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Hosted by Dr. Frank Baxter
 Season 3 (ABC) (1957-58)
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by:
J. Fred MacDonald (www.macfilms.com), Tom Alger, Rina Fox
references:
TV Guide / Library of Congress (telnet://locis.loc.gov)
Internet Movie Database (http://us.imdb.com)
UCLA Film and Television Archive / Writers Guild of America (wga)


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3.01 [53] Telephone Time: REVENGE

Hal Roach prod #9964

10-Sep-1957 ABC Tue

Produced by Jerry Stagg

Written by Laslo Vadnay

Directed by Lewis Allen

Host: Dr. Frank Baxter

starring

Greer Garson ....... Eliza Stewart

Grant Richards ....... Pete Dawson
Florenz Ames ......... Judge
Olive Blakeney ....... Jessie Cooper
Jimmy Fields ......... Bobby

Clark Gordon

Warren Parker

Mason Curry

Jim Hayward

Martha Wentworth

Synopsis 1:

A school teacher from Massachusetts comes to a small western town to marry

a young homesteader, but finds that he's been murdered. The jury frees the murderer

on a phony plea of self-defense. Determined to see justice done, she decides to stay

in town as a constant irritant to the murderer's conscience. She makes him so crazy,

he picks a fight with one of his friends and is killed. Dismayed by her own vengefulness,

the teacher decides that justice would be better served by true social reform. She campaigns

successfully for women to be selected as jurors, which results in the second murderer

being convicted and sent to prison. [RF]

Synopsis 2:
The true story of Eliza Stewart shows how her search for vengeance resulted

in a change in the jury system in the territory of Wyoming. Arriving in Laramie

to be married, Eliza learns that her fiance has been killed by Pete Dawson,

 a ruthless gunman. But at the trial she sees Dawson freed by the all-male jury.

 She vows to get revenge and embarks on a strange crusade. [RF]

 

3.02 [54] Telephone Time: HERE LIES FRANCOIS GOLD

Hal Roach prod #9963

17-Sep-1957 ABC Tue

Producer Jerry Stagg
Written by Laszlo Vadnay
Directed by Allen H. Miner
Director of photography Paul Ivano

Host: Dr. Frank Baxter

starring

Otto Waldis

George Tobias

 

3.03 [55] Telephone Time: CAMPAIGN FOR MARRIAGE

Hal Roach prod #9954

24-Sep-1957 ABC Tue

Host: Dr. Frank Baxter

 

3.04 [56] Telephone Time: THE GADFLY

Hal Roach prod #9948

01-Oct-1957 ABC Tue

Host: Dr. Frank Baxter

starring

Thomas Mitchell

 

3.05 [57] Telephone Time: HOLE IN THE WALL

Hal Roach prod #9957

08-Oct-1957 ABC Tue

Host: Dr. Frank Baxter

 

3.06 [58] Telephone Time: THE MAN THE NAVY COULDN'T SINK

Hal Roach prod #9054

15-Oct-1957 ABC Tue

Host: Dr. Frank Baxter

starring
Joseph Cotten

 

3.07 [59] Telephone Time: UNDER SEVENTEEN

Hal Roach prod #9956

22-Oct-1957 ABC Tue

Directed by Robert B. Sinclair

Host: Dr. Frank Baxter
starring
Ken Osmond
Fredd Wayne

Synopsis:
Story of two orphan boys vs. juvenile court.  [JFM]

 

3.08 [60] Telephone Time: THE OTHER VAN GOGH

Hal Roach prod #9966

29-Oct-1957 ABC Tue

Directed by Robert B. Sinclair

Host: Dr. Frank Baxter

starring

Beverly Garland ....... Johanna Van Gogh

Harry Townes ....... Theo Van Gogh

Helen Wallace ...... Auntie

John Bradford ...... Messenger Boy

 

3.09 [61] Telephone Time: ARITHMETIC SAILOR

Hal Roach prod #9955

05-Nov-1957 ABC Tue

Directed by Robert B. Sinclair

Host: Dr. Frank Baxter

 

3.10 [62] Telephone Time: I GET ALONG WITHOUT YOU VERY WELL

Hal Roach prod #9969

12-Nov-1957 ABC Tue

Producer Jerry Stagg

Written by Laslo Vadnay

Directed by Abby Berlin

Director of photography Edward Fitzgerald

Host: Dr. Frank Baxter

starring

Hoagy Carmichael ........ Himself

Walter Winchell ....... Himself

Alan Reed ....... Sid Kramer

Ben Lessy ....... Lou Dorsey

Kaye Elhardt ........ Betty

Sally Fraser ...... Alice

Hollis Irving ...... Martha

Jean Bartel ...... Mrs. Thompson

Michael Bryant ....... Thompson

Joan Granville ...... Secretary

And the voice of Tony Mitchell

Synopsis:

Composer Hoagy Carmichael relates the story of a song inspired by an anonymous poem,

I get along without you very well. The year is 1938. Hoagy is asked to write a song to be

introduced on Dick Powell's radio show. While going through his files, Hoagy discovers

a nearly forgotten poem and promises a melody for it. He remembers little about the

source of the poem except that a girl gave it to him at a college sorority party several

years before. But the lyricist must grant permission before the music can be cleared

for use on the radio. There ensues a desperate nation-wide search, aided by

the broadcasts of Walter Winchell to find the author before air time. [RF]

 

3.11 [63] Telephone Time: ALICE'S WEDDING GOWN

Hal Roach prod #9059

19-Nov-1957 ABC Tue

Music by Leo Klatzkin

Host: Dr. Frank Baxter

starring
Norma Eberhardt  ......... Alice Martin
Synopsis:
A girl in a reformatory makes up a strange lie. [RF]

Synopsis 2:
Before her final parole from a prison school, Alice Martin, a shy and reserved

 young girl, is given a job at a diner to see how she adjusts to the outside world.

 After working a few weeks, she returns to tell the other girls

at the school that she is going to be married. [RF]

 

3.12 [64] Telephone Time: THE RESCUE

Hal Roach prod #9062

26-Nov-1957 ABC Tue

Host: Dr. Frank Baxter

 

3.13 [65] Telephone Time: NOVEL APPEAL (film)

Hal Roach prod #9961

03-Dec-1957 ABC Tue

Directed by Arthur Hiller

Host: Dr. Frank Baxter

starring

Claudette Colbert ....... Mary Roberts

John Carradine

Alan Dexter
John Dierkes
John Hoyt

Synopsis 1:

An author frees an innocent man from prison.

Synopsis 2:
The authoress becomes interested in the case of a man who, many years before,

 was convicted of murder. [TA]
 

3.14 [66] Telephone Time: SAM HOUSTON'S DECISION (film)

Hal Roach prod #9051

10-Dec-1957 ABC Tue

Host: Dr. Frank Baxter

starring
Don Taylor
Synopsis:
While a band of men is fighting at the Alamo to hold off Santa Anna's men,

Sam Houston takes command of the small army. [RF]

 

3.15 [67] Telephone Time: THE FRYING PAN

Hal Roach prod #9968

17-Dec-1957 ABC Tue

Host: Dr. Frank Baxter

starring
Jerome Cowan
Joe Flynn

Synopsis:
Joey and the other boys in an orphanage are looking through a mail-order catalog,

choosing the inexpensive gift they are allowed at Christmas. when the superintendent asks

Joey what he wants, Joey tells him he would like a frying pan to fry eggs. [RF]

 

3.16 [68] Telephone Time: A PICTURE OF THE MAGI

Hal Roach prod #9945

24-Dec-1957 ABC Tue

Directed by Robert B. Sinclair
Host: Dr. Frank Baxter

starring
Nestor Paiva

Synopsis:
Set in Budapest during the anticommunist uprising an activist family

seeks to escape the Soviet's clutches by crossing the border.

 

3.17 [69] Telephone Time: DEATH OF A NOBODY

Hal Roach prod #9058

31-Dec-1957 ABC Tue

Host: Dr. Frank Baxter

starring
Jackie Cooper
Frank Faylen

 

3.18 [70] Telephone Time: ABBY, JULIA AND THE SEVEN PET COWS

Hal Roach prod #9056

07-Jan-1958 ABC Tue

Directed by Arthur Hiller

Host: Dr. Frank Baxter

 

3.19 [71] Telephone Time: CAVALRY SURGEON

Hal Roach prod #9065

14-Jan-1958 ABC Tue

Produced by Jerry Stagg

Written by Peter Packer

Directed by George Waggner

Director of photography Paul Ivano

Host: Dr. Frank Baxter

starring

John Hudson ......... William Roberts
Vic Perrin .......... Lt. Hamilton
Addison Richards .... Col. Lugenbeel
Paul R. Davis ....... Sgt. Macy
Roberto Contreras ... Mexican Spy
David Post .......... Wounded Trooper
Patrick Riley ....... Messenger
Ed McCready ......... Metz

Captain John Peters

Synopsis 1:

The story of a military surgeon who in a moment of crisis has to perform an action

repugnant to his very nature. The story of a cavalry skirmish in the Mexican War and

of two men who fought with different philosophies and methods toward the same end.

One lived heroically and one died a hero. [RF]

Synopsis 2:
An assistant surgeon in the U.S. Army during the Mexican War is denounced

by a superior officer as a "pill pusher". Later, the doctor's prompt

action helps the U.S. win the war. [RF]

* This was a pilot episode for a new series based on the life and times

of assistant surgeon William Roberts.

** The series was to be set in the 1830s and 1840s, an era not typically seen on TV.

 

3.20 [72] Telephone Time: A STUBBORN FOOL (film)

Hal Roach prod #9962

21-Jan-1958 ABC Mon

Host: Dr. Frank Baxter

starring
Opera star Italo Tajo
Synopsis:
The owner of a ferry service across the Arno River in Italy, decides to abandon

his boat and build a bridge. But he can find no one to help him with his project. [TA]
 

3.21 [73] Telephone Time: FLIGHT FOR LIFE (film)

Hal Roach prod #9063

28-Jan-1958 ABC Tue

Host: Dr. Frank Baxter

starring

Stephen McNally ....... Major Tyson

Billy Idelson ....... M/Sergeant Newsom

Paul Millard ....... Lt. Bewley

Lee Farr ....... M/Sergeant Taylor

Eddie Ryder ........ Lt. Lambert

Edward G. Robinson Jr. ........ Lt. Hays

Tom Holland ........ Captain Holy

Synopsis:

After reaching the point of no return on a flight to Honolulu,

a military plane has engine trouble. This is the story of the captain

 of the plane, Major Tyson and his battle to keep the plane in the air. [RF]

 

3.22 [74] Telephone Time: THE IMMORTAL EYE (film)

Hal Roach prod #9066

04-Feb-1958 ABC Tue

Directed by Robert B. Sinclair

Host: Dr. Frank Baxter

starring
Wanda Hendrix ........ Joan Horton
John Smith ....... Philip Horton
Willis Bouchey ...... Ottomar Gerhardt
Synopsis:
A baby is born with an incurable ailment, and given only three months to live.

The young mother decides that when the baby dies,

 its eyes must be donated to the eye bank. [RF]

 

3.23 [75] Telephone Time: RECIPE FOR SUCCESS (on film)

Hal Roach prod #9072

11-Feb-1958 ABC Tue

Producer by Jerry Stagg
Teleplay by David Evans
Directed by George Waggner
Director of photography Paul Ivano
Host: Dr. Frank Baxter

starring
Walter Slezak ....... Henri Charpentier
Sebastian Cabot ..... Prince of Wales
Edith Barrett ....... Sara Bernhardt
Ted Marcuse ......... John P. William
Alphonse Martell .... Waiter
Martha Wentworth .... Jeanette
Christopher Essay ... Entremetier
George Milan ........ Chauffeur
George Dee .......... Alphonse
Rita Shanker ........ Little Girl
*
Production supervisor Sidney Van Keuren
Production co-ordinator E.H. Goldstein
Production manager James W. Lane
Assistant director Bruce Fowler Jr.
Edited by Charles Freeman
Art Director William Ferrari
Photographic effects Jack R. Glass
Set decorations Rudy Butler
Sound Frank Webster and Frank Moran
Casting by Ruth Burch
Costumer John A. Zacha
Makeup Sid Perell, SMA
Hair stylist Carmen Dirigo, CMS

Synopsis:
Renowned chef Charpentier, who invented Crepes Suzette,

recalls his journey to success with actress Sarah Bernhardt. [RF]

*Note The Charpentier appears at the end of the program

and talks briefly about his life.

 

3.24 [76] Telephone Time: THE CHECKERED FLAG (film)

Hal Roach prod #9069

18-Feb-1958 ABC Tue

Produced by Jerry Stagg

Written by Joseph Landon

Directed by Erle C. Kenton

Director of photography Paul Ivano

Host: Dr. Frank Baxter

starring

Vic Morrow ......... Bud Hand

Kathleen Nolan ........ Gina

Mike Connors ....... Cy Yedor

Judith Ames ...... Joan Yedor

Richard Shannon

John Harmon

Rudy Lee

Buzzy Bookman

Mike Ladin

Joy Stoner

Synopsis:

Story of an unsung racing mechanic who because of a club foot, has never

dared to race himself. All he needed was the confidence in himself to succeed. [RF]

Synopsis 2:
A racing car mechanic crippled by polio, feels that his affliction prevents him

from leading a normal life. When his associate falls ill before a big sports race,

the mechanic must decide whether he will attempt to drive in his place. [TA]

*Note: Based on the true story of Bud and Gina Hand.

 

3.25 [77] Telephone Time: THE VESTRIS

Hal Roach prod #9067

25-Feb-1958 ABC Tue

Produced by Jerry Stagg

Written by David A. Evans

Directed by Arthur Hiller

Host: Dr. Frank Baxter

starring

Boris Karloff ....... Dr. Pierre

Torin Thatcher

Rita Lynn

Thomas G. Duggan

Ben Wright

Ashley Cowan

Synopsis:

In the spring of 1828, the bark Vestris, is 16 days out enroute from England to Boston.

 The weather is fair, but the captain's ailing wife suddenly has a vision telling her

(in a message written on a blackboard) to have the ship change course. At first the captain

refuses, but when the weather changes and his wife becomes sicker, he reluctantly agrees.

 As a result, they find and rescue three survivors of a shipwreck. One of the three is a doctor,

and appears to be the "spirit" seen by the wife. He saves her life. As it turns out, the

message on the blackboard is in his handwriting. Curiously, the doctor is as puzzled

as everyone else by the wife's vision. [RF]

 

3.26 [78] Telephone Time: WAR AGAINST WAR

Hal Roach prod #9055

04-Mar-1958 ABC Tue

Producer Jerry Stagg
Written by Laslo Vadnay
Directed by Don Taylor
Director of photography Paul Ivano
Editor Bruce Schoengarth
Host: Dr. Frank Baxter

starring
Hume Cronyn ....... Alfred Nobel
Jessica Tandy ..... Bertha von Suttner
John Banner
John Wengraf
Maurice Marsac
Anthony Eustrel
Michael Emmet
Synopsis:
The story of the relationship between Austrian pacifist

Bertha Kinski von Suttner and Alfred Nobel. [JFM]
 

3.27 [79] Telephone Time: THE QUALITY OF MERCY

Hal Roach prod #9078

11-Mar-1958 ABC Tue

Directed by Robert B. Sinclair
Host: Dr. Frank Baxter
starring
Harry Townes ...... Dr. Samuel Mudd
Michael Emmet ..... John Wilkes Booth
Robert Gothie ..... David Herold
Anne Sargent ...... Mrs. Mudd
Stacy Harris ...... Union Officer
Oliver McGowan .... Commandant
William Tannen .... Sergeant
Synopsis:
The U.S. Army has rejected an appeal to overturn the 1865 conviction of

Dr. Samuel Mudd as an accomplice in the escape of John Wilkes Booth.

 

3.28 [80] Telephone Time: MAN OF PRINCIPLE

Hal Roach prod #9064

25-Mar-1958 ABC Tue

Host: Dr. Frank Baxter

starring

Lionel Ames
Bek Nelson

Jonathan Harris

Neil Hamilton

Edward Binns
Barbara Baxley
Synopsis:
Hiero II, king of ancient Syracuse, orders a gold crown to be made as an

offering to the gods. The gold is delivered to a goldsmith and the man's wife

 persuades him to substitute silver for some of the gold. When the king becomes

suspicious he asks the help of Archimedes, the great Greek mathematician,

physicist and inventor. [RF]

 

3.29 [81] Telephone Time: TRAIL BLAZER (Final episode)

Hal Roach prod #9075

01-Apr-1958 ABC Tue

Producer Jerry Stagg
Written by D.D. Beauchamp
Directed by Allen H. Miner

Host: Dr. Frank Baxter

starring

Rory Calhoun ....... Charles Goodnight

John Larch ....... Oliver Loving

Tom Pittman ........ Wes Sheek

Kem Dibbs ........ Simp Walker

Joel Fluellen ........ Jim Fowler

Lynette Bernay ...... Mary

Synopsis 1:

At the end of the Civil War, Texas cattlemen find themselves facing disaster with

too many cattle, a bad drought, and no market for their livestock. Charles Goodnight

calls a meeting of ranchers and presents a plan to drive the herds west to grazing lands

and a good market. But the ranchers refuse to join him in the venture, believing such

a drive is impossible. [TA]

Synopsis 2:
The story of Texas cowboy Charles Goodnight who drove his cattle up a new trail in 1866. [JFM]

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