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Hollywood Opening Night

Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive

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with contributions by: Rina Fox
references:
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HOLLYWOOD OPENING NIGHT
Jul 1951-Mar 1952, CBS Fri 10:30-11:00 (filmed dramas)

Oct 1952-Mar 1953, NBC Mon 9:00-9:30 (live dramas)

Second Season Produced by William Corrigan

 

US Anthology series   1951-53 (July 20, 1951 to March 23, 1953)

 

Hosted by Jimmy Fidler (1952-53)

 

######### Hollywood Opening Night ##########

############ season 1 1951-52 ############

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Live from New York until October 6, 1952
when it was moved to the NBC Burbank Studio,
where it became the first live dramatic anthology
from the West Coast.

Season 1 episodes were mainly repeats from the Stars Over Hollywood series
 

[01] Hollywood Opening Night: THE SECOND MRS. SANDS
20Jul1951 CBS Fri
starring
Hillary Brooke
Synopsis:
A woman plots to do away with her husband. [RF]

[02] Hollywood Opening Night: THE DEVIL YOU SAY
27Jul1951 CBS Fri
starring
Fred Sherman
*NOTE: Originally aired on "Stars Over Hollywood" 09May51.

[03] Hollywood Opening Night:
03Aug1951 CBS Fri


[04] Hollywood Opening Night: THE AGELESS
10Aug1951 CBS Fri
starring
Onslow Stevens
Synopsis:
A stranger brings peace and happiness into the troubled lives of the occupants of a dingy waterfront hotel. [RF]

[05] Hollywood Opening Night: AUTUMN FLAMES
17Aug1951 CBS Fri
starring
Onslow Stevens
Maria Palmer
Synopsis:
A man and his wife encounter problems when an artist comes between them. [RF]
Synopsis 2:
A woman after 14 years of marriage, thinks that the romance between herself and her husband has died. [RF]
*NOTE: Originally aired on "Stars Over Hollywood" 28Feb51.

[06] Hollywood Opening Night: THE RETURN OF VAN SICKLE
24Aug1951 CBS Fri
starring
Cliff Arquette .... Mr. Van Sickle
Synopsis:
A play about the unstuffing of a very stuffy son-in-law by Mr. Van Sickle. [RF]
*NOTE: Originally aired on "Stars Over Hollywood" 07Feb51.

[07] Hollywood Opening Night:
31Aug1951 CBS Fri

[08] Hollywood Opening Night: SON OF THE ROCK
07Sep1951 CBS Fri
starring
Ellen Corby
Stanley Andrews
John Qualen
Synopsis:
A tale of a young man who has been taught by his father to be ruthless in business and of the mother's ability
in overcoming this situation. [RF]
Synopsis 2:
A stern father raises an even sterner son who alienates his mother by taking over her husband's business. [RF]
Syndication airing on "Hollywood Playhouse" 01Dec1955.
*NOTE: Originally aired on "Stars Over Hollywood" 21Feb51.

[09] Hollywood Opening Night: HAND ON MY SHOULDER
14Sep1951 CBS Fri
starring
Frank Jenks
Marjorie Lord
Synopsis:
A racetrack tout hits a streak of luck and learns to share it with others. [RF]
*NOTE: Originally aired on "Stars Over Hollywood" 14Feb51.
*TRIVIA: A racetrack tout is someone who offers advice about betting on horses or influence the odds in hope
of sharing the winnings.

[10] Hollywood Opening Night: WHEN THE DEVIL IS SICK
21Sep1951 CBS Fri
starring
Larry Blake
Dorothy Adams
Synopsis:
A roistering tippler temporarily reforms when he suffers a heart attack. [RF]
*NOTE: Aired originally on "Stars Over Hollywood" 07Mar51.

[11] Hollywood Opening Night: SOME SMALL NOBILITY
28Sep1951 CBS Fri
starring
Joan Banks
Synopsis:
A woman puts on airs to make herself seem important.
Synopsis 2:
When a wife discovers that her husband has but one year to live, she sacrifices everything in order to make
his last year a happy one. [RF]
*NOTE: Originally aired on "Stars Over Hollywood" 04Oct50.

[12] Hollywood Opening Night: OLD MOTHER HUBBARD
05Oct1951 CBS Fri
starring
Ellen Corby
Craig Stevens
Synopsis:
A mother checks up on her daughter's employer by taking a job as the cleaning woman in his office and she
makes some surprising discoveries. [RF]
*NOTE: Originally aired on "Stars Over Hollywood" 28Mar51.

[13] Hollywood Opening Night: PRETTY BOY
15Oct1951 CBS Mon
starring
Robert Clarke
Lynne Roberts
Richard Benedict
*NOTE: Originally aired on "Stars Over Hollywood" 25Apr51.

[14] Hollywood Opening Night: GIRL OR GHOST
22Oct1951 CBS Mon
starring
Gloria Saunders
Herb Patterson
Synopsis:
A comedy of love between a comely Puritan ghost and a writer of history. [RF]
*NOTE: Originally aired on "Stars Over Hollywood" 09May51.

[15] Hollywood Opening Night: ROCK AGAINST THE SEA
29Oct1951 CBS Mon
starring
Mary Stuart
Synopsis:
A young librarian falls in love with a handsome sea captain, but her fear of the sea interferes. [RF]
*NOTE: Originally aired on "Stars Over Hollywood" 18Oct50.

[16] Hollywood Opening Night: TEXAS PARSON
05Nov1951 CBS Mon
starring
Ross Ford
Lynne Roberts
Synopsis:
A tale of a preacher in the old West who found that his meekness did nothing about cleaning up a town,
so he did it another way. [RF]
*NOTE: Originally aired on "Stars Over Hollywood" 18Oct50.

[17] Hollywood Opening Night: GRADY EVERETT FOR THE PEOPLE
12Nov1951 CBS Mon
written by Rod Serling
starring
Bert Freed
Synopsis:
Grady Everett is a selfish politician who fixes everything but the disaster he brings upon himself. [RF]
*NOTE: Originally aired on "Stars Over Hollywood" 13Sep50.

[18] Hollywood Opening Night: LANDING AT DAYBREAK
19Nov1951 CBS Mon
starring
Anita Louise
Ray Montgomery
Marcia Van Dyke
Synopsis:
An airliner fighting for existence in a big storm as a young woman in love with a married man tells her
story in flashbacks. [RF]
*NOTE: Originally aired on "Stars Over Hollywood" 29Nov50.

[19] Hollywood Opening Night: CREW CUT
26Nov1951 CBS Mon
starring
Bill Williams
Synopsis:
A former barber in the US Navy saves a friend at the expense of a General's hair-piece. [RF]

[20] Hollywood Opening Night: SHOWDOWN
03Dec1951 CBS Mon
starring
Lurene Tuttle
Synopsis:
A tale set in a frontier town of the Old West and Granny is pitted against the town tough guy. [RF]
*NOTE: Originally aired on "Stars Over Hollywood" 25Oct50.

[21] Hollywood Opening Night: THE LAST LETTER
10Dec1951 CBS Mon
starring
Onslow Stevens
Ross Ford
Synopsis:
An invalid woman thinks her husband is a policeman. [RF]

[22] Hollywood Opening Night: THIS LITTLE PIG CRIED
17Dec1951 CBS Mon
starring
Frances Rafferty
Robert Rockwell
Synopsis:
The story of a piggy bank containing the joint savings of a young couple intend on getting unhitched. [RF]
*NOTE: Originally aired on "Stars Over Hollywood" 15Nov50.

[23] Hollywood Opening Night: CHRISTMAS FOR SWEENEY
24Dec1951 CBS Mon
starring
Bruce Cabot
*NOTE: Originally aired on "Stars Over Hollywood" 20Dec50.

[24] Hollywood Opening Night:
31Dec1951 CBS Mon

[25] Hollywood Opening Night:
07Jan1952 CBS Mon

[26] Hollywood Opening Night:
14Jan1952 CBS Mon

[27] Hollywood Opening Night: MY NEPHEW NORWELL
21Jan1952 CBS Mon
starring
Harold Peary
*NOTE: Originally aired on "Stars Over Hollywood" 03Jan51.

[28] Hollywood Opening Night: THE KIRBYS
28Jan1952 CBS Mon
starring
Ann Rutherford
Cameron Mitchell
*NOTE: Originally aired on "Stars Over Hollywood" 18Apr51.

[29] Hollywood Opening Night:
04Feb1952 CBS Mon

[30] Hollywood Opening Night:
11Feb1952 CBS Mon

[31] Hollywood Opening Night:
18Feb1952 CBS Mon

[32] Hollywood Opening Night: THE HOUSEKEEPER
25Feb1952 CBS Mon
starring
Albert Dekker
Synopsis:
A psychiatrist makes an error in a diagnosis which leads to further complications. [RF]

[33] Hollywood Opening Night:
03Mar1952 CBS Mon

[34] Hollywood Opening Night: NOR GLOOM OF NIGHT
10Mar1952 CBS Mon
starring
Buddy Ebsen
*NOTE: Originally aired on "Stars Over Hollywood" 16May51.
*Some listings say "Nor Bloom of Night".

[35] Hollywood Opening Night: PRISON DOCTOR
17Mar1952 CBS Mon
starring
Cameron Mitchell
Raymond Burr
Synopsis:
A young prison doctor saves a man from the electric chair during this psychological drama. [RF]
*NOTE: Originally aired on "Stars Over Hollywood" 14Mar51.

[36] Hollywood Opening Night: STRANGE ENCOUNTER
24Mar1952 CBS Mon
starring
Jorja Curtright


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2.01 [--] Hollywood Opening Night: TERRIBLE TEMPERED TOLLIVER

06-Oct-1952

Produced & directed by William Corrigan
NBC sportcaster Bill Stern was used as the story consultant.
Guest cast:

William Bendix

Peggy Ann Garner

Synopsis:
An umpire never reversed a decision is now hit with failing eyesight

and his daughter is falling in love with a rookie he doesn't like.

 

2.02 [--] Hollywood Opening Night: LET GEORGE DO IT

13-Oct-1952

Guest cast:

Richard Egan

Ann Sothern

 

2.03 [--] Hollywood Opening Night: DELAYING ACTION

20-Oct-1952

Guest cast:

John Agar

John Hodiak

Tab Hunter

 

2.04 [--] Hollywood Opening Night: SOMEBODY I KNOW

27-Oct-1952

Guest cast:

James Dunn

Peggy Ann Garner

Ann Harding

 

2.05 [--] Hollywood Opening Night: WELCOME HOME, STRANGER

03-Nov-1952

Guest cast:

Mark Stevens

Teresa Wright

 

2.06 [--] Hollywood Opening Night: THIRTY DAYS

10-Nov-1952

Guest cast:

Edward Arnold

Robert Stack

 

2.07 [--] Hollywood Opening Night: HOPE CHEST

17-Nov-1952

Guest cast:

Macdonald Carey

Joan Caulfield

 

2.08 [--] Hollywood Opening Night: THE SINGING YEARS

24-Nov-1952

Guest cast:

Dorothy Lamour

 

2.09  [--] Hollywood Opening Night: THE LUCKY COIN

01-Dec-1952

Guest cast:

Wendell Corey

Maureen O'Sullivan

 

2.10 [--] Hollywood Opening Night: MYSTERIOUS WAYS

08-Dec-1952

Guest cast:

Ethel Barrymore

 

2.11 [--] Hollywood Opening Night: SWORD PLAY

15-Dec-1952

Script by Eliot Asinof
Story by Rafael Sabatini
Directed by William Corrigan
Hosted by Jimmie Fidler & Jimmy Wallington

Guest cast:

David Niven

 

2.12 [--] Hollywood Opening Night: JOSIE

22-Dec-1952

Guest cast:

Jane Darwell

James Dunn

Ann Whitfield

 

2.13 [--] Hollywood Opening Night: PRICELESS GIFT

29-Dec-1952

Guest cast:

Ronald Reagan

 

2.14 [--] Hollywood Opening Night: LEGAL AFFAIR

05-Jan-1953

Guest cast:

Nina Foch

Franchot Tone

 

2.15 [--] Hollywood Opening Night: THE LIVING IMAGE

12-Jan-1953

Guest cast:

Paul Douglas

 

2.16 [--] Hollywood Opening Night: INTERLUDE

19-Jan-1953

Guest cast:

Ezio Pinza

 

2.17 [--] Hollywood Opening Night: MRS. GENIUS

26-Jan-1953

Guest cast:

Celeste Holm

 

2.18 [--] Hollywood Opening Night: THE SHEPHERD'S TOUCH

02-Feb-1953

Guest cast:

Henry Brandon

Diana Lynn

 

2.19 [--] Hollywood Opening Night: FALSE WITNESS

09-Feb-1953

Guest cast:

Virginia Field

 

2.20 [--] Hollywood Opening Night: THE PATTERN

16-Feb-1953

Guest cast:

Gloria Swanson

 

2.21 [--] Hollywood Opening Night: THE ROMANTIC TYPE

23-Feb-1953

Guest cast:

Don DeFore

June Havoc

 

2.22 [--] Hollywood Opening Night: THE INVITED SEVEN

02-Mar-1953

Guest cast:

Boris Karloff

 

2.23 [--] Hollywood Opening Night: UNCLE FRED FLITS BY

09-Mar-1953

Guest cast:

David Niven

Ronald Young

 

2.24 [--] Hollywood Opening Night: MR. BARBER'S LOVE AFFAIR

16-Mar-1953

Guest cast:

Robert Newton

 

2.25 [--] Hollywood Opening Night: MY BOSS AND I

23-Mar-1953

Guest cast:

Richard Carlson

Marguerite Chapman

 

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