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 Season 3 (NBC) (Summer 1963)
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 9:00pm EST)(15 episodes x 1hr)(19Jun63-25Sep63) 

       Revue Studios, Hollywood USA

 (some previously aired on "Alcoa Premiere" (1961-63)

Summer Replacement for "The Perry Como Show"
 

 3.1 [33] Kraft Mystery Theatre: SHADOW OF A MAN
Revue Studios, USA (copyright date: 19Jun63)
19Jun1963 NBC Wed 9-10pm
Written by Frank Fenton
Story by James Patrick
Directed by David Lowell Rich
starring
Ed Begley
Broderick Crawford
Jack Kelly
John Anderson
Michael Burns
Bradford Dillman
Beverley Owen
Berkeley Harris
Synopsis:
Two insurance investigators are assigned to learn why a revered small town citizen suddenly withdrew
$50,000 from the bank and sold a yacht for $25,000. [RF]

3.2 [34] Kraft Mystery Theatre: THE IMAGE MERCHANTS
26Jun1963 NBC Wed 9-10pm
starring
Melvyn Douglas
Geraldine Brooks
Macdonald Carey
Dianne Foster
Ron Foster
Synopsis:
A magazine writer is assigned by a publisher to learn why a congressman near death from a plane crash,
unexpectedly flew to his home town on the night he was due at the state capitol for a high-level meeting. [RF]
*NOTE: Episode was an unsold pilot, Melvyn Douglas is wasted in a relatively small part here.

3.3 [35] Kraft Mystery Theatre: THE RULES OF THE GAME
03Jul1963 NBC Wed 9-10pm
starring
Hugh O'Brian
Bethel Leslie
Edgar Stehli
Roland Winters
Synopsis:
A newspaper editor is shaken when a dying man confesses to a murder for which another was executed. [RF]

3.4 [36] Kraft Mystery Theatre: CATCH FEAR BY THE THROAT
10Jul1963 NBC Wed 9-10pm
starring
Steve Forrest
Bradford Dillman
Linden Chiles
Karen Steele
Anna Kashfi
Synopsis:
A Lietuenant Governor cracks after taking over for the dying Governor.
Synopsis 2:
(Steve Forrest) Lietuenant Governor whose psychiatric problem flares when he is signing some papers in
lieu of the ill Governor. The psychiatrist (Bradford Dillman) uses the usual means plus a smidgeon of humor
to solve the Lt. Governor's problem. [RF]

3.5 [37] Kraft Mystery Theatre: THE FUGITIVE EYE
17Jul1963 NBC Wed 9-10pm
Written by John Marcus
Story by Charlotte Jay
Directed by Herman Hoffman
starring
Charlton Heston .... Paul Malone
Leo G. Carroll ..... Welch
Jack Livesey ....... Graves
Ronald Long ........ Inspector Prayle
Laurie Main ........ Sergeant Hadley
Jennifer Raine ..... Elizabeth
William O'Connell .. Private Benson
Kendrick Huxham .... Vicar
Hilda Plowright .... Vicar's Wife
Elizabeth Allen .... Nurse
Colin Campbell ..... Englishman
Brendan Dillon ..... Officer
Irvin Ashkenazy .... Hatchet-faced Man
Michel Petit ....... Boy
George Whiteman .... Drunken Sod
*Originally aired on Alcoa Premiere 17Oct61.

3.6 [38] Kraft Mystery Theatre: THE FORTRESS
24Jul1963 NBC Wed 9-10pm
starring
Lloyd Bridges .... Lt. Wallace Brown
James Shigeta .... Chinese Captain
Philip Ahn ....... Chinese Major
Amy Fields ....... Ruth Brown
Synopsis:
Lt. Wallace Brown is captured by the North Korean Communists and imprisoned in a barren cell with only
an ever-burning light bulb to keep him company. [RF]
*Originally aired on Alcoa Premiere 24Oct61.

3.7 [39] Kraft Mystery Theatre: OF STRUGGLE AND FLIGHT
31Jul1963 NBC Wed 9-10pm
Written by Alvin Boretz
Directed by Ted Post
starring
Janice Rule ........ Karen Evans
Jack Kruschen ...... Joe Haneke
Dabney Coleman ..... Lee Mattheson
Tod Andrews ........ Paul Evans
Gerald O'Loughlin .. Steve
Jordan Grant ....... Reed
Synopsis:
Karen Evans is addicted to gambling and becomes involved with the underworld when she loses a large amount
of money. Now for the second time, her husband calls the Missing Persons Bureau who has been sent searching
for her, and this time her clothes have washed up on the beach. [RF]
*Originally aired on Alcoa Premiere 28Mar63.

3.8 [40] Kraft Mystery Theatre: THE BOY WHO WASN'T WANTED
07Aug1963 NBC Wed 9-10pm
Written by John and Ward Hawkins
Directed by James Sheldon
starring
Dana Andrews ....... Pat Barrat
Billy Mumy ......... Skipper
Marilyn Erskine .... Celia Barrat
Barbara Loden ...... Betty Johnson
Thomas Browne Henry. Judge Whittaker
Ed Peck ............ James Donner
S. John Launer ..... Dr. Benson
Katherine Warren ... Mrs. Handley
Frank Sully ........ Truck Driver
Synopsis:
A detective tries to adopt the son of a man he helped send to prison.
*Originally aired on Alcoa Premiere 05Jun62.

3.9 [41] Kraft Mystery Theatre: THE DARK LABYRINTH
14Aug1963 NBC Wed 9-10pm
Teleplay by Mark Rodgers
Story by Lawrence Durrell
starring
Carroll O'Connor .... Charles Campion
Patrick O'Neal ...... Frederic Warren
Salome Jens ......... Madelyn Warren
Barbara Barrie ...... Virginia Stanley
Arthur Malet ........ Peter Fearmax
Synopsis:
Five persons defy warnings and enter the labyrinth of the lengendary man-eating minotaur on the Island of Crete. [RF]
*Originally aired on Alcoa Premiere 21Mar63.

3.10 [42] Kraft Mystery Theatre: THE HOUR OF THE BATH
21Aug1963 NBC Wed 9-10pm
Written by Donald S. Sanford
Directed by George Schaefer
starring
Robert Forster ...... Henry Detweiler
Barbara Luna ........ Becky
Harold Fong ......... Nam Quang Hok
Yuki Shimoda ........ Ti Rong
Kam Tong ............ Lu Ding
Viraj Amonsin ....... Viet Cong Leader
Synopsis:
A U.S. Peace Corps worker learns that some of the Vietnamese people with whom he is cooperating have marked
him for death. [RF]
*Originally aired on Alcoa Premiere 16Jan62.

3.11 [43] Kraft Mystery Theatre: TALK TO MY PARTNER
28Aug1963 NBC Wed 9-10pm
starring
Joanna Moore ....... Hilary Snow
Ray Danton ......... Brig Hazard
Synopsis:
Two lawyers defend a gardener accused of masterminding wholesale robberies.
Synopsis 2:
Hilary Snow, a neophyte corporation lawyer is asked by the Legal Assistance League to defend a Japanese
Gardener accused of theft. She gets a legal helping hand from Brig Hazard, one of the firm's junior partners. [RF]

3.12 [44] Kraft Mystery Theatre: ORDEAL IN DARKNESS
04Sep1963 NBC Wed 9-10pm
Written by William P. McGivern & Richard Fielder
Directed by James Sheldon
starring
Keir Dullea ........ Tommy Miller
Richard Conte ...... John Miller
Dorothy Green ...... Nancy Miller
George Kennedy ..... Jake
Dan Frazer ......... Corby
Synopsis:
Temporarily blinded executive John Miller refuses to give up his business responsibilities. [RF]
*Originally aired on Alcoa Premiere 15Nov62.

3.13 [45] Kraft Mystery Theatre: GO LOOK AT ROSES
11Sep1963 NBC Wed 9-10pm
starring
John Forsythe
Lola Albright
Norman Fell
Cathleen Nesbitt
Synopsis:
A columnist meets violence when he attempts to locate the missing member of the Class of '28, to invite him
to a reunion at P.S. 302. [RF]

3.14 [46] Kraft Mystery Theatre: PATTERN OF GUILT
18Sep1963 NBC Wed 9-10pm
Written by Helen Nielsen
Directed by Bernard Girard
starring
Ray Milland ........ Keith Briscoe
Myron McCormick .... Lt. Gonzales
Joanna Moore ....... Elaine Briscoe
Olive Carey ........ Nettie Swanson
Lucy Prentis ....... Faye Briscoe
Harlan Warde ....... Walker
Rex Holman ......... Kawalik
Howard Caine ....... Higbee
Synopsis:
A newspaper reporter fears that either his ex-wife or his estranged wife will be the next target in a
series of murders he's investigating. [RF]
*Originally aired on Alcoa Premiere 09Jan62.

3.15 [47] Kraft Mystery Theatre: MAN WITHOUT A WITNESS
25Sep1963 NBC Wed 9-10pm
starring
Lin McCarthy ........ John Lawrence
Madlyn Rhue
Patricia Medina
Synopsis:
Attorney John Lawrence tries to trackdown a witness who lied on the stand, the only one who can prove the
innocence of an ex-police captain charged with murder. He must vindicate the former police captain of hiring
assassins to kill a man. [RF]
*Note: It's a good yarn, and Madlyn Rhue is especially good as a naive girl who holds the key to he case.
Patricia Medina plays a jaded nightclub singer. [RF]
*Final episode of the program.
 

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