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 Season 8 (ABC) (1956-57)
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by:  Rina Fox
references:
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########## Ford Theatre: All Star Theater ###########

############# season 8 1956-57 ###############

############### (final season) ################

    Screen Gems, Inc. (filmed in Hollywood)

  the series changes network from NBC to ABC

       Wednesdays  9:30 - 10 pm  on ABC

 

8.01 [157] Ford Theatre: All Star Theater: CATCH AT STRAWS

030ct56 ABC Wed

directed by Ray Milland

starring

Ray Milland .......... Peter Sloan
Virginia Gibson ...... Carol Corby
Kerwin Mathews ....... Fred Karns
Eddie Foy, Jr. ....... Bill Corby
Michael Fox .......... Jed Hartan
Synopsis:
A district attorney tries to help a Korean War veteran who returns home in disgrace.

 Even though he has been cleared of treason by a military court, the ex-GI

 is the object of scorn and persecution by the community. [RF]
 

8.02 [158] Ford Theatre: All Star Theater: SUDDEN SILENCE

(Unsold Western Pilot)

10Oct56 ABC Wed

directed by Lewis Allen

Produced by Jack Denove

Starring:

Barbara Stanwyck ....... Irene Frazier

Jeff Morrow ......... Sheriff Tom Frazier

Jim Hayward ....... Deputy

Trevor Bardette .......... Jordan

Jimmy Baird ........ Billy

Ralph Dumke ....... Mayor

with
Charlotte Knight
Robert Easton
Malcolm Atterbury

Synopsis:

   Incidents in the growth of an old Western Town as seen through the

eyes the sheriff's wife, Irene Frazier. [RF]

          

8.03 [159] Ford Theatre: All Star Theater: PARIS EDITION

17Oct56 ABC Wed

starring
Jack Carson ........ Dan Doyle
John Beradino ......... Nick Granada
Valerie French .......... Yvette Revere

 

8.04 [160] Ford Theatre: All Star Theater: MEASURE OF FAITH

 24Oct56 ABC Wed

starring
Lee Van Cleef ....... Stanley Perrin
Lew Ayres ....... Father Gerald
Beverly Garland ....... Maria
Charles Evans ....... Bishop Healey
Nestor Paiva ....... Eduardo

Synopsis:
A Catholic priest who was brutally beaten in a Communist prison, questions his faith. [RF]

*Note: Syndication airing on Moment of Decision 20Jul57.

 

8.05 [161] Ford Theatre: All Star Theater: BLACK JIM HAWK

 31Oct56 ABC Wed

Directed By Arthur Hiller
Teleplay By Russell S. Hughes
From A Story By Harold Shumate

starring
John Derek ....... Jim Hawk
Marcia Henderson ....... Maude Collins
Donald Randolph ....... Sam Houston
George Keymas ....... Cherokee Hollister
Paul Peterson ....... Jim Hawk (as a boy)

Synopsis:
As a youngster, Jim Hawk begged Governor Sam Houston of Tennessee to release

his father, a convicted murderer. Houston refused and the boy swore revenge.

Jim Hawk became one of the West's most notorious outlaws and finally got

his chance to follow through on his boyhood threat.  [SC]

 

8.06 [162] Ford Theatre: All Star Theater: SOMETIMES IT HAPPENS

07Nov56 ABC Wed

starring

Guy Madison .......... Phil Quade
Dianne Foster ........ Rhia Powell
Michael Emmet ........ Owen Powell
Jeanne Cooper ........ Lois Powell
Louis Towers ......... Davy Powell
Synopsis:
A Welsh girl lives in New York City with her uncle and aunt. An old folk legend

of her native country says that a love which proves itself three times will last forever.

She decides to try this theory out on a young man she meets. [RF]
 

8.07 [163] Ford Theatre: All Star Theater: THE WOMAN WHO DARED

14Nov56 ABC Wed

starring

Laraine Day ...... Margaret Allen
Gene Barry ....... John Thatcher
Don Beddoe ....... Dr. Abernathy
Whit Bissell ..... Luke
Kim Charney ...... Vera
Synopsis:
In 1870, after years of hardship, a woman achieves her ambition of becoming a doctor.

 She dreams of serving the people in a small Western town, but the years of struggle

seem wasted. The townspeople hate this woman who has dared enter a male profession. [RF]
 

8.08 [164] Ford Theatre: All Star Theater: THE MENACE OF HASTY HEIGHTS

 21Nov56 ABC Wed

starring

Steve Cochran .... Slick
Jean Hagen ....... Nona Carson
Kent Taylor ...... Frank Carson
Charles Herbert .. Billy Carson
Damian O'Flynn ... Chief Henderson
Ruby Goodwin ..... Henrietta
Synopsis:
As the wife of a would-be councilman is preparing a house party to assure his election,

an escaped convict takes shelter in the house. Instead of becoming frightened,

she takes advantage of his entrance and puts him to work helping her. [RF]
 

8.09 [165] Ford Theatre: All Star Theater: STAND BY TO DIVE

 28Nov56 ABC Wed

starring
Farley Granger ........ Robert Haines
Roger Smith ........ Skee Langford
Onslow Stevens ........ Commander McGraw
Paul Harber ........ Lt. Foley
William Leslie ........ Lt. Sutton

Synopsis:
A young naval officer who has not seen his father since his parents were divorced

when he was a child, is assigned to the submarine his father commands. [RF]

 

8.10 [166] Ford Theatre: All Star Theater: FRONT PAGE FATHER

05Dec56 ABC Wed

starring
Charles Bickford ........ Stanley Hunter
Mae Clarke ......... Ellie
Horace MacMahon ......... Lieutenant Harmon
Lawrence Dobkin ........... Lew Teller
Michael Fox ......... Malcolm Slade
Robert Crosson .......... Gil Hunter

Synopsis:
A newspaper publisher starts an attack on local police because of the

high rate of juvenile delinquency in his city. [RF]

*Note: Syndication airing on Undercurrent 13Sep57.

 

8.11 [167] Ford Theatre: All Star Theater: THE MARRIAGE PLAN

12Dec56 ABC Wed

starring
Eddie Bracken .......... John Stafford
Mona Freeman .......... Ellen Stafford
John Crawford .......... Mike Healy
Roxanne Arlen .......... Susan Saunders
Kathryn Card .......... Mrs. Engelhart
Donald McBride .......... Mr. Hathaway

Synopsis:
A young man buys a seemingly worthless traffic island in front of his house. The women

in his family are so outraged at this idiotic move, that the young man ends up

spending the night in a pup tent. [RF]

*Syndication airing on Spotlight Playhouse 23Jul57.

 

8.12 [168] Ford Theatre: All Star Theater: DUFFY'S MAN

19Dec56 ABC Wed

starring
Walter Brennan .......... Duffy
Philip Carey ........... Duffy's Man
Phyllis Kirk ........... Julie
Steven Ritch ............ Clip Hart
Tommy Randall .......... Boy
Robert Filmer ........ Sheriff
Synopsis:
A young man arrives in a small western town and gets a job in a local stable.

Most of the able-bodied men in the area are out of town on a roundup, so when

five desperadoes terrorize the town, it's up to the stranger to drive them out. [RF]

 

8.13 [169] Ford Theatre: All Star Theater: MODEL WIFE

 26Dec56 ABC Wed

starring
Felicia Farr ....... Gloria Ewing
Ralph Bellamy ....... David Ewing
Pat Conway ....... Larry
Roxanne Arlen ....... Rita Raven
Emlen Davies ....... Sally Ewing
Guy Kingsford ....... Bert Kellogg

Synopsis:
A group of girls earn money for their set charity by posing for a calendar.

 One of them becomes interested in the photographer, but he shows her only indifference. [RF]

 

8.14 [170] Ford Theatre: All Star Theater: FEAR HAS MANY FACES

02Jan57 ABC Wed

starring
James Whitmore ........ Danny Cochran
Don Haggerty ........ Mike Robbins
June Lockhart ........ Mae Cochran
Dan Barton ........ George Wallace
Joe Flynn ........ Dr. Bevin
Tom McKee ........ Dolman
Hank Patterson ........ Manager

Synopsis:
During the Korean War, a sergeant was forced to shoot another soldier

who made a break for the rear. The sergeant finds it impossible to forget

the experience even after he returns to civilian life. [RF]

 

8.15 [171] Ford Theatre: All Star Theater: THE QUIET STRANGER

09Jan57 ABC Wed

DIRECTED BY GEORGE ARCHAINBAUD 

TELEPLAY BY RUSSELL S. HUGHES 

FROM THE SHORT STORY BY DAVID SAVAGE

starring
George Montgomery ........ Daniel McKee
Bobby Clark ........ Joey Walsh
Forrest Tucker ........ Red Healy
Bill Hale .......... Man
Ted de Corsia ......... Mayor Kallum
Lyn Thomas ........ Debby Walsh
Mike Bataran ........ Eddie

Synopsis:

THE SCHOOL HOUSE IN THE TOWN OF TWO FORKS HAS BURNED DOWN. A LOCAL WEALTHY

BUSINESSMAN REFUSES TO RE-BUILD THE SCHOOL. A STRANGER ARRIVES IN TOWN

PRETENDING TO BE A GUNSLINGER, BUT REALLY IS THE NEW SCHOOL TEACHER WITH

HOPES OF BUILDING A NEW SCHOOL. [SC]

*Note: Syndication airing on Opening Night 09Aug58.
 

8.16 [172] Ford Theatre: All Star Theater: SWEET CHARLIE

16Jan57 ABC Wed

starring
Joan Dixon ....... Charlene Lopez
Frank Lovejoy ....... Vic Chambers
Dick Foran ....... Scoop Donnelly
Carlyle Mitchell ....... Charles Anderson
John Zaremba ....... Lt. Parker
Susan Cummings ....... Belinda Miller
Richard Devon ....... Joe Reno
Marilyn Saris ....... Nancy Anderson

 

8.17 [173] Ford Theatre: All Star Theater: THE PENLANDS AND THE POODLE

 23Jan57 ABC Wed  

starring
Betty Garrett ....... Georgia Penland
Larry Parks
Parley Baer
Douglas Evans 

*Note: Betty Garrett & Larry Parks (real life husband & wife)

 

8.18 [174] Ford Theatre: All Star Theater: MRS. WANE COMES TO CALL

30Jan57 ABC Wed

starring
Phyllis Kirk ......... Laura Chandler
Arthur Franz ....... David Chandler
Peggy Webber ........ Mrs. Wane
Terry Kelman ........ Billy Wane
Ruby Goodwin ........ Frances

Synopsis:
Laura Chandler is unable and seemingly unwilling to recover from the loss of her son. [RF]

 

8.19 [175] Ford Theatre: All Star Theater: THE CONNOISSEUR (film)

06Feb57 ABC Wed

adapted from the Walter De La Mare story
starring
Paul Henreid ......... Albert Crest
Kathryn Grant ......... Pippa Crest
Virginia Bruce ......... Ruth Crest
William Leslie ......... Geoffrey Davis
Nestor Paiva ....... Ragusa

Synopsis:
An American, living in Europe, makes his somewhat precarious living selling art treasures

 to wealthy Americans. He believes that his wife and daughter are satisfied with their

vagabond life until he overhears a conversation between them.  [RF]

*Note: Syndication airing on Encore Theater 20Jul57.

 

8.20 [176] Ford Theatre: All Star Theater: THE RINGSIDE SEAT

13Feb57 ABC Wed

starring
Hugh O'Brian ........ Matty Curran
Marilyn Erskine ........ Irma Curran
Billy Chapin ........ Billy Curran
Willis Bouchey ........ Hap Wheeler
George Gilbreth ........ Foreman

Synopsis:
Matty Curran loses his championship box title to a younger fighter.

Matty's young son is afraid that his father has become a coward,

and has let him down at a crucial moment. [RF]
*Note: Aired in syndication on Opening Night 14Jun58.
 

8.21 [177] Ford Theatre: All Star Theater: WITH NO REGRETS (film)

20Feb57

starring
Ann Sothern .......... Christine Emerson
Larry Thor .......... Theodore Roosevelt
Louis Lettieri .......... Buck Torres
Helen Wallace .......... Miss Ames
Ned Wever ......... Joe Wagner
Paul Engle .......... Billy
Zina Provendie ........ Freda Ritter

Synopsis:
Christine Emerson, an elderly school principal, takes the side of a youngster who has been

accused of setting fire to the school building. The school board wants to expel him. [RF]

 

8.22 [178] Ford Theatre: All Star Theater: THE MAN WHO BEAT LUPO  (film)

 27Feb57 ABC Wed

starring
Louis Jordan ......... Count Lupo-Pietro
Joanna Barnes ......... Ileana
Rhodes Reason ........ John Pollish
Roy Gordon ........ Admiral Rodney Brent
Wilton Graff ....... Maitre Rozetti

Synopsis:
A famous Italian swordsman dons a mask and secretly turns professional to earn

money for his family. After earning international renown and enough money to keep his

mother comfortable until her death, he retires, intending never to duel again. [RF]

 

8.23 [179] Ford Theatre: All Star Theater: BROKEN BARRIER

 06Mar57 ABC Wed

   adapted from the Stephen Butler Leacock story
starring
Macdonald Carey
Marguerite Chapman
Dick Foran

Elisabeth Risdon
Herbert Butterfield
Synopsis:
A highly paid executive has never quite forgiven his father for the harsh treatment

 he received as a child. Even when he receives word that his father is dying,

he finds it hard to pay a last visit to the family farm. [RF]

 

8.24 [180] Ford Theatre: All Star Theater: FATE TRAVELS EAST  (film)

 13Mar57 ABC Wed

starring
Linda Darnell .......... Ann Dean
Craig Stevens ......... Grady Oliver
Sheb Wooley ........ Tag Bailey
Allison Hayes ....... Marian Abbott
Stacy Graham ....... Ellamae Hubbins
Robert Brubaker ....... Ralph Weston
Barbara Fuller ....... Sandra Mitchell
Howard Smith ....... Holmes Mitchell

Synopsis:
A successful female novelist leaves her husband after they disagree about the amount

of time she devotes to her career. On the train, she discovers an anonymous suicide note,

and is afraid her husband wrote it.  [RF]

 

8.25 [181] Ford Theatre: All Star Theater: THE MAN ACROS THE HALL

 20Mar57 ABC Wed

starring
Robert Sterling ........ Hank Holloway
Vera-Ellen ........ Sally Baxter
Eddie Ryder ........ Jackie Barstow
Marjorie Bennett ........ Mrs. Morris
Marga Ann Deighton ........ Mrs. McCurdy

 

8.26 [182] Ford Theatre: All Star Theater: HOUSE OF GLASS

27Mar57 ABC Wed

starring

Joan Caulfield ....... Louise Warner
Lyle Bettger ....... Simon
Marie Windsor ....... Ruby
Judson Pratt ........ Captain Brooks
George Selk ........ Pops Anderson

Synopsis:
Louise Warner has witnessed a murder. She hesitates to go to the police for

 fear of losing her parole, and the killer is now tracking her down. She flees to

an amusement park, and is about to jump from the pier into the ocean, when she

is helped by a scarred man who runs the house of glass - a maze of mirrors. [RF]
*Note: Syndication airing on Moment of Decision 11Sep57.

Synopsis 2:
A murder witness is afraid to go to the police for fear of losing her parole,

 and the killer is tracking her down.
Syndication airing on Film Drama, KLZ-7 Denver, CO

Tuesday 14Jun 60 10:30 p.m. MDT [JBeer]

 

8.27 [183] Ford Theatre: All Star Theater: EXCLUSIVE  (film)

03Apr57 ABC Wed

starring
Phyllis Kirk ......... Sarah Caine
Richard Webb ........ Sam Fletcher
Osa Massen ........ Elena
Everett Sloane ......... Paul Caine
Francis DeSales ........ Cass Ryan

Synopsis:
Sarah Caine, a successful newspaperwoman, refuses to marry because of her career.

 In Paris on an assignment she learns that her father, another journalist, is also there on a story.

Raised by her mother to hate her father, she decides to scoop him on the story. [RF]

 

8.28 [184] Ford Theatre: All Star Theater: MOMENT OF DECISION

10Apr57 ABC Wed

starring
Jane Greer ....... Joyce Whitman
Marshall Thompson ........ George Whitman
Victor Jory ....... Harry Bond
William Lally ........ Donald Miller
Mason Curry ........ Kid

 

8.29 [185] Ford Theatre: All Star Theater: SINGAPORE

17Apr57 ABC Wed

starring
Paulette Goddard ....... Holly March
Charles Korvin ....... Bruce Van Cleve
Rex Reason ...... Kirk Rockwood
Fay Baker ....... Laura Van Cleve
Arthur Hanson ....... Adam Cobb
Frank Kumagai ....... Sakal

 

8.30 [186] Ford Theatre: All Star Theater: FOOTNOTE ON A DOLL

24Apr57 ABC Wed

starring
Bette Davis ........ Dolly Madison
Charles Meredith ........ Senator Elisha Corey
Natalie Schafer ........ Beatrice Trent
Eleanor Audley ....... Constance Perkins
Ralph Clanton ....... Charles Trent
Helen Brown ........ Louise
John Hudson ....... Payne Todd
Owen McGiveney ...... Thomas

 

8.31 [187] Ford Theatre: All Star Theater: STRANGE DISAPPEARANCE

 01May57 ABC Wed

starring
Stephen McNally ........ Phillip Morgan
June Vincent ........ Harriet Morgan
Peggy Knudsen ........ Susan Davenport
Bing Russell ........ Lt. Young
Alexander Lockwood ........ District Attorney
Hugh Sanders ........ Lt. Grayson

Synopsis 1:
After two of his shows have failed on Broadway, a producer pins all his

hopes on his forthcoming production. [RF]

Synopsis 2:

Two unsuccessful Broadway shows and the producer decides to cast an old

friend of his, a Hollywood star, in his next production. His jealous wife

accuses him of being in love with the star and her accusations cause the

producer to ask for a divorce. Later, his wife disappears and he is

suspected of murdering her.

*Note: Syndication airing on Opening Night 23Aug58 hosted by Arlene Dahl.

 

8.32 [188] Ford Theatre: All Star Theater: THE IDEA MAN

08May57 ABC Wed

starring
Don DeFore ........ Tom Harding
Richard Denning ...... Charlie Frye
Doe Avedon ...... Ruth Harding
Jack Kelly ......... Hal Jeffers
Dorothy Joyce ......... Mrs. Lloyd
Paul Keast .......... Eldon Lloyd
Howard McNear ......... Dave Carter

 

8.33 [189] Ford Theatre: All Star Theater: THE GENTLE DECEIVER

15May57 ABC Wed

starring
Keenan Wynn ........ Duke
Lucy Marlowe ......... Emily Price
Lucien Littlefield .......... Clem Hanks
Byron Foulger ......... Smathers
Sara Haden ........ Mrs. Coggins

 

8.34 [190] Ford Theatre: All Star Theater: MILLER'S MILLIONS

22May57 ABC Wed

starring
Otto Kruger ....... Raymond Adams
Thomas Mitchell ....... Henry Miller
Richard Webb ........ Grant Parker
Michael Fox ......... Judge Patterson
Charlotte Knight ........ Maggie
Sheridan Comerate ........ Frank Traylor

 

8.35 [191] Ford Theatre: All Star Theater: TORN

29May57 ABC Wed

starring
John Baragrey ...... Linc Cartwright
Philip Carey .... Dr. Douglas Gregg
Laraine Day ........ Vicki Hollister
Nan Leslie ........ Jean Cartwright
Irving Mitchell ........ Rogers

*Note: Syndication airing on Key Club Playhouse  02Aug57.

 

8.36 [192] Ford Theatre: All Star Theater: THE LIE

05Jun57 ABC Wed

adapted from the Cornell Woolrich story
starring
Cesar Romero ....... Christoforo
Betty Field ....... Paula Marchetti
Gigi Perreau ....... Emily
Louis Lettieri ....... Jimmy
Pamela Baird ....... Elizabeth

 

8.37 [193] Ford Theatre: All Star Theater: CROSS HAIRS

12Jun57 ABC Wed

Directed by Jack Gage
Written by Miles Tolner

Guest cast:
James Daly ....... Frank Bartley
Ann Sheridan ...... Mary Bartley
John Beradino ........ Robert Jones
S. John Launer ....... Lt. Burt Jenners
Elizabeth Patterson ....... Mrs. Dunkel
James Griffith ....... Mr. Harris

Chris Alcaide ........ The Dock Worker (uncredited)
Synopsis:
A shipping line security agent goes undercover to find out who is behind

 a series of robberies and sniper killings at a various waterfront warehouses. [SC]
 

8.38 [194] Ford Theatre: All Star Theater: DESPERATION (film)

19Jun57 ABC Wed

starring
Teresa Wright .......... Alison Stevens
Kevin McCarthy ........ Russel Stevens
William Bishop ........ Bruce Stevens
Hank Patterson ........ George
Katherine Warren ........ Mrs. Mathews

Synopsis:
A young bride learns that her husband's brother blames him for an accident that

lamed him during their childhood. When her husband is called away, she uncovers a

secret about her brother-in-law which places her life in danger. [RF]

 

8.39 [195] Ford Theatre: All Star Theater: ADVENTURE FOR HIRE (final episode)

26Jun57 ABC Wed

starring
Pat O' Brien ....... Lieutenant Keever
Brian Keith ....... Dan Crawford
Shirley Jocelyn ....... Laurie Conners
Henry Slate ........ Charles Martin
Robert Brubaker ....... Mr. Coombs
Frank Scannell ....... Marco

Synopsis:
Pilot Dan Crawford is hired by a man and his wife to fly them to Las Vegas.

But when the plane is approaching Las Vegas, the man draws a gun and forces

Dan to land on the airstrip of a ranch. [RF]

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