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Personal Appearance Theater (1951-52)  
  also known as "P.A. Theater".
Sponsored by the Security First National Bank
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by: Rina Fox
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)


PERSONAL APPEARANCE THEATER
ABC

US Dramatic/Comedy Anthology series 1951-52  29 episodes x 30 min

A collection of 30 minute comedy and mystery films.

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ABC Tuesdays 7:00-7:30pm (09Oct1951-Nov 1951)
ABC Fridays 9:30-10:00pm (Dec 1951-Jan 1952)
ABC Wednesdays 8:00-8:30pm (09Apr52-23Apr52)

[01] Personal Appearance Theater: FATHER'S HAREM
09Oct1951 ABC Tue [Long Beach Independent]
starring
Hanley Stafford
Synopsis:
A man faces many a trial as the father of a brood of females. [RF]

[02] Personal Appearance Theater: PEARLS OF PLENTY
16Oct1951 ABC Tue [Long Beach Independent]
starring
John Pickard
Synopsis:
A war widow meets her dead husband's buddy and his designs on her jewels gets a rough haul. [RF]

[03] Personal Appearance Theater: TAKE IT EASY
23Oct1951 ABC Tue [Long Beach Independent]
starring
Dub Taylor
Synopsis:
A man who invented a gadget 15 years ago and his family are now trying to live on the trickling royalties, plus the
son's paper route money and the annuity money from an aged hoarder. [RF]

[04] Personal Appearance Theater: HOUSE GUEST
30Oct1951 ABC Tue [Long Beach Independent]
starring
John Beal
Synopsis:
The story concerns a young couple, married ten years, who have a house guest in the person of a personable young woman. [RF]

[05] Personal Appearance Theater: WASHINGTON STORY
06Nov1951 ABC Tue [Long Beach Independent]
starring
Joseph Schildkraut
Synopsis:
A consul at a foreign embassy has a wife 20 years younger than himself. He suddenly gets an anonymous letter alleging
that his wife and a young lawyer friend are more than friends. [RF]

[06] Personal Appearance Theater: THE CASEBOOK OF DR. STONE
13Nov1951 ABC Tue [Long Beach Independent]
starring
Donald Woods

[07] Personal Appearance Theater: SAGA OF GREGORY SIMPSON
20Nov1951 ABC Tue [Long Beach Independent]
starring
Franklin Pangborn ... Gregory 'Simp' Simpson
Steve Dunne
Heidi Olsen
Synopsis:
Simp becomes involved in a confidence game designed to strip him of his life's savings. [RF]

[08] Personal Appearance Theater: HE WOKE UP SMILING
27Nov1951 ABC Tue [Long Beach Independent]
starring
Reginald Denny
Synopsis:
A harrassed husband hides behind partial amnesia after an argument with his wife. He conveniently forgets the
quarrels, his mother-in-law and all other troubles. [RF]

[09] Personal Appearance Theater: A SLIGHT TOUCH OF YOUTH
04Dec1951 ABC Tue [Long Beach Independent]
starring
Jane Darwell
Shirley Mitchell
Synopsis:
A protective mother has a hard time with her teenage daughter who does some fast growing up as the result of a
mild dressing down from her best friend. [RF]

[10] Personal Appearance Theater: HANGMAN'S GULLY
11Dec1951 ABC Tue [Long Beach Independent]
Story by Bret Harte
starring
Marjorie Reynolds
Synopsis:
A stagecoach load of passengers pull up at a house during a storm and spend the night with "Miggles" and her husband. [RF]

[11] Personal Appearance Theater: I WROTE MY LOVE A LETTER
18Dec1951 ABC Tue [Long Beach Independent]
starring
Leif Erickson

[12] Personal Appearance Theater: BLESSED ARE THEY
25Dec1951 ABC Tue
starring
Carleton Young

[13] Personal Appearance Theater: GRANDPA CRIES WOLF
01Jan1952 ABC Tue [Long Beach Independent]
starring
Clem Bevans
Russell Simpson

[14] Personal Appearance Theater: THE LUCK OF O'LEARY
08Jan1952 ABC Tue [Long Beach Independent]
starring
Arthur Shields
Marjorie Bennett
Synopsis:
The threatened eviction of the O'Leary family and the consequences of what happens with the Irish luck. [RF]

[15] Personal Appearance Theater: THE PROFESSOR
15Jan1952 ABC Tue [Long Beach Press-Telegram]
starring
Joseph Schildkraut ... Professor Deval
Synopsis:
Prof. Deval witnesses a clever diamond theft and makes light work of the case. [RF]

[16] Personal Appearance Theater: CONFIDENTIALLY YES
22Jan1952 ABC Tue
starring
John Shelton
Carla Brenda
Gloria Holden
Douglas Dumbrille

[17] Personal Appearance Theater: ONE FALSE STEP
29Jan1952 ABC Tue
starring
Steve Dunne
Hugh Beaumont
Veda Ann Borg
Synopsis:
Story delineates in careful detail the commonplace events that can put an ordinary citizen on the wrong side of the law. [RF]
*Note: Music by Muzzy Marcellino.

[18] Personal Appearance Theater: THE HAIRCUT
05Feb1952 ABC Tue
starring
Clem Bevans
Madelon Mitchel
Robert Anderson
Synopsis:
It is a domestic story of a young couple whose lives are complicated by the well-meaning father-in-law. [RF]

[19] Personal Appearance Theater: THE FIX
12Feb1952 ABC Tue
starring
Henry Slate
Synopsis:
A down-and-out fighter takes one more shot at the ring game in a "fixed" fight that leads to triple tragedy. [RF]

[20] Personal Appearance Theater: THE DEATH CLAUSE
19Feb1952 ABC Tue
starring
Tom Tully as Narrator
Synopsis:
The death of a scientist under unusual circumstances is told thru narration as the camera takes you thru the
murder investigation.
*Note: Tom Tully co-authored this episode as well as narrator. [RF]

[21] Personal Appearance Theater: IF CLANCY WERE HERE
26Feb1952 ABC Tue
starring
Skeets Gallagher .... Clancy the Ghost
Synopsis:
Clancy returns to the land of the living to help his partner solve his own death. [RF]

[22] Personal Appearance Theater: ANGEL OF MERCY
04Mar1952 ABC Tue [Independent Long Beach]
starring
Glenn Langan
Adele Jergens
Synopsis:
A man sought by police visits his wife in the maternity ward to try to work out a plan for the baby.
*Note: Glenn Langan and Adele Jergens were real-life husband and wife when they appeared in this program. [RF]

[23] Personal Appearance Theater: THE PROFESSOR
11Mar1952 ABC Tue [Independent Long Beach]
starring
Joseph Schildkraut
Synopsis:
College Professor takes on another case.
*Note: Joseph Schildkraut appeared on Personal Appearance Theatre in a "showcased" program called "The Professor"
and was later signed to play the role in a TV series. Tonight he'll return to "Personal Appearance Theater"
in the same role with a different plot. As a College Professor who likes to dabble in crime investigation. [RF]

[24] Personal Appearance Theater: ADVENTURE OF CHRISTOPHER CROSS
18Mar1952 ABC Tue [Independent Long Beach]
starring
Glenda Farrell ... Christopher Cross
Buddy Ebsen .... Hugo Beam
Synopsis:
A wisecracking secretary works for the World's most ineffectual private detective. [RF]

[25] Personal Appearance Theater: THE NAKED EYE [Part I]
25Mar1952 ABC Tue [Independent Long Beach]
starring
Robert Clarke
Ludwig Donath
Synopsis:
A doctor tries to recreate a murderer's past life. [RF]
*Note: Part 1 of a two-part mystery.

[26] Personal Appearance Theater: THE NAKED EYE [Part II]
01Apr1952 ABC Tue [Independent Long Beach]
starring
Robert Clarke
Ludwig Donath
*Note: Conclusion of the two-part episode. [RF]

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ABC Wednesdays 8:00-8:30pm (09Apr52-23Apr52)
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[27] Personal Appearance Theater: COLLATERAL
09Apr1952 ABC Wed [Independent Long Beach]
starring
Anita Louise

[28] Personal Appearance Theater: LILLIES OF VERTIER
16Apr1952 ABC Wed [Independent Long Beach]
starring
Carol Nugent
Forrest Taylor
Synopsis:
The tale of a little girl who brings the true meaning of Easter back to the town of Vertier, France. [RF]

[29] Personal Appearance Theater: THE CHAIR
23Apr1952 ABC Wed
directed by Robert S. Finkel
starring
Joseph Schildkraut
Virginia Christine
James Seay
Walter Kingsford
Mike Ross
Eda Reis Merin
Frank Hilliard
Jack Lomas
Martin Berliner
Synopsis:
A man set to sit in the electric chair has something strange occur when the switch is thrown. [RF]

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