CTVA US Anthology - "Pond's Theater" (ABC)(1955)

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Pond's Theater  (new sponsor/ new title for "Kraft Television Theatre")(13Jan55-7Jul55)
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)

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POND'S THEATER

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ABC Thursdays 9:30-10:30

When Kraft decided to drop the Thursday night version on ABC,

Pond's took over the sponsorship and retitled the series "Pond's Theater" 

 

 Episode numbers continue from  Kraft Telvision Theatre (season 2) (ABC) (1954-55)

 

2.16 [--] Pond's Theater:  THE HICKORY LIMB

13Jan1955 ABC Thur

starring

Mary Astor

Mildred Dunnock

Phyllis Love

Gene Raymond

Sylvia Sidney

 

2.17 [--] Pond's  Theater:  THE RUGGED MOUNTAINS

20Jan1955 ABC Thur

starring

Lori March

Rex Thompson

 

2.18 [--] Pond's  Theater:  THE CORNERED MAN

27Jan1955 ABC Thur

starring

Buster Crabbe

Dick Davalos

Horace McMahon

 

2.19 [--] Pond's Theater:  THIRTY, HONEY, THIRTY

03Feb1955 ABC Thur

starring

Charlotte Rae

Ernest Truex

 

2.20 [--] Pond's Theater:  PROLOGUE TO GLORY

10Feb1955 ABC Thur

written by E.P. Conkle

starring
Del Yarnell ........ Lincoln
Elizabeth Ross ....... Ann Rutledge
Russell Collins
Jane Walker
Synopsis:
Abe Lincoln's legendary "tragic love" for Ann Rutledge.

 

2.21 [--] Pond's Theater:  THE DOVER ROAD

17Feb1955 ABC Thur

adapted by Robert Howard Lindsay

story by A.A. Milne

guest cast:

John Cromwell ........ Mr. Lattimer

Leueen MacGrath ....... Anne

Larry Gates ....... Leonard

Claudia Morgan as Eustasia

Synopsis:

A wealthy man who lives on the Dover Road, traditional path of

elopers. His practice of forcing such couples to see one another

 in the sober light of home life in his house, leads to a personal

 involvement for him. [RF]

 

2.22 [--] Pond's Theater:  A SECOND CHANCE

24Feb1955 ABC Thur

written by Nicholas Baehr

starring

Ed Begley

Biff McGuire

Joanna Roos

 

2.23 [--] Pond's Theater:  ANNA CHRISTIE

03Mar1955 ABC Thur

story by Eugene O'Neill

starring

James Daly

Constance Ford

Everett Sloane

 

2.24 [--] Pond's Theater:  BILLY BUDD

10Mar1955 ABC Thur

story by Herman Melville

starring

Luther Adler

Geoffrey Horne

Joseph Wiseman

 

2.25 [--] Pond's  Theater:  THE SILVER BOX

17Mar1955 ABC Thur

written by John Galsworthy

starring

Tom Helmore

Roddy McDowall

 

2.26 [--] Pond's Theater:  AUTUMN CROCUS

24Mar1955 ABC Thur

starring

Carmen Mathews

Harry Townes

 

2.27 [--] Pond's Theater:  THE FORGER

31Mar1955 ABC Thur

starring

Leora Dana

Kurt Kasznar

 

2.28 [--] Pond's  Theater:  THE GLASS PARLOR

07Apr1955 ABC Thur

written by Hal Hackady

starring

Polly Rowles

 

2.29 [--] Pond's  Theater:  NO RIDERS

14Apr1955 ABC Thur

written by Wendell Mayes

starring

Jack Warden ....... Jack McCauley

Audra Lindley ....... Hazel McCauley

Jose Perez ....... Little Boy

Synopsis:

The death of their child almost wrecks the marriage of a truck

driver and his wife. Then one night he goes against company

regulations and picks up a Mexican waif on the road. [RF]

 

2.30 [--] Pond's Theater:  THUNDER ROCK

21Apr1955 ABC Thur

adapted from Robert McArdley's play

starring

John Baragrey

Sally Chamberlin

June Dayton

Dan Morgan

Alexander Scourby

George Voskovec

Synopsis:

An embittered idealist becomes a lighthouse keeper to escape

a world gone mad. In his solitude, he creates a ghost world peopled

with undefeated idealists of a previous age. [RF]

Myron McCormick played the role on Broadway in 1939 and

Michael Redgrave starred in the 1944 movie.

 

2.31 [--] Pond's Theater:  HANG UP MY GUNS

28Apr1955 ABC Thur

written by Wendell Mayes

starring

Bruce Gordon ....... Putnam Cox
Harry Townes ....... Pat Tinsley
Bob Shawley ........ Odie
John Shellie ....... Jim Renny

Synopsis:

In the Kentucky Hills in 1920's legends have grown about the Coxes,

the surviving family of an old mountain feud. One day their self-imposed

isolation is rudely threatened by the arrest of the son on a charge of murder. [RF]

*Note: This episode was restage with the same cast on Kraft Television Theatre 02Jan57.

 

2.32 [--] Pond's Theater:  CANDLE LIGHT

05May1955 ABC Thur

starring

John Baragrey

Michael Evans

Eva Gabor

Rebecca Sand

Joan Wetmore

 

2.33 [--] Pond's  Theater:  CYNARA

12May1955 ABC Thur

novel written by R.F. Gore-Brown

starring

E.G. Marshall ....... Jim

Joanne Woodward

Murray Matheson ....... Tring

Barbara Barrie

Patricia Englund

Ruth Matteson

Synopsis:

The story of a London attorney who, though married, becomes tragically

 involved with a shopgirl. Gore-Brown drew his title from the verse by

Ernest Dowson: "I have been faithful to thee, Cynara, in my fashion."

Philip Merivale appeared in the play when it was first produced on

Broadway in 1931.

 

2.34 [--] Pond's Theater:  THE WAYS OF COURAGE

19May1955 ABC Thur

starring

Edward Binns ....... Colonel Hendricks

Philip Abbott ....... Bruce

Michael Gorrin ....... Voronoff

Jerome Kilty ........ Kozlenko

Gena Rowlands ....... Janet

Allen Nourse ....... Dr. Brandt

Edgar Stehli ....... Dr. Ainsley

Gene Saks

Synopsis:

An elderly scientist is being held captive behind the Iron Curtain.

U.S. Military Intelligence asks the man's young protege to risk his

 life in order to rescue the scientist. [RF]

 

2.35 [--] Pond's Theater:  THE KINGDOM OF ANDREW JONES

26May1955 ABC Thur

written by Robert Shaw

starring

George Macready ....... Andrew Jones

Frances Brandt ....... Mrs. Jones

Bradford Dillman ....... Gerald Martinson

Audra Lindley ....... Amy Vetter

Synopsis:

A well-known playwright has written but one play. Though his students,

at the college where he teaches, admire him, his aged mother believes

his talent is already played out. [RF]

 

2.36 [--] Pond's Theater: THE SAND CASTLE (aka Erricka)

02Jun1955 ABC Thur

starring

Murray Matheson

Gaby Rodgers

Peter Turgeon

Synopsis:

Patricia Joudry has constructed a merry-go-round of psychological

complexes. It starts whirling when a middle-aged psychiatrist, an

expert on father-daughter relationships, marries a girl young enough

to be his daughter. [RF]

 

2.37 [--] Pond's Theater:  LIFE AND TAXES

09Jun1955 ABC Thur

starring

Alan Bunce

Polly Rowles

 

2.38 [--] Pond's  Theater:  MOTHER IS WATCHING

16Jun1955 ABC Thur

starring

Patricia Benoit

Richard Kendrick

Lin McCarthy

Katherine Meskill

 

2.39 [--] Pond's Theater:  THE FASCINATING STRANGER

23Jun1955 ABC Thur

starring

Larry Gates

Parker McCormick

Sidney Poitier

Nydia Westman

 

2.40 [--] Pond's Theater:  DEATH IS A SPANISH DANCER

30Jun1955 ABC Thur

written by Wendell Mayes

starring

Lee Grant

Cameron Prud'Homme

Luis Olivaresas Flamenco dancer

 

2.41 [--] Ponds Theater:  COQUETTE  (final episode of "Pond's Theater")

07Jul1955 ABC Thur

starring

John Cassavetes

Joan Lorring

Cameron Prud'Homme

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