CTVA US Anthology - "Pepsi Cola Playhouse" (Revue/ABC) Season 1a (1953-54)

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Hosted by Arlene Dahl  (02-Oct-1953 to 02-Apr-1954)
 Season 1 (1st half) (ABC) (1953-54)
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by: Rina Fox, James Beer, Sal Crisanti,  J. Fred MacDonald (www.macfilms.com)
references:
TV Guide / Library of Congress (telnet://locis.loc.gov)
Internet Movie Database (http://us.imdb.com)
UCLA Film and Television Archive / Writers Guild of America (wga)

 

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ABC Fridays 8:30-9:00 EST

Hosted by Arlene Dahl

 

1.01 [--] Pepsi Cola Playhouse: WHEN LOVELY WOMEN

02-Oct-1953 ABC Fri

Hosted by Arlene Dahl
starring
Marguerite Chapman
James Millican
Karen Sharpe
Tony Randall
Irene Hervey
Ron Randell
Dick Simmons

 

1.02 [--] Pepsi Cola Playhouse: WAIT FOR ME DOWNSTAIRS

09-Oct-1953 ABC Fri

Teleplay by Fenton Earnshaw
Based on Cornell Woolrich's novel "Finger of Doom"
Directed by John English

Hosted by Arlene Dahl

starring

John Hudson

Allene Roberts

 

1.03 [--] Pepsi Cola Playhouse: THE NIGHT LIGHT AT VORDEN'S

16-Oct-1953 ABC Fri (copyright date 31Dec53)

Teleplay by August Derleth
Directed by Leslie H. Martinson

Hosted by Arlene Dahl

starring
Craig Stevens ......... Ward Preston

Jean Byron .......... Vanessa Vorden

Mira McKinney ........ Bianca Vorden (as Myra McKinney)

Emmett Vogan ....... Harold Atkins

Bruce Payne ...... Dr. Paul Tabor

Synopsis 1:
A possessive mother uses every possible ruse to

 keep her only daughter from marrying. [RF]

Synopsis: 2:

A domineering mother stops at nothing to keep

her daughter from marrying her schoolteacher suitor. [RF]

*Note: Also aired on Your Playtime 05Sep54.

 

1.04 [--] Pepsi Cola Playhouse: DEATH HAS A SYSTEM

23-Oct-1953 ABC Fri (copyright date 31Dec53)

Hosted by Arlene Dahl

starring
Ian MacDonald
Kim Spalding

 

1.05 [--] Pepsi Cola Playhouse: THE RAGGED STRANGER

30-Oct-1953 ABC Fri (copyright date 31Dec53)

Hosted by Arlene Dahl
starring
Joanne Davis
Michael Hall
Hayden Rorke

 

1.06 [--] Pepsi Cola Playhouse: MELODY IN BLACK

06-Nov-1953 ABC Fri (copyright date 31Dec53)

Hosted by Arlene Dahl

starring

Peter Graves ....... Fred Crain
Nancy Gates ........ Peggy Harper
Robert Paige ....... Roger Libbott
Synopsis:
The town is gossiping about a local murder. Her continued piano lessons

and a $1000 note implicate a young girl in the crime. [RF]
*Note: Syndication airing on Your Playtime 07Sep54.
 

1.07 [--] Pepsi Cola Playhouse: THE HOUSE NOBODY WANTED  [verified by SC]

13-Nov-1953 ABC Fri (copyright date 31Dec53)

Teleplay by Lawrence Kimble
Story by Fredric Brown
Directed by Richard Irving

Hosted by Arlene Dahl

starring  [SC]

Craig Stevens.......... as Richard Fleming
Marilyne Erskine....... as Jennie Fleming
Sheila Bromley......... as Nelli Harlow
Jack Raine............. as George Sinder
Dean Cromer............ as The Killer
Synopsis:
A woman is sure her new husband fits the description of a known murderer.

* Also listed as The House That Nobody Wanted.

 

1.08 [--] Pepsi Cola Playhouse: CLAIRE

20-Nov-1953 ABC Fri

Hosted by Arlene Dahl
starring
Marguerite Chapman
Walter Coy
Marilyn Erskine

 

1.09 [--] Pepsi Cola Playhouse: FROZEN ESCAPE

27-Nov-1953 ABC Fri (copyright date 31Dec53)

Hosted by Arlene Dahl

starring

Jorja Curtright ....... Julie

Morris Ankrum ....... Tom

DeForest Kelley ....... Jeff

Synopsis:

Jeff and Julie have been prospecting in the Alaskan wilds for three years.

Jeff has told Julie that he went to visit his friend Arthur McLain -- who had recently

struck it rich -- and found him dead. Believing he'll be blamed, Jeff insists on running

 away, but a blizzard blocks the pass and the couple seek refuge with blind Tom,

stating that they'd been hunting. Tom confronts Jeff, saying that the radio just reported

Arthur McLain and his dog killed in their cabin. As Jeff starts arguing threateningly with

Tom, Tom's dog starts growling. Tom points out that Jeff is stuck there until the storm,

because the only other way out is past the Ranger station. Julie tries to talk Jeff out of

running away, insisting that "they don't hang innocent people." Jeff is unconvinced.

 However, Tom gets Julie alone and explains that Jeff must have been the murderer.

That night, Tom offers to let Jeff escape if Jeff will give him the gold he must have stolen

from Arthur -- since only Jeff was a good enough friend of Arthur's to have known where

the gold was. Jeff demurs, trying to hide the gold in his pocket. Tom attacks Jeff,

and the scuffle brings in Julie, who sees the gold and is now convinced of her husband's

 guilt, despite Jeff's protestations that he took it in a panic when he found Arthur dead.

Jeff frantically insists to Julie that Tom must have done it, and they set up a trap to see if

Tom is really blind. He is. Whereupon Jeff hands his gun over to Julie in despair. Julie

finds Tom's hand bleeding and tends it. She steps out, finds a torn blanket on Tom's sled,

and on returning overhears Tom telling Jeff that actually, Julie must be the murderer, that she

 and Arthur were probably having an affair. Jeff tells him to shut up. Julie goes to Tom's

dog and starts to untie it. Jeff begs her not to set the dog on him. But the dog, freed,

attacks Tom instead. Julie explains that she noticed that the dog was really growling at Tom,

 not Jeff; the attack proves that it's not really Tom's dog, it's Arthur's.

 Tom's dog is dead in the cabin where he killed Arthur. [RF]

 

1.10 [--] Pepsi Cola Playhouse: VACATION WIFE

Revue Productions, Inc. (copyright date 31Dec53)
04-Dec-1953 ABC Fri
Hosted by Arlene Dahl
starring
Frances Rafferty ...... Penny
Robert Paige .......... Sam
Robert Hutton ......... David
Dorothy Green ......... Selma
Geraldine Carr ........ Nella
Synopsis:
A young wife takes a vacation alone at a mountain resort and meets another man. [RF]
*Note: Syndication airing on Star Theater 17Sep54.

 

1.11 [--] Pepsi Cola Playhouse: THE MOTIVE GOES ROUND AND ROUND

11-Dec-1953 ABC Fri (copyright date 31Dec53)

Teleplay by Lawrence Kimble
Story by Fredric Brown
Directed by Robert G. Walker

Hosted by Arlene Dahl

starring

Ludwig Donath

Eve Miller

 

1.12 [--] Pepsi Cola Playhouse: DEATH MAKES A PASS

18-Dec-1953 ABC Fri (copyright date 31Dec53)

Hosted by Arlene Dahl
starring
Lloyd Corrigan
Jay Novello

 

1.13 [--] Pepsi Cola Playhouse: WHO IS SYLVIA?

(aka MAN ON THE BLUFF)

25-Dec-1953 ABC Fri (copyright date 31Dec53)

Hosted by Arlene Dahl
starring
Rick Jason
Frances Rafferty

 

1.14 [--] Pepsi Cola Playhouse: MISS DARKNESS

01-Jan-1954 ABC Fri (copyright date 31Dec53)

Teleplay by Richard Collins & Fenton Earnshaw
Based on the story by Fredric Brown
Directed by Leslie H. Martinson

Hosted by Arlene Dahl

starring

Peter Graves

Dee Carroll

Synopsis:

A girl recognizes a bank robber, and afraid to tell the police,

seeks refuge in a boarding house. [RF]

 

1.15 [--] Pepsi Cola Playhouse: THE GOLD THUMB

08-Jan-1954 ABC Fri (copyright date 31Dec53)

Hosted by Arlene Dahl

starring

Jeanne Cooper ...... Martha
Walter Reed ........ William Martin
Dolores Mann ....... Annie

Synopsis 1:

A ruthless sister plots murder in order to get a large inheritance. [RF]

Synopsis 2:
A drama concerning two sisters and the effect of an expected inheritance on them.
*Note: Syndication airing on Star Theater 10Sep54.

 

1.16 [--] Pepsi Cola Playhouse: ACCOUNT CLOSED

15-Jan-1954 ABC Fri (copyright date 31Dec53)

Hosted by Arlene Dahl

starring

Carolyn Jones

George Nader

Synopsis:

A bank embezzler defrauds an innocent victim. [RF]

 

1.17 [--] Pepsi Cola Playhouse: FAREWELL PERFORMANCE

22-Jan-1954 ABC Fri (copyright date 31Dec53)

Hosted by Arlene Dahl

starring

John Hoyt
Joan Shawlee

Synopsis:

A ventriloquist's wife brings on her own destruction when she plays

up to an actor with whom she was once friendly. [RF]

 

1.18 [--] Pepsi Cola Playhouse: TOO GLOOMY FOR PRIVATE PUSHKIN

29-Jan-1954 ABC Fri (copyright date 31Dec53)

Hosted by Arlene Dahl
starring
Steve Brodie
Robert Strauss

Maurice Kelly
Synopsis:
A bombed-out castle on the Italian war front becomes

a refuge for a private trying to evade the approaching German patrol.

 

1.19 [--] Pepsi Cola Playhouse: THE PSYCHOPHONIC NURSE

05-Feb-1954 ABC Fri

Hosted by Arlene Dahl
starring
Lee Marvin
Joanne Davis

Synopsis:
A couple believe that raising their daughter scientifically will benefit them so they employ a mechanical nurse.

 

1.20 [--] Pepsi Cola Playhouse: A FAR, FAR BETTER THING

12-Feb-1954 ABC Fri  (copyright date 31Dec53)

Hosted by Arlene Dahl

starring

Robert Lowery ....... George

Nancy Gates ....... Virginia

Sally Mansfield ....... Betty

Richard Gaines ....... Len

Synopsis:

A wife becomes infatuated with a fellow tourist during a cruise to Hawaii. [SC]

 

1.21 [--] Pepsi Cola Playhouse: LIVE A LITTLE

19-Feb-1954 ABC Fri  (copyright date 31Dec53)

Hosted by Arlene Dahl

starring
Walter Coy
Marie Windsor
Jean Byron
Bethel Leslie
Synopsis:
A devoted husband becomes involved with another woman in a life of crime. [RF]

 

1.22 [--] Pepsi Cola Playhouse: HIS BROTHER'S GIRL

26-Feb-1954 ABC Fri

Hosted by Arlene Dahl
starring
George Nader
Nancy Gates
Keith Larsen

 

1.23 [--] Pepsi Cola Playhouse: TAPS FOR A HOOFER

05-Mar-1954 ABC Fri

Hosted by Arlene Dahl
starring
Peggy Knudsen
Roy Roberts
Andrea King

 

1.24 [--] Pepsi Cola Playhouse: DON'T YOU REMEMBER?

12-Mar-1954 ABC Fri

Written by Lawrence Kimble
Directed by Herschel Daughtery

Hosted by Arlene Dahl

starring
Philip Ober  ....... Paul
Nancy Gates ....... Anne Collins
Frances Bavier .... Helen Collins
Synopsis:
A lonely man returns to his boyhood village to find his

 former sweetheart still young and beautiful. [RF]

 

1.25 [--] Pepsi Cola Playhouse: OPEN SEASON

19-Mar-1954 ABC Fri

Hosted by Arlene Dahl
starring
Lee Marvin
Dennis Morgan
Douglass Montgomery

 

1.26 [--] Pepsi Cola Playhouse: THE SILENCE

26-Mar-1954 ABC Fri

Hosted by Arlene Dahl
starring
Rod Cameron
Carolyn Jones

Synopsis:
A woman frightens the construction workers in the jungles

 of India when they believe she is the "kiss of death".

 

1.27 [--] Pepsi Cola Playhouse: THE GREY AND GOLD DRESS

02-Apr-1954 ABC Fri

Hosted by Arlene Dahl

starring

Vera Miles ...... Nancy

Peggy Converse ..... Jane

Gertrude Michael [PM]

Synopsis:

A supposedly exclusive dress design alters lives of three women. [RF]

*Note: Commercials for RICHARD HUDNUT HOME PERMANENT (with Julia Meade)

and LUCKY STRIKE CIGARETTES—ends with animated spot for Lucky Strike
(c. 12/31/54) airing on Your Play Time a summer replacement series. [JFM]
 

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Anita Colby replaces Arlene Dahl as hostess from 09-Apr-1954 mid-way through the first season
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