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Short Short Dramas (1952-53)

Episode Guide  compiled by The Classic TV Archive

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SHORT SHORT DRAMAS

NBC
15 min dramas which aired twice weekly  - Tuesdays & Thursdays
Sep 30, 1952 to Apr 9, 1953
 

Hosted by Ruth Woods

Premise: The 15 minute filmed dramas will feature mystery, comedy and dramatic tales. Ruth Woods
the hostess introduces the audience to a story-teller who relates his or her own experiences.
All dramas have a twist ending ala O. Henry.

The series was called "Short, Short Stories" on the West Coast.
Was sponsored by "The soft drink that offers longer bottles and more bounce".


Syndication titles aired 11:15pm:

Playhouse 10 (1955-56)Playhouse 15
 

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NBC Tuesdays & Thursdays 7:15-7:30pm

1.01 Short Short Dramas: [debut]
30Sep1952 [debut] East Coast, NBC Tue
Written by Max Ehrlich
Directed by Dan Petrie
starring
Joseph Fallon ..... Oscar
Synopsis:
A boy writes a special delivery air mail letter to "God" asking that his mom who is suffering from
an incurable illness be made well.

1.02 Short Short Dramas: 2-Oct-1952 NBC Thur - no details

1.03 Short Short Dramas: 7-Oct-1952 NBC Tue - no details

1.04 Short Short Dramas: ACT OF DIVORCE
09-Oct-1952 NBC Thur
starring
Robert Pastene
Neva Patterson

1.05 Short Short Dramas: 14Oct-1952 NBC Tue - no details

1.06 Short Short Dramas: THE DIARY
16-Oct-1952 NBC Thur
starring
Olive Blakeney
Leslie Nielsen
Synopsis:
A tale of blackmail and deceit. [RF]

1.07 Short Short Dramas: THE MAN WHO REMEMBERED
21-Oct-1952 NBC Tue
starring
Peter Hobbes
Lois Wheeler

1.08 Short Short Dramas: FLAT FEE
23-Oct-1952 NBC Thur
starring
Paul Ford
Gene Lyons
Synopsis:
A private detective investigates a theft and comes upon a surprising problem and solution. [RF]

1.09 Short Short Dramas: THAT CERTAIN FLAVOR
28-Oct-1952 NBC Tue
starring
Mark Roberts

1.10 Short Short Dramas: DOUBLE NEGATIVE
30-Oct-1952 NBC Thur
starring
Shepperd Strudwick

1.11 Short Short Dramas: THE CLOUD
04-Nov-1952 NBC Tue
starring
Peggy Allenby
Loretta Daye
Jamie Smith
Synopsis:
The wife of a foreign correspondent finds herself hampered by an over-protesting mother. [RF]

1.12 Short Short Dramas: CITY SLICKER
06-Nov-1952 NBC Thur
starring
Jed Prouty

1.13 Short Short Dramas: THE RETURN
11-Nov-1952 NBC Tue
starring
Frank Albertson
Ruth Woods
Synopsis:
A jealous wife, a henpecked husband another woman and a diamond necklace turns into murder. [RF]

1.14 Short Short Dramas: MEET ME AT THE LIBERTY
13-Nov-1952 NBC Thur
starring
Henry Jones

1.15 Short Short Dramas: THE FIX
18-Nov-1952 NBC Tue
starring
John Barney

1.16 Short Short Dramas: HAT TRICK
20-Nov-1952 NBC Thur
starring
June Dayton
Dean Harens
Ann Thomas

1.17 Short Short Dramas: A PORTRAIT OF GENERAL GARRITY
25-Nov-1952 NBC Tue
starring
E.G. Marshall
Cliff Robertson

1.18 Short Short Dramas: THE UNKNOWN FACTOR
27-Nov-1952 NBC Thur
starring
Eileen Heckart
Richard Kiley

1.19 Short Short Dramas: THE GIFT
02-Dec-1952 NBC Tue
starring
John Boruff
Olive Deering

1.20 Short Short Dramas: WOMAN IN HIS LIFE
04-Dec-1952 NBC Thur
starring
Harriet E. MacGibbon

1.21 Short Short Dramas: I AM NOT ALONE
09-Dec-1952 NBC Tue
starring
Somar Alberg
John Rodney

1.22 Short Short Dramas: THE LIGHT TOUCH
11-Dec-1952 NBC Thur
starring
Leo Penn

1.23 Short Short Dramas: NIGHT SCHOOL
16-Dec-1952 NBC Tue
starring
Henry Jones

1.24 Short Short Dramas: THE ESCAPE
18-Dec-1952 NBC Thur
starring
Guy Thomajan
Synopsis:
The fact that there are more ways than one to catch a criminal is revealed in this story. [RF]

1.25 [--] Short Short Dramas: 23-Dec-1952 NBC Tue - no details

1.26 Short Short Dramas: SUCCESS STORY
25-Dec-1952 NBC Thur
starring
Richard Derr

1.27 Short Short Dramas: THE MATCHMAKER
30-Dec-1952 NBC Tue
starring
Joe Maross

1.28 Short Short Dramas: THIN ICE
01-Jan-1953 NBC Thur
starring
Cynthia Stone
Synopsis:
An intriguing tale of jewelry smuggling with an unusual climax. [RF]

1.29 Short Short Dramas: THE COUNTESS
06-Jan-1953 NBC Tue
starring
Lisa Ferraday
Vaughn Taylor
Synopsis:
The trials and tribulations of a duke and duchess working as servants in America. [RF]

1.30 Short Short Dramas: THE PRESENT
08-Jan-1953 NBC Thur
starring
June Dayton
Synopsis:
Two crooks and a diamond bracelet are involved in a plan that supposedly couldn't fail. [RF]

1.31 Short Short Dramas: THE DOWRY
13-Jan-1953 NBC Tue
starring
Theo Goetz
Enid Pulver
Somer Alberg
Synopsis:
An old man endeavors to give his daughter an Old World dowry. [RF]

1.32 Short Short Dramas: THE NEW BOOK
15-Jan-1953 NBC Thur
starring
Richard Bishop
Kathleen Comegys
Jonathan Harris
Synopsis:
An old farmer finds a new interest when he buys a new book. [RF]

1.33 Short Short Dramas: LAPSE OF MEMORY
20-Jan-1953 NBC Tue
starring
James Gregory
Clifford Sales
Synopsis:
A smart lawyer straightens out a soft-hearted crook. [RF]

1.34 Short Short Dramas: BURIED TREASURE
22-Jan-1953 NBC Thur
starring
Joe Graham
Ruth McDevitt
Una O'Connor

1.35 [--] Short Short Dramas: 27-Jan-1953 NBC Tue - no details
1.36 [--] Short Short Dramas: 29-Jan-1953 NBC Thur - no details

1.37 Short Short Dramas: OPERATION SUNSHINE
03-Feb-1953 NBC Tue
starring
Ernest Borgnine
George Petrie
Synopsis:
The problems a young wounded soldier faces in a Korean hospital are the basis for this story. [RF]
*Note: Reaired on "Playhouse 15" 20Nov56.

1.38 Short Short Dramas: REASONABLE FACSIMILE
05-Feb-1953 NBC Thur
starring
Loretta Daye

1.39 Short Short Dramas: THE INTERRUPTION [Part 1]
10-Feb-1953 NBC Tue
starring
Wesley Addy

1.40 Short Short Dramas: THE INTERRUPTION [Part 2]
12-Feb-1953 NBC Thur
starring
Wesley Addy

1.41 Short Short Dramas: THE WRESTLER
17-Feb-1953 NBC Tue
starring
Alan Lee
Murvyn Vye

1.42 Short Short Dramas: THE DOCTOR'S DECEIT
19-Feb-1953 NBC Thur
starring
Russell Collins

1.43 Short Short Dramas: TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN
24-Feb-1953 NBC Tue
starring
Bethel Leslie
Tony Randall
Synopsis:
A girl comtemplating suicide changes her mind when a stranger enters her life.

1.44 [--] Short Short Dramas: 26-Feb-1953 NBC Thur - no details

1.45 Short Short Dramas: THE CALCULATED RISK
03-Mar-1953 NBC Tue
starring
Lisa Howard

1.46 Short Short Dramas: ACT OF BRAVERY
05-Mar-1953 NBC Thur
starring
Richard Kiley

1.47 Short Short Dramas: PUBLIC RELATIONS
10-Mar-1953 NBC Tue
starring
E.G. Marshall
Frank Thomas

1.48 Short Short Dramas: THE GAMBLER
12-Mar-1953 NBC Thur
starring
Vaughn Taylor

1.49 Short Short Dramas: THE DOUBLE CROSS
17-Mar-1953 NBC Tue
starring
Margaret Hayes
Darren McGavin

1.50 Short Short Dramas: APPOINTMENT WITH LOVE
19-Mar-1953 NBC Thur
starring
Terry Becker

1.51 Short Short Dramas: THE WILL
24-Mar-1953 NBC Tue
starring
Joy Hodges

1.52 [--] Short Short Dramas: 26-Mar-1953 NBC Thur - no details

1.53 Short Short Dramas: FOLLOW-UP
31-Mar-1953 NBC Tue
starring
Frank Albertson

1.54 Short Short Dramas: WINNING TICKET
02-Apr-1953 NBC Thur
starring
June Dayton

1.55 Short Short Dramas: Unknown
07-Apr-1953 NBC Tue

1.56 Short Short Dramas: Unknown
09-Apr-1953 NBC Thur

[--] Short Short Dramas: THE WITNESS
unknown airdate
Synopsis:
A thief and murderer tries to find the only witness to his crime. [RF]

[--] Short Short Dramas: BACKFIRE
16Jun53
Synopsis:
The perfect crime was committed until everything backfired. [RF]

 

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