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 Season 9 (NBC) (1955-56)
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by:  Rina Fox
references:
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########## Kraft Television Theatre ##########
############## season 9 1955-56 ##############
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NBS Wednesdays 9:00-10:00pm Eastern
 

9.01 [435] Kraft Television Theatre: THE DIAMOND AS BIG AS THE RITZ

28Sep1955

written by William Hodapp

directed by Norman Morgan

guest stars

Lee Remick

Richard Franchot

Elizabeth Montgomery

George Macready

Signe Hasso

Mario Alcade

 

9.02 [--] Kraft Television Theatre:  THE BEAUTIFUL TIME

05Oct1955

written by Arnold Shulman

guest stars

Lili Darvas

Claudia Morgan

George Voskovec

Edward Andrews

Kimetha Laurie

 

9.03 [--] Kraft Television Theatre:  TRUCKS WELCOME

12Oct1955

guest stars

James Gregory

Rita Gam

Joe Maross

Una Merkel

 

9.04 [--] Kraft Television Theatre:  I, MRS. BIBB

19Oct1955

written by Paul Crabtree

directed by Richard Dunlap

guest stars

Lillian Gish as Mrs. Bibb

Richard Kiley

Patricia Smith

Richard Ney

 

9.05 [--] Kraft Television Theatre:  ONE

26Oct1955

written by David Karp

guest stars

Harry Townes

Laurence Hugo

Helen Shields

Barry Jones

 

9.06 [--] Kraft Television Theatre:  NUMBER 4 WITH FLOWERS

02Nov1955

story by Louis Pelletier

directed by William A. Graham

guest stars

Jack Klugman

Parker McCormick

Jack Weston

John McGiver

Lois Bolton
Synopsis:
The bullet-riddled body of a gangster is brought to the morgue.

Since no one appears interested in arranging a funeral for him, plans

are made to bury him in Potter's Field. Then, out of the blue, there

steps a young waitress to claim the dead man's remains.

 

9.06 [--] Kraft Television Theatre:  THE TICKET AND THE TEMPEST

09Nov1955

written by Frank Kulla
guest stars
J. Pat O'Malley as Liam
Arthur Shields as Sean
Alice Pearce as Kate
Cameron Prud'homme as Father Duffy
Synopsis:
An Irishman places his friend's name on a sweepstake ticket.

 

9.07 [--] Kraft Television Theatre:  A SUMMER'S END

16Nov1955

(aka End of Summer)

written by Seymour Vall

guest stars

Ian Turner

James Barton
Synopsis:
Set in a summer place that's been shut down now that summer's over.

The central figure is a small boy who begins to suspect that his best

friend, a handyman, is a murderer.

 

9.08 [--] Kraft Television Theatre:  DAY OF JUDGEMENT

23Nov1955

written by Harry Julian Fink

guest stars

Lorne Greene

Lydia St Clair

Dino DiLuca
Synopsis:
A French village woman's day of judgement comes after the village

is liberated from the Nazis. She was a collaborator and now the

collective contempt of the populace comes down upon her.

 

9.09 [--] Kraft Television Theatre:  ONCE A GENIUS

30Nov1955

written by Dick Berg

guest stars

Eva Gabor

Herbert Berghof

Lilia Skala as Frieda

Laurence Hugo

Martin Rudy
Synopsis:
Though he hasn't made a film in years, an aging Viennese director,

living in the U.S., is fiercely proud of the great movie he made

decades ago. He convinces himself that the ideal way to regain his

vanished glory would be to remake that film, and even to have his

wife play the role she created in it.

 

9.10 [--] Kraft Television Theatre:  LADY RUTH

07Dec1955

guest stars

Barbara Barrie

Jo Van Fleet

Ruth Attaway

 

9.11 [--] Kraft Television Theatre:  A NUGGET FROM THE SUNRISE

14Dec1955

written by Jess Gregg

guest stars

Henry Jones

John McGiver

Jane Rose

Harry Townes

Elizabeth Ross

 

9.12 [--] Kraft Television Theatre:  A CHRISTMAS DINNER

21Dec1955

written by Harold Flender
prod. no. 512

guest stars

Ian Turner

James Barton

 

9.13 [--] Kraft Television Theatre:  ELEVEN O'CLOCK FLIGHT

28Dec1955

written by Jerry Debono

directed by George Roy Hill

guest stars

David Hedison (as Al Hedison)

Cavada Humphrey

Joanne Woodward

Richard Shepard

 

9.14 [--] Kraft Television Theatre:  THE THIEVING MAGPIE

04Jan1956

written by Leo Lieberman

directed by William A. Graham

guest stars

James Gregory

Millette Alexander

Jo Van Fleet

 

9.15 [--] Kraft Television Theatre:  THE SEARS GIRLS

11Jan1956

written by Victor Wolfson

directed by Richard Dunlap

guest stars

Fay Bainter ....... Mrs. Sears
Leora Dana ........ Louise
Louise Platt ...... Esther
Margaret Hamilton.. Martha
Harry Bannister ... Mr. Sears
Felice Orlandi .... Bruno
Synopsis:
A beautiful girl who comes from a Boston society family meets family

opposition to her romance with a musician. [RF]
 

9.16 [--] Kraft Television Theatre:  THE DEVIL AS A ROARING LION

18Jan1956

written by John Gay

directed by George Roy Hill

guest stars

James Whitmore

E.G. Marshall

Van Dyke Parks

Loretta Leversee

Dennis Patrick

Synopsis:
A New England codfishing family is in dire straits. The father's brother offers

 to help out with a loan, but only on one condition. The young boy of the family

 must attend an expensive boarding school. [RF]

 

9.17 [--] Kraft Television Theatre:  HOME IS THE HERO

25Jan1956

Play written by Walter Macken

directed by William A. Graham

guest stars

Brian Donlevy ..... Paddo
Anthony Perkins ... Willie
Ann Thomas ........ Bid
Loretta Leversee .. Josie
J. Pat O'Malley ... Dovetail
Glenda Farrell (?)
Synopsis:
It's the drama of a quarrelsome man who has spent five years in jail

for manslaughter. Though his friends and family are prepared to welcome

 him home, his guilty mentality makes the reunion difficult. [RF]
 

9.18 [--] Kraft Television Theatre:  FIVE MINUTES TO LIVE

01Feb1956

(aka Five Minutes to Choose)

written by Palmer Thompson

directed by Norman Morgan

guest stars

Dennis O'Keefe

Basil Rathbone

Felicia Montealegre

Neil Hamilton

Richard Shepard

Gloria Holly

 

9.19 [--] Kraft Television Theatre: GOOD OLD CHARLEY FAYE

08Feb1956

written by David Karp

directed by George Roy Hill

guest stars

Lee Tracy

James Daly

Paul Hartman

Gene Raymond

 

9.20 [--] Kraft Television Theatre: MAN ON ROLLERSKATES

15Feb1956

written by Louis Pelletier

directed by Maury Holland

guest stars

Steve Allen .......... Leonard Barnaby
Glenda Farrell ....... Alma Wilkes
Polly Rowles ......... Daisy
Henry Jones .......... Stanley
Brenda Forbes ............. Miss Dobson
Murray Matheson ........... Gordon
Vinton Hayworth Sr. ....... Tom
Synopsis:
A daring commuter gets the idea that skating to the train every day would be a fine idea. [RF]
 

9.21 [--] Kraft Television Theatre:  SNAPFINGER CREEK

22Feb1956

written by William Noble

directed by Fielder Cook

guest stars

Jo Van Fleet

Hope Lange

Clay Hall

John Shellie

Richard Shepard

 

9.22 [--] Kraft Television Theatre:  BOBBIE

29Feb1956

written by Narda Stokes

directed by Harry Herrmann

guest stars

Nancy Malone

Joe Maross

Paula Trueman

Neil Harrison

Pat Englund

 

9.23 [--] Kraft Television Theatre:  THE FOOL KILLER

07Mar1956

written by Dale Wasserman

based on Helen Eustis' novel

directed by William A. Graham

guest stars

Lee Marvin ....... Milo Bogardus
Audra Lindley ...... Mrs. Galt
Larry Gates ...... Dirty Jim
Malcolm Brodrick ...... George Melish
Jane Rose
Synopsis:
The story of a boy living in the Midwest in post-Civil War times.

As a runaway from his foster parents' home, he is initiated into the

truths of good and evil. [RF]

 

9.24 [--] Kraft Television Theatre:  THE LOST WEEKEND

21Mar1956

written by Will Lorin
adapted from the novel by Charles Jackson
directed by Fielder Cook
prod no. 56-745
guest stars
Joe Maross ......... Don Birnham
Mary Fickett ......... Helen
Synopsis:
The story of the nightmarish experiences of an alcoholic, Don Birnam,

a man who lies, steals, and sacrifices personal dignity to fulfill his

craving for alcohol. His sweetheart, Helen, persists in what appears

to be a losing battle in trying to rescue him from the moral degradation

and mental corrosion into which he is rapidly sinking. Despite Helen's

every effort and feeble efforts of his own, the story ends with Don stealing

Helen's fur coat to get enough money to buy a bottle of whiskey. [RF]

 

9.25 [--] Kraft Television Theatre: A NIGHT TO REMEMBER

28Mar1956

Adapted by John Whedon
Based on a book by Walter Lord
Directed by George Roy Hill
Music by Vladimir Selinsky
guest stars
Claude Rains ........... Narrator
Milette Alexander ...... Mrs. Astor
Patrick Macnee ......... Mr. Andrews
Frederic Tozere ........ Captain Lord
Valerie Cossart ........ Mrs. Ryerson
Larry Gates ............ Colonel Gracie
Peter Turgeon .......... Woolner
Anthony Kemble-Cooper .. Harper
Edgar Stehli ........... Mr. Straus
Marcel Hillaire ........ Maitre d'Hotel
Bradford Dillman
Clarence Derwent
Synopsis:
The ship Titanic sailed from Southampton, England at 12 Noon April 10, 1912.

Publicized as virtually unsinkable, the fastest ship afloat was on her maiden voyage,

and carried many notables aboard. Four days later, a little after 11:30 in the evening,

 the ship was speeding through the North Atlantic when a lookout reported

an iceberg ahead. Thirty-seven seconds later the ship struck the berg;

three hours later the ship was on the ocean floor.

Aboard the ship had been 2200 souls; 700 survived.
*Note: This episode was the biggest production in the show's history,

there were 107 in the cast members, seven cameras and 31 sets. [RF]

**This episode was replayed 02May1956.

*Note: Syndication airing on International Theater 13Sep57.

 

9.26 [--] Kraft Television Theatre:  PAPER FOXHOLE

04Apr1956

written by James Elward

directed by William A. Graham

guest stars

Hal March

Joe Mantell

Kenny Delmar

 

9.27 [--] Kraft Television Theatre:  THE LAST SHOWDOWN

11Apr1956

Written by Harold Gast

Directed by Fielder Cook

Art director, Duane McKinney.

guest stars

Edward Arnold .......... Ben Harvey
Elizabeth Montgomery ... Marilyn Shard
Glenda Farrell ......... Stella Harvey
Gerald Parker .......... Richard Shard
Victor Jory ............ Everett
Louise Platt ........... Murial
Synopsis:
A businessman whose involved in some crooked operations, and is planning

 to get out of the country. But some family emergencies detain him. [RF]
 

9.28 [--] Kraft Television Theatre:  NO RIDERS

18Apr1956

written by Wendell Mayes

guest stars

James Daly

Audra Lindley

Jose Perez

Jack Arthur

 

9.29[--] Kraft Television Theatre:  THE GENTLE GRAFTER

25Apr1956

written by Dale Wasserman

directed by William A. Graham

guest stars

Kenny Delmar

Jack Weston

Charles Coburn

Kaye Ballard

Louis Nye

 

[--] Kraft Television Theatre:  A Night to Remember

05/02/1956 same as 03/28/1956

 

9.30 [--] Kraft Television Theatre:  DEATH IS A SPANISH DANCER

09May1956

written by Wendell Mayes

directed by Richard Dunlap

guest stars

Kim Stanley

Luis Olivares

Bert Freed

James Daly

David J. Stewart

 

9.31 [--] Kraft Television Theatre:  A PROFILE IN COURAGE

16May1956

written by Wendell Mayes

directed by Fielder Cook

intro by Senator John F. Kennedy

guest stars

James Whitmore

Victor Jory

Robert H. Harris

 

9.32 [--] Kraft Television Theatre:  

BEDROOM TWELVE ON THE APPALACHIAN WATERFALL

23May1956

written by Harry Muheim

directed by William A. Graham

guest stars

Elliott Nugent

Larry Blyden

June Dayton

 

9.33 [--] Kraft Television Theatre:  BOX 704

30May1956

written by James Leo Herlihy

directed by Richard Dunlap

guest stars

Paul Carr

Betsy Meade

 

9.34 [--] Kraft Television Theatre:  THE NIGHT OF MAY 3RD

06Jun1956

written by Robert J. Shaw

directed by Harry Herrmann

guest stars

Phyllis Thaxter

Laurence Hugo

Kenny Delmar

 

9.35 [--] Kraft Television Theatre:  BOY IN A CAGE

13Jun1956

written by Paul Monash

directed by William A. Graham

guest stars

James Gregory

Alexander Scourby

Paul Mazursky

Burt Brinckerhoff

 

9.36 [--] Kraft Television Theatre:  FLYING OBJECT AT 3 O'CLOCK HIGH

20Jun1956

written by DeWitt Copp

directed by Alan Anderson

guest stars

Everett Sloane

Biff McGuire

Robert F. Simon

George Peppard

 

9.37 [--] Kraft Television Theatre:  STARFISH

27Jun1956

written by William Noble

directed by Marc Daniels

guest stars

Farley Granger

Joanne Woodward

Evelyn Varden

Arlene McQuade

 

9.38 [--] Kraft Television Theatre:  TEAR OPEN THE SKIES

04Jul1956 NBC Wed

written by Francis Wilson

directed by Harry Herrmann

guest stars

Richard Carlson

Geoffrey Lumb

Nancy Marchand

Bruce Gordon

Synopsis:
The career of a man from private industry plunged into the Washington maelstrom.
It's his former boss and good friend who brings him into the government in connection
with an intercontinental missile program. Before long he finds himself subject to
multiple pressures, personal, political and interdepartmental. [RF]

 

9.39 [--] Kraft Television Theatre:  THE LONG ARM

11Jul1956

written by Marjorie & George Faulkner

directed by George Weber

guest stars

Elizabeth Montgomery ....... Sally O'Brien

Phyllis Love ....... Mary Helen

John Ericson ....... Matt Wilson

Richard Purdy ....... Mr. Kaufman

Cliff Hall ....... Lt. Aldo

 

9.40 [--] Kraft Television Theatre:  BABIES FOR SALE

18Jul1956

written by Norman Katkov

directed by Alan Anderson

guest stars

Leora Dana

Paul Langton

Kathleen Murray

 

9.41 [--] Kraft Television Theatre:  PRAIRIE NIGHT

25Jul1956

written by John Gay

directed by Marc Daniels

guest stars

Victor Jory

Martha Scott

Robert F. Simon

Charles Mendick

 

9.42 [--] Kraft Television Theatre:  ONE WAY WEST

01Aug1956

written by Louis Pelletier

directed by Murray Golden

guest stars

Kurt Kasznar

Leora Dana

Patrick McNee

Peter Turgeon

 

9.43 [--] Kraft Television Theatre:  ANNA SANTONELLO

08Aug1956

written by Bob Crean

directed by Richard Dunlap

guest stars

Eileen Heckart

James Gregory

Will Kuluva

Joseph Campanella

Simon Oakland

Nehemiah Persoff

 

[--] Kraft Television Theatre:  no details

15Aug1956

 

[--] Kraft Television Theatre: no details

22Aug1956

 

9.44 [--] Kraft Television Theatre:  THE GIRL WHO SAW TOO MUCH

29Aug1956

written by Robert Shaw & Arthur Heinemann

directed by William A. Graham

guest stars

Betsy Palmer

Robert Middleton

Joe Maross

 

9.45 [--] Kraft Television Theatre: MOCK TRIAL

05Sep1956

written by Arthur Heinemann

directed by Richard Dunlap

guest stars

Ed Begley

Dick York

Henry Jones
Joseph N. Welch as Host

 

9.46 [--] Kraft Television Theatre:  SHADOW OF EVIL

12Sep1956

written by Calvin Tomkins

directed by Harry Herrmann

guest stars

Richard Carlson

Georgann Johnson

Conrad Nagel

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