CTVA US Anthology - "Schlitz Playhouse Of Stars" (CBS) Season 2 (1952-53)

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 Season 2 (CBS) (1952-53)
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by:

Rina Fox, James Beer, Sal Crisanti, Tom Alger, Jim Brent,  Heikocleef

references:
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Internet Movie Database (http://us.imdb.com)
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  CBS, Fridays 9:00-9:30pm Eastern (30 min)
 

2.01 [049] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: HOMECOMING

05-Sept-1952 CBS Fri

starring

Leif Erickson

Helen Westcott
Synopsis 1:
A one-time "Athlete of the Year" is convinced that time marches on. [RF]

Synopsis 2:
It takes a woman who refuses to age to convince a one-time

champ that time marches on. [RF]
Synopsis 3:
An ex-athlete can't face his own aging until he meets a woman who refuses to change. [RF]

*Note: Syndication airing on "Play of the Week" 12Apr56.

 

2.02 [050] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: MARRIAGE OF LIT-LIT

12-Sep-1952 CBS Fri

Based on a story by Jack London

starring

Rita Moreno

Don DeFore

Synopsis:

The love story of a white man and an Indian girl.

Synopsis 2:
An Indian bride's father attempts to wreck her marriage to a white man. [RF]

*Syndication airing on Play of the Week.

 

2.03 [051] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: I WANT TO BE A MOVIE STAR

19-Sep-1952 CBS Fri

starring

Elinor Donahue

James Dunn

Synopsis:
A father complains about his daughter's movie magazines until he's discovered by a talent scout. [RF]

 

2.04 [052] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: THE TRAIL

26-Sep-1952 CBS Fri

Based on the story by Jack London

starring

Lon Chaney Jr.

Robert Lowery
Eve McVeagh
Synopsis:
A gold miner's greed makes him murder his partners. [RF]

Synopsis 2:
"The Trail," a Jack London adventure about a greedy mine owner and murder. [RF]

*Note: Syndication airing on Play of the Week 16Sep54.

 

2.05 [053] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: COME WHAT MAY

03-Oct-1952 CBS Fri

starring

Wallace Ford

Synopsis:
A man who learns too late that a gun is a poor problem solver. [RF]

2.06 [054] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: TROUBLE ON PIER 12

10-Oct-1952 CBS Fri

starring

John Howard

Akim Tamiroff

Rochelle Hudson

Synopsis:
A professional bodyguard helps a sea captain. [RF]

Synopsis 2:

A bodyguard (John Howard) and his girl friend (Rochelle Hudson)

are the last hope for a ship captain trapped by a killer. [RF]

 

2.07 [055] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: THIS PLANE FOR HIRE

17-Oct-1952 CBS Fri

starring

Lloyd Bridges

Synopsis:
The adventure-romance of a Mexican Al Capone.
Syndication airing on Film Drama, KLZ-7 Denver, CO.

 Tuesday 14Jun 60 10:30 p.m. MDT [JBeer]

 

2.08 [056] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: A DRAWING ROOM

24-Oct-1952 CBS Fri

Directed by John Brahm  (TV directing debut)

starring

William Bishop

Joan Camden
Synopsis:
Amnesia strikes a beautiful train passenger just outside a psychiatrist's compartment. [RF]

 

2.09 [057] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: ENCHANTED EVENING

31-Oct-1952 CBS Fri

starring

Eddie Albert

Margo

Synopsis:
A family's happy life gets complicated: the kids have lost

theater tickets that belonged to their dad's boss. [RF]

*Syndication airing on Play of the Week 24Mar64.
 

2.10 [058] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: TANGO

07-Nov-1952 CBS Fri

starring

Cesar Romero

Ann Savage

Synopsis:
A night club affair winds up in intrigue and mystery.

 

2.11 [059] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: THE HOUSE OF PRIDE

14-Nov-1952 CBS Fri

From a Story by Jack London

starring

Robert Hutton

Coleen Gray

Synopsis:
A young bride learns not all in the tropics is paradise. [RF]

 

2.12 [060] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: PUSSYFOOTIN' ROCKS

21-Nov-1952 CBS Fri

Written by Luther Davis

Directed by Robert Aldrich

Hosted by Irene Dunne

starring

Joan Blondell ......... Calamity Jane

Buddy Ebsen

Kathleen Freeman

Synopsis:
Calamity Jane rides again in this comedy of errors. [RF]

*Great episode a must for Robert Aldrich fans.

 

2.13 [061] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: BARROW STREET

28-Nov-1952 CBS Fri

Directed by Roy Kellino

starring

Sally Forrest

Synopsis:

A jilted girl settles an old score in an unusual and poignant fashion. [RF]

 

2.14 [062] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: MR. THAYER

05-Dec-1952 CBS Fri

Written by A. M. Seaholm

Directed by Ted Post

starring

Peggy Ann Garner

Francis L. Sullivan

James Dobson

Carleton Young

Ruta Lee

Synopsis:
On her first job, a girl meets a seedy and serene gentleman

to whom the ordinary rules mean nothing. [RF]

 

2.15 [063] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: THE WHITE CREAM PITCHER

12-Dec-1952 CBS Fri

Directed by Roy Kellino

starring

Walter Slezak

Frances Rafferty

Synopsis:
After 20 years of marriage, a couple bent on divorce, turn to their

pastor to help them divide their possessions. [RF]

 

2.16 [064] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: THE PLAYWRIGHT

19-Dec-1952 CBS Fri

Directed by Ted Post

starring

Richard Carlson

Synopsis:
A man juggles his life in pursuit of the things he wants to do. [RF]

 

2.17 [065] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: A STRING OF BEADS

26-Dec-1952 CBS Fri

Based on the play by W. Somerset Maugham

starring

Joan Caulfield ....... Joan Robinson
Tom Drake ............ Colonel Mournay
Carl Esmond .......... Count Borselli
Synopsis:
A governess for a wealthy family becomes the object

of affection from elderly Count Borselli. [RF]

 

2.18 [066] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: JENNY

02-Jan-1953 CBS Fri

Directed by Ted Post

starring

Fay Bainter

Synopsis:
A single mother bored with her life and takes part in

a play where she meets a widower.
 

2.19 [067] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: THE UNOPENED LETTER

09-Jan-1953 CBS Fri

Directed by Roy Kellino

starring

John Newland

Phyllis Avery

Geraldine Wall

Synopsis:
A woman receives a letter from the man she loves but

does not open it for thirty-five years. [RF]

 

2.20 [068] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: HIGH ON THE GALLOWS

16-Jan-1953 CBS Fri

starring

Buxx Banner ....... Young Tom Horn

 

2.21 [069] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: GUARDIAN OF THE CLOCK

23-Jan-1953 CBS Fri

starring

Ludwig Stossel

Una Merkel
Hugh Beaumont
Roland Winters
Edmund Gwenn
Synopsis:
An old clock-keeper is let go and seeks revenge.

 

2.22 [070] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: POINT OF HONOR

30-Jan-1953   CBS Fri

From a Story by William Somerset Maugham

starring

Joseph Schildkraut

Synopsis:
A man finds himself involved in a Revolution with the wrong side.

 

2.23 [071] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: MANHATTAN ROBIN HOOD

06-Feb-1953 CBS Fri

starring

Preston Foster

Dorothy Patrick
Robert Osterloh
Edward Binns
Ralph Reed
Steven Terrell
Fred Sherman
Buddy Swan
Synopsis:
A reporter investigates a series of rigged lotteries and a judge also on the take.
 

2.24 [072] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: MR. GREENTREE AND FRIEND

13-Feb-1953 CBS Fri

starring

Hans Conried

Barbara Billingsley
Synopsis:
A lonely college professor strikes up a friendship with Jackie

a lion who has run away from the circus.

 

2.25 [073] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: THE DEVIL'S OTHER NAME

20-Feb-1953 CBS Fri

Directed by Ted Post

starring

Arthur Franz

Marjorie Lord

Virginia Hall
Synopsis:
A man kills his wife. It looks like the perfect crime, which will

pave the way for him to marry a wealthy woman. [RF]
*Syndication airing on "Star Playhouse" 10Apr56.

 

2.26 [074] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: GIRL OF MY DREAMS

27-Feb-1953 CBS Fri

Written by Christianna Alexander

Directed by Ted Post

starring

Jeff Donnell

Marguerite Chapman

Donald Woods

Roy Roberts

Synopsis:
A married man falls in love with another woman at first glance.

 

2.27 [075] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: BIG JIM'S BOY

06-Mar-1953 CBS Fri

Written by Robert J. Shaw

Directed by Ted Post

Director of photography Russ Harlan
Music by Melvyn Lenard
starring

Jackie Cooper ..... Bob Heywood
Harry Shannon ..... Big Jim Heywood
Morgan Farley ..... Dr. Kane
Phyllis Avery

Edgar Dearing

Kit Guard

Dan Barton

Synopsis:
A man returning from military service wants to become a doctor.

He needs money for his education and as much as he hates to enter into

his father's field of expertise as a boxer he finds himself entering the ring.

 

2.28 [076] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: NINETEEN RUE MARIE 

13-Mar-1953 CBS Fri

starring

Maria Palmer

Leon Askin

David Brian
Synopsis:
An American wakes up in a Parish hospital unaware of how he got there.

 

2.29 [077] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: PARENT'S WEEKEND

20-Mar-1953  CBS Fri

Directed by Ted Post

starring

Skip Homeier

Maureen O'Sullivan

Jerome Cowan

Suzanne Alexander
Synopsis:
A woman finds out that the key to youth is to act her age.

 

2.30 [078] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: HAPPY ENDING  

27-Mar-1953 CBS Fri

From a Story by Anton Chekhov

starring

Helmut Dantine .... Peter
Osa Massen ........ Eva
Janine Perreau .... Karen
Synopsis:
An author lives in Copenhagen with his wife and daughter.

He refuses alter his stories to happily-ever-after endings.
 

2.31 [079] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: THE GOVERNESS 

03-Apr-1953  CBS Fri

From a Story by Stefan Zweig

Directed by Rod Amateau

starring

Lillian Bronson

Onslow Stevens

Ellen Drew

Synopsis:
A Senator's wife intent on feeling young again, throws a series of parties.
 

2.32 [080] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: THE MIRROR

10-Apr-1953 CBS Fri

From a Story by Alphonse Daudet

starring

Victor Jory

Ian MacDonald

Synopsis:
When a man's past is revealed his self-assurance is broken.

 

2.33 [081] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: PAPA GOES TO THE BALL

17-Apr-1953 CBS Fri

Written by John Vlahos

Directed by Ted Post

starring

Harold Perry (other source Harold Peary)
Jill Jarmyn
Chet Marshall
Jeanette Nolan
Jay Novello
Danny Richards Jr
Dan Foster
Jack Daly
Queenie Leonard
Synopsis 1:
A teenager's father escorts her to a school dance. [RF]
Synopsis 2:
A man takes his daughter to a school dance and puts on an

exhibition that makes him the beau of the ball. [RF]
 

2.34 [082] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: ALLEN OF HARPER

24-Apr-1953 CBS Fri

starring

John Newland

Anne Seymour

Robert Warwick

Rhys Williams
Hans Conried
Jan Miner
Synopsis:
A professor is saved from early retirement by a group of students.

 

2.35 [083] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: MEDICINE WOMAN  

Meridian Productions

01-May-1953 CBS Fri

Directed by Roy Kellino
starring
George Brent ......... Sam Bentley
Andrea King .......... J.B. Blake
Bobby Hyatt .......... Tommy
Mary Ellen Kay ....... Sally
William Fawcett ..... Old man

Frank Jenks

Synopsis:
A construction engineer is able to cure a doctor's allergy

and write his own prescription for romance. [RF]

 

2.36 [084] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: THE COPPER RING

Meridian Productions

08-May-1953 CBS Fri

Produced by Ralph W. Nelson

Written by A. Nisseman

Directed by Roy Kellino

starring

Charles Bickford ....... Dr Gunther

Katherine Warren ....... Mrs Gunther

Dani Sue Nolan ....... Elizabeth

Colin Campbell ....... Sir Philip Gilling

Ann Loos ....... Caroline

Synopsis:

Dr. Gunther is growing old and irritable, but one evening he dreams of an

Egyptian copper ring which brings happiness to all who wear it. He slips it on ....

(13Feb57 Associated-Rediffusion, London UK aired as "Hollywood Playhouse")  [DM]

 

2.37 [085] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: VACATION FOR GINNY

15-May-1953 CBS Fri

Directed by Bill Karn

starring

Barbara Hale ...... Ginny Morgan
Craig Stevens ..... Rod Warren
Hugh Beaumont ..... John Harris
Carl Switzer
Grace Lenard
Eugene Borden
Marilyn Gray
Synopsis:
A mousey clerk at a travel agency wins a vacation and finds

herself being pursued by two suitors no less.
 

2.38 [086] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: PURSUIT

22-May-1953 CBS Fri

Directed by Ted Post

starring

Richard Carlson ... Josef Lindquist
Martha Hyer ....... Lisa
Robert Cornthwaite. Dr. Ellsworth
Hank Patterson
Adrienne Marden
Lester Dorr
John Pickard

Synopsis:

A talented musician loses an arm in a hunting accident. [RF]

 

2.39 [087] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: THE GIRL THAT I MARRIED

29-May-1953 CBS Fri

starring

Gene Raymond

Suzanne Dalbert

Beverly Tyler

Synopsis:
An Army major falls for a French woman and a Red Cross Worker.

 

2.40 [088] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: TWENTY-TWO SYCAMORE ROAD

05-Jun-1953 CBS Fri

starring

Willard Parker .... Ron Gage
Nancy Davis ....... Nan Gage
Synopsis:
A woman feels she is being taken for granted by

 her construction worker husband.
 

2.41 [089] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: THE WIDOW MAKES THREE

12-Jun-1953 CBS Fri

starring

Broderick Crawford

Betty Lou Gerson

Synopsis:

The law seeks three important witnesses to find the secret head of waterfront crime. [RF]

 

2.42 [090] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: OPERATION RIVIERA

19-Jun-1953 CBS Fri

Directed by Roy Kellino

starring

Randy Stuart

Lon McCallister

Synopsis:

Comedy about a GI on a ten day furlough on the isle of Capri. [RF]

 

2.43 [091] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: THE LEDGE

26-Jun-1953 CBS Fri

Writer Robert J. Shaw
Director Ted Post
starring
Regis Toomey ...... Ed Bartlett
Skip Homeier ...... Dick Newton
Allene Roberts .... Joan
Robert Osterloh
Bill Baldwin
Herbert Lytton
Joseph Mell
Robert Knapp
Kenneth Alton
Richard Monda
Synopsis:
A man's impending blindness hits him hard and

he feels suicide is his only recourse, until he meets a blind woman.
 

2.44 [092] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: RICHARD AND THE LION

03-Jul-1953 CBS Fri

starring

Joanne Dru

George Nader

Jackie the Lion

Synopsis:

A young husband feels neglected because his wife pays too much attention

 to her pets, so he gets one of this own : a lion. [RF]

 

2.45 [093] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: STORM WARNING

10-Jul-1953 CBS Fri

starring

Robert Stack

Arthur Franz

Kristine Miller

Synopsis:

Two partners of a wildcat Alaskan airline are both in love with the same girl. [RF]

 

2.46 [094] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: THE JOURNEY

17-Jul-1953 CBS Fri

syndicated airdate - 24Jun62 Sun 6PM CENTRAL Ch. 18
Hostess: Merle Oberon
starring
Merle Oberson ....... Marian Thorne
Grandon Rhodes ....... Mark Thorne
Patrick O'Neal ....... Jay Farnum
Paul Guilfoyle ....... Eastbrook
Synopsis:
Bored with her life, a young woman decides to leave
her husband for a younger man. [TA]

Synopsis 2:
A woman who is considerably younger than her husband is

bored with their uneventful like in Costa Rica. [RF]

 

2.47 [095] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: KNAVE OF HEARTS

Meridian Productions at Revue Studios
24-Jul-1953 CBS Fri
Producer William Self
Teleplay & Story by Herbert Moulton & Robert Leslie Bellem
Directed by Ted Post
Director of photography Russell Harlen
Supervising Editor George Amy
Assistant Director Ken Warrus
Music by Melvyn Lenard
Hosted by Mark Stevens

Guest cast:

Mark Stevens ....... Steve Dexter

Morris Ankrum

Maggie Mahoney

Lee Van Cleef

Jack Elam

John Qualen

Victor Millan

Synopsis:
IN THE TOWN OF WILLOW CREEK, A CATTLE BARON REFUSES HIS DAUGHTER TO
MARRY THE SON OF A LOCAL FARMER. THE DAUGHTER'S FORMER LOVER, NAMED
STEVE DEXTER, RETURNS TO TOWN AFTER BEING GONE FOR EIGHT YEARS IN
SEARCH OF HIS PROSPECTIVE WIFE TO-BE. HER STUBBORN FATHER LEARNS OF
HIS ARRIVAL AND PLANS TO HAVE HIM SHOT BY TWO GUNMEN THAT WORK FOR
HIM. [SC]

 

2.48 [096] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: THE DOCTOR GOES HOME

31-Jul-1953 CBS Fri

starring

Barbara Billingsley

Ronald Reagan

Synopsis:
A high society doctor finds great happiness in treating the poor.

 

2.49 [097] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: SIMPLON EXPRESS

07-Aug-1953 CBS Fri

starring

Eddie Bracken

Aline Towne

Laura Mason

Synopsis:
An incompetent detective bumbles his way thru danger and intrigue.

 

2.50 [098] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: MIRACLE IN THE NIGHT

14-Aug-1953 CBS Fri

starring

Ann Harding

Charles Cane
Synopsis:
A wealthy woman is afraid to go out alone. [RF]

 

2.51 [099] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: SHEILAH

21-Aug-1953 CBS Fri

Directed by Ted Post

starring

Vincent Price

Elisabeth Risdon

Griff Barnett

Synopsis:
A man's attempts to collect his aunt's inheritance are foiled by a cat named "Sheilah". [RF]
*Note: Syndication airing on Silver Theater 03Jun58.

 

2.52 [100] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: TWO LIVES HAVE I

28-Aug-1953 CBS Fri

starring

Patricia Medina

Philip Carey

Janine Perreau

Synopsis:

When a newspaper woman learns of the tragic death of her husband of two weeks

in the war, she completely withdraws from the world of intrigue and newspaper

 reporters in wartime Lisbon. [RF]

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