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 Season 2 (CBS) (1959-60)
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by:  Rina Fox, Tom Alger
references:
TV Guide / Library of Congress (telnet://locis.loc.gov)
Internet Movie Database (http://us.imdb.com)
UCLA Film and Television Archive / Writers Guild of America (wga)


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2.01 [--] Desilu Playhouse: A DIAMOND FOR CARLA

14Sep1959 CBS Mon

Written by Will Lorin

Story by Sonya Roberts

Directed by Claudio Guzman

Guest Cast:

Anna Maria Alberghetti ....... Carla

Carla Alberghetti ....... Maria

Armand Alzamora ....... Felipe

Argentina Brunetti ....... Elena

Laurie Carroll ....... Teresa

Henry Corden ........ Jose

Johnny Desmond ....... Mateo

Chana Eden ....... Rosa

Elaine Edwards ....... Betty Wilson

Wesley Lau ....... Jerry Wilson

Frank Puglia ....... Esteban Robalo

Robert Strauss ...... Fishhead

Lili Valenty ....... Petronela Robalo

Synopsis:

An orphaned girl living on a remote Caribbean Island is in love with a shy young man.

 But her foster father wants her to marry a middle-aged fishmonger.  [RF]
Songs

"Fountain of Dreams" -Anna Maria

"For the Love of You" -Anna Maria, Desmond

"Amigos" -Anna Maria, Strauss

"Trousseau" -Carroll

"Diamond For Carla" -chorus
* Note Sammy Fain and Paul Francis Webster wrote the songs.

 

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New Day -  Oct 1959-Jun 1960 CBS Fridays 9:00-10:00pm
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[--] The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour: No. 11 "Milton Berle Hides out at the Ricardo's"
25Sep59 CBS Fri

 

2.02 [--] Desilu Playhouse: THE DAY THE TOWN STOOD UP

02-Oct-1959 CBS Fri

Written by Allen H. Miner & Lowell Barrington
Directed by Allen H. Miner

Guest Cast:

Joseph Cotten ....... Black McSween

James Gregory ....... Martin Burke

Virginia Grey ....... Zelda

Clu Gulager ....... Young Vix

Barbara Stuart ..... Reva
Peter Whitney ...... Nameless
Theodore Newton .... Doc
Alberto Morin ...... Barber

Synopsis:
An itinerant philosopher challenges an arrogant bandit. [RF]

Synopsis 2:
An itinerant philosopher challenges a psychopathic young

outlaw who rules the population of a small Western town. [RF]

 

[--] 09-Oct-1959 CBS Fri  -  Red Skelton Special
with Burl Ives, Tommy Sands, Rhonda Fleming, Lionel Hampton and James Arness.
 

2.03 [--] Desilu Playhouse: SIX GUNS FOR DONEGAN

16-Oct-1959 CBS Fri

Written by John Mantley

Directed by Douglas Heyes

Guest Cast:

Lloyd Nolan ....... Orville Darrow

James Franciscus ........ Clay Darrow

Jean Hagen ...... Hilda Darrow

Jack Elam ....... Clinton

Harry Townes ....... Charlie

Paul Genge ......... Grimm
George Keymas ...... Rattles

Synopsis:
An aging sheriff risks death to protect the town weakling  from the vengeance of an outlaw band. [RF]

 

[--] 23-Oct-1959 CBS Fri - Rerun of  Desilu Playhouse #1.23 "Perilous" (first aired 22Jun1959 CBS Mon)

 

2.04 [--] Desilu Playhouse: SO TENDER, SO PROFANE

prod. 5101-26 (copyright date 16Jul59 Thur)

30-Oct-1959 CBS Fri

Written by Adrian Spies
Directed by Jerry Thorpe

Guest Host, George Murphy

Guest Cast:

Desi Arnaz ......... Luis Martinez
Barbara Luna ....... Emelia
Pedro Armendáriz ... Silvera
Adele Mara ......... Francesca
Margo .............. Mrs. Silvera
Mario Alcalde ...... Amoyo
Wendell Holmes ..... Lt. Holson
Salvador Baguez .... Alvarez

Synopsis:
Cuban-born Luis Martinez lives happily in Florida with his family. A peace-loving man

Luis is disturbed when he hears that his sister plans an extended visit with them. [RF]

 

2.05 [--] Desilu Playhouse: COME BACK TO SORRENTO

06-Nov-1959 CBS Fri

Written by Joseph Petracca
Directed by James Sheldon
Hosted by Desi Arnaz
Guest Cast:
Marisa Pavan ....... Maria
Robert Loggia ...... Patsy

Virginia Vincent ... Angelina
Frank London ....... Renzo
Steven Peck ........ Guido
Paul Picerni ....... Funzy
Synopsis 1:
An Italian immigrant girl finds love in Brooklyn. [RF]
Synopsis 2:
Maria, a young Italian girl, arrives in New York to live with her brother. Maria finds

that her brother has no money, so she goes to work in a dress factory. In the young Italian

who has one burning desire to return to Sorrento and become a farmer. [RF]

 Synopsis 3:
An Italian immigrant settles in Brooklyn and falls in love with a factory worker who dreams of returning to Sorrento.
 

2.06 [--] Desilu Playhouse: BORDER JUSTICE

13-Nov-1959 CBS Fri

Written by Lowell Barrington & Albert Ruben
Directed by Claudio Guzman
Guest Cast:
Gilbert Roland ..... El Patron
Neile Adams ........ Lupe
Bruce Gordon ....... Bolton
Rita Lynn .......... Elena
Barton MacLane ..... Wentworth
Armand Alzamora .... Ramon

Synopsis:
A Mexican law officer challenges a cattle baron. [RF]

Synopsis 2:
A Mexican-born sheriff is a marked man after he clashes with

a ruthless cattle baron over the mistreatment of hired help. [RF]

 

2.07 [--] Desilu Playhouse: LEPKE

20-Nov-1959 CBS Fri

Written by Adrian Spies
Directed by Jerry Thorpe
Walter Winchell, Narrator
Guest Cast:
Lloyd Bridges ..... Allie Stein
Joseph Wiseman .... Lepke Buchalter
Sam Jaffe ......... Yonkers

 Caren Lenay ....... Elsa
Mike Kellin ....... Mart

Synopsis:
The downfall of the chief of Murder Inc.

Synopsis 2:
An ex-prize fighter joins racketeer Lepke Buchalter's gang then falls in love with a girl seeking vengeance on Buchalter. [ED]

 

 [--] The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour: No.12 "The Ricardo's Go to Japan"
27Nov59 CBS Fri

 

2.08 [--] Desilu Playhouse: THE HANGING JUDGE

04-Dec-1959 CBS Fri

Directed by Buzz Kulik
Guest Cast:
James Whitmore ..... Judge Lee Anderson
Jean Hagen ......... Nora Anderson
Buddy Ebsen ........ Bret
Warren Berlinger ... George
Parley Baer ........ Gaunt
Vivi Janiss ........ Mrs. Downey
John McIntire ...... Downey

Cindy Robbins ...... Alice
Harry Dean Stanton . Rafe Daniels

Synopsis:
A short time after Judge Anderson and his family arrive in town, Anderson's daughter is attacked

 and killed. Anderson uses the power of his office to wreak his vengeance on the town. [RF]

Synopsis 2:
When his daughter is murdered, a grief-crazed judge launches a terrifying vendetta against an entire town. [RF]

 

2.09 [--] Desilu Playhouse: MURDER IN GRATITUDE

11-Dec-1959 CBS Fri   (Rerun on  Kraft Mystery Theatre: #2.15  19Sep62)

Written by William Templeton

Directed by Jerry Thorpe
Guest Cast:

Trevor Howard ...... Dr. Derek Lester
Robert Coote ....... Terry
Patricia Driscoll .. Lillian
Robin Hughes ....... Gerald Lester
Lisa Montell ....... Simone
Alberto Morin ...... Police Inspector
Michael Pate ....... Howard
Synopsis:
A doctor unmasks his brother's killer.

Synopsis 2:
A doctor uncovers a tangled web of intrigue, murder and revenge

when he investigates the mysterious death of his recently married brother. [RF]

 Synopsis 3:
After the reception for Gerald Lester's wedding, his brother Derek  and a few close associates board a train with the
newlyweds. During the trip Gerald suddenly becomes ill and dies - and Derek is convinced his brother was poisoned. [RF]

 

[--] 18-Dec-1959 CBS Fri  - Rerun of The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour: #8: Lucy & Desi in Alaska, with Red Skelton
(first aired  9Feb59 CBS)

 

2.10 [--] Desilu Playhouse: THE DESILU REVUE

25-Dec-1959 CBS Fri

Written by Bob Schiller, Bob Weiskopf
Directed by Claudio Guzman

Guest Cast:

Desi Arnaz, Lucille Ball

Majel Barrett, John Bromfield

Spring Byington, Rory Calhoun

Janice Carroll, Carole Cook

Georgine Darcy, William Demarest

William Frawley, Hedda Hopper

Dick Kallman, Gary Menteer

George Murphy, Hugh O'Brian

Bob Osborne, Roger Perry

Ann Sothern, Mark Tobin

Vivian Vance

Synopsis:
Lucille Ball presents a review showcasing the members of her 

Desilu Workshop Theater for aspiring performers. [RF]
Highlights:
"I Still Remember" ........... Lovell
"Be By You" .................. All
"Hip to the Blues" ........... Darcy, Antes, Menteer, Perry, Barran, Storm, Tobin
"Summertime Is Summertime" ... All
"So Easy to Please" .......... Antes, Darcy
"Bandstand Review" ........... Osborne, Kallman
"I'm Only Happy When I'm Singing the Blues ..... Cook, Kallman

 

[--] 01-Jan-1960  CBS Fri  -  Eyewitness to History
Summary of the important news events of 1959.

[--] 08-Jan-1960  CBS Fri  - Rerun of
The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour: #7  Lucy and Danny Thomas
(first aired 1Dec58)
 
[--] 15-Jan-1960  CBS Fri  -  National Rodeo Finals in Dallas
 

2.11 [--] Desilu Playhouse: MEETING AT APALACHIN

22-Jan-1960 CBS Fri

Written by Adrian Spies

Directed by Joseph M. Newman
Narrated by Bob Considine
Guest cast:
Jack Warden ........ Joe Rogarti

Luther Adler ....... Sal Raimondi
Cara Williams ...... Midge Rospond

Cameron Mitchell ... Gino Rospond

Arthur Batanides ... Vince
Frank Behrens ...... Ed Croswell
Edith Claire ....... Jean
Nick Georgiade ..... Tommy
Johnny Seven ....... Lou Varni
Joseph Sullivan .... Lieutenant Hovlick
Synopsis:
A detective unmasks the head of a crime syndicate.

Synopsis 2:
A detective pursues key underworld leaders to a secret Mafia meeting in a small New York town. [RF]

 

[--] 29-Jan-1960  CBS Fri  -  Playhouse: The Fifth Column

 
 [--] 05-Feb-1960  CBS Fri - Rerun of
The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour: #1  Lucy Goes to Havana
(first aired 06Nov57 CBS)

[--] 12-Feb-1960  CBS Fri  -  Dillinger: A Year to Kill
with Ralph Meeker in a dramatic re-creation of the capture and shooting of John Dillinger.
 

2.12 [--] Desilu Playhouse: THUNDER IN THE NIGHT

19-Feb-1960 CBS Fri  (Rerun on  Kraft Mystery Theatre: #2.11  22Aug62)

Written by Sheldon Reynolds & Ray Allen
Directed by Sheldon Reynolds
Guest cast:

Desi Arnaz ......... Chris Hunter
Akim Tamiroff ...... Captain Farago
Rod Taylor ......... Bob Carter
George Macready .... Paul Reuter
Marion Marshall .... Ronnie Portman
Massimo Serato ..... Wilnow
Sidney Clute ....... Mike
Eugene Deckers ..... Nico
Alex Revides ....... Billy
Philo Hauser ....... Old Man
Tito Vosberg ....... Killer
Tiberio Mitri ...... Chang
Michael Medwin ..... Handsome
Graeme Bruce ....... Hanley
Abramov ............ Balalaika

Synopsis:
In a city in North Africa the sale of counterfeit American passports continues unchecked.

 United States agent Bob Carter steps up the investigating activities and asks his

friend Chris Hunter, owner of gambling casino, to help him trap the racketeers.

Synopsis 2:
Government agents set out to smash a North African counterfeiting

gang that prints fake American passports. [RF]
*Note: This episode was filmed entirely in and around Rome, Italy.  [RF]

 

[--] 26-Feb-1960  CBS Fri  -  Olympic Winter Games

 

[--] 04Mar60 CBS Fri - Rerun of The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour: #6  Lucy Goes to Mexico
(first aired  6 Oct58)
 
[--] 11-Mar-1960  CBS Fri 

[--] Manhattan: "If I Should Die ..."
Written by Anthony Spinner with Cliff Robertson, Dina Merrill and Gene Raymond.
 

2.13 [--] Desilu Playhouse: CIRCLE OF EVIL

18-Mar-1960 CBS Fri   (Rerun on  Kraft Mystery Theatre: #2.16  26Sep62)

Written by Robert Blees

Directed by Jerry Thorpe

Guest cast:

Hugh O'Brian ....... Murray Kirk
Felicia Farr ....... Ruth Vincent
Joe De Santis ...... La Scalzo

Robert Clarke ...... Wiley Carson
Ken Clark .......... Lundeen

Mickey Simpson ..... Turkey Watson
O.Z. Whitehead ..... Charley Welsh

Mason Curry ........ Storekeeper

Synopsis:

A private eye proves his client's guilt in a bribery indictment. [RF]

 

[--] 25-Mar-1960  CBS Fri 

[--] Ernest Hemingway's play "The Snows of Kilimanjaro"
adapted by A.E. Hotchner starring Robert Ryan, Ann Todd, Mary Astor, Janice Rule and James Gregory.
 

[--] The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour: No.13 "The Redhead Meets the Mustache" (final episode)
01Apr60 CBS Fri

 

[--] 08-Apr-1960  CBS Fri  -  Salute to American Theatre (repeat)
 

2.14 [--] Desilu Playhouse: THE MAN IN THE FUNNY SUIT

Prod. number 5999-51  /  15-Apr-1960 CBS Fri

written and Directed by Ralph Nelson

director of photography Sid Hickox

Guest Cast:

Ed Wynn ............ Himself
Keenan Wynn ........ Himself
Rod Serling ........ Himself
Red Skelton ........ Himself
Bob Mathias ........ Himself
Ralph Nelson ....... Himself
Maxie Rosenbloom ... Himself

Joey Faye .......... Latecomer
William Roerick .... Martin Manulis
Maxine Stuart ...... Sharley Wynn
William Walker ..... Porter
Ned Glass .......... Ed Wynn's Understudy
Charlene Glazer .... Secretary
Robin Blake ........ Script Girl

Drew Handley

Seymour Burns

Synopsis:

An old comedian tries to make a comeback. [RF]

Synopsis 2:
A true story of the backstage tensions enveloping Ed's dramatic debut in "Requiem for a Heavyweight."

Ed and Keenan Wynn fight it out as a real-life father-and-son team when The Man in the Funny Suit looks into the
 backstage squabbles during the  production of Rod Serling's award-winning teleplay, Requiem for a Heavyweight.

Even Rod Serling plays himself. [RF]
 

[--] Playhouse 90: Journey to the Day
22Apr1960  CBS Fri [NYT]

[--]  29Apr60 CBS Fri  - Rerun  of 
The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour #10: Lucy's Summer Vacation
(first aired 8Jun59 CBS Mon)

[--] Arthur Godfrey Show
06May1960 CBS Fri [NYT]
Jackie Gleason is guest taped in New York, Boston, Jamaica, British West Indies and Virginia.

2.15 [--] Desilu Playhouse: CITY IN BONDAGE

13-May-1960 CBS Fri

Written by Adrien Spies

Directed by Claudio Guzman

Guest Cast:

Ed Begley ......... Becker
Barry Sullivan .... Whitman
Jack Weston ........ Rosenthal
Lawrence Dobkin .... Simonson
Kevin Hagen ........ Gilbert
Robert Ellenstein... Rose

Synopsis 1:
A district attorney exposes a much-loved policeman.
Synopsis 2:
Police Lieutenant Becker is known in New York City as a brilliant and honest cop.

 But District Attorney Whitman has a hunch that the Becker legend is phony. [RF]

Synopsis 3:
An ambitious district attorney bent on exploding the myth about

New York City's most admired policeman, makes many enemies along the way. [RF]

 

 [--] Post Summit Report
20May1960 CBS Fri [NYT]

[--] Thrills of the 1960 Circus
27May1960 CBS Fri [NYT]
Bert Parks hosts specialty acts from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

[--] 03Jun60 CBS Fri  - Rerun of
The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour #11 : Lucy Meets Milton Berle
   (first aired 25Sep59 CBS Fri)

2.16 [--] Desilu Playhouse: MURDER IS A PRIVATE AFFAIR (final episode)

10-Jun-1960 CBS Fri (rerun 28Apr63)   (Rerun on  Kraft Mystery Theatre: #2.7  25Jul1962 NBC)

Written by Frank Fenton & Lawrence Resner

Directed by Earl Bellamy

Guest Cast:

David Brian ........ Bleek
Dina Merrill ....... Aline Lincoln
Adam West .......... Johnny Cinderella
Myrna Hansen ....... Ingrid
Hal Baylor ......... Hinkle
Kam Tong ........... Jung Lu
Peter Adams ........ Bannister

Barbara Hines ...... Jan

Jack Weston ..... Frankie

 Synopsis 1:
A wealthy retired gambler helps a frightened heiress. [RF]
Synopsis 2:
Life looks bleak for Bleek, a one-time gambling czar who is now ailing and bored with his lot. Then the
daughter of an old friend asks for his help. She thinks her husband is plotting to murder her. [RF]
Synopsis 3:
A retired gambling czar sends his handsome henchman to protect an heiress whose husband is out to murder her. [RF]
*Note: This episode was originally titled Johnny Cinderella.

 

[--] CBS Reports: "Berlin: End of the Line"
17Jun1960  CBS Fri  [NYT]
Edward R. Murrow narrator interviews West German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer and the Mayor of West Berlin Willy Brandt.

[--] "Dillinger - A Year to Kill"
24Jun1960 [repeat] CBS Fri [NYT]

 

Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse (Unknown Airdates)

 

Some episodes were rerun on "Kraft Mystery Theatre" (season 2) (NBC Summer 1962)
 

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