CTVA US Anthology - "Matinee Theater" (NBC Daytime) Season 1 (1955-56)

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 Season 1 (NBC Daytime) (1955-56)
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by:  Rina Fox
references:
TV Guide / Library of Congress (telnet://locis.loc.gov)
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UCLA Film and Television Archive


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1.01 [001] Matinee Theater: BEGINNING NOW (debut, color)

31Oct1955

Teleplay by Frank Gilroy
Short Story by John P. Marquand

First appeared in the Saturday Evening Post April 8, 1939.
Directed by Albert McCleery

starring

Philip Bourneuf
Frances Reid

Louis Hayward
Addison Richards

Julie Bennett
Synopsis:
A father involved in a terrible automobile accident tries

to get his college-age son to take the fall.

 

1.02 [002] Matinee Theater: MAKE BELIEVE MOTHER

01Nov1955

Story by Ricky Zurex

starring

Kevin McCarthy
Augusta Dabney

Synopsis:

A woman, married several years and still childless, tries to convince

 her husband that they should adopt a youngster. [RF]

 

1.03 [003] Matinee Theater: THE PERSISTENT IMAGE

02Nov1955

from the novel by Gladys Schmitt

starring

William Bishop

Angie Dickinson

Synopsis:

A man cherishes the memory of a former sweetheart, even though

she threw him over for another man. [RF]

 

1.04 [004] Matinee Theater: I'M STRAIGHT WITH THE WORLD

03Nov1955

Written by Theodore Apstein

Directed by Boris Sagal

starring

James Dunn

Joe De Santis

Peg Hillias
Lamont Johnson

Synopsis:

The lives of a middle-aged couple are disrupted when

 the husband's business goes bankrupt. [RF]

 

1.05 [005] Matinee Theater: PROGRESS AND MINNIE SWEENEY

04Nov1955

Written by Edmond Kelso
Directed by Larry Schwab
starring
Ann Harding .............. Minnie Sweeney
Ross Elliott
Jonathan Hole

Synopsis:

A schoolteacher refuses to retire, though the school board has been objecting to her

old-fashioned methods for years. Finally one of the students rebels against staying

after school. The boy happens to be the son of the school superintendent. [RF]

 

1.06 [006] Matinee Theater: THE HOUSE ON WILDWOOD LANE

07Nov1955

Written by George Lowther

starring

Ross Elliot

Adrienne Marden
Bobby Hyatt

Synopsis:

A husband fears personal failure in business. [RF]

 

1.07 [007] Matinee Theater: BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT

08Nov1955

Written by Henry Misrock

starring

Cara Williams
DeForest Kelley
Melinda Plowman

Synopsis:

A professor at a boarding school is accused of murdering a woman teacher.

He denies guilt even though a letter from the victim implies a secret tryst:

 and a little girl claims she saw the murder. [RF]

 

1.08 [008] Matinee Theater: ONE FOR THE ROAD

09Nov1955

Written by Ellis St. Joseph

starring

John Abbott ....... Jasper Purdy

Peter Hanson ....... Fred Purdy

Mary Scott ....... Virginia

Mike Winkleman ....... Jonathan

Ben Welden ............... Boss
Synopsis:

A man who left his wife and infant son turns up years later. He drops in for a visit at

the home of his now married son and grandchildren. His sudden appearance

and penchant for gambling wreak havoc in his son's home. [RF]

 

1.09 [009] Matinee Theater: AN APPLE FOR MISS MYRTLE

10Nov1955

From a short story Margaret Cousins

starring
Geraldine Page ........ Miss Myrtle

Synopsis:

A schoolteacher in a small town is frowned on by the

 parents for her unorthodox behavior. [RF]

 

1.10 [010] Matinee Theater: THE MAN WITHOUT A COUNTRY

11Nov1955

Adapted by Elihu Winer

From Edward Everett Hale's classic

Directed by Lamont Johnson

starring
Peter Hanson ............. Philip Nolan
Synopsis:
This is the story of a man who damned his country

and was subjected to a strange sentence. [RF]

 

1.11 [011] Matinee Theater: JIGSAW

14Nov1955

Written by Seymour Stern

starring

John Conte

Judith Evelyn
Tom Laughlin

Synopsis:

A middle-aged woman lives in a dream world. [RF]

 

1.12 [012] Matinee Theater: SHE'S THE ONE WITH THE FUNNY FACE

15Nov1955

Written by Robert Barbash

starring

Judy Canova

Synopsis:

A down-and-out entertainer zooms back to stardom on television. [RF]

 

1.13 [013] Matinee Theater: ALL THE HOFFMEYERS IN THE WORLD
16Nov1955
Written by Anthony Spinner
Directed by Walter Grauman
starring
Ludwig Donath
Jean Inness
Gordon Mills
Kathleen Freeman

Synopsis:

A janitor working in an apartment building joins the social club for friendship.

 

1.14 [014] Matinee Theater: THE ASPERN PAPERS

17Nov1955

Adapted by Michael Dyne

Based on the novel by Henry James

Directed by Arthur Hiller
starring
Donald Murphy
Frances Reid
Katherine Warren
Ernest Sarracino

Synopsis:

A young writer goes to the Venetian villa of the elderly woman who was

once the mistress of a famous author, now dead many years. [RF]

 

1.15 [015] Matinee Theater: ROMAN FEVER

18Nov1955

Teleplay by H.R. Hays (Hoffman R. Hays)

Based on the story by Edith Wharton

Directed by Sherman Marks
starring
Claire Luce
Irene Hervey
Carla Balenda

Synopsis:

Two young girls are rivals for the affection of a young painter. [RF]

 

1.16 [016] Matinee Theater: MIDSUMMER

21Nov1955

Adapted by Speed Lamkin

Based on a short story by Nancy Hale

Directed by Boris Sagal

starring

Margaret O'Brien ....... Victoria

Keith Andes
Ted Donaldson
Carolyn Craig

Synopsis:

The daughter of a well-to-do family in New England is bored with her aristocratic life.

While her parents are abroad, the teenager takes up with a man whose

background is the exact opposite. [RF]

 

1.17 [017] Matinee Theater: THE LADY CHOOSES

22Nov1955

Written by William McCleery

starring
Judith Evelyn
John Hoyt

Synopsis:

A New York Publisher is astounded to learn of his wife's dabbling in politics.

 When she decides to run for office, her husband tries to convince her

she's being used as a figurehead. [RF]

 

1.18 [018] Matinee Theater: THE COURTSHIP OF MILES STANDISH

23Nov1955

Adapted by Ellen & Richard McCracken

Based on the poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Directed by Lamont Johnson
starring
John Dehner .............. Captain Miles Standish
Val Dufour
Olive Sturgess
Tudor Owen

Synopsis:

Widower Captain Miles Standish seeks the aid of his friend John Alden in asking

 the hand of a young woman. Standish does not realize Alden is also in love with the girl. [RF]

 

pre-empted for Macy's Day Parade

24Nov1955

 

1.19 [019] Matinee Theater: DISPOSSESSED

25Nov1955

Adapted for TV by Elizabeth Hart

From a novel by Nedra Tyre

Directed by Allan Buchhantz
starring
Amzie Strickland
Helen Wallace
Robert Forrest

Synopsis:

Evil pervades the once happy atmosphere of a spinster's cottage. A strange and

domineering woman moves in unexpectedly and proceeds to rule the spinster's life. [RF]

 

1.20 [020 Matinee Theater: ONE FOR THE ROAD

28Nov1955

Written by Ellis St. Joseph

starring

John Abbott ....... Jasper Purdy

Peter Hanson ....... Fred Purdy

Mary Scott ....... Virginia

Mike Winkleman ....... Jonathan

Wendy Winkleman ....... Pamela

Ben Welden ....... Boss

Synopsis:

A man who left his wife and infant son turns up years later. He drops in for a visit at

the home of his now married son and grandchildren. His sudden appearance and

penchant for gambling wreak havoc in his son's home. [RF]

 

1.21 [021] Matinee Theater: THE TOUCHSTONE

29Nov1955

Adapted by Jerome Rose & Lois Jacoby

From the novel by Edith Wharton

Directed by Arthur Hiller

starring

Don Briggs ....... Stephen

Frances Robinson ....... Alexa

Anthony Eustrel ....... Dexter

Victoria Ward

Synopsis:

A once successful writer, who now verges on the alcoholic, makes one last attempt

 to sell his latest work. When this fails, he must decide which is more important,

personal integrity or money. [RF]

 

1.22 [022] Matinee Theater: WUTHERING HEIGHTS

30Nov1955

Adapted by Lois Jacoby

From the novel by Emily Bronte

Directed by Lamont Johnson

starring

Richard Boone ....... Heathcliff

Peggy Webber ....... Cathy

Sammy Ogg ........ Young Heathcliff

Shelley Fabares .......... Young Cathy

Sean McClory ........... Hindley

Natalie Norwick ......... Isabella

Stanley Adams ........ Earnshaw

Synopsis:

This is the tragic love story of a man and woman who fell in love as youngsters,

but who each married another. [RF]

 

1.23 [023] Matinee Theater: THE BRASS RING

01Dec1955

Adapted by Helene Hanff (as Herman Knight)

Based on a story by Jacqueline Rhodes

Synopsis:

A young intern tries to convince his fiancee she shouldn't have the responsibility of

supporting her divorced sister and the sister's child.  [RF]

 

1.24 [024] Matinee Theater: JASON

02Dec1955

Adapted by Lawrence Hazard

Based on the story by Samson Raphaelson 

starring
John Hoyt
Helen Westcott

Synopsis:

An intellectual New York drama critic takes a personal interest in a young playwright.

Then he discovers the younger man has more than a casual interest in the critic's wife. [RF]

 

 1.25 [025] Matinee Theater: ARROWSMITH
05Dec1955
Adapted by Kathleen and Robert H. Lindsay
Based on the story by Sinclair Lewis
Directed by Boris Sagal

starring
Grant Williams ..... Martin Arrowsmith
Gregory Gay
Maudie Prickett
Reba Tassell

Synopsis:
Martin Arrowsmith, an idealistic young doctor, returns to his rural hometown

and establishes a small practice, and in his spare time eventually

develops a serum for a deadly cow disease.
 

1.26 [026] Matinee Theater: PASSING STRANGE
06Dec1955
Written by E. Jack Neuman

starring
Sally Brophy
Val Dufour

Synopsis:

A man leaves the religious confines of his upbringing to journey around the world.

1.27 [027] Matinee Theater: FOR THESE SERVICES
07Dec1955
Written by Theodore Ferro & Mathilde Ferro

starring
Richard Jaeckel

Synopsis:

A young doctor's avarice for the almighty dollar comes into play

when a poverty stricken neighborhood stranger seeks his help.

1.28 [028] Matinee Theater: CORDIALLY - WITH BOMBS
08Dec1955
starring
Arthur O'Connell

Synopsis:

A man plans to extort money from the city by planting bombs around the city.

1.29 [029] Matinee Theater: WHITEOAKS
09Dec1955

(aka The White Oaks)
Adapted by Kay Arthur
Based on a story by Mazo De La Roche
Directed by Allan Buckhantz
starring
Lenore Shanewise
Myron Healy
Bob Arthur

Synopsis:

A young woman feels country life is robbing her of true happiness.

 

1.30 [030] Matinee Theater: O'TOOLE FROM MOSCOW

12Dec1955

Produced by Albert McCleery

Written by Rod Serling

Directed by Larry Schwab

starring

Chuck Connors

Leo Durocher

John Banner
Kurt Katch

Synopsis:

A baseball loving Soviet citizen defects to the U.S. to play for the Cincinnati Reds. [RF]

 

1.31 [031] Matinee Theater: THE MILWAUKEE ROCKET
13Dec1955
Adapted by Dale Wasserman
Based on a story by Ted Prideaux
Directed by Jim Jordan
starring
Robert Horton
Alan Hale, Jr.
Karen Steele

Synopsis:

A small town is upset when they learn that a train will soon be going thru it.

 

1.32 [032] Matinee Theater: THIS ONE IS DIFFERENT
14Dec1955
Written by S.S. Schweitzer

starring

John Conte ........ Tom Loring
Marcia Henderson .. Linda Gresham
Synopsis:
An architect meets a wealthy Wall Street broker's daughter

and has to compete for her attentions with an unsavory beau.

 

1.33 [033] Matinee Theater: THE SINS OF THE FATHERS
15Dec1955
Written by David Davidson
Directed by Boris Sagal
starring
John Hoyt
Donald Murphy
Frances Reid
Carolyn Craig

 

 1.34 [034] Matinee Theater: SEE YOU ON SUNDAY
16Dec1955
starring
Jan Merlin
Angie Dickinson

Kathy Garver

Synopsis:
A timid man finds it difficult to confront his in-laws until one

weekend he invites them so his wife can see what they are really like.

 

1.35 [035] Matinee Theater: COMING OF AGE
19Dec1955
Written by Harold & Johanna Brodky
Directed by Tad Danielewski
starring
Madge Evans
Elaine Stritch
(New York Origination)

Synopsis:

When the vivacious sister takes advantage of the shy meek one sparks start to fly.

1.36 [036] Matinee Theater: TECHNIQUE
20Dec1955
Written by Lois Jacoby

starring
Shirley Ross
Hayden Rorke
Angie Dickinson
Claire Luce

 

1.37 [037] Matinee Theater: GALLIN ALL-AMERICAN

21Dec1955

starring
Douglas Kennedy
Synopsis:
A former All-American football player is blinded as the result of an auto accident

and places the blame on his son who was driving.

 

1.38 [038] Matinee Theater:  SANTA IS NO SAINT
22Dec1955
Written by Frank and Doris Hursley
Directed by Arthur Hiller

starring
Edmund Gwenn
Anita Louise
Robert Middleton
Jean Byron
Jerry Mather

Synopsis:
A stern business man believes his children should be told the truth about Santa Claus. [RF]

 

1.39 [39] Matinee Theater: THE UNWELCOMED
23Dec1955
Written by Gladys Schmitt
Hosted by John Conte
Synopsis:
The three shepherds journey to Bethlehem with a young child

to welcome the Christ Child is told.
 

 1.40 [040] Matinee Theater: THE RED SANDERS STORY
26Dec1955

Written by Wilton Schiller
Story by George Bruce
Directed by Walter Grauman
Hosted by John Conte
starring
Richard Arlen ......... Red Sanders
Dorthy Green
Philip Tonge
William Schallert

Synopsis:
This is the story of UCLA's football coach, Red Sanders,

who gave up a life of security to gamble on his convictions.

 

1.41 [041] Matinee Theater:  ELISHA AND THE LONG KNIVES
27Dec1955

Written by Dale Wasserman
Hosted by John Conte
starring
Harry Carey Jr.

Synopsis:
A boy survives an Indian massacre and three hunters become his caretakers.

 

1.42 [042] Matinee Theater: HORNS OF DILEMMA
28Dec1955
Written by Harold Callen
starring
Philip Bourneuf
Frances Reid
Synopsis:
A teacher tries to collect a debt from town officials.

 

1.43 [043] Matinee Theater: IT SOMETIMES HAPPENS TWICE
29Dec1955
Synopsis:
A divorced man falls for a divorced woman,

 they have more in common than they even realize.
 

1.44 [44] Matinee Theater: THE SHOT
30Dec1955
Written by E. Jack Neuman
Directed by Allan Buckhantz
starring
Myron Healy
James Griffith
Douglas Kennedy
Judith Ames

Synopsis:

A duel for a woman leads to many complications during the Civil War.

 

[--] Matinee Theater: 02Jan1956 pre-empted for the Cotton Bowl,

Orange Bowl, Sugar Bowl, Rose Bowl.
 

1.45 [045] Matinee Theater: MR. KRANE

03Jan1956

Based on the story by Arthur Rodney Conebeare

Directed by Boris Sagal

starring

Cedric Hardwicke ..... Mr. Krane
John Hoyt ............ Harry
Mary LaRoche ......... Elaine
Peter Hansen ......... Will
Synopsis:
Mr. Krane claims to be from outer space---and warns that men on Earth are doomed. [RF]
 

1.46 [46] Matinee Theater: YESTERDAY IS GONE
04Jan1956
Written by Peggy Phillips
Synopsis:
A romance built around Thomas Jefferson's stay in France before his election as

 President of the United States. The love affair between Jefferson and Maria Casway,

a woman whose husband used her friendship with Jefferson to advance his own political ambitions.

1.47 [47] Matinee Theater: DOUBLE DOOR
05Jan1956
Synopsis:
A domineering woman meddles when her half-brother marries

a girl beneath her level. She decides to plant innuendo and near murder,

to break them up and she almost succeeds.

1.48 [48] Matinee Theater: THE HAPPY REST
06Jan1956
Written by N.R. Nash
Synopsis:
A lonely backwoods family disagrees with their expectant

daughter's fight for the unborn baby.

1.49 [49] Matinee Theater: THE GATE
09Jan1956
Written by Katherine Lindsay
Synopsis:
An elderly man justifies his wasted life and saves the

happiness of his son-in-law by telling him not to be what

others want but what he wants.

1.50 [50] Matinee Theater: ONE LEFT OVER
10Jan1956
starring
Harry Townes
Joan Sudlow
Synopsis:
After the death of his wife and two-children in a car crash, a man is left with one child.

His neighbors offer a lot of advice but it takes an Air Force veteran to really straighten him out.
 

1.51 [051] Matinee Theater: ALL THE TREES IN THE FIELD
11Jan1956
Written by Sylvia Richards
Directed by Alan Neuman
starring

James Bell ............ Rancher
Robert Karnes ......... Son
Melinda Plowman ....... Granddaughter
Adrienne Marden ....... Mother
Amzie Strickland ...... Daughter-in-law
Carolyn Craig ......... Cousin
Sammee Tong ........... Nurseryman
Synopsis:
An father is being pressured to sell his orange grove to real estate developer.
Note: A television history first, when the first live color remote was broadcast from

an orange grove in the San Fernando Valley [RF]

 

1.52 [52] Matinee Theater: THE CENTURY PLANT
12Jan1956 (rerun 09Aug56)
written by Theodore Apstein
starring
Constance Ford
Ross Elliott
Synopsis:
The idyllic existence of an American college professor, who has moved with his second wife and two children to Mexico, is menaced by the sudden appearance of his first wife, who is determined to win him back.

1.53 [53] Matinee Theater: FRIDAY THE 13TH
13Jan1956
Written by Sumner Locke Elliot
Directed by Allan Buckhantz
starring
Rex Reason
Maxine Cooper
Cathy Downs
Glenn Langan
Virginia Gibson
Mary Beth Hughes
Paul Burke

1.54 [054] Matinee Theater: THE OLD MAID
16Jan1956

Adapted from the play by Zoe Akins
Based on the novel by Edith Wharton
Directed by Lamont Johnson

starring
Sarah Churchill ....... Charlotte Lovell
Katharine Bard
Karen Sharpe
Rhodes Reason

Synopsis:
The story of a woman who is unable to tell her daughter she is her real mother. [RF]

1.55 [055] Matinee Theater: MOTHER WAS A BACHELOR
17Jan1956
Written by Irving W. Phillips
starring
Billie Burke
Synopsis:
A spinster aunt who for years acted as mother to the children of her dead sister,

 suddenly decides she wants to live a life of her own. [RF]

 

1.56 [056] Matinee Theater: BOTTOM OF THE RIVER
18Jan1956

Written by Arnold Schulman
Synopsis:
A social worker tries to organize a gang of unmanageable

youngsters into a decent boys' club. [RF]

1.57 [057] Matinee Theater: COMPANY MANNERS
19Jan1956

Written by William McCleery
Synopsis:
A young family encounter opposition as they enter

a housing area to keep their family together.

1.58 [058] Matinee Theater: THE CHILD AND THE MUSE
20Jan1956
starring
Frances Robinson
Synopsis:
A precocious child of eight has her poems submitted to a magazine by her mother.
 

 1.59 [059] Matinee Theater: THE BIG BOX
23Jan1956 NBC Mon
Written by Arnold Auerbach
Directed by Boris Sagal
starring
John Hoyt
Randy Stuart
Benny Baker

Synopsis:
A girl who has faith in a down-and-out radio comedian tries to talk

him into doing a new television show. [RF]

 1.60 [060] Matinee Theater: SINCERELY YOURS, CHARLIE FISHER
24Jan1956 NBC Tue
written by Donald Symington and Dean Harens
starring
Gene Lockhart
Lee Meriwether
Martin Milner
Synopsis:
A young employee of a small-town post office spends most of his time day-dreaming

about traveling to the far corners of the globe. His mother and sweetheart try

to convince him that he must settle down. [RF]

 1.61 [061] Matinee Theater: DOC
25Jan1956 NBC Wed
starring
Ann Doran
Dabbs Greer
Olive Sturgess

Synopsis:
A father tries to get his daughter to postpone her marriage. Because of his own past experience,

he fears that the career of the groom-to-be will be hampered by marriage. [RF]

 1.62 [062] Matinee Theater: THE AMATEUR
26Jan1956 NBC Thur  (rerun 18Sep56)
Guest cast:
Paul Gilbert ............. Bernie
Adrienne Marden .......... Sara
Bea Benaderet ............ Edna
Synopsis:
A young man weary of his job at a garment factory,

has aspirations to enter show business. [RF]

1.63 [063] Matinee Theater: LIGHT AND SHADOW
27Jan1956 NBC Fri
Guest cast:
Argentina Brunetti
Jeanne Cooper
Paul Lukather
Synopsis:
A social worker reports that a middle-aged woman is

mentally unbalanced. But the woman's friends and neighbors stand

 behind her, knowing that her delusion concerning a son she never had

is only her way of clinging to a small shred of happiness. [RF]

 

1.64 [064] Matinee Theater: ROMNEY
30Jan1956
starring
Peter Votrian
Synopsis:
After the sudden death of his older brother, a young boy

 rejects and is rejected by his father. [RF]

1.65 [065] Matinee Theater: O PROMISE ME
31Jan1956
Written by Greer Johnson
Guest cast:
Dick Elliott ............. Dr. Lamarr Grimp
Cheerio Meredith ......... Ola Jean Darter
Jean Sudlow .............. Sofan Vestal
Robert Sampson ........... Buford
Synopsis:
A middle-aged doctor has been courting his sweetheart for 43 years!

All is calm and the doctor advises two young lovers to wait before

 marrying until they are financially prepared. Angry, his fiancee

files suit against him for breach of promise. [RF]

1.66 [066] Matinee Theater: HOLD MY HAND AND RUN
01Feb1956
Written by Jeanette and Francis Letton
Guest cast:
Claire Luce .............. Jean Blake
Lowell Gilmore ........... Bill Blake
Synopsis:
A married couple have avoided telling their daughter the truth about

 the father's job and their martial plans. [RF]

1.67 [067] Matinee Theater: DARK POSSESSION
02Feb1956 (rerun 27Aug56)
Written by Gore Vidal
Directed by Lamont Johnson
starring
Karen Sharpe
Carol Stone

Katherine Bard
Adrienne Marden
Kathleen Crowley
Maury Hill

Synopsis:
A series of anonymous letters creates fear and havoc in the lives of three sisters.

 The mysterious writer accuses one of the sisters of murder. [RF]

1.68 [068] Matinee Theater: THE DIAMOND
03Feb1956
Written by David Chandler
Directed by Boris Sagal
starring
Helen Westcott
Richard Crenna (as Dick Crenna)
Gloria Blondell

Synopsis:
A plain, unglamorous secretary whose life thus far has been quite ordinary,

finds herself the center of attention when she becomes heir to a huge diamond. [RF]

 

1.69 [069] Matinee Theater: SUSAN AND GOD
06Feb1956
Adapted by Lawrence Hazard
Story by Rachel Crothers
Directed by Walter Grauman
starring
Sarah Churchill
Walter Coy
Cathy Downs

Elinor Donahue
Synopsis:
A wealthy socialite finds religion while on a European vacation

and returns home to spread the good word. [RF]

 

1.70 [070] Matinee Theater: AS YOUNG AS YOU FEEL
07Feb1956
starring
Ann Harding
Synopsis:
A woman encourages a older man to live it up a little.

1.71 [071] Matinee Theater: THE WHITE KNIGHT
08Feb1956
starring
Josephine Drew
Gregory Gay
Synopsis:
A biographer falls in love with the daughter of the man he is writing about.

1.72 [072] Matinee Theater: THE ANXIOUS YEARS
09Feb1956
Written by Thyra Samter Winslow
starring
Irene Hervey
Philip Ober
Synopsis:
A doting mother almost ruins the lives of her grown children.

1.73 [073] Matinee Theater: HEART OF MARY LINCOLN
10Feb1956
starring
Mercedes Shirley ..... Mary Todd Lincoln (young Mary Lincoln)
Lenore Shanewise ..... Mary Lincoln (older Mary Lincoln)
Synopsis:
After the death of Abraham Lincoln the further downfall of Mary's

mental state unfold as she struggles to come to grips with the loss

 of her beloved husband and her young son.

 

1.74 [074] Matinee Theater: THE MIDDLE SON
13Feb1956
starring
Ernest Truex
Sylvia Field
 

1.75 [075] Matinee Theater: VALENTINE'S DAY
14Feb1956
starring
Frances Reid
Philip Bourneuf
Synopsis:
The daughter and sister of a pretty widow decide to play Cupid.

Both want to marry her off to a likely suitor. [RF]

 

1.76 [076] Matinee Theater: SUMMER CANNOT LAST
15Feb1956
Based on a story by Elizabeth Hart

starring
Barbara Billingsley
Geoffrey Toone

Synopsis:
A mother discovers she is falling in love with the man her daughter has married. [RF]

 

1.77 [077] Matinee Theater: THE LAST BATTLEFIELD
16Feb1956

Written by Harold Callen
starring
Joey Walsh

Synopsis:
A Polish merchant learns that his teen-age son and daughter have been

won over to communism. He laboriously arranges an escape from the country,

with his rebellious son virtually his prisoner. Even in Sweden their trouble

continues, as the son informs on a priest who has aided their escape. [RF]

 

1.78 [078] Matinee Theater: THE CATBIRD SEAT
17Feb1956
Adapted by Robert J. Shaw
Based on James Thurber's story
Directed by Sherman Marks
starring
Mary Wickes
Dabbs Greer
Phillip Tonge
Lillian Bronson

Synopsis:
A meek little file clerk turns into a veritable tiger when his boss hires
an efficiency expert. His file system has worked for 30 years. and he's
not going to change it for an efficiency expert. [RF]

 

1.79 [079] Matinee Theater: DREAM HOUSE
20Feb1956
Written by Arthur Cavanaugh
starring
Virginia Vincent
Herbert Rudley
Synopsis:

Having always dreamed of a rose-covered cottage and prosperity

a woman is sadly disillusioned with her new husband and her life.
 

1.80 [080] Matinee Theater: THE RUNAWAYS
21Feb1956
Written by Alfred Brenner
starring
John Barrymore Jr.
Karen Sharpe
Synopsis:
A young man evades giving police evidence and a girl tries to escape a serious operation.

1.81 [081] Matinee Theater: THE LEDGER
22Feb1956
Written by Jack Laird
starring
Lyle Talbot
Tom Brown
Ann Doran
Synopsis:
An investment counselor is sued by a fortune hunter for embezzlement.

1.82 [082] Matinee Theater: WHEN THE BOUGH BREAKS
23Feb1956
Written by Michele Cousin
starring
Betty Lynn
Ray Stricklyn
Alex Gerry
Jimmy Lydon
Jean Del Val
Synopsis:
The story of a family's sacrifices for a musically talented son and no money to spare.

1.83 [083] Matinee Theater: I WANT TO MARCH
24Feb1956
Teleplay by Hoffman R. Hays
starring
Robert Warwick
Martin Milner
Ruth McDevitt
Synopsis:
The story of two New York biology professors during the infancy of the 20th century

are horrified when the wife of one and the daughter of the other

 join the suffregette movement. They are horrified even more when romantic

 complications develop between the daughter and the other professor's son.
 

1.84 [084] Matinee Theater: SKYLARK
27-Feb-1956
Written by Sam Raphaelson
Story by Lawrence Hazard
Directed by Arthur Hiller

starring
Gene Raymond ........ Tony Kenyon
Sarah Churchill
Sheila Bromley
June Vincent
Casey Adams
Synopsis:
The wife of a successful advertising executive feels he pays too much attention

 to the value of a dollar bill and not enough to the value of life. [RF]

 

1.85 [085] Matinee Theater: TALL, DARK STRANGER
28Feb1956

Written by Peter Barry
starring
Zsa Zsa Gabor

Hugh O'Brian
Synopsis:
A man is hired to follow the wife of his boss, who suspects she is involved

in a romance with a tall dark stranger. Unwillingly, he falls in love

with her, and murder seems the only way out. [RF]

 

1.86 [086] Matinee Theater: ANYTHING BUT LOVE

29Feb1956

Written by William McCleery

starring

Diana Lynn

John Conte
Synopsis:
Even though he does not believe in romance, a producer is attracted to his latest star.

There's a small hitch however, he is willing to marry her in order to keep

her in the theater. She wants to marry and retire from the theater. [RF]

 

1.87 [087] Matinee Theater: ROBIN DAW
01-Mar-1956
Written by Ira Avery
starring
June Havoc
Alex Talton
Synopsis:
A sophisticated Hollywood woman commentator is bored with most of her suitors.

 She finally falls in love, but with a scientist who plans to isolate himself on

 an island to study an incurable illness. [RF]

1.88 [088] Matinee Theater: LETTER TO A STRANGER
02-Mar-1956

Adapted from the novel by Elswyth Thane
starring
Jeff Morrow ...... Beaumont Marshall
Susan Kohner ........ Joanna Marshall
Margaret Hayes ...... Eve Endicott
Synopsis:
The curiosity of a woman novelist is aroused by a letter from a young girl.

She claims her father keeps her a virtual prisoner in their home. [RF]

 

1.89 [089] Matinee Theater: DINNER AT ANTOINE'S

05Mar1956

Adapted by Samuel W. Taylor

Based on a story by Frances Parkinson Keyes

Directed by Allan Buckhanz

starring

Tod Andrews

Jean Parker ....... Amelie

Vinton Hayworth ....... Foxworth

Synopsis:

A beautiful young New Orleans socialite is found murdered.

The police captain is certain someone in her family is guilty.  [RF]

 

1.90 [090] Matinee Theater: THE MATING OF WATKINS TOTTLE

06Mar1956

Adapted by William Kozlenko

Based on a novel by Charles Dickens

Directed by Lamont Johnson
starring
Alan Mowbray
Charles Davis
Phyllis Stanley
John Irving

Synopsis:

A middle-aged bachelor thus far has avoided matrimony. His friends, knowing

he is in need of money, arrange a meeting with a prospective bride who

might be willing to support a husband. [RF]

 

1.91 [091] Matinee Theater: HER SON'S WIFE

07Mar1956

Adapted by Peggy Phillips

Based on a story by Claire Wallis

starring
Irene Hervey
Douglas Kennedy
Synopsis:

Three generations come together to celebrate the grandparents' 50th wedding anniversary.

During the evening the newly wedded granddaughter insists on modeling her

grandmother's wedding gown. As a result, many true family relationships

are revealed for the first time.  [RF]

 

1.92 [092] Matinee Theater: THE SHINING PALACE

08Mar1956

Written by Peggy Phillips

starring
Darren McGavin
Dorothy Shay

Synopsis:

A husband has definite ideas about bringing up his children. He feels his way of

life on an isolated island is better than letting his offspring be subjected to

education and other cruelties of civilization.  [RF]

 

1.93 [093] Matinee Theater: THE ODD ONES

09Mar1956 (rerun 14Jun57, 07Feb58, Jun58)

Written by Betty Ulius

Directed by Livia Granito
Hosted by John Conte
starring
Marilyn Erskine ...... Judith Mann
Darryl Hickman ....... Ben de Franco
Olive Blakeney ....... Mrs. Mann

Walter Kelley ........ Howie Mann
Stephen Coit ......... Philip Field
Ron Foster ........... Jerry
Opal Euard ........... Janitor
Synopsis:

A woman art instructor entering her 30's falls in love with a pupil younger than she.

Her overbearing brother tries to convince the woman that the artist is only

using her to further his career.  [RF]

 

1.94 [094] Matinee Theater: A COWBOY FOR CHRIS
12Mar1956
Written by Walter Black & William Mendrek
starring
Ray Montgomery
Synopsis:
A once-famous movie cowboy takes a room in a boarding house

run by a very attractive widow. [RF]

1.95 [095] Matinee Theater: THE ROCKING CHAIR
13Mar1956
Adapted by Anthony Spinner
From a story by Bob Barbash
starring
Lamont Johnson ..... Steve
Addison Richards ... Frank
Synopsis:
On the eve of his daughter's return from her honeymoon, the father of the

 bride dies suddenly. The grief-stricken mother transfers her dependence

 to her daughter, endangering the marriage of the newly-wedded couple. [RF]

1.96 [096] Matinee Theater: THE BIG GUY
14Mar1956
Written by Leonard Freeman
starring
Alan Hale Jr. ...... Duke
Toni Gerry ......... Susan Wilson
William Schallert .. Henry
Synopsis:
A man still rests on his laurels as a big-time football player, but he is brought up

 short when he realizes his business success is due only to his former athletic glory. [RF]

1.97 [097] Matinee Theater: STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS
15Mar1956 (rerun 15May56)
Written by A.J. Russell
starring
Herbert Anderson ... Professor Finch
Sallie Brophy ...... Mona
Richard Crane ...... Joe
Joe Devlin ......... Marvin
Mary Adams ......... Mother
Synopsis:
A professor masterminds a million-dollar holdup and splits the loot three ways

with his accomplices. A few years later, just before the statue of limitations has

run out, the police get a strange clue when one of the thieves is committed to a hospital. [RF]

1.98 [098] Matinee Theater: THE BARON AND THE BANSHEES
16Mar1956
Written by Seamus White
starring
John Carradine
Betty Lynn
Synopsis:
Four good friends in old Eire share living quarters. Their friendship

is put to the test when one of the cronies brings home his intended bride. [RF]

 

1.99 [099] Matinee Theater: NOTEBOOK WARRIOR
19Mar1956 Mon
Written by Ira Levin
starring
Ben Cooper
Onslow Stevens
Richard Carlyle
Synopsis:
A Concert violinist is drafted into the Army over his father's strenuous objections. [RF]

1.100 [100] Matinee Theater: TEMPTATION FOR A KING
20Mar1956 Tue

Adapted by Michael Dyne
From the novel by John Secondari
starring
John Conte
Synopsis:
An exiled king must decide between abdication or an attempt to regain his power. [RF]

 

1.101 [101] Matinee Theater: THE ANTIDOTE
21Mar1956
Written by Richard McCracken
starring
James Bell
John Lupton
Synopsis:
A beloved country doctor and the son who doesn't seem to be big enough to follow in his father's giant footsteps.

1.102 [102] Matinee Theater: SHADOWS
22Mar1956
starring
Debra Paget ........ Ruth Brand
Joe Kirkwood Jr. ... Chris Brand
Synopsis:
A motion picture star and his overly imaginative wife who has cried wolf so often her husband doubts her when she reports another man is romancing her.
 

1.103 [103] Matinee Theater: 'M' IS FOR THE MANY ...
23Mar1956
Written by Joan Cunningham
Directed by Livia Granito
starring
Ann Harding
Lewis H. Martin
Carol Nugent

Synopsis:

A woman was married multiple times hopes this one is the final one.

 

1.104 [104] Matinee Theater: SILENT PARTNER
26Mar1956
starring
Steven Geray
Lili Darvas
Synopsis:
Following the death of her husband, a widow insists on keeping his tailor shop open

even though business is falling off. A long-time friend, who has been in love with her

 for many years, tries to convince the grief-stricken widow she is making a mistake by

treating the shop as a shrine to her husband's memory. [RF]
 

1.105 [105] Matinee Theater: WINTER IN APRIL
27Mar1956 (rerun 22Apr57)
starring
Margaret O'Brien
Synopsis:
An elderly man of letters supports his orphaned teen-age granddaughter.

When he hires a young male secretary, the girl believes she has fallen in love. [RF]

1.106 [106] Matinee Theater: BREAD UPON THE WATERS
28Mar1956 (rerun 12Mar57)
Written by Irwin Shaw
starring
Marshall Thompson
Patricia Smith
Mary Young
Jacqueline deWitt
Betsy Paul
Synopsis:
A young couple moves into the ground floor apartment of a mansion owned by

an elderly woman. The husband at first resents the fact that the old lady imposes on

his wife to do household chores. Then they learn they have been made sole heirs in her will.  [RF]

 

1.107 [107] Matinee Theater: THE GIANT KILLER

29Mar1956

Written by Joseph K. Caldwell

starring
Lloyd Corrigan
Irene Tedrow
Cynthia Baxter
Synopsis:
A father is determined to prevent his teenage daughter from

 leaving home and entering a convent. [RF]

 

1.108 [108] Matinee Theater: THE BOOK OF RUTH
30Mar1956

Adapted by Howard Rodman
Director & Narrator Lamont Johnson
starring
Sarah Churchill ...... Ruth
Katherine Warren ..... Naomi
Fay Bainter
Synopsis:
This is the well-known story of Biblical times about Ruth, whose devotion

to her mother-in-law takes her into a new land among strangers. [RF]

 

1.109 [109] Matinee Theater: SINGER IN THE VALLEY
02Apr1956
Written by Dorothy Rood Stewart
starring
Betty Lynn Tyler
Jane Darwell
Synopsis:
A temporary school teacher faces the dilemma of leaving the school

or remaining to help the troubled youngsters with whose

problems she has become Involved.

 

1.110 [110] Matinee Theater: HEART OF A HUSBAND
03Apr1956 (rerun 04Oct56)
Written by Mort Thaw
starring
Gene Raymond
Catherine McLeod
June Vincent

Synopsis:
A lawyer's wife is successful in her own right which drives her

husband to another woman who is equally aggressive.

 

1.111 [111] Matinee Theater: FROM THE DESK OF MARGARET TYDINGS

04Apr1956 (rerun 14Apr58 & 25Jun58)

Teleplay by Robert Esson
Based on a story by Blanche Gregory
Directed by Boris Sagal

starring

Margaret Hayes ....... Margaret Tydings

Donald Murphy ....... Jim Tyding
DeForest Kelley ...... Alan Brecker
Virginia Stefan ...... Edith Martin
Johnny Crawford ...... Jimmy
Maidie Norman ........ Rose
Anna Karen ........... Doctor Irene Glenn
Virginia Arness ...... Betty

Synopsis:
A successful career woman becomes ill and discovers that someone

has been giving her small doses of poison every day. [RF]

Synopsis 2:
After a successful businesswoman falls ill, she learns that she's

being receiving small daily doses of a poison. Her leading suspects are

 her husband and her ambitious assistant.

Synopsis 3:

A successful career woman becomes ill and discovers that someone has been

giving her small doses of poison every day. Her suspicion falls on both her

ambitious assistant and her husband. [RF]

Synopsis 4:
Suspicion falls on an envious husband when a successful woman learns that she is being poisoned. [RF]

*NOTE: Syndication airing on Cameo Theater 11Mar62 ABC Sat)

 

1.112 [112] Matinee Theater: BUT YOU LOOK LIKE SISTERS
05Apr1956
Written by Lois Jacoby
starring
Vicki Cummings
Richard Arlen

 

1.113 [113] Matinee Theater: THE HOUSE OF SEVEN GABLES
06Apr1956 (rerun 15Aug56, 09Oct56, 29Nov56)
Adapted by Elihu Winer
Based on the novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Directed by Allan Buckhantz
starring
John Carradine ...... Jaffrey Pyncheon
Marshall Thompson ... Clifford Pyncheon
Helen Wallace ....... Hepzibah Pyncheon
Synopsis:
In Puritan times, a wealthy man takes a fancy to some property owned

by a man named Maule, and has Maule executed on trumped-up charges

 of witchcraft. The doomed man places a curse on his accuser's family.
 

1.114 [114] Matinee Theater: FIDDLIN' MAN
09Apr1956 (rerun 22Aug56)
Produced by Albert McCleery
Written by Dale Wasserman
Story by William Brandon
Directed by Lamont Johnson
starring
Gene Nelson
Murvyn Vye
Synopsis:
When young, personable Dr. Rainwater rides his medicine show wagon into town,

he's clapped into jail by the sheriff. The sheriff says he'll release him only if

 Rainwater will aid the sheriff in acquiring a very fine horse from a young lady

who refuses to have any dealings with him. [RF]

 

1.115 [115] Matinee Theater: THE HOLLOW WOMAN
10Apr1956 (rerun 23Aug56, 11Oct56)
Written by Bruce Kimes

starring

Diana Lynn .......... Laura
Jess Barker ......... Charles
Ellen Corby ......... Cissie
Sara Haden .......... Charlotte
Ottola Nesmith ...... Anna
Robert Patten ....... Spencer
Synopsis:
A young woman hides her sensitivity about not being attractive to men behind

 a facade of sophistication and sarcasm. Her elderly aunt, once a musical-comedy star,

tries to help the girl break away from her domineering mother. [RF]

1.116 [116] Matinee Theater: PEOPLE IN GLASS
11Apr1956
Written by Kathleen & Robert Howard Lindsay
starring
Virginia Bruce .... Margaret Ames
Robert Karnes
John Qualen
Synopsis:
The matriarch of an aristocratic but now penniless family

is aghast when she learns her widowed daughter plans

 to marry a "common" man who owns a greenhouse. [RF]

1.117 [117] Matinee Theater: ONE OF THE FAMILY
12Apr1956 (rerun 10Oct56)
Written by S.S. Schweitzer
starring
Irene Ryan ........... Ray Moore
Peter Hanson ......... Jim Thatcher
Vinton Haworth ....... Robert Masters
Frances Helm ......... Olivia Dunne
Herbert Rudley ....... Walter Grimm

Synopsis:
A girl who has helped to build a talent agency into a successful business is,

 in spite of a good salary and the respect of her colleagues, disturbed

by the feeling that she has to do all the dirty work. [RF]
 

1.118 [118] Matinee Theater: YOUNG HANDS, YOUNG FEET
13Apr1956
Written by Steven Gethers
starring
Regis Toomey ......... Phil Gordon
Irene Hervey ......... Myra Gordon
Ellen Corby .......... Louise
John Eldredge ........ Frank Ross
Sally Fraser ......... Diane
Jess Kirkpatrick ..... Eddie
Ann Seaton ........... Jeannie
Margaret Brayton ..... Mrs. Patterson
Synopsis:
A middle-aged couple, successful in business, are unsuccessful

when it comes to holding their marriage together. [RF]

 

1.119 [119] Matinee Theater: THE LARK SHALL SING
16Apr1956
Adapted by Peggy Phillips
Story by Elizabeth Cadell
Synopsis:
A young English couple decide that they will live with the groom's aged mother

after the wedding. When the bride puts up her house for sale, her five brothers

and sisters, whom she has not seen for years, descend upon her from all corners

of the British Isles to try to prevent the sale. [RF]

1.120 [120] Matinee Theater: THE DOCTOR'S WIFE
17Apr1956
Written by Nicholas E. Baehr
starring
Kathleen Freeman
John Eldridge
Mae Clarke
Synopsis:
A doctor marries on the rebound and after 20 years meets the woman he has always loved.
 

1.121 [121] Matinee Theater: IN DREAD OF WINTER
18Apr1956
Adapted by Jess Greg
starring
Diana Douglas
Paul Langton
Synopsis:
A governess, in love with the father of her charge, is dismayed when she learns the

widower is unaware of her feelings and plans to marry another woman. In her bitter

disappointment, the governess turns the young boy against his prospective stepmother

in an effort to prevent the marriage from taking place. [RF]

1.122 [122] Matinee Theater: THE BABYLONIAN HEART
19Apr1956 (rerun12Oct56)
Written by Robert Arthur
TV Adaptation by Henry Misrock
starring

Zsa Zsa Gabor ....... Jessica Winslow
Philip Reed ......... Charles Winslow
Dorothy Green ....... Elizabeth
Herschel Bernardi ... M. Plevian
Synopsis:
The fifth wealthiest woman in the world hires detectives to trail her fifth husband

and ensure his faithfulness. The husband decides to regain his

freedom by arranging his own "death." [RF]

 

1.123 [123] Matinee Theater: ASK ME NO QUESTIONS
20Apr1956 (rerun 24Aug56)
Written by Max Wilk
starring
Alan Young
Marcia Henderson
Synopsis:
When a confirmed bachelor who owns a restaurant tries to sell his special recipe for a salad dressing, he gets involved with a beautiful girl FBI agent.
 

1.124 [124] Matinee Theater: WHOM DEATH HAS JOINED TOGETHER

23Apr1956

Written by Alvin Sapinsley

Directed by Boris Sagal

starring

Vincent Price

Catherine McLeod

Andrea King
Harry Carey Jr.
Synopsis:
A matinee idol whose advances to a married woman help

rouse her husband's romantic impulses. [RF]

 

1.125 [125] Matinee Theater: TIN WEDDING
24Apr1956
Writers Hagar Wilde & Judson O'Donnell
Synopsis:
A busy-body spinster enlightens her married sister about her husband's infidelity.

 

1.126 [126] Matinee Theater: THE RECKONING
25Apr1956
Writer Daniel Morgan
starring
John Bleifer
Sue England
Jerry Eskow
Synopsis:
A newlywed couple's honeymoon is marred by an ailing father.

 

1.127 [127] Matinee Theater: A WOMAN NAMED RUBY
26Apr1956
Written by Doris Gilbert & Christie Munro
starring
Mary Webster
K.T. Stevens
Johnny Crawford

Synopsis:
Ruby decides to run for a political office even with her family against her.

 

1.128 [128] Matinee Theater: THE BRIGHT BOY
27Apr1956
Writer John Boruff
Synopsis:
A boy's prep school life turns around when a wise young class president

 takes the sting out of a bright boy's vengefulness.

 

1.129 [129] Matinee Theater: THE CAREFREE TREE
30Apr1956 (rerun  11Mar57)
Teleplay by Helene Hanff
Story by Aldyth Morris
starring
Karen Sharpe
Lamont Johnson
Carol Stone
Synopsis:
Centuries ago in the Orient, two families are warring against each other

for the throne. Matters take an unexpected turn when the daughter of the

dowager empress falls in love with a young member of the opposite faction.

Synopsis 2:
In the Orient, war seems imminent between rival family factions. A young royal couple,

 whose son may someday occupy the throne, tries an unusual scheme to avert hostilities. [RF]

 

1.130 [130] Matinee Theater: GREYBEARDS AND WITCHES

01May1956 (rerun 17Sep56)

Written by Robert Easton

starring

Agnes Moorehead ...... Mrs. Barnes

Cathy O'Donnell ...... Velna

Judy Nugent ....... Emma

Louis Letteiri ........ Billy

Synopsis:

A woman passes off her deformed son as deceased

 

1.131 [131] Matinee Theater: THE LEGEND OF JENNY LIND
02May1956
Written by Irve Tunick
Directed by Walter Grauman
starring
Dorothy Kirsten
James Flavin
Ralph Clanton
Ray Anthony
Werner Klemperer

 

1.132 [132] Matinee Theater: DAUGHTER OF THE SEVENTH
03May1956 (rerun 03Oct56 & 28Jan57)
Writer S.S. Schweitzer
starring
Leon Ames
Cynthia Baxter
Synopsis:
The story of a ward-of the commander of the aristocratic seventh regiment

in the New York State militia in 1860 who causes trouble when she

falls for a lieutenant from the Brooklyn squadron of cavalry.

 

1.133 [133] Matinee Theater: NIGHT MUST FALL
04May1956
Written by Emlyn Williams
Directed by Sherman Marks
starring
Richard Jaeckel
Marilyn Erskine

Synopsis:

An aunt comes between a young man and woman's romance.

 

1.134 [134] Matinee Theater: THE 25TH HOUR
07May1956
Writer James Blumgarten
starring
Bonita Granville
Hugh Beaumont
Synopsis:
A young mother becomes distraught with her domestic routine

 and runs away, leaving a bewildered husband behind.

 

1.135 [135] Matinee Theater: A MAN AND A MAID
08May1956
Writer Therese Lewis
starring
Helen O'Connell
Craig Stevens
Synopsis:
A candidate for Governor accepts an invitation to dine at the home

of one of his backers and finds that one of the other guests is his ex-wife.

 

1.136 [136] Matinee Theater: PERSPECTIVE
09May1956
Writer Hoffman R. Hays
starring
Phyllis Avery
Synopsis:
A troubled artist fears she has lost her craft.

1.137 [137] Matinee Theater: THE CATAMARAN
10May1956
Writer J.P. Miller
starring
Mary Astor
Patrick O'Neal
Synopsis:
The story of a mother and daughter who both have found rough going

in the sea of matrimony. Daughter follows mother in marital separation

only to find the mother's footsteps turning back to reconciliation.

1.138 [138] Matinee Theater: JOHNNY CAME MARCHING HOME
11May1956
Written by Anthony Spinner
starring
Richard Davalos ... Johnny
Synopsis:
A young veteran is changed by the war and his struggle to

escape his unchanging home town, family and girl.

 

1.139 [139] Matinee Theater: A FAMILY AFFAIR
14May1956 (rerun 21Aug56)
Written by Henry Misrock

starring
Jim Backus
Lurene Tuttle
Ronnie Burns
Synopsis:
A struggling artist, now a successful businessman,

is upset over the play his son has written.

 

[--] Matinee Theater: STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS

15May1956 (rerun or postponed from 15Mar56)

 

1.140 [140] Matinee Theater: BLIND DATE
16May1956

Written by Joan Cunningham
Synopsis:
A blind date that nearly didn't show up changes a backward girls life.

1.141 [141] Matinee Theater: TO HAVE AND TO HOLD
17May1956

Written by Wilton Schiller

starring
Phyllis Thaxter
Patrick O'Neal
Synopsis:
A remarried Korean War widow learns that her first husband is still alive but dying.

1.142 [142] Matinee Theater: EDWINA BLACK
18May1956

Written by Warner Law

Based on the play by William Dinnie
starring
Signe Hasso ......... Lisa
Synopsis:
Both the caregiver and the husband of an invalid woman are prime suspects

when she suddenly dies. It appears to some to have been a poisoning.

 

1.143 [143] Matinee Theater: THE SPARE ROOM
21May1956 (rerun 23Apr57)
Teleplay by Peggy Phillips
story by Nelia Gardner White
starring
Lurene Tuttle
Synopsis:
A small town nurse tries to bring together two heart-scarred victims

of life's struggles, a mysterious young man and a cynical young widow.
 

1.144 [144] Matinee Theater: THE BOTTLE IMP
22May1956
Adapted by Bill Templeton
Based on the book by Robert Louis Stevenson
Directed by Livia Granito
starring
Richard Davalos
Nephru Malouf
Donald Randolph
H.M. Wynant (as Haim Winant)

Synopsis:
A sailor finds a cursed bottle with a demon, it brings him all he desires but at a cost.

 

1.145 [145] Matinee Theater: BRIEF MUSIC
23May1956
Teleplay by Irving Phillips
Play by Emmet Lavery
starring
Laurie Carroll
Mary Webster
Synopsis:
Two college girls are in love with their professor.

 

1.146 [146] Matinee Theater: THE GIRL FROM BORO PARK
24May1956
Writer Albert Meglin
starring
Lili Darvas
Virginia Vincent
Synopsis:
A mother tries everything to marry off her daughter.

 

1.147 [147] Matinee Theater: TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN
25May1956
Writer Ralph Rose
starring
Les Tremayne
Constance Ford
Synopsis:

A middle-aged man hopelessly stricken with cancer is prevented from

making plans for his own death by the predatory nature of his family.

 

1.148 [148] Matinee Theater: BACHELOR BUTTONS
28May1956
Writer Michelle Cousin
Synopsis:
A seamstress is so bemused by a college professor she is

unaware of the devotion of a co-worker.

 

1.149 [149] Matinee Theater: THE CHILDREN OF PAPA JUAN
29May1956
Written by Robert Claborne
starring
Herschel Bernardi
Jeanette Nolan
Johnny Crawford ..... Pepe

 

1.150 [150] Matinee Theater: HERSELF ALONE
30May1956
Teleplay by Roger Marston
Writer Charles Mergendahl
starring
Frances Rafferty
Richard Crane
Peter Hansen
Synopsis:
A young wife alone at a mining camp finds herself threatened.

 

 1.151 [151] Matinee Theater: THREE FOR THE MONEY
31May1956
Writer Jack Laird
starring
Richard Carlson
Doe Avedon
Synopsis:
A man has to find the poisoner of his wife and son before the police accuse him of the crime.

 

1.152 [152] Matinee Theater: TAXI TO THE MOON
01Jun1956
writer Sheppard Kerman
starring
Constance Moore
Richard Long
Synopsis:
A successful middle-aged career woman has everything but what she

seeks most the revived love of her bored and much younger husband.

 

1.153 [153] Matinee Theater: THE GOOD TIME BOYS

04Jun1956

Written by Nicholas E. Baehr

starring

Patrick O' Neal

Addison Richards

Synopsis:
The retired founder of a publishing company doesn't agree

with his son's business decisions.

 

1.154 [154] Matinee Theater: THE AMERICAN
05Jun1956
Adapted by Michael Dyne
Based on the novel by Henry James
Directed by Pace Woods
starring
Peter Graves
Cloris Leachman
Lili Darvas

Synopsis:

A man believes the woman in a portrait is his lost love.

 

1.155 [155] Matinee Theater: THE LUCK OF AMOS CURRIE
06Jun1956
written by Katherine Lindsay and Robert Howard Lindsay
starring
Charles Ruggles ... Amos Currie
Synopsis:
Old Amos Currie lives in a rest home and is allegedly getting rich by playing the horses.

 

1.156 [156] Matinee Theater: FIGHT THE WHOLE WORLD
07Jun1956 (rerun 27Dec57)
Written by Caleb Gray
Directed by Allan Buckhantz
starring
Sidney Blackmer
Dean Stockwell

Nancy Malone ..... Jan
Dayton Lummis .... Father
Irene Tedrow ..... Mother
Susan Harrison
Kathleen Freeman

Synopsis:
A young orphan, raised on a farm, runs away and joins the Navy. [RF]

Synopsis 2:
An adopted orphan runs away to join the Navy---

then returns wanting to marry his foster sister. [RF]

 

1.157 [157] Matinee Theater: AUTUMN CROCUS
08Jun1956
Teleplay by Elizabeth Hart
Adapted from the Broadway play by C.L. Anthony

Synopsis:
A vacationing old maid schoolteacher finds tender but tentative summer

romance with the married proprietor of an Austrian Inn.

*NOTE: Margaret Truman was to star but due to illness canceled.

 

1.158 [158] Matinee Theater: GEORGE HAS A BIRTHDAY
11Jun1956 (rerun 01Nov56)
written by Jean Clifford Raymond
starring
Eddie Cantor ..... George Morris
Mae Clarke
Synopsis:
A meek elevator operator's sisters plot to kill for an inheritance.

Synopsis 2:

Two old maid sisters have long since frittered away the inheritance left them.

They plot to do away with their meek brother as soon as he receives

 his inheritance on his next birthday. [RF]

 

1.159 [159] Matinee Theater: THE SERPENT'S TOOTH
12Jun1956
written by B.M. Atkinson Jr.
starring
Bill Goodwin
Johnny Crawford
Robert Eyer
Synopsis:
When a father tells his two boys to earn their spending money, he doesn't

anticipate that they write a newspaper article accusing him of being a tyrant.

 

1.160 [160] Matinee Theater: CRIME AT BLOSSOM'S
13Jun1956
Teleplay by Jerome Ross
Story by Mordaunt Shairp
starring
Nydia Westman
Synopsis:
A woman is persuaded by an aunt to move into a house in which a murder was recently committed.

 

1.161 [161] Matinee Theater: CAUSE FOR SUSPICION
14Jun1956
From Peggy Lamson's play
Synopsis:
A story of one romance that blossoms among four men and two women who

are thrown together for a week of testing in their training to become spies for the U.S.

 

1.162 [162] Matinee Theater: ALISON'S HOUSE
15Jun1956
Teleplay by Richard McCracken
story by Susan Glaspell
starring
Lenore Shaneweiss
Dayton Lummis
Synopsis:
A famed poetess wrote some love poetry to a married man.

 

1.163 [163] Matinee Theater: A SAFE PLACE
18Jun1956
written by S.S. Schweitzer
starring
Steve Allen
Synopsis:
The story about the bitter rivalry revolves around two brothers, one a chief of police,

the other the mouthpiece for a group of gamblers who decide to take over the city.

 

1.164 [164] Matinee Theater: THE GUEST COTTAGE
19Jun1956
Written by William McCleery
starring
Frances Reid
Chet Marshall
Synopsis:
The story of a young psychiatrist who parlays confusion among

the house guests of his fiancee's stubborn father into a reconsideration

of the lad's quest for the girls' hand in marriage.

 

1.165 [165] Matinee Theater: FORSAKING ALL OTHERS
20Jun1956
Teleplay Peggy Phillips
Adaptation of Alice Duer Miller's poem
Synopsis:
A chronicle of what happens when circumstances bring together a beautiful

woman and a handsome man, each of whom is married to an invalid.

 

1.166 [166] Matinee Theater: LOVE, HONOR AND O'DAY
21Jun1956
Writers Eileen Mason, Robert Mason Pollock
Synopsis:
A light hearted story of a sponsor's wife who tries to reunite the TV

man-and-wife team of Johnny and Amanda O'Day for her husbands sponsors.

 

1.167 [167] Matinee Theater: THE DAMASK CHEEK
22Jun1956
Teleplay by Theodore Apstein
Story by John Van Druten
Synopsis:
The story of a young woman who comes to visit relatives in this country

and winds up in the middle of two romances being carried on by her two cousins.

 

1.168 [168] Matinee Theater: THE LIGHTED WINDOW
25Jun1956
Teleplay by Betty Ulius
Based on Pearl S. Buck's "Moon Over Manhattan".
starring
Scott Forbes
Fran Bennett
Synopsis:
An unhappily married New York executive's wife involves

herself in the romantic and financial problems of an artist.

 

1.169 [169] Matinee Theater: BUT FEAR ITSELF
26Jun1956
Writer Martin Grupsmith
Synopsis:
An ex film star comes out of 14 years retirement to appear on a television show.

 

1.170 [170] Matinee Theater: THE BIRTHDAY PRESENT
27Jun1956
Story by Andrew Rosenthal
Synopsis:
An attractive wife's world falls apart.

 

1.171 [171] Matinee Theater: THE GHOST OF GREENWICH VILLAGE
28Jun1956
Adapted by Robert Esson
Based on a novel by Elsie Milnes
Directed by Boris Sagal
starring
John Barrymore Jr.

 

1.172 [172] Matinee Theater: THE YOUNG AND THE DAMNED
29Jun1956
Teleplay by Warner Law
Story by Kenneth Phillips Britton
Synopsis:
A college boy's efforts to cover up his murder of an off-campus bad

girl who accuses him fathering her expected child.

 

1.173 [173] Matinee Theater: THERE'S ALWAYS JULIET

02Jul1956

Teleplay by Helene Hanff
Story by John Van Druten
starring
John Conte
Joan Elan
Synopsis:

A young Englishwoman is swept off her feet by the attentions of a handsome American.

But he doubts that their sudden love can be real or lasting. [RF]

 

1.174 [174] Matinee Theater: SEASONED TIMBER

03Jul1956

Adapted by Elihu Winer

From the novel by Dorothy Canfield Fisher

starring
James Whitmore
Synopsis:

The principal of a Vermont Academy opposes one of the school's trustees who

wants to alter the curriculum in order to make the academy more exclusive. [RF]

 

1.175 [175] Matinee Theater: THE DECLARATION

04Jul1956

Written by Stephen R. Callahan & John Vlahos

starring
Victor Jory
Synopsis:

The aristocratic father of a young man decries the Declaration of Independence and

such 'rebels' as Franklin, Jefferson and Adams. Loyal to the king, the father orders his

son out of the house when the young man persists in his radical ideas. [RF]

 

1.176 [176] Matinee Theater: HIGH PLACES

05Jul1956

Written by Roger Garis

Synopsis:

A newspaper editor feels that his principles are being compromised by his

publisher's policies. But when it comes to his private life, he is lee high-principled. [RF]

 

1.177 [177] Matinee Theater: BLACK CHIFFON

06Jul1956

Adapted by Philip Barry Jr.

From the play by Leslie Storm

Synopsis:

Two days before the marriage of her son, a woman who has an absolutely

untarnished reputation unaccountably steals a black-chiffon nightgown. [RF]

 

1.178 [178] Matinee Theater: CLASS OF '58

09Jul1956

Written by Louis S. Peterson
starring

Dean Stockwell

Synopsis:
A college freshman is expelled from school and is returning home

to uncertainty when he meets a business man who changes his life.

 

Matinee Theater was pre-empted on July 10th, 1956 by the All-star Game.

 

1.179 [179] Matinee Theater: MARRIAGE BY THE MILLIONS
11Jul1956
Written by George Lowther
Synopsis:
A successful woman marriage counselor's husband asks for a divorce.

 

1.180 [180] Matinee Theater: BACKFIRE
12Jul1956
Writer Marc Brandel
Synopsis:

A fame-seeking professor and the lawyer suitor of his

daughter feel guilty over a murder suspect.

 

1.181 [181] Matinee Theater: THE BISHOP MISBEHAVES
13Jul1956
Teleplay by Kay Arthur
Synopsis:
An English Bishop finds himself in the middle of a robbery.

1.182 [182] Matinee Theater: THE REMITTANCE MAN
16Jul1956
Written by James Elward
starring
James Bell
Ann Doran
Synopsis:
An imaginative old man's fanciful anecdotes change the

 lives of the family with whom he boards.

 

1.183 [183] Matinee Theater: BEG, BORROW OR STEAL
17Jul1956
Teleplay by Jay Presson
starring
Regis Toomey
Synopsis:

A respected attorney's career of embezzlement catches up with him

on the eve of his daughter's marriage to his junior law partner.

 

1.184 [184] Matinee Theater: SUMMER PAVILION
18Jul1956
Written by Gore Vidal
starring
Isabel Jewell
Richard Crane
Synopsis:

An outwardly docile Southern girl who falls in love with the engineer who

 is tearing up the heirloom summer house of her matriarchal mother.

 

1.185 [185] Matinee Theater: THE FEAST
19Jul1956
Teleplay by Hoffman R. Hays
Story by Margaret Kennedy
starring
Joan Elan
Synopsis:

The story of the life of the eccentric residents of a guest

 house perched on the edge of a cliff.

 

1.186 [186] Matinee Theater: THE RICH FULL LIFE
20Jul1956
Teleplay by Jack Paritz
Writer Vina Delmar
starring
Judith Evelyn
Synopsis:
A wife in a humdrum marriage battles her husband and her husband's

family to save her daughter from a similar fate.

 

1.187 [187] Matinee Theater: THE REVERBERATOR
23Jul1956
Adapted by Lois Jacoby
Based on Henry James' short novel,

first published as a serial in Macmillan's Magazine in 1888.
Directed by Arthur Hiller
starring
Jacques Sernas
Betty Lynn

Synopsis:
A Parisian family is exploited by the American tabloids and causes a scandal.

 

1.188 [188] Matinee Theater: WOMAN AT THE WINDOW
24Jul1956
Writer Nelia Gardner White
starring
Cloris Leachman
Synopsis:
A young woman is about to free herself from the limitation of her

 charming sister when tragedy turns the latter into a dependent invalid.

 

1.189 [189] Matinee Theater: ANOTHER SKY

25Jul1956

Written by Naomi Lane Babson

starring

Inger Stevens

Robert Horton
Synopsis:
A young girl's silent adoration of first a missionary, then a sea

captain finally brings her fulfillment of her dreams.

 

1.190 [190] Matinee Theater: LETTER OF INTRODUCTION
26Jul1956
Writer William Templeton
starring
Audrey Totter
Synopsis:
The story of an American divorcee, transplanted to Paris

who receives a letter stating that she is about to be visited

by a young man who doesn't know she is his mother.

1.191 [191] Matinee Theater: HOME AT SEVEN
27Jul1956
Teleplay S.S. Schweitzer
Story R.C. Sherriff
starring
Ronald Howard
Pat Hitchcock
Synopsis:
A bank employee suffers a 24-hour lapse of memory.

 

1.192 [192] Matinee Theater: THE CYPRESS TREE
30Jul1956
Writer Robert J. Shaw
Synopsis:
The story of a recently widowed woman's determination to rebuild

her own life despite her sister's strange insistence on mournful respect for the dead.

 

1.193 [193] Matinee Theater: BELONG TO ME
31Jul1956
Teleplay by Gail Ingram
Based on Ann Pinchot's unpublished novelette "Love Wears A Golden Crown"
Directed by Livia Granita
Guest cast:
David Janssen ........ Paul Merrick
Judith Braun ......... Liss Hale
Helen Westcott ....... Victoria
Ann B. Davis ......... Peg Miller
Sandy Descher ........ Maidy
Lisa Golm ............ Landlady

Synopsis:
A young governess to a child whose parents are divorced is attracted to the father.

 

1.194 [194] Matinee Theater: PYGMALION JONES
01Aug1956
Teleplay Gail Ingram Clement
Story Dorothy Kilgallen & Richard Kollmar (her producer husband)
Synopsis:
The story of an accidental photograph that catapults an obscure

young woman from school teacher to pin-up girl and playgirl.

 

1.195 [195] Matinee Theater: GRETEL
02Aug1956
Written by Vance Bourjaily
Directed by Lamont Johnson
starring
Dennis Hopper
Tamzen Allen

Synopsis:

A young boy marries an Immigrant girl then must explain to his parents his reasons.

 

1.196 [196] Matinee Theater: SOME MAN WILL WANT YOU

03Aug1956

Written by Helen Hanff

starring

John Banner

Synopsis:
A girl is tossed into the tension of a presidential nominating convention.

 

1.197 [197] Matinee Theater: THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER

06Aug1956  (rerun 05Nov57, 28Apr58)
Adapted by Robert Esson
Story by Edgar Allan Poe
Directed by Boris Sagal
starring
Tom Tryon ......... Roderick
Marshall Thompson .... David
Eduardo Ciannelli
Synopsis:
A friend pays a visit to a man who lives in a sinister, dark mansion.

The day he arrives, his host's sister is taken mysteriously ill and is not seen again. [RF]

Synopsis 2:
An eccentric man is haunted by his dead sister's voice. [RF]


*Note: Great article and pictures of the making of this

episode in TV Guide Oct 6-12 '56 Gale Storm on cover.

**Note: Syndication airing on Cameo Theater 16Apr61.

 

1.198 [198] Matinee Theater: CUPID ROAD A HORSE
07Aug1956
Written by B.M. Atkinson Jr.
starring
Lloyd Corrigan
June Vincent
Johnny Crawford

Synopsis:
Grandpa Hoyt will be sent back to Iowa if he doesn't stop betting on the horses.

The old man's grandsons want to keep him around, so they try

and fix him up with wealthy Mrs. Conkwright.

 

1.199 [199] Matinee Theater: THE OLD PAYOLA

08Aug1956

Written by Abby Mann
starring

Jackie Coogan

John Conte

Jeff Donnell

Synopsis:
A crooner turns rock 'n' roll hipster at his manager's request to pick up a fast buck. [RF]

 

[---] Matinee Theater: THE CENTURY PLANT
09Aug1956 rerun from 12Jan56.

1.200 [200] Matinee Theater: PERFECT ALIBI
10Aug1956
Teleplay by Nikki Justin
Based on a story by William Noble
From A.A. Milne's play
starring
Reginald Denny
Joan Elan
Synopsis:
The young ward of a man whom police believe committed suicide,

sets out to prove that it was murder.

 

[--] Matinee Theater:
13Aug1956 pre-empted for Republican convention

[--] Matinee Theater:
14Aug1956 pre-empted for Republican convention
 

[--] Matinee Theater: THE HOUSE OF THE SEVEN GABLES
15Aug1956 (rerun from 06Apr56)

 

[--] Matinee Theater:
16Aug1956 pre-empted for Democratic convention

[--] Matinee Theater:
17Aug1956 pre-empted for Convention coverage

[--] Matinee Theater:
20Aug1956 pre-empted for GOP Convention coverage


[--] Matinee Theater: A FAMILY AFFAIR
21Aug1956 (rerun from 14May56)

[--] Matinee Theater: FIDDLIN' MAN
22Aug1956 (rerun from 09Apr56)

[---] Matinee Theater: THE HOLLOW WOMAN
23Aug1956 (rerun from 10Apr56)

[---] Matinee Theater: ASK ME NO QUESTIONS
24Aug1956 (rerun from 20Apr56)

[--] Matinee Theater: DARK POSSESSION
27Aug1956 (rerun from 02Feb56)

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