and trucks.

Synopsis 2:
A Red prison is a priest's parish. Father Kapaun must strive to bring meaning

and inspiration to the lives of a small group of captives. [RF]

*Note: Syndication airing on Way of Life 02Aug61.

 

1.09 [--] Crossroads: MIGHTIER THAN THE SWORD (film)

Prod. no. 511

02Dec55 ABC Fri

Producer Bernard Schubert
Written by George Bruce
Directed by Paul Landres

Director of photography William Whitley
Editor Roy V. Livingston
Guest Cast:

Carl Benton Reid ....... Rev. Oswald A. Blumit

Paul Sorenson ....... Michael

Anthony George ....... Sergei

Kristine Miller ....... Miss Smith

Otto Waldis

Gene Roth
Gregory Gaye

Edit Angold
Richard Curtis
Gabor Curtiz
Nyra Monsour
Robert Paquin
Otto Reichow
Synopsis:

The true story of a Baptist minister who printed copies of the Bible and

smuggled them into countries behind the Iron Curtain. [RF]

 

1.10 [--] Crossroads: THE GAMBLER

Prod. no. 509

09Dec55 ABC Fri

Guest Cast:

Dennis Morgan

Robert Hutton
Synopsis:
A minister tries to help a member of his congregation who is in trouble. [RF]

 

1.11 [--] Crossroads: CHINESE CHECKERS

Prod. no. 503

16Dec55 ABC Fri

Guest Cast:

Brian Aherne

Richard Denning

 

1.12 [--] Crossroads: SHINING BRIGHT

Prod. no. 512

23Dec55 ABC Fri

Guest Cast:

Vivi Janiss

Kent Smith

Anne Kimball
Synopsis:
A young bride meets with an accident which leaves her paralyzed. [RF]

 

1.13 [--] Crossroads: A BELL FOR O' DONNELL

Prod. no. 520

30Dec55 ABC Fri

Written & Directed by Ralph Francis Murphy
Director of photography William Whitley
Guest Cast:

Edmund Lowe ........ O’Donnell

Glenn Langan ....... Rev. Maurice Witherspoon

Lyle Talbot ....... Mr. Hodge

Eve Miller ....... Mrs. Witherspoon

Joseph Crehan ....... Warden Jones

G. Pat Collins ...... Detective Cady
Irving Mitchell ..... Reverend Carter
Frank Scannell ...... Magruder
Synopsis:

A con man victimizes a minister by persuading him to turn over

church funds to a nonexistent charity organization. [RF]

 

1.14 [--] Crossroads: THROUGH THE WINDOW

Prod. no. 514

06Jan56 ABC Fri

 

1.15 [--] Crossroads: CAVALRY IN CHINA

Prod. no. 517

13Jan56 ABC Fri

Directed by Ralph Francis Murphy
Guest Cast:
Arthur Franz ........ Father Robert W. Greene
Philip Ahn .......... Ah Hiu
Keye Luke ........... Leang Fan
Marya Marco ......... Sister Teresa
Leonard Strong ...... Chin-Y-Chai
Joy Lee ............. Chen Ma
Richard Loo ......... Colonel
Richard Reeves ...... Mastermind
James Hong .......... Young Sentry
William Yip
Grace Lem
Eddie Luke
William Hughes

Synopsis:
Chinese communists persecute a Catholic priest who heads a parochial school. [RF]

 

1.16 [--] Crossroads: MOUNTAIN ANGEL

Prod. no. 522

20Jan56 ABC Fri

Guest Cast:

Howard Duff

Noah Beery

Synopsis 1:
A reverend finds it difficult to convince the people of the Tennessee hills

of the value of modern medicine. [RF]

Synopsis 2:
Methodist missionary fights superstitions of backwoods mountain folk. [RF]

 

1.17 [--] Crossroads: ST. GEORGE AND THE DRAGON

27Jan56 ABC Fri

Prod. no. 519

Guest cast:

Richard Arlen ....... Father Slee
Gloria Blondell ..... Mickey
Tommy Cook .......... Pete Collins
Sue Wagoner ......... Jackie Collins
Doreen Dare ......... Meg
Michael Landon ...... Danny
Synopsis:
A Catholic priest befriends a group of hot-rod enthusiasts. He doesn't agree

 with the general consensus that the youngsters are beyond reclamation. [RF]
 

1.18 [--] Crossroads: THE INNER LIGHT [verified -RF]
http://www.solie.org/ClassicTV/Crossroads_TheInnerLight.html
Prod. no. 515
03Feb56 ABC Fri
Teleplay by George Bruce; From a story by Irene Corbally Kuhn
Directed by George Waggner
Guest Cast:
George Brent ........ Father Raymond
Benson Fong ........ Po Ling
Marya Marco .......... Ming Yu
Keye Luke ............. Wang
Joseph Kim ........... Chinese Officer
Frank Tang ............ Tung
Judy Dan ............... Chi Su
George Chan ........ Elderly Chinese Man
Synopsis:
A Jesuit priest tries to bring physical and spiritual comfort to the embattled people of China in 1938.
Synopsis 2:
Father Raymond teaches a young embittered Chinese boy, blinded by a freak accident the art of smuggling and gives him
the will to live.
*NOTE: Syndication airing on "Way of Life" 04Aug61.

1.19 [--] Crossroads: THE LITTLE HERALD

10Feb56 ABC Fri

Prod. no. 518

Producer Harry Joe Brown
Teleplay Herbert Purdum
Director Jerry Juran
Director of photography William Whitley
Editor Roy V. Livingstone
Guest cast:
Donald Woods
Nestor Paiva
Herbert Anderson
Raymond Greenleaf
Rosa Turich
Joseph Perry
Ana Maria Majalca
Paul Fierro
Salvador Baguez
Synopsis:
The death of one of his flock inspires a minister to save the life of another. [RF]

 

1.20 [--] Crossroads: THE STRANGE BEQUEST

Prod. no. 516

17Feb56 ABC Fri

Guest Cast:

Pat O'Brien

Synopsis:
A kindly priest leads a once-dangerous criminal into the path of righteousness. [RF]

 

1.21 [--] Crossroads: THE PAVEMENT PASTOR

Prod. no. 521

24Feb56 ABC Fri

Producer Bernard Schubert
Written by George Bruce
Directed by Paul Landres

Guest Cast:

Jeff Morrow .......... Rev. Don Benedict
Gene Reynolds ....... Jack
Margaret Mahoney .... Mrs. Benedict
Harry Antrim ........ Warden

Synopsis 1:
A pastor carries a chip on his shoulder against humanity in general. [RF]
Synopsis 2:
Born and raised in the squalor of the slums, a pastor carries a chip on his shoulder

against humanity in general. [RF]
*Note: Syndication airing on Way of Life 14Aug61.
 

1.22 [--] Crossroads: THE REBEL

Prod. no. 524

02Mar56 ABC Fri

Guest Cast:

Vincent Price ....... Rabbi Gershom Seixos
Carl Esmond ......... Major Zuntz
Lloyd Corrigan ...... Myers
Lowell Gilmore ...... Major Halley

Synopsis:

The rabbi of a synagogue in New York is forced to flee during

the American Revolution when British troops take over the city.

An outspoken advocate for American independence, the rabbi

risks his life to return to the enemy-held city to perform a religious

service for one of the enemy. [RF]

 

1.23 [--] Crossroads: MOTHER O'BRIEN (film)

Prod. no. 523

09Mar56 ABC Fri

Writer Tom Reed
Director Ralph Francis Murphy
Director of photography William Whitley
Editor James E. Smith
Guest Cast:

Ruth Donnelly ....... Mother O'Brien

James Lydon ....... Timmy

Donald Murphy ....... Dennis O'Brien

Arthur Shields ....... Father Ford

Grazia Narciso ...... Mrs. Salvatori
Tito Vuolo .......... Luigi Salvatori
Charles Delaney ..... Mac
Edward Earle ........ Doctor
Synopsis:

A police detective learns his younger brother has been a dope addict

for some time. He seeks the help of his parish priest to keep this fact from

their mother, and to help the boy break the habit. [RF]

 

1.24 [--] Crossroads: THE SACRED TRUST

Prod. no. 527

16Mar56 ABC Fri

Guest cast:
Brian Aherne
Synopsis:
A courtroom drama depicting the historic legal decision in 1813,

 upholding the inviolability of religious confession. [RF]

 

1.25 [--] Crossroads: THE BOWERY BISHOP

Prod. no. 529

23Mar56 ABC Fri

Guest cast:
Richard Denning ..... Rev. George Bolton
Robert Armstrong .... Casey

Jean Willes ......... Mrs. Bolton
Synopsis:
The director of a Bowery mission is disheartened because he feels his

 efforts to convert fallen angels have failed. [RF]

 

1.26 [--] Crossroads: DIG OR DIE, BROTHER HYDE

Prod. no. 528

30Mar56 ABC Fri

Producer Bernard Schubert
Written by Herbert Purdum
Directed by Paul Landres
Guest cast:
Hugh Marlowe ........ Reverend William Hyde
Cheryl Calloway ..... Delsie
Toni Gerry .......... Molly Uhlam
Alan Hale Jr. ....... Bert Uhlam
John Qualen ......... Axel Johnson
Anne O'Neal ......... Mrs. Quiggs
Denver Pyle ......... Cort
Ray Teal ............ Dooley
Synopsis:
A prairie parson saves the faith of a widow and the life of a young

child when he applies a little amateur psychology. [RF]
*Note: Syndication airing on Way of Life 20May60.

 

1.27 [--] Crossroads: TWO-FISTED SAINT

Prod. no. 530

06Apr56 ABC Fri

Director Ralph Francis Murphy
Guest Cast:
Paul Kelly .......... Father Timothy Dempsey
Walter Coy .......... Mike Hogan
Robert S. Carson .... Police Lt. Frank Dempsey
Robert Arthur ....... Danny Hogan
Douglas Fowley ...... Bob Egan
Claudia Barrett ..... Angela
Lawrence Dobkin ..... Al Mackler
Harry Tyler ......... Stacy
Frank Hagney ........ Policeman
 

1.28 [--] Crossroads: DEADLY FEAR

Prod. no. 531

13Apr56 ABC Fri

Director Nathan Juran
Guest cast:

Rod Cameron ......... Dr. Ervin Seale
Dorothy Green ....... Elva Seale
John Baer ........... Ellis Lyman
Jeanette Nolan ...... Mrs. Frances Lyman
John Hoyt ........... Dr. Cowley
Ray Teal ............ Ben Sauter
Robert Paquin ....... Joe Earnshaw
Jonathan Hale ....... Dr. Stetson
Synopsis:
The sanity of a brilliant young singer and the life of his sick mother are in grave danger. [RF]

 

1.29 [--] Crossroads: ANATOLE OF THE BAYOUS

Prod. no. 532

20Apr56 ABC Fri

Producer Harry Joe Brown
Writer Herbert Purdom
Director Nathan Juran
Director of photography William Whitley
Editor Roy V. Livingston
starring
Donald Crisp ........ Father Anatole Martin
John Qualen
Russell Simpson
James Best
Martin Milner
Ruth Lee
Willis Bouchey
Suzanne Alexander
Synopsis:
A minister in the bayou country risks his life to bring about peace

 between two communities. [RF]

 

1.30 [--] Crossroads: THE WHITE CARNATION

Prod. no. 526

27Apr56 ABC Fri

Guest Cast:

J. Carrol Naish

Synopsis:
A priest tries to help restore a man's faith in God

 when he turns to alcohol in his grief. [RF]

 

1.31 [--] Crossroads: HOME IS THE SAILOR

Prod. no. 533

04May56 ABC Fri

Guest Cast:

David Brian

 

1.32 [--] Crossroads: LIFELINE (on film)

Prod. no. 535

11May56 ABC Fri

Produced by Bernard Schubert
Written by Herbert Purdum

Directed by Paul Landres
Director of photography William Whitley
Guest Cast:
Regis Toomey ........ Reverend Arnold Grumm
Barbara Hale ........ Jane Sherman
Kent Taylor ......... Ted Diamond
Marla English ....... Barbara Sherman
Max Showalter ....... Bannister
Emmett Vogan ........ Manager
?..... Walt

? ...... Casino Man
*
Assistant Director .. Willard M. Reineck
Sound Engineer ...... Frank Goodwin
Supervising Film Editor .. Sherman A. Rose
Film Editor ......... James E. Smith
Film Co-ordinator ... Chuck Gladden
Script Supervisor ... Helen McCaffrey
Art Director ........ Roland Hill
Set Decorator ....... Jerry Welch
Wardrobe ............ Clark Ross
Production Assistant .. V.D. Portianko

Synopsis:
An unscrupulous gambling czar tries to make

criminals out of two pretty sisters. [RF]

Synopsis 2:
A girl working at "Danceland" dreams of a new life when Ted Diamond

enters her life and gives her everything she desires but at a price.

Things go terribly wrong when he enlists her younger sister as well. RF]

 

1.33 [--] Crossroads: THE JUDGE

Prod. no. 536

18May56 ABC Fri

Writer George Bruce
Director Justus Addiss
Director of Photography William Whitley
Editor James E. Smith
Guest Cast:
Brian Donlevy ....... Reverend Robert McClure
Louis Jean Heydt .... Roberts
Donald Curtis ....... Cole Brennan
Hal Baylor .......... Bill Decker
Willis Bouchey ...... Connors
Barbara Woodell ..... Mrs. McClure
Ruth Lee ............ Mrs. Connors
George Eldredge ..... Sergeant
Synopsis:
A local minister has a second job in a small town, he's also the Judge.

 

1.34 [--] Crossroads: SOLDIERS OF SALVATION

(re-run title "God in the Street")

Prod. no. 510

25May56 ABC Fri

Guest Cast:
Jeff Morrow
Phyllis Coates
Russell Johnson
Reed Hadley

 

1.35 [--] Crossroads: MAN ON THE TOTEM POLE

Prod. no. 537

01Jun56 ABC Fri

Guest Cast:
Richard Erdman
Stacy Harris
Coleen Gray
Synopsis:
A Presbyterian missionary of the 1880's risks his career and

 reputation by advocating the return of Alaska to Russia. [RF]

 

1.36 [--] Crossroads: THE RABBI DAVIS STORY

Prod. no. 534

08Jun56 ABC Fri

Producer Harry Joe Brown
Written by Jack DeWitt
Directed by Paul Landres
Director of photography William Whitley
Editor Roy V. Livingston
Art Director Roland Hill
Musical Director Alec Compinsky
Guest Cast:
Arthur Franz ........ Rabbi Davis
Howard Petrie ....... Dan Rosen
Dayton Lummis ....... James Thorpe
Jeanne Cooper ....... Mrs. Hinton
Charles Halton ...... Dr. Wessell
Norbert Schiller
Jack Mulhall
Barbara Woodell
Joseph Vitale
Paul Cavanagh
Tommy Kirk
John Bennes
Dorothy Adams
Roy Roberts
Florence Shaen
Wally Sherwin
Linda Lowell
Richard Deacon
Madge Cleveland
Geralding Hall
Ronald Keith

Synopsis:

A daring rabbi declares war against unscrupulous politicians. [RF]

 

1.37 [--] Crossroads: THE SINGING PREACHER

Prod. no. 538

15Jun56 ABC Fri

Producer Harry Joe Brown
Writer & Director Ralph Murphy
Director of photography William Whitley
Editor Roy V. Livingston
Guest Cast:
Dick Foran .......... Reverend John Evans
Gloria Talbot ....... Margaret Whaley
John Smith .......... Steve Maguire
Barry Kelley ........ Matt Whaley
Douglass Dumbrille .. Max Markey
Casey Adams ......... Deavers
Mary Young .......... Gigi
James Seay .......... Dr. Sheldon
Robert Paquin ....... Stubby
Gil Frye ............ Brawler
Buddy Roosevelt ..... Barfly

Synopsis:
An Episcopal parson helps a man who is estranged from his daughter

and has been accused of committing a brutal crime.
*NOTE: Syndication airing on Way of Life 08Oct60.

 

1.38 [--] Crossroads: A HOLIDAY FOR FATHER JIM

Prod. no. 539

22Jun56 ABC Fri

Guest Cast:
Pat O'Brien ........ Father Jim
Synopsis:
A courageous priest takes his life in his hands trying to save both

 a dangerous bandit and the teller he holds as hostage. [RF]

 

1.39 [--] Crossroads: FALSE PROPHET

Prod. no. 525

29Jun56 ABC Fri

Producer Harry Joe Brown
Writer Lee Erwin
Director Ralph Murphy
Director of photography William Whitley
Editor Roy V. Livingston
Guest Cast:
Bruce Bennett ....... Reverend Newman C. Hogle
Robert Horton ....... Corporal Tom Vaughn
John Emery .......... Gregory Ames
Ann Baker ........... Gloria Vaughn
Raymond Hatton ...... Ed Garvey
Robert Carson ....... Lt. John F. Carr
Byron Keith ......... Chaplain Major Kurt Webling
Gladys Hurlbut ...... Anna Bowen
Synopsis:
The minister who married a young couple tries to expose a

phony medium who is trying to break up their marriage.
Synopsis:
The minister who married a young couple tries to expose a phony medium

who is trying to break up their marriage. [RF]

 

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