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Hosted by Richard Stark
 Season 2 (CBS) (1951-52)
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

 

 2.01 [53] Danger: THE FOURTH CONFESSION
18Sep1951
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Harold Vermilyea
Stephen Elliott
Harry Worth
Terry Backer

2.02 [54] Danger: LOVE COMES TO MISS LUCY
25Sep1951
Teleplay by Paul Bauman / Story by Q. Patrick
Directed by Sidney Lumet
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Maria Riva
William Riva
Carmen Matthews
Margaret Barker
Synopsis:
The story of a spinster whose search for belated love brought death.

2.03 [55] Danger: FREE ZOO
02Oct1951
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Gene Lyons
Judy Parrish
Synopsis:
A mystery about a homing pigeon, a honeymooning couple and a murderer.
Synopsis 2:
A homing pigeon helps a honeymooning couple deliver a murderer into the hands of the law.

2.04 [56] Danger: SLEEP AND TELL
09Oct1951
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Paul Langton
Maria Riva
Marc Kramer
Synopsis:
A mystery dealing with a surprise witness to a murder confession.

2.05 [57] Danger: INHERIT MURDER
16Oct1951
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Rita Gam
Paul Langton
Anthony Ross
Synopsis:
A drama of a deadly legacy and a woman's calculated revenge.

2.06 [58] Danger: FINAL REJECTION
23Oct1951
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Ernest Truex
Synopsis:
A story of a desperate man with a strange ambition.

2.07 [59] Danger: DEADLINE
30Oct1951
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Joseph Anthony
Richard Kiley
Synopsis:
A late-breaking story has reporters on the hunt for the real killer.

2.08 [60] Danger: HIGH WIRE, HIGH STEEL
06Nov1951
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Steven Hill
James Westerfield
Synopsis:
An ex-acrobat turned girder of a skyscraper comes to heads with another worker.
*Note: The "Danger" series has been seen on the West Coast before,
but always on the kinescope and never regularly. This episode marks
the first placing as a regular on the relay system for CBS-TV network.

2.09 [61] Danger: DEATH BEAT
13Nov1951
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
Synopsis:
A lady cop is detailed to get a homicidal maniac by acting as bait in the park.

2.10 [62] Danger: THE KILLER INSTINCT
20Nov1951
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Martin Ritt
Ben Gazzara
Barbara Baxley
Synopsis:
Drama about a washed up boxer who makes the mistake of borrowing
money from a mobster.

2.11 [63] Danger: THE FRIEND WHO KILLED
27Nov1951
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
Synopsis:
An ex-soldier completing a five-year prison term for a crime committed by his
army buddy but for which he accepted guilt, gets a shock when he goes to
New York to look up his "true" friend.

2.12 [64] Danger: THE CAPTAIN HAS BAD DREAMS
04Dec1951
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Joseph Anthony
Charles Tyner
Nan McFarland
Paul Gyles
Marion Fenley
Frank Dana
Joseph Bernard
Michel Corban
Gene Saks
Synopsis:
A police captain in charge of the lineup at the stationhouse is worried
over his wife's love for him when he experiences a prophetic nightmare.

2.13 [65] Danger: THE FACE OF FEAR
11Dec1951
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Lee Grant
Synopsis:
A switchboard operator finds and loses love during a few hours trapped
in a deserted business office by a killer.

2.14 [66] Danger: THE LADY ON THE ROCK
18Dec1951 [Brooklyn Daily Eagle][Long Beach Independent]
Producer Charles W. Russell
Written by Arnold Schulman
Directed by Sidney Lumet
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Don Hanmer ............ Bleeker
Olive Deering .......... Loreli
Joshua Shelley .......... Solly
Alan Manson ............. Wilson
Terry Becker ............. Lou
Milton Selzer ............. Melvin
Lou Stein ................. Piano
Terry Snyder ........... Drums
Synopsis:
Shoeshine boy Bleeker who hung around a barroom favored by unemployed be-bop musicians became the butt
of musicians jokes and was called "moron" alot. Solly a particularly sadistic patron treated Bleeker so badly
that the boy actually thought Solly liked him. A woman berated by her gangster boyfriend at a nearby swank
restaurant is tired of being berated and slapped around and leaves. Bleeker who is happily bedded down for
the night beneath a huge rock in the park. Dozing off when the woman appears and climbs to the top of the rock
ready to jump into the lake below. Bleeker begs her not to jump and tells her the story of how he loved music
but his head hurt when he tried to think. The moll understood and told him her predicament, he explains that
the gangster is only doing that because he loves her and needs her and she goes back to him.
Synopsis 2:
A vagabond shoeshine boy faces a tragic fate as his bar buddies only see him as an idiot and a clown.

*Note: Listed as "OBLIGATO" [Syracuse Post-Standard]
For a full write up of this episode by Merrill Panitt from the Philadelphia Inquirer December 20, 1951.

2.15 [67] Danger: PASSAGE FOR CHRISTMAS
25Dec1951
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Mary Sinclair
Joseph Anthony
Paul Langton
Synopsis:
The effect of Christmas on Americans adrift in the South seas and their efforts to celebrate are hindered.

2.16 [68] Danger: LOVE TRAP
01Jan1952
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Jayne Meadows
Synopsis:
A bandit steals an armored car and finds his get-away complicated by an unfaithful wife.

2.17 [69] Danger: FRESH AS A DAISY
08Jan1952
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Ben Gazzara
Jane O'Rear
Leslie Barrett
Synopsis:
A city boy runs away from the slums only to be trapped in his new environment by the very elements that caused his flight.

2.18 [70] Danger: THE INTRUDER
15Jan1952
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Eileen Heckart
Edmon Ryan
Synopsis:
A psychiatrist is kidnapped by gangsters who want information obtained
by the specialist about an intended victim.

2.19 [71] Danger: THE BUSINESS AFFAIRS OF GENTLEMEN
22Jan1952
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Betty Sinclair
Chester Stratton
Alan Webb

2.20 [72] Danger: WINDFALL
29Jan1952
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Joshua Shelley
Lou Gilbert
Synopsis:
Two punk crooks try to hijack the secret bankroll of a bigtime hood.

2.21 [73] Danger: PRELUDE TO DEATH
05Feb1952
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Grace Kelly
Carmen Mathews
Edward Binns
Frieda Altman
Harrison Dowd
Synopsis:
A wealthy woman's scheme to tape-record a rendezvous between her niece and young pianist backfires.

2.22 [74] Danger: THE HANDS OF THE ENEMY
12Feb1952
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Richard Kiley
Howard Smith
Wright King
Paul Ford
Synopsis:
The play is about a fact-finding expert who has his analytical prowess upset when he turns amateur detective.

2.23 [75] Danger: PRIMARY DECISION
19Feb1952
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Robert Pastene
Doris Dowling
Robert Harris
Michael Strong
Fred Cantania
Charles Welsh
Synopsis:
The story of two teenagers who turn amateur detectives and are trapped by gangsters in a deserted bus station.

2.24 [76] Danger: YOU'RE WANTED ON THE PHONE, AL
26Feb1952
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Don Hanmer
Synopsis:
A tense drama of the underworld.

2.25 [77] Danger: BENEFIT PERFORMANCE
04Mar1952
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Martin Ritt
Joshua Shelley
Synopsis:
Two former slum boys, one now a famous comedian and the other an ex-convict return
to their home neighborhood and settle an old score.

2.26 [78] Danger: TATTOO OF TERROR
11Mar1952 [Long Beach Independent]
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
Synopsis:
An Arabic motto tattooed on the arm of a killer leads to his undoing,
when a gang leader is slaughtered and his mob tracks down the tattooed killer.

2.27 [79] Danger: THE WAY OF FREEDOM
18Mar1952
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
E.G. Marshall
Polly Rowles
Jack MacGregor

2.28 [80] Danger: THE HERO
25Mar1952
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Steven Hill
Kathleen Comegys
George Tyne
Paul Ford
Bobby Santon
Synopsis:
An AWOL Marine saves his family from disgrace in a shrewd deal with gangsters.

2.29 [81] Danger: THE ESCAPE ARTIST
01Apr1952
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Cloris Leachman
John Conte

2.30 [82] Danger: THE BLACK TIE
08Apr1952
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Leo Penn
Elizabeth Johnson
Robert Emhardt

2.31 [83] Danger: CORNBELT KID
15Apr1952
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Ed Binns
Joshua Shelley
Synopsis:
A drama about two con men who join forces.

2.32 [84] Danger: HELLO MR. LUTZ
22Apr1952
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Maria Riva
Martin Ritt
Synopsis:
A harrassed wife deals with matters in her own way.

2.33 [85] Danger: BORDER INCIDENT
29Apr1952
Music by Tony Mottola
Sung by Mary Mayo
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Gusti Huber
Paul Langton
Whit Bissell
Synopsis:
An American writer loses his passport abroad and discovers that it had been stolen by another
young American, a suspected murderer who was married to an Italian girl and wanted to effect
passage from France through Switzerland to Italy.
*Note: New York television audiences got their first look at one of Europe's leading actresses,
Gusti Huber in action Tuesday night in "Border Incident" on the "Danger" series.

2.34 [86] Danger: DARK AS NIGHT
06May1952
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Lee Grant

2.35 [87] Danger: THE STRONG FINISH
13May1952
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Philip Pine
Gene Reynolds
James Lipton
Lenny Barry

2.36 [88] Danger: A BUCK IS A BUCK
20May1952
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Walter Matthau
Constance Dowling
Don Hanmer

2.37 [89] Danger: THE GOLD WATCH
27May1952
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Sylvia Davis
Terry Baker
Synopsis:
An elderly man knowingly involves his son in a hit-and-run accident.

2.38 [90] Danger: THE PAPER BOX KID
03Jun1952
Produced by Charles W. Russell
Written by Walter Bernstein / Short story by Mark Hellinger
Directed by Sidney Lumet
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Martin Ritt .... The Kid
Grant Richards
Joe Mantell
Floyd Ennis
Synopsis:
The Kid trying to prove he's tough, he gets mixed up in a barroom holdup and in trying to demonstrate what
a brave guy he is, forced his companion to shoot the bartender dead.
*Note: One of the highest reviews went to this episode. John Crosby fo the Greenfield Recorder Gazette on Monday June 9, 1952.

2.39 [91] Danger: THE SYSTEM
10Jun1952
Produced by Charles W. Russell
Written by Paddy Chayefsky
Directed by Sidney Lumet
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Eli Wallach .......... Joe
Kim Stanley .......... Helen
Salem Ludwig ....... Simmy
Martin Kingsley .... the Mugg
Mandy Kaye .......... the Dealer
Synopsis:
A frustrated youth vainly attempts to win $5000 in a dice game against a gang of ruthless gamblers.
Synopsis 2:
Mechanic Joe wants to buy the gas station where he works. He needs $5000 to do it and he has developed
a foolproof gambling system that he intends to use in order to get the money.

2.40 [92] Danger: DEATH AROUND THE RELICS
17Jun1952
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Edward Binns
Joey Walsh
Synopsis:
A street urchin is embroiled in a museum burglary. Some $50,000 worth of objects
of art borrowed from the American Museum of Natural History and the Metropolitan
Museum of Art will used for props.

2.41 [93] Danger: DEATH FOR THE LONELY
24Jun1952
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Richard Kiley
Lee Grant
Howard Wierum
Synopsis:
A dejected girl get invovled in mysterious dealings when she joins a Lonely Hearts club.

2.42 [94] Danger: THE DOUBLE DEAL
01Jul1952
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
James Daly
Neva Patterson
Ray Walston
Leslie Litomy

[--] Danger
08Jul1952
pre-empted for the Republican Convention.


2.43 [95] Danger: THE NET DRAWS TIGHT
15Jul1952
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Whit Bissell
*Re-imaging of the episode from 13Feb1951.

[--] Danger
22Jul1952
pre-empted for the Democratic Convention.


2.44 [96] Danger: A DATE AT MIDNIGHT
29Jul1952
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Cloris Leachman
Joshua Shelley
Synopsis:
The story of a young couple involved in a bookmaking ring.

2.46 [97] Danger: MURDER TAKES THE 'A' TRAIN
05Aug1952 [Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Syracuse Post]
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Synopsis:
A youth witnesses a homicide and is marked for death by two hoodlums who trap him in a speeding subway train.

2.47 [98] Danger: FLOWERS OF DEATH
12Aug1952
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Don Murray
Stella Andrew
Joe De Santis
Paul Ford
Olive Templeton
Synopsis:
A florist's delivery boy witnesses a homicide.

2.48 [99] Danger: THE PICK-UP
19Aug1952 [Brooklyn Daily Eagle]
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring

2.49 [100] Danger: THE FACE OF FEAR
26Aug1952
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Sidney Lumet
Lee Grant
Synopsis:
This is the story of a switchboard operator trapped in a deserted office by a dangerous mental patient.
*Note: Sidney Lumet has been directing the "Danger" dramas on CBS-TV
but tonight he'll step from behind the camera to star in "Face of Fear".

2.50 [101] Danger: BACKFIRE
02Sep1952
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Joan Lorring
Thomas Chalmers
Steven Hill
Synopsis:
A young man attempts to prevent the unwise marriage of his wealthy, aging father
to a woman considered to be not up to standard, a gold digger.

2.51 [102] Danger: SUBJECT: RESIGNATION
09Sep1952 [Syraucse Post Standard]
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
Synopsis:
An escaped convict leads the police through the rocky wastes of the islands
to a colony of Haitian voodoo worshipers.

2.52 [103] Danger: DEATH SIGNS AN AUTOGRAPH
16Sep1952
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Richard Kiley
Robin Morgan

[--] Danger
23Sep1952
pre-empted by Political Address by Governor Adlai Stevenson of Illinois.

 

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