Campbell Star Stage
Sponsors - Campbell
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by:
James Beer (ep 18)
Library of Congress (telnet://locis.loc.gov)
Internet Movie Database (http://us.imdb.com)
UCLA Film and Television Archive
Revue Production (Filmed Episodes)
NBC Fri 8:30-9:00
NBC Fri 9:00-9:30 Sep 1956 *Note sometimes aired 9:30-10:00
US Anthology series 39 episodes x 30 min (9Sep55-7Sep56)
Host: Jeffrey Lynn
Two thirds of the plays were live, the remainder were filmed.
They originated from both Hollywood & New York.
Sometimes called NBC Star Stage.
####### Star Stage #######
#### season 1 1955-56 #####
NBC Fridays 9:00-9:30pm (9Sep55-7Sep56) *Note sometimes aired 9:30-10:00
1.01 Star Stage: THE TOY LADY (possible aka "The Actress" - Filmed) (or #1.25)
09-Sep-1955 NBC Fri
written by Max Watson
An aging stage actress has a difficult time accepting that she is no
longer young and glamorous and begs her surgeon boyfriend for help.
1.02 Star Stage: COP WITHOUT A BADGE (Possibly Live)
16-Sep-1955 NBC Fri
written by Joel Carpenter
A man makes a citizen's arrest after witnessing an accident.
1.03Star Stage: ON TRIAL (Revue Prod.)(Filmed)
23-Sep-1955 NBC Fri
Written by Don M. Mankiewicz & Larry Marcus
A lawyer prosecutes a seaman responsible with tossing
six refugees out of a lifeboat. [RF]
*Note this was the pilot for Cotten's series - On Trial/The Joseph Cotten Show (Revue/NBC)(1956-57)
1.04 Star Stage: FIRST DATE (Possibly Live)
30-Sep-1955 NBC Fri
written by Doris Frankel
Phyllis Newman .... Suki
Robin Morgan ...... Laurie
Joyce Smight ...... Carol
When the youngest daughter has a date with a college boy,
her family is upset by her decision to date him.
1.05 Star Stage: HONEST JOHN AND THE 13 UNCLE SAMS (Possibly Live)
07-Oct-1955 NBC Fri
written by Joel Carpenter
Brian Donlevy ..... Honest John
Honest John is a very powerful man who finds that things are changing
the way he would like so he hires a bunch of men to parade town in Uncle Sam costumes.
1.06 Star Stage: THE U.S. vs ALEXANDER HOLMES
(possible aka "Hate at Forty Fathoms" -
14-Oct-1955 NBC Fri
Joseph Cotten ..... Alexander Holmes
A sea captain is brought to trial after his ship sinks.
1.07 Star Stage: TRUMPET MAN (Possibly Live)
21-Oct-1955 NBC Fri
Rudy Bond ..... Sid Griffin
A musician tries to make a comeback after his drinking
almost loses him his wife and career.
1.08 Star Stage: A LETTER TO MR. PRIEST
28-Oct-1955 NBC Fri
Wendell Corey ..... Mr. Priest
Voted "most likely to succeed" a lawyer recounts
his life to his class and how he achieved his success.
1.09 Star Stage: DR. JORDAN (Revue
04-Nov-1955 NBC Fri
Foreign agents target a physicist with a secret nuclear formula.
1.10 Star Stage: SPRING OVER BROOKLYN (Possibly Live)
11-Nov-1955 NBC Fri
adapted by George Marrow
based on a short story by Zachary Gold
The tale of a romance between two Brooklyn youngsters. [RF]
1.11 Star Stage: IN HOUSES I ENTER (Possibly Live)
18-Nov-1955 NBC Fri
written by Arthur Behrstock
A young doctor enters into practice with an older physician. The younger man
soon learns that medicine is more than book knowledge, and the older man
realizes that medicine is more than a "bedside manner". [RF]
1.12 Star Stage: THE GIRL WHO WASN'T WANTED (Revue Prod.)(Filmed)
25-Nov-1955 NBC Fri
adapted by Richard Collins
from a story by Stephen McNeil
Jeanne Crain ....... Nancy
John Ericson ....... Rick
Marjie Millar ....... Jennifer
Larry Keating ....... Blake
Robert Bice ....... Ferrino
The daughter of a retired prizefighter has set her cap for a brilliant young lawyer.
There's only one catch. The lawyer already has a fiancee, his boss's daughter. [RF]
1.13 Star Stage: THE MARMALADE SCANDAL (Possibly Live)
02-Dec-1955 NBC Fri
written by George Lowther
A middle-aged widow in a small Scottish town has won fame and a small fortune
from her fabulous recipe for marmalade. There's a local man who wants to win her
for his bride, but our thrifty miss believes that woman can live on marmalade alone! [RF]
1.14 Star Stage: THE THOUSAND DOLLAR BILL (Possibly Live)
09-Dec-1955 NBC Fri
written by Inez Karma
A salesman after finding a thousand dollar bill becomes Mr. Popular.
1.15 Star Stage: FOREIGN WIFE (Revue
16-Dec-1955 NBC Fri
A Colonel's wife, who is from Vienna, is targeted by spies
to steal military secrets from her husband.
1.16 Star Stage: THE RECLUSE (Possibly Live)
23-Dec-1955 NBC Fri
A recluse changes the lives of a couple at Christmas.
1.17 Star Stage: THE KNIFE
30-Dec-1955 NBC Fri
A widower tries his best to raise his son properly.
1.18 Star Stage: THE MARSHAL AND THE MOB (Revue Prod.)(Filmed)
06-Jan-1956 NBC Fri (rerun 06Jul56 on NBC)
Dan Duryea ....... Jason
Ward Bond ........ Patterson
Kem Dibbs ........ Harve
Barbara Eiler..... Carol
Paul Guilfoyle ... Jenks
Tim Graham ....... Savannah
A group of ranchers plan a lynching, but the new marshal
seems strangely reluctant to face danger. [JBeer]
1.19 Star Stage: OF MISSING PERSONS
13-Jan-1956 NBC Fri
A woman hires a man to locate her one true love.
1.20 Star Stage: ARTICLES OF WAR
20-Jan-1956 NBC Fri
A major in the Western Army of the 1870's must decide
when discipline yields to
1.21 Star Stage: SCREEN CREDIT (Revue Prod.)(Filmed)
27-Jan-1956 NBC Fri
A comedy about a best-selling author who goes to Hollywood to adapt his book
for the screen. He finds himself lost in the hectic life of the film capital. (film) [RF]
1.22 Star Stage: KILLER ON HORSEBACK (Revue Prod.)(Filmed)
03-Feb-1956 NBC Fri
Teleplay by Lawrence Kimble
Directed by John English
Director of Photography, John McBurnie
Art Director Martin Obzina
Assistant Director James Hogan
Film Editor Daniel S. Nathan
Set Decorator James S. Redd
Sound William Lynch
Rod Cameron ........ Trooper Rod Blake
Beverly Garland .... Ellie Austin
Claude Akins ....... Henley
Tol Avery .......... Bert Rogers
Robert Burton ...... Sheriff Grundy
Robert Anderson .... Swede Austin
Simon Scott ........ Ryan
Raymond Hatton ..... The Old Man
Pat Conway ......... Saunders
James Flavin ....... The Police Director
Bob Morgan ......... The Gym Deputy
On a lonely trail in Nevada, a rancher notices a saddle tramp leading
a limping horse. Approaching to offer help, the rancher is shot by the tramp.
State Trooper Rod Blake sets out to find the
rancher's attacker. [RF]
*Note: This was the pilot for the syndicated series "State Trooper".
Syndication airing on Western Theater 21Aug59.
1.23 Star Stage: WHITE NIGHT (Possibly Live)
10-Feb-1956 NBC Fri
written by Robert Wallsten
A comedy of errors as a cab driver picks up a fare,
a dancer with a boat-load of problems.
1.24 Star Stage: THE SCHOOL MISTRESS (Possibly Live)
17-Feb-1956 NBC Fri
written by Saul Levitt
A teacher wanting to become headmistress feels that one
student is holding back her promotion.
1.25 Star Stage: CAREER (possible aka "The Actress" - Filmed) (or #1.01)
24-Feb-1956 NBC Fri
An actress' box office power is dwindling so she plans
to adopt an orphan to increase her popularity.
1.26 Star Stage: I AM HER NURSE (Possibly Live)
02-Mar-1956 NBC Fri
Written by George Bellak
Adapted from a story by Mary Roberts Rinehart.
Mary Astor ........ Nurse
Patricia Smith ....... Wife
Philip Abbott .... Husband
The life of a lonely night-nurse is changed after she cares for
a young girl who has attempted suicide. [RF]
1.27 Star Stage: CLEOPATRA COLLINS (Revue Prod.)(Filmed)
09-Mar-1956 NBC Fri
Betty Grable .......Cleopatra Collins
Casey Adams ....... Pete
Rick Jason .......Pookey
Michael Winkleman ....... Bobbie
Louise Beavers ....... Effie
Gordon Mills ....... Harry
Jack Kruschen ....... Horace
Leon Tyler ....... Delivery Boy
Cleo Collins a former Miss America has put the Boardwalk of Atlantic City far
behind her and settled down to a well adjusted and happy married life. She is
now the mother of two children and has been wed for eight years. Her husband,
Pete has always been slightly uneasy about her glamorous past. When Cleo
decides to celebrate her birthday with a quiet evening at home for just the two of
them, things begin to pop! Past admirers and show-business contacts have remembered
Cleo's birthday and intrude on her plans for a quiet remembrance.
The list of intruders includes: a Miami hotel owner, her former agent, a florist,
and last but not least, Pookey the Rajah of Pukhanistir! [RF]
1.28 Star Stage: THE MAN WHO WAS IRRESISTABLE TO WOMEN (Revue Prod.)(Filmed)
16-Mar-1956 NBC Fri
Written by Jackson Stanley
Art Carney ....... Henri
Lisa Ferraday ...... Claudine
Carmen Mathews ..... Mme. Dunois
Marjorie Barrett .... Josette
Henri, a meek stagehand in love with Claudine, discovers an ancient French recipe
for winning the affections of a lady. Putting his new-found knowledge to use
he finds that the recipe has magic charms for all, except the lady of his choice. [RF]
1.29 Star Stage: THE SECRET PLACE (Revue Prod.)(Filmed)
23-Mar-1956 NBC Fri
A woman torn by a romance from her past helps her
to relax her hold on her own daughter.
1.30 Star Stage: SCANDAL ON DEEPSIDE (possible aka "Witch of Far Island" - Filmed)
30-Mar-1956 NBC Fri
Written by Kay Arthur
Scandal on Deepside revolves around a beautiful woman who is the subject
of much gossip on the island of Deepside in Maine. Her aloff behavior has
inspired rumors of a lost and tragic love affair. [RF]
1.31 Star Stage: THE SAINTED GENERAL (Revue
06-Apr-1956 NBC Fri
Yvonne De Carlo ..... Dona Maria Sanchez
Luther Adler ........ General Sanchez
The wife of a general has secretly taken his money
to build a school and church. [RF]
1.32 Star Stage: BEING NICE TO EMILY
written by Richard De Roy
Three U.S. airmen escape imprisonment with the help of a girl,
years later the men are visited by that same
1.33 Star Stage: THE SHADOWY THIRD (Revue
20-Apr-1956 NBC Fri (rerun 31Aug56)
Based on the story by Ellen Glasgow
Margaret Randolph, a young nurse, traveling back to New York
from her home in a southern city, recounts the story of an
experience that threatens to haunt her. [RF]
1.34 Star Stage: A PLACE TO BE ALONE
27-Apr-1956 NBC Fri
Adapted by A.J. Russell
From a story by Edmund Ware
As a result of a childhood vow never to cry, a mining
engineer has lived a self-contained and rather Spartan life.
His convictions are put to the test by a tragic accident. [RF]
1.35 Star Stage: BEND TO THE WIND (Possibly Live)
04-May-1956 NBC Fri
written by George Lowther
Brandon de Wilde
A country boy has a problems with his step-father.
1.36 Star Stage: THE GUARDIAN (Revue
Preston Foster ..... Sam Hodges
Range Rider Sam Hodges falls in love with a sickly school teacher's wife.
1.37 Star Stage: THE MAN IN THE BLACK ROBE (Revue Prod.)(Filmed)
18-May-1956 NBC Fri (rerun 07Sep56)
Narrator: Joseph Cotten
Paul Douglas ...... Harry Manning
John McIntire ..... Judge Cardiff
Joyce Jameson ..... Bonnie
John Hoyt ......... Hunnicutt
A mobster thinks he can get away with murder without a conviction.
*Note: This was the pilot for "On Trial" with Joseph Cotten.
1.38 Star Stage: FOUNDATIONS (Possibly Live)
25-May-1956 NBC Fri
Written by George Bellak
Producer: S. Mark Smith
An architect's marriage is in danger unless he changes his priorities.
1.39 Star Stage: THE REAL THING (Possibly Live)
01-Jun-1956 NBC Fri
written by A.J. Russell
A father does not believe that his son's intended is the right choice for him.
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