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Hosted by Richard Stark
 Season 1 (CBS) (1950-51)
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by:  Rina Fox [Updated May 2019]
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 Tuesdays 10:00-10:30pm Eastern

Program aired a week later on the West Coast.
Long Beach Independent premiere of "Danger" was 03-Oct-1950.

 


 

   [01] Amm-I-Dent Playhouse: THE BLACK DOOR  [Premiere]
19Sep1950 CBS Tues 10pm [Syracuse Herald]
Teleplay by Irving Elman / Story by Henry Norton
Directed by Yul Brynner
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Dane Clark ........ Al Slyter
Olive Deering ..... Jean Slyter
Anne Hegira .......... Nora Mason
John Boruff ....... Talbot
Charles Mendick ....... Lowery
John Shellie .......... Bateman
Howard Wierum ..... Warden
Richard W. Shankland .... Lowery
Synopsis:
The story of a convicted man who tries to prove his innocence from a prison cell.

[02] Danger: AUGUST HEAT
26Sep1950
Short Story by William Fryer Harvey (first published in Midnight House and Other Tales : London J.M. Dent 1910)
Directed by Yul Brynner
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Alfred Ryder
Synopsis:
The story of a man who learns his own date of death by seeing it on a tombstone.
A man is strapped to the death-chair in the gas chamber when he succeeds in talking his way back from the brink.
*Note: The story was redone on NBC's "First Person Theatre" on 07Aug53, "On Camera" 08Jan1955
with Patrick Macnee and again for "Great Ghost Tales" August 3, 1961 starring James Broderick and Vincent Gardenia.
Another adaptation of "August Heat" was done by John Nesbitt in the "Passing Parade" movie.
Radio versions of "August Heat" aired on April 22, 1949 with Ronald Colman in the lead and another aired on
James Hilton's Playhouse series with Fred MacMurray in the lead role on 29Sep49.

[03] Danger: THE FEARFUL ONE
03Oct1950
Teleplay by Alvin Sapinsley / Story by Hector Hugh Munro (aka Saki)
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Iris Mann
John Shelly
Nan McFarland
Synopsis:
An elderly woman raising her niece falls victim to a mysterious plot.

[04] Danger: DRESSING UP
10Oct1950
Written by W.R. Burnett
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Lee Grant
Don Hanmer
Gertrude Slack
Pitt Herbert
Salem Ludwig
Gene Blakely
Tom Avera
Martin Balsam
Bernard Kates
Synopsis:
A murderer and his girl disguise themselves in order to flee New York City
with police and a rival gang in hot pursuit.

[05] Danger: THE GREEN AND GOLD STRING
17Oct1950
Story by Philip MacDonald
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Lee Tracy
Carmel Myers
Synopsis:
Two phony clairvoyants, traveling with a carnival, turn detectives and
amaze even themselves by uncovering a murderer and collecting a reward.
*Note: Silent film actress Carmel Myers makes her comeback on the small screen.

[06] Danger: SEE NO EVIL
24Oct1950
Teleplay by Max Wilk & Ted Murkland
Directed by Yul Brynner
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Leo Penn
Nancy Franklin
Howard Wierum
Synopsis:
A young couple find an apartment after many days of hunting and wind
up in the midst of a dope-peddling ring.

[07] Danger: THE LIQUOR GLASS
31Oct1950
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
Short story by Phyllis Bottome (The Liqueur Glass 1934)
starring
Fay Bainter
Synopsis:
A sweet, motherly wife placidly poisons her husband for her children's
sake because she believes he is trying to poison her.

[08] Danger: WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION
07Nov1950
Story by Larry Marcus
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Sarah Churchill
Synopsis:
The wife of a man accused of murder, with no witnesses to prove him innocent
sets out to find the real culprit.

[09] Danger: THE MAN IN THE CAGE
13Nov1950
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Joseph Anthony
Heywood Hale Broun
Bruce Hall
William Lee
Edward Harvey
Synopsis:
A bank teller who finds himself a little short on funds when the bank examiner is due to arrive.

[10] Danger: BORDERLINE AFFAIR
20Nov1950
Producer Charles W. Russell
Written by Edward Mabley & Joanna Ross
Directed by Ted Post
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Iris Mann
Sally Chamberlin
Gene Lyons
Kurt Katch
Clem Fowler
Synopsis:
A girl visiting her father, a border guard somewhere in Europe, while on the train an ex-GI attempts
to get his wife out of the country with a false passport.
Synopsis 2:
An American man and his Eastern European wife (she is from an unnamed Communist country)
exit her country via the train, she with a phony passport. When a ten-year-old girl enters their compartment,
the couple fears that the child will turn them in.

[11] Danger: SOME DAY I'LL ESCAPE  a.k.a " Taste of Ashes"
27Nov1950 [Brooklyn Daily Eagle]
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Rod Steiger
Mary Patton
Joseph Anthony
Sydna Scott
Synopsis:
A suburbanite wants to escape from it all and so plots the murder of his shrewish, hypochondriac wife.
A gangster and his glamorous wife enter the plot and bring futher complications.
*Note: Listed as "Someday I'll Escape". [Long Beach Independent listing 05Dec50]
Also known as "Taste of Ashes."

[12] Danger: ANOTHER MAN'S POISON
05Dec1950
Produced & directed by Robert Stevens
Story by Ben Ames Williams
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
John Newland
Henry Jones
Synopsis:
A man tries to use mental telepathy for murder.

[13] Danger: THE HUNGRY WOMAN
12Dec1950
Producer Charles W. Russell
Written by Ben Radin
Directed by Curt Conway
Music Tony Mottola
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Marsha Hunt
Murvyn Vye
Martin Balsam
Raymond Bramley
Joseph Bassett
Synopsis:
A greedy woman caught up in her selfish desire for everything she wants enlists her servant to
help kill her wealthy husband.

[14] Danger: THE SERGEANT AND THE DOLL
19Dec1950
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
James Westerfield
Laura Weber
Grace Kelly
Bert Conway
Synopsis:
Set in the shadow of the guillotine during the French Revolution, a Christmas tale with a heartwarming ending.

[15] Danger: SURPRISE FOR THE BOYS
26Dec1950
Producer Charles W. Russell
Teleplay by Norman Rosten / Story by Herbert Clyde Lewis
Directed by Curt Conway
Music Tony Mottola
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Henry Jones
John McGovern
Joseph Julian
Elliott Sullivan
Lew Polan
James McDonald
Woodrow Parfrey
Robert Harris
Joseph Bassett
Leonard Barry
Synopsis:
Setting is the prison execution chamber where a murderer has a battle of wills with his executioners.
*Note: Ten famous Broadway actors comprise the cast on "Surprise for the Boys".

[16] Danger: CHARLES MARKHAM, ANTIQUE DEALER
02Jan1951
Producer Charles W. Russell
Teleplay by Sheldon Reynolds / From a story by John Dickson Carr
Directed by Ted Post
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Jerome Thor
Marianne Stewart
Richard Fraser
Synopsis:
A feels an artifact holds a mysterious power and is reluctant to part with it.
Synopsis 2:
The story of a man who commits murder and gets away with it - as told
by the man the police think was the victim.

[17] Danger: FOOTFALLS
09Jan1951
Story by Wilbur Daniel Steele
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Walter Slezak
Henry Jones
Synopsis:
Two dastardily fellows try to pull one over the other in a scam of deceit.
*Note: This episode was reimagined 03Feb1953.

[18] Danger: APPOINTMENT WITH DEATH
16Jan1951
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Dean Harens
Jerome Thor
Mary Stuart
Raymond Bramley
Kathleen Comegys
Synopsis:
It is a tale of a lawyer whose rebellion against a decade of exploitation of his legal genius by his associates
costs his career and his associate's life.

[19] Danger: THE GHOST IS YOUR HEART
23Jan1951
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Frank Alberston
Cloris Leachman
Synopsis:
A woman is haunted by her late husband who returns with a vengeance to make her confess to murdering him.
*Note: Syracuse Post-Standard of 1/23/51, lists the title of this episode as "The Ghost is Your Host."

[20] Danger: THE ANNIVERSARY
30Jan1951
Story by Octavus Roy Cohen
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Kim Stanley
John McQuade
Herbert Rudley
Synopsis:
A woman unjustly accuses a man of murder, a year later he returns exacting his revenge.

[21] Danger: ASK ME ANOTHER
06Feb1951
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Phil Leeds
Wally Cox
Synopsis:
A little man with a meek sense of humor plays a terrible prank on his colleague.

[22] Danger: THE NET DRAWS TIGHT
13Feb1951
Story by Walter C. Brown
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
E.G. Marshall
Wright King
Bobby Santon
Synopsis:
The owner of a roadside diner finds money missing from the cash register and suspects the teenage helper who hero-worships him.
A wounded killer, fleeing from the police, arrives at the diner and has a profound effect on both man and boy.
*Note: Re-imagined 15Jul1952.

[23] Danger: THE CORPSE AND TIGHE O'KANE
20Feb1951
Story by Douglas Hyde
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Don Hanmer
J. Pat O'Malley
Synopsis:
A pair of mischievous leprechauns cause problems for a couple.

[24] Danger: WILL YOU WALK INTO MY PARLOR?
27Feb1951
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Geraldine Brooks
Joseph Anthony
Laurence Hugo
*Note: The title is from Lewis Carroll's "The Lobster Quadrille".

[25] Danger: THE NIGHT OF MARCH FIFTEENTH
06Mar1951
Associated producer Bruce Minnox
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Tom Ewell
Bruce Gordon
Harold Stone
Philip Truex
Lou Polan
Perry Bruskin
Lou Charles
Synopsis:
A hit man conducts his business thru information filed with the IRS.
*Note: Also known as "Night of March 15th".

[26] Danger: MR. JOHN NOBODY
13Mar1951
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
David Opatoshu
Jean Crison
Frank Thomas
Adelaide Bean
Carl Frank
John Boruff
Joe Julian
Synopsis:
A minister attempts to catch a killer.
*Note: Actor Donald Crisp was to star but due to illness was replaced by David Opatoshu.

[27] Danger: NIGHTMARE
20Mar1951
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Dane Clark
Virginia Gilmore
Tony Mottola (guitar player at the bar)
Synopsis:
A pilot of a private plane has been grounded in the deep South. A young woman trying to escape the clutches of her rich father who struck her
mother with a frying pan and is in fear for her own life. Things escalate into a murderous rage when money gets between the pilot and the woman.
[Brooklyn Daily Eagle review March 25, 1951.]

[28] Danger: HEAD PRINT
27Mar1951
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Leo G. Carroll
Synopsis:
A psychologist who employs the long-discredited method of phrenology (using the bumps on someone's
head to develop a personality profile) to help catch a killer.

[29] Danger: THE UNDEFEATED
03Apr1951
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Walter Slezak
Synopsis:
A wrestler resents being an accessory on his wealthy wife's arm.

[30] Danger: THE UNDERTAKER CALLS
10Apr1951
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Chester Morris
Ann Shepherd
John McGovern
Synopsis:
Next on a hitman's list is a loved one.

[31] Danger: THE GREAT GILSON BEQUEST
17Apr1951
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Franchot Tone
Synopsis:
A prosecutor tries to find justice in a courtroom in the Wild West.

[32] Danger: BLUE
24Apr1951
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Anthony Quinn
Coleen Gray

[33] Danger: THE KILLER SCARF
01May1955
Written by Juliette Bridgeman
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Anne Bancroft (as Anne Marno)
Ray Danton
Gregory Morton
Stanley Prager
Synopsis:
A young circus acrobat falls in love with the handsome animal trainer. Her guardian disapproves and
unitentionally incites one of the tigers to claw at the girl.

[34] Danger: THE EYE WITNESS WHO COULDN'T SEE
08May1951
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
June Dayton
John Sylvester

[35] Danger: THE MIRROR
15May1951
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Judith Evelyn

[36] Danger: A CLEAR CASE OF SUICIDE
22May1951
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Joan Bennett
John Forsythe
Synopsis:
An actress is thought to have committed suicide but the investigation leads them to murder.

[37] Danger: THE TRUMPET OF DOOM
29May1951
Directed by Sheldon Reynolds
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Maria Riva
Bobby Sherwood
Teddy Wilson

[38] Danger: THE FATAL STEP
05Jun1951
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Anne Jackson
Paul Mann
Sylvia Davis
Mickey Knox
Ann Shepherd
Synopsis:
An innocent man falls victim when a jealous woman tries to frame him for a crime.

[39] Danger: OPERATION MURDER
12Jun1951
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Maria Riva
Jerome Thor
Synopsis:
The story of medical quackery in the underworld.

[40] Danger: THE KNAVE OF DIAMONDS
19Jun1951
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Walter Slezak
Roger De Koven
Kurt Katch
Synopsis:
A man becomes involved with a South African diamond smuggling ring.

[41] Danger: MARLEY'S GHOST
26Jun1951
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Rita Gam
Joseph Anthony
Synopsis:
A woman tries to make a name for herself after working for a decade as a ghost writer.

[42] Danger: THE PAPER BOX KID
03Jul1951
Producer Charles W. Russell
Teleplay by Walter Bernstein / Story by Mark Hellinger
Directed by Sidney Lumet
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Martin Ritt
*Note: Restaged on 03Jun1952.

[43] Danger: CRIMINAL AT LARGE
10Jul1951
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
Short story by Edgar Wallace
starring
Bobby Santon
George Matthews

[44] Danger: MR. LUPESCU
17Jul1951
Short story by Anthony Boucher
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
Synopsis:
A young boy tells his Uncle about his godfather Mr. Lupescu, and describes him as having a big red nose, red gloves,
red eyes and little red wings.
Synopsis 2:
A ruthless criminal dons the guise of Mr. Lupescu, a creature of fantasy born of a child's imagination in order to
victimize the child's father.
*Note: first published in Weird Tales, September 1945.

[45] Danger: THE SPARROW COP
24Jul1951
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Jack Lemmon
Robert Morse
Jane Paul
Nora Chilton
Synopsis:
A rookie on the police force wants revenge against the thugs who roughed up his brother.

[46] Danger: DEATH GAMBLES
31Jul1951
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Henry Jones
Frieda Altman
Synopsis:
An artist addicted to gambling becomes involved with murder to settle his debt.

[47] Danger: GOODBYE, HANNAH
07Aug1951
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Paul Langton
John Randolph
Synopsis:
Drama of a missing persons detective's search for a beautiful girl.

[48] Danger: MURDERER'S FACE
14Aug1951
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Anne Bancroft (as Ann Marno)
Robert Pastene
Synopsis:
A murderer forces a plastic surgeon to aid his flight from police by altering his face.

[49] Danger: MOTIVE FOR MURDER
21Aug1951
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Richard Kiley
Judy Parrish
Nell Harrison
Synopsis:
A policeman's wife is charged with murder and he sets out to clear her name.

[50] Danger: INSPECTOR MAIGRET a.k.a. "Mad Man of Midville"
28Aug1951
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Walter Slezak
Everett Sloane
Synopsis:
A drama of a police officer who became the victim of mistaken identity.

[51] Danger: DEATH AMONG THE RELICS
04Sep1951
Producer Charles W. Russell
Written by Paul Bauman
Directed by Sidney Lumet
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Edward Binns
Joey Walsh
Marc Cramer
Tom Gorman
Walter Hill
Alice Hill
Synopsis:
A lonely boy attempts to befriend a thug during a museum heist.

[52] Danger: IN THE LA BANZA
11Sep1951
Written by Samuel Elkin
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Jack Warden
Synopsis:
A fast rising boxer whose gloves carry his selfish brother's ambition into the ring.
*Note: Also done for "TV Theater" 20Jul1955.

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