CTVA US Anthology - "U.S. Steel Hour" (ABC) Season 1 (1953-54)

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 Season 1 (ABC) (1953-54)
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by:  Rina Fox
references:
TV Guide / Library of Congress (telnet://locis.loc.gov)
Internet Movie Database (http://us.imdb.com)
UCLA Film and Television Archive


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ABC Tuesdays  9:30-10:30pm  - alternating with
Motorola TV Hour  (3Nov53 - 18May54)


Ep 1.01 [--] U.S. Steel Hour: P.O.W.  

27-Oct-1953 ABC Tue

Written by David Davidson

Directed by Alex Segal
starring
Brian Keith .......... Bonnell
Richard Kiley .......... Lucky
Gary Merrill .......... Major Mead
Phyllis Kirk .......... Betty Lou
Don Hammer .......... Fitch
Johnny Stewart .......... Freddie
Michael Dreyfuss .......... Danny
Mary Fickett .......... Lt. Harper
Lloyd Knight .......... Marty
Cameron Prud'homme .......... Father
Anne Seymour .......... Mother
Donald McHenry .......... Willis
Morley Chang .......... Comrade Chang
Russell Hardie .......... Major Blake
Sally Forrest .......... Nurse

Synopsis:

The psychological torment American G.I.'s faced when they returned to the U.S.

after being in communist prison camps are explored in a time when

brainwashing was a new phenomena. [RF]

Synopsis 2:
Semi-documentary story of the problems faced by GI's returning

 from Korean prison camps. [RF]

 

1.01 [--] Motorola Television Hour: OUTLAW'S RECKONING

03-Nov-1953 ABC Tues

 

Ep 1.02 [--] U.S. Steel Hour: HOPE FOR A HARVEST

10-Nov-1953 ABC Tue

Written by Norman Lessing

Based on the 1941 novel by Sophie Treadwell

starring

Robert Preston ....... Elliott Martin
Faye Emerson ........ Mathilda Martin
Sophie Treadwell .... Carlotta Thatcher
Dino Di Luca ........ Victor de Lucchi

Synopsis:
The descendants of pioneer California farmers have become effete,

impoverished and embittered, when a vigorous, high-spirited woman returns home,

after 20 years in Europe, to whip her tired kinfolk into action. [RF]

 

1.02 [--] Motorola Television Hour: WESTWARD THE SUN

17-Nov-1953 ABC Tues

 

Ep 1.03 [--] U.S. Steel Hour: TIN WEDDING

24-Nov-1953 ABC Tue

written by Hagar Wilde & Judson O'Donnell

starring

Eddie Albert

Phyllis Thaxter

Audrey Christie

Billie Worth

 

1.03 [--] Motorola Television Hour: BRANDENBURG GATE

01-Dec-1953 ABC Tues

 

Ep 1.04 [--] U.S. Steel Hour: THE MAN IN POSSESSION

08-Dec-1953 ABC Tue

Based on a story by H.M. Harwood
Directed by Alex Segal
Art Director James McNaughton
Designer Albert Heschong

starring

Rex Harrison .......... Raymond Dabney

Lilli Palmer .......... Mrs. Crystal Weatherby

Robert Coote .......... Claude Dabney

Brenda Forbes .......... Clara

Anthony Kemble-Cooper .......... Binkie Bellairs

Francis Compton .......... Paul Dabney

Jack Raine .......... Sir Charles Cartwright

Betty Sinclair .......... Mrs. Dabney

William Podmore .......... Baliff

Synopsis:
A man secures a job as bailiff's deputy and is assigned to guard

 a house when he falls for the lady of the house. [RF]

 

1.04 [--] Motorola Television Hour: AT EASE

15-Dec-1953 ABC Tues

 

Ep 1.05 [--] U.S. Steel Hour: THE VANISHING POINT

22-Dec-1953 ABC Tue

written by A.E. Hotchner & Norman Lessing

starring

Claude Dauphin

Peter Lorre

Viveca Lindfors

Synopsis:

Head of the Paris Missing Persons Bureau disappears and

 his assistant searches for him hoping to be promoted. [RF]

 

1.05 [--] Motorola Television Hour: THE THIRTEEN CLOCKS

29-Dec-1953 ABC Tues

 

Ep 1.06 [--] U.S. Steel Hour: HEDDA GABLER

05-Jan-1954  ABC Tue

written by Erick Barnouw & Noel Langley

story by Henry Ibsen

starring

Tallulah Bankhead ......... Hedda Gabler

John Baragrey ....... Luvborg

Luther Adler ......... Judge Brock

Eugenia Rawls ....... Mrs. Elvsted

Alan Hewitt ........ George Tesman

Marie Corell ....... Aunt Julie

Synopsis:

This is the story of a jealous woman who brings about the death of her

former lover through her wish for power. [RF]

 

1.06 [--] Motorola Television Hour: THE LAST DAYS OF HITLER

12-Jan-1954 ABC Tues

 

Ep 1.07 [--] U.S. Steel Hour: THE RISE OF CARTHAGE

19-Jan-1954 ABC Tue

starring

Paul Douglas

Nina Foch

George Macready

Mike Kellin

Jane Rose

William Kemp

John Gibson

Synopsis:

A power mad business man finds true values in a desert utopia called Carthage. [RF]

 

1.07 [--] Motorola Television Hour: SIDE BY SIDE

26-Jan-1954 ABC Tues

 

Ep 1.08 [--] U.S. Steel Hour: PAPA IS ALL

02-Feb-1954 ABC Tue

written by Erick Barnouw

starring

Walter Slezak

Jessie Royce Landis

Johnny Stewart

 

1.08 [--] Motorola Television Hour: A DASH OF BITTERS

09-Feb-1954 ABC Tues

 

Ep 1.09 [--] U.S. Steel Hour: HIGHWAY

16-Feb-1954 ABC Tue

written by Earl Hamner Jr.

starring

Kevin McCarthy .......... Rich Monighan

Diana Lynn .......... Zepha Wilson

George Mathews .......... John Bigwell

Peg Hillias .......... Miss Clemm

Jerome Kilty .......... Mr. Wilson

 

1.09 [--] Motorola Television Hour: THE MULDOON MATTER

23-Feb-1954 ABC Tues

 

Ep 1.10 [--] U.S. Steel Hour: MORNING STAR

02-Mar-1954 ABC Tue

written by Arthur Arent

starring

Gertrude Berg

Jo Van Fleet

Marilyn Erskine

Oscar Karlweis

David Winters

Fred Sadoff

 

1.10 [--] Motorola Television Hour: THE FAMILY MAN

09-Mar-1954 ABC Tues

 

Ep 1.11 [--] U.S. Steel Hour: WELCOME HOME

16-Mar-1954 ABC Tue

written by N. Richard Naish

starring

Shirley Booth ....... Jenny

Helen Hayes ....... Mrs. Austin

Charles Ruggles ....... Mr. Austin

Carmen Mathews

Synopsis 1:

Jenny has spent 25 years with the Austin family, cooking, cleaning, and being

more of a mother to the children than Mrs. Austin herself. With the children married,

the time had come for the Austins to dismiss Jenny, or at least provide for her.

But Jenny wanted to be needed not provided for.  [RF]

Synopsis 2:
A loyal and loved housekeeper faces dismissal when her employers decide to

close down the house now that the children have grown up. [RF]

*Prelude to the sitcom "Hazel".

 

1.11 [--] Motorola Television Hour: NIGHTMARE IN ALGIERS

23-Mar-1954 ABC Tues

 

Ep 1.12 [--] U.S. Steel Hour: THE LAST NOTCH

30-Mar-1954 ABC Tue

written by Frank D. Gilroy

starring

Jeff Morrow .......... George Temple

Richard Jaeckel .......... Vinnie Harold

Louisa Horton .......... Dora Temple

Royal Dano

Harry Bellaver

Richard Long

John McQuade

George Mitchell

 

1.12 [--] Motorola Television Hour: THE SINS OF THE FATHERS

06-Apr-1954 ABC Tues

 

Ep 1.13 [--] U.S. Steel Hour: LATE DATE

13-Apr-1954 ABC Tue

written by William Kendall Clarke

starring

Jessie Royce Landis .......... Johanna Wagner

Barbara Baxley .......... Helen Wagner

Walter Matthau .......... Gordon Wagner

Vaughn Taylor .......... Tod White

Howard St. John .......... Harry Pope

Patty McCormack ...... Girl

Synopsis:
A woman who looks younger than she is acts younger than she should.

 

1.13 [--] Motorola Television Hour: BLACK CHIFFON

20-Apr-1954 ABC Tues

 

Ep 1.14 [--] U.S. Steel Hour: THE RISE AND FALL OF SILAS LAPHAM

27-Apr-1954 ABC Tue

(aka The Laphams of Boston)

written by Robert Wallsten

story by William Dean Howells

starring

Dorothy Gish .......... Mrs. Lapham

Thomas Mitchell .......... Silas Lapham

Patricia Wheel .......... Penelope Lapham

Paul Newman .......... Tom Corey

Addison Richards .......... James Bellingham

Colin Keith-Johnston .......... Mr. Corey

 

1.14 [--] Motorola Television Hour: LOVE SONG

04-May-1954 ABC Tues

 

Ep 1.15 [--] U.S. Steel Hour: THE END OF PAUL DANE

11-May-1954 ABC Tue

written by Morton Wishengrad & Virginia Mazer

starring

Robert Preston .......... Dr. Abbott

Teresa Wright .......... Margaret Swift

Warren Stevens .......... Paul Dane

 

1.15 [--] Motorola Television Hour: ATOMIC ATTACK

18-May-1954 ABC Tues

 

Ep 1.16 [--] U.S. Steel Hour: THE GREAT CHAIR

25-May-1954 ABC Tue

starring

Gary Merrill ......... Wakeman
Lori March ........... Mrs. Wakeman
Walter Hampden ....... the Old Dean
William Redfield ..... Cannon
Douglas McClain ...... Miles
Synopsis:
A young college president must prove his merit to a board of trustees that

 compares his activities with those of his illustrious predecessor.

His fight for recognition reaches a climax when he refuses to

 allow a group of engineering students a re-examination. [RF]

 

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ABC Tuesdays  9:30-10:30pm  alternating with  Center Stage (1Jun54 - 21Sep54)

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1.01 [--] Center Stage  : CHIVALRY AT HOWLING CREEK

01-Jun-1954 ABC Tue

 

Ep 1.17 [--] U.S. Steel Hour: GOOD FOR YOU

08-Jun-1954

Written by Robert Emmett
starring
Diana Lynn ........... Felicia
Orson Bean ........... Lester
Jack Klugman ......... Beaver
Barbara Nichols ...... Birdie
Kenny Delmar ......... Dr. Krantz
Synopsis:
A boy and girl meet and fall in love at first sight. They consult a psychiatrist

on how to go about courting. The psychiatrist tells the boy to propose at once,

but he counsels the girl to play hard-to-get. The girl's attractive roommate decides

 to make a play for the boy, and matters grow zanier by the minute. [RF]

 

1.02 [--] Center Stage: GRANDFATHER TAKES OFF

15-Jun-1954 ABC Tue

 

Ep 1.18 [--] U.S. Steel Hour: FEARFUL DECISION

22-Jun-1954  ABC Tue (rebroadcast 10May55)

written by Cyril Hume & Richard Maibaum (Emmy nomination)

starring

Ralph Bellamy ....... David Durfee (emmy nomination)

Meg Mundy ....... Edith Durfee

Edward Binns ....... Charlie Ferber

Joey Fallon ....... Davie

Frank Overton ........ Al Durfee

George Mitchell ........ Chief of Police

Paul Bauersmith ....... Nurse

Frank Wilson ........ Chapman

John D. Seymour ....... Dr. Gorman

Leonard Patrick ......... Serecki

Sam Levene ........ Reporter McArdle

Synopsis:

David Durfee's young son is kidnapped by desperate criminals.

Yet he refuses to pay the ransom that the town feels would insure the boy's safety.  [RF]

 

1.03 [--] Center Stage: THE HUMAN TOUCH

29-Jun-1954 ABC Tue

 

Ep 1.19 [--] U.S. Steel Hour: HAVEN'S END

06-Jul-1954 ABC Tue

written by David Davidson

story by J.P. Marquand

starring

Betsy Palmer .......... Sue Swales

Howard Lindsay .......... Dennis Swales

Royal Beal .......... Warren

Richard Hylton .......... Tom Swales

Jamie Smith .......... John Scarlet Jr.

 

1.04 [--] Center Stage: GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY

13-Jul-1954 ABC Tue

 

Ep 1.20 [--] U.S. Steel Hour: A GARDEN IN THE SEA

20-Jul-1954 ABC Tue

written by Michael Dyne

story by Henry James

starring

Mildred Natwick .......... Aunt Juliana

Dorothy McGuire .......... Tina

Anne Meacham .......... Marian Connor

Donald Murphy .......... David Noseby

 

1.05 [--] Center Stage: LUCKY LOUIE

27-Jul-1954 ABC Tue

 

Ep 1.21 [--] U.S. Steel Hour: OBERSTRASSE FORTY-NINE

03-Aug-1954 ABC Tue

starring

Dan O'Herlihy ......... Tony

Margaret Phillips ......... Valerie

Tom Helmore ......... Max

Colin Keith-Johnston ......... George Braden

Ben Astar ......... Gregor

Murray Matheson ......... Colonel

 

1.06 [--] Center Stage: THE DESDEMONA MURDER CASE

10-Aug-1954 ABC Tue

 

Ep 1.22 [--] U.S. Steel Hour: THE GRAND TOUR

17-Aug-1954 ABC Tue

written by Arthur Arent

starring

Zachary Scott ......... Ray Brinton

Julie Haydon ......... Nell Valentine

Ruth Ford ......... Adele Brinton

Addison Richards ......... Mr. Richman

Jon Richards ......... Professor Coogan

 

1.07 [--] Center Stage: THE WORTHY OPPONENT

24-Aug-1954 ABC Tue

 

Ep 1.23 [--] U.S. Steel Hour: TWO

31-Aug-1954  ABC Tue

written by Virginia Mazer

starring

Patricia Crowley ......... Lorna Smith

Jack Klugman ......... Frank

Charlotte Rae ......... Ramona

Jerome Courtland ......... Dave Gilbert

William Harrigan ......... Father

Doris Rich ......... Mother

 

1.08 [--] Center Stage: THE DAY BEFORE ATLANTA

07-Sep-1954 ABC Tue

 

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