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 Season 2 (PBS) (1960-61)
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by:  Rina Fox
references:
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2.01 [36] Play of the Week: HENRY IV

26Sep60

Executive producer, Worthington Miner ;

Producer, David Susskind

Shakespeare classic

starring

Donald Davis .......... Henry
Eric Berry ............ Falstaff
Donald Madden ......... Hotspur
Stephen Joyce ......... Hal
Nan Martin ............ Lady Percy
J.D. Cannon ........... Poins
Gerry Jedd ............ Mistress Quickly

Dran Seitz

Synopsis:

The story of a young man's elevation from immature prince to responsible king. [RF]

Synopsis 2:
Shakespeare's droll portrayal of the friendship between the

 crown prince of England and the fat knight Falstaff. [RF]

 

2.02 [37] Play of the Week: THE DYBBUK

03Oct60

Executive producer David Susskind
Directed by Sidney Lumet

Written by Joseph Liss

Adapted from the 1920 S. Ansky play

Settings by Jack Venza
original music by John Green
starring

Michael Tolan  ......... Channon
Carol Lawrence ........ Leah
Eli Mintz ............. Nachmon
Ludwig Donath ......... Rabbi Azrael
Michael Shille ........ Rabbi Samson
Theodore Bikel ........ Sender
Vincent Gardenia ...... Nissen
Milton Selzer ......... Messenger
Gene Saks ............. Hassidim #2
Stefan Gierasch ....... Hassidim #1
Jerry Rockwood ........ Hassidim #3
Theo Goetz ............ Meyer
Sylvia Davis .......... Frade

Synopsis 1:

A haunting tale about ill-fated love, possession, and exorcism

in a small Jewish town in Eastern Europe.

Synopsis 2:

According to Yiddish folklore, a Dybbuk is the disturbed spirit of a dead man or woman

which can inhabit the body of a living person. This story takes place in an Old Country

village where such mystical matters can become reality. [RF]

 

2.03 [38] Play of the Week: LEGEND OF LOVERS

10Oct60

Producer Jack Kuney

Directed by Ralph Nelson

Adapted from the 1951 Jean Anouilh play as translated by Kitty Black,

a modern version of the Orpheus and Eurydice legend

starring

Piper Laurie ......... Eurydice
Robert Loggia ........ Orpheus

Sam Jaffe

Michael Constantine

Polly Rowles

Synopsis 1:

When they meet in a railroad station and fall in love and escape by themselves to

a shabby hotel room, it is the rest of the world that seems unreal.  Their lovers' avowals

 are their center of the universe.  Everything that goes on around them

seems mean and contrived. [RF]

Synopsis 2:

In the Greek legend, Eurydice dies; Orpheus persuades death to restore her to him. 

But death extracts one condition: Orpheus must never look at her.  M. Anouilh has

restated the legend in terms of a romantic street musician and the soubrette of

a provincial theatre troupe. [RF]

 

2.04 [39] Play of the Week: THE VELVET GLOVE

17Oct60

Adapted from the 1949 Rosemary Casey play

starring

Helen Hayes ........... Mother Hildebrand
Larry Gates ........... Bishop
Robert Morse .......... Pearson
Jean Dixon ............ Monica
Collin Wilcox ......... Mary

Arthur Shields

Synopsis:

When beloved Mother Hildebrand returns from a tour of her many convents,

 she is upset to learn that the bishop intends to dismiss young Professor Pearson

 from the college staff. She reluctantly agrees to the bishop's order, but in her

heart she has other plans. [RF]

Synopsis 2:
The shrewd woman president of a parochial college sides

 with a young teacher against a powerful bishop. [RF]

 

2.05 [40] Play of the Week: DUET FOR TWO HANDS

24Oct60

Adapted from the 1947 play by Mary Hayley Bell

starring

Signe Hasso ........ Herda Sarclet

Eric Portman ........ Dr. Edward Sarclet

Lois Nettleton ........ Abigail Sarclet

Patrick Horgan ........ Stephen Cass

Synopsis:

Abigail Sarclet gets word from her father that he's returning to their castle on the

Orkney Islands with a celebrated poet.

A macabre tale of ghostly revenge in a castle in the Orkneys. [RF]

 

2.06 [41] Play of the Week: SEVEN TIMES MONDAY

31Oct60

Directed by Wes Kenney

Written by Ernest Pendrell

starring

Ruby Dee ........ Lila

Ossie Davis ........ Will

William Windom ........ Bob

Warren Berlinger ........ Salvatore Mantini

Judson Laire ........ John Cliff

Milt Kamen ........ Harold

Rosetta Le Noire ...... Belle
Earl Syndor ........... Miller
Billie Allen .......... Ruthir

Synopsis:

The problems of a factory worker who dreams of becoming a "cop," of replacing the

drudgery of the machine shop with the thrill of riding along on a motorcycle.

But there are family responsibilities to meet, and the problems of prejudice to be

dealt with - which they are, in a most heart-warming and honest way. [RF]

Synopsis 2:
Willie Harris endures the drudgery of everyday life sustained by his dreams:

an apartment for his family and a policeman's badge for himself. [RF]

 

2.07 [42] Play of the Week: TWO BY SAROYAN

07Nov60

Adapted from the 1950 and 1937 William Saroyan plays.

** 2 plays **

(1) Once Around the Block

starring

Walter Matthau

Orson Bean

Larry Hagman

Nina Wilcox

Synopsis 1:

A screenwriter with a reputation as a ladies

man offers advice to a young writer on how he too can be highly appealing to the

opposite sex, yielding some rather surprising results. [RF]

Synopsis 2:

In ONCE AROUND THE BLOCK, a playboy screenwriter gives advice to a young

writer on how to appeal to the opposite sex. [RF]

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(2) My Heart's in the Highlands

starring

Walter Matthau

Kevin Coughlin

Myron McCormick

Eddie Hodges

Synopsis 1:

An aspiring poet and his young son-financially impoverished, but rich in dreams

 and generous of spirit-struggle to survive while never "ceasing to care for the

 wellbeing of their fellow man. [RF]

Synopsis 2:

 In MY HEART'S IN THE HIGHLANDS,

a poet and his son, poor in funds but rich in spirit live their day to day existence. [RF]

 

2.08 [43] Play of the Week: THE ICEMAN COMETH, PART 1

14Nov60

Executive Producer Worthington Miner

Producer Lewis Freedman

Directed by Sidney Lumet

Assistant director Ed Waglin

Adapted from the Eugene O'Neill 1946 play

Set Designer Bob Markell
Costumes Gene Coffin
On-screen Introduction Brooks Atkinson

starring

Jason Robards Jr. ..... Theodore 'Hickey' Hickman
Myron McCormick ....... Larry Slade
Roland Winters ........ Piet Wetjoen, the General
Robert Redford ........ Don Parritt
Farrell Pelly ......... Harry Hope
Tom Pedi .............. Rocky
James Broderick ....... Willie Oban
Ronald Radd ........... Cecil Lewis, the Captain
Harrison Dowd ......... Jimmy Tomorrow
Michael Strong ........ Chuck
Sorrell Booke ......... Hugo
Maxwell Glanville ..... Joe Mott
Charles White ......... Pat
Walter Klavun ......... Ed Mosher
Hilda Brawner ......... Margie
Herb Voland ........... Moran
Joan Copeland ......... Cora
Julie Bovasso ......... Pearl

Synopsis 1:

The spotlight is on the failed lives, empty hopes, and perpetual pipe dreams of

an assortment of down-and-out denizens of a seedy saloon, set in New York in 1912.

 Their sad, but complacent existences are rattled when Hickey arrives for his annual

bender a changed man - forswearing alcohol and preaching a deliverance from

"the lie of the pipe dream."  [RF]

Synopsis 2:

The dreams and failures of the denizens of a seedy New York saloon circa 1912.

 

2.09 [44] Play of the Week: THE ICEMAN COMETH, PART 2

21Nov60

(Same as above)

 

2.10 [45] Play of the Week: HIGHLIGHTS OF NEW FACES

28Nov60

Sketches and musical numbers from the 1952 and

1956 versions of the Leonard Sillman Broadway productions

starring

Alice Ghostley

Ronny Graham

Robert Clary

Paul Lynde

June Carroll

Virginia DeLuce

Inga Swenson

Summary:
Songs and sketches from the "New Faces" revues of 1952 and 1956.

Recreating their original successes are Ronny Graham, Alice Ghostley,

Paul Lynde, June Carroll, Robert Clary and Inga Swenson. [RF]

 

2.11 [46] Play of the Week: UNCLE HARRY

05Dec60

Adapted from the 1942 Thomas Job play.

starring

Ray Walston .......... Uncle Harry
Betty Field .......... Hester
Jeff Donnell ......... Lucy
Ruth Ford ............ Lettie
Sylvia Miles ......... Miss Phipps
John Zacherle ........ Mr. Jenkins

Synopsis:

A fabric designer who is henpecked by his spinster twin sisters with whom he lives,

become enraged when he meets and falls in love. His jealous sister, drives him to a

murder plot. The wrong sister gets the poison, but he gets the torment. [RF]

 

2.12 [47] Play of the Week: RASHOMON

12Dec60

Executive producer Worthington Miner

Producer Lewis Freedman

Directed by Sidney Lumet

Written by Fay & Michael Kanin

Adapted from the 1959 Fay and Michael Kanin

Based on the stories of Akutagawa.

starring

Ricardo Montalban ....... Bandit

Carol Lawrence ........ Wife

James Mitchell ....... Husband

Oscar Homolka

Michael Higgins ....... Priest
Michael Shillo ........ Woodcutter
Aida Loy .............. Medium

Harry Davis

Osceola Archer

Synopsis 1:

In the heat of the afternoon, a bandit sees a husband and wife moving along a path.

He decides he must have the woman, even if he has to kill the man. [RF]

Synopsis 2:

Rashomon is a Japanese murder mystery set in the 16th century. It tells the story of

a samurai and his wife who are attacked and savaged by a bandit. [RF]

 

2.13 [48] Play of the Week: EMMANUEL

19Dec60

Directed by Kirk Browning

Adapted from the 1960 Christmas play on the birth of Jesus.

starring

Peter Mark Richman ........ Joseph

Lois Nettleton ....... Mary

Earle Hyman

Albert Dekker

Synopsis:

The story of the journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem.

 

[--] Play of the Week: BOGUS GREEN

26Dec60 (unaired or postponed)

 

2.14 [49] Play of the Week: A CLEARING IN THE WOODS

02Jan61

Adapted from the 1957 Arthur Laurents play

starring

Celeste Holm ............. Virginia

Arthur Hill .............. Barney
Barbara Dana ............. Nora
J.D. Cannon .............. George
Nancy Malone ............. Ginna
Candance Culkin .......... Jigee
James Olson .............. Pete

Gerald S. O'Loughlin ..... Andy

Synopsis:

A young woman seeking asylum from an urban world where she is in crisis,

caught between madness and reason. In her search for solace in the woods, she

 is propelled into a world far more disorienting - where time is turned upside down

 and the phantoms of her past meet the realities of her present in a storm

of illusion and desire. [RF]

 

2.15 [50] Play of the Week: THE POTTING SHED

09Jan61

Written by Graham Greene

starring

Fritz Weaver........... James Callifer
Ann Harding ........... Mrs. Callifer
Nancy Wickwire ........ Sara
Frank Conroy .......... Callifer
Zina Bethune .......... Anne
Ludwig Donath ......... Kreuzer

Synopsis 1:

The story concerns the son of a famous atheist who seeks to uncover a childhood

mystery in his past. He eventually discovers that he committed suicide in the

eponymous potting shed at the age of 14, but was revived when his uncle,

a priest, entered into a strange bargain with God.

Synopsis 2:

James Callifer, long estranged from his family, returns home to his dying father.

He learns there that as a boy he had hanged himself in the potting shed, but had

been cut down and 'resurrected'. It transpires his father had lost his agnosticism

and as a result James's mother had disowned her son - who was a living proof that

a 'miracle' had occurred in his past. [RF]

 

2.16 [51] Play of the Week: BLACK MONDAY

16Jan61

Executive producer, Worthington Miner
Producer, David Susskind
Directed by Ralph Nelson

Adapted from the Reginald Rose play

starring

Myron McCormick  ....... Dennison
Robert Redford ........ George
Pat Hingle ............ Arthur McGill
Ruby Dee .............. Jane
Juano Hernandez ....... James
Nancy Coleman ......... Betty
Marc Connelly ......... Porter
Hilda Sims ............ Lily

William Prince

House Jameson

Frances Fuller
Joey Trent
Edward Asner
Arthur Tell
Roy Johnson
Luke Halpin
James Caan
Andrew Prine
Joanna Roos
Dan Morgan
Claudia Crawford
Ivan Dixon
Charles Grodin
Lincoln Kilpatrick
Jerry Wimberley
Glynn Turman
Ossie Davis
Richard Ward

Synopsis:

A Negro girl is about to enter a white school for the first time. [RF]

Synopsis 2:
A black child's first day at a white school in the deep South. [RF]

 

2.17 [52] Play of the Week: NEW YORK SCRAPBOOK

23Jan61

Written by Tom Whedon

Story by Tom Jones & Harvey Schmidt

starring

Kaye Ballard

Orson Bean

Jane Connell

Maureen Bailey

Synopsis:

Humorous musical revues of life in New York City.

Songs:

Mister Off-Broadway (M: Harvey Schmidt, L: Tom Jones)

Summer/Autumn/Winter/Spring (M: Harvey Schmidt, L: Tom Jones)

 

2.18 [53] Play of the Week: HE WHO GETS SLAPPED

30Jan61

Adapted from the 1915 play by Leonid N. Andreev

starring

Richard Basehart ...... Stranger
Julie Harris ..........
David Opatoshu ........ Manchini
Loring Smith .......... Brique

Carroll O'Connor

Synopsis:

A clown becomes disenchanted with life as the drama unfolds.

Synopsis 2:
A nameless stranger falls in love with a circus performer. [RF]

 

2.19 [54] Play of the Week: FOUR BY TENNESSEE

06Feb61

Adapted from four plays by Tennessee Williams

starring

Jo Van Fleet

Eileen Heckart

Ann Revere

Maureen Stapleton

Mike Kellin

Alfred Ryder

Vivian Nathan

Leueen McGrath

Thomas Chalmers

Synopsis:

Play #1 "I Rise in Flame, Cried the Phoenix" 1959 based on the last few days

and death of DH Lawrence.

Play #2 "Hello from Bertha." 1954 A disturbed drunk prostitute named Bertha wallows

around while her two housemates try in vain to help her.

Play #3 "The Lady of Larkspur Lotion." 1949

Sedlachek, the owner of a fleabag hotel, who wants to evict her deadbeat tenant.

She is a faded Southern belle who, despite being reduced to prostitution, tries

gamely to maintain a facade of gentility. What she refers to as lotion is actually hooch.

Her castle in the air is a plantation in Brazil, and the man of her dreams a "rubber king";

but the knight who rides to her rescue turns out to be the alcoholic blocked

writer who lives down the hall. [RF]

Play #4 "The Purification" 1959.

"The Lady of Larkspur Lotion," is a study of an early Blanche DuBois, maintaining

hauteur in a world environment.  Miss Van Fleet again performs with distinction." 

Shanley, John P.  'Four by Tennessee'.   New York Times.  February 7,1961.

 

2.20 [55] Play of the Week: THE SOUND OF MURDER

13Feb61

Adapted from the British mystery by William Fairchild.

starring

Kim Hunter

Felicia Montealegre

Donald Davis

Synopsis:

A murder plot is accidentally recorded and the victims

secretary holds the tape, the lovers tiff develops. [RF]

 

2.21 [56] Play of the Week: THE MAGIC AND THE LOSS
20Feb61
Executive Producer David Susskind
Producer Lewis Freedman
Written by Julian Funt based on his 1954 play
Directed by Richard Dunlap
Set Designer William Bohnert
Art Director Myron Bleam
Costumes Michael Travis
Makeup Inez Lopardo
Music Ronnie Noll
Production Supervisor Buddy Wilds
starring
Patricia Neal ......... Grace Wilson
Jeffrey Lynn .......... George Wilson
Vicki Cummings ........ Anita Harmon
Patrick O'Neal ........ Larry Graves
Frederick Clarke ...... Nicki Wilson
Synopsis:
Grace Wilson, a divorced career woman wants a higher position at the advertising agency.

She has an affair with one of the executives and is caught by her 14-year-old son,

 complicating things is the return of her ex who wants to reconnect with his son.
 

2.22 [57] Play of the Week: NO EXIT; THE INDIFFERENT LOVER

27Feb61

Directed by Silvio Narizzano

No Exit adapted from the 1936 play by Jean-Paul Sartre as translated by Paul Bowles;

The Indifferent Lover adapted from the Jean Cocteau monologue

(1) No Exit:

starring

Colleen Dewhurst ...... Inez
Dane Clark ............ Cradeau
Diana Hyland .......... Estelle
Jim Oyster ............ Bellboy

Synopsis:

Three people are stuck in hell without the convenience of a torturer on whom

to focus their fear and hatred. Naturally being resourceful humans, they find infinite

ways to torment each other. Best line Sartre wrote is "Hell is other people".

(2) The Indifferent Lover

starring

Miriam Hopkins

 

2.23 [58] Play of the Week: THE OLD FOOLISHNESS

06Mar61

Adapted from the 1940 Paul Vincent Carroll play.

starring

Fred Gwynne

Albert Salmi

Synopsis:

A family feud set in Bromley, Kent when their religious

 beliefs overtake their reasoning. [RF]

 

2.24 [59] Play of the Week: THERESE RAQUIN

13Mar61

Executive producer, Worthington Miner

Producer, Jack Kuney

Directed by Bill Penn

From the 1873 play by Emile Zola, as translated by Kathleen Boutall

starring

Eva Le Gallienne

Peter Mark Richman .... Laurent
Anne Meacham .......... Therese
Philip Coolidge ....... Grivet
Donald McKee .......... Michaud
Joyce Bulifant ........ Suzanne

Alvin Epstein

Synopsis:

A sinister tale of adultery and murder among the

 lower orders in nineteenth-century Paris. [RF]

 

2.25 [60] Play of the Week: THE WOODEN DISH

20Mar61

Adapted from the 1954 Edmund Morris play

starring

Martha Scott ....... Clara

Henry Hull ............ Pop
Lonny Chapman ......... Ed
Joseph Warren ......... Glenn
Ellen Geer ............ Susan
George Mathews ........ Floyd
Charlotte A. Jones .... Bessie
Roland Wood ........... Sam

Synopsis:

Clara and the father-in-law she has been trying to dislodge ever since she married

who is a tough, asthmatic old wreck combining all the pride and cunning of his age

 with the simplicity of a baby. His son, Glenn, is tossed helplessly from one loyalty

to another, and Clara has grown desperate enough for anything, even an attempted

love affair with another man, anything to release her from this burden. When Pop

finally gives up the fight to remain in his son's home, it is left to his granddaughter, Susan,

 to see with the compassion that only youth can feel for age, the true tragedy of his going. [RF]

Synopsis 2:
A woman with her own problems to face decides to put

her troublesome father in an old-age home. [RF]

 

2.26 [61] Play of the Week: A COOL WIND OVER THE LIVING

27Mar61

Written by Joseph LeSueur

starring

Diana Hyland

Carmen Mathews

J.D. Cannon

James Patterson

Synopsis:

Torn by love between two men, and overcoming a

crippling illness, she decides to remain alone. [RF]

 

2.28 [--] Play of the Week: WAITING FOR GODOT

03-April-1961

Executive producer Worthington Miner

Producer Jack Kuney

Directed by Alan Schneider

Written by Samuel Beckett

starring

Burgess Meredith   ...... Vladimir
Zero Mostel ........... Estragon
Kurt Kasznar .......... Pozzo
Alvin Epstein ......... Lucky
Luke Halpin ........... The Boy
Barney Rosset ......... Publisher of the Grove Press
Milo O'Shea ........... Presenter

Synopsis:

Two tramps are waiting by a sickly looking tree for the arrival of M. Godot.

They quarrel, make up, contemplate suicide, try to sleep, eat a carrot and gnaw

on some chicken bones. Two other characters appear, a master and a slave,

 who perform a grotesque scene in the middle of the play. A young boy arrives

to say that M. Godot will not come today, but that he will come tomorrow.

He does not come and the two tramps resume their vigil by the tree, which between

 the first and second day has sprouted a few leaves, the only symbol of a possible

order in a thoroughly alienated world. [RF]

 

2.28 [63] Play of the Week: IN A GARDEN

10Apr61

Adapted from the 1925 Philip Barry play

starring

Roddy McDowall ........ Adrian Terry
George Grizzard ....... Bliss
Barbara Cook .......... Lissa
Christopher Hewitt .... Frederic
Laurie Main ........... Compton

Synopsis:

The story of Adrian Terry, a wealthy, fortyish playwright who has decided to

retire from writing plays. His jealous hack-writer friend Roger Compton insists that

Terry keep on writing, telling him he is a dramatist to the soles of his shoes. When

Terry demurs, Compton attempts to provoke him with an idea: he states that every

 man's wife is another man's mistress. Compton then tells Terry that he has information

that Terry's young wife Lissa had a dalliance when she was a debutante with dashing

Ivy Leaguer Norrie Bliss, in a garden in Katonah. [RF]

Synopsis 2:
A great playwright wants to retire until a suspicion of his wife's

 infidelity becomes a superb idea for a new play. [RF]

 

2.29 [64] Play of the Week: THE WINGLESS VICTORY

17Apr61

Adapted from the 1936 Maxwell Anderson play

starring

Hugh O'Brian .......... Nathaniel
Eartha Kitt ........... Oparre
Michael Tolan ......... Ruel
Cathleen Nesbitt ...... Mrs. McQueston
Tim O'Connor .......... Phineas
Gene Wilder ........... Happy

Jane Wyatt

Synopsis:

Set in 1800 Indian princess, rejected form white society, commits suicide

with her children after losing her husband's love.

Synopsis 2:
In 1800, a man returns to Massachusetts with a cargo of spices,

a fortune and a native wife and their children. [RF]

 

2.30 [65] Play of the Week: CLOSE QUARTERS

24Apr61

Adapted from the 1937 Gilbert Lennox

adaptation of the W.O. Simins play "Attentat"

starring

Richard Kiley

Patricia Jessel

Synopsis:

One apartment and two possible renters,

solves these unusual problem. [RF]

 

2.31 [66] Play of the Week: ALL SUMMER LONG

01May61

Adapted from the 1954 Robert Anderson play

Adapted from the Donald Wetzel novel, "A Wreath and A Curse"

starring

Philip Fox ............ Willie
Keir Dullea ........... Don
Betty Field ........... Mother
Henderson Forsythe .... Dad
Nina Wilcox ........... Ruth
James Olson ........... Harry

Synopsis:

Portrait of a complacent Midwestern family. Blustering father, bumbling mother,

brainless daughter, whose river bank house is threatened by erosion. Two brothers

work together to make retaining wall  to save their home form the rising river. They fail,

the house crumbles, and the family has to flee for its life. [RF]

Synopsis 2:
Young Willie's problems include parents he can't talk to

and a home he thinks will be swept away by flood waters. [RF]

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