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Mr. Peepers (1952-55)     The Adventures of Hiram Holliday (1955-56)
Hiram Holiday starring Wally Cox - part 1
Hiram Holiday starring Wally Cox - part 2
Hiram Holiday starring Wally Cox - part 3

The Adventures of  Hiram Holliday (1956-57)
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by:
John King, New York, Rina Fox,  Rod Bennett
references:
Library of Congress (telnet://locis.loc.gov)
Internet Movie Database (http://us.imdb.com)
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THE ADVENTURES OF HIRAM HOLLIDAY
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California National Productions
an NBC Film Presentation
for
NBC (Wednesdays 8:00pm EST)
sponsors - Jello and Sanka Coffee
Bases on Stories Created by
Paul Gallico
Produced/ Directed/ Written by
Philip Rapp
Associate Producer Robert Stillman
Music by Raoul Kraushaar

US comedy series 1956-57 26 plus episodes x 30 min bw
US release date 3Oct56
starring
Wally Cox as Hiram Holliday
Ainslie Pryor as Joel Smith
Recurring Cast:
Thurston Hall as Harrison Prentice
Lita Milan as Marlene
Stanley Adams as Garreaux
Brief Appearance by:
Sebastian Cabot as Monsieur Cerveaux "The Brain of the World" (4 episodes)

Premise:
In this mid-'50s comedy, Wally Cox plays Hiram Holliday, a shy proofreader
for a New York newspaper who surprises everyone with an array of hidden
abilities, including fencing, piloting and art forgery. Along with a
reporter (Ainslie Pryor), Cox embarks on amazing adventures around the world.

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 NBC Wednesday 8:00 pm Eastern

[01] Hiram Holliday: ATTACHE CASE
03Oct56 NBC Wed
Starring: Wally Cox (as Hiram Holliday); with: Ainslie Pryor (as Joel Smith)
Guest Cast:
Thurston Hall ......... Harrison Prentice (recurring)
Murice Marsac ......... Fencing Instructor
Lita Milan ............ Marlene (recurring)
Synopsis:
Debut: Wally Cox of "Mr Peepers" fame, stars in a new comedy series as a
mild-mannered newspaper proofreader who surprises everyone with his unusual
physical prowes. In the first episode, Hiram saves his publisher
from a libel suit merely by pointing out a misplaced comma. Hiram's reward
is a round-the -world tour, accompanied by one of the newspaper's reporters
to record his adventures. Before he even boards the ship, Hiram finds
himself part of a spy film. [JK]

[02] Hiram Holliday: LAPIDARY WHEEL
10Oct56 NBC Wed
Starring: Wally Cox (as Hiram Holliday); with: Ainslie Pryor (as Joel Smith)
Guest Cast:
John Alderson ......... Policeman
John Abbott, John Colicos ..... Thieves
Pamela Light ......... Ada
Synopsis:
On the first leg of their round-the-world tour, Hiram and his reporter friend
land in England. En Route to Scotland, Hiram discovers a murder, a missing
diamond and a dangerous cobra. [JK]

[03] Hiram Holliday: FALSE MONARCH
17Oct56 NBC Wed
Starring: Wally Cox (as Hiram Holliday/ King of Rovaki);
with: Ainslie Pryor (as Joel Smith)
Guest Cast:
Richard Aherne .... Earl
Thurston Hall .... Harrison Prentice (recurring)
Angela Greene .... Queen of Rovakia
John Wengraf .... King's Aide
Synopsis:
During his stay in Scotland, Hiram discovers he looks like a visiting
monarch. He agrees to stand in for the King, but becomes a little suspicious
of his motives after someone attempts to kill him! [JK]

[04] Hiram Holliday: THE HOLLOW UMBRELLA
24Oct56 NBC Wed
Starring: Wally Cox (as Hiram Holliday); with: Ainslie Pryor (as Joel Smith)
Guest Cast:
Stanley Adams ........ Garreaux (recurring)
Lita Milan ........... Marlene (recurring)
Eric Feldary ......... Wolf Gang
Synopsis 1:
In Paris, Hiram discovers a cryptic message in the hollow handle of an
umbrella. Fleeing both police and the spies, Hiram is forced to pose as a
night-club Apache dancer and a circus trapeze artist. [JK]
Synopsis 2:
An innocent in Paris finds himself part of a high-wire act.
(08Aug60 BBC UK Mon 6.50pm)

[05] Hiram Holliday: THE SEA CUCUMBER
31Oct56 NBC Wed
Starring: Wally Cox (as Hiram Holliday); with: Ainslie Pryor (as Joel Smith)
Synopsis:
Hiram is looking for an unusual sea plant, but a band of international spies
suspects him of other aims.
(09Aug60 BBC UK Tue 6.50pm)

[06] Hiram Holliday: GIBRALTER ROAD
07Nov56 NBC Wed
Starring: Wally Cox (as Hiram Holliday); with: Ainslie Pryor (as Joel Smith)
Synopsis:
Scotland Yard, gypsies, and the British Army are all involved when the
invincible Hiram studies wild life on the Rock of Gibralter.
(10Aug60 BBC UK, Wed 6.50pm)

[07] Hiram Holliday: MONACO HERMIT CRAB
14Nov56 NBC Wed
Starring: Wally Cox (as Hiram Holliday); with: Ainslie Pryor (as Joel Smith)
Guest Cast:
John Banner .......... Count Courtebiche
Stanley Adams ........ Garreaux (recurring)
Eva Ralph ............ Giselle
Synopsis 1:
On a visit to Monte Carlo, Hiram wins at roulette and gains title to
a luxury yacht. Then he learns of a plot to flood the U.S. with
counterfeit money. [JK]
Synopsis 2:
Hiram uses his personal "system" at the tables in Monte Carlo,
and wins a luxury yacht.
(18Aug60 BBC UK, Thur 6.50pm)

[08] Hiram Holliday: HAWAIIAN HAMZAH
21Nov56 NBC Wed
Starring: Wally Cox (as Hiram Holliday); with: Ainslie Pryor (as Joel Smith)
Synopsis 1:
Hiram discovers a plot to freeze Pearl Harbor with a secret weapon. [JK]
Synopsis 2:
Hiram saves a whole navy from defeat - in his own way.
(15Aug60 BBC UK, Mon 6:50pm)

[09] Hiram Holliday: THE SWISS TITMOUSE
(some confusion between this episode and #12 "Christmas in Vienna")
28Nov56 NBC Wed
Starring: Wally Cox (as Hiram Holliday); with: Ainslie Pryor (as Joel Smith)
Guest Cast:
Rene Korper
Violet Rensing
Synopsis 1:
While trying to record the mating call of the Swiss Titmouse, Hiram is
distracted by the plight of a child monarch whose life is in danger.
(This synopsis is similar to "Christmas in Vienna" ?)
Synopsis 2:
Hiram loves bird watching - but in Switzerland finds royalty is involved.
(16Aug60 BBC UK, Tue 6:50pm)

1.10 [--] Hiram Holliday: THE WRONG REMBRANT (verified on film -RB)
05Dec56 NBC Wed
Produced, Written and Directed by: Phillip Rapp
Starring: Wally Cox (as Hiram Holliday); with: Ainslie Pryor (as Joel Smith)
Guest Cast:
Jacques Aubuchon ....... Carlos
Josanne Mariani ........ Cathy
J. Pat O'Malley ........ Jennings
Louis Mercier .......... Inspector Gilbert
Fred Cavens ............ Inspector Dukas
Synopsis 1:
In Paris, Hiram's ability to duplicate the great art treasures gets him into
trouble when some masterpieces are stolen from the Louvre. The art experts
claim that Hiram's copies are the genuine thing. [JK]
Synopsis 2:
Hiram becomes a painter and finds himself in danger as a result -
aboard the Paris train ferry.
(17Aug60 BBC UK, Tue 6:50pm)

[11] Hiram Holliday: DANCING MOUSE
12Dec56 NBC Wed original airdate
Starring: Wally Cox (as Hiram Holliday); with: Ainslie Pryor (as Joel Smith)
Guest cast:
Tor Johnson .............. Strongman
Ziva Shapira .............. Marlene
Leon Askin ............... Drago
Anthony Eustrel ......... Alexander
Synopsis 1:
Hiram unwittingly snaps the pictures of two "camera-shy" revolutionaries. [JK]
Synopsis 2:
A Japanese mouse leads Hiram a merry dance through a fairground in Genoa.
(UK airdate: 11Aug60 BBC, Thur 6:50pm)

[12] Hiram Holliday: CHRISTMAS IN VIENNA
(some confusion between this episode and #9 "Swiss Titmouse")
19Dec56 NBC Wed
Starring: Wally Cox (as Hiram Holliday); with: Ainslie Pryor (as Joel Smith)
Guest Cast:
Rene Korper ........... King Peter
Violet Rensing ........ Princess Heidi
Greta Thyssen ......... Frieda
Synopsis:
Hiram's visit to Vienna to celebrate the yuletide season is disrupted
when he learns young King Peter is being held captive by foreign agents. [JK]

[13] Hiram Holliday: ADVENTURE OF THE ROMANTIC PIGEON
26Dec56 NBC Wed
Starring: Wally Cox (as Hiram Holliday); with: Ainslie Pryor (as Joel Smith)
Guest Cast:
Robert H. Harris ..... Swammerdam
Hollis Irving ........ Greta
Sarah Selby .......... Van Hooten
Synopsis 1:
Hiram learns that secret agents are anxious to uncover the secrets behind a
Dutch scientist's atomic formula. When the scientist's pretty daughter is
endangered, Hiram dispatches homing pigeons to track her down. [JK]
Synopsis 2:
Hiram's naturalist pursuits in Holland lead to conspiracy and the threat of prison - and worse!
(19Aug60 BBC UK, Fri 6:50pm)

[14] Hiram Holliday: STURMZIG CUNIEFORM [UCLA]
02Jan57 NBC Wed
California National presentation filmed for NBC/NBC, Inc.
producer, Philip Rapp
director, William J. Hole
writer, Richard Powell.
Editors, Fred Feitshaus, Bruce B. Pierce
photography, Lester Schorr
music, Raoul Kraushaar.
Starring: Wally Cox (as Hiram Holliday); with: Ainslie Pryor (as Joel Smith)
Guest Cast:
Thurston Hall ......... Harrison Prentice (recurring)
Hillevi Rombin,
Kenneth Alton,
Harold Dyrenforth,
Kurt Katch.
Synopsis 1:
Hiram searches for ancient clay talets. [JK]
Synopsis 2:
Holliday is in Sturmzig, a strategically important nation in which a new
king is to be chosen. Holliday thwarts the nefarious schemes of the evil
Baron; but is inadvertantly chosen king. After he defeats the Baron and
his henchman, he abdicates.
Synopsis 3:
On a visit to a small European State, Hiram, wins both a crown and a queen,
but rejects them in favor of an ancient engraved tablet.
(12Aug60 BBC UK, Fri 6.50pm)

[15] Hiram Holliday: MOROCCAN HAWK MOTH
09Jan57 NBC Wed
Starring: Wally Cox (as Hiram Holliday); with: Ainslie Pryor (as Joel Smith)
Guest Cast:
Maureen Hingert* ......... Yassmin
Sebastian Cabot ........ Caid
Mark Dana .............. Desert Hawk
Than Wyenn ............. Ahmed
*Note: Maureen Hingert was "Miss Ceylon 1956" in the "Miss Universe" contest.
Synopsis:
In search of a new species of hawk moth, Hiram undergoes a plot hatched
by a wicked sheik. The sheik is in league with desert terrorists conspiring
to assassinate four leaders of the free world. [JK]

[16] Hiram Holliday: THE ADVENTURE OF THE UNKISSED BRIDE
16Jan57 NBC Wed
Starring: Wally Cox (as Hiram Holliday); with: Ainslie Pryor (as Joel Smith)
Guest Cast:
Jacqueline Beer* ........ Madeline
Carl Lindt ............. Schendel
Robert Boone ........... Bernhardt
Fredrich Ledebur ....... Hafdyke
*Note: Jacqeline Beer was "Miss France 1956" in the "Miss Universe" contest
and later appeared as Suzanne, the secretary in "77 Sunset Strip" (1958-63)

Synopsis:
On a return trip to the U.S. Hiram is duped into carrying stolen gems
and entering into a phony marriage. [JK]

[--] 23Jan57 - see below

[17] Hiram Holliday: SHIPWRECKED ANCESTOR
30Jan57 NBC Wed (postponed from 23Jan57)
Starring: Wally Cox (as Hiram Holliday); with: Ainslie Pryor (as Joel Smith)
Guest Cast:
Lita Milan ........... Marlene (recurring)
Stanley Addams ....... Garreaux (recurring)
Synopsis:
On a search for some trace of an ancestor, Hiram is shipwrecked on the coast
of Africa and runs afoul of a wicked desert sheik. In addition to role of
Hiram Holliday, Wally Cox plays the roles of Capt. Renaud, Hamid, Malachi,
Berber tribesman, Berber tribesman's son and the professor! [JK]

[--] 06Feb57 rerun of "Adventure of the Unkissed Bride" (first aired 16Jan57)

[18] Hiram Holliday: ERSATZ JOEL
13Feb57 NBC Wed
Starring: Wally Cox (as Hiram Holliday); with: Ainslie Pryor (as Joel Smith)
Guest Cast:
Sebastian Cabot ...... Cerveau (recurring)
Carlene King Johnson* .... Accomplice
*Note: Carlene King Johnson was "Miss U.S.A. 1956"
Synopsis:
An international spy ring resorts to a far-fetched ruse in an attempt to
win Hiram over to its cause. One of the members of the ring undergoes
plastic surgery to become a carbon copy of Hiram's friend Joel. [JK]

[19] Hiram Holliday: HIRAM'S HOLIDAY
20Feb57 NBC Wed
Starring: Wally Cox (as Hiram Holliday); with: Ainslie Pryor (as Joel Smith)
Guest Cast:
Lee Patrick ........ Mrs. Primrose
John O'Malley ...... Insp. Shawcross
Ben Wright ......... Hartley
Lisa Davis ......... Nurse
Synopsis:
A band of counterfeiters steals the engraving plates for the English pound
note, threatening to undermine the British economy. Hiram goes to the
rescue and becomes involved with Scotland Yard officials, who think he is
a memnber of the counterfeit ring. [JK]

[20] Hiram Holliday: MISGUIDED MISSILE [UCLA]
27Feb57 NBC Wed
California National presentation filmed for NBC
producer, Philip Rapp
director, George Cahan
writer, Phil Rapp.
Photography, Lester Schorr.
Starring: Wally Cox (as Hiram Holliday); with: Ainslie Pryor (as Joel Smith)
Guest Cast:
Stanley Adams ...... Garreaux (recurring)
Lita Milan ......... Marlene (recurring)
Marcel Rousseau .... Professor De Musset
Synopsis:
Hiram switches identities with a French scientist in an attempt to
keep the secret of the first Earth satellite from foreign agents.
Contents: Commercials: Sanka.
(Final NETWORK show of series)

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This series received shabby treatment by the network [NBC]
Here are some details of the episodes NOT broadcast on the network.
Air dates are first run New York via WPIX (ch 11). [JK]
           
   [21] Hiram Holliday: PASTO DURO
  230ct59 first run New York via WPIX (ch 11).
 
   [22] Hiram Holliday: THE ADVENTURE OF THE VANISHING HOUSE
30Oct59 first run New York via WPIX (ch 11).
Starring: Wally Cox (as Hiram Holliday); with: Ainslie Pryor (as Joel Smith)
Synopsis:
A band of criminals intend to enter the Bank of France through
    a secret tunnel in a nearby house. [JK]

   [23] Hiram Holliday: THE ADVENTURE OF THE SURPLUS GENERAL 
11Dec59 first run New York via WPIX (ch 11).
Starring: Wally Cox (as Hiram Holliday); with: Ainslie Pryor (as Joel Smith)
Synopsis:
    When the King of Borokavia is imprisoned by his archenemy,
    Hiram comes in disguise to rescue him. [JK]

   [24] Hiram Holliday: THE ADVENTURE OF THE DIAMOND EATER
18Dec59 WPIX (ch.11) New York
19Apr66 BBC UK, Tue 5pm
Produced and Directed by Philip Rapp
Written by Richard Powell
Associate Producer Robert Stillman
Starring: Wally Cox (as Hiram Holliday); with: Ainslie Pryor (as Joel Smith)
Guest Cast:
Lita Milan
Stanley Adams
John O'Malley
Ben Wright
other credits:
Director of Photography Lester Shorr
Production Designed by Arthur Lonergan
Supervising Film Editor Fred Feitshans
Asistant Director Robert G. Vreeland
Film Editor Bruce B. Pierce, A.C.E.
Sound Jack Goodrich
Wardrobe Frank Tauss, Maria Donovan
Make-up Webster Phillips
Script Supervisor John Franko
Property Master Tom Colehan
Music Supervision Raoul Kraushaar
Fencing Master Fred Cavens
Casting Director Lynn Stalmaster
Special Effects by Jack Rabin, Louis De Witt
Copyright MCMLVII California National Productions
RCA Sound Recording
An NBC Film Presentation
a California National Production
Synopsis: 
   A French scoundrel poses as a Hindu potentate and tries to
    claim his weight in tributary diamonds. [JK]

   [25] Hiram Holliday: AMONTILLADO     
Unaired on NBC Network   

   [26] Hiram Holliday: THE ADVENTURE OF THE INVISIBLE MAN
Unaired on NBC Network

[27] Hiram Holliday: THE SURPLUS GENERAL
Unaired on NBC Network

[--] "Amsterdam."
 
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