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Season 1 (ABC) (1953-54)
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by: Rina Fox
TV Guide / Library of Congress (telnet://locis.loc.gov)
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######### Kraft Television Theatre ###########
########### season 1 1953-54 ############
ABC Thursdays 9:30-10:30pm Eastern
During this season a different series also called Kraft Television Theatre aired on NBC Wednesdays 9:00-10:00pm ET
1.01[--] Kraft Television Theatre : JOHNNY CAME HOME
written by Frank Daniel Gilroy
1.02 [--] Kraft Television Theatre : ALIAS JIMMY VALENTINE
Adapted by Robert Howard Lindsay and Kathleen Lindsay
From the play by Paul Armstrong
Based on the original story by O. Henry
Safecracker Jimmy Valentine and his pal Swede are in the process
of planning a "bank job" with Avery and other thieves, but Jimmy
falls in love with Rose and decides to go straight.
1.03 [--] Kraft Television Theatre : THE BARRETTS OF WIMPOLE STREET
Story by Rudolph Besier
An invalid poetess defies her father's wishes to marry a dashing young poet.
1.04 [--] Kraft Television Theatre : NEXT YEAR
Written by Robert Howard Lindsey
A successful lawyer finds out he has just six months to live.
1.05 [--] Kraft Television Theatre : THE BITTER WIND
Written by Roger Garis
A romance between a doctor and nurse turns sour when they
blame themselves for the death of a patient.
1.06 [--] Kraft Television Theatre : THE APPLE TREE
Adapted from the story by John Galsworthy.
Returning to his hometown with his wife, he learns that his childhood
sweetheart died of a broken heart and is buried under the old Apple tree.
1.07 [--] Kraft Television Theatre : THE WHITE CARNATION
Story by Robert Cedric Sherriff
A deceased stockbroker refuses to believe he's been dead for seven years.
1.08 [--] Kraft Television Theatre : THE PATSY
Adapted by Robert Howard Lindsay
From the play by Barry Conners
Pat Harrington, the neglected daughter of a society matron and her
brow-beaten father expect her to marry a wealthy bachelor.
1.09 [--] Kraft Television Theatre : THE AMAZING MR. GLADSTONE
Written by Milton Gould
1.10 [--] Kraft Television Theatre : SMILIN' THROUGH
Adapted from the play by Jane Cowl and Jane Murfin.
An uncle does not want his niece marrying the man's son
who is responsible for his own fiance's death.
1.11 [--] Kraft Television Theatre : A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Based on the novel by Charles Dickens
Old Ebnezer Scrooge learns the meaning of sharing by his visits
from the Ghost of Christmas Past, Present and Future.
1.12 [--] Kraft Television Theatre : CANDLE-LIGHT
Written by Siegfried Geyer (Kleine Komedie)
Translated in English by P.G. Wodehouse
A maid pretends to be a lady, a Prince poses as his valet and
his valet pretends to be him, the Prince. In this comedy of errors.
1.13 [--] Kraft Television Theatre : BABYLON REVISITED
Adapted by Kathleen and Robert Howard Lindsay
Based on the novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Because of his alleged "wild living" a man's daughter has been
taken away from him. He struggles to regain her custody.
1.14 [--] Kraft Television Theatre : BURLESQUE
Story by George Manker Waters and Arthur Hopkins
Directed by Fred Carney (Art Carney's brother)
A comedian allows success to separate him from his wife.
1.15 [--] Kraft Television Theatre : WEDNESDAY'S CHILD
Story by Leopold Atlas
An 11-year-old boy's parents plan divorce.
1.16 [--] Kraft Television Theatre : THE SHINING PALACE
written by Peggy Phillips
An advertising man and his wife, an ex-actress, retire to a home
in the Florida Keys, but a TV program tempts her out of retirement.
1.17 [--] Kraft Television Theatre : ELISHA AND THE LONG KNIVES
Written by Dale Wasserman & Jack Balch
Van Dyke Parks
A small boy survives a massacre and three hunters become his caretakers.
1.18 [--] Kraft Television Theatre :
THE THINKING HEART--A LINCOLN BIOGRAPHY
Written by George H. Faulkner
Anthony Ross as Narrator
1.19 [--] Kraft Television Theatre : ICE WATER PLEASE
Based on the story by Fannie Hurst
1.20 [--] Kraft Television Theatre : NIGHT MUST FALL
story by Emlyn Williams
Chiller about a bellhop who charms his way into the good graces of a rich, old lady. [RF]
1.21 [--] Kraft Television Theatre : DELICATE STORY
Adapted from the play by Ferenc Molnar
The wife of a Swiss delicatessen shop owner falls for a
young man about to be called back to the Army duty.
Her husband eventually suspects the worst, but it really hasn't happened.
The young man has been in love with someone else all the time.
1.22 [--] Kraft Television Theatre : DARK VICTORY
story by George Emerson Brewer and Bertram Bloch
With only a short time to live a woman falls for her doctor.
1.23 [--] Kraft Television Theatre : HOME AT SEVEN
Directed & produced by Fred Carney (Art Carney's brother)
Story by Robert Cedric Sherriff
Mystery about a banker who loses his memory for a 24-hour period,
while murder is done. [RF]
A mild-mannered London bank clerk fears he had unwittingly
committed murder during a period of amnesia. [RF]
*Note: Fred Carney held onto this script for sometime until Tom Helmore was available.
Helmore was working in a Broadway show by Elmer Rice called "The Winner" at the time. [RF]
1.24 [--] Kraft Television Theatre : ANGEL STREET
story by Patrick Hamilton
Howard St. John
A woman moves into the house of her deceased aunt with
her cruel husband who attempts to drive her to madness.
1.25 [--] Kraft Television Theatre : GLORIOUS MORNING
Based on a play by Norman MacGowan
1.26 [--] Kraft Television Theatre : THE OLD MAID
Adapted by Zoe Akins
Based on the book by Edith Wharton
Nancy Marchand ..... Charlotte
Eva Marie Saint .... Tina
Janet DeGore ....... Dee
Eric Sinclair ...... Charlie
Addison Richards ... Dr. Lanskell
The story follows the life of Tina, a young woman caught between the mother
who adopted her—the beautiful, upstanding Delia—and her true mother, her plain,
unmarried “aunt” Charlotte, who gave Tina up to provide her with a socially acceptable life.
The three women live quietly together until Tina’s wedding day, when Delia’s and
Charlotte’s hidden jealousies rush to the surface. [RF]
1.27 [--] Kraft Television Theatre : A MARRIAGE MADE IN HEAVEN
Written by Milton Gould
1.28 [--] Kraft Television Theatre : SPRING 1600
Adapted by George Faulkner
From the play by Emlyn Williams
Janet De Gore
1.29 [--] Kraft Television Theatre : UNEQUAL CONTEST
Based on a play by Abby Mann
1.30 [--] Kraft Television Theatre : ARROWSMITH
Adapted by Kathleen and Robert Howard Lindsay
1.31 [--] Kraft Television Theatre : THE WORRIED SONGBIRDS
Written by Greer Johnson
1.32 [--] Kraft Television Theatre : ALL OUR YESTERDAYS
1.33 [--] Kraft Television Theatre : DODSWORTH
story by Sinclair Lewis
A midwestern businessman and his wife travel to Europe. Both become
involved in romances: she with a series of continental adventures; he with an
intelligent widow, who becomes his guide to European culture. [RF]
1.34 [--] Kraft Television Theatre : HOUSE ON WILDWOOD LANE
written by George Lowther
1.35 [--] Kraft Television Theatre : BLIND ALLEY
Adapted from the play by James Warwick
Darren McGavin ..... Hal Wilson
A fugitive fleeing the police takes over the suburban home of a psychology
professor and his wife. But the professor is convinced that his own trained
brain is more than a match for the fugitive's brawn. [RF]
1.36 [--] Kraft Television Theatre : DELIVER ME FROM EVIL
Written by Agnes Ridgway
1.37 [--] Kraft Television Theatre : SEE YOU ON SUNDAY
Written by Charles Mergendahl
1.38 [--] Kraft Television Theatre : MR. SIMMONS
Written by Arthur Cavanaugh
1.39 [--] Kraft Television Theatre :
A CONNECTICUT YANKEE IN KING ARTHUR'S COURT
Story by Mark Twain
Edgar Bergen ....... The Yankee
Eva Leonard Boyne ........ Queen Guinevere
Victor Jory ....... Merlin
Jack Livesey ........ King Arthur
Carl Reiner ....... Sir Kay
Joseph Walsh ......... Clarence the page (as Joey Walsh)
1.40 [--] Kraft Television Theatre : PETTICOAT FEVER
Adapted from the play by Mark Reed
1.41 [--] Kraft Television Theatre : FORTY WORKS OF UNCLE TOM
Written by George Baxt
1.42 [--] Kraft Television Theatre : THE DASHING WHITE SERGEANT
Written by Charles Campbell Gairdner
1.43 [--] Kraft Television Theatre : NOTHING PERSONAL
1.44 [--] Kraft Television Theatre : THE BISHOP MISBEHAVES
Adapted from the play by Frederick Jackson
1.45 [--] Kraft Television Theatre : THE SHINING HOUR
Adapted by Richard McCracken
From the play by Keith Winter.
1.46 [--] Kraft Television Theatre : UNCLE HARRY
Adapted from the play by Thomas Job
1.47 [--] Kraft Television Theatre : PHILIP GOES FORTH
Adapted from the play by George Kelly
Frank M. Thomas
1.48 [--] Kraft Television Theatre : ALBERT
Written by Kathleen Lindsay
Jack Livesey ....... Dopey
Robin Craven ....... Henry
Harry Townes ....... Joe
Stefan Schnabel .... Commandant
E.A. Krumschmidt ... Herrman
A prisoner of war in a German camp during World War II builds a lifesized
dummy called, "Albert". The prisoners are allowed outside the wires of the camp
once a week to bath. This permits one prisoner a week to make his escape because
the dummy becomes his stand-in when roll call is taken upon the return of the
1.49 [--] Kraft Television Theatre : GUEST IN THE HOUSE
story by Hagar Wilde and Dale Eunson and Katherine Albert
Lenka Peterson ..... Evelyn
Dorothy Sands ...... Aunt Martha
Karl Swenson ....... Douglas
Joan Tompkins ...... Ann
Bibi Osterwald ..... Miriam
Katherine Meskill .. Miss Rhodes
Leora Thatcher ..... Hilda
Jada Rowland ....... Lee
Al Markim .......... Tracy
A successful artist and his family put up at their home an attractive young lady with a heart condition.
isn't long before their happy life is disrupted. [RF]
*Note: In the movie, Ralph Bellamy portrayed the artist, Anne Baxter the calculating girl.
1.50 [--] Kraft Television Theatre :
PROFESSOR JONES AND THE MISSING LINK
written by Don Rozi Anton
########## Kraft Television Theatre
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