CTVA US Anthology - "High Tension" (WOR-TV Ch9 New York)(1953-54)

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High Tension (1953-54)
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by: Rina Fox, Tom Alger
references:
TV Guide / Library of Congress (telnet://locis.loc.gov)
Internet Movie Database (http://us.imdb.com)
UCLA Film and Television Archive / Writers Guild of America (wga)

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HIGH TENSION
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WOR-TV Channel 9 New York
Created by Lawrence Menken (program director of Guild Films)

US Drama Anthology 1953-54 25 episodes x 30 min

Premise:
Single actor with another voice off camera. [Billboard 10Oct53]

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WOR-TV Channel 9 Thursday 10:30-11pm

[01] High Tension: MARKHEIM [Premiere]
15-Oct-1953 WOR-TV Chl 9 New York Thur 10:30-11pm
Written by Robert Louis Stevenson
starring
Jack Manning, Phil Tonken
Producer: Lawrence Menkin
Director: Richard Simon
Writer: Jay Bennett
"Weekly Variety" Review (Published Date: October 21st, 1953)
Combination of Larry Menkin, Jay Bennett and Jack Manning which clicked so successfully with their solo-actor presentation of
"Hamlet" and other productions last winter on Menkln's "Mono-Drama Theatre" on WABD, N. Y., was successfully reunited for the
initialler of new arid modified half hour version of "Mono-Drama" on WOR-TV.
Menkin, who's moved into the program managership at the station, has taken his old concept of a single actor doing a story,
added an offscreen voice, wrapped them up into a half-hour yarn, and come up with a sock suspense session in "High Tension."
Choice of Robert Louis Stevenson's "Markheim" to lead the series off was a fortunate one, since it's the story of a man's tussle
with his conscience after years of degeneracy which are capped off with a murder. Since it's pretty much of solo-setting and tailor-made
for the solo treatment, program came off in slick style. Bennett's adaptation was excellent, Phil Tonken's offstage voice fitted the mood
perfectly, and Jack Manning's thesping (thespian / acting) was socko throughout.
With director Richard Simon's cameras doing a rapid shift in viewpoint throughout the half-hour, none of the program was static, as
might be expected from a solo thesping effort. The "live" editing, so to speak, was fluid and unerring, and combined with a fine series of
sets and props and Manning's and Tonken's top-nitch performances, created a mood of tension and suspense that didn't let up for a minute.
Adding to this were some fine sound effects of ticking of clocks and excellent music by an un-billed organist.
Chan. [TA]


[02] High Tension: The Old Ones
22Oct1953
starring
Ruth White

[03] High Tension: Brain Wash
29Oct1953
starring
Stewart Bradley

[04] High Tension: The Golden Cat
05Nov1953
starring
Martin Kosleck

[05] High Tension: A Melody For Murder
12Nov1953
starring
Yvonne Sherwood

[06] High Tension: The Captain Sees Red
19Nov1953
starring
Sydney Smith

[07] High Tension: The Faceless Man
26Nov1953
starring
B.J. Keating

[08] High Tension: Crime and Punishment
03Dec1953
Story by Fyodor Dostoevsky
starring
Martin Kosleck

[09] High Tension: Escape Into Fear
10Dec1953
starring
Diana Kemble

[10] High Tension: The House and the Brain
17Dec1953
starring
Jack Manning

[11] High Tension: The Mistletow Racket
24Dec1953
starring
Gordon Clark

[12] High Tension: The Last Man on Earth
31Dec1953
starring
Chris Drake

[13] High Tension: The Ghost of Macbeth
07Jan1954
starring
Jack Manning

[14] High Tension: Go Way From My Window
14Jan1954
starring
Mary Leader

21Jan1954 pre-empted for film.
28Jan1954 pre-empted for film.


[15] High Tension: Talkdown
04Feb1954
starring
Chris Drake

[16] High Tension: The Invisible Island
11Feb1954
starring
Douglas Rodgers

[17] High Tension: Woman in the Box
18Feb1954
starring
Helen Chapman

[18] High Tension: The Lovers Out of Time
25Feb1954
starring
Joy Hathaway

[19] High Tension: The Pulse of Murder
04Mar1954
starring
Martin Ritt

[20] High Tension: Mr. Krosneck Disappears
11Mar1954
starring
Martin Kosleck

[21] High Tension: The Tell-Tale Heart
18Mar1954
starring
Curtis Conway

[22] High Tension: The Last Man on Earth
25Mar1954
starring
Christopher Drake

*Note: The Academy Awards Ceremonies were held on this day on NBC (same timeslot) with Donald O'Connor from Hollywood and Fredric March from New York.

[23] High Tension: I Dream of Murder
01Apr1954
starring
Stewart Bradley

[24] High Tension: The Third Rose
08Apr1954
starring
Ruth Attaway

[25] High Tension: The Deadliest
15Apr1954
starring
Martin Kosleck

Replaced with Films.

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