CTVA US Drama - "Mayor of the Town" (Gross-Krasne) (1954-55) starring Thomas Mitchell

CTVA
The Classic TV Archive - US  Drama Series

Gross-Krasne Productions:-
"Big Town" (1950-56)
  "Mayor of the Town" (1954-55)   "O.Henry Playhouse" (1957)    "Glencannon" (UK, 1957-58)
 "The Lone Wolf" (US, 1954-55)  "The Pursuers" (UK, 1961-62)
"Adventures of a Jungle Boy" (1957)   "African Patrol" (1958-59)
Mayor of the Town (1954-55)
Episode Guide compiled  by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by:
Jim Brent, Rina Fox 
Richard de Lorimier (nephew of Producer John Rawlins)
references:
Library of Congress (telnet://locis.loc.gov)
Internet Movie Database (http://us.imdb.com)
UCLA Film and Television Archive

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MAYOR OF THE TOWN
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Rawlings-Grant Production (John Rawlins) (aka Rawlings)
Gross-Krasne Production (Jack J. Gross and Philip N. Krasne)
for
First-Run Syndication
Based on the radio series of the same name (1942-49)
Produced and Directed by John Rawlins (aka Rawlings)
US Drama series 1954-55     39 episodes x 30 min
starring:
Thomas Mitchell as Mayor Thomas Russell
with:
Kathleen Freeman as Marilly, housekeeper
David Saber as Butch, ward
Jean Byron as Minnie
Tudor Owen as Joe Ainsley
Natalie Wood as Mayor's niece
Premise:
Events in the life of Thomas Russell, Mayor of Springdale - a small American town.

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 Syndicated Program
Production Order NOT Known
Episodes listed in Earliest Known Syndicated Airdate Order

 [--] Mayor of the Town: THE MAYOR PLAYS CUPID
22Nov54 Philadelphia, PA [JB]
09Jul55 New York City [JK]
Guest cast:
Casey Adams
Eve Miller ............ Emily
Harry Tyler ........... Rushmore
Burt Mustin ........... George
Synopsis:
Despite many budget problems, the Mayor still manages to get himself
in martial intrigue between a widow and his housekeeper's brother. [JB]
Synopsis 2:
Russell plays Cupid in a romance between a widow and Marilly's brother. [RF]

[--] Mayor of the Town: TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALLGAME
27Nov54 Chicago, IL
Guest cast:
John Lupton
Ruth Donnelly ......... Beth
Kathleen Crowley ...... Helen
Bill Phillips ......... Donovan
Synopsis:
Springdale's top baseball player gets an offer from the New York
Giants, which runs counter to his promises to this fiancée. [JB]
Synopsis 2:
Springdale's baseball star (John Lupton) must choose between his girl
and playing professional ball. [RF]

[--] Mayor of the Town: MINNIE'S ROMANCE
26Feb55 Chicago, IL [JB]
03Sep55 New York City [JK]
12Nov55 NBC Sat (WNBQ-TV Chicago, IL.)
Guest cast:
John Archer ........... Steele
Synopsis:
When Mayor Russell's prized secretary , Minnie, elopes with a
childhood suitor, it's a day of mixed emotions. [JB]
Synopsis 2:
Minnie elopes with an old beau now a famous author. [RF]
Synopsis 3:
The Mayor almost loses a secretary when he invites a famous author to
the town. [RF]

[--] Mayor of the Town: ESCAPE INTO SPACE
28Mar55 St. Joseph, MO [JB]
17Sep55 New York City [JK]
Guest cast:
Michael Fox ........... Bronson
Robert Burton ......... Barnes
Synopsis:
Mayor Russell seeks the reason behind Butch's desire to "escape into
space." [JB]
Synopsis 2:
Butch wants to run away from his problems to the moon. [RF]

[--] Mayor of the Town: THICKER THAN WATER
29Mar55 Topeka, KS
Guest cast:
Peggy McCay
Bernard Nedell ........ Tolliver
Lowell Gilmore ........ Draper
Synopsis:
Springdale's bid for a new clinic is snagged by a doctor's worry over
his son's choice of a mate. [JB]
Synopsis 2:
A tycoon threatens to cancel plans for a clinic because of his son's
romance with a nurse. [RF]

[--] Mayor of the Town: POPULARITY CONTEST
11Apr55 Philadelphia, PA
07May55 NBC Sat (WNBQ Chicago, Ill.)
Guest cast:
Dick Wessell .......... Henry
Harry Harvey .......... Higlin
Synopsis:
While trying to put a new parking meter plan into effect, the Mayor
almost loses his housekeeper who has a lack of votes in a popularity
contest. [JB]
Synopsis 2:
The Mayor has two projects a new parking meter plan and promoting a
romance for Marilly. [RF]
Synopsis 3:
The Mayor sees a way to resolve two problems: the opposition to his
parking meter plan and Marilly's failure in the popularity contest. [RF]

[--] Mayor of the Town: EMBEZZLEMENT STORY
07May55 Johnstown, PA
Guest cast:
Paul Langton .......... Dunlap
Tina Carver ........... Anne
James Seay ............ Gordon
Synopsis:
A friend of the Mayor's is suspected of embezzling. [JB]
Synopsis 2:
The Mayor aids an auditor suspected of embezzlement.

[--] Mayor of the Town: THE FARMER
21May55 NBC Sat (WNBQ-TV Chicago, Ill.)
Synopsis:
The Mayor discovers that a troubled young white collar worker needs to
go back to the soil. [RF]

[--] Mayor of the Town: FLOOD CONTROL
28May55 NBC Sat (WNBQ-TV Chicago, Ill.)
Synopsis:
The Mayor is forced to agree that his housekeeper surpasses him at
catching crooks. [RF]

[--] Mayor of the Town: MAYOR OF THE TOWN (pilot episode) ??
04Jun55 New York City [JK]
02Dec55 Decatur, IL [JB]
Guest Cast:
Sheila James
Synopsis:
A teenager whom the Mayor has always trusted is arrested on
suspicion of car-stealing. [JB]

[--] Mayor of the Town: NEXT TIME TAKE THE BUS
11Jun55 New York City [JK]
20Jul55 Columbus, OH [JB]
Guest Cast:
John Gallaudet ........ Chamberlain
Robert F. Simon ....... Dave
Synopsis:
Mayor Russell antagonized the president of the Chamber of Commerce
by turning down a bus deal on the grounds that a school is needed
more. [JB/JK]
Synopsis 2:
Russell antagonizes the chamber of commerce: he vetoes buying new city
buses. [RF]

[--] Mayor of the Town: LOVE IS SO YOUNG
18Jun55 New York City [JK]
21Jun55 Cincinnati, OH [JB]
Guest Cast:
Glenn Langan
Gigi Perreau .......... Claudia
Cliff Sales ........... Jerry
Kay Stewart ........... Margaret
Synopsis:
A lawyer friend of the Mayor's has his difficulties trying to win
the friendship of the teen-age daughter of the widow he plans to
marry. [JB]
Synopsis 2:
A lawyer (Glenn Langan) tries to win over his fiancee's daughter. [RF]

[--] Mayor of the Town: LONG MAY IT WAG
08Apr55 KDKA-TV (ABC, CBS, DuMont, NBC) Pittsburgh, PA.
25Jun55 New York City [JK]
05Nov55 Detroit, MI [JB]
Guest Cast:
Lucien Littlefield .... Judge Williams
DeForest Kelley ....... Tracy
Lawrence Ryle ......... Conley
Jess Kirkpatrick ...... Police Officer
Synopsis:
Once bitten, twice mad, animal hating Judge Williams is bitten by a
stray dog, and tries to force the city council to agree that all
strays should be destroyed. [JB]
Synopsis 2:
An animal-hating judge wants to destroy all stray dogs. [RF]

[--] Mayor of the Town: BUTCH'S TONSILLECTOMY
02Jul55 New York City [JK]
17May58 Milwaukee, WI [JB]
Guest cast:
Jonathan Hole ......... Rogers
Tom Powers ............ Jacobs
Synopsis:
When the mayor decides Butch hasn't been giving his homework lessons
enough time, he finds that he too has a few lessons to learn. [JB]
Synopsis 2:
Russell scolds Butch for neglecting his homework unaware that Butch is
ill. [RF]

[--] Mayor of the Town: MARILLY'S PRESENT
02Jul55 Chicago, IL
Guest cast:
John Gallaudet ........ Chamberlain
Lillian Bronson ....... Miss Finley
Synopsis:
An old teapot seems to make a very poor gift and is thrown away. [JB]
Synopsis 2:
Marilly throws away an old teapot unaware a diamond ring is in it. [RF]

[--] Mayor of the Town: BICYCLE FOR BUTCH
16Jul55 New York City [JK]
03Aug58 Columbus, GA [JB]
Guest cast:
Virginia Brissac ...... Mrs. Gordon
Harry Tyler ........... Rushmore
Synopsis:
Butch's desire for a bike and an old woman's inability to pay her
taxes become connected problems for Mayor Russell. [JB]
Synopsis 2:
Butch tries to buy a bike from a woman with tax problems. [RF]

[--] Mayor of the Town: THE DOCTOR'S SON
23Jul55 New York City [JK]
19Jul55 Cincinnati, OH [JB]
Guest cast:
Tudor Owen ............ Young Doctor
Lewis Martin .......... Joe
Peter Hanson .......... Jim
Tina Thompson ......... Holly
Synopsis:
Once again the Mayor is at loggerheads with Joe Ainsley over how
city funds should be spent. The Mayor wants them for a traffic-safety
plan, Joe wants a new grandstand. [JB]
Synopsis 2:
Russell gives his support to both a new traffic-safety plan and an
ill-treated young doctor. [RF]

[--] Mayor of the Town: FIRST YEAR
30Jul55 New York City [JK]
11Dec55 West Hartford, CT [JB]
Synopsis:
A young engineer arrives in town with his beautiful, but not too
bright bride. [RF]

[--] Mayor of the Town: CONCERT PIANIST _aka_ THE COMPOSER
06Aug55 New York City [JK]
19Jan56 Buffalo, NY [JB]
Guest cast:
Robert Boone
Claudia Barrett ....... Claire
Synopsis:
A mysterious stranger comes to Springdale. A short while later Mayor
Russell is visited by a young lady who suspects the newcomer is her
missing fiancée, a well-known concert pianist. [JB]
Synopsis 2:
The mayor learns that a stranger (Robert Boone) in town is a well-known
musician. [RF]

[--] Mayor of the Town: SCRAGGY
12Aug55 West Hartford, CT
Guest cast:
Sammy Ogg ............. Scraggy
Addison Richards ...... Albert
Synopsis:
The Mayor's nephew seems to be mixed up with hoodlums. [JB]
Synopsis 2:
Butch is hanging out with a gang of young hoodlums. [RF]

[--] 13Aug55 - New York City [JK] - no details - possibly reruns
[--] 20Aug55 - New York City [JK] - no details - possibly reruns
[--] 27Aug55 - New York City [JK] - no details - possibly reruns

[--] Mayor of the Town: MARILLY'S MURDER
10Sep55 New York City [JK]
17Dec56 Waterloo, IA [JB]
Guest cast:
John Gallaudet ........ Chamberlain
William Fawcett ....... Gates
Tina Thompson ......... Holly
Synopsis:
Marilly has been reading mystery stories and when a murder is reported
in the neighborhood, she plays detective. [JB]
Synopsis 2:
Marilly turns detective when she thinks that Russell is involved in a
murder. [RF]

[--] Mayor of the Town: BLUEBERRY HILL
16Sep55 West Hartford, CT
Guest cast:
Elizabeth Patterson ... Agnes
Francis McDonald ...... Chester
Henny Backus .......... Jane (Jim Backus' wife)
Synopsis:
The Mayor discovers that an elderly couple who moved to the city to
live with a married daughter yearn to return to their country home. [JB]
Synopsis 2:
Russell befriends an old couple who have come to live with a married
daughter. [RF]

[--] Mayor of the Town: THE OLD TRIANGLE
24Sep55 NYC
Guest Cast:
Natalie Wood .......... June
Ann Doran ............. Aggie
Pat Morrow ............ Nancy
Synopsis:
Butch has problems: should he attend the party of a plain girl
whom he likes or that of a socially prominent young lady whose mother
could make trouble for the Mayor. [JB]
Synopsis 2:
Butch's choice: a girl he likes or one whose socially prominent mother
could cause trouble for the mayor. [RF]

[--] Mayor of the Town: THE SCHOOLTEACHER
05Nov55 NBC Sat (WNBQ-TV Chicago, IL)
Guest Cast:
Sarah Haden
Dan Riss .............. Graham
Synopsis:
Mayor Russell learns that no house is large enough for two women. [JB]
Synopsis 2:
Marilly resents the Mayor's new house guest a retired schoolteacher. [RF]

[--] Mayor of the Town: JUNIOR VOTERS
13Nov55 Kansas City, MO
Guest cast:
Natalie Wood .......... June
Dan Riss .............. Graham
Cliff Sales ........... Jerry
Bob Burton ............ Barnes
Synopsis:
The mayor turns to the youth of the town when no one else cooperates to
prevent a corrupt political machine from getting a foothold in
Springdale. [JB]
Synopsis 2:
Springdale teenagers fight corrupt politicians. [RF]

[--] Mayor of the Town: STRANGE LADY
27Nov55 Hannibal, MO
Guest cast:
Donald Keeler ......... Kenny
Dorothy Green ......... Mrs. Taylor
Synopsis:
The mayor wants to have a serious talk with the mother of a new boy
in town. [JB]
Synopsis 2:
A new youngster in town is giving Butch a lot of trouble. [RF]

[--] Mayor of the Town: (title unknown)
28Nov55 St. Joseph, MO
Guest cast:
Craig Hill
Synopsis:
His household misunderstands when the mayor solicits funds for an
impoverished
law student. They think Mayor Russell, himself, is without funds. [JB]
Synopsis 2:
Everyone assumes the mayor's broke when he starts raising money for a
poor law student.

[--] Mayor of the Town: HIS HONOR, BUTCH
15Jan56 Syracuse, NY
23Apr55 NBC Sat (WNBQ Chicago, Ill)
Guest cast:
Kenneth Tobey ......... Driscoll
Pat Morrow ............ Nancy
Synopsis:
Butch may save the day when he is elected mayor for the day. [JB]
Synopsis 2:
Butch is elected "Mayor for a Day."
Synopsis 3:
When the Mayor finds that his job has been usurped by his nephew Butch,
elected kid mayor for the day, complications arise. [RF]

[--] Mayor of the Town: GHOST OF CITY
20Jan56 Waterloo, IA
Guest cast:
Bill Phipps ........... Arthur
James Bell ............ Old-Timer
Herb Vigran ........... Foley
Synopsis:
Butch and his pals plan to frighten the janitor of city hall by
pretending to be ghosts. [JB]
Synopsis 2:
Butch and his buddies "haunt" city hall.

[--] Mayor of the Town: MARILLY MINDS THE BABY
09Oct56 Topeka, KS
Synopsis:
Complications arise when Marilly takes care of a baby while its
parents are away. [JB]

[--] Mayor of the Town: PAPA DEAR
10Dec56 Waterloo, IA
Guest Cast:
Natalie Wood .......... June
Tom Powers ............ Jacobs
Synopsis:
The Mayor is up in arms when he learns that Springdale has been
chosen as the ideal location for a "Papa Dear" contest sponsored by
a movie studio. [JB]
Synopsis 2:
Russell opposes a movie company's plan to hold a "Papa Dear" contest in
Springdale.

[--] Mayor of the Town: THE WATCHMAKER
29Oct55 NBC Sat (WNBQ-TV Chicago Ill.)
25Jun58 Cleveland, OH
Guest cast:
Ludwig Stossel ........ Veeder
John Gallaudet ........ Chamberlain
Synopsis:
A series of hold-ups are traced to one of the town's oldest citizens,
the old watchmaker. [JB]
Synopsis 2:
Russell defends an old watchmaker accused of theft.
Synopsis 3:
The Mayor comes to the rescue of the town's oldest watchmaker.

[--] Mayor of the Town: DOCTOR'S ORDERS
26Aug58 Davenport, IA
Guest cast:
Tom Powers ............ Jacobs
Harry Tyler ........... Rushmore
Synopsis:
The mayor catches a cold from Butch and cleverly uses his illness
to solve a problem. [JB]
Synopsis 2:
Russell catches a cold and stays home to work on a rezoning problem.

[--] Mayor of the Town: HAPPY BIRTHDAY
02Sep58 Davenport, IA
Guest cast:
John Gallaudet ........ Chamberlain
Robert Foulk .......... Crawford
Steve Conte ........... Benson
Lewis Charles ......... Mason
Synopsis:
A notorious gangster is reported to be coming to Springdale to meet
his henchmen. When the mayor hears of it he becomes worried but
Marilly is more concerned with buying her employer a birthday
present. [JB]
Synopsis 2:
Marilly earns money for Russell's birthday gift by cooking for a
gangster. [RF]

[--] Mayor of the Town: THE CANE
12Jan58 Charlotte, NC
Guest cast:
Suzanne Dalbert ....... Claire
Stanley Adams ......... Crothers
Henri Letondal ........ Durand
Synopsis:
The mayor becomes involved in a murder mystery. [JB]
Synopsis 2:
A mysterious cane is the only clue to a Frenchman's murder. [RF]

[--] Mayor of the Town: WAR HERO
06Aug60 Johnstown, PA
Guest cast:
Robert Patten
Frank Ferguson ........ George
Synopsis:
The mayor tries to help a former war hero to find himself. [JB]
Synopsis 2:
Russell helps an ex-war hero (Robert Patten) who's unable to adjust to
civilian life. [RF]

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Unknown episode
Guest cast:
Ralph Moody ........... Governor
John Gallaudet ........ Chamberlain
Harry Tyler ........... Rushmore
Nan Boardman .......... Mrs. Randolph
Synopsis:
Marilly's on vacation and Russell has to do the housework. [RF]

Unknown episode
Guest cast:
Steve Pendleton ....... Smith
Pattee Chapman ........ Ruthie
William Hopper ........ Girard
Synopsis:
Minnie gets a job in a contractor's office to expose a case of graft. [RF]

Unknown episode
Guest cast:
DeForest Kelley ....... Nash
Dan Riss .............. Graham
Howard Hoffman ........ Parker
Synopsis:
Russell helps a dead poet achieve posthumous fame. [RF]

Unknown episode
Guest cast:
Sheila Bromley
Dan Riss .............. Graham
Synopsis:
The Mayor is pursued by an amorous marriage-relations adviser. [RF]

Unknown episode
Guest cast:
Natalie Wood .......... Sandy
James Bell ............ Julius
Dan Riss .............. Graham
Willis Bouchey ........ Clarke
Synopsis:
Russell tries to help an old janitor keep his job. [RF]

Unknown episode
21Sep55 (WIRK-TV Palm Beach Fl. Dumont stn. 21)
Synopsis:
The Mayor has plans for city funds. [RF]

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