CTVA US Anthology - "The David Niven Show" (Four Star/NBC)(Summer 1959)

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The David Niven Show

a.k.a. "The David Niven Theatre"
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive

http://ctva.biz/index.htm

with contributions by: Rina Fox, Sal Crisanti
references:
Library of Congress (telnet://locis.loc.gov)
Internet Movie Database (http://us.imdb.com)
UCLA Film and Television Archive

Four Star-Amalfi production

for

NBC (Tuesdays)

Produced by Vincent M. Fennelly

 

US Drama Anthology series 1959 13 episodes x 30 min bw   (07Apr59 - 15Sep59)

 

Hosted by David Niven
Premise

Summer Replacement Anthology series featuring Original Dramas.

 

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NBC Tuesdays (07Apr59-15Sep59)

 

[01] The David Niven Show: FORTUNE'S FOLLY

Four Star prod. no. 6902

07Apr59 NBC Tue

Guest cast:

Cameron Mitchell ....... Hal Shattuck

Gail Kobe ........ Ellie Shattuck

Mark Rodney ....... Joey Shattuck

Bill Erwin ....... Cashier

Herb Ellis ....... Salesman
Synopsis:
Hal Shattuck is a man with a weakness - he can't stop gambling. His wife Ellie gives

up on their marriage and heads for Reno to get a divorce. Hoping to change Ellie's

mind, Hal sets out for Reno. [RF]

 

[02] The David Niven Show: FORTUNE TELLING COOKIE (verified on film)

 (title according to David Niven's introduction)
(aka LIFELINE)

Four Star prod. no. 6904

14Apr59 NBC Tue

Produced by Vincent M. Fennelly

Directed by Robert Florey

Teleplay by Alfred Brenner/ Story by Jack Patrick.

Guest Cast:

Don Taylor ....... Steve

With:
Chris White........... Barbara
Richard Erdman........ Bobo
Isobel Elsom.......... Madame Cecile
John Mitchum.......... The Sailor (uncredited)

*
Production Executive ... Frank Baur
Editorial Supervisor .... Bernard Burton
Supervising Art Director ... Bill Ross
*
Director of Photography ... Chas E. Burke
Production Manager ...... Jack Sonntag
Edited by ........ Samuel E. Beetley, A.C.E.
Music Supervision ..... Earle Dearth
Assistant Director .... James W. Lane
Art Director .... Jan M. Van Tamelen
Sound ........ Donald S. McKay
*
Set Decoration ..... Budd S. Friend & Armor E. Goetten
Sound Effects ..... Norval Crutcher, Jr.
Makeup Artist ...... Robert J. Schiffer
Wardrobe by ...... Robert B. Harris
Casting ......... Marjory McKay
*

Synopsis 1:

A Criminal on the run seeks refuge in an amusement park with a fortune

teller who's a relative of his. [SC]

Synopsis 2:

Steve always looking for easy money, stops off at the amusement pier

to see his aunt a fortuneteller. [RF]

 

[03] The David Niven Show: BACKTRACK

Four Star-Amalfi prod. no. 6906
21Apr59 NBC Tue
Produced by Vincent M. Fennelly
Written by Gene Levitt
Directed by Lewis Allen
Starring:
Frank Lovejoy ......... Paul Nelson
With:
Dorothy Green ......... Anne Nelson
Stacy Harris .......... Frank Mace
Kasey Rogers .......... Carol MacLane
Nestor Paiva .......... Anton Pickman
Bill Joyce ............ Burt Anderson (Assistant D.A.)
Richard Benedict ...... Ferris
*
Production Executive ....... Frank Baur
Editorial Supervisor ....... Bernard Burton
Supervising Art Director ... Bill Ross
*
Director of Photography .... Chas E. Burke
Production Manager ......... Jack Sonntag
Edited by .................. Samuel E. Beetley, A.C.E.
Music Supervision .......... Earle Dearth
Assistant Director ......... James W. Lane
Art Director ............... Jan M. Van Tamelen
Sound ...................... Donald S. McKay
*
Set Decoration ............. Budd S. Friend & Armor E. Goetten
Sound Effects .............. Norval Crutcher, Jr.
Makeup Artist .............. Robert J. Schiffer
Wardrobe by ................ Robert B. Harris
Casting .................... Marjory McKay  [DM]

*
*********** No Synopsis ************

 

[04] The David Niven Show: THE PROMISE (verified on film)

Four Star prod. no. 6910

05May59 NBC Tue

Produced by Vincent M. Fennelly
Written by Leonard Freeman
Directed by Thomas Carr
Starring:
Eddie Albert .......... Adam Winter
With:
Fay Wray .............. Allison
Fay Baker ............. Sarah Winter
Rhys Williams ......... Papa Warcheck
Wright King ........... David
Clinton Sundberg ...... Dean
*
Director of Photography ... George Diskant, A.S.C.
*
Production Executive ... Frank Baur
Editorial Supervisor .... Bernard Burton
Supervising Art Director ... Bill Ross
*
Production Manager ...... Jack Sonntag
Edited by ........ Folmar Blangsted
Music Supervision ..... Earle Dearth
Assistant Director .... James W. Lane
Art Director .... Jan M. Van TAmelen
Sound ........ Eugene Grossman
*
Set Decoration ..... Budd S. Friend & Pat Delaney
Sound Effects ..... Norval Crutcher, Jr.
Makeup Artist ...... Webster C. Philips, A.S.A.
Wardrobe by ...... Robert B. Harris
Casting ......... Marjory McKay [DM]
*
*********** No Synopsis ************
 

[05] The David Niven Show: THE TWIST OF THE KEY (verified on film)

Four Star prod. no. 6914
12May59 NBC Tue
Produced by Vincent M. Fennelly
Written by Hank Moonjean
Directed by Donald McDougall
Starring:
Anne Francis ........ Marna Edwards (NOT Maria)
With:
John Dehner ......... Tom Edwards
Edward Kemmer ....... Eddie
Joan Banks .......... Nora
*
Production Executive ....... Frank Baur
Editorial Supervisor ....... Bernard Burton
Supervising Art Director ... Bill Ross
*
Director of Photography .... Joseph F. Biroc, A.S.C.
Production Manager ......... Jack Sonntag
Edited by .................. Sherman Todd, A.C.E.
Music Supervision .......... Earle Dearth
Assistant Director ......... Howard Joslin
Art Director ............... Jan M. Van Tamelen
Sound ...................... Woodruff H. Clarke
*
Set Decoration ............. Budd S. Friend & Mal Mulcahy
Sound Effects .............. Norval Crutcher, Jr.
Makeup Artist .............. Stanley Smith
Wardrobe by ................ Robert B. Harris
Casting ................... Marjory McKay  [DM]
*

*********** No Synopsis ************

 

[06] The David Niven Show: A DAY OF SMALL MIRACLES (verified on film)

Four Star prod. no. 6912
19May59 NBC Tue
Produced by Vincent M. Fennelly
Written by Leonard Praskins
Directed by Lewis Allen
Starring:
Eddie Bracken ........ Merlin
With:
Alan Reed ............ Ben Gross
Linda Watkins ........ Floss
Peter Leeds .......... Actor
Don Beddoe ........... Doctor
Herbert Anderson ..... Dave
Casey Adams .......... Big Guy
Jonathan Hole ........ Gus
*
Production Executive ....... Frank Baur
Editorial Supervisor ....... Bernard Burton
Supervising Art Director ... Bill Ross
*
Director of Photography .... Guy Roe, A.S.C.
Production Manager ......... Jack Sonntag
Edited by .................. Samuel E. Beetley, A.C.E.
Music Supervision .......... Earle Dearth
Assistant Director ......... Howard Joslin
Art Director ............... Jan M. Van TAmelen
Sound ...................... Don Rush
*
Set Decoration ............. Budd S. Friend & Mal Mulcahy
Sound Effects .............. Norval Crutcher, Jr.
Makeup Artist .............. Carlie Taylor
Wardrobe by ................ Robert B. Harris
Casting ................... Marjory McKay [DM]
*
*********** No Synopsis ************
 

[07] The David Niven Show: THE LADY FROM WINNETKA

Four Star prod. no. 6918
26May59 (rebroadcast 18Aug59)
Hosted by David Niven
Guest cast:
Joanne Dru ........... Ellen Baird
Jacques Bergerac ..... Tavo
Eduardo Ciannelli .... Bartalli
Carleton G. Young .... Mr. Baird

Synopsis:
Vacationing on a Mediterranean isle, Ellen Baird and her husband hire the

suave Tavo as their guide. Then Baird leaves for England on business, and Ellen

remains behind, hoping to find with Tavo the romance her staid marriage lacks. [RF]

 

[08] The David Niven Show: THE LAST ROOM (verified on film)

Four Star prod. no. 6916
02Jun59 NBC Tue
Produced by Vincent M. Fennelly
Written by Frederick J. Lipp
Directed by Lewis Allen
*
Starring:
David Niven .......... Inquisitor
With:
Eduard Franz ......... Prisoner Anton Helg (NOT Heig)
John Hoyt ............ Superior
Michael Fox .......... Aide
Norbert Schiller ..... Concierge
And:
Susan Oliver .......... Ilsa
*
Director of Photography ... George Diskant, A.S.C.
*
Production Executive ....... Frank Baur
Editorial Supervisor ....... Bernard Burton
Supervising Art Director ... Bill Ross
*
Production Manager ......... Jack Sonntag
Edited by .................. Samuel E. Beetley, A.C.E
Music Supervision .......... Harry King
Assistant Director ......... James W. Lane
Art Director ............... Jan M. Van TAmelen
Sound ...................... Eugene Grossman
*
Set Decoration ............. Budd S. Friend & Pat Delaney
Sound Effects .............. James Graham
Makeup Artist .............. Karl Herlinger
Wardrobe by ................ Robert B. Harris
Casting ................... Marjory McKay
*
*********** No Synopsis ************
 

[09] The David Niven Show: MAGGIE MALONE

(unsold Drama pilot)

Four Star prod. no. 6908
09Jun59 NBC Tue
Produced by Vincent M. Fennelly
Guest Cast:
Julie London ......... Maggie Malone
Steve Brodie ......... Pete
Stacy Harris ......... Frank Dennison
Regis Toomey ......... Andy Cullen
Norbert Schiller ..... Doctor
John Wilder .......... Thug
(* could this be the same John Wilder who produced
"The Streets of San Francisco" series in 1972?)
Synopsis:

The story of Maggie Malone, a singer who is also part owner, with

Pete, of a successful nightclub. [DM]

 

[10] The David Niven Show: PORTRAIT

Four Star prod. no. 6920
16Jun59 NBC Tue
Guest cast:
Carolyn Jones ........ Gina
James Best ........... Private Boland
Joseph Turkel ........ Private Menotti
Otto Waldis .......... Max
Robert Nichols ....... Private Dennis
 

[11] The David Niven Show: STICKS AND STONES

Four Star prod. no. 6922
23Jun59 NBC Tue
Guest cast:
John Ericson ......... Twist Thompson
Peggy McCay .......... Ann Thompson
Jesse White .......... Paul Reisner
Mort Mills ........... Police Lt. O'Brien
 

[12] The David Niven Show: THE VENGEANCE

Four Star prod. no. 6924
30Jun59 NBC Tue
Directed by Donald McDougall
Written by John Robinson
Guest Cast:
Dan Duryea ........... Mark Johnson
Dorothy Green ........ Ruth Johnson
Adam Williams ........ George Hilton
Robin Warga .......... Skipper
Wright King .......... Harry Nichols
Tol Avery ............ Vance Jefferson
Hugh Sanders ......... Harry
Russ Bender .......... The Detective

Synopsis:

Justice Of The Peace Mark Johnson is stalked by an

escaped killer who put him in prison. [RF]

 

[13] The David Niven Show: THE GOOD DEED

(unsold Drama Pilot) (proposed series title "Gentry's People")

Four Star prod. no. 6926
07Jul59 NBC Tue
Produced by Vincent M. Fennelly
Directed by Thomas Carr
Written by John Robinson
Guest cast:
Keefe Brasselle ...... Gentry
James Best ........... Frank Simms
Virginia Gregg ....... Hazel (IMDB has Virginia Grey)
Jay C. Flippen ....... Sgt. Nelson
Jeanette Nolan ....... Mrs. Simms
Synopsis:

A LOS ANGELES NEWSPAPERMAN KNOWN FOR HIS SENSE OF FAIRNESS IS ASKED TO

NEGOTIATE THE SURRENDER OF A FUGITIVE COP-KILLER WHO'S AFRAID THE POLICE

WILL SHOOT HIM ON SIGHT INSTEAD OF TAKEN ALIVE. [SC]

 

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