CTVA US Drama - "Bracken's World" (TCF/NBC) (1969-70) Leslie Nielsen as John Bracken

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Bracken's World (1969-70)
Episode Guide  compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by: Rina Fox
references:
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BRACKEN'S WORLD
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20th Century-Fox Television
for
NBC (Fridays 10:00 pm EST)
Executive Producer Del Reisman
Produced by Robert Lewin Stanley Rubin
Associate Producers, Dennis Durney George Lehr
Created by Dorothy Kingsley

US Drama Series 1969-70 41 episodes x 60 min
(2 seasons 26+15 eps) (19Sep69- 25Dec70)

Starring:
Warren Stevens as John Bracken (voice only), studio boss (1969-70)(season 1)
Leslie Nielsen as John Bracken, studio boss (1970)(season 2)
Eleanor Parker as Sylvia Caldwell, Bracken's Secretary (1969-70)(eps 1-16)
Bettye Ackerman as Anne Frazer, Bracken's Secretary (season 2)
*
Peter Haskell as Kevin Grant, producer (1969-70)
Madlyn Rhue as Marjorie Grant, wife (1969-70)(season 1)
*
Dennis Cole
as Davey Evans, young leading man (1969-70) (season 1)
Stephen Oliver as Tom Hudson/Huston/Hutson, Brando type (1970) (season 1)
*
Elizabeth Allen as Laura Deane, talent coach (1969-70)
Laraine Stephens as Diane Waring (1969-70)
Karen Jensen as Rachel Holt, starlet (1969-70)
*
Linda Harrison as Paulette Douglas, shy young actress (1969-70)
Jeanne Cooper as Grace Douglas, Paulette's overbearing mother (1970)
*
Gary Dubin as Mark Grant(1970)
Kathleen Hughes as Jane Mitchell
William Traylor as Bobby Jason

Premise:
A behind-the-scenes look at movie making through the eyes of the head
of the mythical "Century Studios" in Hollywood.

Writer: Jerry De Bono
Director of Photography: William Cronjager
Film Editor: Bill Mosher

Music:
Alan Bergman, David Rose, Harry Geller, Jack Elliott, Lionel Newman
Marilyn Bergman. Robert Jackson Drasnin, Warren Barker

First Assistant Director:
Allen Reisner, Charles S. Dubin, Gary Neilson, Gerald Mayer
Herschel Daugherty, James Neilson, John Erman, Lee Phillips
Paul Henreid, Robert Day

Costume Designer: Elois Jensen
Set Decorator: Chet Bayhi, Walter M Scott
Production Management: Jack Sonntag
Special Effects: Greg C. Jensen
Art Director: Fred Hardman, Jack Martin Smith
Post Production Supervisor, Samuel E. Beetley

Theme Song "Worlds" sung by The Letterman

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NBC Fridays 10:00 pm Eastern
26 episodes

1.01 Bracken's World: FADE-IN
19Sep1969 NBC Fri
written by Dorothy Kingsley
directed by Walter Doniger
guest cast:
Sue England as Mildred Price
Joe Conley as Alvin
Charles Macaulay as Andre
John Napier as Photographer
Linda Peck as Commissary Hostess
Don Brodie as Director
Cameo appearances by
Raquel Welch
Tony Curtis
Omar Sharif

Synopsis: Bracken's World focused on the employees of Century Studios,
located in Hollywood, California. John Bracken was the studio head,
who, for the first season, was heard, but not seen. He was the occasional
voice on the speaker phone, either praising or chastizing the studio
population, who included his executive assistant, Sylvia Caldwell; stunt
man, Davey Evans; the New Talent School head, Laura Dean, and her up
and coming students, Rachel Holt, Diane Waring, Paulette Douglas, and Tom
Hudson; producer/director Kevin Grant, his alcoholic wife, Marjorie,
their 8 year old son, Mark; and Paulette' pushy stage mother, Grace
Douglas. We learn of Sylvia's devotion to the studio, Laura's devotion to
her students, Kevin's unhappy marriage and his attraction to Diane
Waring; and Grace Douglas' opposition to her daughter Paulette's relationship
with stuntman, Davey Evans.

1.02 Bracken's World: PANIC
26Sep1969 NBC Fri
written by Oliver Hailey
directed by Ted Post
guest cast:
Judson Pratt as Gateman
Alice Jubert as Second Nurse
Hallie Bowes as Nurse
William Wintersole as Mr. Jeffers
Adam Kaufman as Billy
Mark Allen as Detective
Sue England as Millie
Diane Dye as Jenny
Brock Chester as Actor
Norm Pitlik as Detective
Tod Andrews as Lt. Carlan
Dick Whittington as Photographer
June Dayton as Mrs. Jeffers
Cameo appearances by
Edward G. Robinson

1.03 Bracken's World: KING DAVID
03Oct1969 NBC Fri
Written by Sonya Roberts
Directed by Robert Day
guest cast:
Carolyn Jones
Jay C. Flippen as David Caldwell
Cameo appearances by
Zsa Zsa Gabor

1.04 Bracken's World: DON'T YOU CRY FOR SUSANNAH
10Oct1969 NBC Fri
guest cast:
Diane Ewing at Susannah Ray
Vernon Weddle as Johnno
Roger Bowen as Chris
Cameo appearance by
Ray Milland

1.05 Bracken's World: OPTIONS
17Oct1969 NBC Fri
written by Robert Lewin
directed by Nicholas Webster
guest cast:
Robert Colbert as Johnny Churchill
Warren Berlinger
Cameo appearance by
Debbie Reynolds

1.06 Bracken's World: CLOSED SET
24Oct1969 NBC Fri
written by Bess Boyled
directed by Herschel Daugherty
guest cast:
John Van Dreelen
Phillip Pine
Yvonne Wilder

1.07 Bracken's World: THE SWEET SMELL OF FAILURE
31Oct1969 NBC Fri
written by Charles A. McDaniel
directed by Charles S. Dubin
guest cast:
Ricardo Montalban as Carl Duran

1.08 Bracken's World: THE STUNT
07Nov1969 NBC Fri
written by Dorothy Kingsley
directed by Herschel Daugherty
guest cast:
Gary Collins as Brock Jordan

1.09 Bracken's World: ALL THE BEAUTIFUL YOUNG GIRLS
14Nov1969 NBC Fri
written by Leonard Kantor
directed by Paul Henreid
guest cast:
Arthur Hill
Luke Halpin
Diana Dye
Ed Bach
Kevin Hagen

1.10 Bracken's World: A PACKAGE DEAL
28Nov1969 NBC Fri
written by Stephen Kandel
directed by John Erman
guest cast:
Shelley Fabares as Hillary Saxon
Tim O'Connor as Stuart Saxon

1.11 Bracken's World: IT'S THE POWER STRUCTURE, BABY
05Dec1969 NBC Fri
written by Cliff Gould
directed by Lee Phillips
guest cast:
Booker Bradshaw
Cameo Appearance by
Debbie Reynolds

1.12 Bracken's World: MOVE IN FOR A CLOSE-UP
12Dec69 NBC Fri
written by Oliver Hailey
directed by Allen Reisner
guest cast:
Peter Donat as Frank

1.13 Bracken's World: STOP DATE
19Dec1969 NBC Fri
Written by Norman Hudis
Directed by Robert Day
guest cast:
Richard Anderson
Dane Clark as Gil Ryder
Marie Windsor
David Macklin as the Intruder
Cameo appearance by
Cliff Robertson

1.14 Bracken's World: THE CHASE SEQUENCE
26Dec1969 NBC Fri
written by Charles A. McDaniel
directed by James Neilson
guest cast:
Marlyn Mason
Clint Ritchie

1.15 Bracken's World: FOCUS ON A GUN
02Jan1970 NBC Fri
written by Robert Lewin
directed by Gerald Mayer
guest cast:
Joe Don Baker as Nick Fontaine
Dennis Patrick as Mr. Waring
George Murdock

1.16 Bracken's World: MONEY MEN
09Jan1970 NBC Fri
written by Sonya Roberts
directed by Charles S. Dubin
guest cast:
Carl Betz as Jeffrey Harris
Jan Sterling as Harriett Moran
Liam Sullivan
Sue England

1.17 Bracken's World: MEANWHILE BACK AT THE STUDIO
16Jan1970 NBC Fri
written by Joseph Bonaduce
directed by Gary Nelson
guest cast:
Michael Baselon as Arthur Thunderbird
James Hampton

1.18 Bracken's World: A PERFECT PIECE OF CASTING
30Jan1970 NBC Fri
written by Bess Boyle
directed by Paul Henreid
guest cast:
Monte Markham as Ray Wiley
Broderick Crawford as Inspector Harlow
Warren Berlinger

1.19 Bracken's World: SUPERSTAR
06Feb1970 NBC Fri
Written by: Charles A. McDaniel
Directed by: Herschel Daughterty
guest cast:
Lee Majors as Frank Carver
Andy Devine as Bill Hunnicutt
Sam Elliott as Todd Skinner
Stephen McNally
Warren Berlinger

1.20 Bracken's World: WHATEVER HAPPENED TO HAPPY ENDINGS?
13Feb1970 NBC Fri
Written by: Gerry Day and Bethel Leslie
Directed by: Harschel Daugherty
guest cast:
Lee Grant as Veronica Steele
Flora Plumb as Teresa Czandowski
Jack Riley as the Hairdresser

1.21 Bracken's World: FALLEN, FALLEN IS BABYLON
20Feb1970 NBC Fri
Written by Jerry Ziegman
Directed by Allen Reisner
guest cast:
Richard Thomas
Margo Sappington
Dabbs Greer
Cameo apppearances by
Joyce Haber
James Coburn

1.22 Bracken's World: PAPA NEVER SPANKED ME
27Feb1970 NBC Fri
Written by: Alan Spies
Directed by: Charles S. Dubin
guest cast:
Martin Sheen .............. Joey Jason
Jack Albertson ............ Mort Jason
Synopsis:
Nightclub comic Joey Jason is signed for a Kevin Grant film. Joey
insists on bringing along his father, an ex-vaudevillian. After
papa gets a small role in the movie, a dramatic relationship unfolds:
Joey fights for his ego - his father battles for dignity. [RF]
*Note: Jack Albertson stops the show with his impersonations [RF]

1.23 Bracken's World: A BEGINNING, A MIDDLE AND AN END
06Mar1970 NBC Fri
written by Stephen Kandel
directed by Charles S. Dubin
guest cast:
Joseph Campanella as Sampson Wilkes
Virginia Wing as Mrs. Wilkes

1.24 Bracken's World: DIFFUSION
13Mar1970 NBC Fri
guest cast
Anne Baxter as Marian Harper
Don Knight
Fred Sadoff
Oliver McGowan
Zooey Hall
Cameo appearance by
Walter Pidgeon

1.25 Bracken's World: DAY FOR NIGHT
20Mar1970 NBC Fri
written by Robert Lewin
directed by Nicholas Webster
guest cast:
James Gregory as Lee Fowler
Cameo Appearance by
Pat O'Brien

1.26 Bracken's World: ONE, TWO, THREE...CRY
27Mar1970 NBC Fri
guest cast:
Barry Sullivan
Jo Ann Pflug
Susan Cabot
William Mims

############## Bracken's World ###############
############ season 2 Fall 1970 #############
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NBC Fridays 10:00 pm Eastern
15 episodes (18Sep70-25Dec70)
*Note: This episode introduces Leslie Nielsen as John Bracken, head of
Century Studio. Bettye Ackerman is given a more prominent role as
Bracken's secretary. Gone from the series, without fanfare or explanation,
are Stephen Oliver and Dennis Cole.

2.01 [27] Bracken's World: LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT, CHANGE IT OR LOSE IT
18Sep1970 NBC Fri
guest cast:
Forrest Tucker as Jim Grange
Tony Bill as Justin Willimann
Burr DeBenning as Veteran
Freeman King

2.02 [28] Bracken's World: MURDER OFF CAMERA
25Sep1970 NBC Fri
guest cast:
Stuart Whitman as Lt. Jackson
Ellen Corby as Mrs. Hopkins
Lou Antontio as Hal Ingersol
Lane Bradbury Antonio as Miriam Halsey
*Note: With the death of Marjorie Grant, Madlyn Rhue left the show.

2.03 [29] Bracken's World: JENNY, WHO BOMBS BUILDINGS
02Oct1970 NBC Fri
written by George Kirgo
directed by Lee Phillips
guest cast:
Sally Field as Jenny March
Rick Gates

2.04 [30] Bracken's World: TOGETHER AGAIN, FOR THE LAST TIME
09Oct1970 NBC Fri
guest cast:
Jeff Donnell as Joan Elliot

2.05 [31] Bracken's World: A PREVIEW IN SAMARKAND
16Oct1970 NBC Fri
written by Robert Presnell
directed by Herschel Daugherty
guest cast:
Suzanne Charny as Alex Hunter
William Schallert as Pat
Stanley Clements
Ed Peck

2.06 [32] Bracken's World: THE MARY TREE
23Oct1970 NBC Fri
guest cast:
Edward G. Robinson
Diana Hyland

2.07 [33] Bracken's World: HEY GRINGO, HEY PONCHO
30Oct1970 NBC Fri
guest cast:
Ricardo Montalban
John Randolph

2.08 [34] Bracken's World: A TEAM OF ONE LEGGED ACROBATS
06Nov1970 NBC Fri

2.09 [35] Bracken's World: THE ANONYMOUS STAR
13Nov1970 NBC Fri
written by Gerry Day and Bethel Leslie
directed by Paul Henreid
guest cast:
Janet Leigh as Maggie Morgan
Ida Lupino as Jyl Symington
Marie Windsor
Todd Susman

2.10 [36] Bracken's World: INFINITY
20Nov1970 NBC Fri
Written by Cliff Gould
Directed by Robert Day
guest cast:
Darren McGavin as Max Lassiter
Ned Glass as Jimmy
Ann Givin
Sean Kelly

2.11 [37] Bracken's World: THE NUDE SCENE
27Nov1970 NBC Fri
directed by Charles S. Dubin
guest cast:
Lois Nettleton as Eva Sanders
Steve Inhat as Larry Sims
Craig Stevens as Dr. Tom O'Connell

2.12 [38] Bracken's World: A SCORE WITHOUT STRINGS
04Dec1970 NBC Fri
guest cast:
Jim McMullan as Jerry Stavis

2.13 [39] Bracken's World: WILL FREDDY'S REAL FATHER PLEASE STAND UP?
11Dec1970 NBC Fri
guest cast:
Rupert Crosse
George Spell
Warren Berlinger
Diana Sands

2.14 [40] Bracken's World: THE COUNTRY BOY
18Dec1970 NBC Fri
guest cast:
Tim Matheson as    Teek Howell

2.15 [41] Bracken's World: MISS ISABEL BLUE (final episode)
25Dec1970 NBC Fri

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