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  (NBC) (Summer 1958)
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by:  Rina Fox
references:
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########### Kraft Mystery Theatre ############
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NBS Wednesdays 9:00-10:00pm Eastern
 

**Kraft Theatre changed its series title from

June to October 1958 to: Kraft Mystery Theatre. (18 episodes)

(Another series titled Kraft Mystery Theater  aired on NBC from during Summers of 1961, 1962, & 1963)

 

11.34 [--] Kraft Mystery Theatre: THE LAST OF THE BELLES

prod #58-814

04Jun1958

Produced by Alex March

Adapted by James P. Cavanagh

Based on the story by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Directed by Daniel Petrie

Guest stars

Roddy McDowall ......... Andy McKenna
Janice Rule ............ Ailie Calhoun
Al Morgenstern ......... Earl Schoen
Nicholas Pryor ......... Bill Knowles
Jody McCrea
Ann Williams
Synopsis:
During World War I, a young Army Officer is sent to Georgia for training

 before being shipped overseas. He meets and falls in love with Ailie Calhoun,

a southern belle who is being courted by several young soldiers. [RF]
 

11.35 [--] Kraft Mystery Theatre: KILLER'S CHOICE

prod #58-863

11Jun1958

written by Alvin Boretz
story by Evan Hunter
directed by Paul Bogart
guest stars
Joanne Linville ........... Pat Colson
Staats Cotsworth ..........Mr. Phelps
Joan Copeland .......... Louise Carella
Peggy Conklin .......... Mrs. Phelps
Michael Higgins
Martin Rudy
Synopsis:
Tracing the killer of Annie Boone, two detectives question her family and

acquaintances in an attempt to learn what kind of person the victim was.

They are given drastically conflicting descriptions of Annie. Her mother

calls her dumb, her husband says she was brilliant. One man describes

her as wild and tempestuous, another as shy and retiring. [RF]

 

11.36 [--] Kraft  Mystery Theatre: NOW WILL YOU TRY FOR MURDER?

18Jun1958

Adapted by Harry Olesker
From his own story
guest stars
Lois Nettleton .......... Sarah
Al Morgenstern .......... Pete
Fred J. Scollay ......... Felder
Tom Carlin .............. Penny Nichols
Carl Frank .............. George Allen
Synopsis:
One of the biggest TV-quiz money winners is murdered on the day that he is

scheduled to try for a record sum. An investigation reveals that a number of people

connected with the show had motives for killing the contestant. Prime suspects include:

 the producer, who believes that the top executive has stolen the idea on the show

 from him; his pretty assistant, who is hiding the fact that the contestant was her brother;

the director, who drinks; the executive himself, who is in love with the producer's assistant. [RF]
 

11.37 [--] Kraft Mystery Theatre: THE EIGHTY SEVENTH PRECINCT

prod #58-933

25Jun1958

Produced by Alex March

Written by Larry Cohen
Directed by Paul Bogart
guest stars
Robert Bray ........... Police Detective Steve Carella
Martin Rudy ........ Meyer Meyer
Joseph Sullivan ........ Frick
Joan Copeland ......... Louise Carella
Pat Henning ....... Keetso
Synopsis:
In New York City, an elderly woman calls Detective Hawes and reports

that a man is trying to break into her apartment. Hawes promises to look

into the matter but knows that the woman has been calling the police station

 with similar complaints for some time. He asks the cop on the beat to check

the apartment. When the policeman does, he finds that the old lady has been

 murdered. [RF]

 

11.38 [--] Kraft Mystery Theatre: NEXT DOOR TO DEATH

02Jul1958

Adapted by Michael Dyne
Based on a story by Charlotte Armstrong

guest stars

Patrick Macnee

Abigail Kellogg

 

11.39 [--] Kraft Mystery Theatre: COP KILLER

09Jul1958

Adapted by Art Wallace
Based on a story by George Bagby

guest stars

Edward Binns

Paul Hartman

Fred J. Scollay

 

11.40 [--] Kraft Mystery Theatre: THE MAN WHO DIDN'T FLY

prod #58-1016

16Jul1958

Adapted by Jerome Coopersmith
Based on a story by Margot Bennett
Directed by Michael Dreyfuss
guest stars
William Shatner
Jonathan Harris
Walter Brooke
Patricia Bosworth

 

11.41 [--] Kraft Mystery Theatre: FOCUS ON MURDER

23Jul1958

written by Mel Goldberg
story by George Harmon Coxe

guest stars

Olive Deering

Simon Oakland

Phyllis Hill

 

11.42 [--] Kraft Mystery Theatre: DEATH WEARS MANY FACES

30Jul1958

guest stars

Warren Berlinger

Peter Mark Richman

Robert Emhardt

 

11.43 [--] Kraft Mystery Theatre: DEATH FOR SALE

06Aug1958

written by Vance Bourjaily
story by Henry Kane

guest stars

Joanna Moore

Shepperd Strudwick

 

11.44 [--] Kraft Mystery Theatre: NIGHT CRY

13Aug1958

Written by Larry Cohen
guest stars
Jack Klugman .......... Mark Deglin
Diana Van Der Vlis .......... Morgan Taylor
Roy Poole .......... Captain Knight
John McQuade  ........ Bob Riley
Mark Roberts ........ Pete Redfield
Peter Faulk ......... Izzy (could be Peter Falk?)
Harry Millard ....... Kenneth Paine
Ben Yaffee .......... Clagstrom
Dave Kurlan ......... Cabby
Synopsis:
A tough hardworking police officer, passed over for promotion, is assigned

to a homicide case by his newly appointed superior. Though cautioned

against using brutal methods, the officer shakes off his partner on the case

 and pays a visit to the suspect alone. [RF]

 

11.45 [--] Kraft Mystery Theatre: WE HAVEN'T SEEN HER LATELY

20Aug1958

written by Sumner Locke Elliott
story by E.X. Ferrars

guest stars

George C. Scott

Angela Thornton

 

11.46 [--] Kraft Mystery Theatre:  WEB OF GUILT

27Aug1958

Written by Mel Goldberg

guest stars

Simon Oakland ......... Hank Kovatch
Fred J. Scollay ....... Dave
Michael Higgins ....... Paul Warren
Lois Wheeler .......... Amy Reed
Synopsis:
When former football star Hank Kovatch married wealthy Amy Reed he

incurred the resentment of the townspeople who claimed he married Amy only for

her money. At a party given at Kovatch's new summer home the guests are shocked at

an argument between Amy and Hank and at Hank's violence toward his wife. [RF]
 

11.47 [--] Kraft Mystery Theatre: BACK TRACK

03Sep1958

guest stars

John Baragrey

Phyllis Hill

Lawrence Weber

Synopsis:
An ambitious politician who wants to run for Governor, is determined that nothing

shall stand in the way of his nomination. When his wife says she's going to leave him,

he warns her that she had better stay at his side until after the political campaign.

Arriving home for dinner one evening he finds his wife struggling with an intruder and

he himself is struck on the head. When he regains consciousness,

his wife has been murdered. [RF]

 

11.48 [--] Kraft Mystery Theatre: TRICK OR TREAT

10-Sep-1958 NBC Wed
Teleplay by Vance Bourjaily; Story by Doris Miles Disney
guest stars
Robert Pastene
Will Kuluva
Ellen McRae ........ Linda
Robert Mandan
Mary Finney .......... Mary Finney
Synopsis:
A middle-aged housewife discovers her husband in climbing the ladder of success wants to get rid of her. On Halloween
night a murderer, disguised as a ghost, comes to the front door and shoots her to death. [RF]
Synopsis 2:
A dull middle-aged housewife Edna Monro discovers her husband Mike in climbing the ladder of success wants to get rid
of her. She is aware of a love affair between her husband and his secretary Linda. On Halloween night, a murderer,
masked as a ghost, rings her doorbell and shoots her to death. [RF]

 

11.49 [--] Kraft Mystery Theatre: A CUP OF KINDNESS

prod #56-1296

17Sep1958

Produced by Alex March

Written by Alvin Boretz
Directed by William A. Graham
guest stars

Leo Penn

Norma Crane

Philip Bourneuf

 

11.50 [--] Kraft Mystery Theatre: RIDDLE OF A LADY

24Sep1958

written by Jerome Coopersmith
story by Anthony Gilbert

guest stars

David White

Nancy Marchand

Lisa Daniels

David Hurst

Lee Richardson

 

11.51 [--] Kraft Mystery Theatre: PRESUMPTION OF INNOCENCE (final episode)

01Oct1958

written by Harry Julian Fink

directed by Michael Dreyfuss

guest stars

Colleen Dewhurst .......... Christine
Philip Abbott .......... Max
Martin Rudy .......... Cloiter
Michael Wager .......... Robert Garth
Val Avery .......... John Hardy
Lois Nettleton .......... Beth
John Boruff
James Lipton
Harry Dean Stanton
Synopsis:
A lawyer defends a man who admits to writing ransom notes but denies

charges of kidnapping and murder. [RF]

 

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