CTVA US Crime - "The Mask" (ABC)(1954) Gary Merrill & William Prince

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The Mask (1954)
  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
Writers Guild of America (wga)

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THE MASK
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ABC Production "Live"
Produced by Robert Stevens and Halsted Welles, Leonard Valenta

Jan 1954- May 1954 ABC Sunday 8:00-9:00
Mar 1954- Apr 1954 ABC Tue/Wed 8:00-9:00

US Crime Mystery series 1954 15 episodes x 60 min (live)
10Jan54-16May54
Starring
Gary Merrill as Walter Guilfoyle
William Prince as Peter Guilfoyle

Premise:
The Story of Walter and Peter Guilfoyle, brothers and attorneys working out of New York.
This was a short-lived series but was a pioneer in several ways. It was the first hour-long mystery series to
feature a recurring cast. It was also repeated twice a week in prime time, in case the viewer had missed a live
performance from Sunday night, they would be able to view the kinescope repeat either Tuesday or Wednesday).
It was quite expensive to produce so it was cancelled after four months.

Guest Stars Included:
Paul Newman, Jo Van Fleet, Parker Fennelly, Sherry Brinton, James Gregory,
Kathleen McGuire, John Marley, Robert H. Harris, Frank Overton,
Joseph Campanella, Gaby Rogers, George Macready, Steven Hill,
Cloris Leachman, Hildy Parks, Tom Tryon, Joey Walsh, Luther Adler,
Virginia Gilmore, Brian Keith, Martin Brooks, Edgar Stehli, Don Dubbins,
Russell Hardie, Audrey Christie, Arthur Storch

Writers Included:
Halsted Welles; Charles Robinson, Irving Gaynor Neiman,
Robert Tallman, Ben Hecht, Franz Spencer, Mel Goldberg, Sam Ross,
Henry Kane, Frank Gruber (story), Philip MacDonald (story), Cornell Woolrich (story)

Directors Included:
Robert Stevens, Jeffrey Hayden, Leonard Valenta, Carl Frank

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ABC Sundays (10Jan54-16May54)

1.01 [--] The Mask: MURDER IN THE BURLESQUE HOTEL aka "Murder at the Burlesque House"
10-Jan-1954 ABC Sun
guest cast:
Sherry Britton
Herbert Berghof
Synopsis:
A burlesque performer is involved in a murder. [RF]

1.02 [--] The Mask: HOTEL MURDER
17-Jan-1954 ABC Sun
guest cast:
James Gregory
Charles Lewis
Reba Tassel
Allan Tower
Rusty Lane
Brett Somers
Synopsis:
A male guest at a cheap hotel is accused of murdering a girl vocalist there. [RF]

1.03 [--] The Mask: MURDER IN THE PRINT SHOP
24-Jan-1954 ABC Sun
guest cast:
Robert H. Harris
Leona Powers
Patty McCormack
Joe Sweeney
Synopsis:
A poverty-stricken printer turns to murder in an effort to protect his livelihood. [RF]

1.04 [--] The Mask: THE WILL
31-Jan-1954 ABC Sun
guest cast:
Gaby Rodgers

1.05 [--] The Mask: FRAMED FOR MURDER  (aka "The Loophole")
07-Feb-1954 ABC Sun
based on "Three Kills for One" by Cornell Woolrich
guest cast:
Russell Hardie
Brian Keith

1.06 [--] The Mask: THE YOUNG DANCER
14-Feb-1954 ABC Sun
guest cast:
Steven Hill
Cloris Leachman

1.07 [--] The Mask: A ROYAL REVENGE
21-Feb-1954 ABC Sun (rebroadcast 25Apr1954)
guest cast:
Patricia Breslin

1.08 [--] The Mask: THE POISONED VILLAGE
28-Feb-1954 ABC Sun (rebroadcast 02May54)
guest cast:
Joey Walsh

1.09 [--] The Mask: THE VISITOR
07-Mar-1954 ABC Sun
guest cast:
Luther Adler
Virginia Gilmore

1.10 [--] The Mask: 65 PACIFIC STREET
14-Mar-1954 ABC Sun
written by Frank Gruber
guest cast:
Don Dubbins
Peg Hillias

1.11 [--] The Mask: THE FINGERS OF FEAR
21-Mar-1954 ABC Sun
written by Philip MacDonald
guest cast:
Mary Linn Beller

1.12 [--] The Mask: MARKED FOR MURDER
28-Mar-1954 ABC Sun

1.13 [--] The Mask: THE GAMBLER
04-Apr-1954 ABC Sun
written by Henry Kane
guest cast:
Richard Coogan
Dorothy Hart
Kathleen Maguire
Gina Petrushka
Edgar Stehli
Perry Fiske

1.14 [--] The Mask: PARTY NIGHT
11-Apr-1954 ABC Sun
guest cast:
Patricia Breslin
Paul Newman
Jo Van Fleet

1.15 [--] The Mask: THE BACKYARD
18-Apr-1954 ABC Sun

[--] 25Apr1954 - Rerun of #1.7 "A Royal Revenge" (from 21Feb54)

[--] 02May1954 - Rerun of #1.8 "The Poisoned Village" (from 28Feb54)

[--] 09May54 - no details

[--] 16May54 - (final rerun)


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