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 Season 1 (CBS) (1956-57)
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by:  Rina Fox
references:
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CBS Thursdays 9:30-11:00 pm weekly

1.01 [--] Playhouse 90: FORBIDDEN AREA (Live)
prod. #56-01
04Oct1956 CBS Thur
Written by Rod Serling
Based on Pat Frank's novel FORBIDDEN AREA (Lippincott, 1956)
Directed by John Frankenheimer
cast
Charlton Heston ..... Major Jesse Price
Diana Lynn .......... Katharine Hume
Tab Hunter .......... Stanley Smith
Vincent Price ....... Clark Simmons
Jackie Coogan  ....... Sgt. Ciocci
Victor Jory ......... General Clumb
Charles Bickford .... General Keatton
Synopsis 1:
A one-eyed colonel intent of solving the mystery of the exploding
bombers. Soviet agents have infiltrated a secret air base and
are busy doing away with American aircraft. [RF]

Synopsis 2:

Two men and a woman working in the Pentagon become convinced that an atomic

attack by the Soviet Union is imminent and that the defects in a new type of U.S.

 bomber were the result of sabotage, but they can't get the military brass to listen. [FMN]

1.02 [--] Playhouse 90: REQUIEM FOR A HEAVYWEIGHT (Live)
prod. #56-02
11Oct1956 CBS Thur
Produced by Martin Manulis / associate producer, Julian Claman
Written by Rod Serling
Directed by Ralph Nelson
Hosted by Eddie Cantor
cast
Jack Palance ....... Harlan "Mountain" McClintock
Kim Hunter ......... Grace Carney
Ed Wynn ............ Army
Keenan Wynn ........ Maish Rennick
Max Baer ........... Mike
"Slapsie" Maxie Rosenbloom .... Steve
Edgar Stehli ....... Doctor
Stanley Adams ...... Parelli
Ned Glass .......... Bartender
Frank Richards ..... Fighter in bar
Lyn Osborn ......... Photographer
Joe Abdullah ....... Fight Announcer
Ivan Rasputin ...... Wrestler
Ted Christy ........ Wrestler
Karl Davis ......... Wrestler
Young Jack Johnson .. Champ
Synopsis:
A professional heavyweight boxer is burned out after fourteen years
in the ring. When during his last fight he is sold out by his devious
manager, he struggles to find new meaning in his life. [RF]

Synopsis 2:
A battered and broken down fighter gives unquestioning loyalty

to his unscrupulous manager. An understanding woman tries to

help the boxer out of his predicament. [RF]

*Note: EMMY award winning episode for Best Director (Nelson),

Best Writer (Serling), Best Actor (Palance), Best Supporting Actor (Ed Wynn),

Best Single Program of the Year, Best Art Direction,

1.03 [--] Playhouse 90: SIZEMAN AND SON (Live)
prod. #56-03
18Oct1956 CBS Thur
Produced by Martin Manulis / associate producer, Julian Claman
Written by Elick Moll
Directed by Vincent J. Donahue
Hosted by Franchot Tone
cast
Eddie Cantor ........ Morris Sizeman
Mona Freeman ........ Marie Sizeman
Farley Granger ...... Harold Sizeman
Peter Lorre ......... Karp
Carol Morris ........ Francine
Lawrence Dobkin ..... Rosenzweig
Nan Boardman ........ Sophie
Than Wyenn .......... Wilenski
Peter Leeds ......... Larry Kogen
Frances Lax ......... Bessie
S. John Launer ...... Magnusson
Jymme Shore ......... Jennie
Francis Morris ...... Mrs. Kelly
Ruth Ain ............ Miss Youssem
Dan Blocker ......... Lewis
Ernestine Wade ...... Gladys
Jeanne Cooper ....... Receptionist
Synopsis 1:
Sizeman owns a dress-manufacturing business in New York City.
When his son was born, he added the words "and Son" to the name
of the company, hoping that they would work together some day.
Then the son returns from the Korean War a changed man. Regarding
himself as a savior of the common man from the greed of the bosses,
he disrupts the happy working atmosphere at Sizeman and Son´s. [RF]

Synopsis 2:
The son of a Manhattan dress manufacturer returns from the Korean war

with a new social and political ideals which disrupt the happy working

 atmosphere at the plant when he tries to put them into practice. [FMN]
*Note: Elick Moll later adapted this teleplay into the

novel SEIDMAN AND SON (Putnam, 1958). [FMN]

1.04 [--] Playhouse 90: RENDEZVOUS IN BLACK
prod. #56-04
25Oct1956 CBS Thur
Written by James P. Cavanagh

Story by Cornell Woolrich
Directed by John Frankenheimer
Hosted by Frank Lovejoy
cast
Franchot Tone ....... Johnny Marr
Laraine Day ......... Florence Strickland
Boris Karloff ....... Ward Allen
Tom Drake ........... Johnny Mark
Viveca Lindfors ..... Martine
Elizabeth Patterson ...... Mrs. Middleton

Synopsis 1:
The unexplainable death of a young man's fiancee while waiting for him on

a street corner sets off a series of seemingly unrelated murders in the city. [FMN]
Synopsis 2:
"Rendezvous in black" is about Johnny Marr who finds his fiancee killed
by something dropped off a plane - an accident, pure and simple. This
triggers a fundamental reaction in Johnny -- a gruesome fate awaits the
passengers of that plane. [RF]
*Note: This story is from Cornell Woolrich's Black series of novels from
the 40's. The other novels are The Bride Wore Black, The Black Curtain,
The Black Alibi, The Black Angel, The Black Path of Fear and Rendezvous
in Black. Woolrich is known as the father of "noir" and is most remembered
for "Rear Window". Woolrich also used the psuedomyn William Irish.

1.05 [--] Playhouse 90: THE COUNTRY HUSBAND (film)
prod. #56-05
01Nov1956 CBS Thur
Produced by Eva Wolas
Written by Paul Monash
Based on John Cheever's short story "The Country Husband"

(The New Yorker, 20 November 1954; collected

in THE HOUSEBREAKER OF SHADY HILL, Harper 1958) [FN]
Directed by James Neilson
Director of photography Gert Andersen
Film editor Henry Batista
Hosted by Red Skelton
cast
Frank Lovejoy ....... William Wiley
Barbara Hale ........ Julia Wiley
Felicia Farr ........ Anne Murchinson
Kerwin Mathews ...... Clay Farrell
Herbert Rudley ...... Farrell Sr.
Jeanne Cooper ....... Shirl
John Zaremba ........ Mr. Murchison
Hugh Sanders ........ Robert Guinness
S. John Launer ...... Passenger
Synopsis 1:
After a close brush with death, a businessman intends to live each
and every day to the fullest without regard to his wife and child.
When he falls for the babysitter he considers running off with her
but returns after a lot of soul-searching to his
wife who forgives him. [RF]
Synopsis 2:
An advertising executive narrowly escapes death when an airplane
he's traveling on makes a forced landing. This incident jars him
out of his routine attitude toward life. In search of excitement
and adventure he becomes involved romantically with a young girl. [RF]

1.06 [--] Playhouse 90: THE BIG SLIDE
prod. #56-06
08Nov1956 CBS Thur
Written by Edmund Beloin & Dean Reisner
Directed by Ralph Nelson
Hosted by Ralph Bellamy
cast
Red Skelton ......... Buddy McCoy (nominated for an Emmy)
Shirley Jones ....... May Marley (nominated for an Emmy)
Murray Hamilton ..... Chick Tolliver
Eddie Firestone ..... Steve Madden
Jack Albertson ...... Al St. George
Jack Mulhall ........ Joe Ashley
Fay Spain ........... Crystal Vail
Victor Sutherland ... L.K. Zimmer
Lyn Osborn
Synopsis:
When a second-rate vaudeville comic becomes a silent movie star,

the conflict between his love for an actress and the demands of his career

brings tragedy and heartbreak to the clown. [FMN]

1.07 [--] Playhouse 90: HERITAGE OF ANGER
prod. #56-07
15Nov1956 CBS Thur
Script by Harold Jack Bloom

Directed by Vincent J. Donehue
Hosted by Kay Thompson
cast
Ralph Bellamy ....... Eddie Hanneman
Nina Foch ........... Libby Hanneman
Lloyd Bridges ....... Paul Fletcher
John Ericson ........ Johnny Hanneman
Tom Brown ........... Arthur Hanneman
Onslow Stevens ...... Sidney Lennox
Synopsis:
A rough-spoken industrial tycoon discovers that his sons have no interest in taking over

 his empire and that his sales manager will do anything to become its next head. [FMN]

Synopsis 2:
Eddie Hanneman and industrialist who has spent his entire life building

an industrial empire for himself and his family is disappointed when he learns that

 his two sons have ideas and plans of their own, he simply assumed they would take

over the empire. This plan is thwarted in two ways: by his sons who aren't interested, and

by Paul Fletcher, who has been his sales manager for many years and is

 very much interested in moving into Hanneman's shoes. [RF]

1.08 [--] Playhouse 90: ELOISE
prod. #56-08
22Nov1956 CBS Thur
Produced by Martin Manulis
Written by Leonard Spigelgass

Based on Kay Thompson's novel "ELOISE" (Simon & Schuster, 1955)

Directed by John Frankenheimer
cast
Evelyn Rudie ....... Eloise
Ethel Barrymore .... Herself
Louis Jourdan ...... European Prince
Kay Thompson ....... Herself
Hans Conried ....... Rene the French Waiter
Charles Ruggles .... Murphy
Mildred Natwick .... Nanny
Jack Mullaney ...... Eloise's Tutor
Conrad Hilton ...... Himself
Maxie Rosenblum .... Himself
Monte Wooley ....... Himself
William Roerick .... Manager of the Plaza
Inger Stevens ...... Joanna
Bartlett Robinson .. Eloise's Lawyer
*
Musical Numbers:
"Eloise", "How to Raise a Child", "I Am in the Persian Room"
"Oh, What a Love-a-ly Morning", "Johanna"
Songs written by Kay Thompson
Lennie Hayton Orchestra

http://www.eloisewebsite.com/eloise_on_tv.htm

Synopsis 1:
A threatened divorce by Eloise's parents, causes the little
mischievous imp to act out and spy on her tutor who is having
a romance with the chambermaid. [RF]

Synopsis 2:
A six-year-old brat, who lives at Manhattan's Plaza Hotel with an English nurse and

a dog and a turtle and loves to perform cute tricks like pouring water down the

mail chute, decides to create a romance between the prince who lives next door

and a pretty chambermaid. [FMN]

1.09 [--] Playhouse 90: CONFESSION (film)
prod. #56-09
29Nov1956 CBS Thur
Screen Gems Inc. Filmed Presentation
Production Executive, Fred Briskin
Produced by Eva Wolas
Written by Devery Freeman
Directed by Anton M. Leader
Director of photography Gert Andersen
Film editor Henry Batisa

Hosted by Robert Preston
cast
Dennis O'Keefe ..... Ben Birch
June Lockhart ...... Amy Mathewson
Paul Stewart ....... Martin Hoeffer
Romney Brent ....... Toby Mathewson
Henry Daniell ...... Hubbel
Ivan Triesault ..... Carl Kersch

Charles Watts ...... Emerson Fricke
John Crawford ...... Gunman
Chet Stratton ...... Bergstrom
Jason Johnson ...... Watchman
Synopsis 1:

Shortly after the death of a wealthy civic leader, Leland T. Mathewson,
reporter Ben Birch is assigned to do a series on his life. As he
interviews the man's daughter and son, he feels they are withholding
information from him. Since Mathewson's life appears to be highly
respectable, Birch can't understand the secrecy. Then he learns from the
dead man's valet that Mathewson left a letter divulging his part in a
public swindle. Birch immediately sets out to uncover the fraud, little
knowing that the death of an innocent man is imminent. [RF]
Synopsis 2:
A reporter assigned to write a series of articles on a recently deceased civic

 leader learns that the man left a letter divulging his part in a public swindle and sets

 out to uncover the fraud, unaware that the death of an innocent man is imminent. [FMN]

1.10 [--] Playhouse 90: MADE IN HEAVEN
prod. #56-10
06Dec1956 CBS Thur
Produced by Martin Manulis
Written by Hagar Wilde, based on her stage play MADE IN HEAVEN (1946)
Directed by Ralph Nelson
Hosted by Peter Lawford
cast
Imogene Coca ....... Elsa Meredith
Robert Preston ..... Zachary Meredith
Phyllis Kirk ....... Nancy Tennant
Jacques Bergerac ... Laszlo Vertes
Eddie Mayehoff ..... Philip Dunlap
Sheila Bond ........ June
Benay Venuta ....... Marian Hunt
Mark Roberts ....... Mr. Tennant
Benny Baker ........ Bartender

Synopsis:
Returning from a cocktail party, a married couple get into a petty quarrel that

escalates and leads to their separation, after which the wife entertains a handsome

European from the cocktail party and the husband begins to fall for an attractive stranger. [FMN]

1.11 [--] Playhouse 90: SINCERELY, WILLIS WADE
prod. #56-11
13Dec1956 CBS Thur
Produced by Martin Manulis
Adapted by Frank Gilroy
Based on John P. Marquand's novel SINCERELY, WILLIS WAYDE (Little Brown, 1955)
Directed by Vincent J. Donehue
cast
Peter Lawford  ...... Willis Wayde
Charles Bickford ... Henry Harcourt
Sarah Churchill .... Bess Harcourt
Jeff Donnell ....... Sylvia
Jane Darwell ....... Mrs. Jacoby
Walter Abel ........ Mr. Wayde
Howard Smith ....... P.L. Nagle
Edmon Ryan ......... Bryson Harcourt

Katherine Squire ... Mrs. Wayde
Synopsis 1:
A wealthy mill owner gives increasing control of his company to the poor but

ambitious young man whose education he financed and who is in love with the

 tycoon's daughter. When a large corporation offers to buy the mill, planning to

demolish it and use the land for another project, the tycoon's protege tries

 to convince him not to sell. [FMN]

Synopsis 2:
Henry Harcourt, a wealthy mill owner, finances the college education of a poor but

ambitious boy, Willis Wayde. The young man is in love with Bess, Harcourt's daughter,

but knows she will never marry him unless he becomes successful in business and

attains social standing. After college, Willis proves his value to Harcourt. [RF]

1.12 [--] Playhouse 90: THE FAMILY NOBODY WANTED
prod. #56-12
20-Dec-1956 CBS Thur
Producer Martin Manulis
Adapted by George Bruce, Based on Helen Doss's book "The Family Nobody Wanted" (Little Brown, 1954)
Directed by John Frankenheimer
Host Dale Evans
cast
Nanette Fabray ..... Helen Doss
Lew Ayres ............. Carl Doss
Tim Hovey ............. Donny
Cherylene Lee ....... Asian Child
Dick Kay Hong ....... Timmy, Adopted Kid
Debby Hengen .......
Bill Goodwin
Stephen Wooten
Philip Coolidge
Nora Marlowe
Tyler McVey
Paul Birch
Helen Kleeb
and
Victor Sen Yung, Candace Lee, Warren Hsieh, Ruthie Robinson, Clifford Botelho, Milas Clark Jr.,Robin Lee, Barbara Joyce,
Dana Dillaway, Little Eagle Cody, Kay Colominas, Wendy Mukai, Kellogs Jung Jr.'Bruce Howard Irwin
Synopsis 1:
This is the story of a husband and wife who adopted 12 children of mixed ancestry. Often just scraping by, they had a lot of
love to share. Helen relates her experiences of dragging husband
Carl along in the bumpy journey of building their family. [RF]
Synopsis 2:
Unable to have children of their own, a poor divinity student and his wife become determined to adopt a baby and wind up with
a dozen conventionally unadoptable youngsters of mixed races. [FMN]
*Note: The children were played by the same children used in the motion picture "The King and I".

1.13 [--] Playhouse 90: MASSACRE AT SAND CREEK (film)
prod. #56-13
27Dec1956 CBS Thur
Screen Gems Filmed Presentation
Produced by William Sackheim
Written by William Sackheim
Directed by Arthur Hiller
Director of photography Ray Cory
Film editor Henry Batista
cast
Everett Sloane ..... Colonel John Templeton
Gene Evans ......... Sergeant Maddox
John Derek ......... Lieutenant Norman Tucker
William Schallert .. Captain Kingsley, Defense Attorney at Court-Martial
Roy Roberts ........ Colonel Collery
H.M. Wynant ........ Free Horse (as Haim Winant)
Marshall Bradford... Officer Presiding at Court-Martial
Rick Vallin ........ Henshaw
Ben Wright ......... Prosecuting Attorney at Court-Martial
Michael Granger .... Little River

Anthony Lawrence ... Reed
William Bryant ..... Calhoun
Ken Mayer .......... Major Downing

Robert Bice ........ The Chief (uncredited)

William Henry ...... Townsman (uncredited)
Robert Shield ...... Griever (uncredited)
Synopsis:
A drama set in 1860s Colorado about the tragically manipulative ways
of a U.S. Army colonel who forces the Cheyenne to fight a battle they
want to avoid. Seeking fame and the rank of a general, the self-serving
colonel drives the Cheyenne warriors into an unprotected region known as
Sand Creek. Despite the efforts of a young U.S. soldier intent on saving
them, the Indians were massacred. [RF]

Synopsis 2:
The Indian-hating colonel in charge of troops stationed in Kansas forces the Cheyennes

to move from their fertile homeland to the barren Sand Creek area. When he orders

his regiment to fire on the sleeping and unarmed tribe, a young lieutenant refuses

to obey the command. [FMN]

1.14 [--] Playhouse 90: SNOWSHOES: A COMEDY OF PEOPLE AND HORSES
prod. #56-14
03Jan1957 CBS Thur
Written by Bob Barbash & George Bruce

Directed by Ralph Nelson
Hosted by John Kerr
cast
Barry Sullivan ..... Hard Boiled Harry
Stuart Erwin ....... Sentimental Mousie
Marilyn Maxwell .... Dolly
Wallace Ford ....... Rebel
John Carradine ..... Felix the Great
Kenny Delmar ....... Parker
Addison Richards
Harpo Marx
Synopsis:
Two Runyonesque characters who have gone broke betting on hot tips at the

 racetrack decide to make their fortune by having a mesmerist hypnotize their

horse into winning every race. [FMN]

1.15 [--] Playhouse 90: THE NINTH DAY
prod. #56-15
10Jan1957 CBS Thur
Produced by Martin Manulis
Written by Dorothy Baker & Howard Baker

Based on their story, Mr. & Mrs. McAdam
Directed by John Frankenheimer
cast
John Kerr ......... David McAdam
Piper Laurie ...... Ruth
James Dunn ........ Jackson
Victor Jory ....... Rev. Mr. Powell
Mary Astor ........ Virginia Jackson
Elizabeth Patterson ... Aunt Ida
Synopsis:
The only young man in a small group who have lived in the desert for 20 years

after a third world war rebels against the group and tries to run away, hoping

to find other communities of survivors, but is told by the elders that he must stay

and marry the group's only young woman. [FMN]
*

*Note: "A Very Special Love (Song for 'The Ninth Day')" from
the CBS Playhouse 90 TV production "The Ninth Day" composed by Robert Allen.

1.16 [--] Playhouse 90: SO SOON TO DIE (film)
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2I3bSMYD0Fk
prod. #56-16
17-Jan-1957 CBS Thur (rerun 25Jul57)
Written by Marc Brandel
Based on Jeremy York's novel SO SOON TO DIE (Stanley Paul 1955, Scribner 1957)
Directed by John Brahm
Host Dan O'Herlihy
cast
Richard Basehart .... Lionel Amblin
Anne Bancroft ......... Isobel Waring
Sebastian Cabot ..... Blaize
Lester Matthews ..... Colonel McKinley
Torin Thatcher ......... Sergeant Galloway
Larry Gelbmann ....... Sam
Victoria Ward .......... Jane Lovett
Ben Wright .............. Harold Bond
Barbara Morrison .... Mrs. Trabert
Tita Purdom ............. Grace Pell
Ruth Clifford ............. Millie
John Close ............... Jack Haines
Judd Holdren ............ Ronald Muir
Richard Peel ............ Ted
Arthur Tovey ............ Street person
Kenner G. Kemp ...... Dining guest
Synopsis 1:
A young woman is pursued by an unemployed actor who is being paid to kill her. [RF]
Synopsis 2:
An unemployed actor is hired to kill a girl before she reaches her 25th birthday. He becomes curious as
to why she must die, and begins an investigation of the girl and her friends. [RF]


1.17 [--] Playhouse 90: THE STAR WAGON
prod. #56-17
24Jan1957 CBS Thur
Written by James P. Cavanagh
Based on Maxwell Anderson's stage play THE STAR-WAGON (1937)

Directed by Vincent J. Donehue
cast:
Diana Lynn ........ Martha Minch
Eddie Bracken ..... Stephen Minch
Jackie Coogan ..... Hanus Wicks
Margaret Hayes .... Halle Arlington
William Bishop .... Charles Duffy
Billie Burke ...... Mrs. Rutledge
Synopsis 1:
When a beleaguered inventor completes a time-traveling machine he dubs
"the Star Wagon," he uses it himself, going back to examine his own life,
his state of happiness, and whether or not he married the right woman. [RF]

Synopsis 2:
A timid inventor who works for a an exploitive boss spends company time collaborating

 with his boyhood friend on a time machine. When the boss fires the inventor and orders

the machine destroyed, the two friends decide to go back in the machine to 1926 when

 they were young and full of dreams. [FMN]
* Note this episode was made into a feature film in 1966 also called
"The Star Wagon" starring Dustin Hoffman.

1.18 [--] Playhouse 90: THE GREER CASE
prod. #56-18
31Jan1957 CBS Thur
Written by Whitfield Cook

Based on David W. Peck's book THE GREER CASE (Simon & Schuster, 1955)
Directed by Ralph Nelson
cast
Melvyn Douglas ..... Howard Hoagland
Zsa Zsa Gabor ...... Erika Segnitz
Edmund Gwenn ....... Jack Baldwin
Anita Louise ....... Mabel Seymour Greer
Raymond Burr ....... Lester Friedman
Una Merkel ......... Louise Hoagland
Jane Darwell ....... Annie Jackson
Philip Reed ........ Francis Wells
Alan Marshal ....... Raymond Armbruster
Synopsis 1:
A wealthy New York widow died, leaving greater portion of her estate to
Harvard University. She married wealthy businessman late in life,
presumably dying without leaving any descendants. Plaintiff brings suit
claiming he is her son whom she abandoned at birth. [RF]
Synopsis 2:
On her deathbed a wealthy New York widow tells her attorney that she wants to change

her will, which leaves her fortune to Harvard University, in favor of the baby she had

abandoned more than 60 years earlier. When she dies before signing the new will,

a legal struggle breaks out between Harvard, the now middle-aged child,

and the New York County Public Administrator. [FMN]

1.19 [--] Playhouse 90: THE MIRACLE WORKER (Live)
prod. #56-19
07Feb1957 CBS Thur
Produced by Martin Manulis
Written by William Gibson
Directed by Arthur Penn
Hosted by Mickey Rooney
cast
Patricia McCormack .. Helen Keller
Teresa Wright ....... Annie Sullivan
Burl Ives ........... Captain Keller
John Barrymore Jr. .. James Keller
Akim Tamiroff ....... Mr. Anagnos
Katharine Bard ...... Kate Keller
Carroll McComas ..... Aunt Ev
Pauline Myer ........ Viney
Milas G. Clark Jr ... Percy
Jason Johnson ....... Doctor
Synopsis 1:
Young Helen Keller, blind, deaf, and mute since infancy because of a
severe case of scarlet fever, is in danger of being sent to an institution.
Her inability to communicate has left her frustrated and violent.
Unable to communicate her desires, the isolated Helen flew into uncontrollable
rages that terrified her helpless family. In desperation, her parents seek help
from the Perkins Institute, which sends them a "half-blind Yankee schoolgirl"
named Annie Sullivan to tutor their daughter. [RF]

Synopsis 2:
Late in the 19th century, an institution for the blind sends a 21-year-old Irish girl

 to work with a child who's unable to see, hear or speak. [FMN]
Note:
Emmy nominations for directing, writing, and acting (Teresa Wright).

1.20 [--] Playhouse 90: THE COMEDIAN
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9vdpFeiS2A#aid=P7wO-r6nxjA
prod. #56-20
14-Feb-1957 CBS Thur
Produced by Martin Manulis
Written by Rod Serling
Based on Ernest Lehman's novelet "The Comedian" (collected in THE COMEDIAN AND OTHER STORIES, Signet pb #1446, 1957)
Directed by John Frankenheimer
Host Claudette Colbert
cast
Mickey Rooney ....... Sammy Hogarth
Edmond O'Brien ...... Al Preston
Kim Hunter .............. Julie Hogarth
Mel Torme ............... Lester Hogarth
Constance Ford ....... Connie
Whit Bissell .............. Elwell
King Donovan .......... the Director
Eddie Ryder ............. Jake
H.M. Wynant ............ Sonny
Mike Ross ................ the Masseur
*
Story Editor ... Peter Kortner
Assistant to the Producer ... Russell Stoneham
Associate Story Editor ... Del Reisman
Art Director ... Walter Scott Herndon
Music Supervisor ... Fred Steiner
Associate Director ... James Clark
Technical Director ... Brooks Graham
Lighting Director ... Tom D. Schamp
Set Decorator .... Buck Henshaw
Synopsis 1:
Sammy Hogarth has reached the top of his profession as a TV comedian. But though his audience loves him, his co-workers hate him. They know him
as an egotistical, petty tyrant. What keeps them from quitting is money--his salaries are the best in the business. Hogarth's head writer is Al Preston,
and Al is in a jam. He has run out of ideas, can't think up anything Sammy will accept for the next show. In fact, Sammy threatens to fire Al unless he
comes up with some especially clever and unusual material for that show. [RF]
Synopsis 2:
An egotistical TV comic threatens to fire his head writer unless he comes up with especially clever and unusual material for his next show. [FN]
Note:
Emmy for outstanding single program and writing. Nominations for directing and acting (Mickey Rooney).
.
1.21 [--] Playhouse 90: ONE COAT OF WHITE
prod. #56-21
21Feb1957 CBS Thur
Written by Leonard Spigelgas
Based on H. Allen Smith's short story
Directed by Ralph Nelson
cast
Paul Henreid ........ Roland Lautisse
Claudette Colbert ... Betsy Gregg
Leif Erickson ....... Ben Riggs
Larry Blyden ........ Luke
Mark Roberts ........ Bill
Darlene Albert ...... Marietta
Synopsis:
A widow in her forties on her first trip to Europe leaves her guided tour in

disgust and becomes acquainted with a charming French painter. [FMN]

1.22 [--] Playhouse 90: THE BLACKWELL STORY (film)
prod. #56-22
28Feb1957 CBS Thur
Produced by Eva Wolas
Written by Mel Barr
Story by Lloyd C. Douglas (based on his unproduced film script)
Directed by James Neilson
Director of photography Gert Andersen
Film editor Robert L. Swanson
Hosted by Frank Lovejoy
cast
Joanne Dru ......... Elizabeth Blackwell
Dan O'Herlihy ...... Dr. Keller
Charles Korvin ..... Dr. Von Neff
Marshall Thompson .. David
Keith Larsen ....... Howard
Wilton Graff ....... Samuel Blackwell
Philip Tonge ....... Dean Parkington
Paul Keast ......... Dean Robertson
Damian O'Flynn ..... Dr. McKay
Joanna Barnes ...... Ellen Blackwell
Harvey Stephens .... Dr. Adams

Royal Dano

Barbara Hale
Synopsis 1:
A drama about the numerous obstacles faced by a young student who is intent
on becoming the first woman doctor in the United States. Set in the late 1830's,
the program examined her dedication, her love interests, and her efforts to
modernize antiquated O.R. procedures which she feels are life-threatening. [RF]
Synopsis 2:
In 1849 Elizabeth Blackwell became America's first woman doctor. But the road
to that accomplishment had been filled with obstacles. Her father had opposed
her ambition. Nearly every medical school in the country rejected her application.
The one exception was Geneva College of Medicine in New York State, where authorities
thought that the application filed by E. Blackwell came from a man. And had it not
been for one member of the board of admissions, she might still have been turned down. [RF]

1.23 [--] Playhouse 90: INVITATION TO A GUNFIGHTER
prod. #56-23
07-Mar-1957 CBS Thur
Produced by Martin Manulis
Written by Leslie Stevens
Story by Hal Goodman & Larry Klein
Directed by Arthur Penn
Host Jack Palance
cast
Hugh O'Brian ........ Matt Jeffers
Gilbert Roland ...... Dancer
Pat O'Brien .......... Sheriff Kyle Bickford
Anne Bancroft....... Julie Bickford
Ray Collins .......... Harris Clayton
Milton Parsons ..... Tuttle
Adam Williams ...... Medford
Don Beddoe ......... McKeever
John Shay ............ Hollard
Paul Brinegar ........ Baxter
Ann Barton ............ Mrs. Medford
Joe Perry .............. Deputy Blue
Synopsis 1:
Deputized by the frontier town of Pecos with special privileges in order to
deal with a troublesome local, a wayward mercenary turns out to be quite a handful himself. [RF]
Synopsis 2:
A Confederate veteran returns from the Civil War to find his property seized because he fought on the wrong side.
When he sets out to recover what belongs to him, the townspeople hire a gunman to stop him. [FN]

1.24 [--] Playhouse 90: THE LAST TYCOON
prod. #56-24
14Mar1957 CBS Thur
Produced by Martin Manulis
Written by Don M. Mankiewicz
Based on F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel THE LAST TYCOON (Scribner, 1941)
Directed by John Frankenheimer
Hosted by Hedda Hopper
cast
Jack Palance ...... Monroe Stahr
Keenan Wynn ....... Lou Myrick
Peter Lorre ....... Pete Zavras
Viveca Lindfors ... Kathleen Moore
Lee Remick ........ Cecelia Brady
Robert F. Simon ... Brady
John Hudson ....... Wylie White
Reginald Denny .... Dean
William Roerick ... Kellogg
Helen Kleeb ....... Birdy
Arthur Batanides .. Van Dyke
Edward McNally .... Whitey
Synopsis:
Monroe Stahr, an old pro, heads a movie studio that seems headed for
financial trouble. Under pressure from the stockholders to turn out a
box-office hit, he decides to spend even more money on their latest film.
In its present state, he's convinced it's a dud. But with some new work,
and a new director, he's equally convinced it can be converted into a smash.
But as he proceeds with his revision of the film, a new element is introduced
into the situation. Stahr, one of the enterprising veterans of Hollywood,
finds he is being kept under the eagle eye of financial expert Lou Myrick.
In his turbulent business and personal life, Stahr realizes that Myrick is
about to play a crucial role. [RF]

Synopsis 2:
The veteran head of a floundering studio decides to spend a fortune turning

 the studio's latest film from a dud into a smash hit but finds his decisions

challenged by the studio's financial expert. [FMN]

1.25 [--] Playhouse 90: THE HOSTESS WITH THE MOSTESS
prod. #56-25
21Mar1957 CBS Thur
Produced by Martin Manulis
Written by Speed Lamkin & Hagar Wilde
Directed by Paul Nickell
cast
Shirley Booth ..... Perle Mesta

Evelyn Rudie ....... Perle Mesta as a child
Shepperd Strudwick.. Charley Potter
Frank Milan ........ Philip Caldwell
Hedda Hopper ....... Maizie Weldon
Paul Millard ....... Forbes
Joan Wetmore ....... Emily
Robert Lowery ...... George Mesta
Edgar Barrier ...... Count
Louise Beavers ..... Mattie Mae
Synopsis 1:
Extroverted Washington DC socialite Perle Mesta became the self-proclaimed
"hostess with the mostess". [RF]
Synopsis 2:
A woman marries a steel manufacturer working in Washington during World War I

and begins to become famous as a party giver and a friend to the politically

 powerful, including future president Harry Truman. [FMN]

1.26 [--] Playhouse 90: CHARLEY'S AUNT
prod. #56-26
28Mar1957 CBS Thur
Produced by Martin Manulis
Written by Leslie Stevens
Based on Brandon Thomas' stage play CHARLEY'S AUNT (1892)
Directed by Arthur Penn
Hosted by Charles Bickford
cast
Art Carney .......... Lord Fancourt Babberly
Jeanette MacDonald .. Donna Lucia d'Alvadores
Orson Bean .......... Charley Wyckham
Tom Tryon ........... Jack Chesney

Jackie Coogan ....... Coach Sanderford
Sue Randall ......... Kitty Verdun
Richard Haydn ....... Stephen Spettigue
Venetia Stevenson ... Amy Spettigue
Gene Raymond ........ Colonel Sir Francis Chesney
Melville Cooper ..... Brassett the Valet
Synopsis:
Charley's real aunt, Donna Lucia ("from Brazil -- where the nuts come
from"). Charley and his chum Jack are Oxford students eagerly awaiting
the arrival of Charley's aunt so she can chaperone them while they
propose to their very proper sweethearts. However, Charley's aunt sends
word she isn't coming -- just as their fellow student Fancourt Babberly,
called various "Babbs" or "Fanny", receives delivery of the old lady
costume he is to wear in an amateur theatrical. Babbs is forced to masquerade

as the widowed millionairess, attracting proposals of marriage from fortune hunters

including Jack's reluctant but impoverished father, Lord Chesney. [RF]

Synopsis 2:
At the turn of the 20th century an easy-going Oxford student is asked by his two best

friends to impersonate the aunt of one of them so that with Ahere as chaperone they can

 properly have lunch with and propose to their respective girlfriends. [FMN]
*NOTE: A Web source claims Tom Tryon played Charley Wykeham

and Orson Bean played Jack Chesney. [FN]

1.27 [--] Playhouse 90: CLIPPER SHIP (film)
prod. #56-27
04Apr1957 CBS Thur
Produced by Lee Breslow
Written by Berne Giler
Based on a story by Stephen Longstreet
Directed by Oscar Rudolph
Director of photography Gert Andersen
Film editor Robert L. Swanson
cast
Charles Bickford .... Captain Joel Kingdom
Jan Sterling ........ Helen Ott
Steve Forrest ....... Matt Bowers
Helmut Dantine ...... Luis Obregon
Paul Fix............ Dr. Shaw
George Keymas ....... Reeder
Jack Grinnage ....... Jones
Synopsis 1:
A romance on the high seas revolving around the comely widow of a shipping
magnate, and her growing love for a handsome young political prisoner who
was scheduled to be put to death when the vessel reached its destination.
Though unyielding at first, the ship's stern captain eventually helped the
woman to make a clean getaway, with the condemned man in tow. [RF]
Synopsis 2:
Captain Joel Kingdom has only one love other than his ship the Sea Witch, and
that is the beautiful widow who owns it. On the eve of sailing for South America,
Kingdom learns disturbing facts about the widow and a political prisoner. [RF]

Synopsis 3:
On the eve of sailing for South America, the captain of a privately owned

clipper ship discovers that he has two passengers: the beautiful widow who

owns the vessel and a political prisoner who is being deported. [FMN]

1.28 [--] Playhouse 90: IF YOU KNOW ELIZABETH
prod. #56-28
11Apr1957 CBS Thur
Produced by Martin Manulis
Written by Tad Mosel
Directed by John Frankenheimer
cast
Claire Trevor ....... Elizabeth Owen
Gary Merrill ........ Walter Hubbard
Ernest Truex ........ Uncle John
Natalie Schafer ..... Geneva
Joe Sweeney ......... Mr. Owen
Doro Merande ........ Mrs. Adolph
Stephen Wootton ..... Schudy
Joi Lansing ......... Miss Swanson
Synopsis:
A College Professor searches for his fiancee, who vanished after learning that he was

marrying her as a step in his plan to become President of the University, and

discovers that each of her friends sees her differently from the others. [FMN]

*Note: Bette Davis was set to star in this episode, but shortly before rehearsals

 were set to begin, she told Martin Manulis that she was too exhausted to make

 the 15 costume changes required. Manulis statement, "I got the impression Bette

really didn't want to do it for whatever reason, I'd love to work with her. Who wouldn't?

When she's ready, I'll find something for her. Some have speculated that Bette

 was scared to perform live as David Niven was. (From article in 31May58 TVGuide).

1.29 [--] Playhouse 90: THREE MEN ON A HORSE
prod. #56-29
18-Apr-57 CBS Thur

Adapted by A.J. Russell
Based on John Cecil Holm & George Abbott's

stage play THREE MEN ON A HORSE (1935)
Directed by Arthur Hiller
cast

Jack Carson ....... Patsy
Mona Freeman ...... Audrey Trowbridge
Johnny Carson ..... Erwin Trowbridge
Carol Channing .... Mabel
Larry Blyden ...... Clarence
Allen Jenkins ..... Harry
Edward Everett Horton ... Mr. Carver
Frank McHugh ...... Charlie
Arnold Stang ...... Frankie
Jane Darwell ...... Lady on Bus
Synopsis 1:
A hen-pecked husband from the suburbs becomes caught up in the clutches
of big-time horse betting. Although Erwin Trowbridge has an uninspiring job
writing greeting card verses for a living, he has a special talent for picking
winners - even though he never places a bet. When Erwin inadvertently falls
into the company of two men and a woman whose 'profession' is betting on
the horses they decide to exploit their new find to the limit. [RF]

Synopsis 2:
A mild-mannered greeting card poet is kidnapped by three Runyonesque

gangsters who have learned of his unique talent for picking horses. [FMN]
*Note: Frank McHugh also starred in the 1936 film version
"Three Men On A Horse".

1.30 [--] Playhouse 90: FOUR WOMEN IN BLACK (film)
prod. #56-30
25Apr1957 CBS Thur
Produced, Written & Directed by Bernard Girard
cast
Helen Hayes ........ Sister Theresa
Ralph Meeker ....... Carbine Webb
Katy Jurado ........ Sister Monica
Janice Rule ........ Sister Martha
Narda Onyx ......... Sister Hyacinth
Lita Milan ......... Carmen
Rudy Alonzo ........ Pepito
Jim Davis .......... Sheriff
Synopsis 1:
Based on the true story of four pioneering nuns in 1870 as they journeyed in a covered
wagon from Santa Fe across the desert to Tucson to establish a mission hospital.
En route, they are stranded when their horse is stolen, and are found by a
cowboy, Carbine Webb, who is fleeing from an avenging posse. They ask his aid.
Reluctantly, Carbine escorts them to the nearest trading post, and then rides on alone,
relieved to have them off his conscience. But he's soon overtaken by the four
women, who thank him profusely for his help. They are about to continue
on alone when Carbine yells a warning. There's an Apache smoke signal ahead. [RF]

Synopsis 2:
Four nuns journeying across the desert in a covered wagon are stranded

when their horse in stolen. A cowboy fleeing from an avenging posse finds them and

reluctantly escorts them to the nearest trading post. While the nuns are thanking him

profusely, the cowboy sees an Apache smoke signal ahead. [FMN]

1.31 [--] Playhouse 90: CHILD OF TROUBLE
prod. #56-31
02-May-1957 CBS Thur
Adapted by James P. Cavanaugh
Based on an original story by Selma Robinson
Directed by Paul Nickell
cast
Patty McCormack ...... Toby Green
Ricardo Montalban .... Teddy Green
Joan Blondell ........ Helen Green
Lillian Roth ......... Irene Contino
Chester Morris ....... Warden
Richard Arlen ........ Louis Contino
Frank Puglia ......... Green, Sr.
Synopsis:
The teen-age daughter of a convict comes from school to hear the news reports of a prison uprising led by her father,
who has threatened to kill he guards he holds as hostages if a single shot is fired. She calls the prison, pleads with
her father to release the hostages and, when that fails, goes to the prison to beg for the guards lives. [FMN]
* Note:
Selma Robinson has had several short stories and articles published. She is responsible for the Betsy McCall paper doll series.

1.32 [--] Playhouse 90: HOMEWARD BORNE (film)
prod. #56-32
09May1957 CBS Thur
Written by Halsted Welles
Based on Ruth Chatterton's novel HOMEWARD BORNE (Simon & Schuster, 1950)
Directed by Arthur Hiller
Director of Photography Gert Andersen
Film editor Robert Swanson
cast
Richard Kiley ........ Bob Lyttleton
Linda Darnell ........ Meg Lyttleton
Keith Andes .......... Andy Colby
Richard Eyer ......... Tommy Lyttleton
Rene Korper .......... Ben
Sarah Selby .......... Secretary
Pauline Myers ........ Louise
Steve Firstman ....... Paul
Synopsis 1:
Home from the war, a pilot begins to fear that he is unwanted after he
discovers that his wife has adopted a war orphan. [RF]
Synopsis 2:
A fighter pilot returns home to his wife and young son after years in service,
hoping to forget the ordeal he has been through. To his surprise, he
learns that his wife has adopted a young war orphan. The ex-pilot
resents the boy for reminding him of the war. [RF]

Synopsis 3:
Returning home to his wife and young son after years of service, a fighter

pilot discovers that his wife has adopted a war orphan, and that he resents

the boy for reminding him of his war ordeals. [FMN]

1.33 [--] Playhouse 90: THE HELEN MORGAN STORY
prod. #56-33
16May1957 CBS Thur

POLLY BERGEN sings HELEN MORGAN May 16, 1957

Script by Leonard Spigelgass & Paul Monash
Based on an original story by Lulu Morgan
(Written by Stephen Longstreet, other source)
Directed by George Roy Hill (Emmy Nomination)
Host Dana Wynter
cast
Polly Bergen ......... Helen Morgan
Sylvia Sidney ........ Lulu Morgan
Hoagy Carmichael ..... Marty Dix
Benay Venuta ......... Texas Guinan
Robert Lowery ........ Roy Patterson
Reginald Denny ....... George White
Ronnie Burns ......... Bobby Talbot
Lili Gentle .......... Marilyn Flood
Synopsis 1:
Story of the rise and fall of a tortured Helen Morgan. [RF]

Synopsis 2:
After discovering that the father she believed dead is alive and an alcoholic,

 the 17-year-old girl who was to become the famous 1920s torch singer vows

that she will never be dependent on anyone. [FMN]
*Note: Polly Bergen won an Emmy for her performance.

The Polly Bergen Show (NBC) (1957-58)

1.34 [--] Playhouse 90: WINTER DREAMS
prod. #56-34
23May1957 CBS Thur
Produced by Martin Manulis
Written by John P. Cavanagh
Based on F. Scott Fitzgerald's short story "Winter Dreams"

(Metropolitan Magazine, December 1922;

collected in ALL THE SAD YOUNG MEN, Scribner 1926)
Directed by John Frankenheimer
cast
Dana Wynter ......... Judy
John Cassavetes ..... Dexter Green
Mildred Dunnock ..... Martha Green
Darryl Hickman ...... Larry
Phyllis Love ........ Irene

Joseph Sweeney ...... Mr. Gordon
Robert F. Simon ..... Joe Green
Raymond Bailey ...... Mr. Holt
Peter Votrian ....... Dexter as a child
Howard Wendell ...... Mr. Hedrich
Thomas Palmer ....... Mr. Sandwood
Lana Wood ........... Judy as a child
Helen Kleeb ......... the Nurse
Howard Price ........ McKenna
Synopsis 1:
For most of his young life, Dexter Green has been molded by the dreams
and ambitions of two people: his mother, who wanted him to achieve
financial success; and his father, who wanted his son to be content with
a peaceful way of life. Now he is a young man financially and personally
successful and a member of the town's society. As the play opens,
Dexter has just announced his engagement to Irene Hedrich, a good,
sensible girl. Then the sudden reappearance of Judy Holt brings all his
plans to a halt. Judy is the rich girl he has dreamed of and loved for
years--even hoped to marry, but who thought of him as only one of her
many admirers. Now her declaration of love starts him
remembering the past years and his own dreams. [RF]

Synopsis 2:
A successful young man has just announced his engagement to a good sensible

women when the sudden reappearance of the rich girl he has dreamed of

and loved for years leads him to rethink his life. [FMN]
*Note: Actor Joseph Sweeney was a last minute-replacement for Edmund Gwenn,

who was slated to play the role of Mr. Gordon

1.35 [--] Playhouse 90: CIRCLE OF THE DAY
prod. #56-35
30May1957 CBS Thur

Script by Edna Anhalt
Based on Helen Howe's novel CIRCLE OF THE DAY (Simon & Schuster, 1950)
Directed by Arthur Hiller
cast
Nancy Kelly .......... Barbara Millet
Michael Rennie ....... Eric Millet
Zsa Zsa Gabor ........ Marta Lorenz
Pamela Mason ......... Mona
Portland Mason ....... Jane Millet
Gladys Cooper ........ Mrs. Millet
Mary Wickes .......... Grace
Synopsis:
On her daughter's eighth birthday, the wife of a theatrical booking agent learns

 that a client and old flame of her husband=s has been killed in a plane crash and

 begins to suspect that he was having an affair with the dead woman. [FMN]

1.36 [--] Playhouse 90: WITHOUT INCIDENT (film)
prod. #56-36
06Jun1957 CBS Thur
Filmaster Productions, Inc.
Filmed on location in Arizona.
Produced and Directed by Charles Marquis Warren
Written by David Victor & Herbert Little Jr.
Story by Charles Marquis Warren

Director of photography Joseph Biroc
Music score by Bernard Herrmann
cast
Errol Flynn .......... Capt. Russell Bidlack
Ann Sheridan ......... Kathy
John Ireland ......... Sgt. Turley
Julie London ......... Angela
H.M. Wynant
Rudolfo Acosta
John Pickard
Irene Tedrow
Richard Shannon
Bing Russell
with
Duane Gray, Jack Lomas, Rush Williams
Pat O'Moore, Richard Golden, Mike Regan
Al Wyatt, Sheb Wooley
Synopsis 1:
Captain Russell Bidlack, commander of a U.S. Cavalry unit in 1870,
determines to complete a rescue mission through dangerous Indian
territory. In the course of the mission, he rescues the wives of
two slain traders and captures the Indian chief accused of the
murders. When he returns to the fort, he's faced with a revolt
among his own men. [RF]

Synopsis 2:
The commander of a U.S. cavalry unit rescues the wives of two slain traders

and captures the Indian chief accused of their murders, only to be faced with

a revolt among his man when he returns to the fort. [FMN]

1.37 [--] Playhouse 90: CLASH BY NIGHT
prod. #56-37
13Jun1957 CBS Thur
Produced by Martin Manulis
Written by F.W. Durkee Jr.
Based on Clifford Odets' stage play CLASH BY NIGHT (1941)
Directed by John Frankenheimer
cast

Kim Stanley .......... Mae Wilenski
Lloyd Bridges ........ Earl Pfeiffer
E.G. Marshall ........ Jerry Wilenski
Edgar Stehli ......... Vincent Kress
John Bleifer ......... Mr. Wilenski
Synopsis 1:
An unhappy woman who returns to her coastal California hometown and
marries local fisherman, only to find herself attracted to his best friend. [RF]

Synopsis 2:
The discontented and restless wife of a struggling man finds herself attracted to an

 old friend of his whom her husband generously invites to move into the spare room. [FMN]

1.38 [--] Playhouse 90: AIN'T NO TIME GLORY
prod. #56-38
20Jun1957 CBS Thur

Screen Gems, Inc.
Written by Malvin Wald & Jack Jacobs
Directed by Oscar Rudolph
Director of photography, Gert Andersen
Produced by Eva Wolas 

Hosted by Barry Sullivan
cast
Gene Barry ........... Lt. Roy Koalton
John Drew Barrymore .. Lt. Stegel
Bruce Bennett ....... Lt. Col. Steven Granville
Richard Jaeckel ...... Sgt. Luke Mertz
Eddie Ryder .......... Sgt. J.C. Webbner
Joe De Santis ........ Maurice Remy
Dan Barton ........... Cpl. Joe Kelson
John Beradino ........ Sgt. Gus Prados
William Bryant ....... Pfc. Paul Tanier
Synopsis 1:
A World War II drama about a self-styled American C.O. and his dedicated
troops, who used their minds, rather than their weapons, to take over a
strategic Nazi outpost at Normandy. [RF]

Synopsis 2:
An American officer during World War II, ordered to capture an enemy fortress

before a full scale attack is launched, discovers that two of his men have been wounded

and taken captive and decides on a dangerous mission to save them. [FMN]

1.39 [--] Playhouse 90: THE FABULOUS IRISHMAN
prod. #56-39
27Jun1957 CBS Thur
written by Elick Moll
directed by John Frankenheimer
cast:
Art Carney ......... Robert Briscoe
Katharine Bard ..... Lillian Isaacs
Michael Higgins .... Jamie Farrow
Charles Davis ...... Sean O'Brien
Eli Mintz .......... Mr. Isaacs
George Mathews ..... Mellows
David Opatoshu
Berta Gersten
Synopsis:
Based on the great Robert Briscoe, founder-member of Fianna Fáil. TD
Dublin City South 1927-65. Elected to Dublin City Council 1930; lord
mayor 1956 and 1961. Appointed to Council of State 1965. Led a delegation
of the World Zionist Organization to seek international support for the
settlement of Jews in Palestine 1939. Toured the Middle East on a
trade mission 1945, the first of many to publicize Irish goods abroad. [RF]
Synopsis 2:
In 1918, at the age of 23, Briscoe is swept up in the fever of the
Irish rebellion against Britain. He joins the Irish Republican Army
and becomes a follower of Eamon de Valera and a member of the Sinn Fein,
an Irish nationalist movement working to establish home rule for Ireland.
Briscoe carries out man secret assignments for the cause of freedom.
By day he works as a respectable wool salesman, by night as a notorious
arms smuggler, "Capt. Swift". Then a truce with England results in a split
between the Sinn Fein and the Irish Republican Army which sets Irishman
against Irishman. Briscoe continues the battle, this time against the Irish
conservatives, and soon an order is issued that he be shot on sight. [RF]
*Note: In June 1956, Robert Briscoe was elected Lord Mayor of Dublin, the first man of the
Jewish faith to hold this office. While the world was surprised, Ireland was not, for Robert
Briscoe is a noted Irish patriot. During his recent visit to the U.S., arrangements were
made to present his life story in dramatic form on Playhouse 90.

 

[--] 25Jul57 CBS Thur - Rerun of #1.16 "So Soon to Die" (first aired 17Jan57)

 

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