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 Season 1 (NBC) (Summer 1961)
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by:  Rina Fox
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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  NBC (Wednesdays 9:00-10:00pm EST) (14Jun61-27Sep61)

   

 (Mainly UK theatrical second features filmed in England and edited for American Television to fit a 60 min time slot)

     Hosted by Frank Gallop 

Summer Replacement for "The Perry Como Show"
 

 1.01 [--] Kraft Mystery Theatre: THE PROFESSIONALS
prod #61-1203
14Jun1961 NBC Wed
(filmed in the UK 1959 for UK theatrical release) (theatrical running time 61 min)
Produced by Norman Priggen
Written by Peter Barnes
Directed by Don Sharp
Hosted by Frank Gallop
starring
William Lucas .... Bowman
Andrew Faulds .... Inspector Rankin
Colette Wilde .... Ruth
Stratford Johns .. Lawson
Vilma Ann Leslie .. Mabel
Edward Cast ...... Clayton
Charles Vince .... Holden
Jack May ......... Edwards
Laurence Taylor .. Cairns
Eric Corrie ...... Detective
Arthur Skinner ... Plain-Clothes man
Douglas Suir ..... Beaumont
David Williams ... Constable
Synopsis:
A team of detectives arrive to inspect the vault of a suburban bank and skip out with the loot. [RF]

1.02 [--] Kraft Mystery Theatre: DEADLY RECORD
21Jun1961 NBC Wed
(filmed in the UK 1959 for UK theatrical release) (theatrical running time 58 min)
Produced by Vivian A. Cox
From the novel by Nina Warren Hooks
Directed by Lawrence Huntington
Hosted by Frank Gallop
starring
Lee Patterson .... Trevor Hamilton
Barbara Shelley .. Susan Webb
Peter Dyneley .... Dr. Morrow
Jane Hylton ...... Ann Garfield
Geoffrey Keen .... Superintendent Ambrose
Ferdy Mayne ...... Ramon Casadas
April Olrich ..... Carmela
Edward Cast ...... P.C. Ryder
Everley Gregg .... Mrs. Mac
George Pastell ... Angelo
John Paul ........ Phil Gamage
Geoffrey Tyrrell
Doreen Dawn
Percy Herbert
Peter Dolphin
Synopsis:
Pilot Trevor Hamilton returns home and sees no sign of his estranged wife Jenny, who lives in the studio
adjoining his house. The next day he finds her dead in her studio, finds her car with a dented fender
and himself the No. 1 murder suspect. [RF]

1.03 [--] Kraft Mystery Theatre: ACCOUNT RENDERED
28Jun1961 NBC Wed
Hosted by Frank Gallop
(filmed in the UK in 1957 for UK theatrical release) (theatrical running time 59 min)
Directed by Peter Graham Scott
Screenplay by Barbara S. Harper/ Based on the Novel by Pamela Barrington
starring
Griffith Jones .... Robert Ainsworth
Ursula Howells .... Lucille Ainsworth
Honor Blackman .... Sara Hayward
Ewen Solon ........ Detective Marshall
Carl Bernard ...... Gilbert Morgan
Synopsis:
When Lucille Ainsworth is murdered, the police haul in four prime suspects - all of them with equally
good reasons for wanting the woman dead. [RF]

1.04 [--] Kraft Mystery Theatre: BREAKOUT
05Jul1961 NBC Wed (Copyright: PUB 23Mar59)
(filmed in the UK in 1959 for UK theatrical release) (theatrical running time 62 min)
Independent Artists Production [UK]
Nat Cohen and Stuart Levy present
Produced by Leslie Parkyn, Julian Wintle
Based on a story by Frederick Oughton
Directed by Peter Graham Scott
Hosted by Frank Gallop
starring
Hazel Court ....... Rita Arkwright
Lee Patterson ..... George Munro
Billie Whitelaw ... Rose Munro
John Paul ......... Arkwright
William Lucas ..... Chandler
Estelle Brody ..... Maureen O'Quinn
Dermot Kelly ...... O'Quinn
Terence Alexander.. Farrow
Synopsis:
A troubled architect plans a jail break for a crime syndicate after giving in to his wife's pressuring
him regarding money. [RF]

1.05 [--] Kraft Mystery Theatre: DANGER TOMORROW
12Jul1961 NBC Wed
(filmed in the UK in 1960 for UK theatrical release) (theatrical running time 61 min)
Producer Jack Parsons
Written by Guy Deghy
Story by Frank Charles
Directed by Terry Bishop
Hosted by Frank Gallop
starring
Rupert Davies ..... Dr. Robert Campbell
Lisa Daniely ...... Marie
Annabel Maule ..... Helen
Robert Urquhart ... Bob Murray
Zena Walker ....... Ginny Murray
Russell Waters .... Steve
Synopsis:
A doctor's wife believes she's losing her mind, she has recurring visions of a murder. [RF]

1.06 [--] Kraft Mystery Theatre: THE HIDEOUT
19Jul1961 NBC Wed
(filmed in the UK in 1956 for UK theatrical release)
Hosted by Frank Gallop
Screenplay by Kenneth R. Hayles
Directed by Peter Graham Scott
starring
Ronald Howard ..... Robert Grant
Dermot Walsh ...... Steve Curry
Rona Anderson ..... Helen Grant
Sam Kydd .......... Tim Bowers
Synopsis:
An insurance salesman and a young woman are accidentally drawn together in a plot to smuggle contaminated furs. [RF]

1.07 [--] Kraft Mystery Theatre: THE WHITE TRAP
26Jul1961 NBC Wed
(filmed in the UK in 1959 for UK theatrical release) (theatrical running time 61 min)
produced by Julian Wintle and Leslie Parkyn
Written by Peter Barnes
directed by Sidney Hayers
Hosted by Frank Gallop
starring
Lee Patterson ...... Paul Langley
Felicity Young ..... Joan Langley
Conrad Phillips ..... Morrison
Yvette Wyatt ....... Ann Fisher
Synopsis:
Convict Paul Langley learns that his wife is desperately ill. He determines to break out of prison and
visit her in the hospital. [RF]

1.08 [--] Kraft Mystery Theatre: WITNESS IN THE DARK
02Aug61 NBC Wed
(filmed in the UK in 1959 for UK theatrical release) (theatrical running time 62 min)
Writen by John Lemont, Leigh Vance
Directed by Wolf Rilla
Hosted by Frank Gallop
starring
Patricia Dainton .... Jane Pringle
Conrad Phillips ..... Inspector Coates
Madge Ryan .......... Mrs. Finch
Enid Lorimer ........ Mrs. Temple
Synopsis:
Though Jane Pringle is blind, she has made a good life for herself. She has a fine job, a comfortable flat
and many friends. But one day Jane discovers that someone wants to kill her. [RF]

1.09 [--] Kraft Mystery Theatre: THE SPIDER'S WEB
09Aug61 NBC Wed
(filmed in the UK in 1960 for UK theatrical release) (theatrical running time 88 min)
Hosted by Frank Gallop
Screenplay by Eldon Howard / Based on the novel by Agatha Christie
Directed by Godfrey Grayson
starring
Glynis Johns ....... Clarissa Hailsham-Brown
John Justin ........ Henry Hailsham-Brown
Jack Hulbert ....... Sir Rowland Delahaye
Cicely Courtneidge ... Miss Peake
Ronald Howard ...... Jeremy
David Nixon ........ Elgin
Wendy Turner ....... Pippa
Basil Dignam ....... Hugo
Joan Sterndale-Bennett ... Mrs. Elgin
Ferdy Mayne ......... Oliver
Peter Butterworth ... Insp.Lord
Synopsis:
Henry and Clarissa Hailsham-Brown have three very important guests at their house. An unexpected visitor
arrives Oliver Costello the husband of his ex-wife Miranda. He has come to ask that Miranda's daughter
come and live with them. Pippa does not like her step-father and does not want to leave her father. When
Clarissa stumbles across a body in the living room she enlists her guests to help hide the body. [RF]

1.10 [--] Kraft Mystery Theatre: HOUSE OF MYSTERY
16Aug61 NBC Wed Copyright: PUB 29May61
(filmed in the UK in 1961 for UK theatrical release) (theatrical running time 56 min)
a Julian Wintle & Leslie Parkyn Film
directed and written by Vernon Sewell
Hosted by Frank Gallop
starring
Jane Hylton ........ Stella
Peter Dyneley ...... Mark
Nanette Newman ..... Joan
Maurice Kaufmann ... Henry
Colin Gordon ....... Burdon
John Merivale ...... Clive
Molly Urquhart ..... Mrs. Bucknail
Ronald Hines ....... Man
Colette Wilde ...... Girl
George Selway ...... Constable
Freda Bamford ...... Constable's Wife
Roy Purcell ........ TV Engineer
Ken MacGregor ...... Milkman
William Dickie ..... C.I.D. Man
Synopsis:
A young couple interest in buying a house find what seems to be a bargain, that is until they learn the
house has a very very strange history. [RF]

1.11 [--] Kraft Mystery Theatre: THE DESPERATE MAN
23Aug61 NBC Wed
(filmed in the UK in 1959 for UK theatrical release) (theatrical running time 57 min)
Screenplay byJames Eastwood / Based on the Novel by Paul Somers
Directed by Peter Maxwell
Hosted by Frank Gallop
starring
Conrad Phillips .... Curtis
Jill Ireland ....... Carol Bourne
William Hartnell ... Smith
Charles Gray ....... Lawson
Peter Swanwick ..... Hoad
Arthur Gomez ....... Landlord
John Warwick ....... Inspector Cobley
Patricia Burke ..... Miss Prew
Ernest Butcher ..... Grocer
Synopsis:
Two newspaper reporters are investigating the disappearance of a 150-pound cannonball from the grounds
of a castle and become hostage to a killer at the medieval castle. [RF]

1.12 [--] Kraft Mystery Theatre: THE HOUSE OF RUE RIVIERA
30Aug61 NBC Wed
Hosted by Frank Gallop
starring
Richard Anderson
Jayne Mansfield
John Ericson
Diana Trask
Synopsis:
A tourist is set-up as the murderer of a singer.
Synopsis 2:
A murder suspect is forced to attempt blackmail of four people to prove his innocence.
*NOTE: This was an unsold pilot and starred Richard Anderson as an American working for the French police.
This was also the only episode of the series not made in England


1.13 [--] Kraft Mystery Theatre: FLIGHT FROM TREASON
no. 61-1673
06Sep1961 NBC Wed
(filmed in the UK in 1959 for UK theatrical release)
produced by Leonard White
written by James Mitchell
directed by Dennis Vance
guest stars
John Gregson
Robert Brown
Ian Hendry
Avril Elgar
Synopsis:
A Secret Service man investigating a murder in an atomic device factory finds that a factory worker is
being blackmailed by two foreign spies who want his help in photographing plans of the device. One spy is
slain and the factory worker tries to conceal his past. [RF]

1.14 [--] Kraft Mystery Theatre: PORT OF REVENGE   (filmed in ?)
13Sep1961
Hosted by Frank Gallop
starring
Dan O'Herlihy
Francoise Prevost
Synopsis:
A soldier of fortune seeks revenge against a smuggler who married the girl he loved. This leads him to
a drug smuggler in Monaco.

1.15 [--] Kraft Mystery Theatre: THIRD ALIBI
20Sep61 NBC Wed
(filmed in 1961 for UK theatrical release) (theatrical running time 68 min)
Produced by Maurice J. Wilson
Written by Maurice J. Wilson & Montgomery Tully
Directed by Montgomery Tully
Cast (in credits order)
Laurence Payne ..... Norman Martell
Patricia Dainton ... Helen Martell
Jane Griffiths ..... Peggy Hill
Edward Underdown ... Dr. Murdoch
John Arnatt ........ Supt. Ross
Humphrey Lestocq ... Producer
Lucy Griffiths ..... Miss Potter
Cleo Laine ......... Singer
also:
Olive Milbourn ..... Mrs. Booth
Synopsis:
Norman wants a divorce from Helen because he has fallen in love with
her sister Peggy. Helen won't cooperate, and Norman decides murder
is the only way to break the triangle.

1.16 [--] Kraft Mystery Theatre: DEATH IN THE SKY ABOVE (final episode of season 1)
27Sep61 NBC Wed
(filmed in the UK)
Cast:
Peter Williams ..... Charles Hillary
Petra Davies ....... Katherine Forester
Ursula Howells ...... Mrs. Charles Hillary
Synopsis:
Charles Hillary is jailed for the murder of his wife, but insists that
he is innocent. He escapes from prison and sets out to find the real murderer. (60 min)

 

*Note: Last show of the series, format changes in season 2 to Desilu Studios in Hollywood.

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