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 Season 5 (NBC) (1953-54)
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by:  Rina Fox
references:
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######### Robert Montgomery Presents #########

############## season 5 1953-54 ##############

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        NBC Mondays 9:30 pm (Hour Long)

            

5.01 [--] Robert Montgomery presents: FIRST VICE PRESIDENT
31Aug1953 Original airdate
starring
Brian Donlevy
Olive Blakeney
June Dayton
Dean Harris

Synopsis:
A tyrannical business executive's dinner party turns disastrous

when his family, fed up with his controlling ways revolt.

 

5.02 [--] Robert Montgomery presents: PRIVATE PURKEY'S PRIVATE PEACE

07-Sep-1953 Original airdate

written by Irving Gaynor Neiman

starring
Jackie Cooper

5.03 [--] Robert Montgomery presents: LOST AND FOUND

14-Sep-1953 Original airdate

written by Agnes Eckhardt

starring

 Kent Smith

Doreen Lang

Lydia Reed

 Synopsis:

Two refugee children, found in a concentration camp,

 pose a problem for an English social worker.

 

5.04 [--] Robert Montgomery presents: SEPTEMBER TIME

prod #53-3788

21-Sep-1953 Original airdate

Sponsor: Lucky Strike Cigarettes

Director: Norman Felton

Writer: Thomas W. Phipps

starring

 Ruth Warrick ..... Marion Shaw

Scott Forbes

J. Scott Smart

Jon DeLeo

Synopsis:
Marion Shaw loses her voice and her singing career is over, she retreats

 to Cape Cod and meets a man who gives her a new purpose in life.

 

5.05 [--] Robert Montgomery presents: THE BIG MONEY

28-Sep-1953 Original airdate

written by Irving Gaynor Neiman

starring
Wendell Corey
Jeanne Shepherd

Synopsis:
A man believes that money can buy happiness when

he not only loses his money but his girl.

 

5.06 [--] Robert Montgomery presents: BREAKDOWN

prod #53-3993

05-Oct-1953 Original airdate

Sponsor: Lucky Strike Cigarettes

Director: Norman Felton

Writer: Adrian Spies

starring

Brian Aherne

 Margaret Phillips

Scott Forbes

 Frederic Worlock

Francis Compton

Horace Brenham

Synopsis:
A scientist faces a mental breakdown on the brink of

an important research experiment.

Notes: Subject - mental breakdown

 

5.07 [--] Robert Montgomery presents: A CRIMINAL ASSIGNMENT
12-Oct-1953
Written by Denis Green
starring
Sir Cedric Hardwicke
Harold Vermilyea
Halliwell Hobbes
Richard Ahern

Synopsis:
The British Secret Service release a known counterfeiter into

France to find two plates which they were unable to locate.

 

5.08 [--] Robert Montgomery presents: THE SUNDAY PUNCH

19-Oct-1953 Original airdate

written by Thomas C. Parisi

Sponsor: Lucky Strike Cigarettes

starring

 Gig Young

Barbara Joyce
Frank Wilson

Synopsis:

Prize fighter Tony Marino discovers that his greatest

weakness is his own sense of honesty and decency.

 

5.09 [--] Robert Montgomery presents: CAKES AND ALE

25-Oct-1953 Original airdate

From the novel by W. Somerset Maugham.
starring

Angela Lansbury
Bramwell Fletcher

Synopsis:
Local barmaid Rosie has quite a story to tell about her marriage to an unsuccessful

middle-aged writer and helped to guide him to becoming a successful one.

 

5.10 [--] Robert Montgomery presents: NO PICNIC AT MT. KENYA

02-Nov-1953 Original airdate

Sponsor: Lucky Strike Cigarettes

Writer: Irving Gaynor Neiman

Adapted from the book by Felice Venuzzi.

starring

Gary Merrill

George Chandler

Bruce Gordon

Ray Julian

Jan Merlin

 Buck Kartalian

Fred Scollay

Charles Benjamen

Bill Hellinger

Andy Sabilia

Jimmy Wall

 Mike Gazzo

 Ernest Sarracino

Matty Mario

 David Balfour

Synopsis:

The true story of three Italian POW's who escaped from a prison

compound in Africa to scale Mt. Kenya.

 

5.11 [--] Robert Montgomery presents: WEEKEND PASS
09Nov1953
written by Irving Gaynor Neiman
starring
Brian Keith

Synopsis:
A soldier on a weekend pass is determined to paint the

 town in New York City's hotspots.

 

5.12 [--] Robert Montgomery presents: THE DEEP SIX

16-Nov-1953 Original airdate

Sponsor: Lucky Strike Cigarettes

Director: Norman Felton

Writer: Robert R. Presnell, Sr.

Adapted from a novel by Martin Dibner

starring

John Payne....... Lt. Alex Austen

Stephen Courtleigh

Scott Forbes

Herbert Rudley

Donald McKee

Raymond Bramley

Terry Becker

Paul Clarke

Al Ramsen

 Leonard Barry

 Raymond Bruce

 Ray McDonnell

 Dennis McCarthy

Roberto Rodriguez

 Philip Foster

 Sidney Paul

Synopsis:

A story of life aboard a Navy cruiser in the Aleutians;

the clash of personalities and the presence of the Japanese enemy.

 

5.13 [--] Robert Montgomery presents: HARVEST

23-Nov-1953 Original airdate

Sponsor: Johnson's Wax

Director: James Sheldon

Writer: Sandra Mitchell

Choral director, Ray Porter.

starring

Dorothy Gish ......... Ellen Zalinka

Ed Begley ........... Karl Zalinka

Vaughn Taylor ............ Gramps

James Dean .......... Paul

 Reba Tassell ........ Arlene

John Connell ........ Chuck

John Dennis ....... Joe

Joseph Foley ....... Herb

Nancy Sheridan ........ Louise

 Mary Lou Taylor ....... Fran

Tommy Taylor ....... Kip

 Frank Tweddell ....... Mr. Franklin

 Pidge Jameson ....... Kitty

Peter Lazer ....... Billy

Synopsis:

This heartfelt story of the hopes and dreams of a Minnesota family

 striving against great odds to eke out a living on a small wheat farm.

Synopsis 2:
A farm family looks forward to the coming Thanksgiving with joy, until a series

of setbacks completely changes their life. [RF]

Notes: Subject - family farms
*

PRESERVATION HISTORY:

   Preserved by the UCLA Film and Television Archive from the

    original 16 mm. kinescope.

    Laboratory services by Film Technology Co., Inc.

 

5.14 [--] Robert Montgomery presents: THE SOPRANO AND THE PICCOLO PLAYER

30-Nov-1953 Original airdate

Sponsor: Lucky Strike Cigarettes

written by Mary Murry

starring

Francis L. Sullivan

Dana Wynter
*Note this role was originally set to be played by Eva Gabor but
due to illness Dana Wynter took over the role.

 

5.15 [--] Robert Montgomery presents: REALLY THE BLUES
07Dec1953 Original airdate
Written by Agnes Eckhardt

Adapted from the autobiography by jazz musician Mezz Mezzrow
starring
Jackie Cooper

Synopsis:
Jazz clarinetist and saxophonist Mezz Mezzrow was born in Chicago, Illinois.

Jazz was in his blood and so was his opium addiction and jail time.

Working at Capone's club during prohibition he really knew the blues.

5.16 [--] Robert Montgomery presents: NO VISIBLE MEANS
14Dec1953 Original airdate
written by Thomas W. Phipps & John McLain

starring
Robert Montgomery
Claudia Morgan
Patricia Breslin

Synopsis:
A smooth talker, Tom hooks up with Veronica a woman of means,

he soon loses interest in her when he meets Iris, who pretends

 to be something she is not.

 

5.17 [--] Robert Montgomery presents: WHAT ABOUT CHRISTMAS?

21-Dec-1953 Original airdate

written & directed by Norman Felton

starring
John Newland
Rex Thompson
Hugh Reilly

Anita Sharp-Bolster
Gage Clarke
Addison Richards
Gaye Jordan
Leona Powers

Synopsis:
Story about three people, one a lonely old man and his cat,

one an actor waiting for his big break and an obsessed scientist on Christmas.

 

5.18 [--] Robert Montgomery presents: THE GREATEST MAN IN THE WORLD

28-Dec-1953 Original airdate

written by Theodore & Mathilde Ferro

from the story by James Thurber
starring

Chester Morris

Synopsis:
A mechanic causes a sensation when he flies solo around the world.

 

5.19 [--]  Robert Montgomery presents: THE STEADY MAN

04-Jan-1954 Original airdate

written by Theodore & Matilde Ferro

starring

Leatrice Joy

June Lockhart

Arthur Franz

Synopsis:

A young married couple try to adopt a child.

 

5.20 [--] Robert Montgomery presents: A CASE OF IDENTITY

(aka The Identified Man)

11-Jan-1954 Original airdate

written by Adrian Spies
Based on a true story...made into the 1956 feature film The Wrong Man,

directed by Alfred Hitchcock
sponsored by Lucky Strike
starring
Robert Ellenstein  ... Manny Balestrero
Florence Anglin ..... Rose Balestrero
Synopsis:
A musician is accused and identified as the man who robbed an

insurance company office in a New York suburb,

despite his protestations of innocence.
 

5.21 [--] Robert Montgomery presents:  MACHINAL
18Jan1954
written by Irving Gaynor Neiman
starring
Robert Webber
Carol Stone
Malcolm Lee Beggs

Synopsis:
A young office worker marries her employer, whom she doesn't

love and after several years of boredom and unhappiness she

meets an attractive man.

 

5.22 [--] Robert Montgomery presents: RICHARD SAID NO

25-Jan-1954 Original airdate

starring

Phyllis Thaxter

John Newland

Lisa Farraday

Synopsis:
A publicist for a French perfumer runs into trouble

when he meets a female French publicist at a party,

during his jealous wife's absence.

 

5.23 [--] Robert Montgomery presents: THE 17th OF JUNE

01-Feb-1954 Original airdate

written by Irving Gaynor Neiman

Sponsor: Johnson's Wax

starring

 Wendell Corey

Synopsis:

A little man becomes a hero during the uprisings

in East Berlin on the 17th of June.

Based on a series of articles

 in the New Yorker by Joseph Wechberg.

 

5.24 [--] Robert Montgomery presents: MR. WHITTLE AND THE MORNING STAR

08-Feb-1954 Original airdate

written by Theodore & Mathilde Ferro

Adapted from the 1947 novel by Robert Nathan.

starring

 Elliott Nugent

Nancy Nugent (Elliott's real life daughter)
Flora Campbell
Rex Thompson
Vinton Hayworth
Synopsis:
A history professor decides that the world is coming to an end. [RF]

 

5.25 [--] Robert Montgomery presents: OUR HEARTS WERE YOUNG AND GAY

15-Feb-1954 Original airdate

Sponsor: Johnson's Wax

Written by Nathaniel Curtis
Based on the novel by Cornelia Otis Skinner & Emily Kimbrough
Directed by Perry Lafferty

starring

Elizabeth Montgomery ....... Cornelia Otis Skinner

Sally Kemp ....... Emily Kimbrough

Elliott Reid ....... Alistair Cochran

Cliff Robertson ....... Paul Smith

Marjorie Gateson ....... Mrs. Skinner

 John Griggs ....... Mr. Otis Skinner

Earl Hammond ....... Henri

Lucie Lancaster ....... Hawkins

Michael Dreyfus ....... Ralph

 Felix Deebank ....... Band Leader

 Stafford Dickens ....... The Steward

 Peter Pagan ....... The Guide

Synopsis:
The adventures of Cornelia and Emily aboard a luxury ship bound for Europe.

Note: Based on the autobiographical stories of  Cornelia Otis Skinner and Emily Kimbrough.

 

5.26 [--] Robert Montgomery presents: LAND OF HAPPINESS

22-Feb-1954 Original airdate

Adapted from a play by Hans Peter Falk-Ronne.

starring

 Osa Massen ....... Liz

Robert Wark ....... Erick Poulson

John Newland ....... Frederick Carstens

 Anne Seymour ....... Baroness

 Synopsis:

A wealthy Copenhagen girl marries a struggling young minister

and goes with him to a lonely Faeroe Island near Iceland. [RF]

 

5.27 [--] Robert Montgomery presents: SUCH A BUSY DAY TOMORROW

01-Mar-1954 Original airdate

written by Sandra Michael

starring

Walter Hampden

Russell Arms
Mary Fickett
Synopsis:
An old man believes he has outlived his usefulness. [RF]

 

5.28 [--] Robert Montgomery presents: THE PARADISE CAFE

08-Mar-1954 Original airdate

written by Adrian Spies

starring

 Barbara Baxley

James Dunn

Robert Webber
Collette Lyons
Synopsis:
A piano player with big dreams is surrounded by more dreamers.

 

5.29 [--] Robert Montgomery presents: THE QUALITY OF MERCY

15-March-1954 Original airdate

written by Irving Gaynor Neiman

starring

 Lillian Gish

Mario Alcalde
Synopsis:
Angry patrons call for the police when the baby of an

immigrant couple cries in a movie house. [RF]

 

5.30 [--] Robert Montgomery presents: PINK HIPPOPOTAMUS

22-Mar-1954 Original airdate

starring

Oscar Homolka

Mary Laslo

 Herman Schwedt

Synopsis:

Story about a professional spy behind the Iron Curtain. [RF]

 

5.31 [--] Robert Montgomery presents: MY LITTLE GIRL

29-Mar-1954 Original airdate

written by Noel B. Gerson

Sponsor: Johnson's Wax

starring

James Dunn

Lee Remick

William Lundmark

 

5.32 [--] Robert Montgomery presents: FOR THESE SERVICES

05-Apr-1954 Original airdate

written by Theodore & Mathilde Ferro

Sponsor: Lucky Strike Cigarettes

starring

Raymond Massey ........ Dr. Henry Craig

Arthur Franz ......... His Son

Leora Thatcher ...... Mrs. Woodruff

Gale Page ...... The Girl

Synopsis:

Conflict between father and son, both doctors, about practice of medicine. [RF]

 

5.33 [--] Robert Montgomery presents: THE PALE BLONDE OF SAND STREET

12-Apr-1954 Original airdate

Sponsor: Johnson's Wax
starring

Joan Loring

 Billy Halop

 

5.34 [--] Robert Montgomery presents: BIG BOY

19-Apr-1954 Original airdate

Written by Robert J. Shaw
Directed by Norman Felton
Sponsor: Lucky Strike Cigarettes
starring
Ed Begley ......... Joe Grant
Katherine Squire .. Amy Grant
John Connell ...... Bill Grant
James Boles ....... Ed Marley
Fred Vogel ........ Mickey Ross
Julian Noa ........ Doc Lynch
Jared Reed ........ The Guitarist
 

5.35 [--] Robert Montgomery presents: NO NEED OF FAVOR
(aka Love Story)

26-Apr-1954 Original airdate

written by Gail Ingram Clement

Sponsor: Johnson's Wax
starring

Geraldine Fitzgerald

John Newland

Frederic Worlock

 

5.36 [--] Robert Montgomery presents: THE WAGES OF FEAR

03-May-1954 Original airdate

Written by Adrian Spies
Sponsor: Lucky Strike Cigarettes
starring
Louis Jourdan
Hope Miller

 

5.37 [--] Robert Montgomery presents: PILGRIM'S PRIDE

10-May-1954 Original airdate

written by Irving Gaynor Neiman

Sponsor: Johnson's Wax

starring

Elliott Nugent

Cliff Robertson

Audrey Christie

Synopsis:
Taking his client to a meeting in the country, a businessman finds

 his daughter there with a house full of party guests.

 

5.38 [--] Robert Montgomery presents: SKY BLOCK

17-May-1954 Original airdate

written by Denis Green

Sponsor: Lucky Strike Cigarettes

starring

 Zachary Scott

Vaughn Taylor

 

5.39 [--] Robert Montgomery presents: THE POWER AND THE PRIZE
24May1954
Adapted for TV by Robert J. Shaw
From the novel by Howard Swiggett
Starring
Robert Montgomery ...... Cleves Barwick
Gusti Huber ............ Rachel
Louis Hector ........... Salt
Collette Lyons ......... Ella
Frank Overton .......... Lester
Addison Richards ....... Henry
Synopsis:
An American businessman falls in love with a refugee from behind the Iron Curtain,

 while in Europe. When he brings the girl back to the States,

 he must fight the prejudice of his associates. [RF]
 

5.40 [--] Robert Montgomery presents: ONCE UPON A TIME

31-May-1954 Original airdate

starring

Elizabeth Montgomery

Peggy Ann Garner

Synopsis:
A bride and groom recall the days of their courtship,

and the people they might have married - if. [RF]

 

5.41 [--] Robert Montgomery presents: THE PATRIOT FROM ANTIBES

07-Jun-1954 Original airdate

Adapted by Gerald Savory
From a story by Toni Howard
starring
Francis Lederer ....... The Baron
Joan Wetmore .......... The Baroness Helene
Jacques Aubuchon ...... Bertier
Leon Belasco .......... Alberto
Henry Lascoe .......... Emil
Marcel Hillaire ....... Gauraldine
Synopsis:
Based on an actual case taken from the files of the French police,

it involves a handsome young baron and his beautiful wife,

a trunkful of uranium and a fortune in francs. [RF]
 

5.42 [--] Robert Montgomery presents:

      GREAT EXPECTATIONS Part 1. THE PROMISE

14-Jun-1954 Original airdate

story by Charles Dickens

starring

 Estelle Winwood

Rex Thompson

Roddy McDowall

Scott Forbes
Malcolm Lee Beggs
Jacques Aubuchon

 

5.43 [--] Robert Montgomery presents:

   GREAT EXPECTATIONS Part 2. THE REALITY

21-Jun-1954 Original airdate

starring

Roddy McDowall

Estelle Winwood

Rex Thompson

Scott Forbes
Malcolm Lee Beggs
Jacques Aubuchon

Notes: Adapted from the novel by Charles Dickens.

 

5.44 [--] Robert Montgomery presents: IN HIS HANDS

28-Jun-1954 Original airdate

Written by Agnes Eckhardt
Sponsor: Lucky Strike Cigarettes
starring

Elizabeth Montgomery

John Newland

Cliff Robertson
Vaughn Taylor
Jan Miner
Also known as "The Decision."

 

5.45 [--] Robert Montgomery presents: THE EXPERT

05-Jul-1954 Original airdate

starring

Elizabeth Montgomery

Cliff Robertson

John Newland
Jan Miner

*Note: This episode was also known as "The Marriage Expert".

 

5.46 [--] Robert Montgomery presents: STORY ON 11th STREET

12-Jul-1954 Original airdate

written by Elaine Carrington

starring

Elizabeth Montgomery

John Newland
Kevin Coughlin
Notes: Also known as "Don't You Ever Go Home."
 

5.47 [--] Robert Montgomery presents: IT HAPPENED IN PARIS

19-Jul-1954 Original airdate

starring

 Elizabeth Montgomery

Orson Bean

 

5.48 [--] Robert Montgomery presents: PATRICIA

26-Jul-1954 Original airdate

written by Thomas W. Phipps

starring

Elizabeth Montgomery ........ Patricia

John Newland ......... Michael

Vaughn Taylor ........ Captain Crocker

Don Dubbins ........ Luke

Katherine Anderson ....... Mrs. Howes

Synopsis:

A society girl defies family opposition to her desire for the

Bohemian life. She enters an art school and promptly falls in love

 with an older instructor, who rejects her attention. [RF]

 

5.49 [--] Robert Montgomery presents: HOME TOWN

02-Aug-1954 Original airdate

Written by Irving Gaynor Neiman

Adapted from the novel by Cleveland Amory

starring

Cliff Robertson ......... Mitch Hickock

Elizabeth Montgomery ......... Jen Deveraux

Vaughn Taylor ....... William Deveraux

Anne Seymour

Frank Albertson

Jan Miner

 Synopsis:

The story of a country boy who goes to the big city where he

meets a super publicity man and a city-slicker girl. [RF]

 

5.50 [--] Robert Montgomery presents: ABOUT SARA CAINE (Crane?)

09-Aug-1954 Original airdate

starring

Elizabeth Montgomery

Jan Miner

 

5.51 [--] Robert Montgomery presents: INVITATION TO MURDER

16-Aug-1954 Original airdate

Written by Doria Folliott

Adapted from the play Distinguished Gathering by James Parish
Sponsor: Johnson's Wax

starring

John Newland .......... Felix

Claudia Morgan ........ Judith

Vaughn Taylor ........ Barnes

Jan Miner ........ Lesley

Nelson Olmsted ......... Rutherford

 Anne Seymour ........ Caroline

 William Neil ........ Williams

Synopsis:

 A publisher who has received a manuscript with damaging

statements about many prominent people invites the author and

 all of those he mentions to a party. The publisher suggest to his

 guests that the best method of retaliation would be for one of them

 to murder the author. [RF]

 

5.52 [--] Robert Montgomery presents: PERSONAL STORY

23-Aug-1954 Original airdate

written by Theodore & Mathilde Ferro

Directed by Norman Felton
Sponsor: Lucky Strike Cigarettes
starring
Elizabeth Montgomery
John Newland
Anne Seymour
Jan Miner
Vaughn Taylor

 

5.53 [--] Robert Montgomery presents: A MATTER OF LUCK

30-Aug-1954 Original airdate

written by Sid Morse

Sponsor: Johnson's Wax

starring

John Newland ..... Bill
Elizabeth Montgomery ...... Chris Luck
Vaughn Taylor .... Dabe
Anne Seymour ..... Dr. Matthews
Synopsis:
A down-and-out singer finally gets a chance at success, but something

prevents him from taking advantage of the opportunity. [RF]

 

5.54 [--] Robert Montgomery presents: THE PEOPLE YOU MEET

06-Sep-1954 Original airdate

Written by Agnes Eckhardt

Sponsor: Lucky Strike Cigarettes
starring
John Newland ........... Dick Perry
Elizabeth Montgomery ... Claire
Vaughn Taylor .......... Harry Knighton
Anne Seymour ........... Grace Knighton
Jan Miner .............. Julia
Synopsis:
A comedy about the trials and tribulations involved in the

Boston pre-Broadway tryout of a new play. [RF]

 

5.55 [--] Robert Montgomery presents: TEN MINUTE ALIBI

13-Sep-1954 Original airdate

Written by Alvin Sapinsley

Sponsor: Johnson's Wax

starring

Elizabeth Montgomery .......... Betty

Cliff Robertson ......... Clark

Vaughn Taylor ...... Lester

Robert Webber ...... Philip

William Johnstone ..... Lt. Farmwell

Anne Seymour ..... Landlady

Synopsis:

There are many who despise the scoundrel who runs off with other

men's girlfriends and then blackmails the men who want their lady

loves to return to them [RF]

######### Robert Montgomery Presents #########
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