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 Season 5 (NBC) (1954-55)
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by: Rina Fox  [Updated Mar 2022],
James Beer
references:
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   Changes Network from CBS to NBC and expands from 30 min to 60 min
NBC Thursdays 10:00-11:00pm Eastern (60 min)

 

 5.01 [183] Lux Video Theatre: TO EACH HIS OWN
26Aug1954 NBC Thur
Written by S.H. Barnett
Directed by Buzz Kulik
Hosted by James Mason
starring
Dorothy McGuire ....... Jody
Gene Barry ............ Cosgrove/Griggsy
Edward Ashley ......... Lord Desham
Mary Anderson ......... Corrine
Herb Butterfield ...... Mr. Norris
Joan Elan ............. Ida Lorimer
Brooks West ........... Alec
Ronald Brogan ......... Mac
Synopsis:
Story of a woman who long ago suffered a double tragedy, the death of the man
she loved and the surrendering for adoption of her only child.


5.02 [184] Lux Video Theatre: WELCOME, STRANGER
02Sep1954 NBC Thur
Adapted by S.H. Barnett / Story by Frank Butler
Directed by Richard Goode
Hosted by James Mason
starring
J.M. Kerrigan ......... Dr. Makery
Martha Hyer ........... Trudy
Bill Goodwin .......... Dr. Fiston
Elizabeth Patterson ... Dr. Gilley
Alexander Campbell .... Mr. Cheeley
Maury Hill ............ Ray Cheeley
Archie Mitchell ....... Dr. Jenks
Synopsis:
Story of a small town doctor and his young vacation substitute.


5.03 [185] Lux Video Theatre: CHRISTMAS IN JULY
09Sep1954 NBC Thur
Adapted by S.H. Barnett and Richard P. McDonagh
Play by Preston Sturges ("A Cup of Coffee")
Directed by Earl Eby
Hosted by James Mason
starring
Nancy Gates ........... Betty Casey
Alex Nicol ............ Jimmy MacDonald
Raymond Walburn ....... Dr. Maxford
Harry Hayden
Florenz Ames
Sally Corner
Robert Nichols
Peter Leeds
Monty O'Grady
Thelma Ritter (Lux Video Theatre Guest)
Synopsis:
The comedy concerns the complications which arise when a practical joke backfires.
A young man takes his coworkers seriously when they jokingly inform him that he has
won a slogan contest.


5.04 [186] Lux Video Theatre: HOLD BACK THE DAWN
16Sep1954 NBC Thur
Adapted by S.H. Barnett and Richard McDonagh / Story by Ketti Frings
Directed by Buzz Kulik
Hosted by James Mason
starring
Fernando Lamas
Toni Gerry
Maria Palmer
Robert Emmett Keane
Leonid Kinsky
George Eldridge
Rosemary Clooney (Lux Video Theatre Guest)
Synopsis:
The story concerns the affairs of a romancestarved school teacher and a gigolo in Mexico.

5.05 [187] Lux Video Theatre: THE HEIRESS
23Sep1954 NBC Thur
Adapted by S.H. Barnett / Story by Henry James
Directed by Richard Goode
Host ?
starring
Vincent Price ....... Dr. Sloper
Marilyn Erskine ..... Catherine Sloper
Donald Murphy ....... Morris Townsend
Ellen Corby ......... Aunt Lavina
Joan Vohs (Lux Video Theatre Guest)
Synopsis:
A plain heiress girl is completely dominated by her cruel doctor father.
He tries to dissuade her from marrying a man he believes is interested in her money.
*Note: Marilyn Erskine wears four of Olivia de Havilland's gowns from "The Heiress".


5.06 [188] Lux Video Theatre: MEET JO CATHCART
30Sep1954 NBC Thur
Written by John McGreevey
Directed by Earl Eby
Guest Host Van Heflin
starring
Virginia Bruce ......... Jo Cathcart Archer
Bruce Bennett ......... Ben Archer
Craig Hill ......... Chris Jameson
Beverly Garland ......... Mary Lou Matthews
June Evans ......... Mollie Ryan
Joan Freeman ......... Judy Archer
Duncan Richardson ......... Junior Archer
Synopsis:
An invalid neglects her family in order to meddle in theatrical careers of her brother and his friends.


5.07 [189] Lux Video Theatre: THE MANSION
07Oct1954 NBC Thur
Written by Anne Howard Bailey
Directed by Buzz Kulik
Host James Mason
starring
Zachary Scott ....... Morgan Lacey
Carole Mathews ...... Thelma
Mary Young .......... Mrs. Lacy
Murvyn Vye .......... Stallings
Ralph Moody ......... Percy Hunter
Jean Howell ......... Mary Fay
Olin Howlin ......... Bartender
Mark Stevens (Lux Video Theatre Guest)
Synopsis:
Young Master Lacy on the veranda of his columned home must make up his mind between
a daughter of the Old South and a Northern hussy.

5.08 [190] Lux Video Theatre: A VISIT FROM EVELYN
14Oct1954 NBC Thur
Written by Turner Bullock and Ruth Woodman
Directed by Richard Goode
Host James Mason
starring
Ann Harding ......... Nora Walling
Lynn Bari ......... Evelyn Priest Howard
Raymond Greenleaf ......... John Case
John Sheppodd ......... Clem
Lillian Culver ......... Vinnie
Eugenia Paul ......... Lucille
Margaret Lindsay (Lux Video Theatre Guest)
Synopsis:
A ruthless, successful lady novelist is making inroads on other
people's lives, work, husbands and children.

5.09 [191] Lux Video Theatre: AN ANGEL WENT A.W.O.L.
21Oct1954 NBC Thur
Written by Jack Gordon and Winifred Wolfe
Directed by Earl Eby
Host James Mason
starring
Joanne Dru ......... Polly
George Nader ......... Jeremy
Charlotte Knight ......... Lucy Gilind
Robert Jordan ......... Boy at Piano
Angela Stevens ......... Christy
Jayne Mansfield ......... Girl at Piano
Margaret Lindsay (Lux Video Theatre Guest)
Synopsis:
The story concerns a young actor who learns that his sudden success is due
to his bride, who turns out to be, his guardian angel.
The bride goes AWOL from heaven when she meets her husband's former sweetheart.


5.10 [192] Lux Video Theatre: SEPTEMBER TIDE
28Oct1954 NBC Thur
Adapted by S.H. Barnett / Story by Daphne du Maurier
Directed by Buzz Kulik
Host James Mason
starring
Maureen O'Sullivan ......... Stella
John Sutton ......... Evan
Lisa Daniels ......... Cherry
Philip Tonge ......... Robert
Ivan Hayes ......... Jimmy
Mark Stevens (Lux Video Theatre Guest)
Synopsis:
Story of middle-aged woman who falls in love with her son-in-law.

5.11 [193] Lux Video Theatre: IMPERFECT LADY
04Nov1954 NBC Thur
Written by Richard McDonagh
Directed by Richard Goode
Host James Mason
starring
Patricia Medina ......... Millicent (her live TV debut)
Henry Daniel ......... Lord Belmont
Robin Hughes ......... Clive
Phyllis Stanley ......... Rose
Susan Manning ......... Lucy
Richard Perl ......... Inspector Gerston
Thayer Roberts ......... Henderson
Arthur Gould Porter ......... Montalyn
Synopsis:
Story of the dilemma of a showgirl who marries into a family prominent both
in politics and society.

5.12 [194] Lux Video Theatre: FIVE STAR FINAL
11Nov1954 NBC Thur
Written by S.H. Barnett
Directed by Earl Eby
Host James Mason
starring
Edmond O'Brien ......... Randall
Joanne Woodward ......... Jen Townsend
Mae Clarke ......... Nancy Townsend
Dayton Lummis ......... Michael Townsend
Pierre Watkin ......... Hinchecliffe
Frances Mercer ......... Nora Fletcher
Ernestine Barrier ......... Mrs. Weeks
George Eldridge ......... Mr. Weeks
Karvin Bryan
Louise Arthur
Benny Rubin
Synopsis:
Story of the "yellow journalism" tactics used by an unscrupulous publisher intent
on building circulation is told.

5.13 [195] Lux Video Theatre: THE CAPTIVE CITY
18Nov1954 NBC Thur
Adapted by Harry Muheim / Story by Alvin M. Josephy
Directed by Richard Goode
Host James Mason
starring
Gig Young ....... Jim Austin
Betsy Palmer ....... Marge Austin
Murray Hamilton ..... Phil Harding
Onslow Stevens
Dwayne Hickman
Louis Jean Heydt
Margaret Lindsay (Lux Video Theatre Guest)
Synopsis:
A newspaperman uncovers widespread corruption among city officials
when the killing of a detective is suspected of an underworld job.

5.14 [196] Lux Video Theatre: A MEDAL FOR BENNY
25Nov1954 NBC Thur
Written by S.H. Barnett
Directed by Buzz Kulik
Host James Mason
starring
J. Carrol Naish ......... Charlie
Anne Bancroft ......... Lolita
Rick Jason ......... Joe
Ralph Dumke ......... Kibbe
Jay Novello ......... Rafael
Allegra Varron ......... Mrs. Catalina
Byron Foulger ......... Sam
George Chandler ......... Edgar
Frank Sully ...... George
Nestor Paiva ...... Alviso
Robert Lynn ....... Governor
Selmer Jackson ..... General
Hal Taggart ...... Teller
Frank Balderrama ...... Extra
Betsy Palmer (Lux Video Theatre Guest)
Synopsis:
It is the story of the father of a wayward youth who had redeemed himself in World War II
and had been awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor posthumously.
The father's reactions to the efforts of the townspeople to cash in on the dead hero's
fame forms the theme of the play.


5.15 [197] Lux Video Theatre: CRAIG'S WIFE
02Dec1954 NBC Thur
Teleplay by S.H. Barnett / Story by Anne Froelich
Directed by Earl Eby
Host James Mason
starring
Ruth Hussey ...... Harriet Craig (nominated for an Emmy)
Philip Ober ...... Walter Craig
Kathryn Givney ... Miss Justin
Lillian Bronson .. Mrs. Harold
Eleanor Tanin .... Ethel
Ray Walker ....... Birkaire
Emilie Poule ..... Mrs. Frazer
Paul Bryer ....... Gateile
Synopsis:
A woman's devotion to her home drives away friends and family.
*Note: Based on the 1950 film "Harriet Craig" starring Joan Crawford and Wendell Corey.

5.16 [198] Lux Video Theatre: LADIES IN RETIREMENT
09Dec1954 NBC Thur
Adapted by Richard McDonagh / Based on the play by Reginald Denham and Edward Percy
Directed by Richard Goode
Host James Mason
starring
Claire Trevor ...... Ellen Creed (nominated for an Emmy)
Elsa Lanchester .... Emily
Sean McClory ....... Albert
Edith Barrett ...... Louisa
Isobel Elsom ....... Leonora Fiske
Lisa Daniels ....... Lucy
Dianne Foster (Lux Video Theatre Guest)
Synopsis:
The valued companion of a retired actress prevails on her employer to allow her mentally
deranged sisters to come for a visit. The actress soon comes to regret her generosity.

5.17 [199] Lux Video Theatre: DOUBLE INDEMNITY
16Dec1954 NBC Thur
Adapted by Frederic Manley and S.H. Barnett / Story by James M. Cain
Directed by Buzz Kulik
Host James Mason
starring
Laraine Day ......... Phyllis Dietrichson
Frank Lovejoy ......... Walter Neff (nominated for an Emmy)
Ray Collins ......... Barton Keyes
Donna Percy ......... Lola
Hugh Sanders ......... Mr. Dietrichson
Herbert Heyes ......... Mr. Norton
Hal K. Dawson ......... Jackson
Shepard Menken ......... Sam Gorlopin
Tyler McVey ....... Radio Announcer
Bill Walker ........ Janitor
Nancy Evans ..... Woman Shopper
Margaret Lindsay (Lux Video Theatre Guest)
Synopsis:
The story depicts the increasingly suspenseful experiences of an insurance salesman
who falls in love with another man's wife and conspires with her to kill her husband.

5.18 [200] Lux Video Theatre: SEPTEMBER AFFAIR
23Dec1954 NBC Thur
Story by Fritz Rotter
Directed by Earl Eby
Host James Mason
starring
Arlene Dahl ..... Marianne Stuart (makes her live TV debut)
John Howard ...... David Lawrence
Irene Hervey ....... Catherine Lawrence
Ernestine Barrier
Robert Arthur
Renata Yanni
Charles Evans
Tony Barrett
Margaret Lindsay (Lux Video Theatre Guest)
Synopsis:
Story of a successful American engineer and a concert pianist who meet on a plane
bound from Rome to the U.S. Circumstances bring them together for a love story set on the Isle of Capri.


5.19 [201] Lux Video Theatre: THE CHASE
30Dec1954 NBC Thur
Written by Sumner Locke Elliott
Directed by Richard Goode
Host James Mason
starring
Pat O'Brien ......... Eddie Gorman
Ruth Roman ......... Lorna Gorman
James Arness ......... Chuck Scott
Frances Bavier ......... Martha
Patrick Miller ......... Gene Morton
Charles Watts ......... Charley Gill
Margaret Lindsay (Lux Video Theatre Guest)
Synopsis:
The story of a benevolent despot, generous to those who permit him to rule their lives,
but vindictive to those who escape his domination.
Synopsis 2:
The psychological thriller concerns a domination man who believes he can only achieve
happiness by maintaining a sadistic hold over his wife and associates.

5.20 [202] Lux Video Theatre: SUNSET BOULEVARD
06Jan1955 NBC Thur
Written by Richard McDonagh
Directed by Buzz Kulik
Host James Mason
starring
Miriam Hopkins ......... Norma Desmond
James Daly ......... Joe Gillis
Nancy Gates ......... Betty Schaeffer
John Wenegraf ......... Max von Mayerling
Lee Millar ......... Artie Green
Bing Crosby (Lux Video Theatre Guest)
Synopsis:
An aging actress tries to regain her once thriving career by hiring a young writer
to write a role for her, things are complicated by her young secretary who distracts him.

5.21 [203] Lux Video Theatre: PENNY SERENADE
13Jan1955 NBC Thur
Directed by Earl Eby
Host James Mason
starring
Phyllis Thaxter ......... Julie
Don Taylor ......... Roger
Chubby Johnson ......... Applejack
Olive Blakeney ......... Miss Oliver
Paul Birch ......... Doctor
Tom Powers ......... Judge
Lauren Chapin ......... Trina
Helen Kleeb ......... Woman
Synopsis:
An estranged husband and wife relive in flashbacks show how it all happened.

5.22 [204] Lux Video Theatre: LOVE LETTERS
20Jan1955 NBC Thur
Written by Richard McDonagh
Directed by Richard Goode
Host James Mason
starring
Diana Lynn ......... Singleton
Dan O'Herlihy ......... Alan
Judith Evelyn ......... Dilly
Percival Vivian ......... Mack
Doris Lloyd ......... Beatrice
Lumsden Hare ......... Bishop
Ludwig Stossel ......... Dr. Snider
Colin Campbell ......... Postman
Synopsis:
Story about love letters written by a soldier for his buddy.
The buddy returns home and marries the girl, she thinking
he actually wrote the ardent letters.


5.23 [205] Lux Video Theatre: SO EVIL MY LOVE
27Jan1955 NBC Thur
Written by S.H. Barnett / Adaptation of Hal Wallis' production
Directed by Buzz Kulik
Host James Mason
starring
Louis Hayward ......... Mark
Marilyn Erskine ......... Olivia
Isobel Elsom ......... Miss Shoebridge
Paula Duncan ......... Kitty
Rex Evans ......... Edgar
Richard Aherne ......... Courtney
Donald Lawton ......... Mr. Watson
Wade Nichols (Lux Video Theatre Guest)
presents associate publisher and editor of Redbood, the silver cup
to Don Hartman, head of production at Paramount.
Synopsis:
Story of a missionary's widow who is victimized by a shipboard acquaintance, an
unscrupulous young man with whom she falls in love.
Back in England, he enlists her aid in blackmail and murder.

5.24 [206] Lux Video Theatre: ONE FOOT IN HEAVEN
03Feb1955 NBC Thur
Written by S.H. Barnett
Directed by Earl Eby
Host James Mason
starring
Hugh Marlowe ......... Reverend Spence
Ellen Drew ......... Mrs. Spence
Ralph Dumke ......... Thurston
Charles Meredith ......... Dr. Romer
Malcolm Attenberg ......... Potter
Jack Diamond ......... Hartzell
Diane Jergens ......... Eileen
Larry White ......... Fraser
Synopsis:
Story concerns a minister and his wife who are faced
with personnel, church and community problems.

5.25 [207] Lux Video Theatre: A BELL FOR ADANO
10Feb1955 NBC Thur
Written by Richard McDonagh
Directed by Richard Goode
Host James Mason
starring
Edmond O'Brien ...... Major Jeppelo
Charles Bronson ..... Sergeant Borth
Frank Fuglia ........ Father Pensovecchio
Dan Tobin ........... Captain Purvis
Elliott Reid ........ Lieutenant Livingston
George Pieronne ..... Corporal Trapani
Tito Vuolo .......... Zito
Michael Vallon ...... Bellianca
Synopsis:
The relations between lovable U.S. officers and equally lovable natives of occupied countries.
Edmond O'Brien was effective as the idealistic Major Joppolo, and Charles Bronson played
that familiar folk hero, the tough sergeant with the heart of gold.


5.26 [208] Lux Video Theatre: THE COPPERHEAD
17Feb1955 NBC Thur
Adapted by S.H. Barnett / Story by Frederick Landis / Play by Augustus Thomas
(Lionel Barrymore starred in 1918 Broadway play and the 1920 film version)
Directed by Buzz Kulik
Host James Mason
starring
John Ireland ......... Milt Shanks
Betty Field ......... Martha Shanks/Madeline
Ian Wolfe ......... The Reverand Andrews
Richard Garland ......... Hardy as a young man
Pat Miller ......... Gillespie as a young man
Paul Harvey ......... Hardy as an old man
Ralph Moody ......... Gillespie as an old man
William Schallert ......... Sam Carter
Synopsis:
During the Civil War a Northerner joins the organization of Southern sympathizers called,
"The Copperheads". Because of this his wife leaves him and his son calls him a traitor.
Years later he tells the real story of his part in the war to a grandchild.
Synopsis 2:
"Copperheads" were Northerners who were Confederate sympathizers.
A copperhead, Shanks, refused to fight in the Union Army, thereby alienating his son,
who later was killed fighting for the Union. Many years later the true story
of Shanks was revealed.

5.27 [209] Lux Video Theatre: SO DARK THE NIGHT
24Feb1955 NBC Thur
Written by Richard McDonagh
Directed by Earl Eby
Host James Mason
starring
Joseph Schildkraut ......... Henri Cassin
Madeline Holmes ......... Widow Bridello
Suzanne Dalbert ......... Nanette Michaud
Eugene Borden ......... Pierre Michaud
Ann Codee ......... Mama Michaud
Steven Ritch ......... Leon Archard
Hal Gerard ......... Antoine
Edgar Barrier ......... Dr. Boucourt
Synopsis:
A French detective vacationing in a French village, falls in love with girl engaged to
a farmer. When his paramour and fiance are murdered, he pursues the culprit.

5.28 [210] Lux Video Theatre: CASABLANCA
03Mar1955 NBC Thur
Written by S.H. Barnett
Directed by Richard Goode
Host James Mason
starring
Paul Douglas ...... Rick
Arlene Dahl ....... Ilsa
Hoagy Carmichael .. Sam
Carl Esmond ....... Laszlo
John Hoyt ......... Renault
Ivan Triesault .... Major Strasser
Paul Simieon ...... Ugarte
Dan Seymour ....... Ferrari
Synopsis:
Drama about refugees from the Nazis trying to escape to America.
Synopsis 2:
The story of an American night club owner in French Morocco just after the fall of France.


5.29 [211] Lux Video Theatre: THE LIFE OF EMILE ZOLA
10Mar1955 NBC Thur
Written by S.H. Barnett
Directed by Buzz Kulik
Host James Mason
starring
Lee J. Cobb ......... Emile Zola
Joy Paige ......... Madame Dreyfus
Gloria Holden ......... Alexandrine
Robert Warwick ......... Chief Of Staff
Paul Richards ......... Esterbassy
Dayton Lummis ......... Picquart
Lawrence Ryle ......... Henry
William Bakewell ......... Dert
Synopsis:
Story of Emile Zola who after years of struggle, in on the verge of becoming
a member of the Royal Academy and then the Dreyfus case becomes a national scandal.

5.30 [212] Lux Video Theatre: IT GROWS ON TREES
17Mar1955 NBC Thur
Adapted by John Whedon
Directed by Earl Eby
Host James Mason
starring
Ruth Hussey ........ Polly Baxter
Robert Preston ..... Phil Baxter
Leigh Snowden ...... Diane Baxter
David Janssen ...... Ralph
Charlotte Knight ... Mrs. Pryor
Henry Hunter ....... Murchison
Alexander Campbell.. Carrollman
Richard Cutting .... Leatherbee
Pierre Watkin ...... Sleamish
Dabbs Greer ........ MacGuire
Forrest Lewis ...... Dr. Burrows
Butch Bernard ...... Flip Baxter
Lauren Chapin ...... Midge Baxter
Ralph Sanford ...... Police Sgt.
Yvonne Peattie ..... Secretary
Robert Bruce ....... Policeman
Synopsis:
A family trying to live on little money winds up with a mysterious tree.

5.31 [213] Lux Video Theatre: SHADOW OF A DOUBT
24Mar1955 NBC Thur
Written by Benjamin Simcoe
Directed by Richard Goode
Host James Mason
starring
Frank Lovejoy ......... Uncle Charlie
Barbara Rush ......... Charlotte
Sarah Selby ......... Emmy
George Chandler ......... Joe
Helena Nash ......... Mrs. Potter
Myron Folger ......... Herby Haskins
Charles Meredith ......... Reverend
Grant Williams ......... Jack Graham
Synopsis:
Story of a scoundrel who finds refuge with his relatives in a small town.

5.32 [214] Lux Video Theatre: MY NAME IS JULIA ROSS
31Mar1955 NBC Thur
Teleplay by S.H. Barnett / Story by Anthony Gilbert
Directed by Buzz Kulik
Host James Mason
starring
Beverly Garland ......... Julia Ross
Fay Bainter ......... Mrs. Hughes
Paul Richards ......... Ralph
Phyllis Stanley ......... Alice
Beryl Machin ......... Mrs. Sparkes
Lumsden Hare ......... Vicar
Terrence de Marney ......... Peters
Justice Watson ......... Dr. Keller
Leslie Denison ........ Sergeant
Tudor Owen .......... Gatekeeper
Intermission guest is Brian Keith.
Synopsis:
The story of a couple who kidnap a girl and forcer her to
pose as their son's insane wife.


5.33 [215] Lux Video Theatre: THE BROWNING VERSION
07Apr1955 NBC Thur
Written by Charles Bennett / Adaptation of a play by Terence Rattigan
Directed by Earl Eby
Host James Mason
starring
Herbert Marshall ......... Andrew CrockerHarris
Judith Evelyn ......... Mrs. CrockerHarris
Robert Douglas ......... Frank Hunter
Christopher Cook ......... Taplow
Paul Cavanagh ......... Frobisher
Rod Taylor ......... Mr. Gilbert
Betty Harford ......... Mrs. Gilbert
Synopsis:
English schoolteacher Andrew CrockerHarris, who is confronting the disappointments of his
marriage and career. Forced to retire early because of bad health, CrockerHarris departs
unloved by his students as well as by Mrs. CrockerHarris, who is having an affair with Frank Hunter.
Mr. Gilbert is to be CrockerHarris' replacement.

5.34 [216] Lux Video Theatre: NO SAD SONGS FOR ME
14Apr1955 NBC Thur
Written by DeWitt Bodeen
Directed by Richard Goode
Host James Mason
starring
Claire Trevor ......... Mary Scott
William Hopper ......... Brad Scott
Katharine Bard ......... Chris Mathison
Linda Bend ......... Polly Scott
Tom Powers ......... Dr. Franco
Maidie Norman ......... Flora
Selmer Jackson ......... Mr. Coswell
Jeane Wood ......... Louise Spears
Synopsis:
A young mother happily married and expecting her second child, is told that she has but 10 months to live.
*Note: Based on the motion picture of 1950 starring Margaret Sullivan, Wendell Corey & Viveca Lindfors.

5.35 [217] Lux Video Theatre: AN ACT OF MURDER
21Apr1955 NBC Thur
Written by S.H. Barnett
Directed by Buzz Kulik
Host James Mason
starring
Thomas Mitchell ......... Calvin Cook
Ann Harding ......... Cathy Cook
Lewis Martin ......... Charles Dayton
Howard St. John ......... Judge Ogden
Ray Danton ......... David Douglas
Sallie Brophy ......... Ellie
Dayton Loomis ......... Dr. Morrison
Ruth Warren ......... Mrs. Russell
Synopsis:
A judge, known for his strict adherence to the law, learns that his wife is soon to die.
Without telling her, he arranges a vacation to make her last days happy. But a situation
arises which he must make a fateful decision.
*Note: Fredric March and Florence Eldridge starred in the 1948 motion picture.

5.36 [218] Lux Video Theatre: THE GREAT MCGINTY
28Apr1955 NBC Thur
Written by S.H. Barnett
Directed by Earl Eby
Host James Mason
starring
Brian Donlevy ......... Daniel J. McGinty
Nancy Gates ......... Catharine
Thomas Gomez ......... The Boss
Jesse White ......... Sigmund
William Schallert ......... Thompson
Lillian Molieri ......... Girl at Bar
Paul Harvey ......... Maxwell
Hal Taggart ......... Mayor Tillinghest
Synopsis:
A bartender tells a wouldbe suicide the story of his spectacular and thoroughly crooked political career.
*Note: Brian Donlevy who starred in the original 1940 motion picture recreates his original role.

5.37 [219] Lux Video Theatre: REMEMBER THE NIGHT
05May1955 NBC Thur
Adapted by S.H. Barnett / Screenplay by Preston Sturges
Directed by Richard Goode
Host James Mason
starring
Jan Sterling ......... Lee Leander
Don DeFore ......... Jack Sargent
Elizabeth Patterson ......... Mrs. Sargent
Edith Evanson ......... Aunt Emma
Lyle Talbot ......... O'Leary
Robert Wehling ......... Willie
Douglas Wilson ......... Tom
Helen Maxon ......... Mrs. Leander
Synopsis:
An attorney falls in love with the girl he is prosecuting.

5.38 [220] Lux Video Theatre: EIGHT IRON MEN
12May1955 NBC Thur
Adapted by S.H. Barnett / Play by Harry Brown
Directed by Buzz Kulik
Host James Mason
starring
Alex Nicol ......... Macney
Paul Gilbert ......... Coliussi
Gene Reynolds ......... Coke
Russell Johnson ......... Carter
Alvin Greenmar ......... Shapiro
William Schallert ......... Ferguson
Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer ......... Mailer
James Dobson ...... Daggart
Alan Dexter ......... Captain Treiswaney
Dan Barton ......... Lt. Crane
Kathryn Grant is the Lux Video guest.
Synopsis:
The story of eight soldiers who seek shelter in a shelltorn house in Italy in 1944.
One of the squad members is trapped in a shell hole outside the house.
*Note: Based on the 1952 picture starring Arthur Franz & Lee Marvin.

5.39 [221] Lux Video Theatre: MAKE WAY FOR TOMORROW
19May1955 NBC Thur
Screenplay by Vina Delmar
Directed by Earl Eby
Host James Mason
starring
Ernest Truex ......... Barkley Cooper
Sylvia Field ......... Lucy Cooper
Michael Whalen ......... George Cooper
William Bakewell ......... Robert Cooper
Lynn Bari ......... Anita Cooper
Sheila Bromley ......... Nellie Chase
Barney Phillips ..... Bill Payne
Betty Hanna ......... Cora Payne
Olive Sturges ......... Rhoda Cooper
Henry Hunter ......... Mr. Norton
Jack Tessier ........ Rubens
Synopsis:
An elderly couple loses their home and turn to their grown up children for help.
But the children are not very anxious to share their homes with their parents.
*Note: Based on the 1937 motion picture starring Victor Moore and Beulah Bondi.

5.40 [222] Lux Video Theatre: THUNDER ON THE HILL
26May1955 NBC Thur
Adapted by S.H. Barnett/ Original screenplay Oscar Brodney/ Play by Charlotte Hastings
Directed by Richard Goode
Donald Crisp is the Guest Host for this episode.
starring
Phyllis Thaxter ......... Sister Mary
Rex Reason ......... Dr. Jeffries
Beverly Garland ......... Valerie
Rhys Williams ......... Melling
Nana Bryant ......... Reverend Mother
John Alderson ......... Willie
Vera Denham ......... Martha
Beryl Machin ......... Pierre
Phyllis Stanley ......... Nurse Phillips
Synopsis:
A murder mystery set in an English convent during a flood in Norfolk County.
*Note: Based on the 1951 picture starring Claudette Colbert & Ann Blyth.

5.41 [223] Lux Video Theatre: THE SUSPECT
02Jun1955 NBC Thur
Adapted by Charles Bennett/ Based on Bertram Millhauser's play
Directed by Buzz Kulik
Barry Sullivan is the Guest Host of this episode.
starring
Robert Newton ......... Philip Marshall
Erin O'Brien Moore ......... Cora Marshall
Toni Gerry ......... Mary Grey
John Hoyt ......... Musley
John Dehner ......... Gilbert Simmone
Mary Flynn ........ Edith Simmone
Peter Votrian ......... Marridew
Richard Lupino ......... John Marshall
Synopsis:
A mildmannered, middleaged man resorts to murder when his newfound happiness is threatened.
He believes he has committed the perfect crime.
*Note: Based on the 1944 motion picture starring Charles Laughton.

5.42 [224] Lux Video Theatre: LIGHTNING STRIKES TWICE
09Jun1955 NBC Thur
Adapted by S.H. Barnett / Based on Margaret Echard's novel "A Man Without Friends".
Directed by Earl Eby
Tab Hunter is the Guest Host for this episode.
starring
Janet Blair ......... Shelly Carnes
Dan O'Herlihy ......... Trevelyan
Lorna Thayer ......... Liza
Kathryn Givney ......... Myra
Leonard Penn ......... Father Paul
Fay Roope ......... J.D. Nolan
Robert Clarke ......... Harvey
Ralph Votrian .......... String
Synopsis:
Story of a man who is still suspected by his neighbors, although he has been acquitted of
charges of murdering his wife. A vacationing girl becomes interested in the case.

5.43 [225] Lux Video Theatre: THE INSIDE STORY
16Jun1955 NBC Thur
Adapted by John Whedon / Play by Ernest Lehman
Directed by Richard Goode
Thomas Mitchell is the Guest Host for this episode.
starring
James Barton ......... Uncle Ed
Vera Miles ......... Audrey O'Connor
Taylor Holmes ......... J.J. Johnson
Irene Anders ......... Francine
George Chandler ......... Eustace Peabody
Bob Wehling .......... Ab Follansbee
Byron Foulger ......... Horace
James Best .......... Waldo
Carroll McComas ......... Mrs. Atherton
Ray Bennett .......... Sheriff
Synopsis:
A $1000 bill circulates around a small New England town in 1933
and manages to changes the lives of a number of people.

5.44 [226] Lux Video Theatre: FOREVER FEMALE
23Jun1955 NBC Thur
Adapted by S.H. Barnett / Play by J.M. Barrie
Directed by Buzz Kulik
Otto Kruger is the host.
starring
Anita Louise ......... Beatrice Page
Fred Clark ......... Harry Phillips
Anne Bancroft ......... Sally
Richard Shannon ......... Stanley Crown
Jeanette Miller ......... Patty
Maidie Norman ......... Maid
and Bob Hope (Lux Video Theatre Guest)
Synopsis:
An aging actress intent on remaining 29 - despite the fact that her
insistence on youth is ruining a first rate play by an impressed young man.

5.45 [227] Lux Video Theatre: LAST YEAR'S SNOW
30Jun1955 NBC Thur
Adapted by S.H. Barnett / Based on Don Tracy's novel
Directed by Earl Eby
Otto Kruger is the host.
starring
Steve Brodie ......... Joe
Constance Ford ......... Marty
Paul Langton ......... Pete
Edgar Barrier ........ Carl
Steven Geray
Forrest Lewis
Jack Rutherford
and Alex Nicol (Lux Video Theatre Guest)
Synopsis:
The plot centers around the solution of a murder which takes
place in a hunting lodge near the Canadian border.
*Note: This play launches a 13-week summer series which will feature stories
owned by motion picture companies and destined for future production by them.

5.46 [228] Lux Video Theatre: THE CREAKING GATE
07Jul1955 NBC Thur
Adapted by by Charles Bennett / Story by Dwight V. Babcock
Directed by George Roy Hill
Otto Kruger is the host.
starring
Beverly Garland ......... Joyce Williams
Philip Abbott ......... Dr. Glennon
Robert Cornthwaite ......... Egan
Chubby Johnson ......... Fogarty
Russell Gaige ......... Mr. Williams
Patrick Miller ......... Dr. Bob Monroe
Paul Bryer ......... Plainclothesman
Elizabeth Cope ......... Sadie
and Jack Kelly (Lux Video Theatre Guest).
Synopsis:
A scientist, acquitted of the murder of his wife, continues to be under
suspicion and is under constant surveillance by a persistent investigator.

5.47 [229] Lux Video Theatre: DARK TRIBUTE
14Jul1955 NBC Thur
Adapted by Benjamin Simcoe / Story by Robert Stevens
Directed by Buzz Kulik
Otto Kruger is the host.
starring
Rod Taylor ............. Baxter
Gage Clarke .......... Tompkins
Robert Coote ......... Lawton
and Maureen O'Sullivan (Lux Video Theatre Guest).
Synopsis:
Murder mystery when a woman who has won the sweepstakes is found murdered.
Synopsis 2:
Baxter is about to be acquitted of murdering a young girl when Lawton appears
at the crucial moment with vital testimony in court was false. The price of the
blackmailer's silence has each of the men searching for ways to rid himself of
the other two, one succeeds.

5.48 [230] Lux Video Theatre: DESPERATE GLORY
21Jul1955 NBC Thur
Written by Joseph Cochran
Directed by Earl Eby
Otto Kruger is the host.
starring
Joe De Santis ........ Anton Maxuranic
Reba Waters .......... Ella Maxuranic
Grace Field ............ Manya Maxuranic
Michael Vallon ....... Paul Stephani
Paul Sorenson ....... Ilya
Peter Mamkos ........ Dmitri
Ruth Swanson ........ Tamara Zabutov
Daria Lee Ridgeway ...... Sophia
Stafford Repp .......... Igor Pitrovski
Faith Geer .............. Teacher
and Joel McCrea (Lux Video Theatre Guest).
Synopsis:
Behind-the-Iron-Curtain, a girl fired by Communist propaganda, discovers a hidden radio,
operated by her own grandfather. She decides to betray her grandfather and his friends for
listening to Radio Free Europe broadcasts.

5.49 [231] Lux Video Theatre: THE BRIDE CAME C.O.D.
28Jul1955 NBC Thur
Adapted by S.H. Barnett / Story by Julius and Philip Epstein
Directed by Richard Dunlap
Otto Kruger is the host.
starring
Ron Randell ........ Steve Collins
Joyce Holden ........ Joan Winfield
Florenz Ames ........ Pop
Patrick Waltz ........ Allen Brice
Alexander Campbell ........ Mr. Winfield
Eddie Marr ........ Peewee
Ralph Sanford ........ McGee
Tom Jordan ........ Pilot
and Maureen O'Sullivan (Lux Video Theatre Guest).
Synopsis:
A gossip columnist induces an heiress to elope by plane
with an orchestra leader to provide an exclusive item for the columnist.


5.50 [232] Lux Video Theatre: THE NINE-PENNY DREAM
04Aug1955 NBC Thur
Adapted by S.H. Barnett / Play by Don M. Mankiewicz
Directed by Richard Goode
Otto Kruger is the host.
starring
Lloyd Corrigan ..... Horace Enright
Betty Sinclair ....... Agnes Enright
Lisa Daniels ..... Pam Enright
Liam Sullivan ..... Tod
Lyle Talbot .... Abner
Dulcy Jordan ..... Cynthia
Tyra Vaughn ..... Jane
Charles Davis ... Bestman
and Aldo Ray (Lux Video Theatre Guest).
Synopsis:
A dream of winning a penny pool is realized by the meek owner of an English pub,
but the prestige he expected eludes him.
Synopsis 2:
A hen-pecked British pubkeeper has wit and whimsy. When he thinks he's won a football pool.

5.51 [233] Lux Video Theatre: PERILOUS DECEPTION
11Aug1955 NBC Thur
Written by Catherine Turney
Directed by Earl Eby
Otto Kruger is the host.
starring
David Janssen ..... Joe Davis
April Kent ........ Agnes
Karen Kadler ...... Vera Collins
Stuart Nedd ....... Chris Collins
James Flavin ...... Heineman
Ruth Warren ....... Mrs. Beacham
Forrest Lewis ..... Mr. Beacham
Davis Alpert ...... Policeman
Jean Lewis ........ Waitress
and William Hopper (Lux Video Theatre Guest).
Synopsis:
A man murders his wife, then pursues her best friend.
*Note: April Kent is the daughter of actress June Havoc.

5.52 [234] Lux Video Theatre: NOR ALL YOUR TEARS
18Aug1955 NBC Thur
Adapted by Charles Bennett / Story by Frank Partos and Frank Waldman
Directed by George Roy Hill
Otto Kruger is the host.
starring
Richard Shannon ...... Steve
Arleen Whelan .......... Sue
Thomas Browne Henry ..... Barnes
Kathleen Freeman .......... Connie
Howard Negley ........... Colonel Powell
Helen Mayon .......... Mrs. Carmody
Nelson Booth ....... Bartender
Synopsis:
Story of a blind war veteran and an unscrupulous girl on parole who marries him for security.

5.53 [235] Lux Video Theatre: JUNE BRIDE
25Aug1955 NBC Thur
Adapted by S.H. Barnett / Play by Graeme Lorimer
Directed by Richard Goode
Otto Kruger is the host.
starring
Marguerite Chapman ..... Linda Gilman
Jerome Thor ........... Carey Jackson
Ben Tucker ......... Jim Mitchell
Jerry Alton ......... Bud Mitchell
Helene Stanley ....... Jean
Dennis King Jr. ...... Scott
Ann Cullen ......... Rosemary (as Ann Macomber)
Walter Baldwin ........ Mr. Brinker
Isobel Elsom ........... Mrs. Brinker
Norma Jean Nilsson ....... Moe
Tussa Haig ........ Paula
and Gordon Douglas (Lux Video Theatre Guest).
Synopsis:
A former foreign correspondent now a lowly writer on a magazine with a female editor
as his boss, wind up covering a small town wedding with comical repercussions.


5.54 [236] Lux Video Theatre: THE LAST CONFESSION
01Sep1955 NBC Thur
Written by Richard P. McDonagh
Directed by Buzz Kulik
Otto Kruger is the host.
starring
Eduard Franz ..... Father Pierre
Lisa Montell ...... Suzanne
Edward Binns ...... Prosecutor
John Eldredge ...... Defense Attorney
Berry Kroeger ..... M. Didot
Billy Chapin ........... Gaston
Stephen Coit ......... Jean
Howard Hoffman ..... Judge
Eddie Marr ........ Jailer
and Phil Karlson (Lux Video Theatre Guest).
Synopsis:
The real life story of a priest, his faith and its ultimate vindication.
He was condemned to Devil's Island for a murder he did not commit.

5.55 [237] Lux Video Theatre: THE HAPPY MAN
08Sep1955 NBC Thur
Written by Raphael Hayes
Directed by George Roy Hill
Otto Kruger is the host.
starring
Judith Evelyn .......... Martha
Kurt Kasznar ........... Sam Ross
Marilyn Erskine ....... Clara
Robert Emhardt ....... Herb
Herbert Ellis ............. Policeman
and Lucy Marlow (Lux Video Theatre Guest).
Synopsis:
A cabbie finds money in his cab amd lots of trouble follows.
Synopsis 2:
A taxi driver, a poor but happy man, finds his life changed when he finds a $1,000 bill.

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5.56 [238] Lux Video Theatre: THE LUCKY FINGER
15Sep1955 NBC Thur
Story by Lennox Robinson
Directed by Richard Goode
Otto Kruger is the host.
starring
Alan Napier ......... Sir Adrian
J. Pat O'Malley .... Richard
Edith Barrett ......... Julie
Helena Nash ....... Marge
James Hyland .......... Mossy
Irene Anders ......... Honor
James O'Hara ......... Charles
Kathleen Mulqueen ..... Statia
Bob Wehling ......... Brennan
Barbara Ainslee ....... Puck
and Margaret Lindsay (Lux Video Theatre Guest).
Synopsis:
An unwanted sister-in-law suddenly becomes the center of attraction
when she wins money at raffles.
Synopsis 2:
Old Aunt Julie, who does little but eat sweets and enter contests, is the
bane of the miserly relatives who support her.
But when she wins a succession of lotteries, everyone wants to share
the "luck of the Irish".

5.57 [239] Lux Video Theatre: THE EYES OF FATHER TOMASINO
22Sep1955 NBC Thur
Adapted by S.H. Barnett / Story by Edwin Blum
Directed by Buzz Kulik
Otto Kruger is the host.
starring
Joe De Santis ......... Sylvio
Gloria Talbott .......... Anna
Keefe Brasselle ....... Joe Martini
Katherine Minciotti ...... Mama
Larry J. Blake .......... Kilrain
Stanley Adams ........ Cuneo
Marc Cavell ............ Peanuts (as Butch Cavell)
Eddie Marr ............ Gillen
Bill Justin ........... Campini
GeGe Pearson ...... Veda
Lennie Bremen .......... Bartender
and Mark Stevens (Lux Video Theatre Guest).
Synopsis:
When a kindly old priest is stabbed to death, a young police officer resigns from the force.
The policeman wants to use all of his waking hours to find the killer.

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