CTVA US Anthology - "Schlitz Playhouse Of Stars" (CBS) Season 6 (1956-57)

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 Season 6 (CBS) (1956-57)
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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Meridian Productions, Inc. (filmed episodes)  (up to #6.8  23Nov56)

Revue Productions, Inc. (filmed episodes) (from #6.9  30Nov56) 

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

 

6.01 [261] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: MOMENT OF VENGEANCE

Meridian Productions, Inc. (copyright date 28Sep56)

28-Sep-1956

Produced by William Self
Teleplay by Lowell Barrington
Based on a story by Elmore Leonard
Directed by Alvin Ganzer

starring

Ward Bond

Gene Nelson

Angie Dickinson
Myron Healey
Alex Montoya
Lane Bradford
Boyd Morgan
Julia Montoya

 

6.02 [262] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: THE HOUSE THAT JACKSON BUILT

Meridian Productions, Inc.  (copyright date 05Oct56)

05-Oct-1956

starring

Diana Lynn

Arthur Franz
Synopsis:
A career girl fed up with man-hunting decides to buy a house

 and settle down to spinsterhood gracefully. [RF]

 

6.03 [263] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: THE TROPHY

Meridian Productions, Inc. (copyright date 12Oct56)

12-Oct-1956

starring

Jack Carson ......... Harry Mauldron
Patricia Morison .... Jennifer Mauldron
Peter Adams ......... Steven Loring
Robert Carson ....... David Compton
Phyllis Stanley ..... Gladys Wilder
William O'Brien ..... Butler

Synopsis:
A self-made man uses his money to offset his crudeness.

His wife is constantly humiliated by his bad taste. [RF]

*Note: Aired in syndication on "The Playhouse" 16Jul59.

 

6.04 [264] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: ENOCH PRENTISS

Meridian Productions, Inc. (copyright date 19Oct56)

19-Oct-1956

 

6.05 [265] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: ALWAYS THE BEST MAN

Meridian Productions, Inc.  (copyright date 26Oct56)

26-Oct-1956

starring

Don Taylor .......... Pete
Adam Kennedy ........ George
Angie Dickinson ..... Ann
Greta Thyssen ....... Lydia
Synopsis:
A bachelor talks his best friend into breaking his engagement. But after he

meets the man's ex-fiance, he begins to fall in love with her himself! [RF]
 

Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: no details

02-Nov-1956

 

6.06 [266] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: THE NIGHT THEY WON THE OSCAR

Meridian Productions, Inc. (copyright date 09Nov56)

09-Nov-1956

starring

June Lockhart ........ Fay Cameron

Richard Carlson ........ Larry Cameron

Hayden Rorke ......... Brian Levering

Dorothy Green ......... Monica Levering

Synopsis:

A dedicated director has had the loving support and understanding of his wife

during the years in which he mastered his craft. After he wins an Oscar for a picture

 he directed, they find they are rapidly drifting apart. [RF]

 

6.07 [267] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: EXPLOSION

Revue Productions, Inc. prod. no. 1304A

16-Nov-1956

starring
Jack Kelly
Synopsis 1:
Enemy agents battle for control of an oil well. [RF]

Synopsis 2:
A secret agent in South America poses as an eccentric Englishman. [RF]

 

6.08 [268] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: THE LETTER

Meridian Productions, Inc. (copyright date 23Nov56)

23-Nov-1956

starring

Vera Miles

John Ericson

Synopsis:
A Southern girl discovers that Confederate soldiers are not receiving letters from home.

 She therefore decides to deliver letters from her neighbors to their sons and sweethearts. [RF]

 

6.09 [269] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: ONCE UPON A TIME

(copyright title "Once Upon A Crime")

Revue Productions, Inc. (copyright date 30Nov56)

30-Nov-1956

starring

Peter Lawford

Rudy Lee

Ray Ferrell

Synopsis 1:
A small girl teaches a thief about honesty after she sees him commit a crime. [RF]

Synopsis 2:
A thief steals the money box from an amusement park, then attaches himself

 to a group of children to keep from getting caught. [RF]

 

6.10 [270] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: THE WASHINGTON INCIDENT

Revue Productions, Inc. (copyright date 07Dec56)

07-Dec-1956

Directed by John Brahm

starring

Mark Stevens ......... Abraham Lincoln
James Gregory ........ Morgan
Fredd Wayne .......... Pollack
Dean Stockwell
Synopsis:
During the trying days of 1862, Abraham Lincoln overhears a disturbing conversation. [RF]
 

6.11 [271] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: A TALE OF WELLS FARGO

Revue Productions, Inc.

Pilot for Tales of Wells Fargo (Revue)(1957-62) starring Dale Robertson

(aka The Hole-In-The-Wall Gang)

14-Dec-1956

Produced by Nat Holt

Story and Teleplay by Frank Gruber

Directed by Bernard Gerard

starring

Dale Robertson .......... Jim Hardie
Helen Westscott ....... Bess
Stuart Randall ........ Marshal
John Berardino ........ Harrigan
Tom McDonough ......... Rosser
John Merrick .......... Beal

Paul Fix

Ray Teal

George Chandler

William Forrest

Jason Johnson

Joe McGuinn

Synopsis 1:

Special Wells Fargo Agent, Jim Hardie goes after a gang of train robbers,

known as the Haggerty Brothers who stole a Wells-Fargo strong box

containing twenty-thousand dollars in gold. [SC]

Synopsis 2:
A gang of outlaws conduct a series of Wells Fargo stagecoach and office robberies.

 The company assigns Jim Hardie to investigate and stop the robbers. [RF]
*Note: Syndication airing on Colgate Western Theater 17Jul59.
 

6.12 [272] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: A LIGHT IN THE DESERT

Revue Productions, Inc. (copyright date 21Dec56)

21-Dec-1956

starring

Lew Ayres

Virginia Field

 

6.13 [273] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: THE BIG PAYOFF

(copyright title "The Payoff")
Revue Productions, Inc. (copyright date 21Dec56)

28-Dec-1956

starring

Ralph Bellamy ....... Joe McQuade

Nat Pendleton

Synopsis:
Joe McQuade is a respected and honest detective, who is in line for a promotion.

 His daughter needs an operation and a racketeer offers him money. [RF]

 

6.14 [274] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: THE LADY WAS A FLOP

Revue Productions, Inc. (copyright date 18Oct56)

04-Jan-1957

starring

Mickey Rooney ....... Red McGivney

J. Pat O'Malley ...... Morgan

Hayden Rorke ....... Whitlock

Synopsis:

Red McGivney, a former jockey who now works as an exercise boy,

is sure that a race horse named Lady has the makings of a champion.

After everyone else has given up, Red buys her to train and race

himself. [RF]

 

6.15 [275] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: TOWER ROOM 14-A

Revue Productions, Inc. (copyright date 13Nov56)

11-Jan-1957

Produced by Frank P. Rosenberg
Teleplay by David P. Harmon
Based on a story by Raymond Chandler
Directed by Don Weis

starring

Edmond O'Brien

Ruta Lee

Richard Jaeckel

Jerry Paris
Joseph Corey
Edward Wright
Peggy Connolly
Kirby Smith
Marilyn Buferd
Rayford Barnes

 

6.16 [276] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: TERROR IN THE STREETS

Revue Productions, Inc. (copyright date 21Nov56)

18-Jan-1957

starring

Linda Darnell

Richard Long

K.T. Stevens

 

6.17 [277] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: THE ENCHANTED

Revue Productions, Inc. (copyright date 26Oct56)

25-Jan-1957

directed by John Brahm

starring

Anna Maria Alberghetti

Kurt Kasznar

John Ericson

Synopsis 1:
A man brings a young girl into his house with the intention of training her to be his wife. [RF]

Synopsis 2:
A roadhouse operator is in love with his young ward. [RF]

 

6.18 [278] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: ONE LEFT OVER

Revue Productions, Inc. (copyright date 07Dec56)

01-Feb-1957

starring

Robert Cummings

Beverly Washburn

Steve Brodie

 

6.19 [279] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: SOMETIMES YOU BREAK EVEN

Revue prod. no. 118A (08Feb57 copyright date)

08-Feb-1957

Directed by John Brahm

starring

Mona Freeman ......... Susan
Barry Atwater ........ Captain Hartman
John Wilder .......... Carl
Will J. White ........ Don
Synopsis:
An Army doctor and nurse have two critical patients and lock horns

over how to deal with the lack of resources. [RF]

 

6.20 [280] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: NIGHT DRIVE

Revue prod. no. 114A (copyright date 15Feb57)

15-Feb-1957

starring

Everett Sloane

Constance Cummings

 

6.21 [281] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: THE WEDDING PRESENT

Revue prod. no. 116A (copyright date 22Feb57)

22-Feb-1957

starring

Celeste Holm

Gary Merrill

 

6.22 [282] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: THE LIFE YOU SAVE (film)

Revue prod. no. 112A (copyright date 18Dec56)

01-Mar-1957 

Produced by Frank P. Rosenberg

Adapted by Nelson Gidding

Based on Flannery O'Connor's short story

Directed by Herschel Daugherty

starring
Gene Kelly ....... Tom T. Triplet
Janice Rule ....... Lucynell Crater
Agnes Moorehead
Paul Smith ....... George
Buddy Hart ....... Hitchhiker
Barbara Pepper ....... Miss Buell
Synopsis:
Tom T. Triplet is an engaging one-armed tramp, a man who has been to a lot of places

and seen a lot of things. But never before has he seen anyone like Lucynell Crater,

a deaf-mute of angelic innocence. Marriage was the furthest thing from Tom's mind

as he made his rounds through an impoverished section of the South. [RF]

 

6.23 [283] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: CARRIAGE FROM BRITAIN

Revue prod. no. 126A (copyright date 08Mar57)

08-Mar-1957

starring

Janet Leigh

Eduardo Ciannelli

 

6.24 [284] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: THE GIRL IN THE GRASS (film)

Revue prod. no. 122A (copyright date 15Mar57)

15-Mar-1957

Adapted by Dwight Taylor

Based on a story by Margery Sharp

Directed by Ray Milland

starring

Carolyn Jones ........ the Girl

Ray Milland ....... Harry Carstairs

Fay Baker ....... Sylvia

Nora Marlowe ...... Katherine

Olive Blakeney ....... Briggs

Synopsis:

Harry Carstairs wakes up on a beautiful Indian summer day feeling young

and adventurous. His wife, however, doesn't share his romantic mood, so Harry

wanders off to the park. He intends to read the financial page, but finds himself

being stared at by a beautiful girl. [RF]

 

6.25 [285] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: FOR BETTER, FOR WORSE

Revue prod. no. 129A (copyright date 22Mar57)

22-Mar-1957

Directed by John Brahm

starring

Bette Davis

Anne Baxter

 

6.26 [286] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: THE RESTLESS GUN

Pilot for  Restless Gun (1957-59) Western series starring John Payne

Revue Productions, Inc. (copyright date 29Mar57)

29-Mar-1957

starring

John Payne ....... Vint Bonner

Andrew Duggan ....... Red Dawson

William Hopper ....... Don Maler

Michael Landon

 

6.27 [287] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: CLOTHES MAKE THE MAN (film)

Revue prod. no. 113A (copyright date 05Apr57)

05-Apr-1957

adapted by Arthur Sheekman

from a story by Nunnally Johnson

starring

Hume Cronyn ....... Wilbur Meeler

Jessica Tandy ....... Cora Torrence

Hans Conried ....... Emory Caldwell

Joseph Kearns ....... Pembrook

Russell Hicks ....... J. Winston Fletcher

Ray Walker ....... Hilburn

Bill McLean ....... Ben

Olan Soule ....... Night Clerk

Herb Vigran ....... Jason

Synopsis:

Traveling salesman Wilbur Meeler has stayed at the modest Aragon Hotel

for years. He's been known by the loud clothes he wears. Checking back

into the hotel after a selling trip, he finds anew manager who's determined to

upgrade the hotel. The manager decides Wilbur must go! [RF]

 

6.28 [288] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: THE BLUE HOTEL (film)

Revue prod. no. 111A (copyright date 12Apr57)

12-Apr-1957 (rerun 26Jul57)

Adapted by John McGreevey

Story by Stephen Crane

Directed by John Brahm

starring

Vincent Price ....... Swede
Lee Van Cleef ....... Cowboy
Chick Chandler ....... Easterner
Adam Kennedy ....... Johnnie
Tristram Coffin ....... Gambler
Phil Chambers ....... Manager
Synopsis:
A Swede arrives in a small Nebraska town and checks into the hotel there.

He's convinced that everyone is ready to kill him. Violence ensues when,

during a card game, he accuses a cowboy of cheating. [RF]

 

6.29 [289] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: GIRL WITH A GLOW

Revue prod. no. 123A (copyright date 19Apr57)

19-Apr-1957

starring

John Forsythe .......... Peter Bronson

Patricia Crowley ....... June Baker

 

6.30 [290] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: HEY, MAC

Revue prod. no. 120A (copyright date 26Apr57)

26-Apr-1957

starring

Gary Merrill

Sue George

Marian Marsh

Gordon Gebert

 

6.31 [291] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: THE TRAVELING CORPSE

Revue prod. no. 136A (copyright date 03May57)

03-May-1957  CBS Fri
Produced by Joan Harrison
Teleplay by Joel Murcott
Based on a story by Norman Matson
Directed by James Neilson

starring
Dennis O'Keefe
John Baragrey
Gertrude Michael
Leora Dana
Synopsis:
Professor Stephen Bolt, a teacher of criminology, hears a strange story from 

a guest lecturer: a man dies suddenly. While his wife is arranging the burial,

 the corpse disappears. [TA]

 

6.32 [292] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: THE DEAD ARE SILENT

Revue prod. no. 125A (copyright date 06May57)

10-May-1957

starring

Glynnis Johns

 

6.33 [293] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: SWITCH STATION

Revue prod. no. 138A (copyright date 14May57)

17-May-1957 (Network rerun 04Oct57)

Directed by John Brahm
starring
Charlton Heston
John Carradine

Edgar Buchanan ....... Henry Maguire
Catherine McLeod ..... Bess Maguire
John Dierkes ......... Dr. Belvedere
Paul Burns ........... Old Pete
Boyd Stockman ........ Driver
Synopsis:
A wandering cowboy gets a job at a stagecoach station's switch station.

Fond of his wandering life, he refuses the offer of a permanent job.

Then a band of stagecoach robbers rides in and threatens the

cowboy's employer and his daughter. [JBeer]
*Syndication airing on "Spotlight Playhouse" Tuesday 25Aug59 CBS,

Presented by Johnson's Wax.

 

6.34 [294] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: SISTER LOUISE GOES TO TOWN

Revue prod. no. 128A (copyright date 24May57)

24-May-1957 CBS Friday

Directed by John Brahm

starring

Teresa Wright ....... Sister Louise

Josephine Hutchinson

Synopsis:
A nun with an inventive mind cannot seem to keep her mind on her duties

at St. Cecile's, which involve collecting clothing for foreign missions. The
cloister's leaky roof bothers her and, after receiving word she has come

into an inheritance, she decides to do something about it. [TA]

 

6.35 [295] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: THE SWORD

Revue prod. no. 134A (copyright date 31May57)

31-May-1957

starring

Fredd Wayne .......... Cyrano de Bergerac
Jacques Sernas ....... Paul de la Force
Nicola Michaels ...... Marion
Henry Daniell ........ Count Maverin
John Doucette ........ Bouclet
Paul Frees............ Baliff

Synopsis:

The tale of the journey of Cyrano in search of his Dulce.

 

6.36 [296] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: AN OLD SPANISH CUSTOM

Revue prod. no. 130A (copyright date 07Jun57)

07-Jun-1957 CBS Friday (Network Rerun 27Sep57)

directed by John Brahm

starring
Dolores del Río
Cesar Romero
with:
Murray Hamilton
Leon Askin
Celia Lovsky
Belle Mitchell
Synopsis:
A temperamental movie star believes she can issue
orders to everyone - even people she's just met. [TA]
 

6.37 [297] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: STORM OVER RAPALLO

Revue prod. no. 145A (copyright date 12Jun57)

14Jun1957 CBS Friday (Network Rerun 27Sep57)

Written by Adrian Spies and Jameson Brewer
Directed by Paul Henreid
starring
Ricardo Montalban ... Pietro
Yvonne De Carlo ..... Francesca
George Mathews ...... Rubio
Frank Puglia ........ Rossi
Peg LaCentra ........ Grace
Ned Wever ........... Albert
Len Lesser .......... First Card Player
Paul Lambert ........ Second Card Player
Robin Morse ......... Third Card Player
George Humbert ...... Fisherman
Synopsis:
Pietro and Francesca live in a little Italian village on the Mediterranean.

She's the cook in a ramshackle hotel and he's the waiter, but he rebels at spending

his life picking up crumbs and plots big business deals at the waterfront.

His association with Rubio, an evil fisherman frightens Francesca but

she is powerless to dissuade Pietro from entering into a scheme

with Rubio to rob a pair of American tourists. [RF]
 

6.38 [298] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: FIFTY BEAUTIFUL GIRLS

Revue prod. no. 132A (copyright date 21Jun57)

21-Jun-1957 CBS Fri

starring

Barbara Bel Geddes ... Marcia
Edward Andrews ....... Anders
Synopsis:
A dancer receives death threats by repeatedly receiving letters and phone calls. [RF]

 

6.39 [299] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: SPORTING CHANCE

Revue prod. no. 148A (copyright date 24Jun57)

28-Jun-1957 CBS Fri

starring

John Baragrey

Mark Stevens 

 

6.40 [300] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: NIGHT FRIGHT

Revue prod. no. 138A (copyright date 16Jul57)

19-Jul-1957 CBS Fri

 

6.41 [301] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: EASY-GOING MAN

Revue prod. no. 108A (copyright date 07Mar57)

02-Aug-1957 CBS Fri

starring

Lee Marvin ........ Jim Patterson
Virginia Grey ..... Laura Ward
Danny Richards .... Sonny

Synopsis 1:
A boy plays cupid for his widowed mother and her old flame. [RF]
Synopsis 2:
Jim Patterson goes to the Olive Branch Saloon to play faro. He's surprised to find his

old girlfriend Laura Ward working there as a dealer. Then he learns that the wild

teenager he sees there is her son. Now a widow, Laura is unable to control Sonny,

and Jim decides to take the boy back to his ranch to straighten him out. [RF]
*Note: Syndication airing on Western Theater 31Jul59.
 

6.42 [302] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: HANDS OF THE ENEMY

Revue prod. no. 107A (copyright date 17Apr57)

09-Aug-1957

starring

Kevin McCarthy

Hope Summers

Michael Landon

Rhys Williams
Synopsis:
An attorney almost becomes a killer's second victim. [RF]

 

6.43 [303] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: THE FACE OF A KILLER

Revue prod. no. 1312A (copyright date 14Aug57)

16-Aug-1957
(syndicated on "Studio 57")

Produced by Richard Lewis

Directed by Mark Stevens
Story & teleplay by Charles Beaumont
starring
Mark Stevens ..... Art Sears/Philip Cunningham
Sam Buffington
Peter Damon

Jean Howell

William Kendis

Max Power

Howard Dayton

Butch Bernard

Olan Soule

Synopsis 1:
A Gangster on the run conceives an idea to assume the identity of a banker by convincing

a down-and-out plastic surgeon to change his face resembling that of the Banker. [SC]
Synopsis 2:
Tired of running from the law, Arthur Sears hatches a diabolical scheme.
He plans to do away with a respectable bank president. [JB]

 

6.44 [304] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: GOODBYE, JOE

Revue prod. no. 1311A (copyright date 22Aug57)

22-Aug-1957

 

6.45 [305] Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: ALWAYS OPEN AND SHUT
Revue prod. no. 1303A (copyright date 04Mar57)

29-Aug-1957
(syndicated airing on "Studio 57" 08Apr57)
Producer Richard Lewis
Teleplay by David P. Harmon
Original story by Thomas Walsh
Directed by Don McDougall
Guest Cast:
Ray Danton
Scott Brady
Jean Howell

Synopsis:
Two young policemen, partners on a risky night patrol,

jealously love the same woman. [JB]

 

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