CTVA US Anthology - "The Passerby" (NTA-National Telefilm Associates)(1951-56)

 

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The Passerby

Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive

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with contributions by:

Jim Brent, Mark Martucci <martucci@optonline.net> 

Tom Alger, Rina Fox

 references:

Library of Congress (telnet://locis.loc.gov)

Internet Movie Database (http://us.imdb.com)

UCLA Film and Television Archive

 

PASSERBY

Ely Landau, Inc. Production

Filmed in New York

released through National Telefilm Associates.

for First-Run Syndication

Produced by Ely Landau

 

US Anthology series  circa 1951-56  18 episodes listed here x 15 min. 

 

Premise:

Similar to "The Whistler" in that a mysterious narrator introduces each

episode.  All you can see are his shoes as he walks about and is witness to his tales.

 

Background:

 Producer Ely Landau was one of the founders of  National Telefilm Associates.

 

This series is NOT listed in Alex McNeil's normally comprehensive  book "Total Television"

 

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           15 min Syndicated Program

      Episodes listed here in Random Order

 

 [01] The Passerby (anthology): THE TIMID WITNESS 

     (c)1953 Ely Landau, Inc.

        released through National Telefilm Associates.

Filmed in New York

producer, Ely Landau

director, James Neilson

writer, James Cavanaugh. 

Photography, J. Burgi Contner.

  Cast/perfomers:

Sheppard Strudwick

Margaret Hayes

Joseph Fallon

Bruce Gordon

Synopsis:

A young boy witnesses a robbery and murder. When he goes to the police,

      he identifies the killer. The police have doubts, however, and soon

      the truth is learned. The boy is nearsighted and has not told anyone

     he needs glasses. (UCLA)

 

 [02] The Passerby (anthology): ESCAPE BY NIGHT (15 min)

       (c)1953 Ely Landau, Inc.

        released through National Telefilm Associates.

Filmed in New York

produced by Ely Landau

associate producer, Sidney Jackow ;

directed by James Neilson ;

 original teleplay, James Truex. 

Photography, J. Burger Contner;

story editor, David Wear;

production manager, George Justin;

art direction, Robert Gundlach;

casting, Michael Meads;

unit manager, Dan Kennis.

  Cast:

Marshall Thompson

Anne Jackson

Arthur Hanson

Summary 1: 

     The setting is Ireland. The wife of an Anglo-Irish aristocrat helps

      her childhood sweetheart, now a member of Sinn Fein, escape from the

      British after the 1916 Easter Uprising. [UCLA]

   Synopsis 2:

     An Irish colleen, married to a wealthy Englishman she does not love,

     has a surprise visit from an old friend. [JB] 

(16Dec56 Ch. 4 WHBF Rock Island, IL)

 

 [03] The Passerby (anthology): THE CHAIR (15min) (1953/UCLA)  

Guest Cast:

Jerome Cowan

Margaret Draper

Synopsis 1:

Story of a time travel chair which leads to death of its criminal owner. [JB]

(09Jan54 Ch. 2 KDTV Pittsburgh, PA)

Synopsis 2:
A thief attempts to evade the police by having a time-chair built and
traveling 10 years into the future. [JB]
(Aired Local 05Jun57, Ch. 2 KFEQ St. Joseph, MO)

 

[04] The Passerby (anthology): SAFEST PLACE IN THE WORLD

(1953/UCLA)(15 min.)

Guest Cast:

Richard Carlyle

Synopsis:

An employee of a gambler steals a large sum of money from his boss

        and plans to escape. [JB]  

       (08Jul56  Ch. 9 CKLW  Windsor, Ontario  10:15pm)

 

 [05] The Passerby (anthology): BACKFIRE  (15 min)

Synopsis:

      A waitress in a roadside diner scoffs at the idea of marriage to

       a poor small town policeman. [JB]

         (26Aug56  Ch. 9 CKLW  Windsor, Ontario  10:15pm)

 

 [06] The Passerby (anthology): TICKET (15 min)

 Guest Cast:

Jerome Cowan

Esther Minciotti

Synopsis:

     Papa Zinconi gets a traffic ticket which could lead to the loss of his

    job.  Mama wants to get the ticket fixed. [JB]

  (09Nov56, Ch.2 KFEQ St. Joseph, MO) (15 min. slot)

   (05Feb57, Ch.2 KTVR Denver, Colorado)(30 min. slot - could be error)

 

 [07] The Passerby (anthology): LONG AFTERNOON (15 min)

Guest Cast:

Anne Shoemaker

Synopsis:

Anne Shoemaker stars as a lonely middle-aged woman who feels she is no

longer wanted or needed.  Embittered, she plans to take her own life.

       Story of a middle-aged woman who feels she is no longer wanted

      or needed. [JB/TA]

(14Nov56 local broadcast - station?) [TA]

(25Feb58 Ch. 2 KTVI St. Louis, MO) [JB]

 

 [08] The Passerby (anthology):  LONG SHOT (15 min)

Synopsis:

    A small-time bookie is forced into taking a large bet on a horse

     running at terrific odds. [JB]

    (23Nov56 Ch. 2 KFEQ St. Joseph, MO) (15 min)

    (18Dec57  Ch. 2 KFEQ St. Joseph, MO  at 3:00pm)

 

 [09] The Passerby (anthology): TAKE ME TO THE MOON (15 min)

Guest Cast:

Jayne Meadows

Shepperd Strudwick

Don Gibson

Synopsis:

     A middle-aged anthropologist digs in the ruins of an ancient

     civilization while his wife seeks other excitement. [JB]

  (30Nov56 Ch.2 KFEQ St. Joseph, MO) (15 min)

 

 [10] The Passerby (anthology): ESCAPE (15 min)

Guest Cast:

Jackie Cooper

Synopsis:

   A science-fiction tale of love in the year 2002. Two factory workers

    try to escape their bondage. [JB]

  (18Dec56, Ch. 13 WREX Rockford, Illinois)

 

 [11] The Passerby (anthology): BIG GIRL (15 min)

Guest Cast:

Richard Carlyle

Synopsis:

     A little girl with a vivid imagination tries to convince her friend

     a convict is in the house.  [JB]

    (31Jul57  Ch. 2 KFEQ St. Joseph, MO at 12:30pm)

 

 [12] The Passerby (anthology): IF HOPE SHOULD DIE (15 min)

Synopsis:

        A bed-ridden cardiac patient, her doctor husband and her sinister

     sister prove the strength of the power of suggestion. [JB]

   (30Dec56 Ch. 4 WHBF Rock Island, IL (15 min)

 

 [13] The Passerby (anthology): (unidentified episode) (15 min) 

      Guest Cast:

    Frank Overton

    Darren McGavine

   * (note: this is spelling per TV Guide, probably was Darren McGavin)

Synopsis:

         A cowpuncher goes home for his mother's funeral, though he knows

     the marshal is after him for a crime he supposedly committed. [JB]

(08Jun55 Ch. 11 WMBV Marinette, WI)

 

  [14] The Passerby (anthology): WITH ENORMOUS LOVE (15 min)

      Guest Cast:

Pat Breslin

Synopsis:

A bride-to-be worries about her sister being left alone so she invites

an eligible bachelor to tea and sets a trap. [JB] 

 (30Mar57 Ch.4 WHBF Rock Island, IL)

 

 [15] The Passerby (anthology): BARBED WIRE (15 min)

Guest Cast:

Veronica Lake

Synopsis:

A scheming rancher's wife plays both sides of the fence. [JB] 

(07Apr57, Ch.8 WSIX Nashville, TN )

 

 [16] The Passerby (anthology): (episode title not known) (15 min)

Guest Cast:

Douglas Watson

Synopsis:

A woman, living alone on a Mississippi farm, offers her hospitality to two

wounded soldiers; one a Confederate and the other a Yankee. [JB]

(14Jul57, Ch. 4 WHBF Rock Island, IL )

 

 [17] The Passerby (anthology): EPITAPH (15 min)

Guest Cast:

Kent Smith

Colette Lyons

Synopsis:

A businessman wishes he were dead, until he gets a taste of the life

hereafter. [JB]

(11Feb58, Ch. 7 WCNY Watertown, NY)

 

 [18] The Passerby (anthology): ROOT OF ALL EVIL (15 min)

Guest Cast:

Eva Gabor

Synopsis:

A beautiful young wife's interest in her new husband is purely financial.

With murder in mind, she urges her spouse to open a joint bank account. [JB]

(09Sep55, Ch. 13 WIBW Topeka, KS)

 

[19] The Passerby: TWIN IVY (15 min)
Guest Cast:
Nancy Coleman
Kent Smith

Synopsis:
An unscrupulous girl decides to get rid of her husband
by "black magic." [JB]
(14Sep56 Ch. 5 WABD New York City, NY)

 

[20] The Passerby: BLUES STREET (15 min)

Guest cast:

Jerome Courtland

Constance Ford

Synopsis:

A hostess of a New Orleans night club and a college boy do the town. [RF]

(27Feb56, Ch. 10 WFBG-TV Altoona, PA)

 

[21] The Passerby (anthology): A CUP OF TEA
Guest cast:
Orson Bean
Synopsis:
A lad, who with the aid of a gust of wind, meets and dates a lovely young lady. [JB]
(15 minutes channel 2 KFEQ St. Joseph, MO 13Mar57)

 

[22] The Passerby (anthology): BLIND MAN'S BLUFF
Guest cast:
Fay Bainter
Synopsis:
A middle-aged invalid is haunted by a horrible nightmare of a scarred blind man. [RF]
(15 minutes channel 34 WILK-TV Wikes-Barre, PA 07Sep57)

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