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Your Favorite Story (1953-54)
(copyright title "Favorite Story") (a.k.a "My Favorite Story")

Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
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J. Fred MacDonald (www.macfilms.com),Tom Alger, Rina Fox, Alan Keeling  [Updated - Nov  2016] [ RF]
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(Syndicated title 1957-58, Favorite Story)

US Anthology series 1953-1954   78 episodes x 30 min

 

Hosted and Narrated by Adolphe Menjou

(Adolphe Menjou also acted in several episodes)

 

Adapted from the 1946-49 radio series "Favorite Story" hosted by Ronald Colman.

 

  Scripts are written by Jerry Lawrence and Robert E. Lee, the Peabody Award-winning radio team
which created such outstanding programs as "Halls of Ivy", "The Railroad Hour" and "Lux Theatre".

Directors include: Eddie Davis

*News item: From Main Street and Mandalay, Broadway and Bagdad, come settings for the enchanting half-hour programs,
"Favorite Story" with suave Adolph Menjou as star and host, soon to be seen every Sunday evening on Channel 15.
Each program is a dramatization of a captivating original or classic story and features a new supporting cast each week.
The production technique of this high-rating series is unusual and highly interesting, with Mr. Menjou opening "Favorite Story" in a map room,
contemplating the locale of the story to be presented each week. [Lebanon Daily News]

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NBC Fridays 40 episodes

[01] Your Favorite Story: HOW MUCH LAND DOES A MAN NEED?
18Jan1953 NYT Sun 10:30pm [rerun 27Jul53] (16Jan53 copyright)
19Jan1953 [Portsmouth Times Ohio]
21Jan1953 [Long Beach Independent]
Teleplay by Robert E. Lee & Jerome Lawrence / From a story by Leo Tolstoy / Director Eddie Davis
Director of photography Curt Fetters / Editor Asa Boyd Clark
Host Adolphe Menjou
starring
Raymond Burr ...... Alexander
Barbara Woodell
Frank DeKova
Everett Glass
Byron Foulger
Adeline De Walt Reynolds
John Hamilton
Harold Blake
William Cottrell
Marc Krah
Synopsis:
Set in the Trebizond area of the Black Sea about a land-hungry farmer.
Synopsis 2:
A farmer in Trebizond on the Black Sea is consumed with the desire to own more land. Alexander scrapes and bargains for more and more
at the expense of his family's well being. He hears of land near Tibet and sets forth to fulfill his cravings.

[02] Your Favorite Story: THE MAGICIAN
23Jan1953 Fri [rerun 21Oct53]
28Jan1953 Wed 8:30pm [Long Beach Independent]
Written by Robert E. Lee & Jerome Lawrence / Director Robert Florey
Director of photography Curt Fetters / Editor Martin G. Cohn
Host Adolphe Menjou
starring
Adolphe Menjou .... Richard Rensslear, the Magician
Regis Toomey ........ Clyde Vickers
Anita Louise ........... Julia
John Ridgely ......... John Page
Selmer Jackson .... Raymond Page
Don Dillaway ......... The Detective
Alex Sharp ............. The Cab Driver
Synopsis:
The magician plans to contact his friends after his death and this creates quite a situation.
Synopsis 2:
A man assumes the role of a famous magician and escape artist who feels he is about to die on the pier on Manhattan's East River. He pledges
with his fiancee and two other close friends to communicate with them after death and the story shows his frustration as a ghost who cannot return.
Synopsis 3:
On a pier on Manhattan's East River a famous magician and escape-artist feels he is about to die. He pledges with his fiancee and
two other close friends to communicate with them after death and the story shows his frustration as a ghost who cannot return.

[03] Your Favorite Story: THE GOLD BUG
25Jan1953 NYT Sun 10:30pm [rerun 10Aug53]
11Feb1953 [Long Beach Independent]
03Apr1953 [Tucson Daily Citizen]
Teleplay by Robert Libott / Based on the story by Edgar Allan Poe / Director Robert Florey
Director of photography Daniel B. Clark / Editor Asa Boyd Clark
Host Adolphe Menjou
starring
Neville Brand
Dan White
Lloyd Corrigan
Noreen Nash
Jester Hairston
Synopsis:
Two former Confederate soldiers on a desolate island bemoan their bad fortune.

[04] Your Favorite Story: STRANGE JOURNEY [Filmed in London with mainly English cast]
01Feb1953 NYT Sun 10:30pm [rerun 03Jul53 & 28Oct53]
04Feb1953 Wed 8:30pm [Independent Long Beach Telegram]
Teleplay by Milton Geiger / Story by Mary Roberts Rinehart / Director Eddie Davis
Director of photography Curt Fetters / Film Editing Arthur H. Bell
Host Adolphe Menjou
starring
Colin Tapley
Peter Bull

Helen Norton
Donald Bisset
Graham Stuart
Stephen Vercoe
Hal Osmond
Synopsis:
A man flees after a large theft that implicates him.
Synopsis 2:
An embezzler is fleeing to Tasmania aboard a ship and his conscience troubles him. At Gibraltar he jumps overboard and finds it quite an error.

[05] Your Favorite Story: PHANTOM RICKSHAW
Prod. no. 3B
08Feb1953 NYT Sun 10:30pm
18Feb1953 [Long Beach Independent]
10Apr1953 [Tucson Daily Citizen]
Teleplay by Robert Libott / Story by Rudyard Kipling / Director Sobey Martin
Director of photography Curt Fetters / Editor Martin G. Cohn
Host Adolphe Menjou
starring
Edward Norris
Anne Kimbell
Peter Brocco
Gertrude Michael
Bruce Payne
Forrest Taylor
Lal R. Singh
Synopsis:
A man has a shipboard romance with a married woman and breaks it off with her when he meets and falls in love with a young woman. Broken-hearted Agnes dies and
her ghostly figure rides around in the familiar rickshaw which only he can see. Fearing he is mad, his fiancee leaves him, his life in ruins he goes to his own death.
Synopsis 2:
Adolphe Menjou takes viewers to the exotic city of Simla in India. Based on Rudyard Kipling's "Phantom Ricksaw" the play details the life of Jack Lindsay,
Major in Her Majesty's India Army and of the two women in his life.
Synopsis 3:
In Simla, Maj. Jack Lindsay is wooing Kitty annering, niece of Lindsay's regimental commander. Lindsay is an experienced hand with the ladies,
the kind of man Kitty's uncle calls a "cad". Kitty is easy prey and Lindsay's courtship is prospering. One day in the bazaar, Agnes Keith-Wessington,
whom Lindsay once loved and then deserted, approaches him in a rickshaw and pleads with Lindsay to return to her. He snubs her brutally.
Then he learns that Agnes committed suicide several days before. He has been speaking to a phantom. Everywhere he goes the lady in the rickshaw follows him,
always pleading that he return to her. Lindsay consults his friend, Dr. Heatherlegh, a hardheaded army physician. Heatherlegh diagnoses Lindsay's trouble
as a serious case of delusions and under his treatment Lindsay's trouble seems to be cured, until the lady in the rickshaw reappears.

[06] Your Favorite Story: AN EYE FOR AN EYE [Filmed in London with mainly English cast]
15Feb1953 NYT Sun 10:30pm
25Feb1953 [Long Beach Independent]
24Apr1953 [Tucson Daily Citizen]
Teleplay by Robert E. Lee & Jerome Lawrence / From a story by Bob Carroll Jr. & Madelyn Davis / Directed by John Guillermin
Director of photography Curt Fetters / Editor Arthur H. Bell
Host Adolphe Menjou
starring
Adolphe Menjou
Sydney Tafler

Ethel O'Shea
Alastair Hunter
Michael Mulcaster
Jonathan Field
Martin Wildeck
Synopsis:
A Scotland Yard Detective trails a former client to England, unaware that the man witnessed a murder.
Synopsis 2:
Menjou portrays an American private detective who wagers 300 pounds with Scotland Yard Insepctor Thorn that he can hide himself in London for 24 hours.

[07] Your Favorite Story: THE CRIME OF SYLVESTRE BONNARD
22Feb1953 NYT Sun 10:30pm
04Mar1953 [Long Beach Independent]
Teleplay by Robert E. Lee & Jerome Lawrence / From a story by Anatole France / Director Sobey Martin
Director of photography Curt Fetters / Editor Martin G. Cohn
Host Adolphe Menjou
starring
Ralph Morgan ...... Sylvestre Bonnard
Ellen Corby
William Lundmark
Gloria Talbott
Ian Wolfe
Don Beddoe
Dorothy Adams
George Davis
Richard Barron
Synopsis:
An elderly and highly esteemed scholar encounters unexpected problems when he embarks upon a search for an ancient ecclesiastical document.
Synopsis 2:
Professor Bonnard helps a girl to escape from an orphanage in Paris and thus is committed to a charge of kidnaping.

[08] Your Favorite Story: THE FURY
01Mar1953 NYT Sun 10:30pm
11Mar1953 [rerun 03Nov53] [Long Beach Independent]
Teleplay by Robert E. Lee & Jerome Lawrence / From a story by Paul Heyse / Director Lewis Allen
Director of photography Curt Fetters / Editor Asa Boyd Clark
Host Adolphe Menjou
starring
John Kellogg
Wanda Hendrix
Paul Guilfoyle
Norman Rice
Michael Vallon
David Leonard
Synopsis:
A love story that takes place in a small fishing village on an island off the Italian coast.
Synopsis 2:
An Italian fisherman tries to win over a shy girl who believes men are cruel.

[09] Your Favorite Story: A WORK OF ART [Filmed in London with mainly English cast]
08Mar1953 NYT Sun 10:30pm
01Apr1953 [Long Beach Independent]
Teleplay Irwin Lieberman / Story by Anton Chekhov / Director John Guillermin
Director of photography Curt Fetters / Editor Arthur H. Bell
Host Adolphe Menjou
starring
Michael Balfour
Joan Hixon
Alfie Bass
Lana Morris
Gerald Campion

Harry Lane
Michael Sharland
Harold Warrender
Zena Marshall
Synopsis:
A story of fear, romance and gratitude.

[10] Your Favorite Story: THE GAMBLER
Prod. no. 7B
15Mar1953 NYT Sun 10:30pm
25Mar1953 [rerun 10Nov1953 & 10Jan54)
Teleplay Robert Libott / From a story by Fyodor Dostoyevsky / Director Eddie Davis
Director of photography Curt Fetters / Editor Martin G. Cohn
Host Adolphe Menjou
starring
Adolphe Menjou
Margaret Field
Tood Karns
Adeline De Walt Reynolds
Leonard Penn
Lucian Prival
Cosmo Sardo
Synopsis:
A man patiently waits for his mother to die in order to inherit her fortune. [RF]
Synopsis 2:
A general waits at a casino for his rich mother to die but she shows up at the club. [RF]

[11] Your Favorite Story: THE STRANGE MR. BARTLEBY [Filmed in London with mainly English cast]
22Mar1953 NYT Sun 10:30pm [rerun 24Aug53]
18Mar1953 [Long Beach Independent]
Teleplay by Robert E. Lee & Jerome Lawrence / From a story by Herman Melville / Director John Guillermin
Director of photography Curt Fetters / Editor Arthur H. Bell
Host Adolphe Menjou
starring
John Laurie
Norman Shelley
Naomi Chance
Erik Chitty

Eliot Makeham
Gordon McLeod
Oliver Burt
George Knowles
Eddie Malin
John Moore
Tom Clegg
Albert Johnson
Synopsis:
A man finds his colleague to be on the strange side, a shadow always present and menacing.
Synopsis 2:
A man has been missing for 19 years and the search for him is ended in a most peculiar way with quite a surprise.

[12] Your Favorite Story: THE PRISON WITH THE OPEN DOOR
Prod. no. 14B
29Mar1953 NYT Sun 10:30pm
22Apr1953 [rerun 17Nov53] [Long Beach Press Telegram]
Adapted by Jerome Lawrence & Robert E. Lee / Based on Anton Chekhov's "The Bet" / Directed by Eddie Davis
Director of photography Curt Fetters / Editor Martin G. Cohn
Host Adolphe Menjou
starring
Adolphe Menjou
Frances Rafferty
Cyril Delevanti
Barbara Knudson
Paul Harvey
I. Sanford Jolley
Synopsis:
A man is locked in a room for 10 years to win a bet.
Synopsis 2:
Adolphe Menjou plays the part of a penniless painter who bets a millionaire a million dollars he can voluntarily imprison himself for 10 years.

[13] Your Favorite Story: THE COPPER PENNY
Prod. no. 13B
05Apr1953 NYT Sun 10:30pm
15Apr1953 [Long Beach Independent]
Written by Jerome Lawrence & Robert E. Lee / Director Sobey Martin
Director of photography Curt Fetters / Editor Asa Boyd Clark
Host Adolphe Menjou
starring
Adolphe Menjou
Henry Hull
Joyce Mackenzie
Charles Watts
Tom Daly
Rose Elliott
Earle Hodgins
Janine Perreau
William Vedder
Elsie Baker
Synopsis:
A small town station master (Adolphe Menjou) becomes involved in a scam.
Synopsis 2:
In the town of Wilmont, New England a strange crime in which only a penny is stolen and yet a man is almost sent to the electric chair.

[14] Your Favorite Story: THE DYNAMITER
Prod. no. 8B
08Apr1953 [Long Beach Independent]
Teleplay by Donn Mullally / From a story by Robert Louis Stevenson / Directed by Sobey Martin
Director of photography Curt Fetters / Editor Asa Boyd Clark
Host Adolphe Menjou
starring
John Doucette
Virginia Gibson
Kenneth Tobey
John R. Reilly
Ted Mapes
Maurice Cass
Synopsis:
The leader of the Irish revolutionaries imports a professional dynamiter. [RF]
Synopsis 2:
An Irish revolutionary leader imports an explosives expert to help fight for freedom.

[15] Your Favorite Story: JACK OF HEARTS
12Apr1953 NYT Sun 10:30pm [rerun 24Nov83]
29Apr1953 [Long Beach Press Telegram]
Teleplay Malvin Wald / From Alexander Pushkin's story / Director Eddie Davis
(*Note: News listing states Based on Anton Chekhov's "The Duel")
Director of photography Curt Fetters / Editor Martin G. Cohn
Host Adolphe Menjou
starring
Richard Crane .......... Alex Gifford
Tris Coffin ................. Captain Nicholas Raike
Madeleine Burkette ... Julie
Sumner Getchell ........ Neffy
Lee Roberts .............. Stuart
Wheaton Chambers ... Landlord
Steve Darrell .............. Duel Referee
Synopsis:
A gambler, Captain Raike, challenges Alex Gifford to a duel when the latter accuses him of palming the Jack of Hearts.
Synopsis 2:
The story tells of a duel that failed to come off as expected during the days of southern chivalry.

[16] Your Favorite Story: THE CANTERVILLE GHOST
Prod. no. 16B
19Apr1953 NYT Sun 10:30pm
06May1953 [Long Beach Independent]
Teleplay by Roy Hamilton / Based on the story by Oscar Wilde / Director Sobey Martin
Director of photography Curt Fetters / Editor Asa Boyd Clark
Host Adolphe Menjou
starring
Lillian Albertson
John Qualen
Mary Ellen Kay
Charles Evans
Harry Harvey
Geraldine Wall
Connie Marshall
Synopsis:
A group of American soldiers getting ready to fight during World War 2 are billeted in Canterville Castle and a very gregarious ghost.

[17] Your Favorite Story: BORN UNTO TROUBLE
26Apr1953 NYT Sun 10:30pm [rerun 01Dec53]
13May1953 [Long Beach Independent]
Teleplay by Malvin Wald / Story by Francois Coppee / Director Leslie Goodwins
Director of photography Curt Fetters / Editor Martin G. Cohn
Host Adolphe Menjou
starring
Robert Blake
Noah Beery
Lyle Talbot

William Fawcett
John Close
Linda Leighton
John Hamilton
Lanny Rees
Sandy Sanders
Synopsis:
An ex-convict's efforts to live within the law are continually being thwarted.
Synopsis 2:
It tells of a young man who has been a criminal from his earliest boyhood but is finally cured through love.
*Note: Quebec is the scene for Adolphe Menjou's "Favorite Story".

[18] Your Favorite Story: THE WORLD BEYOND (aka "The Window") [From "Television Series and Specials Scripts, 1946-1992"]
Prod. no. 18B
03May1953 NYT Sun 10:30pm [rerun 15Dec53]
27May1953 [Long Beach Independent]
Teleplay by Harry Kronman / From a short story by Anton Chekhov / Director Eddie Davis
Director of photography Curt Fetters / Editor Ace Clark
Host Adolphe Menjou
starring
Billy Halop ..... Pidge
Clark Howat
Peter Leeds
Herbert Lytton
John Merton
Mira McKinney
Synopsis:
Three GI's are seen in a German prison their knowledge of the world outside confined to the observations of a lieutenant whose bed is next to a window.
Synopsis 2:
The story of three bed-ridden GI prisoners of war housed in a miserable cubbyhole of a German prison. One man has a bed near a window and he reports
on the "world outside" to his two buddies. But there is more to it than that ... one man desires to have that bed by the window and his plot succeeds.

[19] Your Favorite Story: TURTLE ISLAND
Prod. no. 19B
10May1953 NYT Sun 10:30pm (22May1953 COPYRIGHT)
03Jun1953 [Long Beach Independent]
Teleplay by Robert Libott & Donn Mullally / Story by Herman Melville / Director Lewis Allen
Director of photography Curt Fetters / Editor Martin G. Cohn
Host Adolphe Menjou
starring
Mary Anderson
Billy Halop

John Crawford
Paul Maxey
Rolfe Sedan
Roy Engel
Lawrence Ryle
Synopsis:
A strange story of what happens on a lonely South Pacific isle.
Synopsis 2:
The fateful tale of three young people who settle on desolate "Turtle Island" and whose lives become as storm-tossed as the skies and seas during a typoon.

[20] Your Favorite Story: MY DOUBLE
17May1953 NYT Sun 10:30pm [rerun 20Jul53] (IMDB 21May53)
20May1953 [Long Beach Independent]
Teleplay Malvin Wald / Story Edward Everett Hale / Director Herbert I. Leeds
Director of photography Daniel B. Clark / Film Editing Asa Boyd Clark
Set Decoration Lucien Hafley/ Sound Herbert Norsch
Host Adolphe Menjou
starring
Adolphe Menjou .... Dean Wingate/Jack Brine
Mary Brian
Ray Montgomery
George Eldredge
Everett Glass
Synopsis:
A Professor and a sailor exchange identities.

[21] Your Favorite Story: COLONEL CHABERT
24May1953 NYT Sun 10:30pm(29May1953 COPYRIGHT)
10Jun1953 [Long Beach Independent]
Teleplay Stuart Jerome / Story by Honore de Balzac / Director Lewis Allen
Director of photography Daniel B. Clark / Editor Martin G. Cohn
Host Adolphe Menjou
starring
Adolphe Menjou .... Colonel Chabert
Gertrude Michael
Frank DeKova
Rudolph Anders
John Alvin
Norman Rice
Jack George
Synopsis:
A tattered derelict returns after 20 years to find his hometown busy eresting a memorial statue to his heroic "death" in the first battle of Sedan.
He tries to tell them who he is, but the townsfolk throw him in jail as a vagrant, even his widow denies his identity. His cellmate is a half-wit
and then when his wife finally decides to acknowledge his true identity he has a reversal of ideas.

[22] Your Favorite Story: THE MAN WHO SOLD HIS SHADOW
31May1953 NYT Sun 10:30pm (05Jun1953 COPYRIGHT) [rerun 22Dec53]
17Jun1953 [Long Beach Independent]
Teleplay by Frank Burt / Story by Adelbert von Chamisso
Director Lewis Allen / Host Adolphe Menjou
starring
DeForest Kelley
Tristam Coffin

Anne Kimbell
Charles Wagenheim
Bruce Payne
Wheaton Chambers
Harmon Stevens
Synopsis:
A man bargains his soul to the devil.
Synopsis 2:
In a European seaport, Adolphe Menjou finds the Devil appraising the shadow of a young man who sits with his girl. His bargain with the Devil calls
for delivety of his soul. How he outsmarted Satan makes for the story.
*Syndication airing on "Favorite Story" 17Mar60.

[23] Your Favorite Story: A MARTYR TO SCIENCE (aka "A Martyr of Science")
07Jun1953 NYT Sun 10:30pm [rerun 29Dec63]
01Jul1953 Wed [Long Beach Independent]
Teleplay by Stuart Jerome / Story by Mary Putnam Jacobi / Directed by Eddie Davis
Director of photography Curt Fetters / Film Editing Martin G. Cohn / Sound Garry A. Harris
Host Adolphe Menjou
starring
Marshall Thompson
Claudia Drake
William Hudson
Keith Richards
Kay Morley
Steve Darrell
Synopsis:
A fanatical physician has devoted his studies preparing for his own vivisection so that his beating heart can be studied. The incision is made and
over several days with caustics, and doses of woorara, which would allow the study of the normal heartbeat to be studied for the first time.
Synopsis 2:
A surgeon experiments on a special technique for heart surgery. [RF]
Synopsis 3:
A cold scientific surgeon is determined to prove his special technique of heart surgery despite all opposition, resorting at last to the use of a human "guinea pig".

[24] Your Favorite Story: THE STORY OF TWO LIVES
Prod. no. 24B
14Jun1953 NYT Sun 10:30pm [rerun 16Nov53]
26Jun1953 [Long Beach Independent]
Teleplay by Donn Mullally / Story by Julia Schayer / Directed by Lewis Allen
Hosted by Adolphe Menjou
starring
Roy Engel
Anthony Eustrel
Michael Hale
Guy Kingsford
Peter Votrian
Barbara Woodell
James Stone
Shirley Patterson
Synopsis:
A judge rules his home as he does his courtroom.

[25] Your Favorite Story: THE ADOPTION
21Jun1953 NYT Sun 10:30pm
22Jul1953 Wed [Long Beach Independent]
Teleplay by Robert Libbott / Story by Guy de Maupassant / Directed by Eddie Davis
Director of photography Curt Fetters / Editor Martin G. Cohn
Host Adolphe Menjou
starring
Leonard Nimoy
Henry Corden
Gloria Eaton
Lane Chandler
Claudia Drake
Frank Richards
Linda Johnson
Larry Crane
Claire Du Bray
Synopsis:
A strange family feud between two brothers and a great sin that has repercussions are the basic ingredients for the Guy de Maupassant story.
Synopsis 2:
A family feud that arises when a pauper lets his son be raised by a marquesa.

[26] Your Favorite Story: THE DIAMOND LENS (film)
28Jun1953 NYT Sun 10:30pm
10Jul1953 (original airdate) (Chicago 9:30 pm channel 2, CBS)
15Jul1953 Wed [Long Beach Independent]
Teleplay Frank Burt / Story by Fitz-James O'Brien / Director Lewis Allen
Director of photography Daniel B. Clark / Editor Asa Boyd Clark
Host Adolphe Menjou
starring
Donald Randolph
Dick Simmons
Virginia Brissac
Philip Van Zandt
Nicolas Coster
Tom Irish
Synopsis:
A scientist kills a man to obtain a diamond.
Synopsis 2:
Pursuit of a perfect microscopic lens helps a scientist (Donald Randolph) discover a new universe.
Synopsis 3:
Professor Lindley takes a risk of murder to obtain a diamond from which to make his lens and when it is done, what he sees through it stuns his mind.

[27] Your Favorite Story: THE POSTMISTRESS (film)
Prod. no 28B
05Jul1953 NYT Sun 10:30pm [copyright 19Jun1953]
08Jul1953 Wed [Long Beach Independent]
Teleplay by Anna Nicholas / Based on Bret Harte's story / Directed by Herbert Leeds
Hosted by Adolphe Menjou
starring
Salvador Baguez
Rand Brooks
John Doucette
Ross Elliott
Clark Howat
Shirley Patterson
Ted Stanhope
Synopsis:
The widow of a mining explosion rescue hero is made postmistress.
Synopsis 2:
Laurel Run, California in the 1890's.
The story tells of how the men of the village made Betsy Baker the postmistress, then began to regret the action until a strange ending occurs.
Note: Adolphe Menjou opens the program with the line: "Good evening, I'm Adolphe Menjou - and it seems you have caught me in the act. So I'll confess.
I'm a philatelist, a stamp collector." Menjou's own status as a stamp collector or even just a collector of fine things might very well have been known
to the audience, lending a personal refined touch to the opening.
[From the book "It's the Pictures That Got Small: Hollywood Film Stars on 1950's Television" by Christine Becker]


[28] Your Favorite Story: THE PRISON WITH THE OPEN DOOR
13Jul1953 NYT Mon 10:30pm (12Jun1953 COPYRIGHT) [rerun 31Aug53]
24Jun1953 [Long Beach Independent]
Teleplay by Jerome Lawrence & Robert E. Lee / Story by Anton Chekhov / Director Eddie Davis
Director of photography Curt Fetters / Editor Martin G. Cohn
Hosted by Adolphe Menjou
starring
Cyril Delevanti
Frances Rafferty
Paul Harvey
I. Stanford Jolley
Barbara Knudson
Synopsis:
Adolphe Menjou plays the lead as a man who accepts a bet from a millionaire that he can live in a cottage with only books and music for
companions for ten years. He is to speak to no one and see no one in that time. The door is open and he is free to leave. However, if he does,
he loses the bet. While Menjou is voluntarily imprisoned in the cottage, the millionaire loses his fortune, except for the $1,000,000 held
in escrow for the wager. He persuades his daughter to lure the prisoner out of the cottage, but Menjou refuses to leave. Desperate he
threatens Menjou with a pistol.
*Note: NYT "Your Favorite Story" changes from Sundays at 10:30pm to Mondays at 10:30pm.

[29] Your Favorite Story: VICE VERSA
20Jul1953 [rerun 05Jan54]
29Jul1953 Wed [Long Beach Independent]
Teleplay by Stuart Jerome / Story by F. Anstey / Director Eddie Davis
Director of photography Curt Fetters / Editor Asa Boyd Clark
Host Adolphe Menjou
starring
Adolphe Menjou .... Paul Baltilude
Lyle Talbot
Michael Whalen
Fay Baker
Ralph Votrian
Tom Bernard
James Logan
Jeffrey Silver
Hope Landin
Don Dillaway
Eugene Jackson
Benny Bartlett
Synopsis:
A busy industrialist neglects his son. [RF]
Synopsis 2:
A tycoon has a confrontation wit his military academy attending son.
Synopsis 3:
A selfish, grasping industrial tycoon is punished by a mysterious force for neglecting his 11-year-old son Dick.

[--] Your Favorite Story: HOW MUCH LAND DOES A MAN NEED?
27Jul1953 NYT Mon 10:30pm [rerun from 16Jan53]

[--] Your Favorite Story: THE MAGICIAN
03Aug1953 NYT Mon 10:30 pm [rerun]


[30] Your Favorite Story: HORSEMAN IN THE SKY
05Aug1953 Wed [Long Beach Independent]
Teleplay by Stuart Jerome / Story by Ambrose Bierce / Director Lewis Allen
Director of photography Curt Fetters / Editor Martin G. Cohn
Host Adolphe Menjou
starring
Douglas Dick
John Eldredge
John Crawford
I. Stanford Jolley
Synopsis:
A young sentry falls asleep on guard duty in the Civil War and sees the "Horseman in the Sky".

[--] Your Favorite Story: THE GOLD BUG
10Aug1953 NYT Mon 10:30 pm [rerun from 25Jan53]


[31] Your Favorite Story: THE THREE STRANGERS
Prod. No. 29B
12Aug1953 Wed [Long Beach Independent]
05Oct1953 NYT Mon 10:30pm
Teleplay by Jerome Lawrence & Robert E. Lee & Robert Libott / Story by Thomas Hardy / Director Eddie Davis
Director of photography Curt Fetters / Editor Asa Boyd Clark
Host Adolphe Menjou
starring
Bill Phipps
Christine Larson
John Dierkes
Hank Patterson
Lee Roberts
Dan White
Myron Healey
William E. Green
Synopsis:
Stranded when floods wash out a trestle, a group of friends are safe in a switchman's hut with two strangers. When the prison bell sounds in
the distance up and third stranger joins the group, one is known to be an escaped convict.

[32] Your Favorite Story: GALLAGHER
17Aug1953 NYT Mon 10:30 pm
02Sep1953 Wed [Long Beach Independent]
Teleplay by Frank Burt / Based on the story by Richard Harding Davis / Director Eddie Davis
Director of photography Curt Fetters / Editor Asa Boyd Clark
Host Adolphe Menjou
starring
Adolphe Menjou .... Sam Bryant
Benny Bartlett
Steve Darrell (as Stevan Darrell)
Ralph Sanford
Maris Wrixon
Hal K. Dawson
Earle Hodgins
William Henry
John Indrisano
Lou Nova
Synopsis:
An ambitious copy boy plots the capture of a killer his editor wants a story on.
Synopsis 2:
Adolphe Menjou portrays editor Sam Bryant who is out to capture the murderer Henry Carver and cover the championship prize fight which will be
held in secret since boxing was illegal in the 1880's. Gallagher is the office boy.

[33] Your Favorite Story: THE LOST DUCHESS
19Aug1953 Wed [Long Beach Independent]
12Oct1953 NYT Mon 10:30pm
Teleplay by Robert Libott / Story by Julian Hawthorne / Director Herbert I. Leeds
Director of photography Curt Fetters / Editor Martin G. Cohn
Host Adolphe Menjou
starring
Adolphe Menjou .... The Duke
Karen Booth
Keith Richards
Lester Sharpe
Walter Kingsford
William Cottrell
Norman Rice
Synopsis:
The new Duke must choose between losing either his beautiful young wife or a fortune.

[--] Your Favorite Story: THE STRANGE MR. BARTLEBY
24Aug1953 NYT Mon 10:30 pm [rerun from 22Mar53]

[--] Your Favorite Story: THE PRISON WITH THE OPEN DOOR
31Aug1953 NYT Mon 10:30 pm [rerun from 13Jul53]

[--] Your Favorite Story: PHANTOM RICKSHAW
07Sep1953 NYT Mon 10:30 pm [rerun from 8Feb53]


[34] Your Favorite Story: GOD SEES THE TRUTH
09Sep1953 Wed [Long Beach Independent]
26Oct1953 NYT Mon 10:30 pm
Teleplay by Robert Libott / Based on the story by Leo Tolstoy / Director Lewis Allen
Director of photography Curt Fetters / Editor Martin G. Cohn
Host Adolphe Menjou
starring
George Dolenz ... Andre Avert
Frank Richards
Paul Maxey
Henry Rowland
Gene D'Arcy
Carol Thurston
Charles Wagenheim
Synopsis:
After serving 20 years of a life sentence for a murder he didn't commit, a man seeks vengeance when he meets the real killer.
Synopsis 2:
This Leo Tolstoy yarn deals with a prisoner who has served 20 years for a murder he did not commit and how the real murderer is captured
for another crime and sent to the same prison.

[35] Your Favorite Story: HIGH SEAS (aka "Sealed Orders")
Prod. No. 32B
14Sep1953 NYT Mon 10:30 pm
26Aug1953 KTTV Wed [Long Beach Independent]
Written by Stuart Jerome / Directed by Lew Landers
Director of photography Curt Fetters / Editor Martin G. Cohn
Host Adolphe Menjou
starring
Jan Arvan
Richard Barron
Gloria Talbott
Russ Conway
Rodolfo Hoyos
Tom Hernandez
Richard Karlan
Paul Marion
Synopsis:
Captain Mazarin learns that the new dictator has ordered him to dispose of the late President's son.
Synopsis 2:
A sea captain is given a sealed trunk and sealed orders both to be opened at sea.

[36] Your Favorite Story: A TALE OF NEGATIVE GRAVITY
16Sep1953 Wed [Long Beach Independent]
18Sep1953 [San Mateo Times CA]
05Nov1953 [Gladewater Daily Mirror Tx]
09Nov1953 NYT Mon 10:30pm
Teleplay by Malvin Wald / Story by Frank Stockton / Director Lewis Allen
Director of photography Curt Fetters / Editor Asa Boyd Clark
Host Adolphe Menjou
starring
Lucien Littlefield
Pierre Watkin
John Hamilton
Helen Spring
John Alvin
Leonard Mudie
Synopsis:
A retired radio repairman evolves a gravity-defying machine in his home workshop. The invention creates quite a furor in the family, the press and the U.S. Army.

[--] Your Favorite Story: no title given
21Sep1953 NYT Mon 10:30 pm


[37] Your Favorite Story: THE TURNING POINT
23Sep1953 Wed [Long Beach Independent] [rerun 22Dec54]
Teleplay by Stuart Jerome / Original story by George Gissing / Directed by Eddie Davis
Director of photography Curt Fetters / Editor Martin G. Cohn
Host Adolphe Menjou
starring
Adolphe Menjou ... Rick Tymperley
Mae Clarke
Robert Clarke
Phil Arnold
Tom Moore
George Eldredge
Lester Dorr
John Merton
Frank Hagney
George Douglas
Synopsis:
Rick Tymperley takes a trip from Skid Row to the Stock Exchange and back in "Turning Point".

[--] Your Favorite Story: MY DOUBLE
28Sep1953 NYT Mon 10:30 pm [rerun]

[38] Your Favorite Story: THE CARDBOARD GHOST
30Sep1953 Wed [Long Beach Independent]
Host Adolphe Menjou
starring
Steven Geray
Mary Ellen Kay

Synopsis:
Three playing cards form the triangle that causes one death and the loss of a gambler's luck.

[39] Your Favorite Story: THE MAN IN THE LIGHTHOUSE
07Oct1953 Wed [Long Beach Independent]
Teleplay by Robert Libott / Based on the story by Nathaniel Hawthorne / Directed by Leslie Goodwins
Director of photography Curt Fetters / Film Editing Martin G. Cohn
Host Adolphe Menjou
starring
Adolphe Menjou
Kathleen Case
Rolfe Sedan
Bruce Payne
James Fairfax
Bill Catching
Troy Melton
Skelton Knaggs
Synopsis:
The man in the lighthouse supposedly is murdered on two different evenings as two different witnesses watch. The third night another murder
attempt is made and this is seen by the visitor (Menjou) as he travels to the lighthouse.

[40] Your Favorite Story: FACE OF PARIS
14Oct1953 Wed [Long Beach Independent]
04Jan1954 NYT 10:30pm
Teleplay by Jacques Nahum / Director Leslie Goodwins /
Director of photography Daniel B. Clark / Editor Asa Boyd Clark
Host Adolphe Menjou
starring
Suzanne Flon
Gilles Queant
Huguette Faget
Claire Gerard
Synopsis:
A former French underground agent finds that a friend she'd thought dead is still alive but he refuses to recognize her.

[--] Your Favorite Story: AN EYE FOR AN EYE: 19Oct1953 [rerun from ] [NYT]
[--] Your Favorite Story: THE MAGICIAN:  21Oct1953 [rerun from 23Jan53] [Long Beach Press Telegram]
[--] Your Favorite Story: STRANGE JOURNEY:  28Oct1953 [rerun from 06Feb53] [Long Beach Press Telegram]
[--] Your Favorite Story: A MARTYR TO SCIENCE: 02Nov1953 [rerun from] [NYT]
[--] Your Favorite Story: THE FURY:  03Nov1953 [rerun from 11Mar53] [Long Beach Press Telegram]
[--] Your Favorite Story: THE GAMBLER: 10Nov1953 [rerun from 25Mar53] [Long Beach Press Telegram]
[--] Your Favorite Story: THE STORY OF TWO LIVES: 16Nov1953 [rerun from 14Jun53] [NYT]

[--] Your Favorite Story: THE PRISON WITH THE OPEN DOOR: 17Nov1953 [rerun from 22Apr53] [Long Beach Press Telegram]
[--] Your Favorite Story: JACK OF HEARTS: 24Nov1953 [rerun from 12Apr53] [Long Beach Press Telegram]

[--] Your Favorite Story: BORN UNTO TROUBLE: 01Dec1953 [rerun from 26Apr53] [Long Beach Press Telegram]
[--] Your Favorite Story: MY DOUBLE: 08Dec1953 [rerun from 20May53] [Long Beach Press Telegram]
[--] Your Favorite Story: THE WORLD BEYOND: 15Dec1953 [rerun from 27May53] [Long Beach Press Telegram]
[--] Your Favorite Story: THE MAN WHO SOLD HIS SHADOW: 22Dec1953 [rerun from 17Jun53] [Long Beach Press Telegram]
[--] Your Favorite Story: A MARTYR TO SCIENCE: 29Dec1953 [rerun from 30Jan53] [Long Beach Press Telegram]
[--] Your Favorite Story: VICE VERSA: 04Jan1954 NYT [rerun from 24Jul53] [Long Beach Press Telegram]
[--] Your Favorite Story: THE GAMBLER: 11Jan1954 NYT [rerun from 25Mar53] [Long Beach Press Telegram]

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2.01 [41] Your Favorite Story: THE ROBBERS
18Jan1954 NYT 10:30pm
Teleplay by Robert Libott / Story by Anton Chekhov / Director Eddie Davis
Host Adolphe Menjou
starring
Peter Hanson

2.02 [42] Your Favorite Story: DR. MORLEY'S DAUGHTER
24Jan1954 NYT 10:30pm [rerun 19Jul54]
26Jan1954 Long Beach Press Telegram 8pm [rerun 20Jul54]
Teleplay by Robert Libott / Story by Nathaniel Hawthorne / Director Eddie Davis
Host Adolphe Menjou
starring
Keith Richards
Aileen Stanley Jr.
Synopsis:
A young doctor tries to find out why roses suddenly wither when a scientist's daughter touches them.

2.03 [43] Your Favorite Story: IT COULDN'T HAPPEN (aka "The Magic Parchment")
Prod. no. 61B
31Jan1954 [rerun 24May54 & 15Dec54] Listed in book as first airing May 24, 1954.
Writtem by Frank Burt / Director Henry S. Kesler
Director of photography Robert Hoffman / Editor Sam Starr
Host Adolphe Menjou
starring
Patrick Aherne
Nancy Gates
Peter Hanson
Susan Cummings

Norman Rice
Merritt Stone
Norman Rainey
Suzanne Ta Fel
Synopsis:
An artist attempts to commit suicide when his paintings won't sell.
Synopsis 2:
A tale of a piece of magical parchment that grants wishes for the owner, but each wish shrinks the parchment which measures the life of the wisher.
Note: Info from Television Series and Specials Scripts 1946-1992.

2.04 [44] Your Favorite Story: THE HEROISM OF DOCTOR HALLIDONHILL
07Feb1954 NYT
Teleplay by Stuart Jerome / Story by Auguste Villiers de l'Isle Adam / Director Lew Landers
Director of photography Curt Fetters / Editor Asa Boyd Clark
Host Adolphe Menjou
starring
Tristram Coffin
Carlton Young
Sid Melton
William Tannen
Tom Irish
Kit Guard

2.05 [45] Your Favorite Story: THE MOVING FINGER
08Feb1954 NYT 10:30pm
09Feb1954 KTTV Tues 8pm [Long Beach Press Telegram]
Teleplay by Stuart Jerome / Story by Richard Harding Davis / Directed by Eddie Davis
Director of photography Curt Fetters / Film Editing Robert S. Seiter
Host Adolphe Menjou
starring
Robert Bray
Claudia Drake
Bill Kennedy
Herbert S. Lytton
Synopsis:
A once famous lawyer finds his way back with the aid of his client's wife.

2.05 [46] Favorite Story: THE CITY HUNTER
15Feb1954 NYT 10:30pm [rerun 10Nov54]
23Feb1954 KTTV Tues 8pm [Long Beach Press Telegram]
25Mar53 IMDB airdate
Teleplay by Robert Yale Libbott / Story by Georges Rodenbach / Directed by Lewis Allen
Director of photography Curt Fetters / Editor Ace Clark
Hosted by Adolphe Menjou
starring
Robert Emmett Keane
Lewis Martin
Byron Foulger
Robert Osterloh
Kay Stewart
Synopsis:
Police are baffled by a series of murders involving young girls: all the victims have broken necks.
Synopsis 2:
"Leopardman" stalks the city and kills person after person. Finally a trap is sprung that turns up a surprise climax.

2.06 [47] Favorite Story: THE REPORTER WHO MADE HIMSELF KING (aka "The Reporter Who Was King")
22Feb1954 NYT [rerun 17Nov54]
02Mar1954 KTTV Tues 8pm [Long Beach Press Telegram]
Teleplay by Frank Burt / Story by Richard Harding Davis / Director Lewis Allen
Director of photography Curt Fetters / Editor Asa Boyd Clark
Host Adolphe Menjou
starring
Adolphe Menjou ..... Newsman James Gordon
Dick Haynes
Benny Bartlett
Steve Darrell
Philip Van Zandt
Lucia Barclay
Ken Christy
Peter Coe

2.07 [48] Favorite Story: SWORD OF THE VAGABOND
01Mar1954 NYT Mon 10:30pm
16Feb1954 KTTV Tues 8pm [Long Beach Press Telegram]
Teleplay by Stuart Jerome / Original story by Alexander Dumas / Directed by Lewis Allen
Director of photography Curt Fetters / Editor Asa Boyd Clark
Host Adolphe Menjou
starring
Robert Clarke .......... Francois Villon
Jean Howell
Gavin Muir
Saul Goras
Charles Wagenheim

2.08 [49] Favorite Story: THE TRANSFERRED GHOST
08Mar1954 NYT Mon 10:30pm
16Mar1954 KTTV 8pm [Long Beach Press Telegram]
Teleplay by Jack Rock / Original story by Frank Stockton / Directed by Eddie Davis
Director of photography Robert Hoffman / Editor Asa Boyd Clark
Host Adolphe Menjou
starring
Tom Brown
Edward Clark
Elaine Edwards
Ted Stanhope
Olaf Hytten
Gil Herman

2.09 [50] Favorite Story: COLONEL ESTEBAN'S DUEL
09Mar1954 KTTV 8pm [Long Beach Press Telegram]
15Mar1954 NYT Mon 10:30pm [rerun 24Nov54 NYT Wed 9:30pm]
29Mar1953 IMDB date
Teleplay by Frank Burt / Story by Alexandre Dumas / Directed by Lew Landers
Host Adolphe Menjou
starring
Richard Benedict
Jan Arvan

Pamela Duncan
Kim Spalding
Paul Marion
Synopsis:
A Spanish commander is deeply troubled by the actions of one of his lieutenants: the man's dueling skill is reducing the regiment's ranks.

2.10 [51] Favorite Story: THE VACANT ROOM
22Mar1954 NYT Mon 10:30pm [rerun 01Dec54 NYT Wed 9:30pm ]
23Mar1954 KTTV 8pm [Long Beach Press Telegram]
Teleplay by Frank Burt / Original story by Emile Gaboriau / Directed by Henry S. Kesler
Director of photography Robert Hoffman / Film Editing John B. Woelz
Host Adolphe Menjou
starring
Howard Price
Lorna Thayer
Edward Colmans
Lillian Albertson
Alan Wells
Allene Roberts
Herbert Heyes
John Frederick
Charlotte Fletcher
Synopsis:
The story of a new landlord who takes over a Manhattan apartment house and stuns the tenants by lowering the rent.

2.11 [52] Favorite Story: THE BEDFORD HOUSE CONSPIRACY
29Mar1954 NYT Mon 10:30pm [rerun 08Dec54 NYT Wed 9:30pm]
30Mar1954 KTTV Tues [Long Beach Independent]
Teleplay by Robert Libott / Story by William Makepiece Thackeray
Based on H.G. Wells short story "In the Country of the Blind" / Directed by Lewis Allen
Host Adolphe Menjou
starring
Adolphe Menjou
Ray Montgomery
Gertrude Michael
Edward Cassidy
John Alvin
Marshall Bradford
Charles Evans
Archie Twitchell
Synopsis:
A senator (Adolphe Menjou) tries to break a Presidential-convention deadlock.

2.12 [53] Your Favorite Story: THE UNFORESEEN
05Apr1954 NYT Mon 10:30pm
06Apr1954 KTTV 8pm [Long Beach Press Telegram]
Teleplay by Gene Levitt / Story by Dorothy McArdle / Director Lewis Allen
Director of photography Robert Hoffman / Editor Sam Starr
Host Adolphe Menjou
starring
Jack Raine .............. Mr. Townsend
Peter Hanson ......... Bill
Stapleton Kent ....... William the Smith
Leonard Carey ....... Mr. Chapman
Leo Britt ................... Sergeant
Guy Kingsford
Synopsis:
William the Smith, who, before being executed in 1602, drank a potion which would revive him centuries later, comes to life in 1902. [RF]

2.13 [54] Your Favorite Story: WHAT HAPPENED AT THREE OAKS
12Apr1954 NYT Mon 10:30pm
13Apr1954 KTTV 8pm [Long Beach Press Telegram]
Teleplay by Stuart Jerome / Based on a story by Steen Steensen Blicher / Directed by Lewis Allen
Director of photography Robert Hoffmann / Film Editing Sam Starr
Host Adolphe Menjou
starring
James Anderson
Marshall Thompson
Glenn Strange

Donna Martell
Raymond Greenleaf
Jim Hayward
I. Stanford Jolley
Synopsis:
Story of a lynch mob stirred up by a neighbor of an elderly Southern colonel at Three Oaks.

2.14 [55] Your Favorite Story: CONFLICT
19Apr1954 NYT Mon 10:30pm
20Apr1954 KTTV Tue 8pm [Long Beach Press Telegram]
1953 airdate unknown [IMDB 20Apr54]
Teleplay by Jack Rock / Original story by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee / Directed by Lambert Hillyer
Director of photography Curt Fetters / Film editing William H. Ziegler
Hosted by Adolphe Menjou
starring
Adolphe Menjou
Gloria Talbott

Shepard Menken
Jerry Paris
Aram Katcher
Synopsis:
A French chemist refuses to divulge the formula for an explosive to Napoleon for use in war. [RF]
Synopsis 2:
An 18th-century French inventor (Adolphe Menjou) refuses to divulge his explosive formula to Napoleon for use in war.

2.15 [56] Your Favorite Story: DIVIDING LINE
26Apr1954 NYT Mon 10:30pm
27Apr1954 KTTV 8pm [Long Beach Press Telegram]
Teleplay by Clarence Budington Kelland / Based on the story by Mark Twain / Director Lewis Allen
Director of photography Curt Fetters / Editor Asa Boyd Clark
Host Adolphe Menjou
starring
Russ Conway
John Hamilton
Kay Stewart
John Dierkes
Charles Halton
Chick Chandler
Synopsis:
A penniless gambler has died and left a sack of gold for his benefactor.

2.16 [57] Your Favorite Story: STRANGE VALLEY
03May1954 NYT Mon 10:30pm
04May1954 KTTV 8pm [Long Beach Press Telegram]
Teleplay by Stuart Jerome / Based on a story by H.G. Wells / Directed by Eddie Davis
Director of photography Curt Fetters / Film Editing John B. Woelz
Hosted by Adolphe Menjou
starring
Kenneth Tobey
Carla Balenda
Forrest Taylor
David Leonard
Ted Mapes
Synopsis:
Adventurer Raoul Martel is injured and knocked unconscious by an avalanche
on an Asiatic mountainside. He awakens to find himself in the strange valley of the blind. [RF]
*Note: ABC syndication airdate 18May58 on Favorite Story.

2.17 [58] Your Favorite Story: THE LADY AND THE LAW
10May1954 NYT Mon 10:30pm
11May1954 KTTV 8pm [Long Beach Press Telegram]
Teleplay by Gene Levitt / Directed by Tim Whelan
Director of photography Robert Hoffman / Film Editing Duncan Mansfield
Host Adolphe Menjou
starring
Adolphe Menjou ..... Captain Harrison
Billy Halop ................ Randy Warren
Barbara Ann Knudson .. Edith Perry
Ralph Gamble
John Damler
Stapleton Kent
Tony Rock
Don Kennedy
Synopsis:
A reporter commits a murder and then finds himself assigned to report on the case.

2.18 [59] Your Favorite Story: LIVE FOREVER
17May1954 NYT Mon 10:30pm
18May1954 KTTV 8pm [Long Beach Press Telegram]
Teleplay by Robert Libott / Original story by Nathaniel Hawthorne / Directed by Lewis Allen
Director of photography Curt Fetters / Film Editing Sam Starr
Host Adolphe Menjou
starring
Jack Buetel
Mary Anderson
James Bell
Dick Simmons
Peter Coe
Synopsis:
Navy Lt. Felton finds himself in trouble when he is forced to bail out of his storm-lashed plane. [RF]
Synopsis 2:
Jack Beutel stars as an aviator forced down on an island where he meets a woman who has lived there for 200 years.
*Note: ABC syndication airdate 27Jan58 Favorite Story.

[--] Your Favorite Story: IT COULDN'T HAPPEN
24May1954 NYT Mon 10:30pm [rerun from 31Jan54]
25May1954 KTTV 8pm [Long Beach Press Telegram]


2.19 [60] Your Favorite Story: THE MAN TRAP
31May1954 NYT Mon 10:30pm [rerun 28Jan58]
01Jun1954 KTTV 8pm [Long Beach Press Telegram]
Teleplay by Herman Cyril McNeille / from a Robert Louis Stevenson story / Directed by Lewis Allen
Host Adolphe Menjou
starring
Adolphe Menjou
Ray Montgomery
Victor Sen Yung
Barbara Jean Wong
Synopsis:
Two men attempt to save a former buddy who has joined a suicide club. [JFM]

2.20 [61] Your Favorite Story: STORM CENTER (aka "World's End)
Prod. no. 62B
07Jun1954 NYT Mon 10:30pm
08Jun1954 KTTV 8pm [Long Beach Press Telegram]
Teleplay by Stuart Jerome / From a story by Stephen Crane / Directed byLewis Allen
Director of photography Curt Fetters / Editor Asa Boyd Clark
Host Adolphe Menjou
starring
Adolphe Menjou
Steve Brodie
Rita Johnson
Dan White (as Daniel M. White)
Synopsis 1:
An author in search of a story finds one he never hoped for during a fatal hurricane.
Synopsis 2:
A retired literary genius lives in seclusion until a magazine writer tries to get his story. [RF]
*Note: Sponsored by F. & M. Schaefer Brewing Co.
*Note: Info from Television Series and Specials Scripts 1946-1992.

2.21 [62] Your Favorite Story: VENGEANCE
14Jun1954 NYT Mon 10:30pm
15Jun1954 KTTV 8pm [Long Beach Press Telegram]
Teleplay by Jack Rock / Story by Ambrose Pierce / Directed by Leon Benson
Director of photography Robert Hoffman / Editor Asa Boyd Clark
Host Adolphe Menjou
starring
Anthony Caruso
Laurette Luez
George J. Lewis
James Barrett
Bruce Payne
Jim Connell
Synopsis:
A young Mexican criminal is about to be hanged.
*Note: ABC syndication airdate 31Jan58 Favorite Story.

2.22 [63] Your Favorite Story: THICKER THAN WATER
21Jun1954 NYT Mon 10:30pm [rerun 22Dec54 NYT Wed 9:30pm]
22Jun1954 KTTV 8pm [Long Beach Press Telegram] [rerun 29Dec54 Long Beach]
Teleplay by Stuart Jerome / Story by deBalzac / Directed by Eddie Davis
Host Adolphe Menjou
starring
Henry Corden
Gertrude Michael
Synopsis:
An innkeeper and member of the underground group behind the Iron Curtain must choose between killing his son or sending him on the underground to freedom.
Synopsis 2:
An updated tale of political - prisoner smuggling.
Synopsis 3:
A couple behind the Iron Curtain operate a railroad to freedom. [RF]
*Note: ABC syndication airing on Favorite Story 20Apr58.

2.23 [64] Your Favorite Story: THE MAGIC EGG
28Jun1954 NYT Mon 10:30pm [rerun 29Dec54]
29Jun1954 KTTV 8pm [Long Beach Press Telegram]
Teleplay by Robert Libott / Story by Frank Stockton / Director Leon Benson
Director of photography Curt Fetters / Editor W. Duncan Mansfield
Host Adolphe Menjou
starring
Leslie Banning
Walter Kingsford
Olaf Hytten
Ross Gould
Richard Kaiser

2.24 [65] Your Favorite Story: THE TIME BARRIER
05Jul1954 NYT Mon 10:30pm
06Jul1954 KTTV 8pm [Long Beach Press Telegram]
Written by Robert Libott / Directed by Leon Benson
Director of photography Curt Fetters / Film Editing Asa Boyd Clark
Host Adolphe Menjou
starring
Adolphe Menjou
Robert Carson
John Zaremba
Joanne Jordan
John Stephenson
Ken Christy
Norman Field
Stewart Nedd
Synopsis:
Adolphe Menjou stars as an atomic scientist whose colleague breaks through the time barrier and winds up in the year 2063.
*Note: This is the final episode for the season, next week reruns start. [Long Beach Press Telegram]

2.25 [66] Your Favorite Story: OUT OF DARKNESS (aka "Three Miraculous Soldiers")
Prod. no. 65B
12Jul1954 NYT Mon 10:30pm
13Jul1954 KTTV Tues 8pm [Long Beach Press Telegram] [Television Series and Specials Scripts, 1946-1992]
Teleplay by Stuart Jerome & Robert Libott /Adapted from the Story by Cale Young Rice & Alice Caldwell Hegan Rice / Directed by Eddie Davis
Director of photography Robert Hoffman / Film Editing Sam Starr
Host Adolphe Menjou
starring
James Anderson
Gloria Eaton
Mort Mills
Kay Morley
William Phipps
Tom Irish
Zon Murray
Synopsis:
A Confederate lieutenant hides a wounded Southern deserter in his fiancee's barn.

[--] Your Favorite Story: DR. MORLEY'S DAUGHTER
19Jul1954 NYT [rerun from 24Jan54]
20Jul1954 KTTV Tues 8pm


2.26 [67] Your Favorite Story: INSIDE OUT: THE STORY OF BUNDER-RUNDER THE JAILBIRD
02Aug1954 NYT Mon 10:30pm [rerun 02Nov54]
Teleplay by Howard J. Green / Story by Laurence Houseman / Directed by Leon Benson
Director of photography Robert Hoffman / Editor John B. Woelz
Host Adolphe Menjou
starring
DeForest Kelley ........ John Ainslee
Michael Fox
Grace Lenard
Paul Levitt
Barbara Marshall
Alan Lee
Synopsis:
A British newspaperman is imprisoned behind the Iron Curtain and tortured.

2.27 [68] Your Favorite Story: THE LAST MESSAGE
09Aug1954 NYT Mon 10:30pm
Teleplay by Jack Rock / Story by J.M. Machado De Assis / Directed by Eddie Davis
Director of photography Curt Fetters / Film Editing Charles Craft
Host Adolphe Menjou
starring
George Eldredge
Maudie Prickett
Alan Reynolds
Lucia Carroll
Grant Scott
Synopsis:
A physics professor is assigned to assist a genius in her efforts to transmit electric power without wires. [RF]
*Note: ABC Syndication airdate 25Mar58 Favorite Story.

2.28 [69] Your Favorite Story: THE EMPTY HOLSTER (aka "The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky") [Television Series and Specials Scripts 1946-1992].
Prod. no. 51B
16Aug1954 NYT Mon 10:30pm Color film [rerun 05Jan55 final show of series NYT]
Teleplay by Gene Levitt / Adapted from the Story by Stephen Crane / Directed by Eddie Davis
Director of photography Curt Fetters / Film Editing Sam Starr
Host Adolphe Menjou
starring
Clark Howat
Nan Leslie

Hank Patterson
Dan White
William Vedder
Benny Bartlett
Robert J. Wilke
Synopsis:
An unarmed sheriff and his new bride are held captive by a ruthless killer.

2.29 [70] Your Favorite Story: THE SUDDEN IMPULSE
23Aug1954 NYT Mon 10:30pm
Host Adolphe Menjou
Synopsis:
A young surgeon has to decide whether to jeopardize his own future by saving the life of his injured friend. [RF]
*Note: ABC syndication airdate 27Mar58 Favorite Story.

2.30 [71] Your Favorite Story: THE RUBBER STAMP
30Aug1954 NYT Mon 10:30pm
Teleplay by Donn Mullally / Story by Honore de Balzac / Directed by Eddie Davis
Director of photography Curt Fetters / Film Editing Duncan Mansfield
Host Adolphe Menjou
starring
John Hamilton
Jeanne Cooper

Mauritz Hugo
Robert Cabal
Lowell Gilmore
William Cottrell
Henry Rowland
Synopsis:
A man finds himself in serious trouble when he tries to double-cross a politician. [RF]
*Note: ABC syndication airdate 28Mar58 Favorite Story.

2.31 [72] Your Favorite Story: THE BRAVE EYES (aka "Brave Eyes")
06Sep1954 NYT Mon 10:30pm
Teleplay by John Kneubuhl / Based on John Kneubuhl's book "The Brave Eyes."
Directed by Herbert L. Strock
Host Adolphe Menjou
starring
Adolphe Menjou ....... Oliver Metcalfe
Lillian Bronson ......... Georgia Metcalfe
John Alvin ................. Dr. Martin Parrish
Herbert Heyes .......... Peter Bannister
Mitchell Kowall ......... Eddie the Paymaster
Michael Harris .......... The Nurse
Synopsis:
Approaching blindness doubles the despair of a fading aristocrat (Adolphe Menjou) for whom social status is everything.

2.32 [73] Your Favorite Story: THE LOST YEARS
13Sep1954 NYT Mon 10:30pm
Teleplay by Howard J. Green / Adaptation from a tale by Alfred Lord Tennyson / Directed by Leon Benson
Director of photography Curt Fetters / Film Editing Asa Boyd Clark
Host Adolphe Menjou
starring
Ray Montgomery
Pamela Duncan
Robert Patten
Kim Charney
Stanley Farrar
Helen Brown
Rankin Mansfield
Synopsis:
Captain George Arden is found alive several years after his supposed death on a flying mission. [RF]
Synopsis 2:
A World War II flier marries the widow of his close friend reported killed in action.
*Note Syndication airing 19Feb1958 on Favorite Story.

2.33 [74] Your Favorite Story: THE CRIME
20Sep1954 NYT Mon 10:30pm
Teleplay by Orville H. Hampton / Adapted from the Story by Robert William Chambers / Directed by Eddie Davis
Director of photography Robert Hoffman / Film Editing John B. Woelz
Host Adolphe Menjou
starring
Bill Henry ................ Tom Kilgore
Judith Ames ........... Lucy Kilgore
George Cooper ...... Joe Kilgore
Charles Evans ........ Sheriff Jim
Synopsis:
A returning GI's strange behavior causes his family to suspect him of murder.

2.34 [75] Your Favorite Story: TWENTY-ONE DAYS
27Sep1954 NYT Mon 10:30pm
Teleplay by Leonard St. Clair / Directed by Eddie Davis / Director of photography Curt Fetters
Film Editing John B. Woelz / Host Adolphe Menjou
starring
Gertrude Michael
Brett King
Alan Reynolds
Rosa Turich
Ed Hinton
Gayne Whitman
Joel Allan

[--] Your Favorite Story: no title listed
04Oct1954 NYT Mon 10:30pm
Host Adolphe Menjou
*Note: Long Beach Press Telegram aired episode "The Lady and the Law" on October 5, 1954.


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Wednesday 9:30pm

3.01 [76] Favorite Story: THE UNKNOWN
13Oct1954 NYT Wed 9:30pm [Premiere] [copyright 11Oct1954]
12Oct1954 KTTV Tues 8pm [Long Beach Press Telegram]
Adapted from the Story by Guy de Maupassant
Host Adolphe Menjou
starring
Edith Evanson
Peter Hansen
Synopsis 1:
A wealthy spinster believes an ex-convict is out to kill her. [RF]
Synopsis 2:
A wealthy spinster is in fear of her life. She believes that an ex-convict she once protected is out to silence her.

3.02 [77] Favorite Story: DECISION
20Oct1954 NYT Wed 9:30pm
19Oct1954 KTTV Tues 8pm [Long Beach Press Telegram]
17May1953 IMDB airdate
Teleplay by Stephen Crane / Based on the Story by John O'Hara
Host Adolphe Menjou
starring
Christine Larsen
Bill Phipps

Synopsis:
A farm girl, believing her brother's story about being framed for murder, hides him from the police.

3.03 [78] Favorite Story: THE LITTLE REGIMENT
Prod. no. 67B
27Oct1954 NYT Wed 9:30pm
26Oct1954 KTTV Tues 8pm [Long Beach]
Teleplay by Ellis Marcus / Story by Stephen Crane / Directed by Leon Benson
Host Adolphe Menjou
starring
William Boyett
Tom Carr
Russ Conway
John Doucette

Troy Melton
John Phillips
Tony Rock
Duane Thorsen

[--] Favorite Story: INSIDE OUT: 03Nov1954 NYT Wed 9:30pm [rerun from 02Aug54]
[--] Favorite Story: CITY HUNTER: 10Nov1954 NYT Wed 9:30pm [rerun from 15Feb54]
[--] Favorite Story: THE REPORTER WHO MADE HIMSELF KING: 17Nov1954 NYT Wed 9:30pm [rerun from 22Feb54]
[--] Favorite Story: COLONEL ESTEBAN'S DUEL: 24Nov1954 NYT Wed 9:30pm [rerun from 09Mar1954 KTTV 8pm [Long Beach Press Telegram]
[--] Favorite Story: THE VACANT ROOM: 01Dec1954 NYT Wed 9:30pm [rerun 22Mar54]
[--] Favorite Story: THE BEDFORD HOUSE CONSPIRACY: 08Dec1954 NYT Wed 9:30pm [rerun from 29Mar54]
[--] Favorite Story: IT COULDN'T HAPPEN: 15Dec1954 NYT Wed 9:30pm [rerun from 31Jan54]
[--] Favorite Story: THE TURNING POINT: 22Dec1954 [rerun from 23Sep53]
[--] Favorite Story: THE MAGIC EGG: 29Dec1954 [rerun from 28Jun54]
[--] Favorite Story: THE EMPTY HOLSTER: 05Jan1955 NYT Wed 9:30pm [rerun from 16Aug54]


[--] Your Favorite Story: NO TEARS
13Jan1955
Teleplay by Stuart Jerome / Directed by Leon Benson
Director of photography Curt Fetters / Film Editing Asa Boyd Clark
Host Adolphe Menjou
starring
Joe Besser
Patsy Moran
George Chandler
Ben Welden
Jack Lomax
Ken Christy
Jack Henderson

*No further episodes listed thereafter on NYT.

*Note: "Your Favorite Playhouse" are repeats of "Four Star Playhouse" episodes and
not to be confused with "Your Favorite Playhouse".

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