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

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Hosted by Anita Colby  (09-April-1954 to 26-Sept-1954)
 Season 1 (2nd 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

Anita Colby replaces Arlene Dahl as hostess mid-way through the first season.
 

1.28 [--] Pepsi Cola Playhouse: BORROW MY CAR

09-Apr-1954 ABC Fri

Directed By John English
Teleplay By Fenton W. Earnshaw
Story By Philip Ketchem.
Hosted by Anita Colby (entry)
Guest Cast:
Bill Phipps .......... Rick Cleary
Robert Patten...... Jim Miller
Alan Dexter........ Mike Stabler
Lola Albright...... Jane
Virginia Brissac... Mrs. Adams
Louis Jean Heydt... Sgt. Brenner
Synopsis:
Two garage mechanics become involved with an attractive woman

and a store robbery. [SC]

Note: the 09Apr54 episode is the first to list Anita Colby as hostess.

 

1.29 [--] Pepsi Cola Playhouse: HOLLYWOOD, HOME SWEET HOME

16-Apr-1954 ABC Fri

Hosted by Anita Colby
starring
Lloyd Corrigan
Frances Bavier
Francix X. Bushman

 

1.30 [--] Pepsi Cola Playhouse: THE SOUND OF SILENCE

23-Apr-1954 ABC Fri

Hosted by Anita Colby
starring
Jack Kelly
Sallie Brophy
Carl Benton Reid

 

1.31 [--] Pepsi Cola Playhouse: AND THE BEASTS WERE THERE

30-Apr-1954 ABC Fri

written by Lawrence Kimble

story by Wilbur S. Peacock

directed by Richard Irving

director of photography Clark Ramsey

starring

William Bishop

Jorja Curtright

John Doucette

Paul Cavanagh

Synopsis:

A hunter in the Burmese jungle is clawed to death by a tiger when he is locked in

 the cage by a hidden hand. Investigation into his death reveals his sadism toward

animals and that it stemmed from years past, when a tiger almost killed him. And the

hand which locked him in turns out to be that of his pet monkey, which he also mistreated. [RF]

*Note: Syndication airing  on Armstrong Summer Theatre 03Sep1957.

 

1.32 [--] Pepsi Cola Playhouse: GIRL ON THE DRUM

07-May-1954 ABC Fri

Hosted by Anita Colby
starring
Jack Kelly
Lita Baron
Carleton Young

 

1.33 [--] Pepsi Cola Playhouse: THE BLACK PURSE

14-May-1954 ABC Fri

Hosted by Anita Colby
starring
Patrick O'Neal
Pat Carroll
 

1.34 [--] Pepsi Cola Playhouse: FIE, FIE, FIFI

21-May-1954 ABC Fri

Hosted by Anita Colby

starring
Fifi D'Orsay ....... Fifi
Lloyd Corrigan ..... Jerome
Frances Bavier ..... Thelma
Harry Stewart ...... Ole
Synopsis:
Fifi, the owner of a matrimonial business, involves a poor middle-aged couple in her schemes.

 Complications mount as they try to match the right man to the right woman. [RF]

 

1.35 [--] Pepsi Cola Playhouse: GRENADINE

28-May-1954 ABC Fri

Hosted by Anita Colby
starring
Sally Blane
William Bishop

 

1.36 [--] Pepsi Cola Playhouse: UNFAIR GAME

04-Jun-1954 ABC Fri

Written by Richard Tregaskis,  author of "Guadalcanal Diary"

Hosted by Anita Colby

starring
Marguerite Chapman ..... Barbara Nicholson
Richard Travis ......... Mark Nicholson
Joan Elan .............. Sylvia Rouse
Gavin Muir ............. Mr. Rouse
Synopsis:
A long-married couple travels from sophisticated life in Sydney, Australia,

 into the rugged life of the wilds of that country. There the couple meets

a beautiful girl who has designs on the husband. [RF]
 

1.37 [--] Pepsi Cola Playhouse: TERROR TRAIN

11-Jun-1954 ABC Fri

Hosted by Anita Colby
starring
Whit Bissell
Frances Rafferty

 

1.38 [--] Pepsi Cola Playhouse: DOUBLED IN DANGER

(copyright title) [verified by SC]
(aka "Double in Danger")

18-Jun-1954 ABC Fri

Directed By Richard Irving
Teleplay By Fenton Earnshaw / Story By Bruce Cassiday
Hosted by Anita Colby
Guest cast:
Bill Phipps ........... as Joe Kirby
Carolyn Jones ......... as Karen Brook
Lawrence Dobkin ....... as Vern Morris / Hampton
Lynne Millan .......... as The Waitress
Richard Shackleton .... as The Shoeshine Boy
Synopsis:
An ex-convict just released from prison plans to kill the man responsible for murdering his sister. [SC]
 

1.39 [--] Pepsi Cola Playhouse: WHEN THE POLICE ARRIVE

25-Jun-1954 ABC Fri

Hosted by Anita Colby
starring
Cesar Romero
Hillary Brooke
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New Day & Time Slot - Moves from ABC Friday to ABC Sunday

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1.40 [--] Pepsi Cola Playhouse: DEAR LITTLE FOOL

04-Jul-1954 ABC Sun
Hosted by Anita Colby
starring
Patrick O'Neal
Leslye Banning

 

1.41 [--] Pepsi Cola Playhouse: UNCLE CHARLIE

11-Jul-1954 ABC Sun

 

1.42 [--] Pepsi Cola Playhouse: THE WHISTLING ROOM

18-Jul-1954 ABC Sun
Hosted by Anita Colby
starring
Barbara Bestar

 

1.43 [--] Pepsi Cola Playhouse: BACHELOR'S WEEKEND

25-Jul-1954 ABC Sun
Hosted by Anita Colby
starring
Robert Paige

 

1.44 [--] Pepsi Cola Playhouse: ANNUAL HONEYMOON

01-Aug-1954 ABC Sun
Hosted by Anita Colby
starring
Bonita Granville
Garry Moore
Alan Mowbray

 

1.45 [--] Pepsi Cola Playhouse: LONG, LONG AGO

08-Aug-1954 ABC Sun

Directed By Alan Davis
Teleplay By Howard J. Green
Story By August Derleth

Hosted by Anita Colby
Guest Cast:
Andrea King........ Harriet Grant
Leslie Bradley..... Tom Grant
Tommy Rettig....... Johnny
Jack Raine......... Ed Newcomb
David Bruce........ The Doctor
Dorothy Adams...... Miss Fordham
Queenie Leonard.... The Lady
Synopsis:
A London couple purchase a run-down country home and believe it is haunted,
have a visit by a young boy who ran away from an orphanage and tells a story

about a family that lived in the same home and were killed during a WW2 bombing. [SC]

 

1.46 [--] Pepsi Cola Playhouse: MUNGARA

(IMDB Mungahana)

15-Aug-1954 ABC Sun
Hosted by Anita Colby
starring
John Hoyt

 

1.47 [--] Pepsi Cola Playhouse: THE PERFECT GENTLEMAN

22-Aug-1954 ABC Sun
Hosted by Anita Colby
starring
Bruce Cabot

 

1.48 [--] Pepsi Cola Playhouse: PLAYMATES

29-Aug-1954 ABC Sun

Directed by Richard Irving

Hosted by Anita Colby

starring

Alan Napier

Natalie Wood

Synopsis:

Natalie Wood is a lonely child who finds friends in one room of their

sprawling mansion. Her Uncle starts to hear the voices of the

"Playmates," and discovers they are ghosts. [RF]

 

1.49 [--] Pepsi Cola Playhouse: ADOPTED SON

05-Sep-1954 ABC Sun

Hosted by Anita Colby
starring
Frances Gifford .... Mother
Gordon Oliver ...... Father
Dee Pollock ........ Boy
Synopsis:
A mother tries to remake the athletic boy she has adopted to

the image of her musically inclined son who passed away. [RF]

 

1.50 [--] Pepsi Cola Playhouse: A MANSION FOR JIMMY

12-Sep-1954 ABC Sun

Hosted by Anita Colby

starring

Patric Mitchell ....... Jimmy

Robert Paige ...... the Father

Paul Collins ........ Red

Gordon Gebert ....... Phil

Synopsis:

Young Jimmy is so ashamed of his modest home that he adopts

an empty mansion and tells his rich friends that he really lives amidst its splendors. [RF]

 

1.51 [--] Pepsi Cola Playhouse: ONE THING LEADS TO ANOTHER

19-Sep-1954 ABC Sun

 

1.52 [--] Pepsi Cola Playhouse: PORTRAIT FOR TOBY

26-Sep-1954 ABC Sun
Hosted by Anita Colby
starring
John Qualen
Lynne Roberts

 

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