CTVA US Anthology - "General Electric Theater" (Revue/CBS) Season 3 (1954-55)

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Hosted by Ronald Reagan
 Season 3 (CBS) (1954-55)
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by:  Rina Fox
references:
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   CBS Sundays 9:00-9:30 pm Eastern (30 min)(weekly)
Hosted by Ronald Reagan as of 12Sep54


3.01 [--] General Electric Theater: PRETENDING MAKES IT SO

12Sep54

Directed by Frank Wisbar

starring

Audrey Totter .......... Ellen
Richard Stapley ........ Norman
Norma Varden ........... Mrs. MacDowell
George Wallace ......... Danny
Parley Baer ............ Haveman
Alex Frazer ............ the Customs Officer
Morris Buchanon ........ Mavu
Synopsis:
The story concerns a mother of a young college professor and

her dreams for his future. Mrs. MacDowell makes daydream plans for

 her son in the belief that pretending will make them so. [RF]
 

3.02 [--] General Electric Theater: TOO OLD FOR THE GIRL

19Sep54

Directed by Frank Wisbar

starring

Thomas Mitchell

Robert Hutton

Joan Evans

Donald Woods

 

3.03 [--] General Electric Theater: NORA (#1)

26Sep54

Adapted from Henrik Ibsen's "A Doll House"

starring

Phyllis Thaxter ....... Nora Helmer
Luther Adler .......... Torvald Helmer
Ronald Reagan ......... Dr. Rank
Synopsis:
An abusive husband gives his wife no choice but to retreat

 from her world of pain and degradation. [RF]

 

3.04 [--] General Electric Theater: THE HIGH GREEN WALL

Revue Productions
03Oct54
Executive Producer Mort Abrahams
Producer Leon Gordon
Teleplay by Charles Jackson
Adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's "A Handful of Dust"
Based on the story "The Man Who Liked Dickens"
Directed by Nicholas Ray
Assistant Director Robert Shannon
Director of photography Franz Planer
Editor Michael R. McAdam
Art Director Martin Obzina
Set Decorator James S. Redd
Wardrobe Vincent Dee
Sound Roy Meadows
Hosted by Ronald Reagan

starring

Joseph Cotten  ......... Hanly (TV debut)
Thomas Gomez .......... Mr. Messler
Marshall Bradford ..... First Explorer
Maurice Marsac ........ Aubert
Ward Wood ............. Second Explorer

Synopsis:
After the death of his son and his wife's abandonment, Hanly ventures

forth on an ill-fated expedition to the Amazon jungle. [RF]

 

3.05 [--] General Electric Theater: THE LONG WAY 'ROUND

10Oct54

starring

Ronald Reagan

Nancy Gates

 

3.06 [--] General Electric Theater: EDISON THE MAN

17Oct54

Adapted from the 1940 film scenario

by Dore Schary and Hugh Butler

starring

Burgess Meredith ....... Thomas Edison

Synopsis:

Fifty years after inventing the light bulb, Edison retells his story

beginning with his arrival to New York at age 22. [RF]

 

[--] General Electric Theater: no details

24Oct54

 

3.07 [--] General Electric Theater: THE ROAD TO EDINBURGH

31Oct54

Producer William Frye

Directed by Rod Amateu, Anthony Barr

Written by Gavin Lambert

Story by John Whiting

starring

Joan Crawford  ......... Mary Andrews
Chuck Connors ......... Soldier
Christopher Cook ...... Boy
John Sutton ........... Man
John Raine ............ Policeman

 

[--] General Electric Theater: no details

07Nov54

 

3.08 [--] General Electric Theater: I'M A FOOL

14Nov54 (rerun 18Nov56)


Adapted by Arnold Schulman

Story by Sherwood Anderson

Directed by Don Medford

Producer Mort Abrahams

Narrated by Eddie Albert
starring
James Dean ....... the Boy
Natalie Wood ..... Lucy
Roy Glenn ........ Burt
Eve March ........ Mother
Leon Tyler ....... Wilbur
Gloria Castillo .. Elinor
Fiona Hale ....... Mildred

Synopsis 1:

The story of a heartsick and foolish farm boy who takes on a false identity to

 impress a beautiful girl and in so doing loses the love of his life forever.

As an adult he bitterly reflects on his lost youth. [RF]

Synopsis 2:

The story of a man's bitter reflections on an incident of his youth. At the races, he tries

 to impress a girl by pretending he was quite the young man about town. [RF]

 

3.09 [--] General Electric Theater: THE FACE IS FAMILIAR [verified -RF]
21Nov54 CBS Sun

Jack Benny - GE Theater - The Face Is Familiar (1/4)

Jack Benny - GE Theater - The Face Is Familiar (2/4)

Jack Benny - GE Theater - The Face Is Familiar (3/4)

Jack Benny - GE Theater - The Face Is Familiar (4/4)

Revue Productions, Inc. /  Produced by Z. Wayne Griffin
Teleplay by Hugh Wedlock and Howard Snyder;  Based on a story by Arthur Ross
Directed by Frank Tashlin
Director of photography John L. Russell, A.S.C.
Hosted by Ronald Reagan
starring
Jack Benny ............ Tom Jones
Otto Kruger ........... Boss
Joi Lansing ........... Marie
Jesse White ........... Mike
Jean Willes ........... Irene
Kem Dibbs ............. Joe
Benny Rubin ........... Vending Machine Man
Chick Chandler, Laurie Mitchell, Joe Kearns, Wally Brown, Eleanor Audley, Paul Maxey, Grace Hayle
Harlan Warde, Bob Foulk, Charles Cane, Arthur Q. Bryan, John Lehmann
*
Art Director ..... Martin Obzina
Editorial Supervisor .... Richard G. Wray A.C.E.
Film Editor .... Edward A. Biery
Set Decorator .... James S. Redd
Sound ...... Perc Townsend
Assistant Director ..... Jack Corrick
Wardrobe Supervisor .... Vincent Dee
Makeup .... Irving Berns
Synopsis:
A comedy about a man whose face no one could remember. [RF]

 

3.10 [--] General Electric Theater: THE RIDER ON THE PALE HORSE

28Nov54

starring

Lee Marvin

Eva Marie Saint ..... Maudie Applegate

Dennis King Jr.

 

3.11 [--] General Electric Theater: COMMITTED

Revue prod #1130

05Dec54

Directed By Frank Tuttle [SC]
Story & Teleplay By Russell Hughes
starring
Alan Ladd ............. Dan Holiday
John Howard ........... Dr. Cordell
Whit Bissell .......... Paul Wells
Tina Carver ........... Clarice Stokes
Frank Ferguson ........ Lt. King
Virginia Gibson ....... The Girl
Frank Gerstle ......... Hugo
Tim Graham ............ The Deputy
Pitt Herbert .......... Wally
Gene Reynolds ......... The Gas Station Man
John Veitch ........... The Man
Paul Baxley ........... Attendant #1 (uncredited)
Dick Crockett ......... Attendant #2 (uncredited)
Synopsis:

An author who advertises for trouble finds it. [JB]

Synopsis 2:
A news reporter looking for a big story, gets more then he bargains for,

when he loses his identity and is placed in a mental institution. [SC]
 

3.12 [--] General Electric Theater: THE DARK, DARK HOUR

12Dec54

Written by Arthur Steuer

Story by Rex Ellingwood

Directed by Don Medford

starring

James Dean

Constance Ford

Ronald Reagan

Jack Simmons

Synopsis:

A thug holds a doctor and his wife hostage in their home. [JB]

 

3.13 [--] General Electric Theater: FRED WARING CHRISTMAS MUSIC Christmas music special.

19Dec54

starring

Fred Waring and the Pennsylvannians

 

3.14 [--] General Electric Theater: THE WHITE STEED

26Dec54

Adapted from the Paul Vincent Carroll play

starring

Barry Fitzgerald (repeating his stage role)

Dan O'Herlihy

Sallie Brophy

Dennis King Jr.

 

3.15 [--] General Electric Theater: AMELIA

02Jan55

Adapted from the Margaret Wade Campbell Deland story

starring

Jane Wyman ........ Dr. Amelia Morrow

Bill Goodwin ....... Frederick Morrow

Louise Beavers

Jarilyn Oliver ....... Candace

Anne Kimbell ....... Betty Pittfield

Joanne Davis ....... Becky

 

3.16 [--] General Electric Theater: D.P.

09Jan55

starring

James Edwards ....... Sergeant Davis

Roy Glenn ....... Corporal Young

Lisa Golm ....... Frau Maria

Bernie Hamilton ....... Christy

 

3.17 [--] General Electric Theater: YANKEE PEDDLER

16Jan55

starring

Jackie Cooper ....... Jeremy Bates

 

3.18 [--] General Electric Theater: THE MARTYR

Revue Productions
23Jan55
Executive producer Mort Abrahams
Producer Wayne Z. Griffin
Teleplay by Leo Davis
Based on the story by Frank O'Connor
on the 1922 Irish Civil War.
Directed by Jacques Tourneur
Director of photography John L. Russell
Editor Edward A. Biery
Editing Supervisor Richard G. Wray
Art Director Martin Obzina
Set Decorator Armor E. Goetten
Wardrobe Supervisor Vincent Dee
Music Supervisor Stanley Wilson
Sound Stanley F. Cooley
starring
Brian Aherne .......... Colonel Tafferty
J.M. Kerrigan ......... Jimmy
Lee Marvin ............ Captain Morrissey
Ronald Reagan ......... Hartnell
Noel Drayton .......... Captain Kilpatrick
James McCallion ....... Mickey Morgan
Noel Drayton
J. Pat O'Malley

Synopsis:
During the Irish rebellion of 1922, an Irish patriot turns informer

 to save his life from a military firing squad. [SC]

 

3.19 [--] General Electric Theater: THE BIG SHOT

30Jan55

adapted from the Beatrice Joy Chute story

starring

Johnnie Ray ......... Johnny Pulaski

Nancy Gates ........... Katherina

Steven Geray ........ Mr. Pulaski

Synopsis:

Johnny Pulaski going to New York to audition for a record company. Johnnie comes off

well as an actor, and even slips a song or two into the story.[JB]

 

3.20 [--] General Electric Theater: THE RETURN OF GENTLEMAN JIM  [verified]

6-Feb-1955 CBS Sun    (live or taped  - NOT on film)
(featured on the 1992 European series "Serie Noire")
MCA (Management Corp. of America) Production
Program Supervisor for General Electric, Ronald Reagan
Produced by Mort Abrahams
Progress Reporter Don Herbert
Associate Producer Arnold Schulman
Adapted from the Short Story by Bob Foreman
Television Play by Mel Golberg
Directed by Don Medford
Art Director John Robert Lloyd
Hosted by Ronald Reagan
Guest Cast:
George Montgomery ...... Gentleman Jim
Marilyn Erskine ........ Ruth
Jesse White ............ Mike
Murvyn Vye ............. Maxie
Syd Taylor ............. Frank
Joe Louis .............. Himself, Boxing Champ
Story about boxer Jim Corbett's coming back to Earth to face co-star Joe Louis in the ring. [RF]

 

3.21 [--] General Electric Theater: LOVE IS ETERNAL

13Feb55

Based on Irving Stone's novel of the same name.

starring

Teresa Wright ...... Mary Todd Lincoln

Richard Boone ....... Abraham Lincoln

Synopsis:

When Lincoln and Mary Todd were married, he had the phrase, "Love is Eternal",

 inscribed in her wedding band. Though years of loneliness and disappointment seem

 to disprove this sentiment, the historic pair finally realize its truth. [RF]

 

3.22 [--] General Electric Theater: THE BACHELOR'S BRIDE

20Feb55

starring

Fred MacMurray ....... Richard Elgin

Virginia Field ...... Alice

Patricia Crowley ...... Hester Hicks

Larry Keating ...... John

 

3.23 [--] General Electric Theater: no details

27Feb55

 

3.24 [--] General Electric Theater: THE BLOND DOG

06Mar55

starring

Cornel Wilde ........ Peter Maresy

Jean Wallace ...... Leslie Mason

Robert Middleton ...... Lt. Toler

Robert Cornthwaite ......... Dr. Nicholson

Joanne Davis ....... Julie Maresy

David Bruce ........ Stratton

Synopsis:

A struggling photographer runs over a dog while driving near the home of an actress.

Little does he know that this insignificant auto accident will lead to his involvement in murder. [RF]

 

3.25 [--] General Electric Theater: WAR AND PEACE ON THE RANGE

13Mar55

A comedy-western version of Leo Tolstoy's War And Peace

starring

Ronald Reagan

Synopsis:
A film producer of B-movie Westerns has to hire a big-name actor's

relative who is extremely incompetent for the chosen epic film. [RF]

 

3.26 [--] General Electric Theater: THE BITTER CHOICE

20Mar55

starring

Madeleine Carroll ........ Nurse Johansen

George Macready ........ Colonel

Jamie Smith ........ Hancock

Don Hanmer ........ G.I.

 

3.27 [--] General Electric Theater: CLOWN

27Mar55

adapted from the Emmett Kelly autobiography

starring

Emmett Kelly ........ 'Willie the Tramp'

Henry Fonda ....... Emmett Kelly

Dorothy Malone ....... Eva Balto Kelly

James Flavin ....... Callahan

Billy Barty ...... Second Clown

George Givot ....... Ringmaster

Barry Kelley ...... Fred

James McCallion ...... Stuffy

Gus Schilling ...... Gus

Sid Tomack ...... Third Clown

Synopsis:

An autobiographical story of the legendary circus clown Emmett Kelly .

 It begins in the 1930's when Kelly was performing a trapeze act. [RF]

 

3.28 [--] General Electric Theater: IT GIVES ME GREAT PLEASURE

03Apr55

starring

Myrna Loy ....... Kate Kennedy

Robert Preston ....... Jim Tweedy

Zachary Scott ....... David Wadsworth

Jeff Elliott ....... Johnny Kennedy

Lois Bolton ....... Mrs. Tweedy

Howard Kennedy ....... Trumbull

Synopsis:

A traveling lecturer wants to retire and spend more time with her son. [RF]

 

[--] General Electric Theater: preempted Fred Waring Special

10Apr55

 

3.29 [--] General Electric Theater: O, LONELY MOON

17Apr55     

adaptation of a short story by Bryan MacMahon

starring

E.G. Marshall ....... Jack

Maureen Stapleton ......... Ethel

Neva Patterson ....... Cora

Margaret Wycherly ....... Housekeeper

Synopsis:

Embittered by his wife's death during the birth of their eighth child, an Irishman refuses

to set eyes on the girl and acknowledges only seven children. [RF]

 

3.30 [--] General Electric Theater: THE WINDMILL

24Apr55

Adapted from the Theodore Francis Powys story

starring

James Stewart ..... Joe Newman (Television debut)

Barbara Hale .... Ellen Newman

John McIntire ..... Lane McKersher

James Millican ..... Chet Bundy

Donald MacDonald ...... Tom

Edgar Buchanan ...... Buckskin

Cheryl Callaway ...... Mary

Walter Sande ....... Mason

Synopsis:

A down & out rancher has a plan to bring water to the farmers of a dry region of land

in the old west. But he has to raise $500.00 to purchase a windmill & equipment to build

the irrigation system. After the bank turns his loan down, he enters a 6 shooter contest in town.

To win he will have to reveal a deadly secret from his past and loose his family.

However, if he doesn’t win, he risks loosing his land & his family both. [RF]

 

3.31 [--] General Electric Theater: MR. BLUE OCEAN

01May55

written by Arthur Steuer

starring

Boris Karloff ....... Mr. Blue Ocean

Bramwell Fletcher ....... Mr. Green Mountain

Susan Strasberg ....... Rain Drop

Anthony Perkins ....... West Wind

H.M. Wynant (as Haim Wynant) ....... Earth Quake

 

3.32 [--] General Electric Theater: INTO THE NIGHT (film)

Revue Productions
08May55
Producer Leon Gordon
Teleplay by Mel Dinelli
Based on a story by Charles Hoffman
Directed by Jacques Tourneur
Director of photography Ellsworth J. Fredricks
Supervising Editor Richard G. Wray
Editor Michael R. McAdam
Art Director Martin Obzina
Set Decorator James S. Redd
Sound Hugh McDowell

starring

Eddie Albert ....... Paul Mattson

Dane Clark ....... Smiley Sanson

Ruth Roman ...... Helen Mattson

Robert Armstrong ...... Walt Bevans

Jeanne Bates ....... Eve

Wallis Clark ....... Attendant

Jerry Mathers ......... Young boy (Leave It to Beaver)
William Fawcett
Nora Marlowe
Larry Blake

Synopsis:

The vacation plans of a young couple are suddenly altered by a fugitive gunman.

After hiding in their car, he forces them to take him to his pal's hideout. [RF]

 

3.33 [--] General Electric Theater: A MAN WITH A VENGEANCE (film)

15May55

written by Rod Serling

starring

Barry Sullivan ....... Robert Slenger

Luther Adler ....... Warner Johnson

Neva Patterson ....... Ellie

George Voskovec ........ Max

Synopsis 1:
A ruthless film director reaches success but cannot forget the man who once slighted him.
His chance for revenge finally comes. [JB]
Synopsis 2:
A ruthless film director bides his time and waits for his moment of victory, when
he can pay back the movie star who once spurned him. [RF]

 

3.34 [--] General Electric Theater: WHEN IN FRANCE (film)

22May55

written by Leo Davis

starring

Wally Cox ....... Monroe Winkler

Deirdre Owens ....... Mildred

Rita Colton ....... Diana

Synopsis:

What better place for romance than in a classroom, especially a French class?

That's the reasoning of a lonely boy and a lonely girl who enroll in a French class

with hopes of learning anything but the language. [RF]

 

3.35 [--] General Electric Theater: THE HALF-PROMISED LAND

29May55

starring

Ezio Pinza ....... Pio

Joan Copeland ....... Nina

Mike Wallace ....... Tom

Synopsis:

Pio, a bartender in Capri, has dreamed all his life of going to America.

He asks two American tourists to help him find a way to make his dream come true. [RF]

 

3.36 [--] General Electric Theater: STAR IN THE HOUSE

Revue Productions

05Jun55

starring

Joan Blondell ....... Joan Preston

John Sutton ....... Ted

Ellen Corby ....... Maid

Madge Kennedy ....... Henrietta

Susan Whitney ....... Ellen

Rodney Bell ....... Huey

Synopsis:
One-time film star plans her anniversary to be as romantic as her honeymoon. [RF]

 

 [--] General Electric Theater: no details

12Jun55

 

3.37 [--] General Electric Theater: THE DAY HE GOT FIRED

19Jun55

written by Leo Davis

Richard Kiley

Monica Lewis

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