CTVA US Crime - Public Prosecutor" (1947-48)/  "Crawford Mystery Theatre" (DuMont) (1951-52) starring John Howard

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 DuMont Network Series

 "Public Prosecutor" (1949-52)  "The Plainclothesman" (1949-54)  "Rocky King, Detective" (1950-54) "Ellery Queen" (1950-52)
     "Not for Publication" (1951-52)   "Hollywood Offbeat: Steve Randall" (1952-53)  "Night Editor" (1954)


Public Prosecutor (1947-48)
Crawford Mystery Theatre
; (1951-52)
 Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by: Rina Fox
references:
TV Guide, New York Times,
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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PUBLIC PROSECUTOR / CRAWFORD MYSTERY THEATRE
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Jerry Fairbanks Productions
for
Syndication (1947-48) - 26 episodes x 20 minutes
DuMont Network (6Sep 1951-28 Feb 1952) - ? episodes x 30 min
Produced by Jerry Fairbanks /Sponsor: Crawford Clothes

US Mystery Drama series/ Panel Show 1947-52  26 episodes x 20/30 min 
Starring:
John Howard as Stephen Allen, Prosecuting Attorney
Anne Gwynne as his assistant
Walter Sande as Police Lieutenant
Warren Hull as Host (1951)
Bob Shepard as Announcer

Premise/Background:
In 1947-48 this was the first filmed series made especially for television.

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Syndicated Program  (26 episodes x 20 minutes) (20 min slot/ 17 1/2 min actual running time)

1.1 [--] Public Prosecutor: THE CASE OF THE MISSING BULLET (1947-48) 
1.2 [--] Public Prosecutor: THE CASE OF THE BANDAGED HAND  (1947-48) (rerun 25-Oct-51)
1.3 [--] Public Prosecutor: THE CASE OF THE MAYAN DAGGER (1947-48)(rerun 6-Dec-51)
1.4 [--] Public Prosecutor: THE CASE OF THE BODY BEAUTIFUL  (1947-48)(rerun 18-Oct-51)
1.5 [--] Public Prosecutor: THE CASE OF THE STRANGE SUICIDE  (1947-48)(rerun 10-Jan-52)
1.6 [--] Public Prosecutor: THE CASE OF THE EYE WITNESS (1947-48)(rerun 20-Dec-51)
1.7 [--] Public Prosecutor: THE CASE OF THE YELLOW TICKET (1947-48)
1.8 [--] Public Prosecutor: THE CASE OF THE FAMILY AFFAIR  (1947-48)
1.9 [--] Public Prosecutor: THE CASE OF THE MISSING HOUR  (1947-48)

1.10 [--] Public Prosecutor: THE CASE OF THE DOUBLE CLUE  (1947-48) (rerun 4-Oct-51)
1.11 [--] Public Prosecutor: THE CASE OF THE SWARTHY MAN (1947-48)(rerun 29-Nov-51)
1.12 [--] Public Prosecutor: THE CASE OF THE MAN WHO WASN'T THERE (1947-48)(rerun 17-Jan-52)
1.13 [--] Public Prosecutor: THE CASE OF THE TALKING HORSESHOE (1947-48)(rerun 27-Dec-51)
1.14 [--] Public Prosecutor: THE CASE OF THE COMIC-STRIP MURDER   (1947-48)(rerun 20-Sep-51)
1.15 [--] Public Prosecutor: THE CASE OF THE DEAD MAN'S VOICE  (1947-48)
1.16 [--] Public Prosecutor: THE CASE OF THE FABULOUS LIARS  (1947-48)

1.17 [--] Public Prosecutor: THE CASE OF THE SHATTERED MIRROR  (1947-48)(rerun 15-Nov-51)
1.18 [--] Public Prosecutor: THE CASE OF THE SURPRISED CORPSE  (1947-48)(rerun 22-Nov-51)
1.19 [--] Public Prosecutor: THE CASE OF THE TIME STOOD STILL (1947-48)
1.20 [--] Public Prosecutor: THE CASE OF THE DEVIL'S HEART  (1947-48)(rerun 8-Nov-51)
1.21 [--] Public Prosecutor: THE CASE OF THE GLAMOUR GIRLS (1947-48)(rerun 13-Dec-51)
1.22 [--] Public Prosecutor: THE CASE OF CREPES FOR SUZETTE  (1947-48)(rerun 11-Oct-51)
1.23 [--] Public Prosecutor: THE CASE OF THE THOUSAND TERRORS (1947-48)(rerun 21-Feb-52)
1.24 [--] Public Prosecutor: THE CASE OF THE INNOCENT LION (1947-48)(rerun 28-Feb-52)
1.25 [--] Public Prosecutor: THE CASE OF THE MURDER MELODY  (1947-48)(rerun 3-Jan-52)
1.26 [--] Public Prosecutor: THE CASE OF THE JADE FLUTE  (1947-48)(rerun 24-Jan-52)

[--] John Hart appeared in at least one episode

Crawford Mystery Theatre: Public Prosecutor  (1951-52)

In 1951 the DuMont Network acquired the rights and turned it into a panel show to fill out to 30 minutes.
 Each week 3 guest panelists watched an episode from the original 1947-48 series along  with the home audience,
 which was halted just before the climax - each panelist then tried to guess the identity of the guilty party.

Premise/Background: (Primetieme TV)
Detective-fiction writers and other guests guessed solutions to filmed mysteries which was sponsored by Crawford Clothes.
John Howard was the host for the first two telecasts, after which he was replaced by Warren Hull. Howard later appeared
as an actor in some of the dramas. The program was also known as "Public Prosecutor" and it was under the latter title
that it remained on the air locally in New York until the end of February 1952. (Primetieme TV) [RF]

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DuMont Network Thursdays (6Sep 1951-28 Feb 1952)

[01] Public Prosecutor:  [Premiere]
06Sep1951 DuMont Thur 9:30pm [NY Times]
Moderator: Warren Hull

[02] Public Prosecutor:
13Sep1951 DuMont Thur 9:30pm [NY Times]
Moderator: Warren Hull

[03] Public Prosecutor: THE CASE OF THE COMIC STRIP MURDER
Original Show No. 14 (from 1947-48)
20Sep1951 DuMont Thur 9:30pm [NY Times]
Moderator: Warren Hull

[04] Public Prosecutor: THE CASE OF THE THOUSAND TERRORS
27Sep1951 DuMont Thur 9:30pm [NY Times]
Moderator: Warren Hull

[05] Public Prosecutor: THE CASE OF THE DOUBLE CLUE
Original Show No. 10 (from 1947-48)
04Oct1951 DuMont Thur 9:30pm [NY Times]
Moderator: Warren Hull

[06] Public Prosecutor: THE CASE OF CREPE FOR SUZETTE
Show No. 22 (from 1947-48)
11Oct1951 DuMont Thur 9:30pm [NY Times]
Moderator: Warren Hull
Guest Panelists:
Eva Gabor
Broderick Crawford
Ted Brown

[07] Public Prosecutor: THE CASE OF THE BODY BEAUTIFUL
Original Show No. 4 (from 1947-48)
18Oct1951 DuMont Thur 9:30pm [NY Times]
Moderator: Warren Hull
Guest Panelists:
Senator Halpern
Eva Gabor
John Dahl

[08] Public Prosecutor: THE CASE OF THE BANDAGED HAND
Original Show No. 2 (from 1947-48)
25Oct1951 DuMont Thur 9:30pm [NY Times]
Moderator: Warren Hull
Guest Panelists:
Albert Dekker

[09] Public Prosecutor: THE CASE OF THE DEAD MAN'S VOICE
Original Show No. 15 (from 1947-48)
01Nov1951 DuMont Thur 9:30pm [NY Times]
Moderator: Warren Hull
Guest Panelists:
Ilka Chase
Igor Gorin
Dr. Houston Peterson

[10] Public Prosecutor: THE CASE OF THE DEVIL'S HEART
Original Show No. 20 (from 1947-48)
08Nov1951 DuMont Thur 9:30pm [NY Times]
Moderator: Warren Hull
Guest Panelists:
Rex Stout
Glenn Langan
Betty Buehler
Guest Cast:
Cy Kendall
Gloria Grant

[11] Public Prosecutor: THE CASE OF THE SHATTERED MIRROR
Original Show No. 17 (from 1947-48)
15Nov1951 DuMont Thur 9:30pm [NY Times]
Moderator: Warren Hull
Guest Panelists:
William Shirer
Claudia Pinza
Brig. Gen. Nicholson
Starring: John Howard (as Stephen Allen, Prosecuting Attorney)
with
Anne Gwynne as Pat
Walter Sande as Lt. Evans
Guest Cast:
Minerva Urecal ...... Augusta
Anthony Caruso ....... Chips
Synopsis:
Pat helps Allen track down the murderer of a handsome composer. [RF]

[12] Public Prosecutor: THE CASE OF THE SURPRISED CORPSE
Original Show No.18 (from 1947-48)
22Nov1951 DuMont Thur 9:30pm [NY Times]
Moderator: Warren Hull
Guest Panelists:
Lucille Manners
Hurd Hatfield
Ray Brock

[13] Public Prosecutor: THE CASE OF THE SWARTHY MAN
Original Show No. 11 (from 1947-48)
29Nov1951 DuMont Thur 9:30pm [NY Times]
Moderator: Warren Hull
Guest Panelists:
Lou Little
Dong Kingman

[14] Public Prosecutor: THE CASE OF THE MAYAN DAGGER
Original Show No. 3 (from 1947-48)
06Dec1951 DuMont Thur 9:30pm [NY Times]
Moderator: Warren Hull
Guest Panelists:
Kent Smith
Burton Turkus

[15] Public Prosecutor: THE CASE OF THE GLAMOUR GIRLS
Original Show No. 21 (from 1947-48)
13Dec1951 DuMont Thur 9:30pm [NY Times]
Moderator: Warren Hull
Guest Panelists:
Jackie Kelk
Dorothy Claire
Johnny Olsen
[--] Public Prosecutor: (Unknown title) (possibly "The Case of the Glamour Girls")
Starring: John Howard (as Stephen Allen, Prosecuting Attorney)
with
Anne Gwynne as Pat
Walter Sande as Lt. Evans
Guest cast:
Bernadene Hayes ...... Hilda
Synopsis:
A snobbish neighbor and a scrubwoman are likely suspects in the murder of a glamour photographer. [RF]


[16] Public Prosecutor: THE CASE OF THE EYE WITNESS
Original Show No. 6 (from 1947-48)
20Dec1951 DuMont Thur 9:30pm [NY Times]
Moderator: Warren Hull
Guest Panelists:
Russ Hodges
Cornelius Vanderbilt
Margalo Gilmore

[17] Public Prosecutor: THE CASE OF THE TALKING HORSESHOE
Original Show No. 13 (from 1947-48)
27Dec1951 DuMont Thur 9:30pm [NY Times]
Moderator: Warren Hull
Guest Panelists:
Marina Svetlove
Harry Hershfield
Ivan Danderson

[18] Public Prosecutor: THE CASE OF THE MURDER MELODY
Original Show No. 25 (from 1947-48)
03Jan1952 DuMont Thur 9:30pm [NY Times]
Moderator: Warren Hull
Guest Panelists:
Tommy Henrich
[--] Public Prosecutor: (Unknown title) (possibly "The Case of the Murder Melody")
Starring: John Howard (as Stephen Allen, Prosecuting Attorney)
with
Anne Gwynne as Pat
Walter Sande as Lt. Evans
Guest cast:
Pat Gleason .......... Eggars
Christine Larson ..... Marcia
Synopsis:
Allen questions a private detective found in the home of a murdered songwriter. [RF]


[19] Public Prosecutor: THE CASE OF THE STRANGE SUICIDE
Original Show No. 5 (from 1947-48)
10Jan1952 DuMont Thur 9:30pm [NY Times]
Moderator: Warren Hull
Guest Panelists:
James Warburg
Herman Stichman
Vicki Vola
[--] Public Prosecutor: (possibly "The Case of The Strange Suicide)
Starring: John Howard (as Stephen Allen, Prosecuting Attorney)
with
Anne Gwynne as Pat
Walter Sande as Lt. Evans
Synopsis:
Allen counters the evidence of suicide when a nightclub owner is found shot. [RF]

[20] Public Prosecutor: THE CASE OF THE MAN WHO WASN'T THERE
Original Show No. 12 (from 1947-48)
17Jan1952 DuMont Thur 9:30pm [NY Times]
Moderator: Warren Hull
Guest Panelists:
Eugene List
Mildred Dunnock
Starring: John Howard (as Stephen Allen, Prosecuting Attorney)
with
Anne Gwynne as Pat
Walter Sande as Lt. Evans
Guest Cast:
DeForest Kelley ...... Danny
Dan Seymour .......... Zerni
Frank McFarland ...... Metcalf
Synopsis:
Allen sees robbery and blackmail in a crystal ball. [RF]

[21] Public Prosecutor: THE CASE OF THE JADE FLUTE
Original Show No. 26 (from 1947-48)
24Jan1952 DuMont Thur 9:30pm [NY Times]
Moderator: Warren Hull
Guest Panelists:
Charlton Heston
General H. Norman Schwarzkopf

[22] Public Prosecutor:
31Jan1952 DuMont Thur 9:30pm [NY Times]
Moderator: Warren Hull

[23] Public Prosecutor:
07Feb1952 DuMont Thur 9:30pm [NY Times]
Moderator: Warren Hull

[24] Public Prosecutor:
14Feb1952 DuMont Thur 9:30pm [NY Times]
Moderator: Warren Hull

[25] Public Prosecutor: THE CASE OF THE THOUSAND TERRORS
Original Show No. 23 (from 1947-48)
21Feb1952 DuMont Thur 9:30pm [NY Times]
Moderator: Warren Hull

[26] Public Prosecutor: THE CASE OF THE INNOCENT LION (Last show of the series)
Original Show No. 24 (from 1947-48)
28Feb1952 DuMont Thur 9:30pm [NY Times]
Moderator: Warren Hull
Guest Panelists:
Col. Eddie Egan
Paul Webb
Starring: John Howard (as Stephen Allen, Prosecuting Attorney)
with
Anne Gwynne as Pat
Walter Sande as Lt. Evans
Guest cast:
Carol Forman ......... Mlle. Landeroux
John Harmon .......... Yo Yo
Synopsis:
A trainer is found mangled by a lion and stabbed by a killer. [RF]
*NOTE: Last show of the series.

On March 6, 1952 DuMont premiered The Cases of Eddie Drake  episode "The Brass Key"
with Patricia Morison and Don Haggerty. [RF]

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 [--] Crawford Mystery Theatre: THE CASE OF THE MISSING HOUR
Original Show No. 9 (from 1947-48) (rerun airdate not known)
Starring: John Howard (as Stephen Allen, Prosecuting Attorney)
with:
Anne Gwynne as Pat
Walter Sande as Lt. Evans
Guest cast:
Marjorie Lord ........ Eve
John Harmon .......... Faber
Synopsis:
A girl is found hiding in the house where a publisher was murdered. [RF]

[--] Public Prosecutor: (Unknown title)(possibly "The Case of The Family Affair")
Starring: John Howard (as Stephen Allen, Prosecuting Attorney)
with
Anne Gwynne as Pat
Walter Sande as Lt. Evans
Guest cast:
Barbara Brown ........ Mrs. Trask
Synopsis:
Probing a woman's death, Allen suspects the husband despite his alibi. [RF]


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[--] Public Prosecutor: (Unknown title)
Starring: John Howard (as Stephen Allen, Prosecuting Attorney)
with
Anne Gwynne as Pat
Walter Sande as Lt. Evans
Guest cast:
Ben Weldon ........... Declos
Vera Lewis ........... Ethel
Synopsis:
On the day of an art dealer's murder, a strange painting appears in his office. [RF]

[--] Public Prosecutor: (Unknown title)
Starring: John Howard (as Stephen Allen, Prosecuting Attorney)
with
Anne Gwynne as Pat
Walter Sande as Lt. Evans
Guest cast:
Evelyn Ankers ....... Joyce
Synopsis:
A director and an actress are the prime suspects in the murder of a movie star. [RF]

[--] Public Prosecutor: (Unknown title)
Starring: John Howard (as Stephen Allen, Prosecuting Attorney)
with
Anne Gwynne as Pat
Walter Sande as Lt. Evans
Synopsis:
An investment broker is found shot to death ostensibly by an actress and a ventriloquist.

[--] Public Prosecutor: (Unknown title)
Starring: John Howard (as Stephen Allen, Prosecuting Attorney)
with
Anne Gwynne as Pat
Walter Sande as Lt. Evans
Guest cast:
John Davidson ........ Bessemer
Esther Dale .......... Bertha
Synopsis:
A scientist is found murdered by his two associates.

[--] Public Prosecutor: (Unknown title)
Starring: John Howard (as Stephen Allen, Prosecuting Attorney)
with
Anne Gwynne as Pat
Walter Sande as Lt. Evans
Guest cast:
Tony Barrett ......... Adams
Synopsis:
A broken appointment leads to a dead body at the foot of a cliff. [RF]

[--] Public Prosecutor: (Unknown title)
Starring: John Howard (as Stephen Allen, Prosecuting Attorney)
with
Anne Gwynne as Pat
Walter Sande as Lt. Evans
Guest cast:
Ray Parker ........... Wheeler
Jean London .......... Velma
Synopsis:
Evidence is scant, but motives for the murder of a torch singer point to her financially choked husband. [RF]

[--] Public Prosecutor: (Unknown title)
Starring: John Howard (as Stephen Allen, Prosecuting Attorney)
with
Anne Gwynne as Pat
Walter Sande as Lt. Evans
Guest cast:
Elizabeth Kerr ....... Beatrice
Synopsis:
A girl found at the scene of a murder claims she was seeing the victim on business. [RF]

[--] Public Prosecutor: (Unknown title)
Starring: John Howard (as Stephen Allen, Prosecuting Attorney)
with
Anne Gwynne as Pat
Walter Sande as Lt. Evans
Synopsis:
Allen attempts to reconstruct the circumstances leading to a heir's death. [RF]

[--] Public Prosecutor: (Unknown title)
Starring: John Howard (as Stephen Allen, Prosecuting Attorney)
with
Anne Gwynne as Pat
Walter Sande as Lt. Evans
Guest cast:
Raymond Bailey ....... Crandall
Synopsis:
Allen looks into the report that a chauffeur stole a necklace from his employer's wife. [RF]

[--] Public Prosecutor: (Unknown title)
Starring: John Howard (as Stephen Allen, Prosecuting Attorney)
with
Anne Gwynne as Pat
Walter Sande as Lt. Evans
Guest cast:
Walter Soderling ..... Crozier
Synopsis:
An eccentric man, about to reveal his new will, thinks he needs police protection. [RF]

[--] Public Prosecutor: (Unknown title)
Starring: John Howard (as Stephen Allen, Prosecuting Attorney)
with
Anne Gwynne as Pat
Walter Sande as Lt. Evans
Guest cast:
Benny Baker .......... Manny
Synopsis:
An anonymous phone call leads to the body of a discharged Army sergeant. [RF]

[--] Public Prosecutor: (Unknown title)
Starring: John Howard (as Stephen Allen, Prosecuting Attorney)
with
Anne Gwynne as Pat
Walter Sande as Lt. Evans
Guest cast:
Donald McBride ....... Hanes
Mary Beth Hughes ..... Helen
Dewey Robinson ....... Costello
Lou Lubin ............ Willie
Synopsis:
Three suspects in the murder of a policeman: a girl, a gangster and a crook. [RF]

[--] Public Prosecutor: (Unknown title)
195?
Starring: John Howard (as Stephen Allen, Prosecuting Attorney)
with
Anne Gwynne as Pat
Walter Sande as Lt. Evans
Synopsis:
The death of a novelist appears to be homicide except that he left a list of ready-made suspects. [RF]

[--] Public Prosecutor: (Unknown title)
Starring: John Howard (as Stephen Allen, Prosecuting Attorney)
with
Anne Gwynne as Pat
Walter Sande as Lt. Evans
Guest cast:
Victoria Horne ....... Amy
Pedro de Cordoba ..... Redgrave
Synopsis:
Poisoned milk is the one proof that someone is trying to kill a frail and terrified woman. [RF]

[--] Public Prosecutor: (Unknown title)
Starring: John Howard (as Stephen Allen, Prosecuting Attorney)
with
Anne Gwynne as Pat
Walter Sande as Lt. Evans
Guest cast:
Iris Adrian .......... Bunny
Synopsis:
Allen is summoned to a cheap hotel and finds a man dead in a gas-filled room. [RF]

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