CTVA US Anthology - "Fireside Theatre" (ZIV/NBC) Season 7 (1954-55)

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 Season 7 (NBC) (1954-55)
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by:  Rina Fox
references:
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US Network Schedules  1954-1955


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NBC Tuesdays 9:00-9:30pm Eastern (30min)
Host Gene Raymond (verified #7.1)
 

7.01 [--] Fireside Theatre: CRUSADE WITHOUT CONSCIENCE
07Sep54
Hosted by Gene Raymond
cast
Walter Coy ......... Judge Galt
Frances Rafferty ... Marcia
Ross Elliott ....... Steve
Tom Powers ......... Thor
Synopsis:
The nephews of a judge are held hostage by members of the Communist Party

 in an effort to force the court to acquit a "fellow traveler".  [RF]

 

7.02 [--] Fireside Theatre: SMOKE AND FIRE
14Sep54
cast
Randy Stuart ....... Kathie
Dan Barton ......... Johnny
Robert Sherman ..... Richard
Louise Lorimer ..... Sheila
William Forrest .... James
Synopsis:
Gossip turns a girl's visit to New York into a scandal in her home town. [RF]

 

7.03 [--] Fireside Theatre: SECOND ELOPEMENT
21Sep54
cast
Virginia Field
Wilton Graff
Mary Forbes
Jonathan Hale
Synopsis:
A youthful looking matron reconsiders her decision

to marry a distinguished diplomat. [RF]

Synopsis 2:
Just before her marriage to a staid diplomat, a young matron goes

 back to see her irresponsible and romantic ex-husband.
*Syndication airing on Top Plays August 31, 1960.

7.04 [--] Fireside Theatre: AFRAID TO LIVE

28Sep54  NBC Tue

cast

Thomas Mitchell
Dorothy Malone
Synopsis:
A wise old man having achieved, on an island in the Fiji group,

the inner peace and contentment, is called upon for advice. [RF]
 

7.05 [--] Fireside Theatre: MEMBER OF THE JURY

05Oct54 NBC Tue

cast

John Banner ....... Josef Novak

Norbert Schiller

Kaaren Verne

 

7.06 [--] Fireside Theatre: THE REIGN OF AMELIKA JOE

12Oct54 NBC Tue

Short story by John W. Vandercook published in The Saturday Evening Post, May 1 1948
Based on actual events reported by writer James Edwards
starring
James Edwards
Synopsis:
The story of an American seaman who comes to the Solomon Islands

and radically changes the native's way of life. [RF]

Synopsis 2:
An American sailor completely changes the natives' way of life

on a remote island in the Solomons.
Syndication airing on Stars in the Night on 01Nov56.
 

*NOTE: TV Guide magazine remarked that the program was "probably the

first all-Negro show ever to go out over the network."

 

7.07 [--] Fireside Theatre: THE MAN WHO SOLD HIMSELF

19Oct54 NBC Tue

starring
Dan Barton
Betty Lynn
Synopsis:
A man auctions off himself as a laborer for a full year to the

highest bidder in order to leave his small town life for the big city.

 

7.08 [--] Fireside Theatre:  THE WIFE WHO LIVE TWICE
26Oct54 NBC Tue
starring
Marisa Pavan
John Hudson
Synopsis:
After the death of his wife in a car accident, her husband allows the

doctors to transplant her corneas to a young woman who will

be able to see her husband for the first time.
 

7.09 [--] Fireside Theatre: THANK YOU, DR. RUSSELL
02Nov54 NBC Tue
starring
Rhys Williams
Barbara Brown
Tommy Cook
Synopsis:
The headmaster of a private school teaches the spoiled

son of a wealthy man lessons on humility.

Synopsis 2:
A rich man's son learns that money can't buy everything.

 

7.10 [--] Fireside Theatre: LOST PERSPECTIVE
09Nov54 NBC Tue
starring
Rhys Williams
Ian MacDonald
Synopsis:
After the death of his son during World War II, the father seeks revenge,

 holding the General responsible for the death of not only his son but others as well.

 

7.11 [--] Fireside Theatre: GIRL NOT WANTED
16Nov54 NBC Tue
starring
Kathleen Crowley
Phillip Terry
Synopsis:
A spirited young newspaperwoman helps her editor reunite with his estranged wife.

 

7.12 [--] Fireside Theatre: THE LAST HAT

23Nov54 NBC Tue

cast

Jim Davis

Betty Lynn

Jay Novello

John Warburton

Synopsis:
After the loss of her one true love the woman is surprised when years

later he returns home only as a hopeless amnesiac.

 

7.13 [--] Fireside Theatre: THREE MISSIONS WEST
30Nov54 NBC Tue
starring
Robert Hutton
Paula Raymond
Virginia Field
Virginia Grey
Synopsis:
Three women are convinced that all their problems can be solved by

 heading out to California and decide to head out west.

Synopsis 2:
The adventures of three young women who modernize

Horace Greeley's injunction to young males by seeking fortune

 and happiness in California.
*Syndication airing on Top Plays September 8, 1957.

 

7.14 [--] Fireside Theatre: HIS FATHER'S KEEPER

07Dec54 NBC Tue

cast

Bobby Driscoll ....... Jimmy

Paul Kelly

Helen Wallace
Richard Karlan

Synopsis:
A teen-age boy has to grow up fast and take care of his drunken father. [RF]

Synopsis 2:
A young thief fears for his freedom after his mother marries a watchman. [RF]

 

7.15 [--] Fireside Theatre: THE MURAL
14Dec54 NBC Tue
starring
John Warburton
Suzanne Dalbert
Rhys Williams
Henri Letondal
Synopsis:
A priest is helping rebuild a church in France when he recognizes

the priceless artwork as being stolen.

 

7.16 [--] Fireside Theatre:  OUR SON
21Dec54 NBC Tue
starring
Dorothy Malone
Wilton Graff
Synopsis:
A television preacher rethinks his priorities after

the release of a woman from prison.

 

7.17 [--] Fireside Theatre:  A MOTHER'S DUTY
28Dec54 NBC Tue
starring
June Havoc
Karen Sharpe
Tommy Cook
Willard Parker
Synopsis:
A mother tries to help her daughter overcome her hatred and mistrust of boys.

Synopsis 2:
A young man pushed into a date with a teenage girl takes

a sudden interest in her youthful widowed mother.
*Syndication airing on Top Plays December 20, 1960.

 

7.18 [--] Fireside Theatre: THE INDISCREET MRS. JARVIS

04Jan55 NBC Tue

Producer Tom Lewis
Written by Frank Burt
Directed by Alan Smithee
Director of photography Floyd D. Crosby

cast

Angela Lansbury ....... Brenda Jarvis

George Brent

William Lundigan 

Martha Vickers

Synopsis:
Disaster is almost the result when a woman tries to keep her past from her husband. [RF]

Synopsis 2:

A woman's desire to keep her past from her husband almost results in disaster. [RF]

*Syndication airing on Top Plays 26Jul57.

 

7.19 [--] Fireside Theatre:  SERGEANT SULLIVAN SPEAKING
11Jan55 NBC Tue
starring
William Bendix .... Sergeant Sullivan
Joan Blondell
William Fawcett
Sarah Selby

Synopsis:
A romance develops between a lonely widow and the police

 sergeant whom she calls on the telephone.

 

7.20 [--] Fireside Theatre: THE DOUBLE LIFE OF BARNEY PETERS 

18Jan55 NBC Tue

starring
Gene Raymond ..... Barney Peters
Bobby Driscoll
Synopsis:
A newspaper publisher lacks any human understanding

until he is confronted by a young man.
 

7.21 [--] Fireside Theatre:  NOT CAPTAIN MATERIAL
25Jan55 NBC Tue
starring
Dennis Morgan
Virginia Grey
Arthur Franz
Synopsis:
A co-pilot desperately tries to save a passenger's life, with the

possibility of risking his chances at being promoted to Captain.

 

7.22 [--] Fireside Theatre: BRIAN

01Feb55 NBC Tue

starring

Maureen O'Sullivan

John Howard
Edith Evanson
Synopsis:

A wife is deeply upset by her second husband's attempt to mold his

stepson in the image of his dead child. [RF]

 

7.23 [--] Fireside Theatre: MR. ONION (film)

08Feb55 NBC Tue

starring

William Bendix

Dorothy Malone
Irene Hervey

Peter Votrian

Synopsis 1:
Although a big-time bookie is cleared by the Grand Jury Investigating committee,

his young son is ostracized by his playmates. [RF]
Synopsis 2:
A book-maker father triumphs over a Grand Jury investigation of gambling. (film)

Synopsis 3:
A bookmaker finds himself freed by the courts---but condemned by his son. [RF]
*Note: Syndication airing on  Broadway Star Theater 11Nov55

 

7.24 [--] Fireside Theatre: NO PLACE TO LIVE (film)

15Feb55 NBC Tue

starring

Tom Drake ....... Robbie

Martha Vickers ....... Julie

Ray Walker ....... Wally

Minor Watson ....... McGinty

Burt Mustin ....... Caretaker

Synopsis:

A homeless and penniless couple and their infant son seek refuge in an empty

house in a new housing development. It's not long before they're

discovered by the hard-boiled realtor. [RF]

 

7.25 [--] Fireside Theatre: MARKED FOR DEATH
22Feb55
cast
John Banner
Paul Kelly
Beverly Washburn
Synopsis:
An ex-army officer spends ten years pursuing a former commandant

of a Nazi concentration camp.
*Note: Filmed in Mexico during the holiday known as the Day of the Dead. [RF]
*Syndication airing on Curtain Time 24Jan56.

 

7.26 [--] Fireside Theatre: RETURN IN TRIUMPH
01Mar55 NBC Tue
starring
George Brent
Gertrude Michael
Kathleen Crowley
Tyler MacDuff
Synopsis:
A man intent on becoming Governor must still overcome his memories

of his painful and difficult childhood. [RF]

Synopsis 2:
A governor (George Brent), ashamed of his poverty-stricken past, returns to the scene of his youth. [RF]

 

7.27 [--] Fireside Theatre: THE POACHERS

08Mar55 NBC Tue

cast

Dan Barton

Ernest Borgnine

Barbara Whiting

Synopsis:
The game warden of a small Oregon town, who is not allowed a gun,

 runs into some hunted bandits. [RF]

 

7.28 [--] Fireside Theatre: NO TIME FOR SUSAN
15Mar55 NBC Tue
starring
Virginia Field
Melinda Markey
Synopsis:
A homely awkward teenager blossoms into a lovely young woman. [RF]

 

7.29 [--] Fireside Theatre: THE FAILURE
22Mar55 NBC Tue
starring
Alan Wells ........ Spike
Nana Bryant ....... Mrs. Holmes
Tom Powers ........ Payson
Jean Howell ....... Esther
Ralph Dumke ....... Fenley
Synopsis:
A big-city newspaperman whose career has been ruined by his addiction

to alcohol, decides to start all over again with a small-town daily. [RF]
 

7.30 [--] Fireside Theatre: IT'S EASY TO GET AHEAD
29Mar55 NBC Tue
starring
George Brent
Marilyn Erskine
Gene Raymond
Synopsis:
A man tries to impress his boss and advance in the ranks by forcing out his competitor.
 

7.31 [--] Fireside Theatre: NOT THE MARRYING KIND
05Apr55 NBC Tue
starring
Dan Barton ........ Joe
Kathleen Crowley .. Peggy
Sheila Bromley .... Mrs. Harper
Ray Montgomery .... Russ
Marjorie Owens .... Doris
Synopsis:
It's only a week before the wedding when the skeptical groom-to-be

 announces to his startled fiancee that he's "not the marrying kind." [RF]
 

7.32 [--] Fireside Theatre: THE BLESSING OF PETS (film)

12Apr55 NBC Tue

starring

Jay Novello ....... Padre

Alma Beltran ....... Mrs. Vittore

David Colmans ....... Tony

Howard Negley ....... O'Toole

Sheila Bromley ....... Nita

Chick Chandler ....... Leo

Synopsis:

It's the day of the annual Mexican ceremony in which villagers and city folk

 from all over the country bring their pets to be blessed by the local padre.  [RF]

 

7.33 [--] Fireside Theatre: LUXURIOUS LADIES (film)

19Apr55 NBC Tue

starring

Stephen Bekassy ....... Karl

Hillary Brooke ....... Julie

Jack Rice ....... Lindley

Marjorie Bennett ....... Mrs. Pursell

Kathryn Card ....... Smythe Knicker

Synopsis:

A handsome European is on a trial assignment as manager of a hotel for wealthy

elderly women. He must call upon his whole store of continental tact and charm

 if he is to turn the stint into a permanent position.  [RF]

 

7.34 [--] Fireside Theatre: BITTER GRAPES (film)

26Apr55 NBC Tue

starring

John Banner ....... Joe

Peter Graves ....... Eddie

Kurt Katch ....... Vincenzo

Jody Lawrence ....... Adelina

Rod Williams ....... Tony

Synopsis:

Tragedy threatens when an older man discovers that he is in love with the girl

he raised as a foster daughter. She feels duty-bound to marry him.  [RF]

 

7.35 [--] Fireside Theatre:  THE INNOCENT AND THE GUILTY
03May55 NBC Tue
starring
Frank Wilcox
Jean Howell
Grandon Rhodes
Lisa Golm
Alan Wells
Synopsis:
A man born and raised in the slums enters the life of crime

with the gang he's with until a young woman helps him to leave

that life behind and make something of himself.

 

7.36 [--] Fireside Theatre: CHEESE CHAMPION (film)

10May55 NBC Tue

starring

John Mitchum ....... Joe

Constance Dowling ....... Betty

Sid Melton ....... Bitsy

Don Haggerty ....... Petie

Synopsis:

A former fighter, on the skids for many years, is making an attempt at a new life.

A belligerent young fighter seems determined to thwart the older man's efforts.  [RF]

 

7.37 [--] Fireside Theatre: NIGHT OF TERROR (film)

17May55 NBC Tue

starring

Donald Murphy ....... Tex

George Wallace ....... Johnny

Betty Lynn ....... Kay

Hugh Sanders ....... Police Sergeant

Synopsis:

Two ex-Marine buddies meet on a fateful night several years after the war.

Positions have changed now. One man is a desperate criminal,

 the other, the policeman out to capture him.  [RF]

 

7.38 [--] Fireside Theatre: A DREAM FOR JIMMY (film)

24May55 NBC Tue

starring

Robert Crosson ....... Jimmy

Fern Bennett ....... Fern

Hugh Sanders ....... McMasters

David McMahon ..... Otto

Paul Brinegar ....... Whitey

John Pickard ...... Harry

Synopsis:

The scene: Hollywood. Jimmy's walking on air because he's got a date with the

prettiest girl in school, a movie actress. His false pride almost ruins things.  [RF]

Synopsis 2:
A young man wins a date with a starlet---who won't go out with him. [RF]

 

7.39 [--] Fireside Theatre: THE 99TH DAY (film)

31May55 NBC Tue

starring

Virginia Grey ....... Jen

Arthur Franz ....... Alan

Claude Akins ....... John West

Lauren Chapin ....... Peggy

Synopsis:

The family of the sole witness to a killing has been threatened by the murderer's accomplice.

A police guard is supposed to protect them until the trial begins.  [RF]

 

7.40 [--] Fireside Theatre: MURDERER'S WIFE  

07Jun55 NBC Tue

cast

John Howard

June Kenney

Audrey Totter

Synopsis:
A school teacher puts her job at risk when she helps out a young

student avoid the path she once took.

 

7.41 [--] Fireside Theatre: THE MAN WHO LIKED TO KILL

14Jun55 NBC Tue

cast
John Hudson .......... McAndrews
Barbara Logan ........ Lenora
John Close ........... Chad
Richard H. Cutting ... Monkton
Ian MacDonald ........ Honder

Synopsis:
After the Civil War a man starts life anew in a small Texas

town terrorized by a maniacal killer. [RF]

 

During the following 3 seasons (1955-58) Jane Wyman takes over as host & production moves from ZIV  to Revue Studios

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