CTVA US Anthology - "O Henry Playhouse" (Gross-Krasne)(1957) host: Thomas Mitchell

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"Big Town" (1950-56)
  "Mayor of the Town" (1954-55)   "O.Henry Playhouse" (1957)    "Glencannon" (UK, 1957-58)
 "The Lone Wolf" (US, 1954-55)  "The Pursuers" (UK, 1961-62)
"Adventures of a Jungle Boy" (1957)   "African Patrol" (1958-59)

O. Henry Playhouse (1957)
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
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with contributions by: Tom Alger, Rina Fox
references:
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UCLA Film and Television Archive

 

Doubleday & Company, Inc.Gross-Krasne production

for

First-Run Syndication

Executive producers Jack J. Gross and Philip N. Krasne

Produced by Donald Hyde

 

US Anthology series 1957  42 + episodes x 30 min bw

 

Hosted and Narrated by Thomas Mitchell

 

Premise:

Anthology of short stories about old New York written by

William Sidney Parker (1862-1910), who wrote under the pen name of while in prison.

 

Background:

Producers Jack J. Gross and Philip N. Krasne also produced

television series "Adventures of a Jungle Boy" (1957), "Glencannon"(1957-58) starring Thomas Mitchell and

"African Patrol" (1958-59) starring John Bentley

 

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[01] O. Henry Playhouse: THE REFORMATION OF CALLIOPE
23Jan1957 [NYT]
04Jan1957 [Oregonian Premiere]
06May1957 Mon 8:30 [Press-Telegram]
13Jun1957 [Oregonian]
04Nov1957 [Star News]
Producer Donald Hyde
Written for TV by George Waggner
From a story by O. Henry
Directed by George Waggner
Hosted and Narrated by Thomas Mitchell
Guest stars
Ernest Borgnine
Beverly Garland ...... Calliope Catesby
Jan Merlin ............... Johnny
Dick Foran
Synopsis:
A sheriff of a western town risks his life to get rid of gunmen only to earn the dislike of the money-crazy merchants.
Synopsis 2:
A western sherff risks his life to rid a town of its most dangerous gunmen and is persecuted for making the community too quiet.

[02] O. Henry Playhouse: MAN ABOUT TOWN
30Jan1957 [NYT]
22Mar1957 Fri [Oregonian]
29Aug1957 Thur [Oregonian]
Producer Donald Hyde
Written for TV by George Waggner
Hosted and Narrated by Thomas Mitchell
Guest stars
Mona Freeman
Alan Hale Jr.
Synopsis:
O. Henry encounters a flower girl, a Central park tramp, an idealistic young girl fresh from the country, a big-time newspaper reporter
and a lovely showgirl with a disastrous end result.

[03] O. Henry Playhouse: SAM PLUNKETT'S PROMISE
06Feb1957 [NYT]
30May1957 [Plain Dealer OH]
03Jun1957 [Press Telegram]
Producer Donald Hyde
Written for TV by Donald Hyde / Based on O. Henry's The Theory and the Hound
Director of photography Hal McAlpin
Editor Asa Boyd Clark
Hosted and Narrated by Thomas Mitchell
Synopsis:
A farmer is determined to avenge his sweetheart Millie's death.
Synopsis 2:
Story of a Kentuckian who trailed a killer half-way around the world and walked into a trap.
Synopsis 3:
A man with a dream of marrying the girl he loves, loses her to another man and she is soon the victim of a murder.

[04] O. Henry Playhouse: TWO RENEGADES
13Feb1957 [NYT]
22Apr1957 [Press Telegram]
21Oct1957 [Star News]
Producer Donald Hyde
Written for TV by Irving Cooper
Director of photography Hal McAlpin
Editor Asa Boyd Clark
Hosted and Narrated by Thomas Mitchell
Guest stars
John Carradine
Charles Bronson
John Cassavetes
Synopsis:
A slightly shady Confederate hoax on some South American revolutionists to save a Northern boy from a firing squad.

[05] O. Henry Playhouse: THE MARIONETTES
20Feb1957 [NYT]
14Mar1957 [Daily Review Calif]
12Aug1957 [Star News Calif]
Producer Donald Hyde
Written for TV by George Waggner
Hosted and Narrated by Thomas Mitchell
Guest stars
Gerald Mohr
(No Synopsis)


[06] O. Henry Playhouse: FOG IN SANTONE
27Feb1957 [NYT]
20May1957 Mon [Press Telegram]
Producer Donald Hyde
Written for TV by George Waggner / Published in Cosmopolitan, October 1912.
Directed by Bernard Girard
Director of photography Hal McAlpine
Editor Kenneth G. Crane
Hosted and Narrated by Thomas Mitchell
Guest stars
Jackie Coogan
DeForest Kelley
Jeanne Cooper
Paul Birch
Robert Karnes
Roy Engel
Paul Hahn
Synopsis:
A man suffering from an incurable illness searches for a remote corner of the country in which to spend his remaining days.
Synopsis 2:
A man and woman who have given up living as not worth the trouble find each other and a new life together and discover that many things make up happiness.

[07] O. Henry Playhouse: HEARTS AND HANDS
06Mar1957 [NYT]
11Nov1957 [Star News]
Producer Donald Hyde
Written for TV by Irving Cooper
Hosted and Narrated by Thomas Mitchell
Guest stars
Johnny Crawford ........ Hermitage
Louis Hayward
Maureen Stephenson
(No Synopsis)

[08] O. Henry Playhouse: THE BLACKJACK BARGAINER
09Mar1957 CBS Sat 10:30PM
23May1957 [Mansfield Journal OH]
22Aug1957 [Oregonian]
02Sep1957 [Press Telegram]
04Mar1958 [Times Record Troy NY]
Producer Donald Hyde
Written for TV by Irving Cooper
Directed by Bernard Girard
Director of photography Hal McAlpin
Editor Kenneth G. Crane
Hosted and Narrated by Thomas Mitchell
Guest stars
Barry Atwater .......... Yancey
Dennis McCarthy
Lorna Thayer
Paul Birch
Harry Tyler
Russ Thorson
Bill Baucom
Synopsis:
Gambling costs a man his law practice, his reputation and his honor. (film)
Synopsis 2:
Gambling has already cost Yancey his career and his honor. Now he plans to turn an old feud into profit.
Synopsis 3:
A losing gambler sells all his possessions but gives away what he cannot sell, his life, to preserve his honor and a newfound friendship.

[09] O. Henry Playhouse: THE WORLD AND THE DOOR
18Jan1957 [Oregonian]
13Mar1957 [NYT]
29Jul1957 [Press Telegram]
Producer Donald Hyde
TV play written by Donald Hyde
Guest stars
Pedro Gonzales
Donald Barry
Jean Willes
Synopsis:
An attractive couple planning marriage are the only Americans living on the little tropical island of LaPaz.

[10] O. Henry Playhouse: THE GUILTY PARTY
20Mar1957 [NYT]
15Jul1957 [Press Telegram]
Producer Donald Hyde
Written for TV by Irving Cooper
Directed by Bernard Girard
Director of photography Hal McAlpin
Editor Kenneth G. Crane
Hosted and Narrated by Thomas Mitchell
Guest stars
Raymond Koslo
Gail Kobe
Russ Thorson
Ellen Corby
Tom Greenway
Roy Engel
Ralph Votrian
Synopsis:
Fate, in the person of handsome Kid Mullaly, steps in on the life of a sweet, wholesome girl and turns her into a hardened, unprincipled woman
who kills the man she loves and winds up a sadder, and perhaps wiser, woman.
Synopsis 2:
Just as her goal of a singing career comes into view, a young slum dweller becomes involved with a hoodlum.

[11] O. Henry Playhouse: A RAMBLE IN APHASIA
27Mar1957 [NYT] [repeat 13May58 Times Record Troy NY]
07Feb1957 [Oakland Tribune]
17Jun1957 [Press Telegram]
Producer Donald Hyde
Written for TV by Irving Cooper
Hosted and Narrated by Thomas Mitchell
Guest stars
Larry Dobkin
Mary Shipp
Harold Dyrenforth .... Doctor
Synopsis:
A man loses his memory as an escape from an unhappy marriage.
Synopsis 2:
A man suffering from a strange loss of memory disappears, only to turn up later under a different name.

[12] O. Henry Playhouse: FOURTH IN SALVADOR
(01Mar57 copyright date)
30Mar1957 NYT
01Jul1957 [Press Telegram]
11Feb1958 Times Record Troy NY]
Executive producers Philip N. Krasne & Jack J. Gross
Producer Donald Hyde
Written & Directed by George Waggner
Director of photography Hal McAlpin
Editor Kenneth G. Crane
Music by Alec Copinsky
Hosted and Narrated by Thomas Mitchell
Guest stars
A.E. Gould-Porter
Lisa Montell
Tom Brown
Don Beddoe
Salvador Baguez
Miguel Landa
Peter Damon
Synopsis 1:
A Fourth of July celebration in tropical Salvador starts a hot revolution and melts a very valuable piece of ice.
Synopsis 2:
A confidence man is tricked into investing in an ice factory.

[13] O. Henry Playhouse: AFTER TWENTY YEARS
03Apr1957 NYT
05Aug1957 [Press Telegram]
Producer Donald Hyde
Written for TV by Donald Hyde
Directed by Bernard Girard
Director of photography Hal McAlpin
Editor Kenneth G. Crane
Hosted and Narrated by Thomas Mitchell
Guest stars
Jim Davis (as James Davis)
Peggie Castle
Ian McDonald
Paul Hahn
Louise Smith
Robert Karnes
George Selk
Al Cavens
Synopsis:
A New York boy goes west to make his fortune, promising a reunion in 20 years with his best friend. [TA]
Synopsis 2:
Ambition overtakes a New Yorker's good judgment when he heads West to seek his fortune.
Synopsis 3:
A western gunslinger has to go to prison to find the sense of contentment he has been seeking for twenty years.

[14] O. Henry Playhouse: A TRICK OF NATURE (film)
10Apr1957 NYT [repeat 15Apr58, Times Record Troy NY]
Producer Donald Hyde
Written for TV by Donald Hyde
Based on O. Henry's The Purple Dress
Hosted and Narrated by Thomas Mitchell
Guest stars
Whitney Blake ......... Grace Ward
William Schallert ...... Ramsay Phillips
Havis Davenport ...... Joan Ward
Minerva Urecal ......... Mrs. Danbury
Synopsis:
A scheming New York blonde decides to do something about her sister's happiness.
Synopsis 2:
The end of a nightmare marks the beginning of a new and fuller life for a girl who sleeps on her troubles.

[15] O. Henry Playhouse: SISTERS OF THE GOLDEN CIRCLE
17Apr1957 WOR-TV ch 9 Wed 9-9:30pm [NYT]
15Feb1957 [Oregonian]
09Dec1959 Ch18.New Jersey Wed 11:00pm
Producer Donald Hyde
Adapted by William Kozlenko
Written for TV by Donald Hyde
Directed by Peter Godfrey
Hosted and Narrated by Thomas Mitchell
Guest stars
Dave O'Brien
Jane Nigh
Synopsis:
While celebrating their first wedding anniversary, a young couple meet a pair of honeymooners on the Hudson River boat. [TA]
Synopsis 2:
Two young couples find themselves spending an unexpected weekend in jail.

[--] O. Henry Playhouse
24Apr1957
pre-empted by Baseball game, show airs Saturday.

[16] O. Henry Playhouse: HYGEIA AT THE SOLITO
27Apr1957 WOR-TV ch 9 Sat 9-9:30pm [NYT]
24Jun1957 [Press Telegram]
04Jul1957 [Oregonian]
Producer Donald Hyde
Written for TV by Donald Hyde
Directed by Felix Feist
Director of photography Hal McAlpine
Editor Kenneth G. Crane
Hosted and Narrated by Thomas Mitchell
Guest stars
Stanley Clements
Leo Gordon
Jack Mulhall
John Eldridge
Robert Cabal
Hope Summers
Kem Dibbs
Synopsis:
A Texas cattleman befriends a derelict and brings him home to his ranch.
Synopsis 2:
A no-good drifter who has drained the dregs of life gets the news from a doctor that he is really well and can get out of bed. Forced to work
at his benefactor's ranch, he keeps going on sheer grit and actually recovers. He doctor, though correct in his diagnosis, had examined the wrong man.
Synopsis 3:
Jockey and featherweight prizefighter-turned-derelict gets the test of his life when the generous cattleman who had been sheltering him orders him to work.

[17] O. Henry Playhouse: ONLY THE HORSE WOULD KNOW (film)
01May1957 Wed [NYT]
02May1957 Thur [Oregonian]
26Aug1957 [Press Telegram]
19Aug1958 [Somerset Daily, PA]
Producer Donald Hyde
Written for TV by Donald Hyde
Hosted and Narrated by Thomas Mitchell
Guest stars
Chuck Connors
Synopsis:
An honest gambler bets on a fixed race.
Synopsis 2:
A gambler bets on a horse ridden by his friend, then he begins to wonder if the race is fixed.
Synopsis 3:
A veteran jockey agrees to "throw" a big race in order to protect his son from possible jail term.
Synopsis 4:
A professional gambler helps straighten out a threatened fix on the National Handicap and sends the culprit out of town, but nobody knows whether
the gambler did it because he was honest or to protect his own large bet.

[--] O. Henry Playhouse
08May1957
pre-empted by Baseball game, show airs Saturday.


[18] O. Henry Playhouse: THE ATAVISM OF JOHN TOM LITTLE BEAR
11May1957 Sat [NYT]
26Apr1957 Fri [Oregonian]
08Jul1957 [Press Telegram]
Producer Donald Hyde
written for TV by Irving Cooper
Directed by Bernard Girard
Director of photography Hal McAlpin
Editor Kenneth G. Crane
Hosted and Narrated by Thomas Mitchell
Guest stars
Simon Oakland
Alan Aaronson
Raymond Hatton
Bing Russell
Larry Blake
Mack Williams
Synopsis:
A well-educated Cherokee is forced to earn his way traveling with a medicine show. Then a runaway boy changes his life.
Synopsis 2:
A well-educated young Indian is forced to earn his way traveling with a medicine show.
Synopsis 3:
An Indian shows his love for a woman in a way acceptable to all concerned -- except her husband.

[19] O. Henry Playhouse: GEORGIA'S RULING
(21Feb57 copyright date)
15May1957 Wed [NYT]
16May1957 Thurs [Oakland Tribune]
Producer Donald Hyde
Written for TV by Mary McCarthy
Director of photography Hal McAlpin
Editor Kenneth G. Crane
Hosted and Narrated by Thomas Mitchell
Guest stars
Richard Arlen ..... David Summerfield
Melanie Hyde
Mary Field
Gerald Melton
Robert Burton
Sarah Selby
Grant Richards
Hugh Sanders
James Patton
Synopsis:
An embittered man shuts himself away from reality until he reads a message of hope in a land map.
(Mason City Globe-Gazette 13Nov57)
Synopsis 2: (NYT)
This is the story of a man who shuts himself off from the world when his daughter dies.

[--] O. Henry Playhouse
22May1957
pre-empted by Baseball game (Cincinnati Redlegs vs. Brooklyn Dodgers)


[20] O. Henry Playhouse: THE FOOL KILLER
(19Feb57 copyright date)
23May1957 [Daily Review Calif]
23Sep1957 [Star News]
18Mar1958 [Times Record Troy NY]
Producer Donald Hyde
Written for TV by George Waggner
Directed by Bernard Girard
Director of photography Hal McAlpin
Editor Kenneth G. Crane
Hosted and Narrated by Thomas Mitchell
Guest stars
Morris Ankrum
Claude Akins
Natalie Norwick
Peter Brocco
Synopsis:
A millionaire's son throws over his father's fortune and moves to Greenwich Village to paint. Against his father's wishes, he marries a girl "below his station".

[21] O. Henry Playhouse: ONE DOLLAR'S WORTH
(19Feb57 copyright date)
09Sep1957 [Star News]
25Mar1958 [Times Record Troy NY]
Producer Donald Hyde
Written for TV by Irving Cooper
Hosted and Narrated by Thomas Mitchell
Guest stars
Ralph Moody
Jill Jarmyn
Ross Elliott
Synopsis:
A counterfeit dollar unexpectantly saves the life of a young girl and prevents a boy from being sent to prison.
Synopsis 2:
A killer's oath, a rattlesnake, a counterfeit lead door and a senorita's promise unfolds in this tale of betrayal.

[22] O. Henry Playhouse: CHRISTMAS BY INJUNCTION
(21Feb57 copyright date)
19Dec1957 [Oakland Tribune, Calif]
11Mar1958 [Times Record Troy NY]
Producer Donald Hyde
Written for TV by Donald Hyde
Directed by Felix Feist
Director of photography Lucien Andriot
Editor Kenneth G. Crane
Hosted and Narrated by Thomas Mitchell
Guest stars
Tommy Kirk ........ California
John Doucette ... Cherokee
Jeanne Bates
Russ Thorson
William Challee
James Maloney
Mary Adams
Synopsis:
Neighbors can't understand why a man called Cherokee dislikes women and children so much.
Synopsis 2:
An apparent misogynist whose wealth cannot solve his problem, finds happiness and his lost family in time for a Merry Christmas for all.

[23] O. Henry Playhouse: THE ROADS WE TAKE
(21Feb57 copyright date)
04Feb1958 [Times Record Troy NY]
Producer Donald Hyde
Written for TV by Irving Cooper
Directed by Bernard Girard
Director of photography Hal McAlpin
Editor Kenneth G. Crane
Hosted and Narrated by Thomas Mitchell
Guest stars
Grant Withers
Murvyn Vye
Russell Thorson
Synopsis:
A gentleman of wealthy finds himself at the end of a noose because his horse is too tired to carry two people.
Synopsis 2:
A man of ill-gotten wealth finds himself facing a noose because his horse was too tired to carry two people.

[24] O. Henry Playhouse: VANITY AND SOME SABLES
(19Feb57 copyright date)
08Feb1957 [Oregonian]
15Mar1957 [San Antonio Light]
Producer Donald Hyde
Written for TV by George Waggner
Hosted and Narrated by Thomas Mitchell
Guest stars
William Bryant
Susan Morrow
Synopsis:
Home from the wars, Eddie 'Kid' Brady is set to resume leadership of the tough Eastside gang. However, Molly, his sweetheart,
has been making plans
for Eddie to become a plumber and quit the gang or she won't marry him.
Synopsis 2:
The story of a young man who tries to go straight, when no one has faith in him but his wife.

[25] O. Henry Playhouse: THE SPHINX APPLE
(21Feb57 copyright date)
12Sep1957 [Oregonian][Plain Dealer OH]
30Sep1957 [Press Telegram]
28Jan1958 [Times Record Troy NY]
Producer Donald Hyde
Written for TV by Irving Cooper
Hosted and Narrated by Thomas Mitchell
Guest stars
Denver Pyle
June Vincent
Synopsis:
An apple is part of a legacy that exposes the true nature of three very unusual people.
Synopsis 2:
A single, bright red apple, the bequest of a dying man to his heirs, brings a violent reaction from the people who sought to share in his estate.

[26] O. Henry Playhouse: WIT'S END
(21Feb57 copyright date)
05Apr1957 Fri 8:30 [Oregonian]
15Apr1957 Mon 8:30 [Press Telegram]
14Oct1957 [Press Telegram]
12Dec1957 [Daily Review, Calif]
Producer Donald Hyde
Written for TV by Donald Hyde.
Hosted and Narrated by Thomas Mitchell
Guest stars
Morey Amsterdam
Kenneth Tobey
Helen Mowery ............. Mrs. Nelson
Michael Winkelman ..... Bobby
Synopsis:
Story of a fight manager whose champion loses his title and the respect of his family.
Synopsis 2:
Story of a boxing champ who lost his title and his nerve in the same round.
*Note: O. Henry comes to life on Channel 9 KHJ Long Beach, Calif.
To kick the show off properly the sponsors (not a candy bar) threw a big cocktail party and dinner at the Beverly Hilton and winded and dined the press,
market operators and Hollywood personalities. Whether this will help in the ratings is intangible, but the good food and beverages did much to soften the press.
Trivia: Honors were bestowed on this new series by the Southern California Motion Picture Council who presented an award to the program saluting it as
"educationally constructive, high in moral value and excellent entertainment.
[Star News, Pasadena Calif. April 15, 1957.]

[27] O. Henry Playhouse: GIRL (aka "Henry's Girl")
(21Feb57 copyright date)
19Aug1957 [Press Telegram]
08Apr1958 [Times Record Troy NY]
Producer Donald Hyde
Written for TV by Albert Isaac Bezzerides
Directed by Peter Godfrey
Director of photography Hal McAlpin
Editor Kenneth G. Crane
Hosted and Narrated by Thomas Mitchell
Guest stars
Les Tremayne
Anne Whitfield
Alice Reinheart
Reba Tassell
Synopsis:
A successful businessman has hired private detectives to find the elusive Vivienne.
Synopsis 2:
A successful businessman meets with mother-in-law problems at home. When he announces he has found another woman, strangely enough
neither wife nor mama can blame him.

[28] O. Henry Playhouse: HYPOTHESES OF FAILURE
(01Mar57 copyright date)
22Jun1957 [El Paso Herald]
27Aug1958 [Press Telegram] repeat
11Apr1959 [New York]
Producer Donald Hyde
Written for TV by Irving Cooper
Hosted and Narrated by Thomas Mitchell
Guest stars
Phillip Reed
Marsha Hunt
Synopsis:
Story about a very intelligent and attractive young woman who has written a book about the sanctity of marriage.

[29] O. Henry Playhouse: THE HIDING OF BLACK BILL
(01Mar57 copyright date)
28Sep1957 [Frederick Post MD]
03Oct1957 [Sandusky Register OH]
24Mar1958
Producer Donald Hyde
Written for TV by Irving Cooper
Hosted and Narrated by Thomas Mitchell
Guest stars
DeForest Kelley
Lawrence Dobkin (as Larry Dobkin)
Synopsis:
A stranger arrives at a ranch seeking work arouses suspicion when a black mask is found in his luggage.

[30] O. Henry Playhouse: BETWEEN ROUNDS
(01Mar57 copyright date) NYC TVGuide
27May1957 [Press Telegram]
30May1957 [Oregonian]
19Sep1957 [Plain Dealer]
29Apr1958 [Times Record Troy NY]
Executive producers Philip N. Krasne & Jack J. Gross
Producer Donald Hyde
Written & Directed by George Waggner
Director of photography Hal McAlpin
Music by Alec Copinsky
Editor Kenneth G. Crane
Hosted and Narrated by Thomas Mitchell
Guest stars
Preston Foster
Paul Engle
Kathleen Freeman
Thomas Browne Henry
Elaine Riley
Synopsis:
A street cleaner earns a hero's grave after taking insults from a world that does not understand him.
Synopsis 2:
A wistful street sweeper delights a young admirer and dismays adults with heroic tales of Custer at Little Big Horn.

[31] O. Henry Playhouse: TWO THANKSGIVING DAY GENTLEMEN
(18Mar57 copyright date)
15Aug1957 [Oregonian]
28Nov1957 [San Mateo Times, Calif][Oakland Tribune]
Producer Donald Hyde
Written for TV by Irving Cooper
Guest stars
Morey Amsterdam
Michael Pate
Anthony Caruso
Florenz Ames
Synopsis:
Two friends, parting to seek separate fortunes, agree to rendezvous in exactly 20 years to compare their lives.
Synopsis 2:
A wealthy businessman and a down-and-out gambler discover true friendship on Thanksgiving Day.

[32] O. Henry Playhouse: THE EMANCIPATION OF BILLY (film)
(23May57 copyright date)
26Dec1957 [Daily Review, Calif]
30Jan1958 [Times Record Troy NY]
Producer Donald Hyde
Written for TV by Donald Hyde
Play by George Waggner
Directed by George Waggner (UCLA lists director as Frederick Stephani)
Director of photography Hal McAlpin
Editor Kenneth G. Crane
Hosted and Narrated by Thomas Mitchell
Guest stars
Trevor Bardette .... Jeffrey
Marjie Miller .......... Carolyn
Russell Thorson .... Derbin
James Bell ............ Pemberton
Tom Coley ............ William
Sydney Smith
Synopsis:
A man with political ambitions finds his career overshadowed by his famous father.
Synopsis 2:
A politically ambitious son languishes in the shade of his father's success until a sensational court trial pits them in opposition -- with surprising results.

[33] O. Henry Playhouse: A MADISON SQUARE ARABIAN KNIGHT
(08Apr57 copyright date)
16Sep1957 [Star News, Calif]
Producer Donald Hyde
Written for TV by Irving Cooper
Directed by Frederick Stephani
Director of photography Hal McAlpin
Editor Kenneth G. Crane
Hosted and Narrated by Thomas Mitchell
Guest stars
John Carradine
Tom Conway
Midge Ware
Bill Allyn
Ned Glass
Robert Karnes
Evelyn Scott
Anthony Eustrel
Synopsis:
A celebrated playwright suspects his wife of infidelity. O. Henry enlists the aid of a tramp to prove that he is wrong.
Synopsis 2:
A threadbare hobo saves the marriage of a prominent playwright by drawing an unseen sketch.

[34] O. Henry Playhouse: THE LONELY MAN
(08Apr57 copyright date)
06May1958 [Times Record Troy NY]
29Aug1958 [ABC WTVN Columbus, Oh Fri 7pm]
Producer Donald Hyde
Written for TV by Donald Hyde.
Based on O. Henry's The Last of the Troubadours
Directed by Bernard Girard
Director of photography Hal McAlpin
Editor Kenneth G. Crane
Hosted and Narrated by Thomas Mitchell
Guest stars
Marianne Stewart
Charles Bronson
Russ Thorson
Jack Dimond
Harry Lauter
Don Barry
Paul Engle
Ray Koslo
Arvid Nelson
Synopsis:
A famous gunfighter puts away his guns when a young spectator is killed in a senseless gun battle. After two years of drifting,
he signs on as a hand at the ranch of a widow who is being persecuted by a ruthless cattle baron.

[35] O. Henry Playhouse: THE BUYER FROM CACTUS CITY (film)
(22Apr1957 copyright date)
29Apr1957 Mon [Press Telegram]
02May1957 Thur [San Diego Union]
06Jun1957 Thur [Oregonian][Plain Dealer, OH]
28Oct1957 [Star News]
18Feb1958 Tues [Times Record, Troy NY]
Producer Donald Hyde
Written for TV by Donald Hyde
Directed by Les Goodwin
Director of photography Hal McAlpin
Editor Kenneth G. Crane
Hosted and Narrated by Thomas Mitchell
Guest stars
Don Megowan ....... Platt
Benny Rubin .......... Zizzbaum
Doris Singleton ..... Gloria
Sue England ......... Angela
Anthony Mayo ....... Paul
Synopsis:
A handsome, wealthy but girl-shy Texan is in New York on a buying trip for a friend who has feigned illness to get him to make the trip.
Synopsis 2:
A cagey Texan sends his girl-shy young pal to New York, ostensibly on a buying trip. Real purpose: end the young man's fear of girls and get him married.

[36] O. Henry Playhouse: TOBIN'S PALM
(16May57 copyright date)
Producer Donald Hyde
Written for TV by George Waggner
Hosted and Narrated by Thomas Mitchell

[37] O. Henry Playhouse: A SERVICE OF LOVE
(20May57 copyright date)
07Apr1957 [San Antonio Light]
13Jun1957 [Daily Review]
22Jul1957 [Press Telegram]
Producer Donald Hyde
Written for TV by Mary McCarthy
Hosted and Narrated by Thomas Mitchell
Guest stars
Fintan Meyler
Bob Nichols
Synopsis:
Separate careers and deception lead a young married couple to the brink of disaster.

[--] O. Henry Playhouse: (possibly "A Service of Love")
18Jul1957 Thurs [Oregonian]
Hosted and Narrated by Thomas Mitchell
Synopsis:
Two happy youngsters who arrive at Mrs. Foley's boardinghouse are actually married but keep separate names because of their dedication to the arts.


[38] O. Henry Playhouse: THE TALE OF THE TAINTED TENNER
(20May57 copyright date)
07Oct1957 [Press Telegram]
25Feb1958 Tues [Times Record NY]
Producer Donald Hyde
Written for TV by Irving Cooper
Hosted and Narrated by Thomas Mitchell
Guest stars
Russell Thorson
Grant Richards
Synopsis:
A counterfeit ten dollar bill brings happiness to all those associated with it except the forgers who find its discovery slightly embarrassing.
Synopsis 2:
A shady counterfeiting team innocently plays good fairy to a score of unusual people.

[39] O. Henry Playhouse: THE COUNT AND THE WEDDING GUEST
(20May57 copyright date)
Producer Donald Hyde
Written for TV by George Waggner
Hosted and Narrated by Thomas Mitchell

[40] O. Henry Playhouse: THE GENTLE GRAFTER
(23May56 copyright date)
Producer Donald Hyde
Written for television by Dale Wasserman.
Hosted and Narrated by Thomas Mitchell

[41] O. Henry Playhouse: THE MURDERER
(23May57 copyright date)
01Apr1958 [Times Record Troy NY]
08Apr1958 airdate Ohio
Producer Donald Hyde
Written for TV by Donald Hyde & Irving Cooper
Based on O. Henry's The Proof of the Pudding
Hosted and Narrated by Thomas Mitchell
Guest stars
William Hughes
Russ Thorson
Mark Dana
Synopsis:
An unusual novel causes a murder and a series of newspaper articles catches the killer.

[42] O. Henry Playhouse: THE LOTTERMAN AFFAIR
(28May57 copyright date)
22Apr1958 [Times Record Troy NY]
Producer Donald Hyde
Written for TV by Donald Hyde & Al C. Ward
Hosted and Narrated by Thomas Mitchell
Guest stars
Frieda Inescort
Anthony Caruso
Synopsis:
A mother who regards her son as ne'er-do-well suspects him of a $50,000 theft.
Synopsis 2:
A $50,000 theft exposes a very unlikely thief and reveals a son's true nature to his mother who held him to be a ne'er-do-well.

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[--] O. Henry Playhouse
27Jun1957 Thurs [Oregonian]
Hosted and Narrated by Thomas Mitchell
Guest stars
Maureen Stephenson
Lester Matthews
Frank Kreig
Synopsis:
O. Henry tells an ironic story about a safecracker who marries the girl who sent him to prison.
Synopsis 2:
A doctor turned safecracker pauses in his flight from police to give aid to a stricken man and his destitute wife.

[--] O. Henry Playhouse
16May1957 Thurs [Oregonian]
Hosted and Narrated by Thomas Mitchell
Synopsis:
Father remembers his little daughter's dying wish in time to save a widow and her children from losing their right of way to the Chiquito river.

[--] O. Henry Playhouse
05Sep1957 Thurs [Oregonian]
Hosted and Narrated by Thomas Mitchell
Synopsis:
An embittered man shut himself away from reality until he reads a message of hope in a land map.

 

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