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Hosted by Richard Stark
 Season 3 (CBS) (1952-53)
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

 

3.01 [104] Danger: CHANGE UP
30Sep1952
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Edward Binns
Synopsis:
Racketeers attempt to gain control of a minor league baseball series.
*Note: Danger starts its third year.

3.02 [105] Danger: THE THREAD OF SCARLETT a.k.a. "The Scarlett Thread"
07Oct1952
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Bramwell Fletcher
Carmen Mathews
Darren McGavin
Philip Bourneuf
Synopsis:
An ailing financier has delusions that his wife is not
being faithful.
Note: Also listed as "The Scarlett Thread." [Long Beach Independent 14Oct52]

3.03 [106] Danger: BUTTONS
14Oct1952
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Mildred Natwick
Don Hamner

3.04 [107] Danger: THE PAY OFF GIRL
21Oct1952
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring

3.05 [108] Danger: CLUB DATE
28Oct1952
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Hildy Parks
Bruce Gordon
Synopsis:
A comic has a photographic mind and is hard put to decide
whether to reveal a criminal and ruin his own career.

[--] Danger
04Nov1952
pre-empted for Election Night Coverage


3.06 [109] Danger: THE FIX
11Nov1952
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
John Forsythe
Georgiana Johnson
E.G. Marshall
Pat O'Malley
Synopsis:
The story tells of a fighter who discovers, on the eve of his bid for a championship,
a blot on his record which threatens his title hopes.

3.07 [110] Danger: THE HANGING JUDGE
18Nov1952
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Thomas Chalmers
Walter Slezak
Synopsis:
A judge brings peace to a small Western town.

3.08 [111] Danger: BOOMERANG
25Nov1952
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Leslie Nielsen
Synopsis:
A story of how fate plays a trick on a homicide bent rogue.

3.09 [112] Danger: THE KING OF THE CONS
02Dec1952
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Walter Slezak
Synopsis:
A good Samaritan's motive arouses suspicion when a hobo
he rehabilitates emerges from his rags as a perfect double of his benefactor.

3.10 [113] Danger: THE GUNMAN
09Dec1952
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
John Baragrey
Synopsis:
A gang fears that it's leader may turn rat when he is confined to a hospital with an incurable illness.

3.11 [114] Danger: THE NEXT STOP, DEATH
16Dec1952
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Richard Kiley
*Note: Lowell Sun listing 16Dec52
"The Man Who Hunted Himself Down"
A spine-tingling drama of a man who committed a crime and a girl who tries to help him.

3.12 [115] Danger: THE MAN WHO TRIED TO KILL CHRISTMAS
23Dec1952 [Brooklyn Daily Eagle]
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring

3.13 [116] Danger: DEATH PULLS NO STRINGS
30Dec1952 [Brooklyn Daily Eagle]
Synopsis:
starring
Chester Morris
Bil Baird
Synopsis:
A struggling magician's friend helps out his dismal act with one of his magicial puppets.

3.14 [117] Danger: DEATH IN A PENTHOUSE
06Jan1953
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Synopsis:
Two amateur burglars make the mistake of picking for their first

3.15 [118] Danger: A SHAWL FOR SYLVIA
13Jan1953
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Synopsis:
The story of a sea captain's widow who becomes romantically
entangled with a smuggler.

3.16 [119] Danger: HONESTLY, IT'S THE BEST POLICY
20Jan1953
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Synopsis:
A postman on a holiday outwits an underworld character wanted for a bank robbery.

3.17 [120] Danger: STAND-IN FOR DEATH
27Jan1953
Written by James P. O'Neill
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Synopsis:
Backstage drama, involving a famous actor, his valet and murder.

3.18 [121] Danger: FOOTFALLS
03Feb1953
Based on a Short Story by Wilbur Daniel Steele
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Walter Slezak
Synopsis:
A blind cobbler tries to clear his son's name of a homicide charge.
*Note: A reimaging of the same play that aired 09Jan1951.

3.19 [122] Danger: THE SECOND CUP
10Feb1953
Directed by Sidney Lumet
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Gene Lyons
Joe Maross
James Westerfield
Irene Vernon
Synopsis:
Chemist plans killing the man who took his job, changes his mind, then has
trouble stopping the plan before it takes effect.

3.20 [123] Danger: SAID THE SPIDER TO THE FLY
17Feb1953
Written by David P. Harmon
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Jack Palance
Synopsis:
A stool pigeon is trapped by brothers of the man he sent to the electric chair.

3.21 [124] Danger: CAGE A KILLER  a.k.a. "Hook Shot".
24Feb1953
Written by Mel Goldberg
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Synopsis:
A tale of a convict who commits a crime on the verge of his discharge from prison.

3.22 [125] Danger: MORTAL ENEMY
03Mar1953
Written by Mel Goldberg
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Thomas Chalmers
Murray Hamilton
Synopsis:
Young publisher thinks he's going mad and becomes convinced he murdered a young girl.

3.23 [126] Danger: DIEGO
10Mar1953
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Joey Walsh
Synopsis:
A Puerto Rican laborer has dreams of wealth and wants to become a basketball player but ends up a crook.

3.24 [127] Danger: WORDS FAIL ME
17Mar1953
Written by Philip Minoff
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Synopsis:
A needy author who "runs dry" of material resorts to plagiarism and spins himself into a tale of danger.

3.25 [128] Danger: CARPOOL
24Mar1953
Written by Jeremy Daniel
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Hildy Parks
William Prince
Synopsis:
A young couple set off for a cross-country trip and take along a man to share expenses of the car.
They do not know the man mentally unstable but when they find out it's danger.

3.26 [129] Danger: INSIDE STRAIGHT
31Mar1953
Written by Jay Presson
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Veronica Lake
Synopsis:
A "dice" girl befriends a lawyer who is fleeing triggermen.
Synopsis 2:
A brassy girl with a soft spot in her heart befriends and gives courage to a young lawyer fleeing from revengeful trigger-men.

3.27 [130] Danger: DEATH AND THE FAMILY JEWELS  a.k.a. "Family Jewels".
07Apr1953
Written by Leslie Slote
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Gary Merrill
Mildred Natwick
Richard Kiley
Synopsis:
A private eye for an insurance company is on the look for a jewelery swindle.
Synopsis 2:
Story about a rich girl, a snooty grandmother, a vanishing necklace and murder.
*Note: This was also actor Gary Merrill's TV debut.

3.28 [131] Danger: NO ROOM
14Apr1953
Written by Maury Stern
Directed by Sidney Lumet
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
James Dean
Martin Kingsley
Irene Vernon
Kate Smith
Synopsis:
Story of a brother who thwarts his kinsman's safe-cracking attempt.

3.29 [132] Danger: HAND-ME-DOWN
21Apr1953
Written by David P. Harmon
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Nina Foch
Walter Matthau
Darren McGavin
Synopsis:
A gangland drama with a strange twist.
A mobster is framed by a girl for having eliminated her old flame, and the only man who
can clear the gangster is a policeman whom he framed and sent to prison.

3.30 [133] Danger: SING FOR YOUR LIFE
28Apr1953
Written by Kate Nickerson
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Johnny Desmond
Synopsis:
The story of a disc jockey and his unwitting involvement with the underworld places him in danger.
*Note: The theme song used by Tony Mottola to introduce "Danger" now has words and will be sung for the first time
when Johnny Desmond makes his acting debut in "Sing For Your Life".

3.31 [134] Danger: LAST STOP BEFORE ALBANY
05May1953
Written by Paul Monash
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
James Gregory
Constance Ford
James Broderick
Synopsis:
A small diner on the road to Albany is caught in the crossfire when two hoodlums who are waiting
for a third man who knows too much show up.

3.32 [135] Danger: SQUEEZE PLAY
12May1953
Written by Alex Furth
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
John Baragrey
Georgann Johnson
Shepperd Strudwick
Synopsis:
A story of corrupt politicians and one man's effort to become crime commissioner.

3.33 [136] Danger: JAM SESSION
19May1953
Written by Mel Goldberg
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Constance Ford
Frank Albertson
John Connell
Synopsis:
The story of a swing band and its efforts to protect one of its members from a jealous gangster.

3.34 [137] Danger: THE SUBPOENA
26May1953
Written by Jeremy Daniel
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Eddie Albert
Hildy Parks
Synopsis:
A witness is intimidated just before testifying in a criminal case.

3.35 [138] Danger: RETURN FLIGHT
02Jun1953
Written by Paul Monash
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Edward Binns
Augusta Dabney
Synopsis:
An American couple seeking to renew their love by means of a second honeymoon in Paris, meet with murder.

3.36 [139] Danger: BORROWED FURS
09Jun1953
Written by Leonard Lesley
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Broderick Crawford
Hildy Parks
Synopsis:
A young furrier on vacation borrows a mink coat for his girl to wear,
only to have gangsters hide their loot in it.

3.37 [140] Danger: THE CIRCUS STORY (tvguide title "The Circus Comedy")
16Jun1953
Written by Alex Furth
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Joseph Wiseman
Reba Tassell
Synopsis:
A young boy visits behind the scenes at a circus and is an innocent spectator as death lurks behind the mask of comedy.

3.38 [141] Danger: OPERATION NIGHTMARE
23Jun1953
Written by Reginald Rose
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Russell Collins
John Kerr
Beverly Dennis
Synopsis:
A young medical student, who can't stand the sight of blood, has to remove a bullet
from a wounded gangster.

3.39 [142] Danger: SURFACE TENSION
30Jun1953
Written by Jay Presson
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
James Gregory
Constance Ford
Synopsis:
The story of a couple's anxiety over a jointly-owned oil well winds up in treachery and deceit.

3.40 [143] Danger: WINDY
07Jul1953 [Brooklyn Daily Eagle]
Producer Charles Russell
Directed by Sidney Lumet
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Rod Steiger
Georgianne Johnson
Synopsis:
An adolescent, eager to impress, tells one tall tale too many when he convinces a gang leader that he knows too much for his own good.
Synopsis 2:
A moving story of a young roughneck and his search for recognition by posing as a witness to a dockfront murder.
*Note: This was the next to last show for CBS's top producer-director team, Charles Russell and Sidney Lumet,
who have made "Danger" the outstanding half-hour live drama show on television.

3.41 [144] Danger: THE PRODIGAL RETURN
14Jul1953
Producer Charles Russell
Directed by Sidney Lumet
Written by J. Daniel
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Leo Penn
Polly Rowles
Synopsis:
A mother learns of her son's murder and plays hostess to a boy claiming to be his friend.
Synopsis 2:
Story of a young pianist trying to avoid a gambling syndicate and save his life.

3.42 [145] Danger: TRIAL BY JUNGLE
21Jul1953
Written by Robert Esson
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Richard Kiley
William Prince
Henry Hull
Synopsis:
Set in an African jungle, the story unfolds as explorers search for lost mines
when an unexpected turn of events makes them search for human truths.

3.43 [146] Danger: THE MISSING NIGHT
28Jul1953
Written by Reginald Rose
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Leslie Nielsen
Norma Connolly
Synopsis:
A man goes on a drinking binge and on the morning-after when the only thing remaining in his memory is a woman's name.

3.44 [147] Danger: I'LL BE WAITING
04Aug1953
Producer Franklin Heller
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Art Carney
Dorothy Hart
Synopsis:
A beautiful blonde keeps a dangerous vigil in a hotel lobby and a house detective finds his brother managing both.

3.45 [148] Danger: COOKIE'S TOUR
11Aug1953 [Brooklyn Daily Eagle]
Producer Franklin Heller
Directed by John Peyser
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Jackie Miles
Jim Nolan
Leonard Bell
*Note: Producer Franklin Heller took nightclub comic Jackie Miles to be the lead in the show "Cookie's Tour", just like he did with Art Carney.

3.46 [149] Danger: LETTER OF THANKS
18Aug1953
Written by A.J. Russell
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Ed Begley
Kevin McCarthy
Henrietta Moore

3.47 [150] Danger: DEATH IS MY NEIGHBOR
25Aug1953
Producer Franklin Heller
Written by Frank Gregory
Directed by John Peyser
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Walter Hampden ..... Mr. Clemens
James Dean ....... JB
Betsy Palmer ....... Netta
Frank Marth ........ Walter
Andrew Duggan ........ Detective
Richard Bull .......... Policeman
Synopsis:
A superintendent of a New York apartment house whose home and position are innocently threatened by a new tenant.

3.48 [151] Danger: THE INNOCENT AND THE GUILTY
01Sep1953
Written by Mel Goldberg
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Lili Darvas
Jerome Thor
Synopsis:
It is the story of two brothers, one a lawyer for a syndicate who despite his shady underworld connections has never crossed the line
of legality and his younger brother, a graduate medical student whose future is jeopardized by the other's reputation.

3.49 [152] Danger: THE BOYS ON THE CORNER
08Sep1953
Written by Mory
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Robert Preston
Madeleine Sherwood

3.50 [153] Danger: FIVE MINUTES TO DIE
15Sep1953
29Sep1953 [Long Beach Independent]
Written by Paul Monash
Host/Narrator Richard Stark
starring
Steve Allen
Jayne Meadows
Synopsis:
An orchestra leader is suspected of murder after an accidental killing in a small town.

[--] Danger
22Sep1953
pre-empted for special one hour "See It Now" program.

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