CTVA US Anthology - "Schlitz Playhouse Of Stars" (CBS) Season 3 (1953-54)

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 Season 3 (CBS) (1953-54)
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by:

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

references:
TV Guide / Library of Congress (telnet://locis.loc.gov)
Internet Movie Database (http://us.imdb.com)
UCLA Film and Television Archive


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  CBS, Fridays 9:00-9:30pm Eastern (30 min)
 

3.01 [101] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: THE PERFECT SECRETARY

04-Sep-1953

starring

John Newland

Margaret Hayes

Synopsis:
An architect finds that romance can hurt a working relationship.

 

3.02 [102] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: LOST AND FOUND

11-Sep-1953

From a Story by Octavus Roy Cohen

starring

Edward Arnold ..... Guest host
Percy Helton
Katherine Warren
Clinton Miller
Jane Bates
Phil Tead
James Flavin

Synopsis:
A man who helped send a former embezzling employee to jail

 is now free and out to seek revenge. [RF]

 

3.03 [103] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: BOOMERANG

18-Sep-1953

starring

John Barrymore Jr.

William Wright

Tommy Cook

Synopsis:
A crime-bent college student's carefully laid plans for robbery boomerang. [RF]
*Syndication airing on Unknown 24Oct58.

 

3.04 [104] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: DESERT TRAGEDY

25-Sep-1953

starring

Broderick Crawford

Edward Clark

Eddy Waller

Synopsis:

A money-mad gunman persuades two prospectors to let him accompany

them into the desert. [RF]

 

3.05 [105] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: THE PRIZE

02-Oct-1953

Directed by Bill Karn

starring

Walter Coy

Ann Sheridan

Synopsis:
A farmer tries to strike up a romance with the Professor of animal husbandry.

 

3.06 [106] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: THE LONG SHOT 

Meridian Productions

09-Oct-1953

Directed by Ted Post

Screenplay by Leonard Heideman & Emmett Murphy

From a Story by Ellery Queen

starring

Edmund O'Brien ....... Captain Simpson
Charles Bronson ...... Sgt. Roy Smith (as Charles Buchinski)
Dave Willock ......... Lt. Jerry O'Neal
Douglas Kennedy ...... Colonel Robert Edwards
Patrick O'Neal ....... Bob Robinson
Pitt Herbert ......... Rourke

Synopsis 1:

An Army cargo plane carries a time bomb, unknown to the captain or the crew. [DM]

Synopsis 2:
While flying through a dangerous air storm, the crew receives a

radioed message that a bomb hidden somewhere in the plane will

 make theirs the fourth plane that has vanished without a trace. [RF]
*Note: Syndication airing on Silver Theater 12Aug58.

 

3.07 [107] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: IN THE PINCERS (film)

Meridian Productions

16-Oct-1953

Written by Irving Gaynor Neiman

Directed by Ted Post

starring

Sir Cedric Hardwicke ...... John O'Fell

Judith Evelyn ...... Clara O'Fell

Ian Wolfe

Philip Tongue

Hilda Plowright

Synopsis:
A letter concerning a crime long past threatens the respectable,

 turn-of-the-century life of John O'Fell and his wife Clara. [RF]

 

3.08 [108] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: SECOND SIGHT (film)

Meridian Productions

23-Oct-1953

starring

Pat O'Brien

Lurene Tuttle

Synopsis:

A man's sense of honesty battles with his desire for a healthy insurance policy. [RF]

Synopsis 2:
A man blinded by an accident, is forced to borrow money from a

racketeer in order to support his wife. [RF]

 

3.09 [109] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: THE SAIL

30-Oct-1953

starring

Vera Miles

Skip Homeier

 

3.10 [110] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: LINEMAN'S LUCK

06-Nov-1953

Written by S.N. Savage

Directed by Ted Post

starring

Edmund O'Brien

Margaret Field

William Edmunds

Charles Crane

James Parnell

 

3.11 [111] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: LUCKY THIRTEEN

13-Nov-1953

Directed by Christian Nyby

starring

Walter Brennan

Ruth Brennan

Synopsis:
A storekeeper takes action when his daughter is in danger of being swindled. [RF]

 

3.12 [112] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: FRESH START

20-Nov-1953

starring

William Campbell

Wanda Hendrix

Walter Sande
Tim Graham

Synopsis 1:

A despondent girl falls in love with a young thief. [RF]

Synopsis 2:
Out of work and destitute, a young girl turns on the gas jets in her room. [RF]

 

3.13 [113] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: CLOSED DOOR

27-Nov-1953

starring

Gene Lockhart

Beverly Washburn

Synopsis:
A young girl is the key to one man's redemption. [RF]

 

3.14 [114] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: STORM SWEPT

04-Dec-1953

Written by Robert Leslie Bellem

Directed by Roy Kellino

starring

Angela Lansbury ....... Florie

Morris Ankrum ....... Hendrick Vandorp

Kenneth Tobey ....... Sgt. Tim Vernon

Don Hayden ....... Philip Vandorp

Synopsis:

A naive wife is used as an unwitting decoy by her husband, the leading suspect

in a diamond robbery that took place in New Zealand. After traveling to a remote island

to stay with her father-in-law, she finds herself being used as a pawn in a trap set

by the police to catch her husband. [RF]

 

3.15 [115] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: NO COMPROMISE

11-Dec-1953

starring

Stephen McNally

Robert Strauss

Synopsis:
A Texas Ranger must bring a murderer back to justice on a train. [RF]

 

3.16 [116] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: PART OF THE GAME

18-Dec-1953

starring

Peter Graves

Gig Young

 

3.17 [117] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: THE BAKER OF BARNBURY

25-Dec-1953

Based on a story by Frank Stockton

starring

Elsa Lancaster

Robert Newton

Synopsis:

A baker discovers others talents than baking during the holiday's. [RF]

 

3.18 [118] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: GO AWAY A WINNER

01-Jan-1954

starring

Richard Egan

Ellen Drew

Richard Travis

Synopsis:
A woman divorces her husband, who is serving a jail sentence. He swears vengeance

on her and when his time is up, he returns to make good his threat. [RF]

 

3.19 [119] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: RIM OF VIOLENCE

08-Jan-1954

starring

Martin Milner

Scott Brady

Gloria Sanders
Marcia Patrick
Alfred Linder
Synopsis:
A young policeman's daily contact with ugliness and heartbreak shakes his faith in humanity. [RF]

 

3.20 [120] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: PEARL HANDLED GUNS

15-Jan-1954 (Originally broadcasted on Herald Playhouse)

starring

Lee Aaker

Zachary Scott

Harvey Stephens

Synopsis:
A colorful outlaw is the object of a boy's hero-worship. [RF]

 

3.21 [121] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: AT THE NATCHEZ INN

22-Jan-1954 (copyright date 19Jan54)

starring

Peter Lawford
Marian Carr
Synopsis 1:
In Louisiana in the 1800's an opportunist has the unique opportunity of becoming a

king of France, when he is mistaken for the lost heir to the throne. [RF]

Synopsis 2:
An adventurer impersonates the lost Dauphin to elude Napoleon's men. [RF]

 

3.22 [122] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: GIVE THE GUY A BREAK

Meridian Productions

29-Jan-1954

starring

William Lundigan

Frances Rafferty

Synopsis:
An officer comes to the aid of his friend who

 is being sought for murder. [RF]

 

3.23 [123] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: FOUR THINGS TO DO

Meridian Productions

05-Feb-1954

starring

Lee Van Cleef

Maxine Cooper

Michael O'Shea

Synopsis:
A man heads out west to get rich mining gold and

breaks alot of promises along the way. [RF]

 

3.24 [124] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: MAN FROM OUTSIDE

Meridian Productions

12-Feb-1954

starring

Broderick Crawford ....... Joe Mitchell

Ted de Corsia ......... Whitey Murdock

Alexander Campbell ......... Warden Colby

James Griffith ......... Raymond Andrews

Ralph Peters .......Smith

Synopsis:

A police lieutenant serving time in a state penitentiary, is trying to obtain

evidence for a man facing execution on a false charge. [TA]

 

3.25 [125] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: THE JUNGLE TRAP 

19-Feb-1954

Associate producer, William Self

Script by Frank Burt

Directed by Justus Addiss

starring

Ronald Reagan ....... Steve Davis

Barbara Billingsley ....... Olivia Bryant

Lewis Martin

Herb Vigran

Felix Nelson

Synopsis 1:

Steve Davis is determined to avenge his brother who was sentenced to

death for a murder he did not commit. While on safari with Judge Bryant, who

sentenced his brother, Steve decides that the judge will have a hunting accident.

The Mrs. Bryant would like to be an accomplice in the plot. Her faithlessness, and

the judge's own admission of error in sentencing the brother, cause Steve to change

his mind. He shoots the lion between the eyes just as the judge is about to be devoured. [SC]

Synopsis 2:

A vindictive big game hunter who takes matters into his own hands when a judge

who sentenced his brother to death visits his neck of the woods -- or rather, his part

of the jungle. Then makes like a vigilante, bent on retribution for his brother's wrongful death. [JB]

 

3.26 [126] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: NIGHT RIDE TO BUTTE

26-Feb-1954

starring

James Millican

William Bishop

Scott Elliott

 

3.27 [127] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: THE GREAT LADY

05-Mar-1954 (originally broadcasted on Herald Playhouse)

starring

Ann Harding

Vera Miles

Douglas Kennedy

 

3.28 [128] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: GROUNDLOOP

12-Mar-1954

starring

Alex Nicol

Robert Ellis

Randy Stuart

Synopsis:
An ex-pilot's restlessness threatens his marriage. [RF]

 

3.29 [129] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: HER KIND OF HONOR

19-Mar-1954

starring

Pamela Mason ........ Josephine

Marjorie Lord

Hugh Marlowe

Synopsis:

A corporal in Napoleon's army, he faces death for his alleged

 romantic involvement with Josephine. [RF]

 

3.30 [130] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: THE EDGE OF BATTLE

26-Mar-1954

starring

Ronald Reagan

Neville Brand

Gayle Kellogg
William McLean
Synopsis:
An Army lieutenant is held captive by a troubled G.I. [RF]

 

3.31 [131] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: TAPU

02-Apr-1954

starring

Richard Denning

Hilo Hattie

Synopsis:

A man returns to an island to claim buried gold. [RF]

 

3.32 [132] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: THE PLUGGED NICKEL

09-Apr-1954

starring

Macdonald Carey

 

3.33 [133] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: SOMETHING WONDERFUL

16-Apr-1954

starring

Claude Dauphin

John Bryant

 

3.34 [134] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: DAWN AT DAMASCUS

23-Apr-1954

starring

Gene Raymond

Paula Corday

Donald Murphy

 

3.35 [135] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: DECISION AT SEA

30-Apr-1954

starring

Don Taylor

Carl Benton Reid

Peter Lawford

William Phillips

 

3.36 [136] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: PRISONER IN THE TOWN

07-May-1954 (Originally broadcasted on Herald Playhouse)

starring

Carolyn Jones

John Ireland

 

3.37 [137] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: THE PEARL STREET INCIDENT

14-May-1954

starring

Horace MacMahon

Jacqueline De Witt

Nancy Davis

Synopsis:
A beauty parlor owner finds herself caught in the middle of an escaped criminal. [RF]

 

3.38 [138] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: BLIZZARD BOUND

21-May-1954

starring

Forrest Tucker ....... Steve MacGregor
Donna Martell ........ Marie Lebec
Bill Phipps .......... Tony Kermit
John Dierkes ......... Joe Bronson
Synopsis:
The story of a fur trapper, his boss's son, and a beautiful girl,

marooned in the wilds of northern Canada. A plane crash adds

a dangerous criminal to the scene. [RF]
 

3.39 [139] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: LITTLE WAR AT SAN DEDE

28-May-1954

starring

Ross Elliott

Rodolfo Hoyos

John Agar

Pilar Del Rey

Willard Parker

 

3.40 [140] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: THE WHALE ON THE BEACH

04-Jun-1954

starring

Charles Winninger .... Captain Henry Coffin
Hope Emerson ......... Keziah Potter
John Qualen .......... Peleg Brewster
Dick Elliott ......... Sam Hammond
Synopsis:
A retired sea captain has problems when he finds a whale

washed up on his doorstep after a storm. [RF]
 

3.41 [141] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: THE TREASURE OF SANTO DOMINGO

11-Jun-1954 (Originally broadcasted on Herald Playhouse)

starring

Murvyn Vye

James Dunn

 

3.42 [142] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: THE BLACK MATE

18-Jun-1954

Written by Joseph Conrad

starring

Lee Van Cleef

Robert Cornthwaite

Paul Kelly

William Phillips

 

3.43 [143] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: THE MAN WHO ESCAPED FROM DEVIL'S ISLAND

25-Jun-1954

starring

Victor Jory

Romney Brent

 

3.44 [144] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: HOW THE BRIGADIER WON HIS MEDAL

02-Jul-1954 (originally broadcasted on Herald Playhouse)

Based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Brigadier Gerard short story

Directed by Justus Addiss

starring

Claude Dauphin ....... Brigadier Gerard

Eugenia Paul

Pat O'Moore

 

3.45 [--] Schlitz Playhouse: RABBIT FOOT [verified on film - RF]
https://archive.org/details/SchlitzPlayhouseRabbitFoot
09-Jul-1954 CBS Fri
Meridian Productions Ltd
Teleplay & Story by Lawrence Goldman
Directed by Christian Nyby
Director of photography George T. Clemens
Editor John D. Hall
Art Director Serge Krizman
Supervising Editor George Amy A.C.E.
Assistant Director Ken Walters
Sound Fred Lau
Re-recording Buddy Myers
Make-up Don Cash
Hair Stylist Carmen Dirigo
Property Master Oscar Lau
Set Decorator Bertram Granger
Composer Melvyn Lenard
Associate Producer William Self
starring
Stephen McNally ..... Frank Dixon
Paul Langton ........... Mal Martin
Harry Shannon ........ Chief White
Frank Sully .............. Driver
Harry Harvey ........... Storekeeper
Kenner G. Kemp ...... Dog handler
Synopsis:
When a small top cop is killed, a detective says he shot and killed the culprit in the swamp. The lawman claims it was
former Major League pitcher Frank Dixon, known for being superstitious and relying on his lucky rabbit's foot. [RF]

 

3.46 [146] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: SHOWDOWN AT SUNSET

16-Jul-1954

starring

Darryl Hickman

Tom Tully

Jan Shepard

 

3.47 [147] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: THE GENERAL'S BOOTS

23-Jul-1954

Written by John Q. Copeland

Director of photography George T. Clemens

Directed by Roy Kellino

starring

Basil Rathbone

Melville Cooper

John Dehner

Robin Hughes

Jack Carol

Synopsis:

Story concerns how a spit-and-polish general is able to save his own and

his companions' lives after a plane crash. [JB]

Synopsis 2:
The general, a foppish martinet with a passion for highly polished boots, is cast

at sea with two others when their transport is shot down. One survivor,

Captain Thomas Flynn, despises the general, but his hatred turns to admiration

 when the general almost perishes to conserve the little bandís water supply.

In the end Flynn is seen polishing the generalís boots himself.
*Note: Also broadcasted on Bulova Showtime & Herald Playhouse.

 

3.48 [148] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: BY-LINE

30-Jul-1954

starring

Arthur Franz ........ Chris Grine

Marilyn Erskine ....... Julie Cole

Willis Bouchey ...... Angus MacDonald

Synopsis:

A reporter's girlfriend tries to keep him from stepping into a deadly trap

set by his vicious managing editor. [RF]

 

3.49 [149] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: THE ROMAN AND THE RENEGADE

06-Aug-1954 (rerun on Spotlight Playhouse)

directed by George Clemens (Emmy nominated)

starring

Scott Forbes

Faith Domergue

 

3.50 [150] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: GIFT OF THE DEVIL

13-Aug-1954

starring

Will Rogers Jr.

Joan Camden

Sally Fraser

 

3.51 [151] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: CAPTAIN IN COMMAND

20-Aug-1954

starring

Jeff Donnell

James Whitmore

Donald Murphy

 

3.52 [152] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: HEMMED IN

27-Aug-1954

starring

Jean Byron

Richard Carlson

 

3.53 [153] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: DELAY AT FORT BLISS

03-Sep-1954 CBS Fri

Story and teleplay by Richard Paul Stenger
Directed by Roy Kellino

Guest cast:
Sterling Hayden

Barbara Billingsley

James Seay

Walter Coy

James Brown

Jim Davis
Gayle Kellogg
Robert Nash

Frank Gerstle

Lorna Thayer
Synopsis:
A STRONG-WILLED ARMY OFFICER MUST DECIDE WHETHER TO SACRIFICE HIS

COMMAND OR TURN OVER THE SON OF AN APACHE CHIEF BEING HELD PRISONER

AT A LONELY ARMY OUTPOST IN ARIZONA. [SC]

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