CTVA US Anthology - "Goodyear TV Playhouse" (NBC) Season 4 (1954-55)

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 Season 4 (NBC) (1954-55)
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by:  Tom Alger,  Rina Fox
references:
TV Guide / Library of Congress (telnet://locis.loc.gov)
Internet Movie Database (http://us.imdb.com)
UCLA Film and Television Archive


############ Goodyear TV Playhouse ###########
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NBC Sundays 9:00-10:00pm Eastern - Alternating with "Philco TV Playhouse"

 

Ep 4.01 [--] TV Playhouse: GUILTY IS THE STRANGER

26Sep1954

written by Tad Mosel

guest stars

Paul Newman

Fay Bainter

Patricia Crowley

 

Ep 4.02 [--] TV Playhouse: THE PERSONAL TOUCH

10Oct1954

written by George Baxt

directed by Delbert Mann

guest stars

Celia Lipton

Kevin McCarthy

Rex Thompson

 

Ep 4.xx [--] TV Playhouse: FLIGHT REPORT

07Nov1954

guest stars

E.G. Marshall

Walter Matthau

 

Ep 4.xx [--] TV Playhouse: THUNDER OF SILENCE

21Nov1954

written by Stewart Stern

guest stars

Paul Newman

Herbert Berghof ....... Novak
Inga Stevens .......... Jana
Katherine Squire ...... Lola Wilson
Richard Bishop ........ Frank Wilson
Synopsis:
A troubled teenager and her father wind up moving

in with a farmer and his family.

 

Ep 4.xx [--] TV Playhouse: LAST BOAT FROM MESSINA

05Dec1954

written by David Shaw

guest stars

Martin Balsam

Doris Dowling

 

Ep 4.06 [--] TV Playhouse: CLASS OF '58

19Dec1954

written by Louis S. Peterson

guest stars

Jack Mullaney ......... David
Carol Veazie .......... The Woman
Eli Rill .............. First Boy
Jack Warden ........... Hal
Norman Field .......... The Conductor
Russell Chase ......... Second Boy
Synopsis:
A hitchhiker is picked up by a salesman who lends the musician

some advice about career choices.

 

Ep 4.07 [--] TV Playhouse: A CASE OF PURE FICTION

02Jan1955

guest stars

Ann Dere

Constance Ford

Laurence Hugo

 

Ep 4.08 [--] TV Playhouse: DOING HER BIT

16Jan1955

written by Roger O. Hirson

guest stars

Janet Blair

James Daly

Frank Maxwell
Kathleen Maguire
Synopsis:
An entertainer performs for the troops in Korea,

 when she falls for a tough-as-nails Army captain. [RF]

 

Ep 4.09 [--] TV Playhouse: THE WAY THINGS HAPPEN

30Jan1955

guest stars

Peter Lind Hayes ...... Harry Harris
Mary Healy ............ Rosette Harris
David White ........... Martin Ramsey
Harold Stone .......... Willie
Parker McCormick ...... Justine Davis
Doris Rich ............ Mrs. Grace
Shirley Grayson ....... Sylvia Baker
Synopsis:

A writer waiting for his soon-to-be ex-wife,

discusses his trouble's with the restaurant owner.
 

Ep 4.10 [--] TV Playhouse: THE RABBIT TRAP

13Feb1955 

Producer Fred Coe

Written by J.P. Miller

Directed by Delbert Mann

guest stars

Kathleen Maguire ....... Abby

Philip Abbott ....... Eddie

James Westerfield ....... Spellman

Kevin Coughlin ....... Duncan

Loretta Day ....... Judy

Roy Fant   .............. Old Man
Frank Bolger .......... Gerry
Frank Rowan ........... Corcoran

Synopsis:

While on vacation, a father and son set a rabbit trap. They are to return

 the next day to free the rabbit, a prospective pet for the boy. But the family is

forced to return to the city after a rush call from the father's demanding boss. [RF]

 

Ep 4.11 [--] TV Playhouse: BACKFIRE

27Feb1955

guest stars

Larry Gates

Peter Mark Richman

 

Ep 4.12 [--] TV Playhouse: MY LOST SAINTS

13Mar1955

Producer Gordon Duff
Associate Producer Robert Aurthur
Written by Tad Mosel
Directed by Arthur Penn

guest stars

Lili Darvas ........... Mama
Eileen Heckart ........ Kate
Barbara Robbins ....... Mrs. Hallet
Richard Keith ......... Mr. Hallet
Tirrell Barbery ....... Kitty
Synopsis:
The family maid is forced to divide her attention when her mother,

 a peasant farm woman, visits. [RF]
 

Ep 4.13 [--] TV Playhouse: THE CHIVINGTON RAID  (The Chivington Road)

27Mar1955

written by Charles K. Peck Jr.

directed by Delbert Mann

producer Gordon Duff

guest stars

Gene Lyons ............ Cole Newton
John Shellie .......... Gabe Lawson

Steve McQueen (his TV debut)

Elisabeth Fraser

Albert Dekker

Victor Thorley

Floyd Buckley

Synopsis:

Colonel Shivington is preparing a revenge attack on Indians

 and one soldier stands in his way.

 

Ep 4.14 [--] TV Playhouse: BELOVED STRANGER

10Apr1955

written by Sumner Locke Elliott

guest stars

Hugh Reilly ....... Joe Saxon
John Alexander ....... Charlie Wickes
Elaine Stritch
Act I
Sally Gracie ....... Bambi Saxon
Carol Veazie ....... Mother Barker
Will West ....... Possum Barker
Ed Walsh ....... Matt Clune
Act II
Constance Ford ....... Magda Owens
Margaret Hamilton ....... Letty
Act III
Maureen Hurley ....... Nan Maitland
Cynthia Latham ....... Miss Teasdale
Synopsis:
A ships' captain dies at sea before he can name the person to whom he

leaves his worldly possessions. A lawyer's search leads to the three women,

each of whom could be the "beloved stranger". [RF]

 

Ep 4.15 [--] TV Playhouse: DO IT YOURSELF

24Apr1955

written by Jay Presson

guest stars

Patrick O'Neal ........ Bill
E.G. Marshall ......... Upton
Gena Rowlands ......... Eve
Pat Hingle ............ Darrin
Stasia Kos ............ Katcha
Maud Scheerer ......... Jennie
Synopsis:
There's more than the do-it-yourself fever behind an unsuccessful writer's
plan to build his home himself. His almost too perfect wife, a successful fashion
editor, would realize that, if only she hadn't just been offered a job in Paris.

 

Ep 4.16 [--] TV Playhouse: VISIT TO A SMALL PLANET

08May1955

Producer Gordon Duff
Associate Producer Robert Aurthur
Written by Gore Vidal
Directed by Jack Smight

guest stars

Cyril Ritchard ....... Kreton

Dick York ............. John Randolph
Alan Reed ............. General Powers
Edward Andrews ........ Roger Spelding
Theodore Bikel ........ Paul Laurent
Jill Kraft ............ Janet Spelding
Sylvia Davis .......... Ellen Spelding
Bruce Kirby ........... Aide
Gerald Milton ......... First Visitor
Louis Edmonds ......... Second Visitor
Alfred de la Fuente ... President of Paraguay
Synopsis:
A Pennsylvania radio announcer discovers that a spaceship has landed
on his farm. From it steps the dapper, clairvoyant Kreton, who's come to Earth
to see how its 'savages' live. He's also prepared to give the lowly Earthmen
a few hints on running their civilization. [RF]

 

Ep 4.17 [--] TV Playhouse: THE CATERED AFFAIR

22May1955

written by Paddy Chayefsky

guest stars

Thelma Ritter ......... Mother
Kathleen Maguire ...... Daughter
Pat O'Malley .......... Uncle Jack
Pat Henning ........... Father
Michael Higgins ....... Groom
Billy Greene .......... Mr. Halloran
Nancy Marchand ........ Alice
Katherine Hynes ....... Mrs. Halloran
Shelley Berman ........ Manager
Josephine Brown ....... Older Woman
Florence Stanley ...... Younger Woman
Synopsis:
An Irish family is bickering about plans for daughter's wedding. The bride-to-be
and her thrifty father favor an intimate wedding. Mother and the star boarder,
brother-in-law 'Uncle Jack' have in a mind a large and elaborate "catered affair". [RF]

 

Ep 4.18 [--] TV Playhouse: MR. DOROTHY ALLEN

05Jun1955

written by Roger O. Hirson

guest stars

Gene Lyons

Martha Wright

 

Ep 4.19 [--] TV Playhouse: END OF THE MISSION

19Jun1955

written by Roger O. Hirson

guest stars

Lili Darvas

Roger De Koven

Paul Picerni

Gaby Rodgers

 

Ep 4.22 [--] TV Playhouse: THE PRIZEWINNER

03Jul1955

written by Jerome Ross

directed by Jack Smight

guest stars

Mark Daniels

Lamont Johnson

Joan Lorring

Betsy Palmer

Leora Thatcher

John Lehne

James Maloney

Susan Oliver

Sudie Bond

Vicki James

 

Ep 4.21 [--] TV Playhouse: MAN ON SPIKES

17Jul1955

written by Eliot Asinof

guest stars

Ned Glass

Robert Morse

Warren Stevens

Janet Ward

Bill Zuckert

Synopsis:

Recounts the life of baseball player from his youth to retirement.

 

4.22 [--] TV Playhouse: TANGLED WEB

31Jul1955

written by Audrey & William Roos

guest stars

John Conte

Phyllis Love

Joe Mantell

Tom Poston

 

4.23 [--] TV Playhouse: THE TAKERS

14Aug1955

written by William Manchester

guest stars

Martin Balsam ....... Walter Gregg

Ed Begley ........ Bernard Zysski

Luis Van Rooten

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