CTVA US Anthology - "General Electric Theater" (Revue/CBS) Season 4 (1955-56)

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 Season 4 (CBS) (1955-56)
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by:  Rina Fox
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######### General Electric Theater ###########
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  CBS Sundays 9:00-9:30 pm Eastern (30 min)(weekly)

4.01 [--] General Electric Theater: TRYOUT

02Oct55

starring

Ann Harding

Gene Nelson

 

4.02 [--] General Electric Theater: THE BOUNTY COURT MARTIAL

09Oct55

Written by Elihu Winer

starring

Raymond Massey ....... Lord Hook

Francis L. Sullivan ...... Captain William Bligh

Ronald Reagan ...... James Morrison

 

4.03 [--] General Electric Theater: LASH OF FEAR

15Oct55

Written by James Warner Bellah

starring

Keenan Wynn ....... Dandy

John Payne ....... Jingles

Nancy Gates ....... Lucy Gallatin

Synopsis:
A stagecoach driver and cavalry officer vie for the affections

 of a young lady traveling west with them. [RF]

 

4.04 [--] General Electric Theater: OUTPOST AT HOME

23Oct55

starring

Ralph Bellamy

Bill Chapin

Synopsis:

The embittered son of a strict Army colonel in Germany shelters a deserter. [JB]

 

4.05 [--] General Electric Theater: SHADOW ON THE HEART (film)

30Oct55

starring

Kathryn Grayson ....... Julie Denton (her TV Debut)

John Ericson ...... Red

Chick Chandler ....... Carson

Hal Baylor ....... Brady

Joseph Corey ....... Tuttle

Ruth Lee ....... Bonnie

Synopsis:

While on duty on a lonely beach, a sailor meets a beautiful girl. It's love at first sight for the boy.

But he learns that the girl is blinded and pledged to marry another if her vision is restored. [TA]

 

4.06 [--] General Electric Theater: WINNER BY DECISION (film)

06Nov55

Adapted from a Budd Schulberg short story

Directed by William Attaway

starring

Harry Belafonte ....... Vinnie

Ethel Waters ........ Mother

Synopsis:

A promising and intelligent youth has great success in the ring. His mother wants him

to continue his education, his father and his manager want him to become a fighter. [RF]

 

4.07 [--] General Electric Theater: FAREWELL TO KENNEDY  (film)

Revue prod #1141

13Nov55

Screenplay by Harold Swanton
Story by William Fay
Directed by Frank Tuttle

starring

Alan Ladd ....... Joe

Kathleen Crowley ...... Mary

Robert Armstrong ....... Kennedy

Martin Dean ....... Fielder

Frank Faylen ....... Farber

Syl Lamont ....... Freddie

Robert Osterloh ...... Solly

George J. Lewis ....... Needham

Isabel Randolph ....... Ma

Lee Erickson ....... Boy

Danny Richards Jr. ....... Marty

Synopsis:

A plainclothesman idolizes his fiancee's father. But he finds out that the older man,

a captain of detectives, has become involved with a crooked gang. The plainclothesman

has lost an idol. Duty must be done. [RF]

 

4.08 [--] General Electric Theater: PROSPER'S OLD MOTHER  (film)

20Nov55

written by William Bowers

adapted from the Bret Harte story

starring

Ronald Reagan ....... Prosper

Ethel Barrymore ....... Mother

Charles Bronson ........ Pike

Edgar Buchanan ........ Colonel Starbottle

Dabbs Greer ....... Tom

Joyce Holden ....... Janet

Norman Leavitt ....... Slim

John Doucette ...... Bartender

Charles Halton ....... Welfare Man

Synopsis:

Orphaned Prosper sets out from his mining camp for San Francisco. He's looking for a

mother to bring back to the camp. And he finds one, a kindly old eccentric who drinks

medicine liberally flavored with 'hootch'. [RF]

 

4.09 [--] General Electric Theater: FROM THE TOP  (film)

27Nov55

starring

Jack Carter ....... Heck

Lisa Kirk ....... Jackie Hilton

Buddy Rich ....... George

Walter Woolf King ....... Dr. Hallem

Synopsis:

A manager and his big time singing protegee have been engaged a long time.

But he's too busy booking her to take time off for marriage. Finally,

the strain of overwork becomes too much for the songstress. [RF]

 

4.10 [--] General Electric Theater: FEATHERTOP

04Dec55

Adapted by Maurice Valency

Based on a story by Nathaniel Hawthorne

starring

Natalie Wood ....... Polly

John Carlyle

Carleton Carpenter

Synopsis:
A scarecrow is brought magicially to life.

 

4.11 [--] General Electric Theater: THE SEEDS OF HATE

11Dec55

Teleplay by Gerald Drayson Adams
Story by Marvin De Vries
Directed by Sidney Lanfield

starring

Charlton Heston  .... Tim
Steve Cochran ...... Drogo
Robert Bice ........ Clem
Diana Douglas ...... Nora
Nancy Kulp ......... Miss Lamb
Frank Lackteen ..... Tom-Tom
Jim Karath ......... Pete
Christian Pasques .. Lonny

 

4.12 [--] General Electric Theater: LET IT RAIN

18Dec55

Directed by Ralph Nelson

starring

Ronald Reagan ...... Loren McCall
Cloris Leachman .... Leah Beth
Lillian Bronson
Burt Mustin

Synopsis:
A writer finds romance in a sleepy southern town that keeps its

memories of the Civil War, and its ghosts, very much alive.

 

4.13 [--] General Electric Theater: A CHILD IS BORN

25Dec55

Produced by Mort Abraham

Written by Stephen Vincent Benet

Directed by Don Medford

Music by Bernard Herrmann

starring

Robert Middleton ....... Innkeeper

Nadine Conner ....... Innkeeper's Wife

Theodor Lippman ....... Dismas the Thief

 

4.14 [--] General Electric Theater: PORTRAIT OF A BALLERINA

01Jan56

starring

Joyce Vanderveen ....... Helene

Lili Darvas ....... Mme. Brideau

Steven Geray ....... M. Brideau

Marc Wilder ....... Dancer

Synopsis:
Set in 1882 Paris, a young girl gets her big break for the Paris Ballet

after much sacrifice from her mother. [RF]

 

4.15 [--] General Electric Theater: ESTEBAN'S LEGACY

08Jan56

Teleplay by Theodore Apstein
From the story by Norman Katkov
Hosted by Ronald Reagan

starring

Ricardo Montalban  .. Esteban Espinosa
Movita ............. Tula
David Colman ....... Orlando Espinosa
Edward Colmans ..... Montoya
Eugene Iglesias .... Teacher
Lou Krugman ........ Chavez
Sid Cassel ......... Presidente
Rosa Turich ........ Anna

Synopsis:
A carpenter returns to his village discouraged by

 his lack of success and respect. [RF]

 

4.16 [--] General Electric Theater: THE BALLAD OF MENDER MCCLURE

15Jan56

starring

Thomas Mitchell

Vincent Price

Synopsis:
A mysteriously familiar stranger sees fit to practice

a bit of magic on a lazy, selfish Ozark hillbilly. [RF]

 

4.17 [--] General Electric Theater: THE MUSE AND MRS. PARKINSON

22Jan56

adapted from the James B. Gidney 1948 story

starring

Edward Everett Horton ......... Mr. Parkinson

Barbara Jo Allen ....... Mrs. Parkinson (credited as Vera Vague)

Synopsis:
Mr. Parkinson's life has followed a familiar pattern up to now.

He commutes to his brokerage job during the week and plays golf on

weekends and seems to be a happy, ordinary chap. The big change comes

 when the fact that he is secretly a poet is brought to light. [RF]

 

4.18 [--] General Electric Theater: SUMMER PROMISE

29Jan56

Teleplay by Larry Marcus & Collier Young
Directed by Robert Stevenson
Associate Producer William Frye
Director of photography John L. Russell A.S.C.
Progress Reporter Don Herbert
Hosted by Ronald Reagan
starring
Joan Fontaine ...... Countess Irene Forelli
Scott Marlowe ...... Jim Goodwin
Philip Ober ........ Mr. Goodwin
Betsy Palmer ....... Ann Davis
Sally Fraser .......
Lisa Golm .......... Maid
*
Art Director ........... Martin Obzina
Editorial Supervisor ... Richard G. Wray, A.C.E.
Film Editor ............ Michael R. McAdam
Set Decorator .......... Ralph Sylos
Sound .................. William Brady
Assistant Director ..... Richard Birrie
Music Supervisor ....... Stanley Wilson
Wardrobe Supervisor .... Vincent Dee
Makeup ................. Leo Lotito Jr.
Synopsis:
A young man becomes infatuated with the older Countess and the

Countess falls for the young man unaware that the young man

plans to wed his childhood sweetheart. [RF]
 

4.19 [--] General Electric Theater: THE SONG CARUSO SANG

05Feb56

written by Shirley Peterson

starring

Anna Maria Alberghetti

 

4.20 [--] General Electric Theater: PROLOGUE TO GLORY

12Feb56

Written by E.P. Conkle

starring

John Ireland ....... Abe Lincoln
Joanne Woodward .... Ann Rutledge
Marjorie Rambeau ... Granny Rutledge
Lillian Bronson .... Mrs. Rutledge
Herbert Ellis ...... Lt. Roberts

 

4.21 [--] General Electric Theater: THE HONEST MAN [verifed -RF]
19Feb56 CBS Sun

General Electric Theater - The Honest Man 1/5 (1956)

General Electric Theater - The Honest Man 2/5 (1956)

General Electric Theater - The Honest Man 3/5 (1956)

General Electric Theater - The Honest Man 4/5 (1956)

General Electric Theater - The Honest Man 5/5 (1956)

Associate Producer William Frye
Written and Directed by Frank Tashlin
Based on a story by Richard George Pedicini
Hosted by Ronald Reagan
starring
Jack Benny ......... Sheldon Weeks
Zsa Zsa Gabor ...... Countess Gloria
Jack LaRue ......... Nick Rocco
Mary Lawrence ...... Laura
Barbara Lawrence ... Stormy
Charles Bronson .... Henry
Nesdon Booth ....... Lt. Wilkins
Mara McAfee ........ Gertrude
Pat Wallace ........ Jenny
Herb Ellis, James Cross, Pat Walker, Mara McAfee, Mollie McCart, Lani McIntire
*
Art Director .... Martin Obzina
Editorial Supervisor ... Richard G. Wray
Film Editor ... Daniel A. Nathan A.C.E.
Set Decorator ... James S. Redd
Sound .... Frank Sarver
Assistant director ... James Hogan
Music Supervisor .... Stanley Wilson
Wardrobe Supervisor ... Vincent Dee
Makeup .... Jack Barron
Synopsis:
A piano tuner smitten with love gets inadvertently involved with gangsters, stolen jewels and trouble with
a bevy of beauties. [RF]

 

4.22 [--] General Electric Theater: TRY TO REMEMBER

26Feb56

starring

Ronald Reagan ........... Det. Dan 'Irish' Murphy

Kim Hunter ......... Mary Murphy

Angie Dickinson ...... Shaw

Barry Kelley ..... Jack

Raymond Bailey ..... Richards

Dorothy Bernard ..... O'Kelley

Whit Bissell ..... Dolph

Adeline De Walt Reynolds ..... Mrs. Brack

Chuck Webster ..... Detective Harris

Synopsis:

Police detective Dan "Irish" Murphy has a more than professional interest in

finding the murderer of a door-to-door salesman. The man is found stabbed

in Murphy's home, with Mrs. Murphy lying unconscious nearby. [RF]

 

4.23 [--] General Electric Theater: A LETTER FROM THE QUEEN

04Mar56

Adapted by D.J. Powers

 From the Sinclair Lewis story

starring

Paul Muni ....... Senator Ryder

Christopher Plummer ....... Walter Shelley

Polly Bergen ....... Susan Barry

Jocelyn Brando ....... Nurse

Synopsis:

Former Senator Ryder is in his 90's now. But when he was in his prime, he was an

internationally respected statesman. Oblivious to the passing of the years, Ryder's mind

dwells only on his days of glory. His only friend now is a neighbor, a frivolous young lady

named Susan. But Ryder does have one priceless treasure, a letter written to him by

Queen Victoria. Word of its existence reaches Walter Shelley, an ambitious young

history scholar. and Shelley determines to get access to the letter.

What a feather that would be in his academic cap! [RF]

 

4.24 [--] General Electric Theater: STEINMETZ

11Mar56

starring

Franchot Tone ....... Charles Proteus Steinmetz

Synopsis:

The story of scientist Charles Proteus Steinmetz, the man who "made" lightning.

He did research for General Electric and then went on to become a professor

of Union College in Schenectady. [RF]

 

4.25 [--] General Electric Theater: THE NIGHT GOES ON

18Mar56

Story by Hagar Wilde

Director of photography John Russell (Emmy nominated)

starring

Rosalind Russell ....... Cynthia

Anthony George ....... Roberto

George Macready ....... Henry

Carmen Matthews ....... Margaret

Charass Hughes ....... Conchita

Synopsis:
An embittered spinster lives on her brother's ranch in Mexico.

She becomes attracted to a young ranch hand, and when he

doesn't return her affection she decides to get revenge. [RF]

*Note: Syndication airing on Summer Theater 20Jun57.

 

4.26 [--] General Electric Theater: REFLECTED GLORY

25Mar56

Adapted by Arthur Arent
based on a play by George Kelly
starring
Ethel Merman ....... Muriel Flood
Walter Matthau
Synopsis:
A successful actress is torn between the desire to marry and settle down,

and the urge to continue her career on the stage. Her producer is against

her plans to leave the stage, for a number of reasons. [RF]
*Note: The play opened on Broadway in 1936, starring Tallulah Bankhead.
 

4.27 [--] General Electric Theater: THE EASTER GIFT

01Apr56

Teleplay by D.J. Powers (as D.J. Power)
From a story by Frances Ancker and Cynthia Hope
Hosted by Ronald Reagan
starring
Macdonald Carey .... David Bothwell
Mary Fickett ....... Margaret Bothwell
Michael Allen ...... Jake
Edward Brian ....... Billy
Harriet MacGibbon .. Mrs. King
Maxine Stuart ...... Alice
Robin Lawson ....... Mr. Carpenter
Synopsis:
A family endure a difficult time and come together during Easter. [RF]
 

4.28 [--] General Electric Theater: JUDY GARLAND MUSICAL SPECIAL

08Apr56

Part 1/4"General Electric Theater" (1956) The Judy Garland Musical Special.

Part 2/4 "General Electric Theater" (1956) The Judy Garland Musical Special.

Part 3/4 "General Electric Theater" (1956) The Judy Garland Musical Special.

Part 4/4[final] "General Electric Theater" (1956) The Judy Garland Musical Special.

Introduced & Hosted by Ronald Reagan

Produced by Sid Luft

starring

Judy Garland

Peter Gennaro

Concert Pianist Leonard Pennario performs "Bolero"

*

Judy sings with Nelson Riddle and his orchestra these songs:

"I Feel a Song Coming On"

 "I Will Come Back"

"When the World Was Young"

"Life Is A Bowl of Cherries"

"Dirty Hands, Dirty Face"

"Come Rain or Come Shine"

"I'll Be Seeing You"

*

(Joe Bushkin is on piano, unconfirmed)

 

4.29 [--] General Electric Theater: THAT'S THE MAN!

15Apr56

adapted from the Melville Davison Post story

starring

Nancy Davis ........ Evelyn Kent

Ray Milland ....... Russell Kent

Katherine Warren ....... Mrs. Bolton

Hayden Rorke ....... Mr. Bolton

Grandon Rhodes ....... Mr. Carruthers

Carolyn Craig ....... Betty

Jean Dixon ....... Secretary

Wilfred Knapp ....... Hubbard

 

4.30 [--] General Electric Theater: THE LORD'S DOLLAR

22Apr56

written by D.J. Powers

starring

Ronald Reagan ....... Harry Tate

 

4.31 [--] General Electric Theater: HMS MARLBOROUGH WILL ENTER PORT

29Apr56

starring

Joseph Cotten ....... Captain

Strother Martin ....... Gunnery Officer Daly

Jan Merlin ....... Ensign Merritt

Dan Barton ....... Navigator Haines

William Boyett ....... First Lt. Mitchell

Arthur Hanson ....... Medical Officer Chapman

George Matthews ....... Chief Engineer Crawford

James McCallion ....... Captain's Steward

 

4.32 [--] General Electric Theater: THE SHUNNING

06May56

written by James Costigan

starring

Lilia Skala

Joan Lorring

Synopsis:
An Amish girl decides to find adventure in a big city before getting married. [RF]

 

[--] General Electric Theater: no details

13May56

 

4.33 [--] General Electric Theater: THE HAT WITH ROSES

20May56

Produced by Leo Davis
Teleplay by Theodore Apstein
From a story by Margaret Cousins
Directed by Don Medford
Hosted by Ronald Reagan

starring
Gisele MacKenzie ... Hope Craddock
Betty Lou Keim ..... Judy Matthews
Betty Garde ........ Annie
Joseph Sullivan .... Frank Tucker
Margaret Barker .... Alice Sharrod
Carol Lynley ....... Schoolgirl (uncredited)

*
Technical Director .... Lou Tedesco
Lighting .............. Sal Bonsignore
Costume Designer ...... Gene Collin
Musical Director ...... Eugene Cines
Story Editor .......... Theodore Apstein
Production Supervisor.. Robert Foshko
Art Director .......... John Robert Lloyd
Synopsis:
A schoolteacher fails one of her students and tries to

show her student compassion and understanding. [RF]
 

4.34 [--] General Electric Theater: THE GOLDEN KEY

27May56

Written by Shirley Peterson

Adapted from the Ernest William Horning 'Crime Doctor's Story'.

starring

Joe E. Brown ....... Earl Hall

Van Dyke Parks ..... Horace
Kenny Delmar ...... MacLane
Robert Emhardt

Synopsis:
An aged railroad man breaks free of the doldrums of

retirement with the help of a young boy's friendship. [RF]

 

4.35 [--] General Electric Theater: O'HOOLIHAN AND THE LEPRECHAUN

03Jun56

written by George Lowther

starring

Roddy McDowall ..... Leprechaun

E.G. Marshall ....... O'Hoolihan

Anne Jackson

 

4.36 [--] General Electric Theater: EXITS AND ENTRANCES

10Jun56

starring

Charlie Applewhite ........ Howard Burdick

 

4.37 [--] General Electric Theater: ALIEN ANGEL

17Jun56

written by Hal Hackady

starring

Patty McCormick

 

4.38 [--] General Electric Theater: EMERGENCY CALL

24Jun56

Teleplay By John Kneubuhl & Leslie Slote
Based On A Story By John Ehle
Directed By Jules Bricken

Guest cast:
Vera Miles ......... Mrs. Eaton
Harvey Stephens .... Dr. Williams
Virginia Christine.. The Head Nurse
Nancy Evans ........ The Nurse
Herb Vigran ........ The News Editor
Dorothy Adams ...... The 2nd Phone Operator
Lela Bliss ......... The 1st Phone Operator
Clark Howat ........ The Orderly
Dana Dillaway ...... Little Girl
Synopsis:
A frantic mother tries desperately to find her husband to inform him

that their little girl has been hospitalized in severe shock after

being hit by a car, and is asking for him. [SC]

 

4.39 [--] General Electric Theater: MAN WITH A VENGEANCE

01Jul56

starring

Walter Matthau

Dennis King

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