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 Season 4 (NBC) (1952-53)
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by:  Rina Fox
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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       Screen Gems, Inc. (filmed in Hollywood)

      NBC Thursdays 9:30 - 10 pm on NBC
 Production moves to Hollywood with filmed half-hour episodes
Ford All-Star Theatre

 

4.01 [001] Ford Theatre: LIFE, LIBERTY AND ORRIN DOOLEY

Screen Gems, Inc. LP2793

02Oct1952 NBC Thur

 Writer Vladimir Selinsky
Director Robert Stevenson
Guest cast:
Will Rogers, Jr. ..... Orrin Dooley
Marguerite Chapman ... Beth Rathburn
John Archer .......... Martin Baxter
Olin Howlin .......... Pa Dooley
Minerva Urecal ....... Miss Gribble
Ferris Taylor ........ Miggs
Doreen McCann ........ Midge Collins
Frank Bank ........... Clarence Miggs

Synopsis:
An ex-GI learns the real meaning of the Declaration of Independence

in a country school room. (30min)(film) [RF]

 

4.02[--] Ford Theatre: JUNIOR
     Screen Gems, Inc.

09Oct1952
starring
Edward Arnold
Arthur Franz
Mabel Paige
Synopsis:
In a desperate effort to prove that he is as good a lawyer

as his father, a young man rigs a witness as a device

 to win a spectacular murder case. [RF]

4.03[--] Ford Theatre: NATIONAL HONEYMOON
     Screen Gems, Inc.

16Oct1952
Written by Paul Horgan
starring
Dick Haymes ........ John Erickson
Diana Lynn ........ Roberta May Erickson
Synopsis:
A bridegroom is bitter when his wife has them appear on a television show. [RF]

 

4.04[--] Ford Theatre: BIRTH OF A HERO
     Screen Gems, Inc.

23Oct1952
starring
Mark Stevens
Ellen Drew

Synopsis:
A dedicated bank teller becomes involved with a

shady man trying to rob her bank.

4.05[--] Ford Theatre: GIRL IN THE PARK
   (copyright 02Sep52 Screen Gems Inc.)

30Oct1952
starring
Joan Caulfield
Herbert Marshall

Synopsis:
A doctor's cold scientific attention is aroused by a girl who has a preference

 for sleeping by day and living by night. [RF]

 

4.06[--] Ford Theatre: EDGE OF THE LAW
    
(copyright 01Nov52 Screen Gems Inc.)

06Nov1952
starring
Macdonald Carey
Marjorie Lord
George Macready

Synopsis:
A gambler, accused of cheating in a poker game,

escapes his accusers and settles in a small town. [RF]

*Syndication airing on Nightmare 16Jan58.

4.07[--] Ford Theatre: PROTECT HER HONOR
      (copyright 01Nov52 Screen Gems Inc.)

13Nov1952
starring
Lloyd Nolan
Jane Wyatt

Synopsis:
A detective furious when he learns that his bride, a municipal court judge,

is appearing on a new TV show. [RF]

 

4.08[--] Ford Theatre: SUNK
     Screen Gems, Inc.

20Nov1952
starring
Charles Bickford
Kevin McCarthy

Alix Talton
Gregg Barton
Lisa Howard
Harry Tyler
Synopsis:
A South Seas trader is saddened to see his nephew destroy his life with booze,

so he signs him on his next trip and hopeful rehabilitation.

4.09[--] Ford Theatre: THE DIVIDED HEART
     Screen Gems, Inc.

27Nov1952
(aka 'Change of Heart')
starring
Barbara Hale
Stephen McNally

Synopsis:
A lawyer agrees to defend his girlfriend's brother despite

 the fact that he thinks he's guilty.

4.10[--] Ford Theatre: SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW
     Screen Gems, Inc.

04Dec1952
Adapted from the Dorothy Francis Canfield Fisher story
starring
Jackie Cooper
Wanda Hendrix

Barbara Lawrence
Elisabeth Risdon

Synopsis 1:
A city siren threatens the nearing marriage
of a young rancher. [RF]

Synopsis 2:
A handsome young cattle rancher visits the big city only to find that

 the girl he left behind is not ready to relinquish her man. [RF]
*Note: Syndication airing on Theater of Stars March 24, 1958.

4.11[--] Ford Theatre: CROSSED AND DOUBLE CROSSED
     Screen Gems, Inc.

11Dec1952
starring
Louis Hayward
Mercedes McCambridge

Synopsis:
People try to find buried treasure in Florida. [RF]
*Note: Syndication airing on Theater of Stars on March 25, 1958. 


4.12[--] Ford Theatre: SO MANY THINGS HAPPEN
     Screen Gems, Inc.

18Dec1952
starring
Bruce Bennett
Laraine Day
Virginia Field
Virginia Bruce

Synopsis:

An innocent lie imperils a happy marriage. [RF]

*Note: Syndication airing on Theater of Stars on March 26, 1958.


4.13[--] Ford Theatre: HEART OF GOLD
     Screen Gems, Inc.

25Dec1952
Adapted by James Fisher
From the story by Nathaniel Hawthorne
starring
Edmund Gwenn
Anita Louise
Tommy Rettig

Synopsis:
A snowman is brought magically to life by children.

 when they build him and place a locket around him.

4.14[--] Ford Theatre: THEY ALSO SERVE
     Screen Gems, Inc.

01Jan1953
adapted from the William Tatem Tilden story
starring
John Hodiak
Maureen O'Sullivan

Synopsis 1:
The wife of a colonel throws a party for her husband on the eve

of his departure for active duty in Korea. [RF]

Synopsis 2:
A woman waits for her man to return from the Korean war. [RF]

 

4.15[--] Ford Theatre: IT HAPPENED IN A PAWN SHOP
     Screen Gems, Inc.

08Jan1953
starring
Eddie Bracken
Terry Moore

Veda Ann Borg
John Hubbard
Ray Walker
Charles Halton
Synopsis:

A musician borrows money from a would-be singer to get his trumpet out of hock. [RF]

4.16[--] Ford Theatre: THIS IS MY HEART
     Screen Gems, Inc.

15Jan1953
starring
Ruth Hussey
Mark Stevens

Synopsis:
An actress researches a role on "skid row" and

falls for a man down on his luck.

4.17[--] Ford Theatre: THE SERMON OF THE GUN
     Screen Gems, Inc.
22Jan1953
starring
Macdonald Carey ...... Brother Phillip
K.T. Stevens ......... Josephine Whitcomb
Walter Sande ......... Jack Armstrong
Synopsis 1:
A preacher must reconcile the call of religion with
the violence he knows must be used to bring peace to his town. [RF]
Synopsis 2:
A former gunslinger turned preacher takes up his guns

 once again to save his flock. [RF]
*Note: Syndication airing on All-Star Theater 04Sep54.

4.18 [--] Ford Theatre: ADVENTURE IN CONNECTICUT
     Screen Gems, Inc.

29Jan1953
starring
Richard Carlson
Osa Massen
Hugo Haas

Synopsis:
A pair of immigrants land at the doorstep of a professor of zoology

after their sponsor has died.
 

4.19 [019] Ford Theatre: THE FIRST BORN [verified]
 Screen Gems, Inc. (copyright date 01Jan53)
05Feb53 NBC Thur (featured on European "Serie Noire" series 1993)
Production Executive Fred Briskin / Produced by Irving Starr
Screenplay by Karen DeWolf; based on a Story by Marion Valensi
Directed by James Neilson
Starring:
Ronald Reagan as Dr. David Glenn
with:
Nancy Davis ....... Laura Glenn
Paula Corday ....... Jenny Glenn
Tommy Rettig ....... Robin Glenn
Kathryn Card ....... Mrs. Hansen
*
Director of Photography: Gert Andersen
Art Director: Carl Anderson
Film Editor: Richard Fantl, A.C.E.
Set Decorator: Frank Tuttle
Assistant Director: Eddie Saeta

Synopsis:
A boy writes a book about the death of his mother and his father's subsequent remarriage and the impending baby

.

4.20 [--] Ford Theatre: OLD MAN'S BRIDE
 Screen Gems, Inc. (copyright date 01Jan53)

12Feb1953
starring
John Agar
Joan Leslie

Synopsis:
A prospector sends his emissary to find him a bride and the emissary

falls hopelessly in love with the woman.
 

4.21 [--] Ford Theatre: MARGIN FOR FEAR
Screen Gems, Inc. (copyright date 01Jan53)

19Feb1953
starring
Mari Aldon
Robert Anderson
Broderick Crawford
Harry Shannon
Elisha Cook Jr.
Synopsis:
A detective is arrested on a brutality charge. [RF]

 

4.22[--] Ford Theatre: ALL'S FAIR IN LOVE
Screen Gems, Inc.

26Feb1953
starring
Lynn Bari
Cesar Romero

Synopsis:

A young matron's romantic ideas threaten her marriage. [RF]

4.23[--] Ford Theatre: MADAME 44
Screen Gems, Inc.

05Mar1953
starring
Yvonne De Carlo
Rosemary DeCamp

Philip Carey
Synopsis:
A lady about to be married is dismayed to learn about a stranger in town. [RF]

4.24[--] Ford Theatre: MY DAUGHTER'S HUSBAND
Screen Gems, Inc.

12Mar1953
starring
Gene Lockhart
Lon McAllister
Mae Clark

Karen Sharpe

Synopsis:
A father rejects his daughter's poor choice in a husband.

4.25[--] Ford Theatre: THE BET (film)
Screen Gems, Inc.

19Mar1953
adapted from the Anton Checkhov story
starring
Helmut Dantine
Viveca Lindfors
Carl Esmond

Synopsis:
A fantastic and terrible bet is made between two friends,

 a financier and an impoverished lawyer. [RF]

 

4.26[--] Ford Theatre: DOUBLE EXPOSURE
Screen Gems, Inc.

26Mar1953
adapted from the Ben Hecht story
starring
George Brent
Dan Duryea
Marvin Kaplan

Jean Willes
Synopsis:
A city editor is planning to expose the City's crooked politicians

when he mistakenly takes an incriminating photo.

4.27[--] Ford Theatre: TO ANY SOLDIER
Screen Gems, Inc.

02Apr1953

starring
Edmond O'Brien
Horace MacMahon

Synopsis:
An Army chaplain upon his return tells his congregation about the Korean War

and those who served and the families that lost loved ones. A bitter soldier

receives a letter marked "To Any Soldier" in which a woman writes

about her son who lost his life which changes the soldiers outlook.

4.28[--] Ford Theatre: JUST WHAT THE DOCTOR ORDERED
Screen Gems, Inc.

09Apr1953
starring
Joanne Dru

Scott Brady
Lisa Ferraday
Synopsis:
A patient falls in love with his lady doctor.

4.29[--] Ford Theatre: ALLISON, LTD
Screen Gems, Inc.

16Apr1953
Directed by James Neilson
Starring:
Merle Oberon

Philip Ober
John Baer
Synopsis:
A dress designer has risen to the top of her profession

and lost her marriage along the way.

4.30[--] Ford Theatre: THE LIFE OF THE PARTY
Screen Gems, Inc.

23Apr1953
adapted from the Clarence Budington Kelland story
starring
Sally Forrest
Marshall Thompson

Synopsis:
A wife is fed up with her husband's clownish behavior and

as she gives birth decides she has had enough.

4.31[--] Ford Theatre: THE SON-IN-LAW
Screen Gems, Inc.

30Apr1953
Adapted from the John Kendrick Bangs story
starring
Peter Lawford
Bonita Granville
Eve Miller
Synopsis:
When he is dumped by his fiancee, he meets a young

woman who must bring her "fiance" home to meet her parents.
Her new friend fills the bill. [RF]

Synopsis 2:
A young man falls in love at first sight, but an unknown girl

declares him to be her fiance.
*Syndication airing on The Early Show 18May55.

4.32[--] Ford Theatre: THE LADY AND THE CHAMP
Screen Gems, Inc.

07May1953
starring
Preston Foster
Virginia Grey
Tom Tully

Glenn Roberts
Synopsis:
A boxer strives for the middleweight championship in order

 to fund his friend's business venture.

4.33[--] Ford Theatre: LOOK FOR TOMORROW
Screen Gems, Inc.

14May1953
starring
Jane Greer
William Ching
Synopsis:
A voice coach starts drinking heavily after the death of his greatest star. [RF]

4.34[--] Ford Theatre: SWEET TALK ME, JACKSON
Screen Gems, Inc.

21May1953
adapted from the Douglas Welch story
starring
Dick Haymes

Dawn Addams
James Gleason
Synopsis:
A crooner leaves his clamoring fans for the quiet of the country.

4.35[--] Ford Theatre: THE JEWEL
Screen Gems, Inc.

28May1953
starring
Paul Henreid
Marjorie Lord
Paul Langton

Synopsis:
An amnesia victim tries to sell a valuable diamond pendant only to be chased by police. [RF]

 

4.36[--] Ford Theatre: THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME (film)
Screen Gems, Inc.

04Jun1953
starring
Ann Harding
Walter Abel
Jimmy Lydon

Mary Ellen Kaye
Synopsis:
A newspaper expose precipitates a violent quarrel between the writer and his family. [RF]

 

4.37[--] Ford Theatre: THE TRESTLE
Screen Gems, Inc.

11Jun1953
starring
Philip Carey
Maureen O'Sullivan
Tim Considine

Synopsis:
A boy suspects his step-father is the murderer of a man who attempted

to put a small town newspaper out of business.

4.38[--] Ford Theatre: MALAYA INCIDENT
Screen Gems, Inc.

18Jun1953
starring
Ann Sheridan
Richard Egan
Steven Geray
Synopsis:
A plantation owner and his love are united during a fight

with red-armed guerillas in Malaya. [RF]

4.39[--] Ford Theatre: THE PEOPLE VERSUS JOHNSTON
Screen Gems, Inc.

25Jun1953
starring
Paul Muni
Adele Jergens
Onslow Stevens
Synopsis:
A criminal lawyer volunteers to defend a truck driver who

appears certain to be convicted on circumstantial evidence. [RF]

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