CTVA US Anthology - "Schlitz Playhouse Of Stars" (CBS) Season 5 (1955-56)

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 Season 5 (CBS) (1955-56)
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


######### Schlitz Playhouse Of Stars #########
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  Meridian Productions, Inc. (filmed episodes)  

CBS, Fridays 9:30-10:00pm Eastern (30 min)

 

5.01 [209] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: THE LAST MAN OUT

Meridian Productions, Inc.

30-Sep-1955

starring

Touch (Mike) Connors ....... Lou Renaldi

Regis Toomey ....... Babe Bricker

Thomas Mitchell ....... Sam Hawkins

Richard Erdman ....... Eddie McGuire

Edward Binns

Synopsis:

A once promising baseball player is now grounds keeper for a minor league

 team. His deep knowledge of the game is more than the team's manager can handle. [RF]

 

5.02 [210] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: BANDIT'S HIDE-OUT

Meridian Productions, Inc.

07-Oct-1955

starring

Anthony Quinn

Gloria Saunders

Eduard Franz

Joseph Waring

Synopsis:
A gentle Spanish shepherd is married to a beautiful girl who is discontented with

the quiet life they lead. He returns home one night to find both his wife and his

sheep gone. His bandit cousin, who made off with both, learns that the

shepherd's gentleness is deceptive. [RF]

 

5.03 [211] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: TWO-BIT GANGSTER

Meridian Productions, Inc.

14-Oct-1955

starring

Keenan Wynn .......... Bill Ottman
Addison Richards ..... Jesse Childs
Robert J. Wilke ...... Red Fischer
Barton MacLane ....... Chief Brooks
Richard Tyler ........ Dick Childs

Synopsis:

Newsman Bill Ottman travels to a small town to cover what appears to be a

routine robbery, in which a masked thief has killed an ex-con who interfered with his

getaway. But, the reporter's investigation begins to reveal the ex-con in the role of a hero. [RF]

*Note: Syndication airing on Twilight Theater 13Oct58.

 

5.04 [212] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: THE GIRL WHO SCARED MEN OFF

Meridian Productions, Inc.

21-Oct-1955

starring

Phyllis Avery

Hans Conried

 

5.05 [213] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: NOTHING TO DO TILL NEXT FALL

Meridian Productions, Inc.

28-Oct-1955

starring

James Dunn ........... Dan McLain
Willis Bouchey ....... J.B. Duringham
Russ Conway .......... Ed Beasley

Synopsis:
A college football coach is faced with a difficult decision for the big home coming game. [RF]

 

5.06 [214] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: A GIFT OF LIFE (film)

Meridian Productions, Inc.

04-Nov-1955

starring
Don Defore ....... Bill Nichol
Barbara Billingsley ......... Clare Gibney
Robert Cornthwaite ....... Dr. Cabot
Dabbs Greer ....... Charlie
Jean Innes ........ Miss Strickland
Synopsis:
Story about a salesman who works so hard he collapses. The enforced idleness

of convalescence irritates him until he begins to wonder about the four anonymous

 blood donors who saved his life. [RF]

 

5.07 [215] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: NO TRIAL BY JURY

Meridian Productions, Inc.

11-Nov-1955

Produced by William Self
Teleplay by Dewitt Bodeen
Based on a Saturday Evening Post Story by Andrew Geer
Directed by Reginald Borg
Hosted by Alex Nicol

Guest Cast:

Alex Nicol ........... Tod Bradley

Touch Connors ........ Mel Dunlap (aka Mike Connors)
Addison Richards ..... Pete Hunter

May Wynn

Dorothy Adams

Lane Chandler

Paul Engle

Synopsis 1:

A HOMESTEADER MUST PAY A RANCHER A LARGE SUM OF MONEY, ACCORDING TO
WESTERN RANGE LAW, FOR A PRIZE HORSE OF HIS FOUND DEAD ON THE
HOMESTEADER'S PROPERTY.

Synopsis 2:
A valuable horse has drowned in a homesteader's well, and the law of the range

makes him liable because of his negligence in not fencing and covering the well.

He resigns himself to deeding over his water rights as payment. [SC]

 

5.08 [216] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: NIGHT IN THE BIG SWAMP (film)

Meridian Productions, Inc.

18-Nov-1955

starring

Scott Brady ........... Reno Cromwell
Myron Healey
Joan Vohs
Synopsis:
Reno Cromwell, a hunting guide obliged to aid the law in hunting down his

best friend, a killer. Reno's girlfriend is actually still in love with the killer, but

her pleas to Reno not to help in the pursuit are in vain. [RF]

 

5.09 [217] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: THE CARELESS CADET (film)

Meridian Productions, Inc.

25-Nov-1955

starring

Don Taylor ....... Sgt. Ben Destry

Regis Toomey ........ Colonel Hawks

Adam Kennedy ....... Charlie King

Tom Brown ......... Captain Barney O'Keefe

Jack Haddock ......... Doctor

Isobel Elsom ....... Mrs. Kennedy

Heidi Mullenger ...... Dorothy

John Bryant ...... Pete

Synopsis:

Sgt. Ben Destry, gets an appointment to West Point as a reward for valor in the Korean War.

But he scoffs at the Academy's traditions and finds the orders of his juniors hard to take. [RF]

*Note: Syndication airing on Saturday Playhouse 16Nov57.

 

5.10 [218] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: MOMENT OF TRIUMPH (film)

Meridian Productions, Inc.

02-Dec-1955

starring

Kevin McCarthy ....... Prentice Brown

Eduard Franz ....... Professor Randell

Angela Greene ........ Katherine Gould

Charlotte Lawrence ....... Nurse

Synopsis:

Prentice Brown, whose science professor years before was dismissed when he

refused to give a rich man's son a passing grade, he didn't deserve. Twenty years

 have passed, and now the tycoon finds himself in a position to right the old wrong. [RF]

 

5.11 [219] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: ON THE NOSE

Meridian Productions, Inc.

09-Dec-1955

starring

Neville Brand

Richard Deacon

Ben Cooper

 

5.12 [220] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: THE BAITED HOOK

Meridian Productions, Inc.

16-Dec-1955

starring

Dane Clark ....... Sheriff Ames

Morris Ankrum ........ Link Bradford

Synopsis:

In a Florida swamp, Sheriff Ames is marooned with

killer Link Bradford. [RF]

*Note: Syndication airing on Adventure Theatre 1961.

 

5.13 [221] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: CHRISTMAS GUEST

Meridian Productions, Inc.

23-Dec-1955

starring

Dan O'Herlihy

Phyllis Avery

Hayden Rorke

 

5.14 [222] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: WELL OF ANGER

Meridian Productions, Inc.

30-Dec-1955

starring

Bill Williams ...... Ed Sawyer

Nancy Gates ...... Abby

Synopsis:
In the Old West, Ed Sawyer is trying to set up a modest homestead. But a big rancher,

 Luke Gans, uses violence to keep Sawyer away from the water supply. [RF]

 

5.15 [223] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: FOOLPROOF

Meridian Productions, Inc.

06-Jan-1956

starring

Claire Trevor ......... Mary Hunter
Walter Coy ......... Paul Hunter
Christopher Dark ........ Mark Baxter
Synopsis:
Following an accident, a woman awakens in a hospital bed with her eyes

and head swathed in bandages. Unknown to her, she is in the hands of enterprising

kidnappers - who hope to deceive her long enough to collect a ransom. [RF]
*Note: Syndication airing on Adventure Theater 04Aug61.

 

5.16 [224] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: DEALER'S CHOICE

Meridian Productions, Inc.

13-Jan-1956

starring

John Ireland

Philip Ahn

Synopsis:
The owner of the pearling ship Mandalay loses his ship to one Bert Kassen,

in a poker game. Though he suspects Kassen played a crooked game,

 he signs on with him for the next voyage, convinced the new owner will

 soon be only too happy to sell the ship back to him. [RF]
 

5.17 [225] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: THE BIG PAYDAY

Meridian Productions, Inc.

20-Jan-1956

starring

James Whitmore ...... Tommy McDermott
Richard Crane ....... Chuck Carmody
Synopsis:
A former fighter always wanted to be champ, but never made it.

 He's a manager now, and hopes his heavyweight contender will make it. [RF]
 

5.18 [226] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: THE DAY I DIED

Meridian Productions, Inc.

27-Jan-1956

starring

David Brian .......... Phil Derringer
Ann Doran ............ Amy
Dorothy Patrick Davis ... Ruth Andrews
Synopsis:
Ruthless business tycoon is convinced he owes all his success to himself alone.

 But a strange thing happens to him on a hospital operating table. [RF]

 

5.19 [227] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: THE GENTLE STRANGER

Meridian Productions, Inc.

03-Feb-1956

starring

Joanne Dru

John Hudson

John Miljan

 

5.20 [228] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: TOP MAN

Meridian Productions, Inc.

10-Feb-1956

starring

Scott Forbes

John Lupton

James Ramsey Ullman

 

5.21 [229] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: ON A DARK NIGHT

Meridian Productions, Inc.

17-Feb-1956

starring

Will Rogers Jr.

Tina Carver

 

5.22 [230] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: ORDEAL

Meridian Productions, Inc.

24-Feb-1956

starring

John Ireland .......... Andrew Evans
Maxine Cooper ......... Jean Evans
Kenneth Tobey ......... Lt. Lambert
Jack Haddock .......... Hogue
Synopsis:
No one believes a man when he tries to insist he saw a murder committed. [RF]

 

5.23 [231] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: SHOWDOWN AT PAINTED ROCK

Meridian Productions, Inc.

02-Mar-1956

starring

Lyle Bettger

 

5.24 [232] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: WEB OF CIRCUMSTANCE

Meridian Productions, Inc.

09-Mar-1956

starring

Thomas Mitchell ....... Carl Smith

Hugh Beaumont ....... Tom Sutton

Jeanette Nolan ....... Elva Smith

James Seay ....... Detective Bucy

Lyle Talbot ....... Fred Carlson

Synopsis:

A bank teller for years has been stealing pennies and stashing away dollars

taken from his wife's grocery budget. Object: to make a break from his shrewish

spouse and sail for an island paradise in the Pacific. [RF]

 

5.25 [233] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: THE YOUNG AND THE BRAVE

Meridian Productions, Inc.

16-Mar-1956

starring

John Ericson .......... Eddie Younger
Eleanore Tanin ........ Susan
Gayle Kellogg ......... Barney
Paul Bryar ............ Big Malone
Synopsis:
Aboard a destroyer, gunner's mate Eddie Younger has gone sour on the navy.

 But his attitude changes during the course of a battle. [RF]

 

5.26 [234] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: THE WAITING HOUSE

Meridian Productions, Inc.

23-Mar-1956

written by Betty Ulius
starring
Phyllis Kirk .......... Barbara Hunter
Paul Langton .......... Pete
Dorothy Green ......... Liz
Arthur Gould-Porter ... Andy
Synopsis:
The honeymoon house in Bermuda which a couple has chosen has been

 the scene of accidents to a good many tenants before them. [RF]
 

5.27 [235] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: THE FINGER OF GOD

Meridian Productions, Inc.

30-Mar-1956

starring

Jeff Morrow

During the Boer War, an escaping Boer prisoner discovers that the apparently deserted house in
which he seeks refuge is occupied by a starving widow and her son. [JB]

 

5.28 [236] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: ANGELS IN THE SKY

Meridian Productions, Inc.

06-Apr-1956

starring

Marcia Henderson

Bill Williams

 

5.29 [237] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: THE BITTER LAND

Meridian Productions, Inc.

13-Apr-1956

starring

John Newland .......... Wesley Hammond
Jack Diamond .......... Tip Case
Roy Roberts ........... Sheriff Tom Judson
Frank Sully ........... Coots Larkin
Terry Frost ........... Joe Case
Paul Fierro ........... Walt Janes
Synopsis:
A dude goes west to find the man who killed his son in a bank holdup. [RF]
 

5.30 [238] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: THE MYSTERIOUS CARGO

Meridian Productions, Inc.

20-Apr-1956

starring

J. Carrol Naish

 

5.31 [239] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: STEP RIGHT UP AND DIE

Meridian Productions, Inc.

Filmed at Revue Studios

27-Apr-1956

Producer William Self
Directed by Robert Florey
Story and teleplay by Tony Barrett
Director of photography, George Clemens
Supervising editor George Amy
Assistant director Ken Warrus
Production Manager Ralph W. Nelson
Music by Melvyn Leonard
Hosted by Lyle Bettger
Guest cast:

Lyle Bettger

Dorothy Patrick Davis

John Doucette

Fred Sherman

Paul  Smith

Claire Carleton

Tom Noll

Joe Martia

Synopsis:
SUSPENSE AND TERROR STRIKE'S THE MIDWAY AT AN AMUSEMENT PARK WHEN
A CONCESSION BARKER IS UNDER SUSPICION FOR THE MURDER OF THE AMUSEMENT
PARK'S OWNER, AND THE DISAPPEARANCE OF A LARGE SUM OF MONEY. [SC]

 

5.32 [240] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: FORMOSA PATROL

Meridian Productions, Inc.

04-May-1956

Based on Jacland Marmur's short story
Directed by Harold Schuster
starring
Eddie Bracken .......... Gunner's Mate
Carl Benton Reid ....... Admiral
Synopsis:
The story of the destroyer USS DeHaven and a persistent rain that turned

 into the third worst storm in the history of the coastal Southern California. [RF]
*Note: Filmed aboard the USS DeHaven. There is a great article with pictures of the

making of this episode in TVGuide March 24-30 Dave Garroway issue.

 

5.33 [241] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: PLAGUE SHIP

Meridian Productions, Inc.

11-May-1956

starring

Ward Bond ............ Captain Parker
Jon Shepodd .......... Tony Benson
Edward Platt ......... Sparks
Robert Foulk ......... Anderson
Paul Brinegar ........ Brown
Synopsis:
A sea captain finds that his ship is threatened by bubonic plague. [RF]

 

5.34 [242] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: OFFICER NEEDS HELP

Meridian Productions, Inc.

18-May-1956

starring

Stephen McNally ...... Dan Grabow
John Bryant .......... Lt. Lyle Smith
Walter Sands ......... Al Harper
Synopsis:
Dan Grabow is given a 90-day tryout as chief of police in a

small beach town. His discovers that none of the members of

 his force have received adequate police training. [RF]
*Note: Syndication airing on Twilight Theater 03Sep58.

 

5.35 [243] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: DATE FOR TOMORROW

Meridian Productions, Inc.

25-May-1956

starring

John Ericson

Susan Kohner

Paul Richards

Synopsis:

Two escaped convicts plan to use a young amusement park ticketseller as

a pawn in a robbery. But the best-laid plans may suffer when a

beautiful young girl is involved. [RF]

 

5.36 [244] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: Unknown -possibly pre-empt or rerun

01-Jun-1956

 

5.37 [245] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: THE ROUSTABOUT

Meridian Productions, Inc.

08-Jun-1956

starring

Scott Brady

Jeanne Moody

Harry Antrim

 

5.38 [246] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: PATTERN FOR PURSUIT

Meridian Productions, Inc.

15-Jun-1956

starring

Arthur Franz

Margaret Field

 

5.39 [247] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: WITNESS TO CONDEMN

Meridian Productions, Inc.

22-Jun-1956

Producer William Self
Written by Muriel Roy Bolton
Director of photography George T. Clemens
Directed by Robert Florey

starring

Teresa Wright .... Laura Savage
Warren Stevens ... Peter Jordan
Ray Walker ....... Detective
Joe Bailey ....... Killer
Irene Seidner .... Mary
Kay Stewart ...... Janet
John Bryant ...... Tony Savage
Lewis Martin ..... Max

Synopsis:

The only witness to a murder loses her sight as a result

of an attack by the killers. [RF]

 

5.40 [248] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: WEAPON OF COURAGE

Meridian Productions, Inc.

29-Jun-1956

starring

Kevin McCarthy ..... Mark Quinlin
Victor Jory ........ Ferdie Shiff
Maxine Cooper ...... Molly Quinlin
Michael Winkelman... Jimmy Quinlin
Baynes Barron ...... Tony
Frank Gerstle ...... Joe Garson
John Dennis ........ Ed Warren
Wilfrid Knapp ...... Mr. Masterson
Synopsis:
A disabled war veteran who has taken a job as a bank teller

 feels that his disability has made him useless. [RF]

*Note: Syndication airing on Twilight Theater 27Aug58.
 

5.41 [249] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: THE MECHANICAL COOK

Meridian Productions, Inc.

06-Jul-1956

starring

William Bendix

Audrey Totter

Harry Tyler

Synopsis:
An Air Force crew chief who wants to be a cook gets his big chance. He is assigned

to the private plane of a general who is reputed to be a gourmet. But he finds

his path to culinary stardom blocked by a WAF dietician. [RF]

 

5.42 [250] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: THE HAPPY SUN

Meridian Productions, Inc.

13-Jul-1956

starring

Walter Brennan

Kenneth Tobey

Nancy Hadley

George Brent

 

5.43 [251] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: THE BANKMOUSE

Meridian Productions, Inc.

20-Jul-1956

starring

Joan Caulfield

Betty Caulfield

Jon Shepodd

 

5.44 [252] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: DARA

Meridian Productions, Inc.

27-Jul-1956

starring

Phyllis Thaxter ...... Dara Meadows
Donald Curtis ........ Steve
Gerald Mohr
Synopsis:
An actress is informed that her husband was killed in a plane crash,

 but he suddenly returns. And when he does, he accuses her of sabotaging the plane. [RF]
 

5.45 [253] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: FLOWERS FOR JENNY

Meridian Productions, Inc.

03-Aug-1956

starring

Dale Robertson

Claudia Barrett

 

5.46 [254] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: REPERCUSSION  

Meridian Productions, Inc.

10-Aug-1956

starring

Dan Duryea ....... Pete Richards

Marcia Henderson ....... Jeanne Richards

Ross Elliott ....... Ronnie Simpson

Synopsis:

A hard-hitting crime reporter discovers that his wife

once worked for a gambling ring. [RF]

 

5.47 [255] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: BOILING POINT

Meridian Productions, Inc.

17-Aug-1956

 

5.48 [256] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: STRANGE DEFENSE

Meridian Productions, Inc.

24-Aug-1956

starring

Constance Ford

David Brian

 

5.49 [257] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: I'LL WAIT FOR YOU

Meridian Productions, Inc.

31-Aug-1956

starring

Joan Evans

Ben Cooper

 

5.50 [258] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: THE PRESS AGENT

Meridian Productions, Inc. (copyright date 07Sep56)

07-Sep-1956

starring

Jack Carson .......... Danny Scott

Nancy Gates

John Lupton

Synopsis:
Show biz agent Danny Scott is taking a bigger cut from his client then he should. [RF]

 

5.51 [259] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: MIDNIGHT KILL

Meridian Productions, Inc. (copyright date 14Sep56)

14-Sep-1956

starring

James Whitmore ....... Joe Benson

Phyllis Avery ........ Susan Kerney

Carl Benton Reid ......... Arthur Kerney

Synopsis:

Joe Benson, policeman turner lawyer, is running for the city council. When a

policeman is killed, Joe thinks local gangsters planned the murder. [RF]

 

5.52 [260] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: TOP SECRET

Meridian Productions, Inc.

21-Sep-1956 (copyright date 21Sep56)

starring

Patricia Hardy

Lee Bowman

Synopsis:

A man comes under close scrutiny after documents of value disappear. [RF]

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