CTVA US Anthology - "Pepsi Cola Playhouse" (Revue/ABC) Season 2 (1954-55)

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Hosted by Polly Bergen
 Season 2 (ABC) (1954-55)
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 Sundays 7:30-8:00pm Eastern
Polly Bergen begins her duties as hostess on this first show of the new season.

 

2.01 [--] Pepsi Cola Playhouse: SAL

03-Oct-1954 ABC Sun

Hosted by Polly Bergen

starring

Jean Bryson .......... Ellen Harley
Gladys George ........ Sal
Charles Coburn
Synopsis:
A woman is about to have her sordid past revealed by an unexpected visit from a carny.
 

2.02 [--] Pepsi Cola Playhouse: GENTLEMEN'S AFFAIR

10-Oct-1954 ABC Sun

starring

Jay Novello

 

2.03 [--] Pepsi Cola Playhouse: DEATH, THE HARD WAY

17-Oct-1954 ABC Sun

 

2.04 [--] Pepsi Cola Playhouse: I WENT TO HAVANA

24-Oct-1954 ABC Sun

 

2.05 [--] Pepsi Cola Playhouse: "THE AFFAIRS OF ANN" SUCH A NICE LITTLE GIRL

31-Oct-1954 ABC Sun

starring

Marguerite Chapman ....... Ann Scotland

*Note: one of a number of pilots for an unsold series

"The Affairs of Ann" about lady lawyer Ann Scotland
- see Studio 57 #4 "The Traveling Room", #15 "Sauce for the Gander"

 

2.06 [--] Pepsi Cola Playhouse: DEATH RIDES A WILDCAT

07-Nov-1954 ABC Sun

 

2.07 [--] Pepsi Cola Playhouse: THIS MAN FOR HIRE

14-Nov-1954 ABC Sun

 

2.08 [--] Pepsi Cola Playhouse: THE COLONEL AND HIS SON

21-Nov-1954 ABC Sun

Guest cast:
Walter Coy ....... Colonel
Kim Charney ...... Son
Synopsis:
A colonel returning to his home in an East-West border  town discovers his son is missing.

 

2.09 [--] Pepsi Cola Playhouse: DESERT RECKONING

28-Nov-1954 ABC Sun

 

2.10 [--] Pepsi Cola Playhouse: GIRL IN DISTRESS

05-Dec-1954 ABC Sun

Directed By Herschel Daugherty
Story and Teleplay By Fenton W. Earnshaw.
Hosted by Polly Bergen
Guest Cast:
Bill Phipps........ Donald Blackburn
Joanne Davis........ Ellen Eaton
Ward Wood........ Barney
Onslow Stevens........ Detective Meers
Paul Dubov........ Al Drummond
Edith Evanson........ Mrs.Meers
Russ Conway........ Vince Fetter
Nelson Leigh........ Norman Kane.
Synopsis:
An ex-soldier released from a mental institution inherits a large sum of
money and is framed for a murder that his girlfriend was involved in.  [SC]

 

2.11 [--] Pepsi Cola Playhouse: THE WOMAN ON THE BUS

12-Dec-1954 ABC Sun

Hosted by Polly Bergen
starring

Dorothy Green ....... Virginia
Ross Elliott ....... Mark Blayne
Linda Stirling ....... Helen Blayne
Onslow Stevens ....... Thompson

Chick Chandler .... Motley
Richard Eyer ...... Pete
Synopsis:
Fleeing from two gunmen, a desperate woman seeks refuge with a family in a remote desert area.

  Too late she realizes that she has endangered the lives of her protectors. (film) [RF]
*Note: Syndication airing on Action Tonight 22Jul57.

 

2.12 [--] Pepsi Cola Playhouse: SANTA'S OLD SUIT

19-Dec-1954 ABC Sun (rebroadcast on Studio 57 19Dec55)

starring

Andy Clyde

Jane Darwell

Synopsis:

A story about a downhearted Santa Claus who can't afford a new suit, but

finds his reward in the happiness of a youngster at Christmas. [RF]

 

2.13 [--] Pepsi Cola Playhouse: LOST LULLABY

26-Dec-1954 ABC Sun

 

2.14 [--] Pepsi Cola Playhouse: MIDNIGHT CHIMES

02-Jan-1955 ABC Sun

 

2.15 [--] Pepsi Cola Playhouse: THE GOLDEN FLOWER

09-Jan-1955 ABC Sun

 

2.16 [--] Pepsi Cola Playhouse: THE UNBLUSHING BRIDE

16-Jan-1955 ABC Sun

Guest cast:
Barbara Eiler
Robert Clarke
Ross Elliott
Kip Davidson
Synopsis:
A woman dumps her boyfriend at the altar for a rich man.

 

2.17 [--] Pepsi Cola Playhouse: THE HOUSE ON JUDAS STREET

23-Jan-1955 ABC Sun

Guest cast:
Jean Byron
Synopsis:
A young schoolteacher is terrified by the mysterious goings-on in the house where she boards.
Syndication airing on Film Drama KLZ-7,  Denver, CO Tuesday 14Jun 60 10:30 p.m. MDT [JBeer]

 

2.18 [--] Pepsi Cola Playhouse: OTTO AND THE COAT

30-Jan-1955 ABC Sun

Guest cast:
Hans Conried ..... Otto
Synopsis:
A struggling theatrical producer buys a coat in a thrift shop and a miracle occurs as his luck turns around.

 

2.19 [--] Pepsi Cola Playhouse: AND NEVER COME BACK

06-Feb-1955 ABC Sun

Hosted by Polly Bergen
Guest cast:
Laura Elliott

Synopsis:
An estranged wife attempts reconciliation with her husband.
Syndication airing on Film Drama, KLZ-7 Denver, CO Thurs. 16Jun 60 10:30 p.m. MDT [JBeer]
*Note: (Laura Elliott changed her name to Kasey Rogers,

 better known as Louise Tate from "Bewitched")

 

2.20 [--] Pepsi Cola Playhouse: PALS TO THE END

13-Feb-1955 ABC Sun

starring

Brian Keith

Robert Armstrong

Norman Keats
Evelyn Scott

Synopsis:

A group of vicious fortune-hunters tries to get  a grizzled old prospector to

reveal the location of the rich mineral deposit he has just discovered. [RF]

Synopsis 2:
Two men seek a rich mine in the Western desert country.

But the prospect of wealth has its effect on both. [JBeer]
Syndication airing on Famous Playhouse 26Sep68,

 WTCN-11 Mpls-St.Paul, MN 10:30 am.

 

2.21 [--] Pepsi Cola Playhouse: THE VANISHING SUITOR

20-Feb-1955 ABC Sun

 

2.22 [--] Pepsi Cola Playhouse: THE QUIET WIFE

27-Feb-1955 ABC Sun

written by Lawrence Kimble

directed by Herschel Daugherty

director of photography John MacBurnie

starring

John Howard

Tina Carver

Eleanore Tanin

Howard Wendell

Archie Robbins

Pierre Watkin

Synopsis:

A husband cannot understand the reason behind his wife's fear of making friends.

 She is, unknown to him, leading a double life. [RF]

 

2.23 [--] Pepsi Cola Playhouse: MISTER DONALD TAKES A RISK

06-Mar-1955 ABC Sun

 

2.24 [--] Pepsi Cola Playhouse: WAIT FOR GEORGE

13-Mar-1955 ABC Sun

Hosted by Polly Bergen
Guest cast:
Josephine Hutchinson ... Lyddie Hampton
Frank Ferguson ... Dr. Bryce
Walter Baldwin ... George
Norman Leavitt ... Burt
Synopsis:
A woman is terrorized by one of the farmhands who says he must "wait for George" to return.

 

2.25 [--] Pepsi Cola Playhouse: A HUSBAND APPEARS

20-Mar-1955 ABC Sun

 

2.26 [--] Pepsi Cola Playhouse: THE LONER

27-Mar-1955 ABC Sun

Hosted by Polly Bergen

starring

Peter Votrain

Anna Lee

Hayden Rorke

Synopsis:
A boy neglected by his parents goes into his own fantasy world.
 

2.27 [--] Pepsi Cola Playhouse: PASSAGE HOME

03-Apr-1955 ABC Sun

Hosted by Polly Bergen

starring

Brian Keith ...... Passenger

John Doucette ...... Captain

Jean Howell ....... Native Girl

Synopsis:

A steamship passenger is forced into drastic action when the captain robs

 him and his fellow passengers and leaves them stranded on an island. [RF]

 

2.28 [--] Pepsi Cola Playhouse: PETERSEN'S EYE (film)

10-Apr-1955 ABC Sun

Hosted by Polly Bergen

starring

Robert Ellenstein ....... Pete

Herbert Patterson ....... Rutherford

Synopsis:

A man who happened to be too close to an atomic blast discovers that it has left him

with the power to see the future. A bum urges him to use his gift for personal gain. [RF]

 

2.29 [--] Pepsi Cola Playhouse: THE HOUSE WHERE TIME STOPPED (film)

17-Apr-1955 ABC Sun

written by John McGreevey

directed by Herschel Daugherty

Hosted by Polly Bergen

starring

Vera Miles ....... Daughter

Josephine Hutchinson ....... Sister

Ian Keith ....... Brother

Synopsis:

If the man's long-lost daughter hadn't arrived on the scene, time would have remained

at a standstill for the brother and sister, alone in an old house.

*Note:

Cool and blonde, Vera Miles first caught Alfred Hitchcock's eye playing a
woman of mystery in "The House Where Time Stopped." Within days the
director had signed the former beauty pageant queen to an exclusive
five-year contract and set about remaking her as "the girl who is going to
replace Grace Kelly" (who, to his disappointment, had given up Hollywood
for Monaco). "I think the reason I was so impressed with her to begin with
was that I saw her in black and white on television," he later told
costume designer Edith Head, whom he instructed--with an obsessiveness
fully documented in Vertigo --on all the minute details of Miles's
makeover, including a complete wardrobe in shades of gray to emulate his
initial vision of her on television. [RF]

 

2.30 [--] Pepsi Cola Playhouse: THE LADY CHALLENGES

24-Apr-1955 ABC Sun

Hosted by Polly Bergen
starring

Eve Miller ....... the Woman

Eleanor Tanin ....... the Friend

Craig Stevens ....... the Man

Synopsis:

There is a reason behind an ambitious woman's scorn for all those who

cannot keep pace with her drive toward success. [RF]

 

2.31 [--] Pepsi Cola Playhouse: THE LONGEST LEGS IN SHOW

01-May-1955 ABC Sun

(aka The Longest Legs in the Town)

Hosted by Polly Bergen
starring
Frances Farwell
Synopsis:
A tall chorus girl has a hard time finding a man her own size. [RF]

 

2.32 [--] Pepsi Cola Playhouse: STAKE MY LIFE [verified SC]

08-May-1955 ABC Sun

Directed By John English
Story & Teleplay By James Gunn
Guest cast:
Lynn Bari ......... Linda Rainey
Hugh Beaumont ..... Jeff Rainey
Claude Akins ...... Carl
Steven Geray ...... Martin
Nana Bryant ....... Adele
Simon Scott ....... Capt. Mathews
Arthur Millan ..... The Detective

Synopsis:

A wife is too ambitious for her husband's career.

Before she is through she is even mixed up with murder. [SC]

*Special thanks to Sal Crisanti for the episode details.

 

2.33 [--] Pepsi Cola Playhouse: THE MAN NOBODY WANTED (film)

15-May-1955 ABC Sun

Hosted by Polly Bergen
starring

Bruce Bennett ....... Peter Triton

Barton MacLane ....... Captain Hansen

Tom Drake ....... John Black

Claude Akins ....... Saracki

Bill Haade ....... Hennessey

George Givot ....... Pruneda

Edward Colmans ....... Fillipo

Synopsis:

A seaman aboard a ship gets into trouble because of his notorious past

and is not allowed by any country to land. [RF]

 

2.34 [--] Pepsi Cola Playhouse: AUSTRALIAN SEARCH (film)

22-May-1955 ABC Sun

Hosted by Polly Bergen
Synopsis:

An American adventurer, on a strange mission for a Hollywood producer, seeks

an escaped fugitive, hiding out somewhere along the Australian coast. [RF]

 

2.35 [--] Pepsi Cola Playhouse: THE BOY WITH THE BEAUTIFUL MOTHER  (film)

29-May-1955 ABC Sun

Hosted by Polly Bergen
starring

Peter Votrian ....... Paul

Jean Byron ....... Teacher

Ross Bagdasarian ....... Father

Natalie Norwick ....... Mother

Synopsis:

A brilliant student dreads the day when the teachers and classmates must meet his parents.

 He's ashamed of them because they're immigrants. [RF]

 

2.36 [--] Pepsi Cola Playhouse: THE BOY AND THE COACH

05-Jun-1955 ABC Sun

Hosted by Polly Bergen
Former pro football stars Elroy Hirsch and Norm Van Brocklin star in this episode.
Synopsis:
A high school coach tries to rehabilitate a youngster injured in a fire. [RF]

Tank Younger, Stan West and the Los Angeles Rams--also has footage

of Chicago Bears in period 1945.

*Note: Syndication airing on "The Turning Point". [JFM]

 

2.37 [--] Pepsi Cola Playhouse: WOMAN IN THE MINE

12-Jun-1955 ABC Sun (rebroadcast 06Dec55)

starring

Charles Bronson ......... Joe Krossen

 

2.38 [--] Pepsi Cola Playhouse: I'LL BE WAITING

19-Jun-1955 ABC Sun

Hosted by Polly Bergen
Guest cast:
Ed Kemmer
Synopsis:
A man finds it difficult to tell his disabled girlfriend it's over and that he has found someone new. [JFM]

 

2.39 [--] Pepsi Cola Playhouse: NIGHTINGALE

26-Jun-1955 ABC Sun

Hosted by Polly Bergen
 

2.40 [--] Pepsi Cola Playhouse: I LOVE YOU, TRUDY  (final episode)

03-Jul-1955 ABC Sun
starring
Karen Sharpe ............. Trudy
Synopsis:
An ex-boyfriend and thieves keep things humming for a newlywed couple. [RF]

*Note: Syndication airing on Famous Playhouse 27Feb56)

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