CTVA US Anthology - "Sunday Showcase" (NBC)(1959-60)

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Sunday Showcase (1959-60)

Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive

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SUNDAY SHOWCASE

(aka Breck Sunday Showcase, NBC Sunday Showcase)

September 20, 1959 - May 13, 1960

NBC Sunday 8:00-9:00

Producer Robert Alan Aurthur

*Once a month "Our American Heritage" shared the timeslot with "Sunday Showcase".

*NOTE: Some airings of the "Sunday Showcase" did not air on Sunday and were usually renamed Breck Showcase.

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NBC Sundays (20Sep59-13May60)

1.01 Sunday Showcase: PEOPLE KILL PEOPLE SOMETIMES
20Sep1959 NBC Sun
Producer Robert Alan Aurthur
Written by S. Lee Pogostin
Directed by John Frankenheimer
starring
Jason Robards Jr. ... Alex Reed
Geraldine Page ...... Virginia Reed
George C. Scott ..... Dr. Richard Bryan
Zina Bethune ........ Carol
Nan Martin .......... Nancy
Synopsis:
A wealthy couple going thru martial woes are headed for tragedy when their 14-year-old daughter realizes that both her
parents are falling apart. Her father is having an affair and her mother is all wrapped up with her psychiatrist. [RF]

1.02 Sunday Showcase: WHAT MAKES SAMMY RUN? (Part 1)
27Sep1959 NBC Sun
Producer Robert Alan Aurthur
Written by Budd Schulberg & Stuart Schulberg
directed by Delbert Mann
starring
Larry Blyden ........ Sammy Glick
John Forsythe ....... Al Manheim
Dina Merrill ........ Laurette Harrington
Barbara Rush ........ Kit Sargent
Sidney Blackmer ..... H.L. Harrington
David Opatoshu ...... Sidney Fineman
Monique Van Vooren... Zizi Molnari
Synopsis:
The story about an American heel who connives his way over the lives and ambitions of others from a post as copy boy
on a New York City daily to a top Hollywood executive position. Part I introduces Sammy, the copy boy and covers
a portion of our hero's career as an important screen writer. [RF]
*Ratings for the first time viewing were only a 9.5 with Maverick winning the night with a 22.9 share rating.

1.03 Sunday Showcase: WHAT MAKES SAMMY RUN? (Part 2)
04Oct1959 NBC Sun
Producer Robert Alan Aurthur
Written by Budd Schulberg & Stuart Schulberg
Directed by Delbert Mann
starring
Larry Blyden ........ Sammy Glick
John Forsythe ....... Al Manheim
Dina Merrill ........ Laurette Harrington
Barbara Rush ........ Kit Sargent
Sidney Blackmer ..... H.L. Harrington
David Opatoshu ...... Sidney Fineman
Monique Van Vooren .. Zizi Molnari
Synopsis:
Part II conclusion. Sammy Glick has all that money can buy, but lacks social position and a wife. To remedy this
he woos and wins the beautiful socialite daughter of the banker who has invested heavily in his movie studio. [RF]

1.04 Sunday Showcase: THE MILTON BERLE SHOW
11Oct1959 NBC Sun
Hosted by Milton Berle
starring
Danny Thomas ........ Himself
Peter Lawford ....... Himself
Lana Turner ......... Herself
Barbara Heller ...... Herself
Highlights:
In a comedy routine, "The Two Berles," Milton shows the way he used to be and what he is today. As "The Insulters",
Milton, Peter, Danny and Lana expose TV stars and shows. Lawford and Barbara Heller, satirizes TV gangster shows
with "The Untouchables" renamed "The Unbearables" Danny Thomas as Scarface, Milton Berle as Bugsy Monahan,
Peter Lawford as Ace the Crime Reporter and Barbara Heller as a nightclub chanteuse. Milton and Danny take a
coffee break and reminisce about their careers in show business. Lana sings, "Just Turn Me Loose on Broadway"
and "Taking a Chance on Love". [RF]
Summary:
Milton Berle hosts this zany variety episode packed with comedy skits. Lana Turner, Peter Lawford and Danny Thomas
join Milton in the fun. [RF]

[--] Our American Heritage #1: Divided We Stand
18Oct59

1.05 Sunday Showcase: A TRIBUTE TO ELEANOR ROOSEVELT ON HER DIAMOND JUBILEE
25Oct1959 NBC
Host Arthur Godfrey
starring
Eleanor Roosevelt
with
Helen Hayes
Maurice Chevalier
Bob Hope
Henry Fonda
Joan Crawford
Elizabeth Taylor
Ralph Bellamy
Sidney Poitier
Gertrude Berg
Sir Cedric Hardwicke
Marian Anderson
Jimmy Durante
Eddie Cantor
Mary Martin
Jose Iturbi
Highlights:
Former President Harry Truman, Vice President Richard Nixon chuckles about his first appearance on any program
with the former President, Maurice Chevalier charms and sings, Gertrude Berg and Sir Cedric Harwicke sing
"I Remember It Well", Marian Anderson's moving spirituals, Jose Iturbi's piano solo, Bob Hope's monologue,
plus bits of Eddie Cantor and Jimmy Durante. Many more personalities from Helen Hayes, Sidney Poitier, Henry Fonda,
Elizabeth Taylor, Ralph Bellamy, Mary Martin, Joan Crawford make themselves useful at appropriate moments throughout. [RF]

1.06 Sunday Showcase: THE MILTON BERLE SPECIAL
01Nov1959 NBC
Host Milton Berle
starring
Lucille Ball
Desi Arnaz
Highlights:
Uncle Milty is joined by Lucy and Desi in a comedy-drama act in Las Vegas.
Skit with Lucy and Milty doing battle with a pair of jewel thieves, Milty was about to give his wife a big diamond ring.
Comedy sketch with Lucy and Milty in a Las Vegas wedding ceremony with attire to match. [RF]

1.07 Sunday Showcase: MURDER AND THE ANDROID
08Nov1959 NBC
Based on the Alfred Bester sci-fi story
Directed by Alex Segal
starring
Kevin McCarthy
Suzanne Pleshette
Rip Torn
Vladimir Sokoloff
Sono Osato
Synopsis:
The story of a man in the world of 400 years hence who inherits an android, a synthetic laboratory produced
man. The android, normally submissive and obedient, goes berserck and starts to order his owner around. [RF]

[--] Sunday Showcase:
15Nov1959
pre-empted for "Hallmark Hall of Fame" Special.

[--] Our American Heritage #2: The Practical Dreamer
22Nov1959

[--] Sunday Showcase:
29Nov1959
pre-empted for The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences takes over to present its Grammy awards
to recording stars. [RF]

1.08 Sunday Showcase: THE JIMMY DURANTE SHOW - GIVE MY REGARDS TO BROADWAY
06Dec1959 NBC
Directed by Dick McDonough
starring
Jimmy Durante
Ray Bolger
Jane Powell
Jimmie Rodgers
Eddie Hodges
Highlights:
Jimmy Durante takes charge for a program titled "Give My Regards to Broadway".
Featuring the works of George M. Cohan. [RF]

1.09 Sunday Showcase: THE INDESTRUCTIBLE MR. GORE
13Dec1959 NBC Sun
Producer Robert Alan Aurthur
Written by Gore Vidal
Directed by William A. Graham
Narrated by Gore Vidal
starring
William Shatner ..... Thomas Gore
Inger Stevens ....... Nina Kay
E.G. Marshall ....... Judge Wingate
Nancy Marchand ...... Mrs. Clegg
Henderson Forsythe .. Mr. Clegg
William Traylor ..... Cam Kay
Synopsis:
Drama about Gore Vidal's grandfather Senator Thomas Gore. Tom Gore comes to Coriscana, Texas, in 1892 seeking
a job in Judge Wingate's law office. The Judge questions him sharply, and the young attorney admist that the
goal of his life is to become a United States Senator. Then Gore reveals that he is totally blind. [RF]
*NOTE: The drama is based on the life of Gore Vidal's grandfather, the late Senator Thomas P. Gore of Lawton.
Gore was the only blind senator ever elected to the legislature and a pivotal figure in the movement for
Oklahoma statehood.
The drama was telecast from New York City. (Live, Color, 60mins)

[--] Preempted for President's Trip, Eisenhower at the Western Summit Meeting
20Dec1959

[--] Preempted for Prolog 1960 Special
27Dec1959


1.10 Sunday Showcase: THE MARGARET BOURKE WHITE STORY
03Jan1960 NBC (rerun 13Jun60)
Produced by Robert Saudek
Written by Joseph Liss
Directed by Alex March
starring
Teresa Wright ....... Margaret Bourke White (nominated for an Emmy)
Eli Wallach ......... Alfred Eisenstaedt
Synopsis:
The dramatization of the noted LIFE magazine photographer's courageous battle against Parkinson's disease.
Nothing daunted Miss Bourke-White when it came to getting a photograph—and it is this spirit which so helped
her in her current fight. "Maggie" lived in conditions of the most primitive discomfort and hardship deep in
the heart of guerrilla-held territory in southwest Korea. She subsisted chiefly on U.S. Army rations, and
drinking water she purified in her canteen with Halizone tablets. [RF]

1.11 Sunday Showcase: HEDDA HOPPER'S HOLLYWOOD
10Jan1960 NBC
starring
Hedda Hopper
Synopsis:
The past, present and future of Hollywood as seen through the eyes of columnist Hedda Hopper will be shown,
with a long list of guest stars including Gary Cooper, Lucille Ball, Francis X. Bushman, Ramon Novarro,
Gloria Swanson, James Stewart, Anthony Perkins, Liza Minelli, Walt Disney and many others. [RF]

1.12 Sunday Showcase: ONE LOUD CLEAR VOICE
17Jan1960 NBC
Written by Roger O. Hirson
starring
Larry Blyden
Mary Fickett
Wendell Corey
Jack Klugman
Frank Conroy
Joseph Sweeney
Synopsis:
An original drama tells the story of a political idealist who comes to power and is turned into a machine boss. [RF]

[--] Our American Heritage #3: Destiny, West!
24Jan1960


1.13 Sunday Showcase: THE TWISTED CROSS
31Jan1960 NBC
Producer Henry Salomon
Teleplay by Richard Hanser
Directed by Henry Salomon
Narrated by Alexander Scourby
Synopsis:
An authentic account of the rise and fall of Adolf Hitler with actual film footage of the Jews being rounded
up for the concentration camps.. [RF]
*NOTE: Repeated by popular demand this program originally aired on "Project 20".

1.14 Sunday Showcase: AFTER HOURS
07Feb1960 NBC
Written by Tony Webster
starring
Christopher Plummer
Sally Ann Howes
Buster Keaton
Synopsis:
A lonely man threatens to quit his job because he doesn't want to attend the office Christmas party.
Synopsis 2:
A comedy of a patient turned analyst and a girl who didn't want to be understood.

*NOTE: Pre-empted from 20Dec59 due to Presidential Trip.

1.15 Sunday Showcase: THE DEVIL AND DANIEL WEBSTER (Live)
14Feb1960 NBC
Producer David Susskind
Adapted by Phil Reisman Jr.
Story by Stephen Vincent Benet
Directed by Tom Donovan
starring
Edward G. Robinson .. Daniel Webster
David Wayne ......... The Devil
Tim O'Connor ........ Jabez Stone
Betty Lou Holland ... Dorcas Stone
Royal Beal .......... Justice Hawthorne
Stuart Gorman ....... Stevens
Howard Freeman ...... Pinkham
Synopsis 1:
Stephen Vincent Benet's classic tale of a New England farmer (Tim O'connor) who sells his soul to the Devil
(David Wayne) in exchange for 'seven years of glittering fortune.
Synopsis 2:
After a run of bad luck, New Englander Jabez Stone is about to lose his farm and this is the last straw.
In a fit of rage, Jabez tells his wife that he'd sell his soul to the devil for just about two cents
- and the devil takes him up on it. Contract in hand, he offers Jabez the customary irresistible terms:
"Seven Years of Glittering Fortune."
*NOTE: The program was rebroadcast, through the magic of color videotape, on April 30, 1962 as a Breck golden
showcase presentation.

[--] Our American Heritage #4: Shadow of a Soldier
21Feb1960


1.16 Sunday Showcase: THE SECRET TO FREEDOM
28Feb1960 NBC
Written by Archibald MacLeish
starring
Tony Randall
Kim Hunter
Thomas Mitchell
Synopsis:
The play deals with a current crisis in the United Stales, and tells the story of a civic-minded couple who
have worked long and hard to gain passage of a tax referendum to improve the schools in their town. They are
confident of victory, but the referendum is defeated. This leads to a search for answers to bitter questions
about the town, the times, and the country. [RF]
*NOTE: Filmed in Mount Holly, N.J.

1.17 Sunday Showcase: TURN THE KEY DEFTLY
06Mar1960 NBC
Executive producer Robert Alan Aurthur
Producer George Schaefer
Written by Alfred Bester
Directed by George Schaefer
starring
Julie Harris ........ Francesca, Simone
Francis Lederer ..... Mario Morgan
Maximilian Schell ... Peter Gerard
Humphrey Davis ...... Captain Feidman
Louis Edmonds ....... Marcel Roget
Barbara Bulgakov .... Baroness
Synopsis:
Gerard the Great is dead, and Mario's Giant Variety Show & One-Ring Circus has lost its star. But Gerard's son Peter,
an architect, knows the act, and Mario asks him to join the traveling troop temporarily. While Peter is trying to
decide whether to become a circus illusionist, he is perplexed by the brand of illusion practiced offstage by
Francesca, who was his father's assistant. [RF]

1.18 Sunday Showcase: LIFE IN THE THIRTIES
13Mar1960 NBC
Narrated by Alexander Scourby
Music Robert Russell Bennett
Synopsis:
A look at the American way of life in the 1930's.
*NOTE: A repeat program originally aired on "Project 20".

[--] Our American Heritage #5: Autocrat and Son
20Mar1960

1.19 Sunday Showcase: THE AMERICAN
27Mar1960 NBC
Producer Robert Alan Aurthur
Associate Producer Alex March
Teleplay by Merle Miller
Directed by John Frankenheimer
starring
Lee Marvin .......... Ira Hayes
Synopsis:
The powerful story of Ira Hayes, the American Indian who was one of the Marines present at the flag raising
on Mt. Suribachi on Iwo Jima.  [RF]
Synopsis 2:
It is the story of the ordeal of Ira Hamilton Hayes, Pima Indian, one of six U.S. Marines who planted the
American flag on Mt. Suribachi, Iwo Jima, in 1945. [RF]

*Note: Author William Bradford Huie claimed infringement on the story about Marine hero Ira Hayes.

1.20 Sunday Showcase: HOLLYWOOD SINGS
03Apr1960 NBC
Producer Robert Saudek
written by Lucille Kallen
Hosted by Boris Karloff
starring
Tammy Grimes
Eddie Albert
Franz Allers
Synopsis:
Boris Karloff sets the tone of the proceedings by casting an amused, if rather jaundiced eye, on Hollywood
of the '20s. Starting with a spoof of the silent films, Tammy and her "consort" Eddie Albert progress
chronologically, if not musically, from "Toot Toot Tootsie" via early Gershwin, to "Gigi."

[--] Our American Heritage #6: Millionaire's Mite
10Apr1960


1.21 Sunday Showcase: EASTER
17Apr1960
Narrator Victor Jory
starring
Elaine Malbin
The Utah Symphony Orchestra
The Virginia Tanner Dancers
The University of Utah's Corps de Ballet and Mixed Chorus
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

[--] Sunday Showcase:
24Apr1960
pre-empted for "Overture to a Royal Wedding".

1.22 Sunday Showcase: THE FRANCES LANGFORD SHOW
01May1960
Producer Frank Tashlin (Frances' husband)
Hostess Frances Langford
starring
Johnny Mathis
Mary Costa
Don Ameche
Hermione Gingold
Bob Cummings
The Three Stooges
The Hermes Pan Dancers
Martin B. McKneally, National Commander of the American Legion.
Highlights:
Mary Costa sings "Sempre Libera" from La Traviata and "Holiday For Strings".
Bob Cummings and Hermione Gingold duet with "I Remember It Well".
Frances and Bob team up on "Rockin' Chair".
A revival of the Bickersons with Don Ameche rejoining his old partner Frances.
Johnny and Frances sing "Skyliner".
Frances sings Irving Berlin's "Suppertime" and closes the show with "Ave Maria".

[--] Sunday Showcase
08May1960
"Music on Ice" summer series debuts in the Sunday Showcase timeslot.

1.23 Breck Showcase: ROUGHING IT
13May1960 NBC Fri
Producer Robert Saudek
starring
James Daly ........... Mark Twain
Andrew Prine
Frances Heflin
George Mathews
Synopsis:
Based on Twain's volume of reminiscences of his years in the Nevada gold fields, during the Gold Rush,
when he served for six years as an unpaid aide to his brother, Secretary of the Nevada Territory. [RF]

*Note: James Daly replaced Hal Holbrook who was originally announced for the role.
*Note: This program was postponed from an earlier date.

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